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Comptroller, pension funds: Chicago City Hall can't sue over grant money intercepted for shorted pensions

By Scott Holland | May 20, 2019

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza and several city worker retiree pension funds have responded to a lawsuit in which the city of Chicago alleged the comptroller's office acted wrongly at the request of the pension funds to seize millions in state grant money because the pension funds claimed the city had shorted pension funds by $23 million.ons aren't met

Judge punctures Local 150 union's try to sue NLRB for moving to limit 150's use of inflatable rats to protest

By Scott Holland | May 17, 2019

A federal judge has deflated a legal action accusing the National Labor Relations Board of violating a union’s rights to free speech by moving to stop the union from using inflatable rats and banners to continuosly protest "rat contractors."

Baseball agent accuses financial adviser of helping rival agent poach superstar client J.D. Martinez

By Scott Holland | May 16, 2019

A baseball agent has sued Merrill Lynch for allegedly conspiring to steer a superstar client to a rival agent Scott Boras just before the player landed a huge contract.

Texas-based RAM Aircraft must face lawsuit over plane crash in Cook Co. court: Appeals panel

By Scott Holland | May 15, 2019

A state appeals court has upheld a Cook County judge, who ruled a Texas-based aviation company must face a lawsuit in Cook County court over an airplane crash, solely because the company marketed products to Illinois customers.

Rink operator Black Bear loses bid to sue AHAI for allegedly blocking for-profit rink owners from IL youth hockey

By Scott Holland | May 10, 2019

A federal judge has dismissed an ice rink operator's attempt to put the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois in the penalty box over alleged antritrust violations, saying the rink operator can't sue is the AHAI never denied an application for a new youth hockey club for one of its rinks.

Appeals panel: Peer review doesn't let female Russian Jewish doctor sue Northwest Comm. Hospital for discrimination

By Scott Holland | May 9, 2019

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said a doctor isn’t allowed to bring a discrimination lawsuit against Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights because she’s an independent contractor, not an employee.

Appeals panel: No proof personal injury lawyer Coffman, who was fired by client, deserved $33K in fees

By Scott Holland | May 8, 2019

A state appeals panel determined a Lake County judge was correct to let an attorney whose client fired and replaced him collect just $9,000 in attorney fees, despite his request for $33,000.

ComEd loses bid to bar local utilities from selling credits on renewable energy market

By Scott Holland | May 3, 2019

A state appellate panel said ComEd can’t block local utilities from participating in the renewable energy credit market, affirming an Illinois Commerce Commission ruling.

Overcharged Cook County taxpayers can't sue county in federal court over inflated assessments

By Scott Holland | May 2, 2019

A federal judge said he isn’t allowed to take jurisdiction over a lawsuit in which Cook County property owners claimed their property tax bills were falsely inflated so other properties could be underassessed and pay less.

Federal court grants default judgment against 'prophet' who's made millions from millions of robocalls

By Scott Holland | Apr 29, 2019

A federal judge has entered a default judgment against a self-identified "prophet" who is accused of profiting mightily from his use of robocalls, in violation of federal telecommunications laws.

Retailers can continue suit vs Home Depot on behalf of IL over alleged failure to pay tax on appliance installs

By Scott Holland | Apr 26, 2019

A state appeals panel has ruled that the owners of an appliance store may continue their lawsuit against Home Depot, on behalf of the state, over claims the chain did not collect sales tax it should’ve charged for appliance installations.

Panel: Asbestos exposure over 30-plus years at multiple factories isn't just one insurable occurence

By Scott Holland | Apr 25, 2019

A state appeals court has determined an insurer can’t treat thousands of claims related to asbestos against one business as a single occurrence for the purposes of policy coverage, a decision that significantly expands the amount of money potentially available to plaintiffs in a Cook County lawsuit.

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.

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