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Class action seeks to force Cook County to pay property tax refunds owed to payers who won appeals

Scott Holland Oct. 16, 2017, 10:53pm

Cook County is facing a class action complaint accusing it of being too slow - or outright refusing - to issue property tax refunds owed to taxpayers who had won a break on their taxable value from the county's appeal board.

Investors allowed to continue pursuing AbbVie in Cook Co court over cancelled Shire acquisition

Scott Holland Oct. 16, 2017, 4:23pm

A group of investor funds will be allowed to continue their fraudulent concealment lawsuit against drugmaker AbbVie in Cook County Circuit Court after a federal judge in Chicago shot down AbbVie’s attempt to relocate to federal jurisdiction the lawsuit over AbbVie's cancelled acquisition of an Irish pharmaceutical company.

School nursing vendor OK to continue lawsuit vs Chicago Public Schools, rival over employee poaching

Scott Holland Oct. 12, 2017, 9:37pm

A school nursing services vendor will be allowed to continue a small portion of its action against the Chicago Public Schools, although a federal judge agreed to dismiss part of the complaint.

Muhammad Ali heirs sting Fox with $30M+ lawsuit over use of Ali footage in Super Bowl video

Scott Holland Oct. 11, 2017, 1:41am

Fox TV didn’t have express written consent to use footage of Muhammad Ali during its 2017 Super Bowl broadcast, and now his estate is seeking at least $30 million as compensation.

Class action: Crestwood improperly raking in millions from Cicero Ave. red light camera tickets

Scott Holland Oct. 10, 2017, 3:42pm

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the village of Crestwood, saying the village has improperly issued 56,000 red light camera tickets and should pay back more than $3 million in fines it has collected from people wrongly ticketed on Cicero Avenue.

Animal Legal Defense Fund sues to force Cook County to cough up report on animal control operations

Scott Holland Oct. 5, 2017, 3:33pm

The California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund wants a judge to force Cook County to release information on the county’s animal control department, asserting the county is intentionally withholding a report from the public the group believes likely contains more information about operations at county animal control than what was revealed in a released summary of the report from the county’s inspector general.

Appeals panel: Chicago, Skokie OK to continue lawsuit vs Kankakee, Channahon over sales tax scheme

Scott Holland Oct. 4, 2017, 12:08am

A state appeals panel has reversed a Cook County judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit in which Chicago and Skokie claimed Kankakee and Channahon ran schemes to divert into their treasuries tax revenue from out-of-state retailers.

Chicago sues Equifax, seeks millions in fines for failing to notify City Hall, residents of data breach

Scott Holland Oct. 2, 2017, 11:25pm

The city of Chicago has filed suit against Equifax in the wake of the credit monitoring company’s massive data breach.

Judge: Class action can continue, in part, vs Nature's Bounty over St. John's Wort supplements

Scott Holland Sep. 29, 2017, 5:43pm

A class action suit accusing the maker of herbal supplements of not including enough herbs in their supplements will be allowed to continue, in part, after a federal judge agreed only to dismiss certain elements of the lawsuit against Nature’s Bounty.

Illinois ballot access law requiring third parties field 'full slate' of candidates struck down

Scott Holland Sep. 28, 2017, 4:48pm

Third-party candidates have scored an easier path to Illinois ballots after a federal appeals panel in Chicago declared unconstitutional an Illinois law requiring political parties to field a full slate of candidates if they wish to seek any office on a ballot.

Appeals panel slashes $2.6M jury award to fired Dominick's worker, says excessive, violates due process

Scott Holland Sep. 27, 2017, 6:24pm

A state appeals court has slashed a $2.6 million jury award given to a former Dominick’s Finer Foods employee in a wrongful termination suit, saying the jury award was excessive and violated the due process rights of Dominick's corporate parent.

IL Supreme Court: Insurer's suit vs Indiana warehouse biz over roof collapse doesn't belong in Cook County

Scott Holland Sep. 25, 2017, 6:37pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has overturned a Cook County judge and a state appeals court, saying they erred in refusing to grant an Indiana warehousing company’s request to dismiss a Michigan insurer’s lawsuit on grounds the legal action didn’t belong in Cook County.

$17.5M deal announced to end cell phone call class action vs Ocwen Loan Servicing; lawyers to ask $5M

Scott Holland Sep. 21, 2017, 11:32pm

A Chicago federal judge has been asked to sign off on a settlement worth $17.5 million - and worth perhaps as much as $5.7 million for lawyers - to end a class action lawsuit over alleged improper cell phone calls.

Chicken catchers land class action certification in unpaid OT suit vs Koch Foods

Scott Holland Sep. 21, 2017, 2:00pm

Chicken catchers who say they’re underpaid have made another significant gain in their legal battle against a suburban-based poultry wholesaler.

State appeals panel: IL's governor has the power to fire members of Prisoner Review Board

Scott Holland Sep. 18, 2017, 5:54pm

A state appeals panel said Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has the right to fire members of the Prisoner Review Board.

Jazz artist, lawyer, says Chance the Rapper 'sampled' his work without permission

Scott Holland Sep. 14, 2017, 5:37pm

A New York jazz artist who said a prominent Chicago rapper didn’t have permission to sample his work is taking the matter to federal court.

Class action complaint launched in Chicago federal court vs Equifax over data breach

Scott Holland Sep. 8, 2017, 11:13pm

One day after it announced a data breach potentially affecting 143 million Americans, Equifax has found itself on the other end of a federal class action complaint in Chicago.

Judge OKs $4.5M deal to end class action over Instaflex supplement marketing; lawyers get $1.5M

Scott Holland Sep. 8, 2017, 4:02pm

A federal judge in Chicago has signed off on a $4.5 million settlement in a class action regarding the effectiveness of dietary supplement Instaflex, with attorneys slated to receive nearly $1.5 million of the fund.

Judge: Failure to accurately cite website could doom class action vs Bumbo over baby seats

Scott Holland Sep. 6, 2017, 7:27pm

A federal judge has, for now, denied an attempt to bring a class action lawsuit by people claiming Bumbo deceptively marketed its baby seats.

IL appeals panel: Cook judge wrong to let woman who lost at trial get new chance to sue Tinley roller rink

Scott Holland Sep. 4, 2017, 12:00pm

A state appeals court said a lower court judge was wrong to allow a woman to win a new trial in a lawsuit targeting a Tinley Park roller rink.