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City of Chicago, others accused of malicious prosecution

Louie Torres Oct. 16, 2017, 3:30am

A man is suing the City of Chicago and police officers for alleged malicious prosecution.

Illinois appeals court: Chicago can’t bill Fannie Mae for demolition of Englewood building

John Sammon Oct. 9, 2017, 7:00am

A state appeals court has denited the city of Chicago's bid to charge federal mortgage lender Fannie Mae for the cost of demolishing a South Side building the lending company did not own when it was torn down.

Appeals panel: Chicago, Skokie OK to continue lawsuit vs Kankakee, Channahon over sales tax scheme

Scott Holland Oct. 4, 2017, 12:08am

A state appeals panel has reversed a Cook County judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit in which Chicago and Skokie claimed Kankakee and Channahon ran schemes to divert into their treasuries tax revenue from out-of-state retailers.

Chicago sues Equifax, seeks millions in fines for failing to notify City Hall, residents of data breach

Scott Holland Oct. 2, 2017, 11:25pm

The city of Chicago has filed suit against Equifax in the wake of the credit monitoring company’s massive data breach.

City of Chicago, others accused of negligence in car accident during police chase

Louie Torres Sep. 25, 2017, 2:30am

The family of a woman killed in a crash is suing the city of Chicago, an unknown Chicago police officer and the estate of Chicago Police Officer Taylor Clark for alleged negligence.

Federal judge says City Hall can't use zoning law 'fortuity' to sidestep shop's lawsuit over gun sale ban

D.M. Herra Sep. 7, 2017, 11:20pm

Chicago’s attempt to squash a suit brought against the city by a gun shop has failed, after a federal judge said City Hall can’t use zoning laws to sidestep the lawsuit accusing the city of unconstitutionally barring the shop from opening.

Subway, O'Hare concessionaire targeted by class actions for improperly collecting Chicago soft drink tax

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 7, 2017, 10:39pm

While class actions continue to stack up against retailers accused of improperly collecting Cook County’s new so-called “pop tax,” one of the law firms bringing those suits has also popped two new class action suits under Chicago’s “soft drink tax,” as well, targeting Subway and a company that operates concessions at O'Hare.

Mayor's order to push developers to hire contractor businesses owned by minorities, women

Mike Thompson Aug. 30, 2017, 5:00am

Chicago’s Department of Planning Development and the Chicago Plan Commission will soon be operating under a new guideline that will monitor the participation and hiring of “Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises” (W/MBEs) with respect to certain complex or large proposed construction projects in the city.

City of Chicago, bar owners, police officer accused in woman's death

Louie Torres Aug. 25, 2017, 3:00am

An estate representative is suing the city of Chicago; Chicago Police Officer Danielle Deering; Pappas Restaurants Inc., Jack Desmond's Irish Pub Inc., and Alsip Restaurant and Lounge Inc., all three of which do business as Bar 122; and VPEN Inc., which does business as 115 Bourbon Street, alleging they should be held responsible for the death of a woman who police say killed herself using an off-duty police officer's service weapon.

Dancer left paralyzed by windblown pedestrian shelter at O'Hare awarded $148M verdict

The Cook County Record Aug. 25, 2017, 1:07am

A Cook County jury has awarded $148 million to a dancer who was left paralyzed when a storm blew a pedestrian shelter onto her at O’Hare International Airport.

City of Chicago, police officers accused of civil rights violations in Mt. Greenwood shooting

Louie Torres Aug. 23, 2017, 3:00am

A woman is suing the city of Chicago, a Chicago police officer and an unknown police officer for alleged battery and civil rights violations in connection with the death of Joshua Beal at the hands of two off-duty police officers in the Mt Greenwood neighborhood on Nov. 5, 2016.

7th Circuit says Chicago doesn't owe cops OT for off-duty emails; lawyer says shows need for clear policy

Chandra Lye Aug. 23, 2017, 12:10am

A federal appeals court has backed Chicago City Hall in its dispute with a group of police officers who claimed they should be paid overtime for off-duty emailing on their official Blackberrys. And that decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit demonstrates the importance for employers to have a clearly defined policy on overtime work for employees

Judge denies request to block Chicago from stripping 'police' title from airport security officers

Scott Holland Aug. 11, 2017, 6:00am

A labor union representing the Chicago airport security officers formerly designated as Chicago Aviation Police has failed for now in its attempt to block City Hall from removing the title of “police” from the officers in the wake of a high-profile passenger dragging incident at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

AT&T Illinois accuses Chicago of damaging underground cables

Louie Torres Aug. 11, 2017, 1:00am

AT&T Illinois is suing the city of Chicago after its workers allegedly damaged the telecommunications utility's underground cables.

Vugo given green light to continue lawsuit vs city over Uber, Lyft ad ban

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 10, 2017, 3:33pm

Minneapolis-based tech firm Vugo, which provides interactive video advertising to be displayed in Uber and Lyft vehicles, has received a green light to continue its legal challenge against a Chicago city ordinance barring such advertising in the vehicles, as a federal judge said she wasn’t sure she was buying the city’s assertions the ad ban was needed to protect “captive” passengers.

Class action: Chicago tramples rights in prosecuting distracted driving tickets

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 4, 2017, 12:06pm

Fast on the heels of a $39 million settlement ending their class action lawsuit against City Hall over tickets issued under its red light camera program, attorneys with the firm of Myron Cherry & Associates have again delivered a class action lawsuit against the city of Chicago, now alleging the city also wrongly prosecuted tens of thousands of city citations issued under the city’s distracted driving ordinance.

New Cook County paid sick leave laws could mean legal trouble for employers if ignored

Kacie Whaley Aug. 1, 2017, 5:00am

The new paid sick leave ordinances that have taken effect in Chicago and Cook County are not only likely to interfere with many employers' worker requirements, but could spell big trouble for employers who ignore them.

Federal judge affirms arbitration stay in racial bias lawsuit vs Chicago over waste hauling contracts

Glenn Minnis Jul. 26, 2017, 12:20am

A Chicago federal court judge has denied a local trash hauling company’s request to rescind a previously imposed stay on arbitration in a dispute with the city and its primary waste hauling vendors over service contracts.

Chicago red light camera settlement deal could bring plaintiffs' lawyers $11.5M

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 25, 2017, 1:50pm

Under a proposed $38.75 million settlement to end one of the class action lawsuits it faces over abuses within its red light camera program, the city of Chicago could pay those who were ticketed under the program half of the money they paid to the city for the alleged wrongful $100 fines. Attorneys for the plaintiffs who brought the case, however, could drive off with more than $11 million in fees for their work, should a Cook County judge sign off on the deal.

O'Hare Airport visitor sues over fall near terminal entrance

Louie Torres Jul. 24, 2017, 2:10pm

An O'Hare International Airport visitor is suing the city of Chicago, claiming he fell on an uneven surface near a railed cab stand.