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Judge blocks Harvey police pension payment amid scrap with firefighters over state tax money

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.

Judge pulls to the curb class action vs city, ParkChicago vendors over app users' parking tickets

A class action lawsuit accusing the city of Chicago and its curbside parking meters vendors of wrongly issuing parking tickets to motorists who actually had fed the meters using the ParkChicago smartphone app, has been dismissed.

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.

Doctor's lawsuit: Osco Drug repeatedly sent faxes urging refills for opioids, other prescription drugs

A Deer Park doctor has delivered a federal complaint accusing Osco Drug of persistently sending faxes urging him to refill patients’ prescriptions, including those for opioids.

Judge: Car dealer software companies can't delete antitrust claims over monopolization of car dealer data

Two companies specializing in software used by car dealerships must face an antitrust lawsuit alleging they improperly cornered the market for key industry data, and allegedly used their market share to close off competitors and jack up prices charged to vendors seeking the information they held.

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.

Class action: Bloomingdale's improperly charged 7 cent bag tax on garment bags

Bloomingdale’s is facing a class action complaint accusing it of improperly charging the city of Chicago bag tax, after a woman said she was charged 7 cents too much.

Protect Our Parks group sues to block 'con game' allowing Obama museum in Chicago's Jackson Park

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.

Judge slams door on class action vs Zillow; 'Zestimate' may be 'gimmick,' but not deception, fraud

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.

Fair Maps Amendment not called for vote, deadline passes to place it on November 2018 ballot

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.

Converting Values: Condo owners on wrong end of deconversions lament lack of legal protections

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.

Judge rejects request to toss $36M fraud lawsuit vs Mizzi, Canadian private equity firm over senior living venture

A Cook County judge will allow a Chicago development group to proceed with their lawsuit, alleging a Canadian businessman and companies with which he is affiliated owe them $36 million for alleged fraud in an arrangement for the purchase of American senior living facilities.

IL Supreme Court suspends law license of Cook County judge convicted of bank fraud

The Illinois Supreme Court has taken the next step in potentially removing from the bench a Cook County judge convicted of bank fraud, suspending the law license of Jessica Arong O'Brien.

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.