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
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
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.
Guilt-by-marriage? Video gambling applicant claims Illinois Gaming Board blackballed her because of spouse’s suit against Board
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Texas businessman's malpractice claim dismissed vs Katten Muchin firm, partner, over handling of fraud suit
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.
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.