News from June 2018

Nordic Naturals probiotic manufacturer accused of misleading customers

By Louie Torres | Jun 4, 2018

An Illinois consumer has filed a class-action lawsuit against Nordic Naturals Inc. and Nordic Naturals Mfg. Inc., citing alleged fraud, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, unfair competition, unjust enrichment and violation of federal law.

Chicago Board of Education, others allegedly failed to prevent sexual harassment by janitor contractor

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 4, 2018

A mother and her minor child are suing Aramark Education K-12, Vargas Group Inc., the Chicago Board of Education and an employee of Vargas for alleged harassment and negligence.

Tenant Deming Place sues association board for breach of fiduciary duty

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jun 4, 2018

A tenant is suing the board of managers of the 1201-1025 Madison Condominium Association for alleged breach of duty.

Lawyer claims former client failed to pay for 9-hour mediation session

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 4, 2018

CHICAGO — A lawyer is suing Doreen Wilson, John Schuepfer, Schuepfer, Inc., and A lawyer is suing a client, alleging breach of contract and refusal to apply payments in connection with a settlement agreement.Herman J.

Class action vs Six Flags over number of debit card digits on receipts kicked back to Lake County court

By Charmaine Little | Jun 5, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has kicked back to Lake County Circuit Court a class action lawsuit brought by a couple who claimed theme park operator Six Flags printed too many of their credit card's digits on their receipts from a day at Six Flags Great America.

Illinois attorney general's billions in collections part of job, also something to be watched: Economics prof

By John Sammon | Jun 5, 2018

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced her office has brought in more than $14 billion in collections since she took office in 2003, including $864 million in 2017. But how much of the mission of the attorney general falls under collecting money for the state?

Judge: 'Harm to minority borrowers direct;' Cook County can continue predatory lending suit vs HSBC

By Dan Churney | Jun 5, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has eliminated several claims from a suit brought by Cook County against banking giant HSBC, for alleged predatory lending, but the judge said the county still made enough plausible allegations, including that HSBC discriminated against minorities, for the suit to survive.

Madigan opposes release of 2014 IG report discussing clout, says not relevant to suit over 'sham candidates'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 5, 2018

Illinois’ powerful Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan has formally joined the court fight to prevent a former candidate who is suing the speaker and some of his political allies, from obtaining the release of a 2014 inspector general’s report his lawyer says is needed to substantiate the ex-candidate’s claims, by shedding light on how Madigan’s political organization operates.

Alstory Simon settles malicious prosecution suit against Northwestern, professor Protess

By The Cook County Record | Jun 6, 2018

Alstory Simon, a man prosecutors say was framed and wrongly convicted of double murder, has settled a malicious prosecution suit against Northwestern University and journalism professor David Protess.

Homeowner claims Allstate did not pay enough to cover fire damage

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jun 6, 2018

A homeowner is suing Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Co. for breach of contract, alleging the company did not pay enough to cover property damage from a fire.

Clients claim Barnes and Thornburg mishandled settlement negotiations, costing $2M

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 6, 2018

Engineered Abrasives is suing Barnes & Thornburg and its agents, citing allegations of professional negligence.

Estate administrator blames Westchester Health and Rehabilitation for patient's death

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jun 6, 2018

A man is suing SSC Westchester Operating Co. LLC, also known as Westchester Health and Rehabilitation, and two nurses for negligence and wrongful death.

Villa at South Holland accused of improper care by former facility resident

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jun 6, 2018

A former resident at a facility operated by The Villa at South Holland LLC filed a lawsuit against the company May 31, citing alleged negligence and violation of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.

Chicago Public Schools teacher accuses co-teacher and principal of defamation

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jun 6, 2018

A Chicago Public Schools' special education teacher is suing Dorothy Manahan and Marin Gonzalez, a co-teacher and principal at his school, citing alleged civil conspiracy, defamation and tortious interference.

SSSK Capital, Krone claim defamation and wrongful conduct in mismanagement suit vs Freedom Buildings

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jun 6, 2018

CHICAGO — Freedom Buildings LLC was named as a defendant in a lawsuit alleging breach of contract, breach of duty, civil conspiracy, defamation, fraud and tortious interference.

Judge: Pilots' union didn't discriminate vs senior flight instructors in agreeing with United to change rules

By Scott Holland | Jun 6, 2018

A federal judge has handed a win to a pilots’ union facing an age discrimination lawsuit from three of its members, who accused their union of being “complicit” in working with United Airlines to impose new standards the plaintiffs said were intended to flush out older workers.

Appeals court upholds denial of line-of-duty pension to Maywood officer hurt in ordinary car crash

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 6, 2018

CHICAGO — The First District Appellate Court of Illinois upheld a decision that a police officer's injury could not be proven as a line-of-duty disability, meaning the officer cannot receive a line-of-duty disability pension.

Judge: Menards couldn't know customer would trip over boards sticking out of shopping cart

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 7, 2018

A federal judge has dismissed a woman’s lawsuit against home improvement retailer Menards, accusing the company of negligence after she allegedly was injured when she tripped over 10-foot-long boards sticking out of a shopping cart.

Nickel & Dime: eBay, online retailers warn SCOTUS could unleash lawsuit torrent vs sellers over taxes

By Dan Churney | Jun 7, 2018

Nickel & Dime: eBay, online retailers warn SCOTUS ruling could unleash torrent of lawsuits accusing sellers over taxes

From Legal Newsline

Art imitates life: 'Billions' describes six-figure, part-time jobs on asbestos trusts

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 7, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - The third season of the wildly popular show "Billions" premiered in March with a mention of an oddly arcane subject: asbestos bankruptcy trusts. The dialogue coming out of the mouth of prosecutor Chuck Rhodes, played by Paul Giamatti, becomes a little less mysterious when you look at who wrote it, however.

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