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Job applicant's class action says Sprint's employment credit report disclosures don't comply with federal law

By Scott Holland | Oct 23, 2015

A Chicago man believes Sprint violated federal law in disclosure forms it provided him before checking his credit when he was applying for a job. And since he believes the company has done the same with others, he has asked a judge to allow him to bring a class action against the telecommunications company.

Tenant class action: Presbyterian Homes broke law, leases, by threatening to evict elderly residents who held leases "for life"

By Scott Holland | Oct 22, 2015

Six women have brought a class action against Presbyterian Homes, alleging the company violated the terms of their leases, as well as Chicago and Illinois law, when the property management company announced its buildings had been sold to developers and threatened with eviction tenants who, until the announcement, believed the terms of their leases entitled them to a subsidized apartment “for life.”

Commodities trader alleges Fifth Third ignored signs that could have prevented firm employee's $1 million theft

By Scott Holland | Oct 20, 2015

An Indiana commodities trader is suing Fifth Third Bank in Cook County Circuit Court after losing more than $1 million in an employee theft scam. Ronald Manaster has alleged former employee Joseph Tagler stole more than $1 million from his company by “forging account paperwork adding himself as an authorized signer on Manaster’s Fifth Third checking account, and then forging and cashing checks and fraudulently initiating wire transfers from that checking account.”

Dispute over who should run O'Hare perishable import facility spills into court after partnership wilts

By Scott Holland | Oct 19, 2015

Two businessmen who claim they are the originators of the idea to build a facility to handle fresh flowers and other perishable imports at O’Hare International Airport are suing an investor they claim joined their business venture, only to take it over and cut them out.

Lawsuit: Wheaton City Hall, developer conspired to prevent couple from finishing work on home addition

By Scott Holland | Oct 14, 2015

A Wheaton couple have filed suit against the city and their neighbor, a suburban housing developer, who the couple alleged have conspired to prevent them from completing an addition to their home. Jatin “Jay” Patel and Dipika Naik, who are Indian, filed the five-count complaint in federal court in Chicago earlier this week, naming as defendants the city, its code official Joe Kreidl and home builder Joseph Keim, owner and president of Keim Corporation.

Where's the pork? Woman slaps Walmart with class action, claims store brand pork and beans contains no actual pork

By Scott Holland | Oct 9, 2015

Just as actress Clara Peller famously asked “Where’s the beef?” in a series of memorable 1980s television commercials for fast food chain Wendy's, now a Schaumburg woman is demanding in a federal class action lawsuit to know where the pork is in Walmart’s store brand product labeled “Pork and Beans.”

Magazine seller denied injunction to force city to allow them to sell on sidewalk outside Wrigley Field

By Scott Holland | Oct 7, 2015

Even if the Chicago Cubs do bring postseason baseball back to Wrigley Field in October, fans still won’t be able to buy copies of an unauthorized team-themed magazine outside the venerable stadium on the city’s North Side. U.S. District Judge Jorge L. Alonso denied the request of magazine publishers Left Field Media to force the city to allow Left Field to sell its magazines outside the ballpark. The publishing company had sought an injunction to stop the city from enforcing what it argues is a

Dolton trustees say village recall ordinance, supported by mayor, unconstitutional abuse of power

By Scott Holland | Oct 5, 2015

An ordinance providing for the recall of public officials in Dolton is at the center of a lawsuit dividing village trustees against the mayor and clerk. Tiffany Henyard, Stanley H. Brown and Robert G. Hunt Jr., who were each elected to four-year terms as Dolton village trustees in April 2013, filed a complaint in Cook County Circuit Court on Sept. 24 seeking an injunction against the village of Dolton, naming Dolton Mayor Riley H. Rogers and Village Clerk Mary Kay Dugan as co-defendants in the

GM wrong to block Motor Werks' Cadillac dealership relocation, but more still can be done, judge says

By Scott Holland | Oct 2, 2015

A federal judge has sided with a Barrington-based dealer of luxury automobiles in the dealership’s ongoing dispute with General Motors over the automaker’s attempt to block the relocation of its Cadillac dealership — but only to a point. Motor Werks had sued GM because the auto dealer is trying to move its standalone Cadillac dealership in Barrington to a newly renovated auto mall.

Sexual assault civil suit vs Derrick Rose removed to federal court in L.A.

By Scott Holland | Sep 29, 2015

The woman who is suing Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose, alleging Rose and two of his friends entered her apartment without her consent two years ago and raped her, likely will need to continue the case in federal court in California, after Rose filed notice he intended to remove the litigation from California Superior Court. The accuser, a woman identified only as Jane Doe in court documents, filed a civil suit in August in Superior Court in California.

Appellate panel: Chicago's three-mile radius car rental tax OK as tax on 'use' not 'transaction'

By Scott Holland | Sep 29, 2015

The city of Chicago can pull its controversial three-mile-radius car rental tax from the curb, after a state appellate panel determined the tax is a “use tax” assessed only on city residents using their rented vehicles in the city, and not an attempt to slap a transaction tax on vehicle rentals outside of city limits, which otherwise would have been an illegal extension of the city’s authority.

Cicero, towing company head to court over town's move to cut loose towing contract

By Scott Holland | Sep 28, 2015

Officials in Cicero want to stop paying a contractor for towing and impounding vehicles, and the resulting dispute has spilled over into Cook County Circuit Court. Tuff Car Company, which has been the contracted towing firm for Cicero since 2005, earlier this month filed a complaint for injunctive relief against the town, which is seeking to terminate the contract before its scheduled expiration June 30, 2017.

Judge junks junk fax class action settlement deal to pay plaintiffs' lawyer 98 percent of proceeds, class members zero

By Scott Holland | Sep 24, 2015

Saying a proposed settlement agreement in which a lawyer would receive over 98 percent of the proceeds “does not come close to meeting the standards of fairness and reasonableness,” a federal judge in Chicago has rejected the request of two truck companies to settle a class action dispute over junk faxes sent by one of the companies. Grok Lines Inc., of Palatine, which initiated a class action claim against Murray, Ky.-based Paschall Truck Lines, was pursuing a $100,000 settlement.

CVS overcharging customers with insurance for prescription drugs, federal lawsuit says

By Scott Holland | Sep 18, 2015

Already facing a class action over the price of generic drugs in San Francisco federal court, retail pharmacy giant CVS has again become the target of a similar complaint in federal court in Chicago. Robert Podgorny and Kevin P. Cauley are accusing the Rhode Island-based pharmacy chain of consumer fraud. They seek certification as a class, a jury trial, damages and injunctive relief. The complaint, filed Sept. 17, pinpoints the issue to November 2008, when CVS created its Health Savings Pass.

Chicago plaintiffs pour local lawsuit into mix of rising nationwide litigation vs McCormick over black pepper slack fill

By Scott Holland | Sep 17, 2015

Culinary experts may disagree on what constitutes a dash of pepper, but residents of Chicago and Altoona, Iowa, have joined their names to a growing list of litigants making a federal case out of the amount of the spice in jars sold by McCormick & Company throughout the country. Julia Vladimirsky, of Chicago, and Bernard Ortiz, of Altoona, Iowa, filed a class action complaint against spice purveyor McCormick and Wal-Mart Stores, alleging the companies changed the amount of black pepper in newer

Appeals panel: Lawsuit brought by family of man who died in Belvidere garbage truck crash belongs in Boone County, not Cook

By Scott Holland | Sep 16, 2015

A state appellate panel has decided a wrongful death lawsuit brought against a waste collection company over the death of a man whose car collided with a garbage truck near Belvidere should stay in Boone County, despite the desire of the man’s family to try the case in Cook County.

Fitbit, Fitbug patent tussle steps toward trial after judge nixes Fitbug's summary judgment ask

By Scott Holland | Sep 14, 2015

Fitbit and Fitbug, two leading competing manufacturers of activity-tracking electronic devices, might be headed for trial after a federal judge rejected Fitbug’s request for summary judgment in a pending patent lawsuit. The matter dates to Feb. 20, 2014, when Fitbit sued Fitbug alleging a single count of patent infringement.

Lotto winners demand Lottery pay up despite state budget problems, stop selling tickets for large jackpot games

By Scott Holland | Sep 10, 2015

The state of Illinois has been operating since July 1 without a budget in place, causing a slowing or stoppage of payments in several arenas. One of those casualties was lottery players who won $25,000 or more on a single ticket. In response, two Illinois Lottery winners have filed a class action complaint against B.R. Lane, acting Illinois Lottery director, as well as the Lottery itself, the Lottery Control Board and Northstar Lottery Group, the private firm that operates lottery games in Illin

Judge clears sale of hotels worth $86 million amid ongoing First Farmers fraud litigation

By Scott Holland | Sep 9, 2015

The online sale of five hotel properties worth a combined $86 million is proceeding after a federal judge in Chicago approved the transaction, which is connected to an ongoing lawsuit regarding a multi-million dollar fraudulent loan scheme. Pennant Management is embroiled in legal proceedings after accusing First Farmers Financial of selling it the federally guaranteed portions of 26 fraudulent loans allegedly worth $180 million.

Weber lawsuit vs Sears over grill design more than just smoke, judge says

By Scott Holland | Sep 8, 2015

The makers of the iconic Weber backyard grill may get their chance to prove at trial Sears intentionally aped the Weber design for its own store-brand grills, after a federal judge said there may be more than just smoke to Weber’s infringement claims against the retailer. Palatine-based Weber-Stephen Products, creator of the eponymous Weber Grill, filed suit in federal court in 2013 against Sears, alleging some Kenmore grills infringe on Weber’s trade dress.

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