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Zillow: 'Zestimates' constitutionally protected opinions, no appraisers license needed to publish

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 28, 2017, 8:29pm

Comparing their “zestimates” – proprietary online estimates of homes’ values – to editorials published by newspapers or ratings and reviews of various products and services published in print and online, the operators of real estate website Zillow have asked a Chicago federal judge to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought by a north suburban lawyer and the owners of a Schaumburg-based home development company accusing Zillow of improperly hampering their efforts to sell their homes for what the plaintiffs believe they are worth.

District court tosses campaign-sabotage case against House Speaker Madigan for insufficient evidence

Glenn Minnis Jun. 28, 2017, 2:59pm

A federal judge has denied the attempt by a former challenger to powerful Ill. House Speaker Michael Madigan to resurrect his legal action against Madigan and several of his political allies, alleging the lawmaker and his political associates imrproperly conspired to sabotage his 2016 Democratic primary election campaign.

Tinley sues ex-planner over low income apartments; fed judge asked to combine with feds' suit vs Tinley

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 26, 2017, 5:46pm

As Tinley Park village officials await a federal judge’s ruling on whether a legal question could prevent the U.S. Justice Department from suing Village Hall for housing discrimination, the village’s ex-development director has asked a federal judge to simultaneously consider her request to dismiss a lawsuit Tinley Park brought against her for allegedly making faulty decisions that led the village to come under federal scrutiny and pay $2.45 million to settle claims brought by the would-be developers of a stalled controversial low-income housing project planned for Tinley’s downtown.

Judge corks Indiana wine seller's lawsuit vs Illinois over law banning shipping to IL customers

Dan Churney Jun. 26, 2017, 1:47pm

A Chicago federal judge has stomped on an Indiana wine retailer's suit, which claimed Illinois liquor law unconstitutionally bars him from shipping his products into Illinois, saying the suit fails at the "most basic level." But the seller is asking to reopen the case.

Uptown Tent City homeless advocates take dispute with city to court

Scott Holland Jun. 23, 2017, 3:11pm

A group seeking to operate a tent city for homeless people on a pedestrian mall in Uptown is embroiled in a legal battle with the city of Chicago over its plans.

Woman says Health Care Service Corporation wrongly denied disability claim

Louie Torres Jun. 23, 2017, 1:57pm

A woman is suing Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, alleging breach of contract for improper denial of claims related to her disability.

Former clinical research coordinator says Presence Saint Joseph wrongly fired her

Louie Torres Jun. 23, 2017, 1:56pm

A Will County woman is suing Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, alleging disability discrimination, violation of Workers' Compensation acts and wrongful termination.

Judgment: UBU Sports owes FieldTurf USA $780,000 in artificial turf patent court fight

Scott Holland Jun. 23, 2017, 12:07am

The final score in a legal battle between two artificial turf manufacturers is a $780,000 win for the original patent holder, FieldTurf USA.

Judge's ruling in trade secrets case indicates 'inevitable disclosure' doctrine still applies in IL

Jireh Gibson Jun. 22, 2017, 11:58pm

A federal judge has rejected a manufacturer's attempt to shelve a competitor's lawsuit that it should pay for hiring a former employee who allegedly improperly took trade secrets with him. And the decision could offer lessons to employers in lllinois and elsewhere.

Wheaton man says Fifth Third Bank and collection firm sent letter on discharged debt

Louie Torres Jun. 22, 2017, 11:44pm

A man is suing Fifth Third Bank N.A. and The Roth Morgan Firm Corp., alleging misrepresentation in debt collection.

Berthold says Volvo violated its copyright regarding typeface

Louie Torres Jun. 22, 2017, 11:42pm

A Chicago company is suing Swedish car manufacturer Volvo AB and its North American entities, alleging copyright infringement.

Painters and Decorators group alleges Brookdale failed to make monthly payments

Louie Torres Jun. 22, 2017, 11:40pm

A painters' union is suing Brookdale Decorating Inc., a contractor, citing alleged breach of contract.

Construction & General Laborers sues Great Lakes Fireproofing for missed payments

Louie Torres Jun. 22, 2017, 11:39pm

A local union is suing Michael Castro, individually and as Great Lakes Fireproofing, alleging breach of contract for unpaid employee fund contributions.

Suit says Tasty Waffle in Romeoville made improper deductions, mandated unpaid work

Louie Torres Jun. 22, 2017, 11:38pm

A former server has filed a class action lawsuit against EDLS Inc., which does business as Tasty Waffle, and Lefteris Elefterdiadis, alleging unpaid wages, violation of applicable minimum wage law and violation of Workers' Compensation acts

Appeals court: Legal maneuver to use different court rule to intercept TCPA class action still won't fly

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 22, 2017, 11:31pm

A federal appeals court has shot down a gambit by a company attempting to swat down a junk fax class action lawsuit by depositing with the court a payment it believed to satisfy the claims of the lawsuit’s lead plaintiff, as judges said they did not believe the attempt to use a seeming loophole in a recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling is different enough from the very act the nation’s high court wouldn’t fly under the law.

Judge trims class action vs Dollar General over aloe vera gel alleged not to contain aloe vera

Scott Holland Jun. 21, 2017, 4:30pm

A federal judge has burned off two of three counts in a class action complaint facing Dollar General over claims the retailer’s aloe vera cooling gel didn’t actually contain aloe vera.

Judge: Class action vs Precor over faulty treadmill sensors can proceed

Scott Holland Jun. 20, 2017, 6:34pm

Exercise equipment manufacturer Precor failed in its quest to get a judge to scuttle a federal class action complaint, which alleged the company sold treadmills it knew included inaccurate heart rate sensors.

Laborers' group and trustee sue ECW Construction for late payments

Louie Torres Jun. 20, 2017, 10:26am

A laborers' union is suing ECW Construction, a contractor, citing alleged breach of contract.

Judge: Law firm can't press antitrust conspiracy claim vs bankruptcy management software biz

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 20, 2017, 12:49am

A Chicago law firm has struck out yet again in its attempt to press an antitrust action against a company specializing in developing bankruptcy case management software, as a federal judge declared McGarry & McGarry LLC simply didn’t have the standing needed to press its claims against Irvine, Calif.-based Bankruptcy Management Solutions Inc.

Woodbridge man says Arizona collection agency called him for debt he doesn't owe

Louie Torres Jun. 19, 2017, 2:07pm

A man is suing Waterman Financial Group LLC, which does business both as CFS Mediation and Coastal Financial Services, alleging misrepresentation in debt collection and violation of telephone harassment statutes.