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'Exercise in revenue collection:' Appeals judges say Chicago can't hold cars over parking tickets if owners in bankruptcy

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 19, 2019

Finding the city of Chicago’s seizure of people’s cars over unpaid parking tickets amounts to little more than a program to boost the city’s treasury, a federal appeals court has rejected City Hall’s bid to keep a hold on seized vehicles even after bankruptcy judges have ordered the city to return them.

IL discipline board: Disbar lawyer who accused others of abuse, malpractice to control lawsuit vs Greyhound over mother's death

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 13, 2019

Panel says lawyer should be disbarred because he created a "tangled web" of accusations and frivolous lawsuits to gain control of the wrongful death lawsuit that followed the death of a mother who was crushed by a Greyhound bus in Colorado.

Class action: 'Abandoned' cars towed, impounded in Chicago 'effectively stolen' by city

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 12, 2019

A new class action asserts Chicago City Hall owes millions of dollars in restitution to car owners whose vehicles were illegally towed and impounded, and often later sold for scrap.

Judge: Plan to build Obama museum in Jackson Park should not be delayed, dismisses legal challenge

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 11, 2019

The Obama Foundation and its supporters in Chicago City Hall have notched a big win in the battle over whether to build a museum paying homage to the legacy of former President Barack Obama, as a judge dismissed the legal challenge to the plan to build the museum in Chicago's Jackson Park.

Cook County: Appeals court ruling should give new life to county's claims vs HSBC, Wells Fargo over foreclosures

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 5, 2019

Cook County has asked federal judges to rely on a federal appeals court ruling to restore the breadth of its damages claims vs HSBC and Wells Fargo for the harm the county said it suffered from the banks' alleged predatory lending practices.

Melrose Park lawyers: Hospital regulators appointed by Pritzker voted illegally on Westlake closure

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 31, 2019

Lawyers for the village of Melrose Park say two people appointed by Gov. JB Pritzker to a state hospital regulatory panel improperly voted to allow a controversy-plagued hospital to close, because their appointments had not yet been approved by the state Senate.

Chicago Ald. Burke indicted over alleged shakedowns to benefit property tax law firm Klafter & Burke

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 30, 2019

Federal prosecutors have added more charges against Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, accusing the once-powerful Chicago alderman of attempting to use his position as then-chairman of the city’s Finance Committee to push the developer of the Old Post Office redevelopment project to sign on as a client at Burke’s property tax appeal law firm.

Ceridian, Becton Dickinson targeted under new class actions for supplying fingerprint scanning ID tech to employers

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 29, 2019

Ceridian, one of the country’s largest human resources services vendors, and Becton Dickinson, one of the largest makers of medical technology, have become the latest big targets of class action lawsuits under an Illinois biometric information privacy law.

High rise manager Jones Lang LaSalle can't toss tenant's racketeering class action over 'union-only rule'

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 28, 2019

An ex-tenant in a Loop office building run by Jones Lang LaSalle has won the chance to continue its class action lawsuit against the property management company, accusing JLL of illegally conspiring with unions to run a racket forcing tenants to use union labor, rather than less expensive non-union contractors, for renovations and other work.

SCOTUS gives win to GSK in appeal of $3M verdict over Chicago lawyer's suicide, Paxil drug labeling

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 28, 2019

The widow of a lawyer who took his own life, allegedly after taking the generic equivalent of widely prescribed antidepressant drug, Paxil, will not get a chance to undo a federal appeals court’s decision to toss out a federal jury’s findings that GSK, the maker of Paxil, owes her $3 million because it allegedly didn’t push federal regulators hard enough to revise the drug’s warning label.

Melrose Park could use TIF property tax money to pay class action firm Edelson in Westlake Hospital court fight

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 24, 2019

Class action law firm Edelson P.C. could be poised to claim a cut of the property taxes paid to Melrose Park by Westlake Hospital, should the firm succeed in helping Melrose Park stop the hospital's owners from closing the health care facility.

Appeals panel: Chicago residents can sue city for exposure to lead in city drinking water lines

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 23, 2019

A divided state appeals panel has unstopped a class action against the city of Chicago over lead in the city’s drinking water, saying the plaintiffs need only demonstrate they have been exposed to relatively high levels of water-borne lead to allow the lawsuit to continue, even though 80 percent of the homes in Chicago are served by lead water lines.

Pritzker, union say US high court should reject class action attempt vs SEIU over unconstitutional fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 22, 2019

Unions that used a state law which was later declared to be unconstitutional to take millions of dollars from non-union home caregivers who were not employed by the state should not be exposed to the risk of a class action lawsuit to force the union to refund those unconstitutional fees, Illinois’ governor and attorneys for a union said in briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court this week.

SCOTUS decision could mean new hearing for widow's suit vs GSK over suicide of lawyer taking generic Paxil

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 21, 2019

A federal appeals court in Chicago could be tasked with taking another look at its previous decision undoing a jury verdict ordering drug maker GSK to pay $3 million to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide after taking the generic equivalent of a widely prescribed antidepressant drug.

'Strong' court challenges likely if IL blocks FanDuel, DraftKings from legal sports betting market: Report

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 17, 2019

The state of Illinois could face a swift constitutional legal challenge should it enact legislation to legalize sports betting that includes a provision designed to block online fantasy sports giants FanDuel and Draft Kings from the market, to benefit the state’s existing casinos, according to attorneys hired by one of the fantasy sports companies.

Judge: Cops not required to include personal 'private info' on public crash reports to lawyers seeking clients

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 15, 2019

Lawyers who use police accident reports to find clients and drum up business can’t use state open records laws to force police departments to provide addresses and insurance policy numbers for people involved in traffic crashes, a Cook County judge has ruled.

Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Willowbrook, Darien ask court to let them sue Sterigenics, along with Illinois

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 14, 2019

With the state of Illinois’ legal gambit to shut down a Willowbrook medical device sterilization facility now back in DuPage County court, two more suburbs - Burr Ridge and Hinsdale - have added their names to the list of municipal governments seeking to join the court action as plaintiffs.

Ex-Loyola Academy girls soccer coach sues school: 'False' accusations about 'inappropriate comments' ruined career

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 13, 2019

A former girls soccer coach at a North Shore Catholic high school has served his former employers with a defamation lawsuit, saying they ruined his coaching career and smeared his reputation based on allegedly false reports he had “verbally abused” and made “inappropriate comments” to the girls on his team at Loyola Academy.

Sterigenics court fight worries health care sector over short-, long-term impacts of effort to restrict EO use

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 9, 2019

As the court fight continues over the fate of Sterigenics’ medical device sterilization plant in Willowbrook, the company and others are working to draw attention to the health care side effects of this and possible further moves by Illinois state officials and lawmakers to further restrict access to the sterilizing agent ethylene oxide.

Judge: Dispute over whether Pritzker broke law in shutting down Sterigenics belongs in state, not federal, court

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 6, 2019

Medical device sterilizer Sterigenics will not find any relief from federal courts, after a federal judge ruled its dispute over Gov. JB Pritzker’s order closing Sterigenics’ Willowbrook facility belongs in state court.

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