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Judge sends MDL over H&R Block anticipated loans to arbitration

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 30, 2014, 10:36am

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

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 25, 2014, 12:47pm

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.

Lawsuit against Redflex seeks refunds for red light tickets, class action status

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 22, 2014, 1:22pm

The company that installed and operated Chicago’s red light camera system could be compelled under the demands of a proposed class action lawsuit to pay back a large portion of the estimated $100 million it collected from fines paid by those ticketed.

Alleged trading scheme involving Chicago lawyer prompts insurance coverage dispute

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 18, 2014, 11:36am


Elderly man claims neighbors at Chicago senior living complex conspired to get him evicted

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 17, 2014, 12:03pm

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Seventh Circuit upholds dismissal of suit seeking to collect punitive damages over wrongful arrest from Will County's insurance company

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 16, 2014, 1:27pm


Judge reinstates evidence fabrication count in trio's wrongful conviction suit; cites Seventh Circuit ruling to reverse prior decision

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 15, 2014, 7:50am

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.

Judge limits discovery in suit over Chicago Housing Authority's redevelopment plans for Cabrini-Green rowhouses

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 11, 2014, 1:17pm


Legal services companies accuse former employees, Chicago lawyer of conspiring to steal clients for their own venture

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 9, 2014, 9:00am

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

Panel upholds dismissal of doctor's contract claim seeking millions in inheritance from estate of deceased Drake Tower neighbor

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 7, 2014, 11:30am


Insurance company claims it has no duty to defendants in class action suit over alleged lanlord tenant violations

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 1, 2014, 1:15pm

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

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 26, 2014, 3:49pm

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

Panel: administrative law judges for the Illinois Commerce Commission are barred from collective bargaining

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 24, 2014, 10:59am

Eight administrative law judges for the Illinois Commerce Commission will not be allowed to unionize after a state appeals court determined the power they hold to influence the ICC and shape its policies – if not set the policies outright - means they qualify as management under labor laws.

Appeals panel says suicide doesn't diminish defendant's liability in Lake County wrongful death claim

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 20, 2014, 11:09am

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

Dish Network seeks $10K-plus from Skokie man accused of pirating TV service via IKS Rocket subscription

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 17, 2014, 12:02pm

If Dish Network gets its way, a Skokie man would have to pay $10,000 or more in damages over claims he pirated the company's satellite television service through an online subscription service.

Judge denies Canadian tribe's motion to dismiss breach of contract suit over broadband internet deal

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 13, 2014, 11:35am

A native Canadian tribe will need to continue to defend itself in Chicago's federal court against a breach of contract suit lodged by a Warrenville company over an allegedly broken business deal to bring wireless broadband Internet service to the tribe's islands near the Michigan-Ontario border.

NIU officials seek dismissal of fired police chief's racial discrimination, wrongful termination lawsuit

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 10, 2014, 1:16pm


FDIC: Chicago law firm should refund $25K retainer payment it received from failed bank

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 9, 2014, 12:59pm


Mississippi patent infringement battle over video gambling machines makes its way to Chicago

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 6, 2014, 1:14pm

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

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 5, 2014, 1:27pm

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