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Illinois appeals court dismisses doctor's claims lawyers' missteps cost him medical license

Glenn Minnis Sep. 2, 2017, 5:00am

An Illinois appeals court has dismissed a legal malpractice suit, saying a doctor waited too long to accuse two law firms of costing him his medical license and of waiting too long to seek compensatory damages on his behalf.

Federal judge grates Parmesan cheese class actions, pans deceptive marketing claims

Scott Holland Aug. 25, 2017, 2:35pm

A federal judge in Chicago has shredded, for now, a block of class action lawsuits that piled up last year against Kraft, Walmart, Target, the parent company of Jewel Food Stores and others over the contents of their grated Parmesan cheese, saying he did not believe the plaintiffs could prevail in asserting the containers of “100 percent” cheese were deceptively marketed.

$22M deal proposed to end injured lawyer's litigation vs bankrupt Yellow Cab over '05 taxi crash

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 3, 2017, 1:40pm

A Chicago federal bankruptcy judge has been asked to sign off on a $22 million settlement, intended to lay to rest claims against a now bankrupt taxi company, brought by a Chicago lawyer who was left with brain damage and other injuries after the taxi in which he was riding crashed into a concrete median in 2005.

Chicago judge calls electronic firm's suit against ex-attorneys 'bizarre,' dismissal motion pending

Dan Churney Jul. 14, 2017, 6:00am

A Chicago federal judge has voiced reservations about a suburban electronic company's court action, which alleges its former attorneys short-circuited its defense against a $9 million trademark infringement suit, saying the company and its counsel have a "good deal of explaining to do to support the maintenance of this action."

Appeals panel says Sears data disclosure doesn’t harm credit card holders, so suit is tossed

Dan Churney Jan. 9, 2017, 4:41pm

A Chicago appeals courts has affirmed a lower court ruling that shelved a class-action suit against Sears, Roebuck & Co., which alleged the retail giant sold credit card holders’ personal data to telemarketers, because card holders took no financial hit as a result of Sears’ action.

Judge: Fair Treatment policy doesn't limit court's discretion on whether wage action goes to arbitration

D.M. Herra Dec. 7, 2016, 3:56pm

While the case may ultimately land before an arbitrator, a federal judge has denied a home care company’s motion to use a company policy to dismiss and send to arbitration a class action lawsuit filed by a home health aide, which accused the company of underpaying her and her coworkers.

Fenwick ready to move forward after losing case that challenged football call

Dawn Geske Dec. 6, 2016, 11:22pm

Fenwick High School is ready to move on after a Cook County Circuit Court judge declined to intervene to reverse a bad call that lost the school the opportunity to play for a state football title.

Drive-thru headset parts maker says Greenberg Traurig, LeClair Ryan law firms cost it $9M settlement

Dan Churney Nov. 29, 2016, 5:11pm

A suburban electronic parts company is suing Chicago- and Virginia-based law firms for allegedly short-circuiting its defense against a trademark infringement lawsuit, which resulted in $9 million in allegedly unnecessary fees, sanctions and settlement costs. 

Fenwick H.S. lawsuit vs IHSA over football playoff result to be heard by retiring judge, Oak Park resident

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 22, 2016, 3:10pm

With the fate of the season for two high school football programs – and potentially a state title – hanging in the balance, retiring Cook County Circuit Judge Kathleen Kennedy is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday over a request by a Catholic high school hailing from her hometown to force Illinois High School Association to reverse the on-field results of a semifinal playoff contest between Fenwick High School and Plainfield North, which was decided in large part on an erroneous end-of-game c

Another ex-executive sues Westchester-based airport, train station concessionaire over pay, conditions

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 17, 2016, 2:42pm

A Westchester-based operator of airport and train station concessions, already embroiled in litigation with some of its former executives, has been hit with another lawsuit from one of its corporate officers, who has accused the company of shorting him half a million dollars pay.

Judge: Banks not on hook to shield businesses from employees who use app to double-deposit checks

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 9, 2016, 2:17pm

A Lakeview hotel business will not be allowed to press its class action claim JP Morgan Chase should be held responsible for fraud perpetrated by people using Chase’s mobile banking app to double-deposit checks, creating legal and financial headaches for those issuing the checks.

Judge tosses class action vs Osco over generic substitutions for brand name ADHD drug

Scott Holland Apr. 18, 2016, 1:39pm

Osco Drug has secured the dismissal of a federal class action lawsuit brought by a Chicago man who claimed pharmacists at the regional retail pharmacy chain wrongly substituted generic versions for a brand name drug his doctors had prescribed to treat his son’s ADHD symptoms. Plaintiff Alex Turetsky, of Chicago, had filed a complaint in Chicago federal court in November 2015 against the companies doing business as Osco Drug.

Dispute over who should develop Pullman Park property headed to appellate court

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 15, 2016, 5:56pm

A dispute over who should get to develop a piece of land just off the Bishop Ford Freeway (Interstate 94) on Chicago’s South Side appears ticketed for state appellate court, after a Cook County judge rejected a lawsuit brought by a veteran of the Chicago real estate development sector against an organization which bills itself as dedicated to encouraging economic development in Chicago’s low income areas.

Appeals panel tosses $158K legal fee award in consumer fraud case vs Sears over $3.10 sales tax overcharge

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 7, 2016, 4:02pm

Chicago-based Zimmerman Law Offices may need to produce more records to substantiate its work if it wishes to recover a $157,000 payday it claims Sears must pay for work the firm performed to secure a $3.10 consumer fraud judgment on behalf of a “professional class action plaintiff” who had claimed the retailer charged him too much sales tax when he used federal vouchers to buy digital television converter boxes.

Cook County company sues building's previous owner in asbestos cleanup dispute

Robert Hadley Nov. 5, 2015, 2:33pm

A Cook County company is suing an Itasca vendor, alleging negligence regarding asbestos removal.

Developer asks court to compel Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives to honor purported deal, sell land for Pullman food distribution center

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 12, 2015, 10:52pm

A veteran of the Chicago real estate and land development sector has taken to court her dispute with an organization dedicated to promoting economic development in low income areas of Chicago, asking the court to compel the group to honor an agreement she alleged the group violated when it pulled the plug on a purported deal to build a new food distribution center on a parcel in Chicago's Pullman neighborhood.

Federal judge toasts suburban restaurant owner's lawsuit claiming vodka manufacturer falsely marketed product as handmade

Dan Churney Oct. 1, 2015, 8:43am

A suburban restaurant owner's class-action suit against a Texas distillery has dried up, after a Chicago federal judge found there were no grounds to allege the distillery falsely advertised its vodka as handcrafted. Mario Aliano, owner of Batavia-based restaurant business, Due Fratelli Inc., had filed a class action suit in October 2014 in Cook County Circuit Court against Fifth Generation Inc., which makes Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

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

Scott Holland Sep. 9, 2015, 10:11pm

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

Scott Holland Sep. 8, 2015, 12:51pm

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.

Kmart lawsuit: Catamaran undercutting pharmacies on prescription drug costs, owes $38.5 million

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 2, 2015, 3:40pm

Kmart has joined its name to list of retail pharmacies suing Schaumburg-based pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran, claiming the policies of the middleman organization, which connects prescription drug retailers to health insurers, has left retail pharmacies eating millions of dollars in costs of drugs they provide to consumers, while Catamaran’s profits grow.