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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.