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Appeals panel: Forest Preserve didn't overstep law when buying Barrington Hills horse ranch out of foreclosure

Jonathan Bilyk May 19, 2015, 3:15pm

A state appeals panel has determined the Cook County Forest Preserve District did not violate the law when the district purchased a Barrington Hills horse ranch out of foreclosure by first purchasing the mortgage note from the bank, and then standing as the highest bidder when the property went to foreclosure auction a few months later.

Stamp collector alleges lawyer's malpractice allowed company to steal $1 million collection

Jonathan Bilyk May 18, 2015, 3:55pm

LandauA collector of rare stamps and coins, who claims to have held a collection valued at as much as $2 million, has sued his lawyer for malpractice, alleging the attorney bungled litigation the collector had brought against a group he claimed had “stolen” more than $1 million worth of “valuable stamps and postal history.”On May 15, Seymour Ehrenpreis, of Skokie, filed a legal malpractice complaint

Development partner accuses Howard Hughes of cutting it out of contract for land for likely new Wacker Drive skyscraper

Jonathan Bilyk May 15, 2015, 6:14pm

110 N. Wacker DriveA legal row has arisen over the fate of one of downtown Chicago’s best remaining potential skyscraper sites, as a Chicago real estate development firm has accused the corporate descendant of General Growth Properties of moving to cut it out of the future construction of a new tower on the land now occupied by General Growth’s headquarters at 110 N. Wacker Drive.On Wednesday, May

Appellate panel: Zurich insurers not on hook for $8 million fax-blasting settlement

Jonathan Bilyk May 14, 2015, 6:04pm

Insurance companies will not need to pay out $8 million to help a Pennsylvania company settle a class action for reportedly “fax-blasting” hundreds of businesses in Illinois and elsewhere, after a state appellate panel determined the sending of the faxes at the center of the case could not be considered an “accidental” occurrence under Pennsylvania law.On May 13, a three-justice panel of the Illinois

IL Supreme Court suspends Aleman, Macey two years for Legal Helpers Debt Resolution scheme; other attorneys disbarred, suspended

Jonathan Bilyk May 14, 2015, 5:13pm

Two Chicago attorneys who built a nationwide business in the 1990s and early 2000s purportedly helping consumers resolve personal debt issues have been suspended from practicing law in Illinois for the next two years.

Federal judge dismisses much of Chicago suit vs. drugmakers over misleading marketing of Oxycontin, other opioid painkillers

Jonathan Bilyk May 13, 2015, 5:42pm

Several companies who make popular prescription pain killing drugs, including Actavis and Johnson & Johnson, have secured wins in their fight to forestall a lawsuit brought by the city of Chicago, alleging they fraudulently marketed their drugs in the last few decades, leading doctors to prescribe the drugs and compel the city, as its workers’ health insurer, to pay for them when it otherwise should

Exotic dancer brings class action vs. South Loop adult dance club over unpaid wages

Jonathan Bilyk May 12, 2015, 4:48pm

An exotic dancer has filed a class action suit against the club at which she works, alleging the club’s owners have improperly designated her and the club’s dozens of other dancers as “independent contractors,” denying them wages and overtime pay she alleges the dancers are due under federal labor law.

Family of man slain by police on Mother's Day 2014 sues Chicago over wrongful death, civil rights violations

Jonathan Bilyk May 11, 2015, 5:42pm


Amtrak sues city over condition of Canal Street Viaduct at Union Station, alleges neglected maintenance

Jonathan Bilyk May 11, 2015, 3:49pm

Union StationAmtrak and its subsidiary, the company overseeing operations at Union Station, have sued the city of Chicago to force the city to repair the underside of Canal Street running over tracks at the historic train station, and reimburse Amtrak and the station operators for the maintenance work they’ve already done on the viaduct over the last two years.Monday, May 11, Amtrak and the Chicago

Facebook removes tag suggestion class action suit to federal court

Jonathan Bilyk May 9, 2015, 9:00am

Facebook has moved to make Chicago’s federal courtrooms the place to try a class action suit pending against the social media giant over the company’s so-called tag suggestion feature.On May 6, Facebook filed notice in Chicago of its intent to remove to federal court the lawsuit that had been filed against it a month earlier in Cook County Chancery Court.Facebook, based just outside of Palo Alto, Cali

Illinois Supreme Court strikes down state pension reform law, rejects state's police powers argument

Jonathan Bilyk May 8, 2015, 1:05pm

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Evanston eatery owner accuses brother, rival restaurateur of copying menu for Highland Park diner

Jonathan Bilyk May 7, 2015, 3:19pm

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Illinois residents throw down in class action vs. Pacquiao-Mayweather fight promoters, allege fraud in fight pay-per-view promotion

Jonathan Bilyk May 6, 2015, 3:43pm


Jury finds cigarettes, not asbestos, cause of pipefitter's lung cancer in asbestos case vs. ExxonMobil, Owens

Jonathan Bilyk May 6, 2015, 10:16am

ShahAfter a federal judge denied the plaintiff the ability to use the “any exposure” theory to press his asbestos-related claim, a federal jury has ruled a pipefitter’s lung cancer may have been caused by his pack-and-a-half a day cigarette smoking habit, rather than asbestos exposure, handing a rare win at trial to a group of industrial defendants.On May 1, the jury ruled in federal court in Chicago

Widow of CME futures trading pioneer Barry Lind alleges Katten lawyers helped conceal affairs, estate changes to deny her inheritance

Jonathan Bilyk May 5, 2015, 10:32pm

HartzThe widow of Barry Lind, a trader and financier who made millions on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and held a leading role in transforming the CME into its current form, has sued the couple’s longtime lawyers, Michael O. Hartz and the firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, alleging they helped her husband hide multiple affairs and order his estate to benefit the other women and greatly reduce his

Supreme Court opens May term, to hear 24 cases, including on CTA worker retiree health benefits, Crystal Lake South H.S. bleachers

Jonathan Bilyk May 4, 2015, 5:45pm

Illinois Supreme Court

Investors class action alleges securities fraud against sapphire maker Rubicon Technology

Jonathan Bilyk May 1, 2015, 7:55pm


Judge: More argument needed to resolve malpractice claim over Markham police malicious prosecution verdict

Jonathan Bilyk May 1, 2015, 3:44pm


Appeals panel upholds $6 million malpractice verdict vs intellectual property firm over deal sunk by faulty patent review

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 30, 2015, 2:20pm


Dean alleges City Colleges fired him for blowing whistle over storage of dead bodies in lab

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 29, 2015, 5:26pm

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