An attempt by the pension fund for retired police officers to intercept and claim millions of dollars in revenue nominally belonging to the financially troubled city of Harvey is back on hold, at least for another week, after a Cook County judge granted a temporary restraining order requested by the fund supporting Harvey’s retired firefighters.
Illinois Sports Facilities Authority: Concert promoters should owe $1.5M for failed Sox Park concert
The city-state agency that operates the home stadium of the Chicago White Sox has asked a Cook County court to help it claw back the $1.5 million it claims were lost when a charity concert event planned to take place at Guaranteed Rate Field cratered, because promoters failed to bring in the big-name musical acts they had promised.
GSK: Apply West Virginia ruling on drug label liability to appeal of $3M verdict over Chicago lawyer's suicide
As a federal appeals court in Chicago prepares to hear arguments later this month on the question of whether a drug company should bear responsibility for the effects of a generic equivalent medication they did not make or sell, pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline has asked the judges to lend weight to a West Virginia Supreme Court delivered in recent days, which declared using drug warning labels to hold innovators liable for harm caused by a generic copy of their product would “sever the connection between risk and reward,” both raising prices and reducing innovation.
Charles Freeman, first African-American IL Sup Ct justice, retires; Appellate justice Neville appointed to replace
After nearly three decades on Illinois’ high court, Justice Charles Freeman, the first black justice to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court and a former chief justice of the court, has retired. Illinois First District Appellate Court P. Scott Neville has been appointed to serve the remainder of Freeman's term through 2020.
Chicago housing groups: Lawsuit vs Berrios over discriminatory assessment practices more than tax dispute
Two Chicago-based housing assistance organizations have asked a Cook County judge to reject the attempt by lame duck Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios to sidestep their discrimination lawsuit, saying their legal action over allegedly racially discriminatory property tax assessment practices is more than just a dispute over property taxes.
CNA says Oakfabco bankruptcy plan would let asbestos lawyers rig the vote; Oakfabco: CNA just protecting its interests
Saying the plan would open opportunities for “gamesmanship” by trial lawyers, insurer CNA has asked a bankruptcy judge to shoot down a plan by the successor company to a defunct boiler maker to wind down its existence by essentially giving lawyers representing plaintiffs in nearly 34,000 asbestos claims the chance to vote themselves a payday.
A group of opponents of the development of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park have sued the city of Chicago and the Chicago Park District to stop what they call a “short con shell game” that, if allowed to proceed, will “destroy the pristine open environment” and “open the door to progressively more intrusive destruction” of the historic park on Chicago’s South Side.
Facebook: Cook County data mining lawsuit designed to benefit only county government, its hired lawyers
Saying only the county and its hired trial lawyers would stand to benefit from any settlement or judgment, Facebook has pushed back against the Cook County State’s Attorney’s attempt to send back to more friendly legal turf the pending legal fight over how much blame Facebook should shoulder for data mining conducted by another firm, ostensibly to benefit the 2016 election campaign of President Donald Trump.
Saying plaintiffs had effectively pleaded themselves out of court, a Chicago federal judge has slammed the door on an attempted class action lawsuit accusing operators of real estate website Zillow of breaking state consumer fraud and deceptive practices laws by using their “Zestimates” – an online home value estimation tool – as a “marketing gimmick” to drive business to Zillow’s preferred real estate agents and undercut home sellers’ ability to sell their home for what they believe it should be worth.
Illinois voters will not get a chance to weigh in on the question of whether Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other legislative leaders in the Democratic-controlled Illinois General Assembly should continue to hold the keys to drawing the state's legislative district maps, after the leaders of the state House and Senate refused to call a vote for a constitutional amendment designed to curtail their influence over the process.
Throughout the Chicago area, real estate investors are using condo deconversions to scoop up condo buildings in the city and suburbs to feed the continued strong market demand for rental apartments. But for those caught on the wrong end of the process, proscribed by a state law process some compare to eminent domain, few options are at their disposal other than to fight for the value of their unit in court.
Former state's attorney Alvarez threatens ex-Springfield reporter, current state's attorney with defamation suit
Cook County former top prosecutor Anita Alvarez has threatened to sue prominent Illinois journalist Kerry Lester and Kim Foxx, who succeeded Alvarez as Cook County State’s Attorney, unless Lester agrees to retract statements attributed to Foxx in Lester’s new book on sexual harassment in Illinois politics, in which Foxx claims Alvarez failed to act to stop ongoing sexual harassment within her office because the alleged harasser was a friend.
IL Supreme Court strikes appellate order requiring comptroller to release hold on city of Harvey's funds
The financially-troubled city of Harvey again has been denied access to more than $1 million in its share of state money it says it needs to pay its current police officers, firefighters and other city employees, but which the board overseeing its retired police officers’ pension fund says state law requires the state to pay to them.
Sheriff: Pull plug on class action from 'dishonest, incompetent' suspended officers, or place public at risk
While the board that reviews and fires Cook County sheriff’s officers accused of misconduct was illegally constituted, Cook County’s sheriff has asked a federal judge to shy away from letting about 230 suspended sheriff’s deputies and correctional officers continue with a lawsuit over the issue, warning granting the reinstatement “with back pay” sought by the fired officers would place the public at risk.