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Group wants $15M from Deutsche Bank, brokers for damages stemming from tax shelter scheme

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 5, 2015, 11:31am


Judge: Res judicata bars fraud claim, but not legal malpractice claim against Freeborn & Peters

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 4, 2015, 9:21am


Judge orders defendants to pay $2.13M in attorneys fees in case over suburban fire district's attempt to monopolize alarm industry

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 2, 2015, 9:15am

Attorneys representing four fire alarm and security monitoring companies, including Aurora-based Alarm Detection Systems Inc., last month won yet another round against a suburban fire protection district, securing more than $2 million in attorney fees stemming from their five-year-long legal battle over the district’s attempts to monopolize the fire alarm monitoring business within the district’s communitie

Judge rules in company's favor, tosses former employee's suit over Vodoo beliefs

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 26, 2015, 10:09am

A Haitian-American practitioner of the Voodoo religion will not be allowed to continue to press his case for religious discrimination and harassment against his former employer, after a federal judge determined the harassment he suffered for a time at the hands of some of his coworkers did not entitle him to collect from an employer that moved relatively quickly to end the harassment, yet ultimately

Lawsuit challenges city's "puppy mill" ordinance as litigation over similar county ordinance remains pending

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 23, 2015, 4:13pm

Two Chicago pet shops and a Missouri-based animal- breeder have challenged a city of Chicago ordinance prohibiting the sale of pets from so-called “puppy mills,” saying the ordinance that is set to take effect in two weeks is unconstitutionally vague and would effectively put them out of business.

Former bar owner says resolving tax problem with IDOR has been "a nightmare"

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 23, 2015, 9:15am

Nick Pezzuto sold his last beer in 2009.Now, Pezzuto, the director of a Chicago Heights Magnet school, is counting down the days to when he can write a fat check to the state of Illinois and rid himself of the last of the sales tax liability the Illinois Department of Revenue believes he yet holds from the sale of the beers and other alcoholic drinks he and his partners sold through a Steger sports

Third District reverses $588K attorneys fee award in dispute between Chicago, Peoria firms; remands for recalculation

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 18, 2015, 12:29pm

OTTAWA -- A state appeals panel has voided a Peoria County judge’s award of more than $588,000 in legal fees to a Peoria law firm after finding a contingency fee deal involving an attorney who left that firm to join a Chicago firm was improperly used to apportion legal fees.

Panel: Board of Education was wrong to fire CPS teacher for 0.053 blood-alcohol level because she didn't show signs of impairment

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 17, 2015, 10:16am

A Chicago Public Schools elementary school teacher who had a blood-alcohol level of 0.053 at work will be allowed to keep her job after a state appeals court determined the Board of Education's decision to fire her for reporting to work intoxicated was “arbitrary and not supported by evidence.”

Iowa women file class action in Chicago over herbal supplements

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 12, 2015, 8:15am

Just days after the New York Attorney General’s office ordered several major pharmacy retailers to stop selling store brand herbal supplements, two Iowa women launched a federal class action suit against the retailers in Illinois, claiming the retailers should pay up for allegedly fraudulently marketing herbal supplements.

Panel refuses to throw out Chicago cops' lawsuit against Sun-Times over police lineup story

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 10, 2015, 9:52am


Concession operator accuses chief operating officer of fraud in response to his suit seeking bonus

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 5, 2015, 11:04am

A Westchester-based operator of famous brand concessions at O’Hare International Airport, Union Station and other prominent airports and train stations across the country has accused its longtime chief operating officer of artificially inflating earnings estimates for years to boost his bonuses, among other allegations of fraud.

Inmate files class action lawsuit accusing state agencies of failing to change parole review rules

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 3, 2015, 2:43pm

A man 36 years into a 100-year-plus sentence for murder and armed robbery filed a class action lawsuit late last month against two state agencies he claims have ignored a 2010 state law requiring them to change the way the state evaluates inmate parole cases.

Seventh Circuit says despite concerns, lawsuits seeking billions over Holocaust must be heard in Hungary before U.S.

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 27, 2015, 11:29am

While acknowledging the difficulties descendants of those who died in the Holocaust might experience in asking their ancestral homeland to redress the myriad wrongs visited upon its Jewish population, a federal appeals court late last week ruled that Hungary, at least for now, is where those Holocaust survivors should press their claims against the central European nation’s central bank and national

Panel says Indiana, not Illinois, law should be used in car crash case; Indiana tort law favors defendants

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 20, 2015, 10:37am


Judge rejects jurisdictional argument, request to toss suit over Western Sky loan's 89 percent interest rate

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 16, 2015, 11:16am


Federal judge sides with Fox Lake, mayor in political retaliation lawsuit

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 13, 2015, 10:14am

A federal judge has backed the mayor of Fox Lake’s contention he had the right to fire a building commissioner who strongly backed his political opponent, tossing most of the former official’s litigation against the suburban Chicago village and its mayor for wrongfully firing and retaliating against him for exercising his constitutional free speech rights.

Panel lets dispute between Venezuelan plaintiff and U.K. defendant stay in Cook County

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 9, 2015, 11:23am


Walgreen executives face another shareholder suit alleging deception in earnings forecast, merger

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 8, 2015, 9:51am

Another investor has sued the leadership at Walgreen Co., claiming its executives and directors, acting in the run-up to the culmination of a deal to merge with Europe’s largest retail pharmacy chain, deceived shareholders and government regulators concerning a multi-billion dollar drop in earnings expectations, ultimately eviscerating a large chunk of company capital and robbing investors of large

Panel upholds curfew law in case over arrests of Occupy protesters

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 5, 2015, 9:08am

The City of Chicago did not violate the constitutional rights of Occupy protesters three years ago, when police arrested hundreds who refused an order to leave Grant Park after it closed at 11 p.m., a state appeals court ruled late last month.

County cites city's foie gras ban in seeking dismissal of postponed "puppy mill" ordinance

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 26, 2014, 9:00am

Cook County has asked a federal judge to toss a lawsuit challenging its so-called “puppy mill” ordinance, saying the law, much like the city's controversial rule banning foie gras at restaurants in Chicago, not only fails to constitute a constitutional violation, but “falls squarely within the county’s police powers” to regulate animal welfare.