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Repeated automated debt collection calls are a 'concrete injury' under Spokeo, federal law, judge says

Dan Churney Feb. 14, 2017, 11:07am

A Chicago federal judge has refused to dismiss a suit, brought by a woman against a debt collection company, ruling the woman could have suffered a “concrete” harm when the company allegedly violated the federal Telephone Consumers Protection Act, by repeatedly phoning her after she told them to stop. 

Chicago federal courts busy with labor litigation in 2016, but less than NY, California

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 13, 2017, 10:35pm

Chicago’s federal courts again were a busy place for employers facing lawsuits in 2016, according to court data and a survey published by one of the nation’s top employment and labor law firms. However, the survey from Chicago-based Seyfarth Shaw LLP found Chicago’s courts are still outpaced by courts in New York and California in some categories, perhaps most notably the number of class action certifications.

Wheeling manufacturer seeks court declarations in dispute with foreign company

Louie Torres Feb. 10, 2017, 10:53am

A Wheeling-based manufacturing company is suing Rushserve Ltd., a company based in the United Kingdom, seeking a series of declaratory judgments.

Attorney fees in Johnson & Johnson baby bath products settlement raise eyebrows but spur no action

Tabitha Fleming Feb. 3, 2017, 6:12pm

A class-action lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson that resulted in a $5 million settlement, including $1.5 million dollars in attorney fees, has raised questions of fairness, but not enough to persuade one class action settlement watchdog organization to get involved.

Class action says texting 'Y' not enough, AMC needed to get written consent before texting customers

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 2, 2017, 5:51pm

Cinema chain AMC has been hit with a class lawsuit claiming the theater company wrongly added people to marketing lists to send them text messages promoting upcoming movies and encouraging other purchases.

Company that sells advertising to Uber, Lyft passengers sues Chicago, says tilted city rules favor taxis

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 2, 2017, 3:28pm

A Minneapolis-based tech firm which provides interactive video advertising to be displayed in Uber and Lyft vehicles has sued the city of Chicago, saying the city’s rules forbidding the ride-hailing services from displaying advertising on or in their vehicles, while allowing traditional taxis to do so, unconstitutionally favors the taxis at the expense of the other drivers.

Lawsuit alleges systematic hazing, mistreatment of athletes dating back decades at Lake Zurich H.S.

Scott Holland Feb. 2, 2017, 12:16pm

Alleging systematic hazing going back two decades, the families of two Lake Zurich High School football players filed a federal lawsuit Feb. 1 against the school, administrators and coaches.

Chicago man claims police wrongly charged him, detained him for gun crime

Louie Torres Feb. 1, 2017, 7:04pm

A Chicago man is suing the city of Chicago and five police officers, identified as Jason Janopoulous, David Salgado, Rocco Pruger, Bryan Cox and Roberto Ramirez, citing alleged violation of civil rights.

Former Chicago Mustangs player claims he's owed wages

Louie Torres Jan. 27, 2017, 10:40am

CHICAGO — A professional soccer player is suing Grand Sports Arena LLC, d/b/a Chicago Mustangs Pro; MASL Soccer LLC, d/b/a Major Arena Soccer League and/or MASL Soccer Pro; and Mustangs president/CEO/head coach Armando Gamboa, with allegations against the various parties including failure to pay wages, retaliation and breach of contract.

Village of University Park accused of discrimination by former employee

Louie Torres Jan. 27, 2017, 12:10am

A former employee is suing the village of University Park, alleging discrimination and retaliation.

Anti-abortion plaintiffs get half a loaf, press for more in Chicago clinic "bubble zone" fight

Christopher Knoll Jan. 17, 2017, 9:08pm

Anti-abortion activists say they are pleased a federal judge has recognized what they called consistently biased treatment at the hands of Chicago Police enforcing the city's so-called abortion clinic "bubble zone" rules, but they said they intend to appeal the judge's findings that the ordinance is constitutional.

Lincolnshire will appeal decision that tossed its right-to-work ordinance

Tabitha Fleming Jan. 17, 2017, 12:02am

The village of Lincolnshire will appeal the ruling of a trial court that tossed out the city’s right-to-work ordinance.

Cities, counties can't enact right-to-work laws, judge says; Lincolnshire ordinance tossed

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 9, 2017, 4:32pm

Cities, villages and counties don’t have the authority under federal law to impose local right-to-work rules on employers, workers and unions, a Chicago federal judge has said, tossing out a right-to-work ordinance enacted by the village of Lincolnshire in 2015.

Judge OKs suit vs After School app makers over texts; plaintiff wants decision applied vs Down To Lunch

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 3, 2017, 6:57pm

A Chicago federal judge will allow a potential class action lawsuit to proceed against the makers of smartphone app “After School,” saying the app’s use of allegedly unauthorized invitational text messages to grow its user base could violate federal law. And this decision could have implications for another class action lawsuit against the makers of another app.

Class action: IL supervised release policies unjustly effectively keep sex offenders in prison 'for life'

Chandra Lye Dec. 29, 2016, 10:59am

A lawsuit has been filed accusing the state of Illinois of violating the rights of convicted sex offenders by maintaining policies that do not allow a number of them to be released from prison after they have served their sentences, effectively leaving them informally sentenced to life in prison.

Federal judge expands power of 'Special Master' to review state agency political hiring practices

Scott Holland Nov. 30, 2016, 11:27pm

More than two years into an investigation of hiring practices at the Illinois Department of Transportation, a federal judge has expanded the power of the review panel to cover all other state agencies under the oversight of Illinois' governor.

Religious housing group plans appeal in Blue Island discrimination case, home's attorney says

Karen Kidd Oct. 12, 2016, 6:51pm

The longstanding dispute between a religious addiction recuperation group, Affordable Recovery Housing, and the suburban city of Blue Island isn't over yet, as attorneys for the suburban Chicago recovery home plan to seek another day in court.

Court clears path for publishing company to sue city over posting ordinance

Dawn Geske Sep. 26, 2016, 5:11pm

A nonprofit publishing company will be allowed to press its lawsuit against the city of Chicago over its ordinance restricting certain posters on city light poles.