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Target can't dismiss injury lawsuit brought by family of child hurt skateboarding inside Vernon Hills store

Scott Holland Feb. 3, 2016, 6:47pm

Target must continue to defend itself in a liability suit after a federal judge refused to dismiss the complaint of a family whose child was injured riding an unsold skateboard inside a Vernon Hills store.

Class actions say Purina, Wellpet brand 'made in USA' dog foods actually aren't

Scott Holland Feb. 2, 2016, 1:19pm

A woman and dog owner from west central Illinois has brought class action lawsuits against two dog food makers, alleging their kibble, while marketed as “made in the USA,” actually includes ingredients sourced from outside the U.S., placing American dogs at risk and violating state consumer fraud laws.

Lawsuit over slow settlement payments would pit plaintiffs class vs defendant class of claim processors

Scott Holland Jan. 29, 2016, 6:54pm

After saying he waited too long to get money owed him from the settlement of a personal injury lawsuit, a Cook County man is seeking legal retribution, bringing a class action on behalf of other potential plaintiffs like him against the company he has blamed for the delay in paying him, as well as other companies he said may have done the same thing to others.

IL Atty Gen demands telemarketer forfeit more than $1 million pocketed when collecting for charities

Scott Holland Jan. 29, 2016, 1:06pm

Illinois’ attorney general has again set her sights on an Elk Grove telemarketing firm in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging the company kept far too much of the money it purportedly collected on behalf of charities. Lawyers with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s Office filed suit Jan. 27 in Cook County Circuit Court against Safety Publications.

Grossinger Autos says Enterprise owes more than $1 million for defamation to customers over loaner cars

Scott Holland Jan. 28, 2016, 1:06pm

The owners of the Grossinger group of Chicago area car dealerships has asked a Cook County judge to order one of the the nation’s leading rental car operations to pay a toll of more than $1 million for allegedly defaming the auto dealer group in telling customers not to go to Grossinger if they needed a loaner car while their cars were being serviced.

Judge slaps restraining order on access to Topinka campaign money amid lawsuit by late comptroller's son

Scott Holland Jan. 25, 2016, 11:51am

The campaign funds of the late Judy Baar Topinka are now formally frozen, thanks to an order issued Jan. 22 in Cook County Circuit Court. Cook County Judge Anna Helen Demacopolous granted a temporary restraining order to Topinka’s son, Joseph Baar Topinka, which he’d requested as part of his complaint against Nancy Kimme and Bradley A. Burnett, the chairwoman and treasurer, respectively, of Citizens For Judy Baar Topinka.

Ohio dentist uses Chicago courts to sue Conn.-based Synchrony over faxed Care Credit ads

Scott Holland Jan. 23, 2016, 12:21am

Chicago federal court is the venue an Ohio dentist chose for his class-action complaint against a Connecticut-based lending firm he said repeatedly placed calls to his office and sent unwanted faxed ads promoting its consumer credit products, in violation of federal law.

Governor can't exempt Pollution Control workers from collective bargaining, appeals panel says

Scott Holland Jan. 22, 2016, 11:09am

He hasn’t been Illinois’ governor for more than a year, but some of Pat Quinn’s actions are still being weighed by Illinois’ courts. On Jan. 19, a state appellate court overturned the administrative decision of the Illinois Labor Relations Board to uphold Quinn’s exemption of certain Pollution Control Board employees from collective bargaining.

Judge OKs false advertising lawsuit vs Johnson & Johnson over Bedtime Products

Scott Holland Jan. 20, 2016, 5:32pm

An Illinois woman’s false advertising complaint against Johnson & Johnson is allowed to proceed after a judge denied the company’s motion to dismiss, saying the woman had done enough so far to allow her to argue Johnson & Johnson misled her and others into buying products the company claimed were clinically proven to help babies sleep better. Stephanie Leiner, of Chillicothe, filed a class action lawsuit July 2 in federal court in Chicago against N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson.

Oak Park woman says disability accommodation laws require association to let her rent her condo

Scott Holland Jan. 19, 2016, 11:37pm

A 94-year-old Oak Park woman has asked a federal judge to order the association that manages her condominium building to allow her to rent her condo temporarily to allow her to use the rental income to offset her medical expenses, saying association rules forbidding her from renting the condo until it has been listed for sale for a year stands as a violation of her rights to a “reasonable accommodation” under federal fair housing and disability laws.

Dolton recall ordinance struck down, appeals panel says must first be OK'd by voters

Scott Holland Jan. 18, 2016, 11:00am

A trio of Dolton village trustees scored a victory in their dispute with the mayor and clerk over the legality of the town’s recall ordinance, as an appeals panel found the Illinois state constitution requires municipalities, like Dolton, must first secure the approval of voters at referendum for such recall powers.

Reverse Mortgage Solutions accuses homonymous company of holding its name for ransom

Scott Holland Jan. 16, 2016, 12:35pm

They’ve got the same name, but one Reverse Mortgage Solutions is the plaintiff and the other, a defendant in a federal trademark lawsuit, accused of swooping in to claim the corporate name and hold it for ransom. And the original Reverse Mortgage Solutions has won a preliminary injunction against its homonymous rival.

Ministry hit with another class action over robocalls soliciting donations to boost profits of 'prophet'

Scott Holland Jan. 12, 2016, 12:39pm

A Cook County resident fed up with receiving unwanted phone calls from a profitable prophet hopes a class action lawsuit will stop the ringing. Jeffrey Molitor filed the complaint Jan. 5 in Cook County Circuit against New York-based Manasseh Jordan Ministries and Yakim Manasseh Jordan.

Chicago dentist says city commission didn't let him defend claims he forbade Muslim worker from wearing hijab

Scott Holland Jan. 8, 2016, 5:19pm

A Chicago dentist is seeking a second, higher legal opinion as he tries to refute the claims of a former Muslim employee, who claims he discriminated against her by forbidding her from wearing her hijab at work. Dr. Dhiraj Sharma, owner of American Dental Associates, recently filed a petition for common law writ of certiorari in Cook County Circuit Court, asking the court to intervene in his dispute with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations.

Publisher says city rules barring posters on lamp posts is unconstitutional

Scott Holland Jan. 7, 2016, 9:14am

The First Amendment doesn’t specifically mention streetlight poles, but they are involved in a free speech class action complaint filed in federal court in Chicago. RCP Publications filed the complaint in December against the city, arguing the city violates the First Amendment with its policy on which messages may be posted on public property.

Park Ridge homeowners win appellate round vs Advocate over Lutheran General flooding

Scott Holland Jan. 2, 2016, 9:32am

Park Ridge homeowners have retained a window of hope in their campaign to hold neighboring Advocate Lutheran General Hospital liable for flooding. After the Cook County Circuit Court dismissed two counts of the homeowners’ class-action complaint, the First District Appellate Court reversed one of those dismissals in an unpublished order issued in December. The issue arose from a Sept. 13, 2008, storm and a subsequent Feb. 12, 2009, class action complaint.

Class action demands state pay up, despite budget impasse, for land taken for road projects

Scott Holland Dec. 30, 2015, 10:43pm

A property owner believes the state has wrongfully used Springfield’s ongoing budget dispute to improperly withhold payment on land the Illinois Department of Transportation seized for work on Route 59 in DuPage County, so the land owner has filed a class action to force Illinois to pay up to all others who have allegedly been similarly wronged. Naper Corner, successor entity to North Star Trust, filed suit Dec. 28 in Cook County Circuit Court.

Boogard family's claims vs NHL over blame for player's substance abuse, death suffer legal blow

Scott Holland Dec. 30, 2015, 11:41am

The family of a deceased professional hockey player, who died following a purported drug overdose, has suffered a setback in their bid to assign blame for the athlete’s death to the NHL.

Peace, Love, Litigation: Chocolatier sues rival over trademarked phrase on candy products

Scott Holland Dec. 23, 2015, 10:45am

Wishes for peace and love are as common around the winter holidays as chocolate and peppermint candy. But when two companies market seasonal confection products with nearly identical names, it’s left to the courts to unwrap a trademark lawsuit.

Investor demands stake he thinks he's owed should selfies replace signatures in credit card transactions

Scott Holland Dec. 18, 2015, 10:34pm

A startup company seems to believe its new technology can revolutionize the credit card transaction business, by allowing users to substitute a selfie for a signature when authorizing a purchase. And a Chicago businessman who invested in the venture believes he is being wrongly denied his cut of what he expects to be a windfall once the tech lands in the hands of the world’s largest processors of electronic payments.