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Former NIU cop's lawsuit dismissed vs university amid renewed criminal action over sex assault allegations

By Scott Holland | Jul 23, 2015

A federal judge in Rockford has dismissed the lawsuit of a former Northern Illinois University police officer whose termination continues to embroil the DeKalb school in legal battles. Andrew Rifkin lost his job as an NIU police officer after being charged with felony criminal sexual assault in connection with an October 2011 incident involving an NIU freshman.

Evergreen Park family says village trustee, police officer harassed them, yet village, mayor did nothing about it

By Scott Holland | Jul 21, 2015

An Evergreen Park village trustee and police officer, as well as the village and its mayor, have all been sued over two years of harassment to which the trustee and police officer allegedly subjected an Evergreen Park family, without apology or corrective action from the village.

Appellate panel: City justified in denying Walmart River North liquor license over crime fears

By Scott Holland | Jul 21, 2015

Walmart’s hopes to get a Chicago liquor license for its River North Walmart Express store suffered a major setback last week as a state appellate panel said the city was justified in denying the license over concerns allowing the retailer to sell alcohol could contribute to increased crime in the area.

Judge tosses $100 million suit vs Tollway over 'unconstitutional' collection practices

By Scott Holland | Jul 17, 2015

A federal judge has popped an Ohio man’s $100 million lawsuit against the Illinois Tollway for allegedly violating his constitutional rights through its toll collection process.

Families say companies which handle bodies donated for research sold deceased relatives' body parts

By Scott Holland | Jul 15, 2015

Two Illinois families are suing a handful of companies they accuse of adding their late relatives’ remains to “an illegal scheme to transport human body parts across state and international borders for profit.”

Former Argonne worker alleges lab, police falsely charged him with theft to fire him

By Scott Holland | Jul 15, 2015

A former employee at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Lemont is suing over claims the lab and DuPage County Sheriff's police falsely charged him with stealing lab property, allowing lab management, with whom he had fallen out of favor, to fire him.

Sleep center manager sues former partner, attorney for malpractice over business dream turned nightmare

By Scott Holland | Jul 14, 2015

The former manager of a chain of northern Illinois sleep clinics has sued her former business partner and attorney for legal malpractice, alleging the lawyer violated professional conduct rules when she allegedly ignored conflicts of interest in scuttling the sale of the sleep clinics and, when the clinics began to suffer financial losses, allegedly deceiving her into assuming the financial liabilities.

Chicago activists sue suburban villages over alleged lack of gun shop regulation

By Scott Holland | Jul 11, 2015

The Coalition for Safe Chicago Communities is pursuing legal action against three suburban villages, alleging a lax attitude toward gun shop regulations is, in part, responsible for crimes committed in Chicago.

Argosy U. sued over claims its marketing calls to cell phones violated federal law

By Scott Holland | Jul 10, 2015

A for-profit institute of higher education being sued for placing telemarketing calls to mobile phones has asked to move the case to a higher authority. In early June, Anthony J. Gerhardt filed a class action complaint in Cook County Circuit Court against Argosy Education Group, which runs Argosy University. About a month later, Argosy has filed a notice to remove the case to federal court.

Equity firm alleges associates of developer Bossy enabled his efforts to dodge loan obligations, maintain 'posh' lifestyle

By Scott Holland | Jul 9, 2015

A Chicago equity firm is seeking to recover millions it claims to have lost in what it alleges was a an intricate asset-shifting scheme designed by a commercial developer to maintain a posh lifestyle. Venture Equities Management filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court based on the actions of David Bossy, a longtime commercial real estate broker and developer of multiple Chicago area shopping centers and other projects.

Legal secretary sues Winston & Strawn, alleges was subjected to discrimination, harassment over epilepsy, hearing loss

By Scott Holland | Jul 6, 2015

A lawyer, who works as a legal secretary at Winston & Strawn in Chicago, is seeking at least $6 million in damages from the firm, alleging she was subjected to discrimination and harassment as she suffered hearing loss and symptoms of epilepsy.

Mastro's busser brings class action vs steakhouse restaurant over tip pooling system

By Scott Holland | Jul 1, 2015

A man who worked as a busser at the Mastro’s Steakhouse in Chicago is suing the company for allegedly improperly operating a tip pooling system in violation of state and federal wage laws.

Exec. Asst. to former Bellwood school superintendent says district fired her for taking sides in political spat

By Scott Holland | Jun 29, 2015

The executive assistant to the former schools superintendent in suburban Bellwood has sued the community’s school district for firing her, claiming local politics lay at the center of the school board’s decision to fire her shortly after terminating her boss.

Chiquita sues Chicago area grocer for naming stores, products using the Spanish word it says it owns

By Scott Holland | Jun 26, 2015

Chiquita Brands is suing Alfredo Linares Inc. for trademark infringement and unfair competition. ALI, Chicquita claims, changed the name of its northern Illinois grocery stores and restaurants to Chiquita Food Market in 2013, and uses the Chiquita name for store-brand meats and spices.

California businessman alleges Chicago lawyer helped Indian business partner freeze him out of LLC

By Scott Holland | Jun 20, 2015

Alleges lawyer helped nonresident alien improperly open bank account, funnel money to partner

Judge: Bowling equipment must abide at Antioch bowling alley in foreclosure

By Scott Holland | Jun 19, 2015

Quoting from the cult classic film “The Big Lebowski,” a federal judge has settled a property dispute between an Antioch bowling proprietor and the bank that owned the mortgage on the building.“The character Walter Sobchak once said, ‘This is bowling. There are rules,’” U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall wrote. “If only the same could be said regarding how the law classifies property items in a bowling

Judge: Bowling equipment cannot be split, must abide at Antioch bowling alley in foreclosure

By Scott Holland | Jun 19, 2015

Sides with bank in dispute over whether equipment is 'fixtures' or personal property that can be sold

Judge won't bar path to continuing litigation over Rosemont parking garage gate system failure

By Scott Holland | Jun 15, 2015

The operators of a prominent Rosemont parking garage and an equipment supplier they hired to design a new gated entry system for their garage and for other vendors to which they wished to market the new product will continue to wage their legal battle after a federal judge ruled the standoff needs further proceedings to be sorted out. On June 10, U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso rejected an attempt

Kohl's wins chance to argue class action should be nixed in ADA suit over store layouts

By Scott Holland | Jun 9, 2015

Retailer Kohl’s has won the chance to demonstrate why a group which advocates for the rights of those with disabilities should not be allowed to turn a lawsuit over disability access at its stores into a class action with potential plaintiffs numbering in the thousands.

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