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Governor's Office accused of failing to comply with Freedom of Information Act request

A man is suing the office of Ill. Gov. Bruce Rauner for alleged violations of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Lawyer sues Schaumburg cops, says must include names, addresses on crash reports used to solicit clients

About a month after settling a potential class action lawsuit accusing him of breaking a federal law when he used the village’s police vehicle crash reports to solicit potential clients for personal injury lawsuits, a lawyer now has sued the village of Schaumburg, saying police departments can’t withhold from him the contact information of those involved in vehicle crashes.

Judge: Lawyers' objections to rival attorneys' $24M fee request merely cash grab, not worth $59K fees

While a Texas lawyer and his client say their efforts helped reduce other attorneys’ multi-million dollar payday under a $56 million class action settlement deal, a federal judge has rejected their attempts to grab a $59,000 share of that settlement, saying their efforts were redundant and produced nothing but an opportunity for them to grab some quick cash.

Appeals court: Rosemont can't keep lid on its take from rents, concession sales at its arenas

The village of Rosemont can't cite concerns over "competitive harm" to others when picking and choosing which financial documents to publicly disclose - and specifically when trying to keep privileged its take from rents and concession revenues from the arenas it owns and operates, a state appeals court has affirmed.

Newspaper, writers sue Chicago PD, city over lack of response to 'heat list' FOIA request

The Chicago Sun-Times and independent journalists Brandon Smith, George Joseph and Jamie Kalvenand are suing the Chicago Police Department and the city of Chicago, alleging violation of state and federal law.

IL Supreme Court: IHSA may oversee public high school sports, but not a public body subject to FOIA

In an unanimous opinion, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed the Illinois High School Association – the organization which partners with high schools to oversee high school athletics across the state – does not need to share its documents with the public under the Freedom of Information Act.

'Serial objector' lawyer Bandas says owed cut of $56M TCPA deal because helped trim other lawyers' fees

A Texas lawyer embroiled in a racketeering action accusing him and others of being “serial objectors” out to simply claim a chunk of others’ negotiated class action settlements has inserted himself into another massive class action deal, asking a federal judge to award him money for representing an organization whose objection to the attorney fee request in a $56 million deal to end a class action against a cruise line, phone poll operator and timeshare company, helped reduce other attorneys’ multi-million dollar payday.

Judge OKs at least $15M for plaintiff lawyers under Caribbean cruise telemarketing class action deal

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on an award of more than $15 million – and potentially, as much as $18.9 million – in attorney fees for lawyers who secured a $76 million settlement from a cruise line and other associated companies accused of using nonprofit surveys to mask illegal telemarketing calls.

Defendants say attorney fees are ‘excessive’ in potential $76M deal in cruise line robocall class action

A Chicago federal judge has green-lighted a potential $76 million settlement in a million-member class action suit, which alleged a cruise line and other companies masked telemarketing calls as nonprofit surveys. The judge, however, held off for now approving what could be as much as $24.5 million in fees for plaintiffs’ attorneys – fees defendants are alleging are “excessive” and “unreasonable.” 

Man convicted of murder says City Hall has denied him access to records

A man who was sentenced to 200 years in prison in connection with a September 1977 homicide case is suing the Chicago Police Department and the City of Chicago, alleging violation of federal law.

Ticket broker says Chicago Cubs wrongly canceled his 30 season tickets, owe him seats for 2017

A Pennsylvania ticket broker is suing the Cubs, saying the team refused to renew his season tickets. 

Judge: New jail policy allowed sheriff to avoid order to distribute prisoner rights journal to inmates

A federal judge has sided with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and its policy of keeping inmates at the county jail from reading magazines focused on the legal rights of prisoners.

Chicago lawyer says neighbors using alderman to block his home project, demands alderman's emails

A Chicago lawyer has taken to court his dispute with his neighbors and a Chicago alderman over his Wicker Park home construction project, asking a Cook County judge to order the city of Chicago and Alderman Joe Moreno to turn over all emails, text messages and other communications which may show whether friends of Moreno – the lawyer’s neighbors – had used the alderman to block him from installing a heated sidewalk at his house.

Cruise line, others agree to pay up to $76M to end lawsuit over telemarketing cloaked as surveys

A cruise line and other companies accused of allegedly cloaking telemarketing calls as nonprofit surveys have agreed to settle a federal class action lawsuit against them, agreeing to pay potentially as much as $76 million – including potentially as much as $24 million to plaintiffs’attorneys - to end the litigation before it went to trial.

Illinois High School Association records ruling being appealed to state's high court

The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) has been ruled by an Illinois Appellate Court to not be subject to public records requests under FOIA. But lawyers for a journalistic group suing the IHSA for access believes the courts may have erred in determining too narrowly what constitutes a public organization.

Judge sinks bid by cruise line to use Spokeo to thwart class action over telemarketing disguised as surveys

A cruise line and other companies being sued for allegedly cloaking telemarketing calls under the guise of nonprofit surveys lost an attempt to use the recent U.S. Supreme Court Spokeo ruling to defeat a class action against them.

Federal judge tosses privacy claim against LifeWatch fraud whistleblower

Noting that whistleblower laws exist specifically to protect whistleblowers from legal actions in retaliation for blowing the whistle on wrongdoing, a federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by heart monitoring company, Lifewatch, against one of its former employees, who the company attempted to argue broke federal privacy laws when he handed over documents containing patient information to the federal government to support his accusations that LifeWatch had defrauded Medicare.

Cruise line, timeshare seller who tacked pitches to phone surveys likely broke law, judge says

A federal judge has ruled a group of companies that used promises of free cruises to entice people to take telephone political surveys appeared to have broken federal law, clearing the way for a class action to continue against a cruise line and seller of vacation timeshares.

Lawsuit vs Illinois State Police demands state homicide, killings data not reported to FBI since 1994

A Hoffman Estates lawyer who heads an online project designed to track how police report and solve murder cases in Illinois and nationwide says the Illinois State Police have withheld data from him and the public, and a judge should order them to turn over the information. On Dec. 3, attorney Thomas Hargrove, director of the Murder Accountability Project, filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court against the Illinois State Police.

Cook County Pension Fund faces civil suit after refusal to turn over performance reviews

Financial Investment News (FIN) has filed suit against the Cook County Pension Fund, alleging the Fund violated the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by refusing to disclose performance reviews sought by FIN.