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Advocate hit with another home health care nurse class action, after settling similar case for $4.75 million

Scott Holland May 16, 2016, 3:40pm

On the heels of a settlement announced in a similar class action brought by in-home physical therapists and other home-based health care workers, another group of home care nurses are also taking aim at Advocate Health, arguing the company owes them overtime pay after allegedly improperly claiming the nurses were exempt from certain federal and state wage laws.

Lawsuit says Wiener Circle's 'hostile environment' led to broken arm, wins appeal

Scott Holland May 13, 2016, 10:31am

A state appeals court’s ruling has ordered up yet more legal trouble for the owners of Chicago’s famous Wiener Circle restaurant, who a woman said don’t do enough to protect her and other customers should the restaurant’s renowned rowdy atmosphere spark altercations, like the one the woman claimed resulted in her suffering a broken arm.

Lawsuit accusing Grubhub of sending too many unwanted text messages lands in federal court

Scott Holland May 11, 2016, 4:18pm

A Chicago woman’s class action lawsuit that accused Chicago-based food delivery app operator Grubhub of sending unwanted text messages in violation of federal law, has landed in federal court.

Pharmacists' association asks court to stop Chicago State prof. from breaking away subsidiary group

Scott Holland May 10, 2016, 9:40pm

A national association of pharmacists has asked a Cook County judge to intervene in a power struggle for control of its academic subsidiary organization, alleging a Chicago State University professor who had most recently served as the subsidiary’s executive director has refused to step down when requested and has attempted to make the subsidiary autonomous without authorization.

Big banks not on the hook for failing to stop $14 million embezzlement by doctors' bookkeeper

Scott Holland May 6, 2016, 11:39pm

Three big banks will not be on the hook for millions allegedly embezzled by the former bookkeeper for a group of Chicago area medical practices, after a federal judge agreed the banks had no duty to detect and thwart the fraud, which the doctors said cost them more than $14 million.

Not enough evidence to fire Chicago teacher accused of cheating on ISAT: Appeals court

Scott Holland May 6, 2016, 12:22am

A Chicago teacher who had been fired for failing to report a principal’s request to fudge state test scores will be allowed to keep his job, and collect back pay and benefits, after a state appeals court upheld the decision of a lower court to overrule the Chicago Board of Education’s move to fire the teacher.

Dunkin' Donuts workers sue franchisee for altering timesheets, deducting pay, denying OT

Scott Holland May 5, 2016, 4:41pm

Former Dunkin’ Donuts employees say management at a Dunkin’ franchise business changed their timesheets, denied them overtime wages and illegally took money from their paychecks to cover register shortages.

Judge hauls away OT pay class action brought by tow truck drivers vs Chicago wrecker company

Scott Holland May 3, 2016, 1:58pm

A Chicago federal judge has put the brakes on an attempt by a group of tow truck drivers to collect overtime pay they claimed they were owed under federal law from a Chicago tow operator.

Lawsuit: Doctor who sued Advocate for firing him for revealing 'sex predator' illegally taped conversations

Scott Holland Apr. 28, 2016, 9:24am

A doctor who sued an Oak Lawn hospital for allegedly firing him in retaliation for attempting to unmask a “sexual predator” working at the hospital has come under examination himself in a lawsuit allegedly illegally recording private workplace conversations in an effort to ensnare his former supervisor and others working at the hospital.

Volvo's hybrid engine doesn't go far enough on battery alone, XC90 buyer says in class action

Scott Holland Apr. 22, 2016, 4:58pm

Volvo is facing a class action complaint over the performance of its hybrid sport utility vehicles.

Atlas Brewing: Missteps by attorney caused it to lose trademark to popular local craft beer brand

Scott Holland Apr. 19, 2016, 8:10pm

Atlas Brewing Company, a Chicago craft brewer, filed a complaint April 15 in Cook County Circuit Court against its former attorneys at the Chicago firm of Fuksa Khorshid LLC, alleging the firm’s purported failure to properly manage registration of the brewery’s trademark cost them the chance to expand their marketing efforts beyond Chicago.

Judge tosses class action vs Osco over generic substitutions for brand name ADHD drug

Scott Holland Apr. 18, 2016, 1:39pm

Osco Drug has secured the dismissal of a federal class action lawsuit brought by a Chicago man who claimed pharmacists at the regional retail pharmacy chain wrongly substituted generic versions for a brand name drug his doctors had prescribed to treat his son’s ADHD symptoms. Plaintiff Alex Turetsky, of Chicago, had filed a complaint in Chicago federal court in November 2015 against the companies doing business as Osco Drug.

Class action: Local L.A. Tan franchisee must pay for storing client fingerprints, despite similar suit vs national brand

Scott Holland Apr. 12, 2016, 6:22pm

While already pursuing a class action complaint against nationwide tanning salon franchiser L.A. Tan, an Illinois woman has lodged a second complaint against its Schaumburg franchisee, alleging the franchise business owner should be made to pay, as well, for collecting, storing and sharing customers’ fingerprints when enrolling them in L.A. Tan’s customer rewards program.

Student hurt in floor hockey game should be allowed to sue Conant H.S., District 211, appeals panel says

Scott Holland Apr. 11, 2016, 1:47pm

The state’s largest public high school district, serving students from several communities in northwest suburban Cook County, will need to defend against a personal injury lawsuit brought by a Conant High School student who said a gym teacher’s decision to not require eye protection for students playing floor hockey left him with an injured eye.

'Clean diesel' scandal makes running Volkswagen dealerships much less profitable, Napleton Auto's RICO class action says

Scott Holland Apr. 7, 2016, 3:03pm

A Chicagoland auto franchise is taking aim at Volkswagen federal court, arguing a scandal now surrounding the German automaker and its diesel cars - and Volkswagen’s handling of the scandal in the months since allegations first publicly surfaced of the automaker’s purported attempt to deceive government auto emissions testers - has damaged the ability of Volkswagen dealerships, including its own, to turn a profit.

Servers, other tipped staff allege P.F. Chang's shorted them pay

Scott Holland Apr. 5, 2016, 4:02pm

Servers and other tipped restaurant workers have sued P.F. Chang’s in federal court, claiming the casual Asian restaurant chain didn’t pay them what was required by wage laws.

Sober housing group says city discriminated against its clients in denying permit for West Town home

Scott Holland Apr. 5, 2016, 12:52pm

A substance abuse recovery organization has accused Chicago city officials of violating federal disability laws in citing city zoning rules to block the group’s application to allow a group of recovering substance abusers to live in a single family home in the city’s West Town neighborhood.

Class action demands Cook County refund bail bond fees retained by circuit clerk before 2016

Scott Holland Mar. 31, 2016, 4:19pm

A man who was acquitted of murder charges stemming from a 2014 Palatine bar fight has sued the offices of Cook County’s circuit clerk and treasurer, alleging they kept far too much of his bail bond fees – and he believes they likely did the same to potentially thousands of others who have posted bond in recent years.

Online casino-style game provider beats back class action alleging it hosts illegal gambling

Scott Holland Mar. 30, 2016, 3:23pm

A federal judge has sided with online casino-style game company Double Down Interactive in a potential class action lawsuit which alleged the company's games violated Illinois gambling laws, and the company should pay back those who had paid to play its games.

Exotic dancers cleared to step forward with partially stripped lawsuit vs Pink Monkey club over wages

Scott Holland Mar. 28, 2016, 6:50pm

Two exotic dancers will be allowed to move forward with at least a portion of their lawsuit against a Chicago strip club where they worked, alleging the establishment wrongly classified them as independent contractors, and shorted them pay in the process.