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

By Scott Holland | Jan 2, 2016

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of the homeowners’ class-action complaint, the First District Appellate Court reversed one of those dismissals in an unpublished order issued in December.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

By Scott Holland | Dec 30, 2015

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

By Scott Holland | Dec 30, 2015

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

By Scott Holland | Dec 23, 2015

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

By Scott Holland | Dec 18, 2015

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

By Scott Holland | Dec 15, 2015

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.

Suburbs add to growing list of towns saying Expedia, other travel sites owe underpaid hotel taxes

By Scott Holland | Dec 11, 2015

Online travel agents are facing legal action from local government agencies across the country, claiming they are being shorted perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars of hotel taxes by the travel sites.

Judge says commodities traders chose wrong target when suing CME over high frequency traders' market manipulation

By Scott Holland | Dec 4, 2015

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.

Seventh Circuit: Dart violated rights in coercing vendors to stop doing business with Backpage.com

By Scott Holland | Dec 2, 2015

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

By Scott Holland | Dec 1, 2015

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

By Scott Holland | Nov 30, 2015

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.

Judge tosses California businessman's $6 million suit vs lawyer alleged to help partner in India freeze him out

By Scott Holland | Nov 26, 2015

A Chicago federal judge has put an end to a California man’s $6 million lawsuit against a lawyer the man alleges helped a former business associate in India remotely freeze him out of the business’ accounts.

Cook Circuit Clerk improperly collects fees on motions that aren't 'final,' class action lawsuit says

By Scott Holland | Nov 24, 2015

The Cook County Circuit Clerk’s office has been hit with a potential class action lawsuit, brought by litigants who claim the office has improperly collected fees for interlocutory motions filed over various questions arising while cases are still in process in Cook County Circuit Court. Midwest Medical Records Association filed the class-action complaint Nov. 19, naming Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown, as well as co-defendants Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappasand the county itself.

Former business partners bring dispute over CTA telecom project to Cook County court

By Scott Holland | Nov 23, 2015

Former business partners are at odds over the spoils of a Chicago Transit Authority telecommunications technology project. In a complaint filed Nov. 16 in Cook County Circuit Court, HCK Group, doing business as Informity Systems, brought 10 counts against Informity Network and its president Edita Arambulo, as well as former HCK employee Cynthia Chappell.

Judge deals setback to $6 million ADA, harassment suit brought by legal secretary vs Winston & Strawn

By Scott Holland | Nov 21, 2015

A disability discrimination lawsuit brought by a legal secretary seeking at least $6 million in damages from law firm Winston & Strawn has hit a roadblock in federal court.

Class action alleges Osco Drug knew generic ADHD drugs they were distributing were less effective than brand name version

By Scott Holland | Nov 20, 2015

Osco Drug is facing a federal class action lawsuit over the sale of generic prescription drugs used to treat ADHD, which they allegedly knew were inferior to the brand name drug for which they were substituting. Chicago resident Alex Turetsky, parent of a minor identified as J.T., filed a complaint in federal court in Chicago this week against the companies doing business as Osco Drug.

Survivor band member Sullivan rocks Huckabee campaign for using 'Eye of the Tiger' at rally

By Scott Holland | Nov 19, 2015

Will Mike Huckabee rise up to the challenge of his legal rival? Palatine-based Rude Music, owned by Survivor guitarist Frankie Sullivan, is taking the former Arkansas governor to court over the allegedly unauthorized use of song "Eye of the Tiger" at a public event of his presidential campaign.

Lawsuit: Partner stole idea for products aimed at foreign EB-5 investors; Suit without merit, defendant says

By Scott Holland | Nov 13, 2015

A partnership that quickly turned sour has landed the opposing parties in court, with one party demanding $11 million and the other calling the lawsuit frivolous.

Software exec waited too long to sue finance pros over bad advice for $250 million investments resulting in huge tax bill

By Scott Holland | Nov 10, 2015

A software executive has said a group of investment bankers led him to put his money into a scheme frowned upon by federal tax collectors, but a state appellate court has found, like a trial court before them, that he ran out of time to sue his erstwhile financial advisers at Deutsche Bank and BDO.

Woman says Hollywood Reporter magazine falsely implicated her in report on 2014 Sony cyberattack

By Scott Holland | Nov 9, 2015

A resident of far south suburban Manhattan has brought a defamation action against the publisher of an entertainment magazine and two writers, saying she was improperly implicated in a magazine article as having played a role in the 2014 Sony computer hacking attack.

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