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Lawsuit: Northbrook Bank & Trust 'lent ... air of legitimacy' to $9M Crescent Ridge funds Ponzi scheme

By Scott Holland | Oct 18, 2018

Northbrook Bank & Trust has been named as a defendant in a class action involving an alleged $9 million Ponzi scheme.

School district lawsuit: Sears owes millions in taxes for laying off too many workers, breaching state deal

By Scott Holland | Oct 16, 2018

As Sears heads into bankruptcy, a northwest suburban school district is suing the retailer and the village of Hoffman Estates in hopes of recapturing property tax dollars it says were diverted to the retail giant in recent years, because it says layoffs at Sears invalidated a state economic development agreement.

Appeals panel: Taxpayers' rights not violated by county assessments raising property taxes in only one township

By Scott Holland | Oct 12, 2018

A federal appeals panel has shelved an attempt by a group of downstate landowners to sue their county for setting property tax bills after only reassessing the properties in their township, effectively raising their tax bills by 25 percent, allegedly violating their constitutional rights to equal protection.

Class action: Intoxalock tried to enforce invalid contracts, force thousands in fees to remove car ignition lock devices

By Scott Holland | Oct 11, 2018

A driver who uses a court-ordered ignition interlock system filed a class action complaint over what he said are exorbitant fees to have the device removed.

Judge: Female Chicago cops can press claims CPD discriminated in assigning 'presitigious' jobs

By Scott Holland | Oct 8, 2018

A federal judge won’t dismiss lawsuits from two female Chicago Police officers who claimed the department discriminated against women when handing out promotions and special assignments.

Class action: LaCroix beverages not 'all natural,' include additives also used in insecticide, cancer treatments

By Scott Holland | Oct 5, 2018

The makers of popular LaCroix Sparkling Waters are facing a class action complaint accusing it of falsely labeling their drinks as “all natural,” asserting the beverages contain such additives as those included in roach poison and cancer drugs.

Judge won't let class action proceed vs American Air over cancelled reservations for not early enough check-ins

By Scott Holland | Oct 4, 2018

A federal judge has granted American Airlines’ request to reject a class action complaint accusing it of violating contracts by canceling reservations for passengers who don’t check in an hour before their scheduled departure.

Class action: Ticketmaster double dips on ticket sale fees, encouraging online ticket resale scalping

By Scott Holland | Oct 3, 2018

Ticketmaster is facing a federal class action complaint over a practice that allegedly incentivizes online scalpers.

Appeals panel: Cook County judge wrong to toss class action vs LA Tan franchisee over customer finger scans

By Scott Holland | Oct 2, 2018

A state appeals panel has reversed a Cook County judge’s dismissal of a class action complaint accusing an LA Tan franchisee of violating an Illinois privacy law for the way it scanned and stored digital scans of customers’ fingerprints, saying the business’ disclosure of those fingerprints to a third-party vendor could be enough of a violation to sustain the lawsuit.

Judge: Federal court not right place for homeowner's tax assessment discrimination claims vs Cook assessor

By Scott Holland | Sep 27, 2018

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a former Chicago Heights homeowner, who claimed he and other homeowners in poor and minority neighborhoods in Cook County were forced to pay more than they should in property taxes because, he said, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios inflated the taxable value of homes in those neighborhoods.

Judge: Not enough proof Pur Luv treats caused dog injuries, deaths to let class action vs Sergeants march on

By Scott Holland | Sep 26, 2018

A federal judge has declined to allow a class action lawsuit to move forward, which places blame for dog deaths and injuries on Sergeant’s Pur Luv treats, saying plaintiffs did not present enough evidence showing the treats are unsafe.

Class action challenges legality of more than 2 million Chicago red light camera tickets

By Scott Holland | Sep 25, 2018

Despite a major settlement earlier this year, the city of Chicago is facing further legal action over the validity of its red light camera program.

Lawyer can't get fees plus settlement cut in pro se action vs My Pillow over unpaid sales taxes: IL Sup Ct

By Scott Holland | Sep 21, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled an attorney collecting a settlement award from a lawsuit he pressed in his own name, ostensibly on behalf of the state of Illinois, against a business over alleged unpaid sales taxes, isn’t entitled also to collect additional legal fees.

Federal judge undoes potential class action deal to end litigation over 2014 Neiman Marcus data breach

By Scott Holland | Sep 20, 2018

A federal judge has sided with objectors who want to undo a class action settlement involving a five-year-old Neiman Marcus data breach, saying the leading plaintiffs do not adequately represent the entire group.

Appeals panel: IL law OK letting committees controlled by legislative leaders give unlimited campaign cash

By Scott Holland | Sep 18, 2018

Brushing aside assertions the law allows party leaders to consolidate power statewide, a federal appeals panel has upheld an Illinois campaign finance law which restricts what individual donors can give to political campaigns, while allowing unlimited contributions from legislative caucus committees controlled by partisan leaders within the state's House and Senate.

Suburbs' lawyers: Cities' suit vs opioid makers, distributors belongs in Cook court, not federal 'black hole'

By Scott Holland | Sep 14, 2018

Attorneys for a group of Illinois municipalities are fighting an attempt to combine their lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors with a mass of similar litigation already pending in Cleveland federal court.

American Airlines bounced, for now, from class action over alleged sickening uniforms

By Scott Holland | Sep 14, 2018

A federal judge has dismissed American Airlines, for now, from a 2017 class action complaint in which employees complained new uniforms made them sick.

Appeals panel undoes $4.6M verdict for man who claimed contracted cancer from asbestos in welding rods

By Scott Holland | Sep 13, 2018

A state appeals panel has overturned a $4.6 million judgment in favor of a man who said he contracted mesothelioma by inhaling asbestos fibers while working near welding rods.

Investors' lawsuit accuses Harvey, Cook County of underpaying millions owed on bonds for city projects

By Scott Holland | Sep 10, 2018

Bondholders have filed a lawsuit against the city of Harvey, as well as municipal and county officials, saying the city has fallen $2.5 million behind in repaying bonds issued in 2007 and blaming an inadequate tax collection rate for the problem.

Judge OKs $6.6M deal to end class action vs CHA over tenant utility fees; lawyers get $1.3M

By Scott Holland | Sep 6, 2018

A federal judge has signed off on a $6 million deal to end a class action accusing the Chicago Housing Authority of improperly estimating utility fees.

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