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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.

Dish Network hit with $283M penalty for third-party telemarketing practices

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro Jun. 23, 2017, 2:56pm

A Springfield federal judge has placed Dish Network on the hook for a fine of more than $280 million for alleged violations of federal telemarketing law, even though the violations were committed by third-party contractors. And other companies should take note of the judge's ruling, said a lawyer who specializes in defenses against similar legal actions.

Cook County paid sick leave ordinance takes effect July 1; employers should learn the rules, lawyer says

Laura Halleman Jun. 23, 2017, 2:28pm

On July 1, Cook County's new mandatory paid sick leave ordinance will take effect. And employers would do well to learn if the ordinance will apply to them and to acquaint themselves with the "burdensome" rules, which were released to the public May 25, that the county will use to guide the implementation and enforcement of the ordinance.

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.

Suit alleges Manorcare of South Holland let former resident develop bedsores

Louie Torres Jun. 23, 2017, 1:54pm

A woman is suing Manorcare Health Services - South Holland on behalf of her relative's estate, alleging negligence by the facility in allowing the deceased to develop bedsores.

Appeals panel: State agencies can't hire own lawyers when disagree with Atty Gen's legal strategies

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 23, 2017, 1:20pm

A state appeals panel has refused to allow a state agency, under the supervision of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, to hire its own legal representation amid a conflict with Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan over legal strategy in defending against workers compensation claims brought by an independent personal assistant for those with disabilities who claimed she should be treated as a state employee after the state empowered a union to represent her.

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.

Fraud charges added to $36M lawsuit vs Mizzi, Canadian private equity firm over senior living venture

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 21, 2017, 4:59pm

Days after Canadian financial regulators seized control of a private equity firm over allegations it had misled investors to plow almost $100 million into a high-risk venture, a group of Chicago area businessmen have amended their pending $36 million lawsuit against Paramount Equity Financial Corporation and Canadian businessman Enzo Mizzi, now also accusing Mizzi’s group of fraud.

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.

Chicago City Hall 'locked in pre-McDonald mindset,' meaning legal fights over gun rights likely not over

Glenn Minnis Jun. 21, 2017, 4:02pm

While courts have ruled the city of Chicago has to change its way of thinking related to citizens' gun rights, a prominent Chicago appeals attorney believes the city remains mired in an approach to handgun regulation that could invite yet more legal actions and setbacks in the courts.

'Subjective intent' not enough to steer $108K to one biz, not another favored by deceased contractor

Glenn Minnis Jun. 21, 2017, 3:46pm

A state appeals panel has affirmed a Cook County judge's summary judgment against the plaintiffs in a dispute over which of two companies - whose leadership included the same person and whose names were separated by one letter - was entitled to consulting fees stemming from work performed by a contractor with ties to both entities.

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.