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Judge: Federal court not right place for homeowner's tax assessment discrimination claims vs Cook assessor

By Scott Holland | Sep 27, 2018

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a former Chicago Heights homeowner, who claimed he and other homeowners in poor and minority neighborhoods in Cook County were forced to pay more than they should in property taxes because, he said, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios inflated the taxable value of homes in those neighborhoods.

Cook County OK to restrict campaign cash from lawyers, others seeking 'official action,' appeals court says

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 25, 2018

A state appellate court has again ruled Cook County has the power to make ethics rules that apply to county officers, including the Cook County Assessor, this time finding the County Board did not overstep in prohibiting real estate lawyers and otheers from contributing to the campaign coffers of county officials when they are seeking “official action” from the county.

Lawsuit: Landlord Jones Lang LaSalle forces tenants to use union labor, pay more for 'kickbacks'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 15, 2018

Saying the landlord’s acquiescence to the labor unions’ demands amounts to an illegal conspiracy to generate kickbacks for union contractors, a former tenant of an office high-rise owned by Jones Lang LaSalle in Chicago’s Loop has delivered a class action lawsuit against its ex-landlord, demanding the company be made to pay back potentially thousands of current and former tenants throughout the city for forcing them to use more expensive union labor when renovating their offices or moving in or out of office space in the JLL-managed buildings.

Federal court dismisses long-running bankruptcy fee-fixing claim vs BMS, perhaps for last time

By John Breslin | Jul 30, 2018

CHICAGO - The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a claim that a company providing software services in bankruptcy proceedings was involved in a fee-fixing conspiracy, according to a July 2 ruling.

Federal lawsuit: Cook Co. makes it too difficult to appeal big tax bills; state law only enables

By Scott Holland | Jul 18, 2018

A group of property owners have filed a federal complaint challenging the legality, not only of their Cook County property tax assessments, but also of the state law that governs the assessment process and which they said aided the county's efforts to make it overly difficult to effectively appeal tax bills.

LifeTime Fitness settles ex-trainers' wages, whistleblower class action for $700K; lawyers to get $245K

By DM Herra | Jul 9, 2018

LifeTime Fitness has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a class action brought by a group of former trainers who sued the fitness chain over back wages and claims the company violated whistleblower laws.

Court denies Ameriprise motion to dismiss or transfer Allstate client-poaching case

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 22, 2018

Allstate can continue its lawsuit against Ameriprise Financial Services for violating federal trade secrets protection law by allegedly recruiting Allstate's current and former financial specialists to use their knowledge to steal Allstate's customers.

After being tossed in Florida, TV warranty lawsuit hopes to find a forum in IL; Best Buy asks dismissal

By DM Herra | May 30, 2018

A couple whose lawsuit against Best Buy already failed in Florida is trying again in Illinois, claiming the tech retailer’s Geek Squad service plan failed to meet the legal requirements of a warranty.

Chicago housing groups: Lawsuit vs Berrios over discriminatory assessment practices more than tax dispute

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 16, 2018

Two Chicago-based housing assistance organizations have asked a Cook County judge to reject the attempt by lame duck Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios to sidestep their discrimination lawsuit, saying their legal action over allegedly racially discriminatory property tax assessment practices is more than just a dispute over property taxes.

Illinois appeals panel: Medical providers can't recover interest from employers who pay WC medical bills late

By Elizabeth Alt | May 8, 2018

An Illinois appellate court has decided a health care provider is not entitled to recover interest from employers when they don’t pay worker compensation medical bills on time. Further, the court said such disputes actually may not belong in the courts, at all, but rather with the state's Workers Compensation Commission.

Cook County Assessor sues board of ethics over campaign contribution fines

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 1, 2018

While his days in office are numbered after losing in the Democratic primary election in March, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios is suing the Cook County Board of Ethics and board members Peggy Daley, David Grossman, Thomas Szromba, Juliet Sorensen and Von Matthews for allegedly fining him for certain contributions that were made to his unsuccessful re-election campaign.

State tax inquiry not 'adversarial' enough to thwart lawsuit vs Best Buy over unpaid sales taxes: Appeal panel

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 20, 2018

Retail chain Best Buy can’t use an Illinois state investigation of its sales practices to sidestep a lawsuit brought by the owners of a Schaumburg Maytag appliance store, ostensibly on behalf of the state, accusing Best Buy, among other retailers, of sales tax fraud by misclassifying certain appliance sales as construction installations, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Massachusetts product liability ruling may have bearing on GSK appeal of $3M verdict over lawyer's suicide

By Karen Kidd | Apr 13, 2018

The thinking behind a Massachusetts ruling that brand-name manufacturers can he held liable for injuries suffered by patients who take generic versions of the drug those manufacturers innovate could have bearing in a case before a federal appeals court in Chicago.

SC Johnson fails to wipe away class action alleging kids' sunscreen's SPF ratings were false

By Scott Holland | Apr 5, 2018

One of the world’s largest makers of household chemical products, SC Johnson, was unable to persuade a federal judge to wipe away a class action lawsuit, accusing the company of misleading consumers about the SPF rating of its Babyganics mineral sunscreen.

Judge OKs $30M deal to end class action vs Monster over A/V cable claims; objector to be sanctioned

By Dan Churney | Mar 26, 2018

A Cook County judge has given a preliminary nod to a class action settlement, which could make audio-video cable manufacturer Monster pay around $30 million to buyers of one of its cable products, after determining a man who had filed a separate lawsuit against Monster made misrepresentations while objecting to the proposed settlement.

Cook County assessor accused of improperly assessing taxes for couple who qualified for IDNR freeze

By Louie Torres | Mar 21, 2018

A couple has sued Cook County, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios and Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas for allegedly failing to properly assess their property for tax purposes.

Class action: Rohrer Corporation, Shoreview Industries collected worker fingerprints without consent

By Louie Torres | Mar 16, 2018

A worker has filed a class action lawsuit against Rohrer Corporation and Shoreview Industries LLC for allegedly violating state law.

Northwestern Business College Inc. accuses county officials of attempting to collect back taxes

By Louie Torres | Feb 19, 2018

A school is suing Cook County officials for allegedly attempting to collect back taxes on tax-exempt properties.

Court asked to OK $36M deal to end tortured Pella defective window class action; attorneys to get $9M

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 9, 2018

About three and a half years after a federal appeals panel led by former Judge Richard Posner smashed a $90 million settlement agreement the judges described as “scandalous,” a new set of lawyers have introduced a new, smaller deal once again intended to a nearly 12-year old class action lawsuit against window and door maker Pella over allegedly defective windows.

Cook County candidates off the March Democrat primary ballot following decisions by judge and electoral board

By Karen Kidd | Feb 6, 2018

Most of a slate of Cook County would-be candidates for the Democratic primary who took their fight to continue their races to federal court are now off the March ballot following separate decisions by a federal judge and the Cook County Electoral Board in January.

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