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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chicago dentist says city commission didn't let him defend claims he forbade Muslim worker from wearing hijab
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.
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 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.
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.
Investor demands stake he thinks he's owed should selfies replace signatures in credit card transactions
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.
Lakeview hotel operators bring class action over mobile banking app allowing checks to be cashed twice
Potential loopholes in a mobile banking application which could allow depositors to cash the bank notes more than once have prompted a Lakeview hotel business to bring a class action against JP Morgan Chase. Plaintiff 1409 West Diversey Corp., which does business as the Bellwood Hotel, filed its putative class action against JP Morgan Chase in Cook County Circuit Court Dec. 9, claiming its mobile check capture service allows bank customers to deposit checks more than once.
Judge says commodities traders chose wrong target when suing CME over high frequency traders' market manipulation
A federal judge has ruled a group of commodity traders who felt they had been harmed by the manipulative activities of so-called “high frequency traders” had misplaced their grievance when they filed a complaint against the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The putative class action, represented by plaintiffs William Charles Braman, Mark Mendelson and John Simms, alleged the CME granted unfair advantages to certain classes of traders.
A federal appeals panel handed Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart a stinging defeat, saying the county’s chief law enforcement officer had trampled the free speech rights of the owners of the country’s second-largest provider of online classified advertising space when he and his office moved to stem funding to and potentially put the site out of business over concerns the site was used to facilitate prostitution and sex trafficking.
Executive job applicant cleared to sue company he claims phrased job ads to 'weed out' older applicants
A 59-year-old executive will be allowed to proceed with his age discrimination lawsuit against a San Diego-based maker of medical devices after a federal judge declined to dismiss his allegations the company that wouldn't give him an interview worded its open job listings in a way intended to discretely “weed out” older, more experienced applicants.
South Loop apartment building owners, managers hit with class action over unpaid security deposit interest
A South Loop apartment tenant who believes her landlords wrongly deprived her of interest on her security deposit, which she asserts is owed to her and other tenants under city ordinance, has brought a class action against her landlords, demanding they pay her and others like her double their money back, with interest. Cheryl McPhearson filed the class-action complaint Nov. 25 in Cook County Circuit Court.