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Lawyer can't get fees plus settlement cut in pro se action vs My Pillow over unpaid sales taxes: IL Sup Ct

By Scott Holland | Sep 21, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled an attorney collecting a settlement award from a lawsuit he pressed in his own name, ostensibly on behalf of the state of Illinois, against a business over alleged unpaid sales taxes, isn’t entitled also to collect additional legal fees.

IL Supreme Court disbars 10, suspends 16, including 'People's Attorney' radio host convicted of bank fraud

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 21, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has disbarred 10 lawyers, including a radio host convicted of bank fraud, and suspended 16, including a lawyer who attempted to extort their firm and another who created a fake online dating profile for another attorney and a fake Facebook profile for himself to berate the other lawyer in online reviews.

IL Supreme Court: State law granting hospitals property tax exemption constitutional

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 20, 2018

Hospitals in Illinois have secured a key win in a longrunning court fight over whether they should be required to pay property taxes, as the Illinois Supreme Court has upheld as constitutional a state law allowing hospitals to remain tax exempt.

Federal judge undoes potential class action deal to end litigation over 2014 Neiman Marcus data breach

By Scott Holland | Sep 20, 2018

A federal judge has sided with objectors who want to undo a class action settlement involving a five-year-old Neiman Marcus data breach, saying the leading plaintiffs do not adequately represent the entire group.

Appeals court OKs IL abortion funding, despite 'problematic' lack of revenue estimate; Appeal to IL Sup Ct vowed

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 20, 2018

A group of pro-life organizations seeking to undo Illinois legislation mandating taxpayer funding of abortion services has pledged to appeal their case to the Illinois Supreme Court, after a state appeals court opted not to compel the state of Illinois to account for where the money to pay for the abortions would come from.

Judge: Plaintiffs' lawyers could face sanction for ignoring key precedent in debt collection case

By Dan Churney | Sep 19, 2018

Saying a plaintiff’s attorneys' actions stood as an “egregious violation” of conduct rules, potentially punishable by sanction, a Chicago federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a collection agency, which alleged the agency tried to mislead a debtor with an allegedly bogus offer to settle their debt by a certain date.

$10M lawsuit: Aurora Health cut real estate firm from buyback deal worth millions; Aurora: No contract breach

By Scott Holland and Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 19, 2018

The largest health care system in Wisconsin is asking a federal judge to toss a commercial real estate agency’s $10 million lawsuit over claims the health system allegedly cut it out of a potentially lucrative deal.

Appeals panel: IL law OK letting committees controlled by legislative leaders give unlimited campaign cash

By Scott Holland | Sep 18, 2018

Brushing aside assertions the law allows party leaders to consolidate power statewide, a federal appeals panel has upheld an Illinois campaign finance law which restricts what individual donors can give to political campaigns, while allowing unlimited contributions from legislative caucus committees controlled by partisan leaders within the state's House and Senate.

Appeals court: IL doesn’t usurp feds’ power by making coal, gas burners subsidize Illinois nuke plants

By Dan Churney | Sep 17, 2018

A federal appellate court has affirmed a Chicago federal judge’s ruling that switched off suits by a group of electricity producers and Chicago-area power consumers, which sought to invalidate a state law requiring coal and gas burning electricity companies buy credits to prop up two failing Exelon nuclear plants, saying the law doesn’t infringe on federal regulatory prerogatives.

Tinley Park to pay $410K to settle legal storm over handling of low-income housing project plan

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 17, 2018

The village of Tinley Park has settled a legal imbroglio over claims the village discriminated against predominantly black low income residents when it stalled approval of a controversial housing project planned for the community’s downtown area – a situation the village blamed in part on its ex-planner, who will get $360,000 under a proposed settlement.

Suburbs' lawyers: Cities' suit vs opioid makers, distributors belongs in Cook court, not federal 'black hole'

By Scott Holland | Sep 14, 2018

Attorneys for a group of Illinois municipalities are fighting an attempt to combine their lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors with a mass of similar litigation already pending in Cleveland federal court.

Obama Center opponents say City Hall misled judge over track demolition, tree clearing in Jackson Park

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 14, 2018

Saying lawyers for the city of Chicago misled a judge, a group opposed to the development of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park have asked a federal judge to slap a hold on any further city work in the park while a lawsuit to block the Obama Center project continues.

American Airlines bounced, for now, from class action over alleged sickening uniforms

By Scott Holland | Sep 14, 2018

A federal judge has dismissed American Airlines, for now, from a 2017 class action complaint in which employees complained new uniforms made them sick.

Anti-union IL state worker asks judge to let him defend state vs union attempt to 'discriminate' vs non-union workers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 13, 2018

Saying Illinois’ attorney general’s defense is “inadequate” and is “bordering on malpractice,” an Illinois state employee who factored in the court action that led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down rules requiring non-union workers to pay fees to unions has again jumped into a federal court action, this time asking a judge to allow his legal team to defend the state against a union’s attempt to secure a court order striking down labor laws requiring them to represent all workers in a collective bargaining unit.

Appeals panel undoes $4.6M verdict for man who claimed contracted cancer from asbestos in welding rods

By Scott Holland | Sep 13, 2018

A state appeals panel has overturned a $4.6 million judgment in favor of a man who said he contracted mesothelioma by inhaling asbestos fibers while working near welding rods.

Chicago horse carriage vendors: Animal welfare activists conspired to defame, harm business

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 13, 2018

The owners of Chicago’s three licensed horse-drawn carriage companies have rolled out a lawsuit against a group of animal welfare activists, who the vendors accuse of conspiring to disrupt their businesses and smear their reputations.

Judge slashes ‘grossly excessive’ attorney’s fees in class action settlement

By DM Herra | Sep 11, 2018

A federal judge gave a blistering condemnation of Chicago class action attorney Joseph Siprut’s request for fees in a settlement in which he had requested more than $2 million for obtaining class members settlements around $95 each.

Appeals panel: Parents can sue paint makers for kids' lead screening costs, even though covered by Medicaid

By Dan Churney | Sep 11, 2018

A Chicago appellate court has overturned a lower court’s dismissal of a class action by parents who wanted paint companies to pay for mandatory tests of their children to see if the children had lead in their blood, finding the parents still hold the right to sue the companies, even though Medicaid footed the bill.

Judge: Settlement talks begun in mass action vs Abbvie, others over Androgel, testosterone drugs

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 10, 2018

A federal judge has put a hold on any further proceedings in the massive, years-long nationwide legal action against Abbvie and other makers of so-called testosterone replacement therapy drugs, saying he wants to give both sides time to complete a potential settlement drug to permanently end the litigation.

‘It’s not really cut-and-dried’: Few legal avenues to force private nonprofits to change the way they govern

By DM Herra | Sep 7, 2018

Throughout Illinois, disputes among members of nonprofit organizations can leave members feeling frustrated and wondering where to turn. But in reality, experts in non-profit law say, there are few outside legal remedies available to them. The best bets? Evoke change from the inside, or bring in a parent organization to restore order.

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