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Pritzker campaign accused in lawsuit of discrimination, harassment against black, Latino campaign staffers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 16, 2018

Saying the Illinois gubernatorial frontrunner’s campaign has routinely “herded” and “marginalized” its workers of color, a group of African American and Latino workers for Illinois Democratic gubernatorial nominee JB Pritzker has sued Pritzker’s campaign organization for discrimination and harassment.

Workers comp, health insurers for Illinois towns add to mass of municipal opioid lawsuits

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 15, 2018

Organizations providing workers comp insurance and employee health insurance for more than 200 Illinois local governments have joined the mass of lawsuits against drug makers, distributors and others associated with the spread of so-called opioid painkillers.

Fired workers say Treasure Island Foods owes them 60-days pay after abrupt store closures

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 12, 2018

A group of employees of Chicago’s recently shuttered Treasure Island supermarket chain have delivered their former employer with a class action lawsuit, accusing the company of violating their rights under state and federal laws entitling them to either a 60-day notice that the company was closing its doors, or a check equivalent to 60 days’ pay and other owed benefits.

Final OK sought for $12.5M deal to end 6-yr class action vs cruise lines over robocalls; attorneys ask $3.1M

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 11, 2018

After sorting through a blizzard of more than 2 million claims, including many that “were likely fraudulent,” lawyers on both sides of a massive class action over vacation marketing robocalls have asked a judge to sign off on a $12.5 million deal to end the six-year-old litigation, under which about 275,000 approved claimants could get a share of $6 million, and plaintiffs’ lawyers could get more than $3.1 million.

Rosebud Restaurants, EEOC settle class action over workplace sexual harassment charges

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 10, 2018

Rosebud Restaurants has settled a potential class action brought by federal workplace discrimination monitors, who had accused the Italian restaurant chain of mistreating female employees, allowing them to be subjected to sexual harassment on the job.

Chicago Joe's Tea Room group asks court to strike down IL law barring Broadview strip club

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 5, 2018

A group of investors have renewed their long-running legal fight win the chance to open a strip club in suburban Broadview, now asking a federal judge for permission to directly challenge the constitutionality of an 11-year-old state law the would-be club operators contend effectively bans all adult entertainment establishments from opening anywhere in the town.

Class action: Hundreds of Cook Sheriff officer suspensions invalid, because State's Attorney not involved

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 4, 2018

Cook County’s Sheriff and State’s Attorney may both face a proposed class action brought by a suspended Cook County correctional officer, who claims the disciplinary action against him and similar actions against all officers disciplined by the sheriff since 2016 should be tossed out because the sheriff’s office wasn't represented in the disciplinary proceedings by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

River City condo owners sue to block $90M sale to Marc Realty, say board conspired to 'bribe' holdouts, skew vote

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 3, 2018

In the wake of a vote to approve a sale that would reportedly pave the way for the largest condos-to-apartments conversion in Chicago to date, a group of condominium owners in the River City complex have filed suit to block the more than $90 million sale, accusing the condo association board of working with the would-be buyers to essentially target and bribe certain unit owners to persuade them with secret “side deals” to vote to approve the sale.

Judge nixes $17.5M deal in collection calls class action vs Ocwen, says attorney fees too high

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 2, 2018

Saying lawyers for the plaintiffs need to “drastically” reduce their $5.8 million fee request to make it "conceivable" to win his approval, a federal judge has rejected a $17.5 million settlement intended to end a class action lawsuit against debt collector Ocwen Loan Servicing over claims the company violated federal law when it called millions of debtors.

Appeals judges: Lincolnshire, other towns can't create right-to-work zones, despite home rule powers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 1, 2018

Saying to find otherwise would create “catastrophic” consequences for labor law in Illinois and across the country, a federal appeals panel has backed a federal judge’s decision to toss an attempt by a northwest suburban village to use its home rule powers to create a local right-to-work zone within its borders.

Choosing a hat: Proposal seeks to ease home closing costs by rewriting rules for IL lawyers who sell title insurance

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 28, 2018

A new legislative proposal would force real estate lawyers in Illinois who also serve as title insurance agents to 'choose which hat they will wear' in a home sale transaction, in a bid to reduce the typical closing costs paid by Illinois homeowners, and bring those costs more in line with the national average. But the proposal has drawn fire from lawyers and their associations, accusing supporters of the bill of unfairly 'scapegoating' lawyers for Illinois' relatively more expensive title insurance costs.

Judge: Lawyers must justify fee requests for investor suits withdrawn vs Akorn over proxy disclosures

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 27, 2018

A federal judge says a group of lawyers must demonstrate why they should be allowed to collect more than $300,000 in attorney fees for their work representing clients who withdrew a potential class action against generic drug manufacturer Akorn Inc. over its attempted sale to German pharmaceutical company Fresenius.

Cook County OK to restrict campaign cash from lawyers, others seeking 'official action,' appeals court says

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 25, 2018

A state appellate court has again ruled Cook County has the power to make ethics rules that apply to county officers, including the Cook County Assessor, this time finding the County Board did not overstep in prohibiting real estate lawyers and otheers from contributing to the campaign coffers of county officials when they are seeking “official action” from the county.

IL Supreme Court disbars 10, suspends 16, including 'People's Attorney' radio host convicted of bank fraud

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 21, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has disbarred 10 lawyers, including a radio host convicted of bank fraud, and suspended 16, including a lawyer who attempted to extort their firm and another who created a fake online dating profile for another attorney and a fake Facebook profile for himself to berate the other lawyer in online reviews.

IL Supreme Court: State law granting hospitals property tax exemption constitutional

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 20, 2018

Hospitals in Illinois have secured a key win in a longrunning court fight over whether they should be required to pay property taxes, as the Illinois Supreme Court has upheld as constitutional a state law allowing hospitals to remain tax exempt.

Appeals court OKs IL abortion funding, despite 'problematic' lack of revenue estimate; Appeal to IL Sup Ct vowed

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 20, 2018

A group of pro-life organizations seeking to undo Illinois legislation mandating taxpayer funding of abortion services has pledged to appeal their case to the Illinois Supreme Court, after a state appeals court opted not to compel the state of Illinois to account for where the money to pay for the abortions would come from.

Tinley Park to pay $410K to settle legal storm over handling of low-income housing project plan

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 17, 2018

The village of Tinley Park has settled a legal imbroglio over claims the village discriminated against predominantly black low income residents when it stalled approval of a controversial housing project planned for the community’s downtown area – a situation the village blamed in part on its ex-planner, who will get $360,000 under a proposed settlement.

Obama Center opponents say City Hall misled judge over track demolition, tree clearing in Jackson Park

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 14, 2018

Saying lawyers for the city of Chicago misled a judge, a group opposed to the development of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park have asked a federal judge to slap a hold on any further city work in the park while a lawsuit to block the Obama Center project continues.

Anti-union IL state worker asks judge to let him defend state vs union attempt to 'discriminate' vs non-union workers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 13, 2018

Saying Illinois’ attorney general’s defense is “inadequate” and is “bordering on malpractice,” an Illinois state employee who factored in the court action that led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down rules requiring non-union workers to pay fees to unions has again jumped into a federal court action, this time asking a judge to allow his legal team to defend the state against a union’s attempt to secure a court order striking down labor laws requiring them to represent all workers in a collective bargaining unit.

Chicago horse carriage vendors: Animal welfare activists conspired to defame, harm business

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 13, 2018

The owners of Chicago’s three licensed horse-drawn carriage companies have rolled out a lawsuit against a group of animal welfare activists, who the vendors accuse of conspiring to disrupt their businesses and smear their reputations.

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