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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.

Class action: United Airlines shorting employees pay when on short-term military service

By Scott Holland | Jan 10, 2019

United Airlines is facing a federal class action from airline workers who say the company isn’t fully paying them for their time away on active military duty.

Appeals court gives new chance to class action vs IL treausurer over sales of unclaimed property

By Scott Holland | Jan 7, 2019

A federal appeals panel has again tossed a ruling from a Chicago federal jude, saying he ignored its earlier opinion in an ongoing dispute over how much the Illinois Treasurer’s Office owes to people whose unclaimed property it sold.

Man exonerated of murder says celebrity lawyer Zellner owes $20M for not winning civil rights suit

By Scott Holland | Jan 4, 2019

A man who says he was wrongly convicted of murder claims celebrity attorney Kathleen Zellner, who made her name representing another man at the heart of the 2015 Netflix television series, Making A Murderer, did not properly represent him in a civil rights lawsuit, and now owes him $20 million.

Appeals panel: Public workers' civil rights not violated by pension reform try; lawyers can't collect $1M fees

By Scott Holland | Jan 3, 2019

Lawyers can’t collect nearly $1 million in fees from the state for representing public workers suing over state attempts to reform public worker pensions, a state appeals court has ruled.

Lawsuit can continue vs DuPage Co. State's Atty investigator over psychotherapy records seizure

By Scott Holland | Dec 31, 2018

A federal class action accusing an investigator with the DuPage County prosecutor’s office of improperly seizing psychotherapy records will proceed, though without DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, who was removed as a defendant.

Lifetime Fitness can't shut down man's slip-and-fall suit asserting light sensors left him in the dark in bathroom

By Scott Holland | Dec 29, 2018

A federal judge said Lifetime Fitness can’t avoid a lawsuit from a man who claims he fell in a dark bathroom in which motion-sensing lights didn’t function as expected, causing him not to see liquid on the floor when he stepped out of a bathroom stall.

Class action: ConAgra 'reinterpretation' of retirement plans for recently terminated workers illegal

By Scott Holland | Dec 27, 2018

ConAgra faces a class action from former employees saying the company carried out an illegal “reinterpretation” of their retirement plan to deny millions of dollars in benefits.

Appeals judges extinguish tobacco dealers' challenge to Chicago city tax on non-cigarette tobacco items

By Scott Holland | Dec 24, 2018

A state appeals court has snuffed out much of a lawsuit challenging the right of Chicago City Hall to slap a tax on non-cigarette tobacco products, saying a Cook County judge was wrong to find a state law prevents the city from doing so.

Lawyers jockey to lead investor lawsuits vs Camping World, Lemonis, over Gander Mountain losses

By Scott Holland | Dec 20, 2018

Camping World and its chairman, investor Marcus Lemonis, are facing legal action from investors unhappy with the loss of millions of dollars linked to the acquisition of the Gander Mountain franchise.

Judge: Ex-TGI Friday's workers can't move forward with class action over unpaid vacation time

By Scott Holland | Dec 19, 2018

A federal judge has turned back another element of an attempted class action lawsuit brought by employees of TGI Friday's over allegedly unpaid vacation time.

Appeals panel: SkyWest flight attendants can resume part of lawsuit vs airline over shorted pay claims

By Scott Holland | Dec 18, 2018

A group of SkyWest flight attendants have been cleared to resume part of their longstanding complaint against the airline for allegedly paying them only for the time they spend on board their airplanes.

Judge boxes up class action vs Fannie May over amount of candy in its packages

By Scott Holland | Dec 13, 2018

A federal judge in Chicago sided with Fannie May and has bagged a class action complaint accusing the chocolatier of under filling its candy packages.

Cook County Public Guardian lawsuit says IL DCFS keeps kids detained in state psych facilities too long

By Scott Holland | Dec 13, 2018

The Cook County Public Guardian has filed a class action complaint against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services over the agency’s treatment of children at state psychiatric facilities.

Judge: Liberty Mutual OK to continue $17M workers' comp fraud suit vs owner of Marque Medicos clinics

By Scott Holland | Dec 12, 2018

A Cook County judge has said the owner of a group of neck and back pain clinics can't yet end an insurer’s worker compensation fraud lawsuit.

Man beaten on E. St. Louis train platform's stairs can sue transit agency; No tort immunity: Appeals panel

By Scott Holland | Dec 11, 2018

A downstate appeals court determined a St. Louis area transit agency can’t shield itself from a lawsuit brought by a man who was beaten on a train platform’s staircase on his way to board a train.

Union suit nixed vs Lincolnshire over dues paid for 'anti-union' lobbying; ballot box remains open: Judge

By Scott Holland | Dec 7, 2018

A federal judge has rejected an attempt by unions to force the village of Lincolnshire to stop paying dues to the Illinois Municipal League because the association of Illinois cities and villages lobbies in favor of policies union members may oppose.

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