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Appeals panel: Background check service OK to report woman's 1996 battery guilty plea to landlord

By Scott Holland | Apr 19, 2019

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling against a woman who was suing a background check service she said wrongly reported a past guilty plea to a prospective landlord, leaving her unable to rent an apartment.

Appellate panel: Lake County judge wrong to rely on divorce decree from India, violated wife's rights

By Scott Holland | Apr 17, 2019

A state appeals panel has overturned a Lake County judge’s dismissal of a divorce petition, saying the judge wrongly accepted a divorce decree from India, issued under Muslim law, which the appellate justices said violated Illinois law and the wife's "fundamental rights."

Judge: Evanston's 'actions speak louder than words'; Lack of action dooms pollution suit vs Nicor, ComEd

By Scott Holland | Apr 16, 2019

A Chicago federal judge has refused to allow the city of Evanston to continue with a three-year-old lawsuit demanding Nicor and ComEd be forced to pay to clean up water pollution and replace sections of city water main because the city asserted the utilities' predecessors operated a long-shuttered gas manufacturing plant near the north suburb.

IL Atty Gen: OxyContin maker committed fraud, marketed deceptively

By Scott Holland | Apr 9, 2019

Lawsuit accuses Purdue Pharma of illegally pushing opioids on state's residents while downplaying risks

Appeals panel: Lawsuit vs condo association wasn't frivolous; plaintiff shouldn't owe $111K legal fee sanctions

By Scott Holland | Apr 9, 2019

A state appeals panel reversed a Cook County judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit in which a man claimed his condo board retaliated against him for lodging complaints.

Judge allows discrimination lawsuit vs Pritzker campaign, defamation claim vs Stratton, to continue

By Scott Holland | Apr 8, 2019

A lawsuit which accuses the campaign of Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker of racial discrimination, and accuses Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton of defamation, can continue, a Chicago federal judge has ruled.

Lawyer Xydakis, client sanctioned more than $1M for frivolous Wilmette condo association lawsuits

By Scott Holland | Apr 5, 2019

A Cook County judge has ordered more than $1 million in sanctions and penalties against a lawyer and his client in connection with a litany of legal actions against a Wilmette condo association.

Cook sheriff's deputy can't get job back just because disciplinary board member not properly appointed: Appellate

By Scott Holland | Mar 29, 2019

An Illinois state appeals court said Cook County Sheriff’s deputies can’t undo internal punishments strictly because of questions about whether all members of the sheriff's disciplinary review board had been properly appointed.

Waste hauler can pursue retaliation complaint against Village of Riverdale, its mayor

By Scott Holland | Mar 29, 2019

A federal judge will allow a commercial waste hauler to continue its lawsuit accusing the village of Riverdale and its mayor of political retaliation.

Judge boots class action suit decrying L.L. Bean's new warranty for its footwear

By Scott Holland | Mar 25, 2019

A federal judge again dismissed a complaint accusing L.L. Bean Inc. of misrepresenting the expected lifespan of its iconic boots.

Supreme Court: Teamsters local isn't on hook for $2M HQ build, lease deal, because members didn't OK contract

By Scott Holland | Mar 22, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court says a builder can't force a local chapter of the Teamsters to pay a $2 million judgment for breaching the contract under which the builder built and leased the union a new headquarters, because one of the union's officers executed the deal without the consent of the membership, voiding the contract with the builder.

AbbVie accused of using 'thicket' of patents to block generic versions of Humira drug from U.S. market

By Scott Holland | Mar 22, 2019

Drug maker AbbVie is facing federal antitrust lawsuits accusing it of using patents to stifle competition and boost the price of its drug, Humira.

Bankruptcy code not intended to 'shelter' Chicago parking, traffic ticket scofflaws: Appeals panel

By Scott Holland | Mar 18, 2019

A federal appeals panel has determined that a bankruptcy filing shouldn’t offer protection from traffic fines.

Appeals panel: Cook County Circuit Clerk continuing to charge improper filing fees, despite revised policies

By Scott Holland | Mar 13, 2019

A state appeals court has again ruled Cook County Circuit Court Dorothy Brown is requesting unauthorized filing fees from parties involved in lawsuits.

Judge lifts seal on complaint accusing Presence Health of overcharging Medicare, Medicaid for drugs

By Scott Holland | Mar 13, 2019

A federal judge has lifted a seal on a qui tam action in which a former Presence Health employee accused the company of charging Medicare and Medicaid for drugs never administered to patients.

Appeals panel: Chicago must give a day's warning before ticketing cars on streets scheduled for sweeping

By Scott Holland | Mar 12, 2019

A state appeals court said the city of Chicago needs to provide 24 hours of warning time before it begins writing tickets for cars parked in the way of street sweepers.

Appeals panel reverses Cook County judge's dismissal of fingerprint scan class action vs Palm Beach Tan

By Scott Holland | Mar 7, 2019

A state appeals court has weighed in for the first time since the Illinois Supreme Court determined plaintiffs don't need to show they were actually harmed to bring a lawsuit under the state's biometrics privacy law, reversing a Cook County judge’s finding that a tanning salon didn’t violate the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act.

Wilmette man asks court to reconsider if cops violated his rights to photo, video neighbors in public

By Scott Holland | Mar 4, 2019

A Wilmette man is asking the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider his lawsuit accusing the village of Wilmette of violating his constitutional rights by asking him to stop tracking his neighbors’ activities to prove they were violating condo association rules.

Appeals panel: Aurora cop who spied on ex-wife shouldn't lose his job, suspension sufficient

By Scott Holland | Feb 28, 2019

A state appeals panel said an Aurora police officer can keep his job despite spying on his ex-wife.

Youth hockey club antitrust suit: AHAI wrongly blocks out 'challenger' clubs from top tier spots

By Scott Holland | Feb 22, 2019

For the second time in recent months the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois is the defendant in a federal antitrust lawsuit, as a club claims the AHAI has essentially conspired with four clubs to block others out of top-tier charter status.

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