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Development tax incentives, grants could be taxed, but shouldn't dissuade Amazon HQ2 bids, attorney says

Businesses who take advantage of government financial incentives to expand or build new facilities could face new tax liability under important IRS document issued 10 years ago, but just now coming into its own. However, that should not have much of an impact on the push by Chicago and other U.S. cities and states to land Amazon's HQ2, according to a leading tax expert, attorney and former director of South Carolina's Revenue Department.

LG Electronics, Amazon accused of negligence after battery allegedly exploded

A man is suing LG Electronics U.S.A. Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. for alleged design defect, liability and negligence.

Judge rules female student can move forward with suit against HarperCollins over sexual assault book

A federal judge in Chicago has ruled that a graduate student can move forward with her suit against HarperCollins LLC and a Northwestern University professor over a book on Title IX and sexual assault.

Judge orders IL state agencies to move quicker on applications for long-term Medicaid benefits

The Illinois Department of Human Services has 90 days from when basic Medicaid recipients apply to determine if they are eligible for long-term Medicaid, or they will be automatically eligible for the long-term benefits, a federal judge has ruled, brushing aside concerns from state officials the time limit will encourage applicants who may otherwise be ineligible to game the sytem.

Man struck by vehicle while walking dog sues Amazon for negligence

A man is suing Amazon.com Services Inc. and an unidentified Amazon delivery driver for alleged negligence.

Class action: Hoteliers conspired to manipulate online search ad results, boost room prices

Comparing the practice to a surreptitious deal struck between the world’s biggest beverage bottlers to not trample on the other’s advertising turf, a new class action lawsuit accuses the country’s biggest hoteliers of illegally conspiring to boost room prices by working together to make it harder for consumers to compare prices online.

Appellate court: Parents, not Starbucks, responsible for amputation of finger of child playing in restaurant

A federal appeals court has shut off a lawsuit brewed by parents against Starbucks, as judges said the coffeehouse chain is not responsible for injuries that led to the amputation of a finger from a child who was playing in the store, because the child’s parents should have prevented the injury.

Cook Sheriff: Backpage's fraud accusations vs Dart merely deflection from 'damning' sex trafficking ad evidence

Saying the online classifieds site is merely trying to “deflect” a judge’s attention from its “own fraudulent acts,” the Cook County Sheriff’s Office has asked a federal judge to put a quick end to an attempt by Backpage.com to pin the sheriff for allegedly lying about a CCSO staffer’s job status to protect thousands of documents from disclosure under the auspices of a nonexistent attorney-client relationship.

Judge OKs $29M deal to end class action vs Ascension Health over Wheaton Franciscan pension claims

In the wake of last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that religiously-affiliated hospitals can qualify for exemption from certain federal pension rules, a Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $29 million settlement, designed to end class action litigations against Ascension Health, in which the country’s largest Catholic hospital system was accused of attempting to use the religious exemption improperly to underfund its employees’ retirement plans.

Trucking firms contracted by Amazon settle drivers' 'joint employer' OT wage class action

A trucking company that works closely enough with Amazon to have been accused of being a “joint employer” of drivers to serve the needs of the online retailing titan appears to have secured a $94,000 settlement to end a class action lawsuit brought by a group of its former drivers over alleged unpaid overtime.

Classifieds site Backpage alleges Cook County Sheriff 'lied' to hide documents in sex trafficking injunction case

Online classifieds site Backpage.com is alleging in federal court that Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, in his effort to shut down the site on grounds it facilitates sex trafficking, wrongly withheld thousands of discovery documents from Backpage, fraudulently claiming the documents were confidential, because they were the product of an attorney-client relationship.

$17.5M deal announced to end cell phone call class action vs Ocwen Loan Servicing; lawyers to ask $5M

A Chicago federal judge has been asked to sign off on a settlement worth $17.5 million - and worth perhaps as much as $5.7 million for lawyers - to end a class action lawsuit over alleged improper cell phone calls.

Redbox Automated Retail LLC, Outerwall Inc. accused of age discrimination

A former employee is suing Redbox Automated Retail LLC and Coinstar LLC, which is now known as Outerwall Inc., for alleged age discrimination and wrongful termination.

Judge: IL law doesn't force Zillow to get appraisers' license to publish online home value 'zestimates'

Saying the plaintiffs are asking the court to misread and misapply an Illinois state law, a Chicago federal judge has crashed a class action lawsuit against Zillow, which had accused the operators of the real estate website of essentially appraising property without a license, and then using their online home value estimate tool as a marketing ploy to drive business by hampering home sellers’ efforts to sell their home for what they believe it should be worth.

Costco, Leider Horticultural Companies sued after woman pierces eye on metal stake on flower pot

A couple is suing Costco Wholesale Corporation and the Leider Horticultural Companies Inc. for alleged negligence, liability and for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries, after a woman lost sight in one eye on a metal stake on a flower pot.

NJ decision barring lawyers from working with online legal services reflects debate in IL, other states

Will the N.J. Supreme Court decision that prohibits lawyers from using services like RocketLawyer impact law practice in Illinois and other states?

Murder victim's family: Backpage 'sanitizes' sex trafficking ads, such as one that led to slaying

Backpage has removed to federal court a lawsuit from the family of a murdered young Chicago woman, accusing the online classified website of encouraging the type of sex trafficking that allegedly led to her death.

Plug pulled on data breach class action vs Vtech; plaintiffs never showed how harmed, judge says

A Chicago federal judge has pulled the plug on a class action suit against electronic toymaker VTech, which alleged VTech did not protect parents' and childrens' personal data from a hacker, saying plaintiffs failed to show how the security breach harmed them.

Zillow: 'Zestimates' constitutionally protected opinions, no appraisers license needed to publish

Comparing their “zestimates” – proprietary online estimates of homes’ values – to editorials published by newspapers or ratings and reviews of various products and services published in print and online, the operators of real estate website Zillow have asked a Chicago federal judge to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought by a north suburban lawyer and the owners of a Schaumburg-based home development company accusing Zillow of improperly hampering their efforts to sell their homes for what the plaintiffs believe they are worth.

ARDC report shows lowest grievance total since 1988

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) recently released its 2016 annual report, which shows the fewest number of grievances since 1988.