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Judge grants enthusiastic initial OK to $295M deal to end price fixing class action vs Stericycle

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 27, 2017, 3:03pm

Saying the proposed settlement reflects “professionalism of the highest order, when measured by the appropriate yardstick,” a federal judge in Chicago has granted an initial nod to a $295 million settlement deal intended to end a multi-state class action lawsuit accusing medical waste disposal company Stericycle of fixing prices, costing hundreds of millions of dollars to its smaller customers.

Judge: Class action OK vs Stericycle over medical waste disposal billing fraud accusations

Scott Holland Feb. 21, 2017, 12:44am

A federal judge has cleared the way for a nationwide class action to proceed against Stericycle over allegations the Lake Forest-based regulated waste disposal giant for years used an automatic price-increasing scheme to defraud customers out of hundreds of millions of dollars.

Chicago tax on car rentals outside city limits unconstitutional stretch of power, IL Supreme Court says

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 20, 2017, 4:13pm

The city of Chicago cannot require car rental businesses located outside city limits to collect city taxes on rental cars leased by Chicago city residents, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled, striking down as unconstitutional a city ordinance seeking to slap a tax on cars rented within three miles of Chicago city limits.

Appeals court: IL didn't overstep in cutting nursing homes' Medicaid pay; homes can't sue in Cook courts

Dan Churney Jan. 4, 2017, 5:58pm

A Chicago appellate panel has affirmed a lower court finding that a suit lodged by scores of nursing homes, alleging Illinois state government excessively cut its Medicaid reimbursements to the nursing facilities, should be pursued in the Illinois Court of Claims rather than Cook County Circuit Court, because the state did not overstep its authority as to how it calculated the reductions. 

Judge: Federal law blocks IL law complaint vs Liberty Mutual over excessive flood insurance premiums

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 21, 2016, 11:30am

Liberty Mutual will no longer have to defend itself in a class action after a federal judge in Chicago granted its motion to dismiss the complaint, which accused the insurer of overcharging many customers for flood insurance.

Judge: Driller's RICO suit can continue vs Chicago Public Building Commission over treatment of subs

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 13, 2016, 8:21pm

A Michigan-based water driller will be allowed to continue its $2.4 million federal racketeering lawsuit against Chicago’s Public Building Commission and two contractors, after a federal judge said the driller has done enough to this point to back its assertions the CPBC and the contractors withheld information about underground asbestos-wrapped pipes on the construction site for a new Chicago police station, and then subsequently withheld payment, driving the driller out of business while maxim

Tobacco sellers, allied organizations say Chicago lacks authority to tax non-cigarette tobacco products

Dan Churney Jun. 7, 2016, 1:15pm

A number of tobacco companies and trade groups are trying to snuff out a pending City of Chicago ordinance, alleging the ordinance burdens them with collecting sales taxes for non-cigarette forms of tobacco, while at the same time usurping rightful state authority over such taxes. 

Chicago can't pursue garage operators when valet services don't pay parking taxes, decision says

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 1, 2016, 10:11pm

The city of Chicago has halted its attempt to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes from a large local parking garage operator, after an apparent settlement deal appeared to end the legal action that came about two months after a Chicago administrative law judge ruled state law doesn’t let City Hall go after garage operators for taxes actually owed by valet parking outfits that pay to use the garages.

Class actions alleging DirecTV didn't pay its service techs overtime can proceed, judge says

Dana Herra Apr. 19, 2016, 1:57pm

DirecTV and its installation contractors will need to continue to defend itself against a pair of lawsuits brought in Chicago federal court by service technicians who claimed the satellite television provider owes them unpaid overtime.

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

Scott Holland Sep. 29, 2015, 4:20pm

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.