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Magazine seller denied injunction to force city to allow them to sell on sidewalk outside Wrigley Field

Scott Holland Oct. 7, 2015, 11:37am

Even if the Chicago Cubs do bring postseason baseball back to Wrigley Field in October, fans still won’t be able to buy copies of an unauthorized team-themed magazine outside the venerable stadium on the city’s North Side. U.S. District Judge Jorge L. Alonso denied the request of magazine publishers Left Field Media to force the city to allow Left Field to sell its magazines outside the ballpark. The publishing company had sought an injunction to stop the city from enforcing what it argues is a

Dolton trustees say village recall ordinance, supported by mayor, unconstitutional abuse of power

Scott Holland Oct. 5, 2015, 10:21pm

An ordinance providing for the recall of public officials in Dolton is at the center of a lawsuit dividing village trustees against the mayor and clerk. Tiffany Henyard, Stanley H. Brown and Robert G. Hunt Jr., who were each elected to four-year terms as Dolton village trustees in April 2013, filed a complaint in Cook County Circuit Court on Sept. 24 seeking an injunction against the village of Dolton, naming Dolton Mayor Riley H. Rogers and Village Clerk Mary Kay Dugan as co-defendants in the

GM wrong to block Motor Werks' Cadillac dealership relocation, but more still can be done, judge says

Scott Holland Oct. 2, 2015, 8:27am

A federal judge has sided with a Barrington-based dealer of luxury automobiles in the dealership’s ongoing dispute with General Motors over the automaker’s attempt to block the relocation of its Cadillac dealership — but only to a point. Motor Werks had sued GM because the auto dealer is trying to move its standalone Cadillac dealership in Barrington to a newly renovated auto mall.

Sexual assault civil suit vs Derrick Rose removed to federal court in L.A.

Scott Holland Sep. 29, 2015, 11:13pm

The woman who is suing Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose, alleging Rose and two of his friends entered her apartment without her consent two years ago and raped her, likely will need to continue the case in federal court in California, after Rose filed notice he intended to remove the litigation from California Superior Court. The accuser, a woman identified only as Jane Doe in court documents, filed a civil suit in August in Superior Court in California.

Appellate panel: Chicago's three-mile radius car rental tax OK as tax on 'use' not 'transaction'

Scott Holland Sep. 29, 2015, 4:20pm

The city of Chicago can pull its controversial three-mile-radius car rental tax from the curb, after a state appellate panel determined the tax is a “use tax” assessed only on city residents using their rented vehicles in the city, and not an attempt to slap a transaction tax on vehicle rentals outside of city limits, which otherwise would have been an illegal extension of the city’s authority.

Cicero, towing company head to court over town's move to cut loose towing contract

Scott Holland Sep. 28, 2015, 11:58am

Officials in Cicero want to stop paying a contractor for towing and impounding vehicles, and the resulting dispute has spilled over into Cook County Circuit Court. Tuff Car Company, which has been the contracted towing firm for Cicero since 2005, earlier this month filed a complaint for injunctive relief against the town, which is seeking to terminate the contract before its scheduled expiration June 30, 2017.

Judge junks junk fax class action settlement deal to pay plaintiffs' lawyer 98 percent of proceeds, class members zero

Scott Holland Sep. 24, 2015, 11:05pm

Saying a proposed settlement agreement in which a lawyer would receive over 98 percent of the proceeds “does not come close to meeting the standards of fairness and reasonableness,” a federal judge in Chicago has rejected the request of two truck companies to settle a class action dispute over junk faxes sent by one of the companies. Grok Lines Inc., of Palatine, which initiated a class action claim against Murray, Ky.-based Paschall Truck Lines, was pursuing a $100,000 settlement.

CVS overcharging customers with insurance for prescription drugs, federal lawsuit says

Scott Holland Sep. 18, 2015, 10:40am

Already facing a class action over the price of generic drugs in San Francisco federal court, retail pharmacy giant CVS has again become the target of a similar complaint in federal court in Chicago. Robert Podgorny and Kevin P. Cauley are accusing the Rhode Island-based pharmacy chain of consumer fraud. They seek certification as a class, a jury trial, damages and injunctive relief. The complaint, filed Sept. 17, pinpoints the issue to November 2008, when CVS created its Health Savings Pass.

Chicago plaintiffs pour local lawsuit into mix of rising nationwide litigation vs McCormick over black pepper slack fill

Scott Holland Sep. 17, 2015, 10:04am

Culinary experts may disagree on what constitutes a dash of pepper, but residents of Chicago and Altoona, Iowa, have joined their names to a growing list of litigants making a federal case out of the amount of the spice in jars sold by McCormick & Company throughout the country. Julia Vladimirsky, of Chicago, and Bernard Ortiz, of Altoona, Iowa, filed a class action complaint against spice purveyor McCormick and Wal-Mart Stores, alleging the companies changed the amount of black pepper in newer

Appeals panel: Lawsuit brought by family of man who died in Belvidere garbage truck crash belongs in Boone County, not Cook

Scott Holland Sep. 16, 2015, 9:24am

A state appellate panel has decided a wrongful death lawsuit brought against a waste collection company over the death of a man whose car collided with a garbage truck near Belvidere should stay in Boone County, despite the desire of the man’s family to try the case in Cook County.

Fitbit, Fitbug patent tussle steps toward trial after judge nixes Fitbug's summary judgment ask

Scott Holland Sep. 14, 2015, 12:23pm

Fitbit and Fitbug, two leading competing manufacturers of activity-tracking electronic devices, might be headed for trial after a federal judge rejected Fitbug’s request for summary judgment in a pending patent lawsuit. The matter dates to Feb. 20, 2014, when Fitbit sued Fitbug alleging a single count of patent infringement.

Lotto winners demand Lottery pay up despite state budget problems, stop selling tickets for large jackpot games

Scott Holland Sep. 10, 2015, 1:18pm

The state of Illinois has been operating since July 1 without a budget in place, causing a slowing or stoppage of payments in several arenas. One of those casualties was lottery players who won $25,000 or more on a single ticket. In response, two Illinois Lottery winners have filed a class action complaint against B.R. Lane, acting Illinois Lottery director, as well as the Lottery itself, the Lottery Control Board and Northstar Lottery Group, the private firm that operates lottery games in Illin

Judge clears sale of hotels worth $86 million amid ongoing First Farmers fraud litigation

Scott Holland Sep. 9, 2015, 10:11pm

The online sale of five hotel properties worth a combined $86 million is proceeding after a federal judge in Chicago approved the transaction, which is connected to an ongoing lawsuit regarding a multi-million dollar fraudulent loan scheme. Pennant Management is embroiled in legal proceedings after accusing First Farmers Financial of selling it the federally guaranteed portions of 26 fraudulent loans allegedly worth $180 million.

Weber lawsuit vs Sears over grill design more than just smoke, judge says

Scott Holland Sep. 8, 2015, 12:51pm

The makers of the iconic Weber backyard grill may get their chance to prove at trial Sears intentionally aped the Weber design for its own store-brand grills, after a federal judge said there may be more than just smoke to Weber’s infringement claims against the retailer. Palatine-based Weber-Stephen Products, creator of the eponymous Weber Grill, filed suit in federal court in 2013 against Sears, alleging some Kenmore grills infringe on Weber’s trade dress.

Weevils in the Red Vines sparks lawsuit by Ferrara Candy vs American Licorice

Scott Holland Sep. 7, 2015, 12:20am

The candy man can take a sunrise and sprinkle it with dew, but he apparently draws the line at rice weevils. Ferrara Candy Company, the century-old Oak Brook corporation behind iconic candy brands like Brach’s, Red Hots and Lemonheads, filed a federal complaint Aug. 31 in Chicago against American Licorice Company, which supplied Ferrara with its Red Vines candy, several batches of which were allegedly infested with rice weevils.

Judge ends discrimination suit vs Northwestern brought by male professor accused of sexual misdeeds

Scott Holland Sep. 1, 2015, 11:55pm

A federal judge has rejected a Northwestern University professor’s amended claim against the school, ending another chapter in a complex legal battle centered around his relationships with female students.

Tinley Park water customer hits village with class action for not replacing faulty meters, overcharging residents

Scott Holland Sep. 1, 2015, 12:15am

A Tinley Park resident seeks to initiate a class action suit against the village for failing to fix its smart water meters, and ultimately overcharging its residents and customers for their water. Omar Jaber, represented by his attorneys, Larry Drury and John H. Alexander & Associates, filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court’s Chancery Division Aug. 26 regarding Tinley Park’s use of digital meters used to record water usage over the preceding decade.

Adventure dating club faces potential class action over how it collects, manages member payments

Scott Holland Aug. 28, 2015, 12:21am

An Oak Forest woman hopes to bring a class action against a dating club she said improperly managed her account and refused to cancel her membership. On Aug. 26, Judy Radusewicz filed suit against Events & Adventures, a dating service operated by Adventures Northwest, a corporation based in Washington state. She had purchased a membership with the Chicago branch of the club in April.

Appellate court says judge erred in blocking man from retrieving his equipment from foreclosed shop

Scott Holland Aug. 25, 2015, 11:38pm

An appellate panel has restored a Lake County man’s right to access expensive professional equipment inside a building he lost to foreclosure.

Appellate panel: Cook County can tax Rivers Casino's slot machines, other video gambling terminals

Scott Holland Aug. 24, 2015, 11:16pm

The operators of Rivers Casino were dealt a blow last week when a state appellate court overturned a Cook County judge’s decision vacating Cook County’s video gaming tax. Midwest Gaming and Entertainment, which operates the Des Plaines casino, had sought relief from Cook County’s tax on video gambling machines, prevailing upon Cook County Circuit Court Judge Robert Lopez Cepero to find the county tax ordinance was preempted by the state’s Riverboat Gambling Act.