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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.

Appeals court: Wilmette cops didn't violate rights of man they warned over taking photos of condo neighbors

By Scott Holland | Feb 22, 2019

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals scuttled a lawsuit from a man who said the village of Wilmette violated his constitutional rights by asking him to stop tracking his neighbors’ activities to prove they were violating condo association rules.

Appeals panel: CPS worker doesn't need to prove work environment 'hellish' to press discrimination suit

By Scott Holland | Feb 22, 2019

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has revived a man's racial discrimination lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools, saying the man doesn't need to demonstrate his workplace was "hellish" to accuse his supervisor of discrimination.

Appeals panel: Wisconsin town's ban on inflatable "Scabby the Rat" didn't violate First Amendment

By Scott Holland | Feb 20, 2019

A federal appeals court says a Wisconsin town didn't violate the First Amendment when it barred a union from protesting with a giant inflatable rat.

Judge pulls plug on ex-students' class action vs DeVry over graduate job placement claims

By Scott Holland | Feb 15, 2019

CHICAGO — A federal judge has again dismissed a class action that former DeVry University students brought against the school.

Appeals panel: Zillow's 'Zestimate' online home value estimations just opinion, not illegal appraisals

By Scott Holland | Feb 11, 2019

A federal appeals panel has upheld a federal judge’s decision to end a lawsuit accusing Zillow of breaking state consumer fraud laws when it uses its “Zestimates” to assign values to homes across the country.

IL Supreme Court: Appeals court wrongly let ex-Normal cops off hook in man's lawsuit over murder conviction

By Scott Holland | Feb 8, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court will allow a man to continue with his lawsuit against a group of downstate police detectives for allegedly helping to lead the effort to wrongly convict him of murder.

Three cops on scene of Laquan McDonald killing OK to press claims city denied due process rights: Judge

By Scott Holland | Feb 6, 2019

A federal judge will allow three Chicago police officers associated with the 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald to continue their legal action accusing the city of mistreating them in the aftermath.

Judge pulls plug on class action vs Best Buy over Geek Squad TV repair plans

By Scott Holland | Feb 5, 2019

A federal judge has dismissed a beleaguered class action complaint accusing Best Buy of misrepresenting its Geek Squad product protection plans.

Judge OKs final deal to end class action vs Sears over flammable mowers; Lawyers get $2.75 million

By Scott Holland | Feb 1, 2019

A federal judge has approved settlement terms in a class action lawsuit looking to hold Sears liable for accusations some of its Craftsman riding lawnmowers caught fire as a result of faulty fuel systems. According to the settlement, Sears could pay out about $1 million to cover customer repairs, while paying the attorneys who prosecuted the case $2.75 million.

Restaurant owners OK to continue suit accusing Worth mayor, cops of politically-motivated harassment

By Scott Holland | Jan 29, 2019

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the former owners of a restaurant and hookah lounge, who accused the village of Worth, its mayor and police officers of harassing them for supporting the mayor's political rival.

Lawsuit: Madigan, Quinn political org made threats, committed fraud to keep young alderman candidate off ballot

By Scott Holland | Jan 28, 2019

A teenaged Chicago City Council candidate has filed a federal lawsuit against Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan and his political organization, as well as others whom he said illegally opposed his campaign.

IL Supreme Court: Ex-wife can't use past temp injunction to stop husband's sons from getting his IRA

By Scott Holland | Jan 28, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court says a man had the right to name his children the rightful heirs of his retirement funds, even though his ex-wife contended a court order in place during divorce proceedings should have prevented it.

Judge: Plaintiffs have work to do to press labeling fraud claim vs makers of Orijen, Acana brand cat foods

By Scott Holland | Jan 25, 2019

A federal judge took a large bite out of a class action complaint involving the makers of premium cat food.

Appeals court: Age discrimination protections apply only to employees, not job applicants

By Scott Holland | Jan 23, 2019

A majority of the en banc U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has determined federal age discrimination protections should apply only to those people currently employed, and do not extend to job applicants.

Seventh Circuit: Markham church should be allowed to sue city over conditional zoning permit rules

By Scott Holland | Jan 22, 2019

A federal appeals panel says a federal judge took the wrong angle in a zoning dispute between a church and suburban Markham, finding the judge should have allowed the small church to press its claims the city’s zoning regulations for churches are illegal.

Appeals panel: Northern League can't sue ex-lawyers for lost 'exit fees' from departed teams

By Scott Holland | Jan 18, 2019

A state appeals panel said a defunct minor league baseball league doesn’t get another chance to sue its former lawyers for mishandling an attempt to collect exit fees from teams departing the league.

Construction Systems strikes out on malpractice claim vs Thompson Coburn over $1.3M condo project lien

By Scott Holland | Jan 17, 2019

A state appeals panel has determined a Cook County judge was right to end a legal malpractice claim in which a construction company said its lawyers caused them to lose $1 million by not perfecting their lien on a Chicago condominium development.

Ex-GOP state rep candidate: Opponent Corrigan's campaign ads, backed by IL House GOP, defamed her

By Scott Holland | Jan 11, 2019

A Republican former candidate for Illinois state representative in Cook County’s northwest suburbs has sued her Republican primary opponent and the state Republican political organization she claims backed him and helped bankroll his campaign, claiming his campaign’s attack ads illegally defamed her.

Celeb lawyer Zellner countersues man who says she mishandled civil rights suit over wrongful murder conviction

By Scott Holland | Jan 11, 2019

Celebrity lawyer Kathleen Zellner, of Netflix's "Making a Murderer" fame, filed a countersuit against a man who a week earlier sued her, claiming she owes him $20 million for allegedly mishandling his civil rights lawsuit over his wrongful murder conviction.

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