News from October 2015

Federal judge toasts suburban restaurant owner's lawsuit claiming vodka manufacturer falsely marketed product as handmade

By Dan Churney | Oct 1, 2015

A suburban restaurant owner's class-action suit against a Texas distillery has dried up, after a Chicago federal judge found there were no grounds to allege the distillery falsely advertised its vodka as handcrafted. Mario Aliano, owner of Batavia-based restaurant business, Due Fratelli Inc., had filed a class action suit in October 2014 in Cook County Circuit Court against Fifth Generation Inc., which makes Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Wrongful death suit filed after fatal car crash on I-290

By Robert Hadley | Oct 1, 2015

Three people are suing a cookware manufacturer over allegations of wrongful death in a dispute surrounding an auto accident that caused three women’s deaths.

Man sues hospital, doctors for alleged wrongful death of wife

By Robert Hadley | Oct 1, 2015

A widower has filed a wrongful death claim against two health care facilities on behalf of his wife’s estate.

Family sues nursing home, alleging negligence in relative's death

By Robert Hadley | Oct 1, 2015

A Cook County woman is suing a nursing home, alleging negligence and wrongful death in a case involving an elderly relative.

AbbVie sued for heart attack allegedly resulting from testosterone drug use

By Robert Hadley | Oct 1, 2015

A Tennessee man is suing Chicago firm AbbVie for alleged product liability in a dispute concerning hormone replacement therapy.

Individual sues on behalf of deceased spouse, citing negligence in Lake Street crash

By Leslie Gamboni | Oct 1, 2015

A man has filed a lawsuit on behalf of his deceased wife alleging negligence in recent motor vehicle accident.

Sarkis Cafe owner's lawsuit vs brother, rival restaurateur sliced, tossed by judge

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 1, 2015

A legal spat between sibling rival restaurateurs in Chicago’s north suburbs has been sliced after a Cook County judge tossed a lawsuit brought by the owner of Evanston’s Sarkis Café against her brother for allegedly improperly mimicking her restaurant’s menu at his newer restaurant in Highland Park. In September, Cook County Associate Judge Neil H. Cohen dismissed the case.

Elderly patient says MANORCare in South Holland guility of negligence, malpractice

By Robert Hadley | Oct 1, 2015

A 95-year-old woman is suing a South Holland nursing home, alleging malpractice related to a broken leg she suffered under their care.

Patient accuses Southpoint Nursing of negligence

By Robert Hadley | Oct 1, 2015

A Cook County patient is suing a Chicago nursing facility, alleging violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.

Cubs win in dispute with rooftop owners; judge dismisses lawsuit over videoboards, Ricketts alleged defamation

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 1, 2015

The Chicago Cubs may not have unfurled the ‘W’ flag in federal court, but a federal judge handed Chicago’s National League Ballclub a big win in their long running legal dispute with the owners of rooftops overlooking Wrigley Field. A federal judge on Sept. 30 dismissed an attempt by the rooftop owners to persuade the court to declare the Chicago Cubs had violated the team’s agreement with the rooftop owners when the franchise erected its new video boards in the Wrigley Field bleachers, obstruc

GM wrong to block Motor Werks' Cadillac dealership relocation, but more still can be done, judge says

By Scott Holland | Oct 2, 2015

A federal judge has sided with a Barrington-based dealer of luxury automobiles in the dealership’s ongoing dispute with General Motors over the automaker’s attempt to block the relocation of its Cadillac dealership — but only to a point. Motor Werks had sued GM because the auto dealer is trying to move its standalone Cadillac dealership in Barrington to a newly renovated auto mall.

Country singer's bar sued for serving alcohol that allegedly caused assault

By Robert Hadley | Oct 2, 2015

A patron is suing a bar owned by country singer Toby Keith for allegedly serving liquor that contributed to a fight in which he was injured.

Student-athlete's parents accuse Trinity High of fraudulent recruitment promises

By Robert Hadley | Oct 2, 2015

A Cook County couple is suing a River Forest high school and its basketball coach, alleging the defendants denied financial aid and other benefits the plaintiffs allege were promised their daughter.

African-American owners of trash hauling biz say city, Allied Waste conspired to hurt their business, sue for $24 million

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 2, 2015

A garbage hauling company owned by African-Americans has sued the city of Chicago, Allied Waste and the Teamsters, among others, for $24 million, alleging the defendants conspired to thwart the ability of the minority-owned company to bid on the city’s garbage hauling contract. On Oct. 1, Linda and Jesse McGee, owners of Linda Construction Inc. (LCI), based on Chicago’s South Side, filed a complaint in federal court in Chicago.

Cook County couple sues bank, alleging deceptive business practices

By Robert Hadley | Oct 2, 2015

A Cook County couple is suing a mortgage lender for allegedly preventing them from refinancing to avoid foreclosure.

Cyclist sues repair shop for negligence that allegedly caused head fracture

By Robert Hadley | Oct 2, 2015

A woman is suing a bike shop for alleged negligence related to a personal injury claim.

Father sues company, driver in fatal car crash involving son, claiming wrongful death

By Robert Hadley | Oct 2, 2015

A father is suing a company and its driver over allegations of the wrongful death of his 48-year-old son, a cyclist.

Canadian Pacific takes Quebec train disaster cases from Cook County to federal court

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 2, 2015

Families of victims of a fiery oil-fueled train derailment and explosion that claimed 47 lives in a town on the eastern edge of Canada’s Quebec Province will need to press their wrongful death claims in federal court, after lawyers for Canadian Pacific Railway and other corporate defendants asked to transfer cases from local to federal jurisdiction.

U.S. Soccer can't use national team players' likenesses for ads without players' association OK, judge says

By Dana Herra | Oct 2, 2015

The United States Soccer Federation must seek approval from its players’ union before allowing sponsors to use players’ likenesses in advertisements, after a federal judge upheld the decision of an arbitrator. U.S. District Judge Virginia M. Kendall ruled Sept. 29 in Chicago to grant the United States National Soccer Team Players Association’s motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit the Chicago-based U.S. Soccer Federation brought against the players association.

Mother accuses Dolphin nightclub of negligence in son’s death

By Robert Hadley | Oct 3, 2015

A Cook County woman is suing a Chicago nightclub and its security firm, alleging wrongful death and negligence.

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