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City Hall: Toss class action over bogus ParkChicago parking tickets; plaintiff never paid ticket

Jonathan Bilyk May 25, 2017, 3:27pm

Chicago City Hall has asked a Cook County judge to toss a class action lawsuit which alleged the city has wrongly issued parking tickets to motorists who had actually paid to park using the ParkChicago smartphone app, as the city says the man who brought the lawsuit actually had never been made to pay an improperly issued parking ticket.

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.

Seventh Circuit denies injunction request to block Chicago Airbnb rules

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 28, 2017, 11:14am

A federal appeals court has refused to step in, for now, into the dispute over whether the city of Chicago has trampled the rights of homeowners and others wishing to share their homes with guests through Airbnb and similar platforms, denying the request to slap a hold on a city ordinance designed to regulate such short-term rental activity in Chicago.

Appeals court: Chicago can't slap hotel tax on booking fees charged by Expedia, other travel sites

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 27, 2017, 6:33pm

The city of Chicago will not be able to collect $29 million it believed it was owed by Expedia and other online travel booking sites, after a state appeals court ruled the city’s hotel taxes can’t be applied to the fees charged by the booking services.

Man accuses Chicago police of assaulting him

Louie Torres Mar. 16, 2017, 11:49am

A man is suing the city of Chicago and five police officers who allegedly threw the plaintiff to the ground, sprayed him with pepper spray and repeatedly punched him.

Judge denies injunction, says Chicago Airbnb ordinance likely doesn't impinge homeowners' rights

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 14, 2017, 7:54pm

Saying she doesn’t believe the rules impinge the constitutional rights of homeowners and others wishing to share their homes with guests through Airbnb and similar websites, a federal judge has refused to bar the door to a new Chicago ordinance regulating home-sharing arrangements in the city.

City Hall violates code by forcing snubbed minority subs into quick arbitration, class action says

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 10, 2017, 11:19pm

A Chicago-based, minority-owned petroleum and equipment supplier has spearheaded a class action against the city of Chicago, accusing City Hall of improperly applying rules that force minority-owned subcontractors into arbitration over contract disputes, effectively blocking them from suing general contractors who may have failed to sufficiently utilize the minority-owned subcontractors, as required by city ordinance.

Class action: ParkChicago app users owed money by city, vendors for bogus parking tickets

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 3, 2017, 4:18pm

The city of Chicago and the vendor to which the city paid $1.2 billion to install and run Chicago’s street parking meter system have been hit with a class action lawsuit, alleging the vendor and the city should be made to pay up for parking tickets wrongly issued to motorists who were actually legally parked after paying for their parking using the ParkChicago smartphone app.

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.

Judge: Chicago affordable housing rules constitutional; developers' rights not violated, can't sue City Hall

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 3, 2016, 6:45pm

The city of Chicago has the constitutional authority to require developers of new condo and apartment buildings to designate a portion of the project as “affordable housing,” a federal judge has said - and developers should enter into a new project understanding the rule could apply to them, despite efforts to avoid it.

Chicago given third try at pressing opioid deception fraud suit vs drugmakers

Dan Churney Oct. 3, 2016, 11:51am

A Chicago federal judge is giving City Hall a third try to refine its opioid fraud lawsuit vs drugmakers.

Chicago can't collect real estate transfer tax from buyers of homes sold by Fannie, Freddie, judge says

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 30, 2016, 5:53pm

The city of Chicago should not be allowed to sidestep laws barring cities from collecting taxes on real estate sold by federal mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by simply passing on the tax bills to those buying the properties from Fannie and Freddie, a federal judge has ruled.