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Contract: Edelson to get 20 percent of Cook Co's take from suit vs Facebook; Facebook requests pause

Facebook has asked a Chicago federal judge to place on hold a lawsuit brought by Cook County and its trial lawyers, who stand to claim 20 percent of whatever the county may receive from the legal action over accusations the social media company improperly allowed data firm Cambridge Analytica to harvest information on about 50 million Facebook users to aid the 2016 election campaign of President Donald Trump.

Lawyer brothers McNabola head to court in dispute over $1.9M in fees, expenses

Brothers who are former partners and trial lawyers in a plaintiffs' law firm now also are opponents in court amid a dispute over more than $1.92 million in legal fees and unpaid expenses.

Appeals court: Comptroller can't embargo over $1M from cash-strapped Harvey at pension fund's request

A state appeals court has, for now, ordered Illinois’ state comptroller to release its hold on more than $1 million in Illinois tax disbursements the financially troubled city of Harvey says it needs to meet its payroll, including paychecks for its police and firefighters, but which the state says it is required to seize and steer to retired Harvey municipal workers.

Appeals court rules card-issuing banks can’t sue retailer directly for losses from retailer's data breach

A federal appellate court upheld a lower court’s ruling that banks whose customers’ information was compromised in a grocery store data breach cannot recover losses directly from the retailer.

Judge: Chicago can allegedly choose to pay more for 'worse' lighting products without breaking antitrust laws

A Chicago federal judge has pulled the plug, for now, on an antitrust action accusing the city of Chicago, the city’s municipal financing group and a contractor in charge of a huge city public lighting project of jumping the bidding process to ensure General Electric would come out on top.

Ex-Cook County administrator again sues county, Preckwinkle and Silvestri, alleging retaliatory firing

A former Cook County staffer, who last month lost a federal suit in which he alleged he was fired in retaliation for exposing corruption in Elmwood Park and then running for the county board seat held by Elmwood Park's onetime Village President Peter Silvestri, is now attempting to press the same claims in Cook County Circuit Court.

News service: Cook courts clerk's reliance on rules to delay access to lawsuits invented from 'whole cloth'

Saying Cook County’s courts clerk shouldn’t be allowed to use court administrative rules to sidestep the public's constitutional rights, the news organization accusing the clerk of delaying access by days to new lawsuits has asked a federal appeals court to reject the clerk’s assertions she has no obligation under the Constitution to provide swift public access to newly filed court documents.

Appeals court finds no error in case arguing Massage Envy massages are shorter than promised

A divided appellate court upheld a federal court’s finding that spa chain Massage Envy had not deceived customers who complained their one-hour massages consisted of only 50 minutes massage time.

Federal appeals court revives shelved data breach suit vs Barnes & Noble; 'trifling loss' still actual loss: Judges

Saying a “trifling loss” is still a loss under state consumer protection laws, a federal appeals panel has reopened the book on a potential class action lawsuit against Barnes & Noble over a 2012 data breach that cost customers some time and money in protecting themselves from potential identity theft, and which the appellate judges took care to note also victimized the chain of big box bookstores.

Jury awards $3.5M to woman who claimed loan servicer mishandled mortgage during, after Chapt 13 bankruptcy

A federal jury awarded more than $3.5 million to a Franklin Park woman as a result of her lawsuit against a mortgage loan servicer over the handling of the default on her home.

Judge again sinks Brunswick's bid to undo $25M deal with lawyer who used jury note to avoid loss at trial

A Chicago federal judge has again turned aside an attempt by boatmaker Brunswick to undo a $25 million personal injury settlement the company says was obtained through fraud, as a federal judge said the company has failed again to lay claim to a protected interest violated by a rival lawyer’s decision to allegedly withhold information about a jury note moments before a verdict would have delivered a win to Brunswick.

Federal appeals panel echoes state court: No right to vote for elected Chicago school board

Echoing a state appeals court’s ruling, a federal appellate panel says the right to vote doesn’t entitle Chicago voters to the right to vote for the members of the Chicago school board.

Police union suing Metra over alleged retaliation against union president, other grievances

Metra and its police chief have been accused of retaliating against an officer for working on behalf of a police union, according to a lawsuit filed in Chicago federal court.

Illinois ethics panel fines ex-Bensenville trustee for using state job to snoop political rival's driver's records

A state ethics panel has ordered a former village trustee and one-time candidate for mayor of Bensenville to pay a fine for allegedly using his job in the Illinois Secretary of State’s office to snoop on the driving records of a political opponent.

Palatine condo owners allege association low balled condos price, shorting owners amid forced sale

A group of “shocked” suburban Palatine condominium owners are trying to prevent their association board from allegedly under-selling the condo development for $49 million, allegedly for the board's personal gain, claiming the price would short owners of what they could get if they independently sold their units by more than $25 million.

Menu boards allow McDonald's to bag Extra Value Meal pricing class action: Federal judge

A federal judge has bagged a woman’s class action lawsuit accusing McDonald’s of chicanery over its Extra Value Meal pricing, saying the case couldn’t pull forward because the information customers needed to know whether they were being misled into paying a few cents more was in plain sight, in large font, on the restaurants’ menu boards.

Cook County 'use tax' revenue soars; county partners with collector, local lawyers to track down unpaid taxes

Cook County residents who have bought a car in recent years may need to begin watching their mail for an envelope from Cook County, demanding perhaps hundreds of dollars under a county tax, thanks to an ongoing, little-heralded arrangement with a debt collector and local law firm deputized to act as county attorneys.

Appeals panel: Fired worker's 'last chance agreement' lets Cook County sidestep arbitration over termination

A labor grievance against Cook County won’t avoid its day in court after a state appeals panel said a “Last Chance Agreement” between the county and a fired worker allows the county to sidestep a union collective bargaining agreement, and thus nixes the union’s attempt to send the matter to arbitration.

Appeals panel: Jury verdict OK to end court fight over Park Forest townhomes, discrimination

A federal appeals court found no errors in a lower court’s ruling in a 'sprawling' suit that claimed, among other things, that the village of Park Forest took racially motivated action against the owners of a townhome complex.

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

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.