A federal court will allow one of the nation’s largest for-hire tax preparers to head to arbitration to try to resolve multidistrict litigation over claims H&R Block unfairly and illegally preyed upon customers in persuading them to take out refund anticipation loans when completing their federal income tax returns.In her July 23 ruling, U.S. District Judge Joan B. Gottschall went against the plaintiffs'
Personal trainers file whistleblower lawsuit against Lifetime Fitness over firings, seek class action status on wage claims
The operator of a chain of fitness club is being sued by two former personal trainers who claim they were forced to work off the clock without pay and were fired after they pointed out the management's alleged practice of double-billing and continuing to charge clients after they had ended their memberships.
Judge reinstates evidence fabrication count in trio's wrongful conviction suit; cites Seventh Circuit ruling to reverse prior decision
Three men wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for more than a decade for the brutal rape and murder of a Chicago woman have received permission from a federal judge, in light of a recent federal appellate decision, to renew their claim that police and prosecutors violated their constitutional rights by fabricating evidence to falsely link them to the crime.
Legal services companies accuse former employees, Chicago lawyer of conspiring to steal clients for their own venture
A Chicago-based company specializing in arranging legal services for investors in and managers of foreclosed and other distressed properties is suing two of its former employees, claiming they spread lies and false information about it, improperly held themselves out to be lawyers and poached clients for a competing venture.Adminacase LLC and Cloud View LLC Payer, both of which are owned by Roopit
Insurance company claims it has no duty to defendants in class action suit over alleged lanlord tenant violations
The owners of a single-room occupancy residential building in Chicago’s Near West Side could have to face a class action suit over alleged unsanitary conditions, illegal evictions and other violations of the city's landlord-tenant ordinance without the help of its insurer.On June 24, Richmond, Va.-based insurance carrier James River Insurance Co. filed a complaint for declaratory judgment in Chicago's
Professor accuses Northwestern of discrimination, defamation over investigation into student's sexual misconduct claim; marks third suit between the three parties
A Northwestern University professor who has been accused by a female student of inappropriate sexual conduct has sued the university and its leadership for gender discrimination, defamation and invasion of privacy.In a lawsuit filed June 18 in Chicago's federal court, Peter Ludlow, a philosophy professor at Northwestern, asserts the university mangled its investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations
Appeals panel says suicide doesn't diminish defendant's liability in Lake County wrongful death claim
HudsonThe family of a Lake County man who committed suicide amid a rash of misfortune will be allowed to proceed with their wrongful death claim against their former landlord, after a state appeals panel held the fact the man killed himself does not, by itself, absolve the landlord of potential liability for allegedly pushing him to the brink.On June 11, the Second District Appellate Court reversed
A Chicago-based maker of casino video gambling machines has secured the chance to fend off a patent infringement lawsuit a little closer to home while some of the country’s most prominent casino operators await their turn to mount a defense pending resolution of the case brought by a manufacturer of gaming machine components.On May 28, at the direction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit,
Suit seeking $200K from Illinois Highway Authority over girl's sledding incident spurs insurance dispute
SchwartzIf two insurance companies get their way, the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority will need to defend itself against a lawsuit brought by a girl whose neck was broken in 2008 while sledding on an embankment in Franklin Park.Ohio-based Scottsdale Indemnity Co. and Wisconsin-based National Casualty Co. filed a complaint for declaratory judgment May 28 in Chicago's federal court, seeking to