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Lawyer can't get fees plus settlement cut in pro se action vs My Pillow over unpaid sales taxes: IL Sup Ct

By Scott Holland | Sep 21, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled an attorney collecting a settlement award from a lawsuit he pressed in his own name, ostensibly on behalf of the state of Illinois, against a business over alleged unpaid sales taxes, isn’t entitled also to collect additional legal fees.

Federal judge undoes potential class action deal to end litigation over 2014 Neiman Marcus data breach

By Scott Holland | Sep 20, 2018

A federal judge has sided with objectors who want to undo a class action settlement involving a five-year-old Neiman Marcus data breach, saying the leading plaintiffs do not adequately represent the entire group.

Appeals panel: IL law OK letting committees controlled by legislative leaders give unlimited campaign cash

By Scott Holland | Sep 18, 2018

Brushing aside assertions the law allows party leaders to consolidate power statewide, a federal appeals panel has upheld an Illinois campaign finance law which restricts what individual donors can give to political campaigns, while allowing unlimited contributions from legislative caucus committees controlled by partisan leaders within the state's House and Senate.

Suburbs' lawyers: Cities' suit vs opioid makers, distributors belongs in Cook court, not federal 'black hole'

By Scott Holland | Sep 14, 2018

Attorneys for a group of Illinois municipalities are fighting an attempt to combine their lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors with a mass of similar litigation already pending in Cleveland federal court.

American Airlines bounced, for now, from class action over alleged sickening uniforms

By Scott Holland | Sep 14, 2018

A federal judge has dismissed American Airlines, for now, from a 2017 class action complaint in which employees complained new uniforms made them sick.

Appeals panel undoes $4.6M verdict for man who claimed contracted cancer from asbestos in welding rods

By Scott Holland | Sep 13, 2018

A state appeals panel has overturned a $4.6 million judgment in favor of a man who said he contracted mesothelioma by inhaling asbestos fibers while working near welding rods.

Investors' lawsuit accuses Harvey, Cook County of underpaying millions owed on bonds for city projects

By Scott Holland | Sep 10, 2018

Bondholders have filed a lawsuit against the city of Harvey, as well as municipal and county officials, saying the city has fallen $2.5 million behind in repaying bonds issued in 2007 and blaming an inadequate tax collection rate for the problem.

Judge OKs $6.6M deal to end class action vs CHA over tenant utility fees; lawyers get $1.3M

By Scott Holland | Sep 6, 2018

A federal judge has signed off on a $6 million deal to end a class action accusing the Chicago Housing Authority of improperly estimating utility fees.

Lawsuit: City of Harvey, man ID'd as mayor's brother, harassed businesses; Alderman: Lawsuit a 'scare tactic'

By Scott Holland | Sep 5, 2018

The city of Harvey and a man identified as the brother of the mayor, who may or may not be a police officer, are facing a lawsuit from two businesses alleging city officials conducted harassing inspections and improperly seized vehicles, among other disciplinary action.

Apple latest tech firm to challenge Chicago's 'Netflix tax,' says tax on streaming media illegal

By Scott Holland | Sep 4, 2018

Apple has joined a host of other tech companies suing the city of Chicago over its so-called “Netflix tax” levied on streaming media.

Judge: Union largely within free speech rights to target Ameristar Casino patrons over boycott

By Scott Holland | Sep 1, 2018

A federal judge in Chicago has weighed in again on the issue of whether workers at Indiana’s Ameristar Casino put undue pressure on patrons as part of an ongoing dispute, dismissing more allegations a union illegally harassed casino patrons to coerce them to participate in a union-sponsored boycott as part of a labor dispute with the casino.

Appeals panel hints not willing to reverse most Cook Co. Sheriff's firings under illegal merit board

By Scott Holland | Aug 31, 2018

Saying they wished to shy away from potentially overthrowing untold numbrs of otherwise purportedly proper terminations and employee disciplinary actions within the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, a state appeals panel has upheld the termination of a Cook County Sheriff’s employee even though the merit board the sheriff uses to review employee discipline and terminations was illegally constituted at the time the officer was fired.

Appeals panel: Retirement home liable under federal housing law for residents' harassment of lesbian resident

By Scott Holland | Aug 30, 2018

A federal appeals panel has ruled an independent and assisted living facility can be held liable for a harassment suffered by a lesbian resident at the hands of other residents, because of her sexuality.

American Airlines workers bring class action saying material in new gray uniforms made them sick

By Scott Holland | Aug 29, 2018

American Airlines employees have filed a class action complaint against the carrier and the company that makes their new uniforms, alleging chemicals in the synthetic fabric have sickened thousands of workers.

Judge grounds workers' class action vs Southwest over fingerprint scans, says subject to union talks

By Scott Holland | Aug 29, 2018

A federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit accusing Southwest Airlines of violating employees’ privacy rights, saying the dispute instead should be subject to union negotiations.

Cook County judge: County's guns, ammo tax an 'inconsequential burden,' doesn't violate constitutions

By Scott Holland | Aug 27, 2018

A Cook County judge has ruled the county’s guns and ammunition tax doesn’t violate the Constitution or the rights of firearm owners, saying the tax is little more than an “inconsequential burden” on gun owners.

Appeals panel: Caterpillar didn't discriminate vs older workers by nixing benefits plan to boost early retirement

By Scott Holland | Aug 24, 2018

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has ruled Caterpillar can’t be sued for age discrimination simply because it changed a benefits plan that led to widespread worker retirement.

Female U.S. national team gymnast sues USA Gymnastics, others for abuse by Nassar

By Scott Holland | Aug 20, 2018

A female gymnast, who competed for the U.S. national team for three years earlier this decade, has filed suit in Chicago accusing the organization that runs the national team and others of allowing institutionalized sexual abuse of young athletes.

Car dealer's class action: Tribune, Sinclair, other TV broadcasters colluded to inflate ad rates

By Scott Holland | Aug 16, 2018

In the wake of a report indicating the federal government is looking into allegations a number of U.S. television broadcasters have colluded to inflate advertising rates, a Pennsylvania car dealer has filed suit in Chicago federal court accusing several broadcasters of just that.

Judge: Chicago's altered rules for peddlers outside Wrigley strike out lawsuit by Cubs-related magazine seller

By Scott Holland | Aug 15, 2018

A federal judge has again sent to the showers a lawsuit alleging the city of Chicago violated the rights of the publisher of a Cubs-related magazine when it barred the company from selling its publication outside Wrigley Field, noting changes to the city's ordinance effectively strike out the publishers' legal arguments to this point.

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