Scott Holland News

Federal lawsuit: Cook Co. makes it too difficult to appeal big tax bills; state law only enables

By Scott Holland | Jul 18, 2018

A group of property owners have filed a federal complaint challenging the legality, not only of their Cook County property tax assessments, but also of the state law that governs the assessment process and which they said aided the county's efforts to make it overly difficult to effectively appeal tax bills.

Appeals panel: School district knew too much about cheerleader's concussions; summary judgment improper

By Scott Holland | Jul 17, 2018

A state appeals panel has given a lift to a legal action brought against a far northwest suburban school district by the family of a cheerleader, saying the school district may have known enough about the cheerleader’s three concussion events to no longer be protected by state immunity laws.

Lawsuit: Woman says lawyer referred lawsuit vs her to his father while still representing her in related action

By Scott Holland | Jul 17, 2018

A New York woman is accusing her former attorney of improperly referring a lawsuit against her to his father while still representing her in a related action.

PETA: Brookfield Zoo operators should be subject to FOIA, turn over info regarding stingray deaths

By Scott Holland | Jul 16, 2018

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is suing the Cook County Forest Preserve District in hopes of using the Freedom of Information Act to force the Chicago Zoological Society to turn over documents regarding the deaths of dozens of stingrays at the Brookfield Zoo.

Judge again tosses Napleton Auto Group's RICO claims vs Fiat Chrysler over dealer incentive plan

By Scott Holland | Jul 13, 2018

A federal judge in Chicago has curbed racketeering claims brought by the Napleton car dealership group, as the judge said the dealers still hadn’t presented enough evidence to back its claims accusing Fiat Chrysler of using a sales program to lean on dealers who refused to go along with an alleged scheme to falsify sales figures.

Lawsuit: Data security firm Trustwave owes $30M for 2009 data breach at Heartland Payment Systems

By Scott Holland | Jul 10, 2018

Two insurance companies have joined together to ask a Cook County judge to order a data security firm to pay $30 million to reimburse the insurers for funds they had to pay out to settle claims resulting from a data breach at Heartland Payment Systems.

Judge stomps action vs LL Bean over boot warranty; LL Bean: Not meant to be lifetime replacement plan

By Scott Holland | Jul 2, 2018

A federal judge stomped out a class action complaint accusing LL Bean of misrepresenting the expected lifespan of its iconic boots.

Judge: Jimmy John's can't be considered 'joint employer' of asst managers working at franchise shops

By Scott Holland | Jun 28, 2018

A federal judge in Chicago has ordered up a win for Jimmy John’s, saying the sandwich shop chain cannot be considered the joint employer of a group of assistant managers suing in search of overtime pay.

Appeals panel: Gidwitz, family, associates still owe $13M in legal fees to former Ungaretti lawyers

By Scott Holland | Jun 26, 2018

A prominent Illinois businessman and Republican, who was nominated by President Trump to serve as U.S. ambassador to Belgium, and some of his associates remain on the hook to pay millions of dollars in legal fees after an appeals panel upheld a judicial decision.

Class action: Mt. Prospect apartments owner Invesco levies improper charges vs Spanish-speaking tenants

By Scott Holland | Jun 22, 2018

A class action complaint accuses property management firm Invesco of obtaining fraudulent judgments against Hispanic tenants, then using the money as part of an unspecified “wealth management scheme.”

Sculptor of Chicago's "Bean" sues NRA, says needed permission to use image of the public art in video

By Scott Holland | Jun 20, 2018

The artist behind the iconic Chicago sculpture known to people worldwide as “The Bean,” is targeting the National Rifle Association in a copyright infringement lawsuit, saying they needed to ask his permission before using images including the sculpture in a video the organization posted to solicit donations.

PepsiCo wins trademark tussle over ads calling Gatorade 'sports fuel'

By Scott Holland | Jun 19, 2018

A federal judge put one in the win column for PepsiCo in a trademark violation lawsuit over its use of the term “sport fuel” in Gatorade advertisements.

No constitutional right to referendums, appeals panel says, ending Calumet term limits tussle

By Scott Holland | Jun 18, 2018

A federal appeals panel said citizens have no constitutional right to place referenda on ballots, rejecting an appeal from a Calument City official and state lawmaker challenging state rules limiting the number of referendums that can appear on the ballot at the same time.

IL Dems ask to be cut from sex harassment suit from woman who claims Madigan, others didn't protect her

By Scott Holland | Jun 13, 2018

Asking a federal judge to dismiss it from a lawsuit brought by a former campaign worker against several political organizations connected to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the Democratic Party of Illinois said it isn't liable for sexual harassment the woman said she suffered at the hands of a Madigan aide.

Volkswagen defeats IL's $1B lawsuit over emissions cheating; judge says fed law doesn't permit state action

By Scott Holland | Jun 8, 2018

Saying federal law does not allow the lawsuit to continue, a Cook County judge has dismissed a legal action, potentially worth $1 billion, the Illinois Attorney General’s office had brought against Volkswagen over technology designed to cheat emissions testing systems.

Rosebud Restaurants says EEOC misstepped in serving up class action over treatment of female workers

By Scott Holland | Jun 7, 2018

Rosebud Restaurants hopes to scuttle an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint it faces regarding alleged mistreatment of female employees.

Judge: Pilots' union didn't discriminate vs senior flight instructors in agreeing with United to change rules

By Scott Holland | Jun 6, 2018

A federal judge has handed a win to a pilots’ union facing an age discrimination lawsuit from three of its members, who accused their union of being “complicit” in working with United Airlines to impose new standards the plaintiffs said were intended to flush out older workers.

Condo association allowed to challenge PTSD claims in elevator flap with wife of bankruptcy lawyer Geraci: Appeals judges

By Scott Holland | Jun 4, 2018

A federal appeals court said a lower court judge was correct in ruling against the wife of prominent Chicago area bankruptcy lawyer Peter Francis Geraci in her dispute with her condominium building over elevator access, saying a judge and jury didn’t break any rules in allowing the condo association to contest her claims to being disabled.

Environmental groups' challenge to Illiana Tollway project rejected by Illinois appeals panel

By Scott Holland | Jun 1, 2018

A state appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling against environmental groups suing to block the Illiana Tollway project.

Ex-Backpage lawyers ask court to unplug Cook Sheriff's demand for sanctions over free speech lawsuit

By Scott Holland | May 29, 2018

Saying the move could chill future defenses against overreaching government officials, attorneys who represented Backpage.com in litigation against the Cook County Sheriff’s Office’s attempts to shut down the classified ad site linked to sex trafficking, are asking a Chicago federal judge to reject Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s request they, too, be sanctioned for allegedly furthering Backpage’s alleged attempt to mislead the court.