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IL Supreme Court: Government workers can accrue pension benefits even if working for union while on leave

By Scott Holland | Nov 30, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled the state can’t stop labor union members from accruing state pension benefits while working for private unions, if those benefits are promised under a contract.

Federal appeals judges: 'Politics in politics' did not violate rights of GOP state senator who challenged Rauner

By Scott Holland | Nov 28, 2018

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals determined Illinois Senate Republican leaders didn’t violate a caucus member’s rights by stripping him of duties after he mounted a third-party gubernatorial challenge.

Judge: Housing groups must show more to back home repair discrimination claims vs Deutsche Bank, others

By Scott Holland | Nov 26, 2018

A federal judge has halted, for now, a lawsuit in which fair housing advocates accused Deutsche Bank of trying to lower property values in minority neighborhoods.

Appeals panel: State OK to fine attorney who acted as lawyer, real estate agent on same property sale

By Scott Holland | Nov 23, 2018

A state appeals court said a Lake County judge erred in overruling an Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation finding that a lawyer was wrong to act as both real estate agent and attorney in a single transaction.

Bow Truss Coffee founder Tadros OK to continue defamation suit vs Crain's over 'hit piece' article

By Scott Holland | Nov 20, 2018

A Cook County judge will allow Chicago businessman Phillip Tadros to continue his defamation lawsuit against Crain Communications over an article published about him two years ago in Crain's Chicago Business.

Class action targets Facebook, app maker Uiggy over 2016 data breach

By Scott Holland | Nov 20, 2018

A woman has targeted Facebook and the makers of online game app Uiggy with a class action, accusing them of allowing hackers to obtain her personal information and that of more than 4 million other Uiggy users in a data breach.

Appeals panel: Florida agent gets chance to prove bad faith in Allstate's block of agency sale

By Scott Holland | Nov 16, 2018

A state appeals court is allowing a former Allstate agent to continue her lawsuit accusing the company of improperly intervening in the sale of her agency.

Judge: IL A/G's pro-union statements don't disqualify her from defending vs union lawsuit over fees

By Scott Holland | Nov 14, 2018

A federal judge has determined a state employee — notable for his public anti-union stances — can’t intervene on behalf of the state in a lawsuit it faces from a union leader asking courts to declare unions aren’t obligated to represent employees who refuse to pay membership dues.

Illinois Atty Gen sues companies building Loop skyscraper over alleged pollution pumped into Chicago River

By Scott Holland | Nov 12, 2018

The Illinois Attorney General is suing four companies accused of contributing to the discharge of polluted water into the Chicago River at a skyscraper construction site in the Loop.

Judge OKs employment discrimination lawsuit, despite plaintiff's failure to list lawsuit on bankruptcy filing

By Scott Holland | Nov 8, 2018

A federal judge will allow a man to continue pushing an employment discrimination lawsuit despite his failure to list the possible proceeds from the lawsuit in an unrelated bankruptcy filing.

Appeals court: Romanucci & Blandin firm maybe on hook for fees to lawyer who rep'd client's husband

By Scott Holland | Nov 7, 2018

A state appeals court says law firm Romanucci & Blandin can’t necessarily use the Illinois frauds statute to escape a lawsuit brought by another lawyer who claimed their refusal to pay her $7,000 in fees violated a deal she had struck with one of the firm's clients to represent that client’s husband in court and be paid from funds the client would win in the settlement of a lawsuit being prosecuted by an attorney from the Romanucci & Blandin firm.

Cook Co. judge wrong to quickly toss Quinn's suit over Chicago mayor term limits referendum: Appeals court

By Scott Holland | Nov 6, 2018

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has secured, for now, new life for his attempt to place on the ballot two referendums, including one to slap term limits on Chicago’s mayor, and another to create an elected consumer advocate post in the city.

Models sue Polekatz strip club, say used their images in ads to promote their clubs without permission

By Scott Holland | Nov 2, 2018

Ten models have sued Polekatz, saying the Bridgeview strip club used images of them to advertise its business although the women have never worked for Polekatz or as exotic dancers.

Appeals panel voids $27M for ex-Allstate portfolio analysts who said were maligned in Allstate SEC filings

By Scott Holland | Oct 31, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals panel has vacated a $27 million award previously given to former Allstate portfolio security analysts who accused the company of ruining their careers by allegedly incorrectly reporting to federal regulators the analysts had padded their bonus pay while pension funds were shorted.

Judge: Copyright fight over NRA's use of 'The Bean' footage in video belongs in Virginia, not Chicago

By Scott Holland | Oct 30, 2018

A federal judge has decided a copyright court fight over the use of imagery of Chicago's public sculpture, locally known as "The Bean," between its sculptor and the National Rifle Association belongs in the federal court nearest the NRA's suburban Washington, D.C., headquarters, and not in the Windy City, a few blocks south of the sculpture.

Class action attempt vs Hertz over concession fees rerouted by contract into arbitration, judge says

By Scott Holland | Oct 29, 2018

Car rental chain Hertz will be allowed to pull to the curb a class action accusing it of improperly charging fees at non-airport car rental locations in Chicago and elsewhere, as a federal judge said the customer contract allows the dispute to go to an arbitrator.

Union says Chicago has no right to use noise ordinance to quiet its picket at Cambria hotel

By Scott Holland | Oct 24, 2018

A hotel worker union is suing the city of Chicago, claiming it improperly wielded a noise ordinance to hamper their rights while striking. A judge has denied their request for a temporary restraining order against the city.

IL Supreme Court: Vitamin distributor could yet be on hook for $9M judgment vs possibly insolvent manufacturer

By Scott Holland | Oct 22, 2018

A U.S. distributor and seller of Chinese-made vitamin supplements could still be on the hook for a $9 million default judgment originally entered against the potentially insolvent foreign company that made the vitamins, after the Illinois Supreme Court said state law and policy goals make it possible to hang such damages on others in a product’s manufacture and sale chain.

Class action vs YMCA over evictions thwarted by missing agreement for man participating in Chicago city program

By Scott Holland | Oct 19, 2018

A man who participated in a Chicago city program for the homeless failed to prove he was a YMCA tenant under Chicago’s landlord ordinance, losing the opportunity to continue a class action suit against the Y over evictions, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Harvest Bible Chapel accuses ex-workers, others, of publishing false statements about church's finances, governance

By Scott Holland | Oct 18, 2018

Harvest Bible Chapel is accusing former workers of publishing false information about the church, its finances and governance in a defamation lawsuit filed Oct. 16 in Cook County Circuit Court.

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