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Chicago lawyer convicted of boosting scheme to con condo lenders among 16 disciplined by IL Sup. Ct.

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 22, 2017, 6:06pm

A Chicago real estate lawyer convicted of defrauding banks for allegedly boosting a scheme to con mortgage lenders out of $1.5 million in loans on behalf of sham condo purchasers, has been suspended from practicing law in Illinois, one of 16 lawyers disciplined this month by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Class action: Floor and Decor sells tiles that don't measure up; mimics lumber suits vs Home Depot, Menards

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 17, 2017, 3:07pm

In the wake of attempted class action lawsuits aimed at Home Depot and Menards over the size of lumber pieces they sell, Floor and Decor has become the latest class action target, as a new lawsuit claims they sell ceramic and glass tiles that allegedly don’t quite measure up to the dimensions listed on the tag and packaging.

Drugmaker Auxilium wins at jury in its first bellwether trial over testosterone therapy drug Testim

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 16, 2017, 4:16pm

While their competitor AbbVie seeks to undo jury verdicts worth nearly $290 million over testosterone replacement therapy drugs, drugmaker Auxilium has received a clean bill from a jury in its first court test over claims it and other similar drugmakers should be made to pay for alleged misleading marketing that led men to take the drugs, and suffered heart attacks as a result.

Lawyer asks court to order ex-client, other, to pay $225K for alleged defamatory online reviews

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 15, 2017, 2:57pm

A Westchester attorney has served a former client and another claiming to be an ex-client with a demand to pay at least $225,000 for allegedly posting libelous reviews on Yelp and Google, in which they asserted the attorney was a "useless" and a "crook."

Supreme Court refuses to hear home care providers' lawsuit vs SEIU over compelled representation

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 14, 2017, 10:21pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a group of Illinois child care providers and in-home care assistants for those with disabilities the chance to argue their constitutional rights were violated by an Illinois state law forcing the care providers to accept the Service Employees International Union as their bargaining representative.

Class action denied in lawsuit vs vendor over Chicago foreclosed property cleanouts

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 10, 2017, 4:14pm

A Cook County judge has refused to allow a Chicago man to proceed with a class action lawsuit he brought against a company that specializes in cleaning out and securing foreclosed properties, in which he accused the company of essentially ignoring whether the homes are occupied before entering and setting to work.

Aramark tagged with worker fingerprint class action under IL privacy law

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 10, 2017, 12:10am

Aramark, one of the country’s largest employers, providing food service and other vendor services to Chicago’s Soldier Field and numerous schools, corporate headquarters, hospitals, prisons and other institutional facilities throughout Illinois, has become one of the latest targets among a growing number of lawsuits under an Illinois privacy law, accusing employers of not properly handling the process of scanning and managing their employees’ fingerprints to log employees’ work hours.

Appeals panel: ILRB must hear union's claims over threat to stick strikers with health insurance bill

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14pm

For the second time in three days, a state appeals court in Southern Illinois has handed a win to a labor union representing state workers in disputes with a state agency that answers to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, this time finding a state labor board must hold hearings on whether the state improperly threatened to make striking workers pay the full cost of their health insurance.

Judge: Iowa couple's suit vs Apple Vacations over Mexico airport shuttle crash doesn't belong in IL court

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 7, 2017, 3:09pm

A Chicago federal judge has tossed an Iowa couple’s lawsuit against Apple Vacations and related travel agencies over injuries they suffered in a car crash while on vacation in Mexico, saying the case has no business being in a courtroom in Chicago.

Courthouse News Service lawsuit: Cook County Circuit Clerk withholding lawsuits from public view

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 6, 2017, 12:02pm

A news service which reports on litigation and trends in civil courts across the country has sued the Cook County Circuit Clerk’s office, saying the clerk’s policy of withholding many civil lawsuits from public view for days at a time pending administrative processing violates the U.S. Constitution and goes against years of standard practices regarding freedom of access to public information.

Saint Anthony Hospital sues ratings agency Leapfrog, said knowingly used incorrect info to lower grade

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 3, 2017, 12:37pm

Saint Anthony Hospital, which describes itself as serving poor and disadvantaged residents of Chicago’s south and west sides, has sued hospital ratings agency Leapfrog for defamation, saying the agency knowingly used incorrect information to chop the hospital’s letter grade rating for patient safety from an “A” to a “C.”

McDonalds, Grubhub, Kmart settle ADA lawsuits over website, app accessibility for the blind

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 2, 2017, 2:52pm

Three class action lawsuits against McDonald’s, Grubhub and Kmart, alleging those companies’ apps and websites violated federal disability law because they were not easily accessible to the blind have been settled in recent days, according to federal court records.

Millions of dollars in balance as Hilton, BMO Harris continue sparring over credit card processing contract

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 1, 2017, 3:02pm

One of the world’s largest hoteliers and one of the Chicago region’s biggest banks are continuing their court fight over millions of dollars Hilton Hotels claims BMO Harris Bank wrongly withheld amid a tussle over a credit card processing deal and customer data breaches.

Chicago OK to tack on thousands in taxes to the sale of Fannie, Freddie foreclosures: Appeals court

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 31, 2017, 4:53pm

While federal law bars the city of Chicago and other local governments from slapping taxes on homes acquired by federal home mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the law does nothing to stop such cities from merely passing on those tax bills to the people who later buy the property from Fannie or Freddie, a federal appeals panel says.

'Opportunistic' pop tax class action vs Subway kicked back to Cook County court by federal judge

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 30, 2017, 8:16pm

A federal judge has poured back to Cook County court a class action lawsuit accusing Subway restaurants of making customers pay a few cents too much by collecting the soon-to-expire controversial Cook County “pop tax” on unsweetened iced tea at some of its Chicago restaurants.

Judge grants enthusiastic initial OK to $295M deal to end price fixing class action vs Stericycle

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 27, 2017, 3:03pm

Saying the proposed settlement reflects “professionalism of the highest order, when measured by the appropriate yardstick,” a federal judge in Chicago has granted an initial nod to a $295 million settlement deal intended to end a multi-state class action lawsuit accusing medical waste disposal company Stericycle of fixing prices, costing hundreds of millions of dollars to its smaller customers.

Hooters among latest employers sued over handling of employee fingerprints under IL privacy law

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 25, 2017, 4:07pm

The Hooters restaurant chain has landed in court, among the latest employers in Chicago and elsewhere sued under an Illinois privacy law for allegedly improperly collecting and storing its employees fingerprints, even though employees use their fingerprints to clock in and out of work shifts and accurately track their hours on the job.

Judge: Testosterone replacement drug bellwether OK to proceed vs Testim maker Auxilium

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 24, 2017, 4:44pm

After two federal juries delivered $140 million verdicts against AbbVie, competing drugmaker Auxilium will be headed to trial over claims its testosterone replacement therapy drug Testim caused heart attacks in men who took the drug to treat “off-label” conditions, spurred by what plaintiffs alleged was misleading marketing from drugmakers.

Chicago Public Building Commission settles RICO suit vs driller over treatment of subs for $1.35M

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 23, 2017, 5:44pm

The Chicago Public Building Commission, a city agency in charge of constructing and renovating Chicago’s city-owned buildings, has agreed to pay out about $1.35 million, including more than $300,000 to a Michigan-based water well driller, to settle a federal racketeering action brought by the driller who accused the CPBC and two contractors of withholding information about underground asbestos-wrapped pipes on the site a new Chicago police station and then effectively putting the driller out of business by withholding payment.

Lawyer sues Schaumburg cops, says must include names, addresses on crash reports used to solicit clients

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 20, 2017, 11:05am

About a month after settling a potential class action lawsuit accusing him of breaking a federal law when he used the village’s police vehicle crash reports to solicit potential clients for personal injury lawsuits, a lawyer now has sued the village of Schaumburg, saying police departments can’t withhold from him the contact information of those involved in vehicle crashes.