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Judge: Lawsuit OK to claim City Hall illegally took property rights when rezoned Pittsfield tower, scrapped permit

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 15, 2019

A Chicago federal judge has given the green light to a lawsuit against the city of Chicago brought by a group that had sought to redevelop a skyscraper in Chicago’s Loop, saying the city must pay for allowing an alderman to change the zoning on the building after the city had issued the building permit, demolishing their plans and the building’s profitability in the process.

Copyright lawsuit vs home builder deconstructed; Judge: More 'sufficient facts' required to buttress case

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 15, 2018

Saying an architectural firm needs to do more to demonstrate its claims a homebuilder improperly copied some of the architect's home designs, a federal judge has taken down, for now, the copyright infringement lawsuit.

Sculptor of Chicago's "Bean" sues NRA, says needed permission to use image of the public art in video

By Scott Holland | Jun 20, 2018

The artist behind the iconic Chicago sculpture known to people worldwide as “The Bean,” is targeting the National Rifle Association in a copyright infringement lawsuit, saying they needed to ask his permission before using images including the sculpture in a video the organization posted to solicit donations.

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