Top News

State high court says arbitrator can't order union pay raises unless lawmakers provide the money

Scott Holland Mar. 24, 2016, 12:55pm

The Illinois State Supreme Court has sided with the state in determining an arbitrator cannot order the governor to increase union pay if lawmakers have not yet authorized the spending.

McPier says Uber, Lyft need to start paying taxes for passenger pickups at O'Hare, Midway

Scott Holland Mar. 21, 2016, 3:54pm

McPier has asked a Cook County judge to order ridesharing services Uber and Lyft begin meeting their obligations to pay a tax each time they pick up passengers at Chicago’s airports.

Harold Ramis' attorney sues Ramis' widow, saying she cut him off from his slice of Ramis' earnings

Scott Holland Mar. 18, 2016, 11:25am

The longtime attorney of Hollywood luminary Harold Ramis, renowned for onscreen and off-screen roles in producing, directing, writing and acting in such classic films as Ghostbusters, Animal House, Caddyshack, Groundhog Day and much more, has sued Ramis’ widow, claiming that, since Ramis’ death, she has wrongly cut him off from a continuing stream of income he is owed for his work in helping build Ramis’ film businesses.

Former Cook sheriff's deputy OK'd to proceed with claims Sheriff fired him for being white, Republican

Scott Holland Mar. 12, 2016, 12:43pm

A wrongful termination lawsuit brought by a former Cook County Sheriff’s deputy, who said Sheriff’s office officials used accusations of technical violations to disguise their actual, political motives for firing him, will be allowed to proceed against the Sheriff’s office after a federal judge refused to dismiss the action.

IL appeals panel says state within its rights to make convenience stores pay more cigarette tax

Scott Holland Mar. 11, 2016, 11:20am

The Illinois First District Appellate Court has upheld a Cook County Circuit Court ruling that an increase in the state’s cigarette tax does not violate the state constitution. Casey’s Marketing Company, which operates hundreds of Casey’s General Store convenience stores, filed the initial complaint in the wake of state legislation in 2012 to roughly double the per cigarette tax charged to those who sell them.

Ex-Argonne worker's lawsuit dismissed vs lab, DuPage Co for false arrest, wrongful firing

Scott Holland Mar. 9, 2016, 5:55pm

A former Argonne National Laboratory employee has struck out in his attempt to sue the lab and some DuPage County Sheriff's deputies for allegedly wrongly accusing him of theft, and then firing him.

Google sued over facial recognition in photo sharing, latest tech giant to face class action in IL

Scott Holland Mar. 4, 2016, 10:55pm

Google has become the latest titan of the digital age to face legal action under an Illinois law over the use of facial recognition technology and photo sharing.

Appeals panel: IL pollution board wrong to uphold permits for Metro Water District sewage plants without stricter phosphorus limit

Scott Holland Mar. 4, 2016, 12:24pm

Environmental action groups have secured a legal victory in their efforts to force the region’s largest treater of wastewater to limit the amount of phosphorus – a fertilizing chemical that can cause destructive algae blooms in rivers and streams – put into local streams by its sewage treatment plants, as an Illinois appellate panel said state regulatory bodies were wrong to grant permits for three of the region’s largest treatment plants without more stringent phosphorus limits in place.

Catholic Charities lawsuit: Chicago OK'd marijuana dispensary too near shelter with child care service

Scott Holland Mar. 2, 2016, 9:05pm

Catholic Charities has asked a Cook County judge to overrule the Chicago Zoning Board’s permission for a medical marijuana dispensary to open near a Lakeview shelter for women and children it operates, saying the Zoning Board improperly overlooked the shelter’s unlicensed child care service when determining there were no day care centers or schools within 1,000 feet of the planned dispensary site.

Café Descartes owner says Stroger Hospital rigged coffee vendor bid process, blocked him from opening shop at Stroger

Scott Holland Feb. 26, 2016, 6:24pm

The owner of the Café Descartes string of coffee houses has demanded at least $7.6 million from Cook County, saying officials at Stroger Hospital rigged the bid process over the rights to operate a coffee house in the hospital.

African-American woman's discriminatory auto lending claim vs Santander cleared to proceed in federal court

Scott Holland Feb. 25, 2016, 4:22pm

A Chicago woman will be allowed to pursue a racial discrimination claim against the finance company that handled her car loan, though the company was successful in having other parts of the complaint dismissed.

Class action hits Boeing over SEC investigation of 'program accounting' for airliner production

Scott Holland Feb. 23, 2016, 12:45pm

On the heels of stock prices that slipped following recent reports that federal investigators will investigate its accounting, Boeing has been targeted by a federal class action alleging the aerospace manufacturer misled investors using alleged accounting tricks to hide potential losses.

Interest rate swaps class action vs big banks could draw in 'tens of thousands' of public bodies with billions at stake

Scott Holland Feb. 19, 2016, 8:31pm

Two Mississippi and Alabama hospitals and the county that includes the cities of Biloxi and Gulfport, Miss., have squared off in Chicago federal court with many of the country’s biggest financial institutions over so-called interest rate swaps — an issue now impacting governments and other public bodies throughout the country, including Chicago’s public schools system.

Appeals panel: Judge wrong to nix firing of state worker who got Link cards for friends, family, used it herself

Scott Holland Feb. 18, 2016, 5:42pm

A state appellate panel in Springfield has reinstated the termination of a state worker who had been fired for allegedly authorizing state aid for friends and relatives, and using those benefits to pay for purchases for herself. A Sangamon County judge had ordered her punishment reduced.

CBC National Bank hit with FLSA class action over OT pay for home-based mortgage processors

Scott Holland Feb. 17, 2016, 3:48pm

A Tennessee woman has brought a class action in Chicago federal court against a Florida-based bank that employed her, alleging the bank shorted her and all other home-based mortgage loan processors like her, the overtime pay she believes they are due under the law.

Dollar General customer seeks to ignite class action over alleged failings of store brand motor oil

Scott Holland Feb. 13, 2016, 10:55am

Dollar General’s marketing of its store-brand motor oil has one customer targeting the discount retailer with a class action complaint worth at least $5 million, alleging the oil is at best of little use and, at worst, can actually damage the engines of most cars in which it is poured.

Judge tosses false claims class action vs makers of 'wonder drug' supplement Anatabloc

Scott Holland Feb. 12, 2016, 1:51pm

A class action lawsuit targeting the maker of a “wonder drug” nutritional supplement has been shelved after a federal judge tossed the complaint of two men who claimed they had been misled by the supplement makers’ claims regarding the product’s effectiveness at treating arthritis and other inflammation.

Jackie Robinson West parents sue Little League, ESPN, say wrongly accused them of cheating to win 2014 title

Scott Holland Feb. 11, 2016, 5:32pm

Parents of players on a controversy-plagued Chicago Little League baseball team are striking back against organized baseball and national media outlets the parents say wrongly accused them and their children of cheating to win the U.S. Little League crown.

Class action alleges GroupOn uses Instagram photos without permission to promote deals

Scott Holland Feb. 9, 2016, 9:26am

An Instagram user has brought a class action against Groupon, arguing Chicago-based e-commerce deal provider has been wrongly using photos posted to Instagram to promote deals crafted by Groupon for restaurants and other businesses.

George Lucas Museum foes score win in latest episode of saga over fate of lakefront site

Scott Holland Feb. 5, 2016, 11:30am

Opponents of the George Lucas museum proposed for Chicago’s lakefront have won the latest episode in the long running legal wars over the planned attraction, after a federal judge refused to dismiss their lawsuit against the city and park district.