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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.

Chicago Steel hockey team owners face off in court over funds from sale of club to new ownership group

By Scott Holland | Nov 6, 2015

Partners in a minor league hockey outfit are now facing off in Cook County court over the alleged refusal of the majority partner to pay a minority partner his winnings after netting a sale of the club for $2.75 million earlier this year.

Dentist slaps ABC7 with defamation suit over news report on his dental implant practice

By Scott Holland | Nov 4, 2015

A Chicago television station is facing legal action from a Chicago dentist covered in an investigative report aired by the station about one year ago. Irfan Atcha, a dentist who has practiced since 1996, is pursuing a defamation lawsuit against Chicago ABC affiliate station WLS-TV, as well as against ABC itself and ABC’s parent company, Disney. Atcha is a Chicago resident. He operates Dyer Family Dentistry in Dyer, Ind., as well as No Dentures, of Chicago. 

Assistant manager OK to sue DSW over claims she was wrongly fired for calling cops to stop shoplifting

By Scott Holland | Nov 2, 2015

A federal judge has sided with an assistant manager who lost her job at a shoe store after she called police to curb a potential shoplifting incident in progress, ruling the woman can proceed with a lawsuit against her former employer for allegedly violating Illinois’ whistleblower law.

Regency beauty school students not entitled to pay for the work they do for paying customers at the school, judge says

By Scott Holland | Oct 30, 2015

Aspiring beauticians aren’t entitled to salaries from payments their educators collect from customers, a Chicago federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge John J. Tharp Jr. issued an opinion Oct. 27 in a class action lawsuit from cosmetology students of Regency Beauty Institute who argued the work they did for paying customers classified them as employees.

Chicago bar, nightclub developers sue over partner's alleged pilfering of $2 million

By Scott Holland | Oct 29, 2015

Two men who allege a business partner treated their Chicago bar, restaurant and nightclub businesses as his “personal piggybank,” taking $2 million in the process, have sued their former partner in Cook County Circuit Court. Plaintiffs Brian Galati and Chireal Jordan, bar, restaurant and nightclub developers, are shareholders and members of The Cue Club and Capacity Bar Group.

Appeals panel: School districts can't undo property tax settlements simply because they don't like the results

By Scott Holland | Oct 27, 2015

A divided state appeals panel has reinstated a settlement agreement which had ended a dispute over how much a number of Will County property taxpayers actually should have paid in 2010, with a majority on the court saying the school districts can't undo the deal simply because they didn't like the result. A three-justice panel of the Illinois Third District Appellate Court in Ottawa overturned the decision of Will County Circuit Judge Barbara N. Petrungaro.

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