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Lifetime Fitness could owe ex-trainers back wages, but not vacation pay in whistleblower suit

Dan Churney Sep. 23, 2015, 10:10am

A federal suit against the Lifetime Fitness chain of health clubs recently lost some muscle, when a judge ruled the company may owe fired personal trainers back wages for regular and overtime hours, but it does not owe them pay for unused vacation time. The case began July 7, 2014, when Jared Steger and David Ramsey filed a class-action suit in Cook County Circuit Court against LTF Club Operations Co.

Former part-time clerk asks judge to rein in UBS' efforts to lasso him in FINRA arbitration worth millions

Dan Churney Sep. 15, 2015, 10:32am

A former clerk with UBS Financial Services in Chicago went to Chicago federal court last week, arguing the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has no jurisdiction over him in a multi-million dollar arbitration action, brought against him by UBS for allegedly breaching his employment contract. On Sept. 10, Alexander Freund lodged a two-count complaint against New Jersey-headquartered UBS Financial Services, seeking declaratory judgment and an injunction.

Romeoville church contends village zoning regulations box out small churches, break federal, state law

Dan Churney Sep. 14, 2015, 5:48pm

A church has asked a federal judge to determine whether Caesar has asked it to render too much, as the religious group has alleged zoning regulations in the village of Romeoville are discriminatory, making it almost impossible for small churches to locate in the village. On Sept. 4, Truth Foundation Ministries (TFM) filed a three-count complaint in the U.S.

Appeals panel: City did not overreact in labeling bullmastiff 'dangerous' after attack on smaller dog

Dan Churney Sep. 12, 2015, 9:19am

A dog owner has claimed the Chicago Animal Care and Control Commission overreacted when it classified her pet a dangerous creature for mauling a smaller dog, but a state appellate panel has sided with the city commission.

IL state officials tossed from discrimination lawsuit vs Eden Supportive Living over mental health policies

Dan Churney Sep. 8, 2015, 11:01pm

A Chicago federal judge has tossed several state officials, including former Gov. Patrick Quinn, from a suit brought by two women and a fair housing group, which alleged officials wrongly barred the mentally ill from a Medicaid-supported housing program.

IL Atty General hits Chicago lawyer with legal action over alleged mishandling of trust

Dan Churney Sep. 5, 2015, 8:55am

A longtime Chicago lawyer is in hot water with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Office in connection with questions about his handling of a charitable trust. The Attorney General’s Office lodged a complaint Aug. 31 in Cook County Circuit Court against Richard C. Moenning.

Guilt-by-marriage? Video gambling applicant claims Illinois Gaming Board blackballed her because of spouse’s suit against Board

Dan Churney Sep. 4, 2015, 11:42am

A West Chicago woman has sued the Illinois Gaming Board, claiming the board improperly turned down her applications last spring for four video gaming licenses for planned establishments in suburban Chicago, in retaliation for a lawsuit her husband had brought against the Board over sweepstakes machines.

Judge refuses new trial vs Owens, Exxon for pipefitter with lung cancer a jury found was caused by cigarettes, not asbestos

Dan Churney Aug. 28, 2015, 1:49pm

A Chicago federal judge refused to grant a new trial Aug. 25 for a retired pipefitter from Braidwood, who failed to convince a jury earlier this year exposure to asbestos on corporate job sites, rather than a cigarette smoking habit, had caused his lung cancer. Charles Krik filed suit in November 2010 in Chicago federal court against Owens-Illinois, ExxonMobil and others, claiming his lung cancer was caused, in part, because the companies negligently exposed him to asbestos while he worked as a

Woman active in Schiller Park politics, community organizations, wants Facebook to reveal ID of blogger

Dan Churney Aug. 27, 2015, 3:11pm

A politically active Schiller Park woman wants to target the blogger she claims defamed her, and to do so has taken action in Cook County Circuit Court to force Facebook and Wordpress to identify the blogger.

Medical marijuana executive withdraws suit vs Chicago law firm over bungled deal, tax liability

Dan Churney Aug. 26, 2015, 12:27pm

A lawsuit brought by a Prospect Heights developer and entrepreneur in Cook County Circuit Court, claiming his financial interest in a medical marijuana consulting company may go to pot because a Loop law firm allegedly bungled a merger between the marijuana company and two other corporations, has been dismissed. The judge entered an order accepting Baroud's motion for voluntary dismissal Dec. 14.

Temporary flooding caused by government action can be illegal taking of property, appellate panel rules

Dan Churney Aug. 24, 2015, 12:19pm

A state appellate panel has ruled the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion, and not that of the state’s highest court, should hold sway in a case in which a group of Chicago area homeowners have argued a decision by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago to release flood waters, resulting in backed-up sewers, flooded creeks and extensive damages to surrounding homes, constitutes an illegal taking of their property under the Illinois Constitution.

1st Appellate Court refuses to upset $8 million verdict in I-94 wrongful death case

Dan Churney Aug. 20, 2015, 12:56pm

An appeals panel has upheld an $8 million judgment awarded to the family of a suburban woman killed by a truck along the side of Interstate 94 in 2010, rejecting a trucking company's claims it didn't get a fair trial and the trial judge made a number of mistakes. The First District Appellate Court in Chicago on Aug. 14 affirmed the jury verdict awarded to the family of Stacey L. McHale.

IL attorney discipline panel recommends lawyer imprisoned for bank fraud lose law license

Dan Churney Aug. 17, 2015, 9:49am

An Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission’s hearing board has recommended the Supreme Court of Illinois strip the license of an imprisoned lawyer, who the regulators assert showed no remorse for committing a multi-million dollar fraud.

FDIC OK to continue pursuit of $100K retainer paid to lawyer just before First DuPage Bank failure

Dan Churney Aug. 15, 2015, 12:48am

A Chicago federal judge has turned down a motion to dismiss a suit brought against a now-shuttered law firm by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which is seeking the return of an alleged improper retainer paid the firm by a failing bank. On Aug. 22, 2014, the FDIC filed a one-count complaint against the Coleman Law Firm, of Chicago, demanding return of $100,000 that had been paid the firm by officers of the now defunct First DuPage Bank.

Former McHenry prosecutor OK'd to sue State's Attorney over firing following testimony in corruption case

Dan Churney Aug. 12, 2015, 11:55pm

A federal judge in Rockford allowed a former assistant prosecutor to continue his suit against his ex-boss, embattled McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi, but not against another of Bianchi’s prosecutors, for allegedly firing him for testifying against Bianchi in a failed misconduct case.

Texas businessman's malpractice claim dismissed vs Katten Muchin firm, partner, over handling of fraud suit

Dan Churney Aug. 8, 2015, 2:30pm

A lawsuit brought by a one-time client, who acted as his own attorney, against the Katten Muchin law firm, of Chicago, was dismissed after the man, after filing the lawsuit, opted not to continue to press the case in which he claimed the firm had misled him about their legal skills, torpedoing a fraud lawsuit.

Video gaming 'finder' says Ill. Gaming Board penalized, 'blacklisted' his company without authority

Dan Churney Aug. 6, 2015, 2:41pm

A Dundee man is in Cook County Circuit Court, saying the Illinois Gaming Board dealt him a bad hand by improperly ordering a video gaming company to stop using his business as a broker to arrange contracts for lease of the company's machines.

Bankrupt lender can't sue GE for allegedly lengthening lifespan of Ponzi scheme that ensnared them

Dan Churney Aug. 3, 2015, 7:24am

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed litigation brought against GE Capital by the trustee for a bankrupt lender who claimed the bank’s failure to publicly expose a Ponzi scheme before the scheme was halted by law enforcement cost the bankrupt lender millions of dollars in defaulted loans.

Class action alleges loan company made 'hundreds of thousands' of collection calls to cell phones

Dan Churney Jul. 26, 2015, 10:36pm

In Chicago’s federal court, it’s Dial L for Lawsuit, as a Mississippi woman has brought a class-action complaint against a multi-state personal finance company for allegedly violating federal law by making hundreds of thousands of unsolicited, automated telephone calls. Shirley Williams filed the suit July 22 against First Tower Loan LLC on behalf of herself and a class including others similarly situated, alleging the company violated the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Federal judge doesn’t go for corporate shuffling in parking attendant labor suit

Dan Churney Jul. 24, 2015, 8:53am

A Chicago parking lot attendant company tried to pull away from a class-action labor lawsuit brought by former employees, but a federal judge has applied the brakes.