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Supreme Court decision puts dent in 'patent troll' cases, may put companies on defense in Chicago court

Mike Helenthal May 25, 2017, 1:41pm

A decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday concerning patent infringement lawsuits will have a “profound impact” on so-called patent trolls, and changes jurisdictional considerations for federal courts across the country, says an intellectual property expert.

Former Diamand's Family Restaurant employee alleges unpaid wages

Louie Torres May 25, 2017, 10:30am

An employee has filed a class-action lawsuit against Diamand's Family Restaurant Inc., George Diamantopoulos, Jim Diamantopoulos and Panagiotis Diamantopoulos, citing alleged unpaid wages, violation of applicable minimum wage law and violation of Workers' Compensation acts.

Magnatek claims Travelers Indemnity Company wrongfully denied claim

Louie Torres May 25, 2017, 10:28am

A Wisconsin-based manufacturer is suing The Travelers Indemnity Company and Travelers Casualty and Surety Company, formerly known as The Aetna Casualty and Surety Company, alleging breach of contract and breach of duty.

Judge refuses class action vs lawyers, IT vendor accused of using crash reports to drum up business

Jonathan Bilyk May 24, 2017, 12:51pm

Saying plaintiffs would be hard pressed to demonstrate precisely how otherwise-protected information may have ended up on police vehicle crash reports, a Chicago federal judge has refused to allow a class action lawsuit to proceed against St. Louis-based personal injury firm Meyerkord & Meyerkord, accused of purchasing traffic crash reports and using personal information from those reports to solicit business from potential clients.

Medicare contractor's new rule for nurse anesthetists could hurt Medicare patients in dozen states

Melissa Busch May 23, 2017, 5:19pm

New payment rules effectively leave nurse anesthetists unable to be paid for care rendered to Medicare patients in a dozen states, according to a lawsuit brought by a nursing industry association, and the group says this could mean beneficiaries in those states may be forced to turn to self-medication to treat chronic pain.

VRBO operator HomeAway challenges Chicago short-term rentals rules, says favor Airbnb

Scott Holland May 23, 2017, 2:48pm

Short-term home rentals company HomeAway, which operates VRBO and other short-term home rentals listings sites, has sued the city of Chicago over its ordinance regulating such businesses, asserting the young policy that’s already been challenged several times in court is indecipherable to home renters and the listing services, and has the effect of favoring Airbnb, VRBO’s largest competitor.

Federal judge scrambles Koch Foods’ dismissal motion in suit claiming chicken catchers not properly paid

Dan Churney May 22, 2017, 12:30pm

Suburban-based poultry wholesaler Koch Foods has laid an egg in Chicago federal court, with its failed motion to dismiss a suit brought against it by former chicken handlers, who claim the company failed to pay them minimum wage and overtime.

John Hancock Life sues woman for accepting insurance overpayments

Louie Torres May 19, 2017, 12:50pm

CHICAGO — An insurance company is suing Linda F. Moon f/k/a Linda G. Mocco, citing alleged breach of contract for accepting overpayments and not returning them.

North Carolina woman says Midway TSA gave laptop to someone else after screening

Louie Torres May 19, 2017, 12:49pm

CHICAGO — An individual is suing the United States of America, alleging negligence for having her Apple laptop given to someone else after an airport screening.

PNC Equipment claims two Lemont residents defaulted on vehicle payments

Louie Torres May 19, 2017, 12:48pm

CHICAGO — A Pennsylvania equipment financing company is suing Marius Pranskunas and Virginia Silas, Lemont residents, citing alleged breach of contract.

A Texas corporation sues Illinois corporation

Louie Torres May 19, 2017, 6:04am

Texas corporation accuses Trans Environmental Ltd. of breach of contractCHICAGO — A Texas corporation is suing Trans Environmental Ltd., an Illinois corporation, citing alleged breach of contract.Starr Indemnity & Liability Company filed a complaint on May 2, in the U.S.

Attorney says retailers could avoid class actions by learning from Kohl's ADA ruling

Denise Royal May 18, 2017, 4:55pm

Retailer Kohl’s won't face a class action lawsuit over wheelchair accessibility in its stores - and other retailers can learn from the decision, employment and labor attorney John. J. Michels Jr. told the Cook County Record.

Nu Image says slew of foreign sites selling unlicensed merchandise with 'Expendables' designs

Louie Torres May 18, 2017, 2:35pm

A movie production company is suing numerous foreign website operators and vendors, citing alleged copyright infringement for selling merchandise that infringes on trademarks of a popular film franchise.

Consumer claims collection agency attempted to collect despite bankruptcy

Louie Torres May 18, 2017, 2:34pm

A woman is suing Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC, a collection agency, citing alleged misrepresentation in debt collection.

Woman claims collection agencies wrongfully sent her direct collection attempts

Louie Torres May 18, 2017, 2:32pm

A woman is suing Transworld Systems Inc. and Asset Recovery Solutions LLC, alleging misconduct by the defendant collection agencies in their communications.

Community Lenders allegedly sent unlicensed repossession agent to take car

Louie Torres May 18, 2017, 2:30pm

A man has filed a class-action lawsuit against Community Lenders Inc. and Brian L. Decker, claiming they improperly repossessed his vehicle.

Female Northwestern grad student: HarperCollins, author published private info to twist sex assault tale

Scott Holland May 17, 2017, 7:12pm

Another lawsuit has been filed in a three-year dispute about alleged sexual assault involving a Northwestern University professor, as a female graduate student has accused publishing house HarperCollins and an author of embarrassing her by exposing private details to make the professor she accused of sexual assault a sympathetic figure.

Union says Regency Group failed to make required monthly contributions

Louie Torres May 17, 2017, 6:12pm

A painters union is suing Regency Group of Illinois Inc. and Joseph Campisi, citing alleged breach of contract.

Former employee sues The Harlem Irving Companies, other plan administrators for pension funds

Louie Torres May 17, 2017, 6:11pm

A former employee is suing Forest Harlem Properties Profit Sharing and Savings Plan and Trust; The Harlem Irving Companies Inc.; Gregory E. Fix and Merrill Lynch; and Pierce Fenner and Smith Incorporated, citing alleged breach of contract.

Hunter Warfield allegedly sent collection notices to plaintiff despite attorney's notification

Louie Torres May 17, 2017, 6:10pm

A woman is suing Hunter Warfield Inc., a debt collector, alleging the company made unwanted personal contacts in attempts to collect a debt.