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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.

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.

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