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Lawsuit: Data security firm Trustwave owes $30M for 2009 data breach at Heartland Payment Systems

By Scott Holland | Jul 10, 2018

Two insurance companies have joined together to ask a Cook County judge to order a data security firm to pay $30 million to reimburse the insurers for funds they had to pay out to settle claims resulting from a data breach at Heartland Payment Systems.

CVS, Osco ask courts to sanction doctor for suing over faxed prescription refill request forms

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 6, 2018

CVS and Osco have asked a federal judge to punish a Deer Park doctor, accusing the doctor of wrongly suing the pharmacies for merely faxing forms to the doctor’s office asking him to verify patient requests for prescription refills.

Plaintiffs' lawyer Edelson: Defense firm Johnson & Bell's defamation action an improper SLAPP suit

By Dan Churney | Jul 3, 2018

Chicago lawyer Jay Edelson, known for pursuing digital privacy and technology class actions, is alleging the Johnson & Bell law firm is trying to throttle his right to speak publicly about a case involving both parties as adversaries, with a groundless SLAPP defamation lawsuit against his firm in Cook County court.

Post-Janus Landscape: Decision will impact union coffers, membership; more litigation on its way, say lawyers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 2, 2018

In the wake of the U.S Supreme Court’s landmark decision to declare unconstitutional forced union fees, the legal and political landscape will undoubtedly change. But precisely what will change, and how and when those changes will roll out, remains anybody’s guess.

Ex-bookeeper can't press retaliation claims vs Hellenic Museum because never told cops about financial practices

By DM Herra | Jun 27, 2018

The former vice president of finance and operations for the National Hellenic Museum in Chicago has lost, for now, his attempt to sue the museum for allegedly wrongfully terminating him, after he claims he brought to light financial improprieties at the museum and a museum staff member claimed he stalked her.

Judge: IL state agency overreached in prosecuting property tax lawyers for using comps in tax appeals

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 26, 2018

State bureaucrats who regulate real estate appraisers in Illinois have no authority to prosecute property tax lawyers, a Cook County judge has ruled, finding regulators overreached in claiming lawyers violated state appraiser licensing rules by using comparable property values to argue for a lower tax assessment for thieir clients.

Court denies Ameriprise motion to dismiss or transfer Allstate client-poaching case

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 22, 2018

Allstate can continue its lawsuit against Ameriprise Financial Services for violating federal trade secrets protection law by allegedly recruiting Allstate's current and former financial specialists to use their knowledge to steal Allstate's customers.

Visa, Aldi squabble over demand for documents showing Aldi's decision to take credit cards didn't hurt

By Dan Churney | Jun 22, 2018

Mired in a long-running anti-trust class action brought by millions of merchants who seek billions of dollars in connection with credit card processing fees, Visa wants the Aldi food store chain, which several months ago adopted a policy accepting cards from customers, to turn over documents that will presumably show Aldi freely chose to honor Visa cards, despite allegations Visa tried to throttle competition.

Researcher: Harvey's pension problems the first, but 'certainly won't be last,' to run afoul of state law

By Glenn Minnis | Jun 21, 2018

The city of Harvey remained locked in a court fight with state officials and its own public worker pension funds over its ability to use sales tax dollars to pay its bills. But it likely is just one of dozens of cities and other governments across Illinois poised to land on the wrong side of a state law mandating pension fund payments.

Buffalo Grove: Pension board improperly awarded $1.7M+ enhanced pension to firefighter who died of colon cancer

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 21, 2018

The village of Buffalo Grove has taken its firefighter pension board to court, claiming the pension board didn’t require enough evidence that a deceased firefighter’s colon cancer was caused by the perils of his job before awarding an enhanced pension to his widow, costing the taxpayers $1.7 million.

Judge tosses gun club's suit vs Willowbrook over zoning denial; 2nd Amend 'not battering ram'

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jun 21, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has refused to undo the village of Willowbrook's decision to deny a permit to a gun club to develop a firearms range within the village, saying the club's reliance on the Second Amendment in this case misfires.

Sculptor of Chicago's "Bean" sues NRA, says needed permission to use image of the public art in video

By Scott Holland | Jun 20, 2018

The artist behind the iconic Chicago sculpture known to people worldwide as “The Bean,” is targeting the National Rifle Association in a copyright infringement lawsuit, saying they needed to ask his permission before using images including the sculpture in a video the organization posted to solicit donations.

PepsiCo wins trademark tussle over ads calling Gatorade 'sports fuel'

By Scott Holland | Jun 19, 2018

A federal judge put one in the win column for PepsiCo in a trademark violation lawsuit over its use of the term “sport fuel” in Gatorade advertisements.

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Chicago asks judge to toss HomeAway's lawsuit over housing ordinance

By Charmaine Little | Jun 14, 2018

The City of Chicago has requested the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in the Eastern Division dismiss a case that alleges one of its regulations favors Airbnb against competitor, HomeAway.com Inc.

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