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Chicago lawyer convicted of boosting scheme to con condo lenders among 16 disciplined by IL Sup. Ct.

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 22, 2017, 6:06pm

A Chicago real estate lawyer convicted of defrauding banks for allegedly boosting a scheme to con mortgage lenders out of $1.5 million in loans on behalf of sham condo purchasers, has been suspended from practicing law in Illinois, one of 16 lawyers disciplined this month by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Judge: Iowa couple's suit vs Apple Vacations over Mexico airport shuttle crash doesn't belong in IL court

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 7, 2017, 3:09pm

A Chicago federal judge has tossed an Iowa couple’s lawsuit against Apple Vacations and related travel agencies over injuries they suffered in a car crash while on vacation in Mexico, saying the case has no business being in a courtroom in Chicago.

Illinois Supreme Court to decide if hospitals will have to pay property taxes

Dee Thompson Nov. 7, 2017, 7:00am

The Illinois Supreme Court recently agreed to hear arguments in another case addressing whether hospitals should be exempted from paying property taxes, marking the second time this year the court will tackle the question weighing on hospitals and local governments across the state.

IL Sup. Ct. scolds appeals panel requesting clarification on human rights law; Dissent: Don't limit appeal rights

Dan Churney Oct. 27, 2017, 11:50am

A divided Illinois Supreme Court has overturned a split appellate decision, with the majority saying the appellate panel had no business referring a question about the Illinois Human Rights Act to the state high court, and dissenting justices said the ruling has the potential to limit appeal rights.

'The way due process is supposed to work': IL Sup Ct decision reshapes Cook County's legal landscape

Stephanie N. Grimoldby Oct. 17, 2017, 4:06pm

Three years after the U.S. Supreme Court moved to significantly limit general personal jurisdiction over corporations, the Illinois Supreme Court at last has used that precedent to perhaps achieve legal venue reforms long sought by business groups and reform proponents - and long ignored by state lawmakers.

Lawyer who helped bank wrongly get TARP funds disbarred, along with 15 other IL lawyers; 34 suspended

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 26, 2017, 8:59pm

Lawyer who helped bank wrongly get TARP funds disbarred, along with 15 other IL lawyers; 34 suspended

IL Supreme Court: Insurer's suit vs Indiana warehouse biz over roof collapse doesn't belong in Cook County

Scott Holland Sep. 25, 2017, 6:37pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has overturned a Cook County judge and a state appeals court, saying they erred in refusing to grant an Indiana warehousing company’s request to dismiss a Michigan insurer’s lawsuit on grounds the legal action didn’t belong in Cook County.

IL Supreme Court: Lawyers can be sued for 'reverse redlining,' but A/G overstretched discrimination case

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 22, 2017, 4:24pm

Lawyers and other professionals who don’t make home loans could yet be eligible under the law to get nailed with state legal actions alleging housing discrimination, the Illinois Supreme Court said. But Illinois’ Attorney General may have stretched the law a bit too far in attempting to bring such discrimination charges against a pair accused of preying on vulnerable racial minority homeowners, who were seeking loan modifications to escape their underwater home loans, the high court said.

IL Supreme Court removes asbestos case from judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 18, 2017, 5:22pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has removed a Cook County judge from an asbestos personal injury case, granting a request from lawyers who had asked the court to step in and block a "rogue" judge from continuing his sanctions proceedings amid a bench investigation of a situation the judge said resembled an improper “grand bargain” between plaintiffs’ lawyers and those for a company named as a defendant in the case.

Hospital vicarious liability; wrongful death claims past repose; Lakefront Trail liability on IL Sup Ct Sept call

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 5, 2017, 5:24pm

In September, the Illinois Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in 16 cases, including to resolve questions of whether hospitals can be held liable for malpractice at other clinics; whether plaintiffs can add wrongful death claims to medical negligence lawsuits outside the statute of repose; and whether the Chicago Park District can be sued by a bicyclist who fell over a crack in the Lakefront Trail.

Appeals court: Pension fund has right to $11M, potential tax hike from Harvey for underpaying pensions

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 7, 2017, 5:19pm

While leaving it to the elected leaders of the city of Harvey to figure how much tax to levy to get the money they need from property tax payers, a state appeals court panel has ruled the south suburban city’s pension fund is on the brink of default, and, thus, the pension board for the city’s firefighters has a valid claim under state law to force the city to cough up nearly $11 million in unpaid and underpaid pension fund contributions.

$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.

IL Sup Ct puts hold on Cook judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions in asbestos case

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 2, 2017, 2:38pm

The Illinois Supreme Court, acting in response to a request from lawyers who claim they and others have been targeted by a “rogue” Cook County judge, has stepped in to slap a hold on potential sanctions proceedings against lawyers and litigants on both sides of an asbestos personal injury case, blocking the judge, for now, from continuing his bench investigation of what he said resembled an improper “grand bargain” between plaintiffs’ lawyers and those for defendant gasket maker John Crane Inc.

A non-starter in federal court, case vs Roti over credit card digits on receipts still headed to Cook court

Scott Holland Jul. 28, 2017, 12:35am

A federal judge has again sent back to Cook County Circuit Court a class action dispute about how many credit card digits appear on restaurant receipts, saying, while federal courts have been clear the case is a non-starter, Illinois state courts have yet to answer.

$38M red light camera settlement on table; Deal won't end risk to city, taxpayers, other litigants say

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 21, 2017, 10:58pm

People who received tickets from Chicago’s red light cameras could be in line for a bit of a refund, should Chicago aldermen sign off on a $38.75 million settlement deal negotiated by City Hall’s lawyers to end a class action lawsuit over the automated traffic enforcement program. But the trial lawyers behind a separate class action against the city say the settlement doesn’t end the legal and financial risk to the city or taxpayers.

Bar Association lawsuit: Block IL regulators from going after property tax lawyers over 'appraisals'

Scott Holland Jul. 20, 2017, 4:00am

The Illinois State Bar Association has asked a Cook County judge to order state regulators to back off of prosecutions against lawyers the state agency has accused of appraising real estate without a license, because the lawyers purportedly included real estate comps and other real estate value metrics in property tax appeals.

NorthShore asks court to slice class action demanding IL hospitals repay for improper tax exemptions

Dan Churney Jul. 4, 2017, 6:00am

Saying the basis for the suit has been amputated by Illinois’ highest court, NorthShore University Health System is asking a Cook County judge to dismiss a class-action suit, which demanded hospitals be made to pay back Illinois property taxpayers who have allegedly overpaid because, the plaintiffs allege, the state’s hospitals have wrongly enjoyed tax-exempt status.

Qui tam plaintiff accuses ex-lawyers Touhy Touhy & Buehler of mishandling Medicare fraud case vs CVS

Scott Holland Jun. 29, 2017, 2:26pm

A Lake County man has accused his former attorneys of mishandling Medicare fraud lawsuits he filed against CVS.

IL Supreme Court: County prosecutors can't use special investigator powers to 'create own police forces'

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 29, 2017, 1:29pm

Declaring that to rule otherwise would empower county prosecutors across the state to create their own police forces, a majority of the Illinois Supreme Court has declared the former state’s attorney in downstate La Salle County overstepped his authority in creating a task force to conduct traffic stops on a stretch of Interstate 80 to interdict and seize drug shipments passing through the county.

Hospitals could face more litigation, costs from property taxes following IL Supreme Court decision

Chandra Lye Jun. 19, 2017, 12:05pm

The Illinois Supreme Court's decision earlier this year to punt on the question of whether hospitals should maintain property tax exemptions could yet prove costly for some hospitals, until the state high court ultimately clears up legal questions surrounding the exemptions for the nonprofit health care organizations.