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FREEBORN & PETERS: Freeborn Highly Ranked Nationally and in Chicago, Richmond and Tampa By 2019 U.S. News – Best Lawyers ‘Best Law Firms’

By Press release submission | Nov 9, 2018

Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that the firm has been highly ranked nationally in six practice areas in the 2019 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms."

Judge backs recused judge's decision to OK loan officers' wage class action vs American Bank & Trust

By Cook County Record | Sep 10, 2018

A federal judge has confirmed another recused judge's decision earlier this spring to refuse to end a class action brought by a group of bank loan officers, who accused their employer, American Bank and Trust, of shorting them wages and commissions.

Bandas firm offers to be barred from practicing law in IL to end Edelson suit over 'serial objectors'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 5, 2018

A Texas-based law firm accused of improperly using proxy Illinois attorneys to covertly manage lawsuits in Illinois intended to allegedly essentially extort payments from other lawyers trying to close out class action settlements, has agreed to accept a court order barring them from practicing law in Illinois.

Pharma defendants seek to kick suburbs' opioid suits to federal court; Say center on federal drug control questions

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 23, 2018

Saying the lawsuit raises legal questions that shouldn't be dealt with in state court, one of the country’s largest pharmaceutical distributors – and one that stands as a defendant in many of the lawsuits now pending in courts across the country over the so-called opioid epidemic – has asked a federal judge to prevent a group of Chicago suburban communities from suing an array of drug manufacturers and distributors in Cook County Circuit Court.

FREEBORN & PETERS: Seventeen Freeborn Partners named 2019 ‘Best Lawyers’

By Press release submission | Aug 16, 2018

Freeborn & Peters issued the following announcement on Aug. 15.The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 17 Freeborn Partners in its 2019 edition.

FREEBORN & PETERS: Freeborn Secures Significant Patent Case Victory for National Retail Brand

By Press release submission | Aug 16, 2018

Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that it secured a significant victory on Aug. 9 for a nationally recognized retailer in a patent infringement lawsuit filed against the company in federal district court.

Jury deals $315M verdict to casino tech maker who said rival used patent litigation to stifle competition

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 7, 2018

A group of casino technology manufacturers have hit a legal jackpot, as a Chicago federal jury has dealt them a verdict potentially worth more than $300 million, amid their ongoing antitrust battle against a rival manufacturer accused of misusing patents to stifle competition.

Judge: Edelson can try to bar Bandas 'pro objectors' from practicing, collecting fees in IL

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 25, 2018

A little over five months since denying one of Chicago’s leading class action plaintiffs’ firms the chance to pursue racketeering charges against another group of lawyers accused of acting as “professional objectors” to extort payments, a Chicago federal judge said she will allow the Edelson P.C. firm to move ahead with one final remaining element of their lawsuit – an attempt to secure a court order restricting the ability of those lawyers to practice law in Illinois, and so limit their ability to collect on a $225,000 payday from Edelson.

Judge again tosses Napleton Auto Group's RICO claims vs Fiat Chrysler over dealer incentive plan

By Scott Holland | Jul 13, 2018

A federal judge in Chicago has curbed racketeering claims brought by the Napleton car dealership group, as the judge said the dealers still hadn’t presented enough evidence to back its claims accusing Fiat Chrysler of using a sales program to lean on dealers who refused to go along with an alleged scheme to falsify sales figures.

FREEBORN & PETERS: Shelly A. DeRousse Named Finalist for Chambers Women in Law Awards: USA 2018

By Press release submission | Jun 22, 2018

Freeborn & Peters LLP is pleased to announce that Shelly A. DeRousse, a Partner in the firm’s Chicago office and Co-Leader of Freeborn’s Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Practice Group, is one of six women in the nation to be named a finalist for the Chambers Women in Law Awards: USA 2018.

Judge rejects request to toss $36M fraud lawsuit vs Mizzi, Canadian private equity firm over senior living venture

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 2, 2018

A Cook County judge will allow a Chicago development group to proceed with their lawsuit, alleging a Canadian businessman and companies with which he is affiliated owe them $36 million for alleged fraud in an arrangement for the purchase of American senior living facilities.

Menu boards allow McDonald's to bag Extra Value Meal pricing class action: Federal judge

By Scott Holland | Apr 9, 2018

A federal judge has bagged a woman’s class action lawsuit accusing McDonald’s of chicanery over its Extra Value Meal pricing, saying the case couldn’t pull forward because the information customers needed to know whether they were being misled into paying a few cents more was in plain sight, in large font, on the restaurants’ menu boards.

Former Chicago Spire developer demands Irish banking agency pay $1.2B for torpedoing skyscraper project

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 28, 2018

A real estate development firm that had traveled the world, selling the idea of luxury condos high above downtown Chicago in what was to be one of the biggest additions to Chicago’s iconic skyline in decades, is now asking a federal judge in Chicago to order a publicly-funded Irish national banking agency to pay out $1.2 billion for allegedly torpedoing the planned Chicago Spire project out of “bad blood” and “spite,” leaving Irish taxpayers holding the bag and a giant hole in the ground in Chicago.

Judge guts Edelson's suit vs Bandas; 'meritless' class action objections for payoff 'bad faith,' not racketeering

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 7, 2018

While agreeing their conduct and tactics were “in bad faith” and “inconsistent” with legal ethics, a federal judge has refused to let a prominent Chicago class action trial law firm continue with a class action lawsuit accusing a rival firm of racketeering for acting as “professional objectors” bent on extorting payoffs, as the judge said letting the case go forward would leave parties involved in other lawsuits rightly worried about getting tagged with similar racketeering actions over legitimate negotiating tactics and maneuvers.

Judge: Fundraising robocalls for Breast Cancer Society OK under federal law; plaintiffs appeal

By Dee Thompson | Nov 20, 2017

A fundraising and marketing company has been let off the hook in a class action lawsuit after a federal judge said its work on behalf of a breast cancer research charity meant it couldn't be made to pay for allegedly violating a federal telemarketing law. However, plaintiffs are appealing that decision.

Judge lets suit continue vs casino tech biz Scientific Games over patent fraud, antitrust claims

By John Sammon | Sep 19, 2017

A federal judge has denied a request made by Scientific Games Corporation and its subsidiary Bally Technologies Inc. and Bally Gaming Inc. to fold up the sole remaining count in a competitor's antitrust lawsuit over casino card shuffling technology.

Judge throws brake on investor class action vs operators of failed electric car maker Fisker Auto

By Dan Churney | Jul 24, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has put the brakes on a class action suit filed by investors, who alleged they were ripped off for hundreds of millions of dollars in a failed electric car venture, saying the investors were asleep at the switch because they launched their suit after the statute of limitations expired.

Fraud charges added to $36M lawsuit vs Mizzi, Canadian private equity firm over senior living venture

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 21, 2017

Days after Canadian financial regulators seized control of a private equity firm over allegations it had misled investors to plow almost $100 million into a high-risk venture, a group of Chicago area businessmen have amended their pending $36 million lawsuit against Paramount Equity Financial Corporation and Canadian businessman Enzo Mizzi, now also accusing Mizzi’s group of fraud.

One of Motor Werks' three owners asks court to order dealerships to be sold to satisfy deal

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 2, 2016

One of the owners of the Motor Werks Auto Group has parked an internal power struggle with his business partners in Cook County court, asking a judge to place the northwest suburban collection of luxury car dealerships into receivership to force the other two owners, including Motor Werks’ founder, to sell the dealerships and split the proceeds according to the terms of a purported deal struck a decade ago.

Hotwire, Hotels.com, other online travel sites to pay Lombard $459K to settle hotel taxes lawsuit

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 25, 2016

The village of Lombard will reap a $459,000 payday from the operators of six of the biggest online travel websites – the only Illinois municipality allowed to do so - after a federal judge signed off on a deal to end a years-long court fight over claims the travel sites had stiffed Lombard and other suburban Chicago communities of hotel taxes.

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