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O'Keefe Lyons & Hynes slaps rival O'Keefe property tax law firm with trademark suit

Scott Holland Jul. 26, 2017, 12:46am

A prominent Chicago property tax law has served a similarly named rival firm with a federal trademark infringement claim.

Jury OK to order Geracis to pay dogwalker $275K for elevator confrontation, battery: Appeals court

Scott Holland Jul. 21, 2017, 6:00am

A state appeals court has upheld a jury’s verdict against the wife of bankruptcy lawyer Peter Francis Geraci, saying she needs to pay $275,000 to a dog walker she accused of attacking her almost four years ago.

Bar Association lawsuit: Block IL regulators from going after property tax lawyers over 'appraisals'

Scott Holland Jul. 20, 2017, 4:00am

The Illinois State Bar Association has asked a Cook County judge to order state regulators to back off of prosecutions against lawyers the state agency has accused of appraising real estate without a license, because the lawyers purportedly included real estate comps and other real estate value metrics in property tax appeals.

Seventh Circuit: Wisconsin copy of Indiana right to work law constitutional

Scott Holland Jul. 18, 2017, 1:46pm

A federal appeals court in Chicago has upheld a Wisconsin right to work law as constitutional, as judges said they could find no "compelling reasons" to revisit that question after upholding Indiana's similar law three years ago.

Wrigley Co. to vaping products maker: Stop using iconic candy, gum names to peddle e-cig liquids

Scott Holland Jul. 17, 2017, 6:00am

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, but where there’s Doublemint and Juicy Fruit, there’s supposed to be only chewing gum, according to a trademark infringement lawsuit from one of Chicago’s iconic candy makers against the makers of e-cigarette “vaping” products.

Murder victim's family: Backpage 'sanitizes' sex trafficking ads, such as one that led to slaying

Scott Holland Jul. 14, 2017, 11:29pm

Backpage has removed to federal court a lawsuit from the family of a murdered young Chicago woman, accusing the online classified website of encouraging the type of sex trafficking that allegedly led to her death.

Ex-CPS teacher: Board of Ed fired her for publicly criticizing Chicago special ed cuts

Scott Holland Jul. 13, 2017, 3:00pm

A teacher who dramatically criticized special education cuts, by, among other things, presenting Chicago’s mayor with a mock arrest warrant, said Chicago Public Schools improperly fired her in retaliation.

Tadros sues Crain's, demands $38M for alleged defamatory 'hit piece' article

Scott Holland Jul. 12, 2017, 3:35pm

Bow Truss Coffee founder Philip Tadros is back in court, now seeking $38 million from Crain’s Chicago Business in a self-filed defamation lawsuit over a July 2016 Crain’s article he called a “hit piece.”

State asks judge to toss CPS school funding suit, says system not 'hidden proxy' for race discrimination

Scott Holland Jul. 10, 2017, 4:40pm

The state of Illinois again has asked a Cook County judge to dismiss a Chicago Public Schools lawsuit alleging racial discrimination underlies the way the state funds K-12 public education.

Appeals panel: Neck, back clinic 'incidental recipient,' no right to interest on worker comp claims

Scott Holland Jul. 7, 2017, 6:29pm

A state appeals panel has sided with several insurance companies facing class action complaints from a Chicago-based medical practice specializing in treating neck and back injuries as part of worker compensation claims, saying the clinic has no right under the law to demand insurers pay interest on slow-arriving reimbursements.

Appeals court: No 'abstract right' to city retiree health insurance if no such contract guarantee

Scott Holland Jul. 7, 2017, 6:00am

Expressing doubt its opinion will end legal hostilities, a state appeals court weighed in yet again on a lawsuit Chicago retirees have lodged against the city in hopes of preserving their “abstract right” to subsidized health insurance under the Illinois state constitution.

Insurer: No duty to defend lawyer accused of missteps in $18M Rezko South Loop deal verdict

Scott Holland Jul. 6, 2017, 7:15am

An insurance company wants a court to declare it free of obligation to defend a lawyer who stands accused of malpractice by an international real estate development group hit in 2015 with an $18 million jury award to an investor who claimed the group bilked him of millions in a deal with corrupt Illinois campaign financier Tony Rezko.

Appeals panel: Oak Lawn can't nix injured firefighter's disability pension, though he took job in Texas

Scott Holland Jul. 3, 2017, 12:00pm

A state appeals court has sided with a Cook County judge who said a pension board was wrong to revoke disability pension payments to an Oak Lawn firefighter who had taken a job at a Texas fire department despite doctors’ assertions he had been permanently disabled in an accident more than a decade ago.

African-American workers accuse Chicago Water Department of racial discrimination, harassment

Scott Holland Jun. 30, 2017, 6:00am

A group of African-American employees have filed a lawsuit alleging a pattern of racial discrimination and harassment aimed at black workers in Chicago’s controversy-plagued Department of Water Management.

Qui tam plaintiff accuses ex-lawyers Touhy Touhy & Buehler of mishandling Medicare fraud case vs CVS

Scott Holland Jun. 29, 2017, 2:26pm

A Lake County man has accused his former attorneys of mishandling Medicare fraud lawsuits he filed against CVS.

Class certification denied to O'Hare airport workers who alleged vendor made them work off the clock

Scott Holland Jun. 27, 2017, 4:19pm

A federal judge in Chicago will not grant class certification in a wage-hour dispute between an aviation services contractor and airport workers at O’Hare who said they were forced to work off the clock.

NW suburban District 214 sues Mt. Prospect over creation of allegedly improper TIF district

Scott Holland Jun. 26, 2017, 6:17pm

The state’s second largest high school district, based in northwest suburban Arlington Heights, is going to court with the village of Mount Prospect over an allegedly improper tax increment financing district.

Uptown Tent City homeless advocates take dispute with city to court

Scott Holland Jun. 23, 2017, 3:11pm

A group seeking to operate a tent city for homeless people on a pedestrian mall in Uptown is embroiled in a legal battle with the city of Chicago over its plans.

Judgment: UBU Sports owes FieldTurf USA $780,000 in artificial turf patent court fight

Scott Holland Jun. 23, 2017, 12:07am

The final score in a legal battle between two artificial turf manufacturers is a $780,000 win for the original patent holder, FieldTurf USA.

Judge trims class action vs Dollar General over aloe vera gel alleged not to contain aloe vera

Scott Holland Jun. 21, 2017, 4:30pm

A federal judge has burned off two of three counts in a class action complaint facing Dollar General over claims the retailer’s aloe vera cooling gel didn’t actually contain aloe vera.