Chicago’s Trump Tower Faces Lawsuit for ADA Violations

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago faces a new lawsuit for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), targeted by a Florida man known for bringing these types of suits. In his three visits to Trump Tower from 2015-2017, alleged ADA violations were spotted in the restrooms in the lobby and the 16th […]

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Zillow Beats Class Action Fraud Lawsuit

Earlier this month a federal judge in Chicago dismissed a class action lawsuit against the online real estate company, Zillow.  Zillow was accused by Illinois homeowners of violating the Illinois Deceptive Trade Practices Act and the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act in its promotion and use of the website’s “Zestimate” tool which posted millions of estimates […]

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Update on Legalized Sports Gambling

Back in January we reported that the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether New Jersey would be allowed to offer sports gambling. Only a few days ago, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in New Jersey’s favor. Starting immediately, the landmark decision allows each state to legalize sports gambling at its own behest.

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Facebook Feels Bipartisan Heat; May Be Too Big For Taming

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before committees from both the House and Senate further confirmed one of the largest data privacy intrusions in U.S. history.  Both sides of the aisle are now pushing for data privacy regulations to protect the millions of Americans who use the site.  The scandal arose from the discovery that Facebook […]

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Extended Employee Medical Leave May Be Unreasonable Under ADA

What are an employer’s obligations when an employee requests medical leave but does not have any additional leave available? Traditionally, attorneys have cautioned clients that they may still have an obligation to provide extended leave as an “accommodation” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Under the ADA, employers are required to provide “reasonable accommodations” […]

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Social Benefit Companies Get Bidding Edge for County Contracts

A new ordinance recently passed in Cook County gives preferential bidding rights to companies that County believes will service the public benefit.  According to the ordinance, if an eligible social enterprise bids no more than 5% higher than the lowest competing bid, the social enterprise will win the bid.  An example of a “social enterprise” […]

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Robo-Call Ruling A Win for Businesses

A recent opinion in a federal appellate case (D.C. Circuit Court) was a huge win for American businesses utilizing automated telephone solicitations.  The court unanimously voted against a 2015 Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule aimed at limiting auto-dialing devices, but which also would have prohibited calls from any smartphone.  That outcome, which certainly would have […]

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Cannabis, a Potential Business Boom on the Horizon in Illinois

You may have noticed when voting last month in the Illinois primary that Illinois is considering legalizing the recreational use of marijuana.  In fact, 68% of Cook County voters voted in favor of this advisory, nonbinding referendum on the ballot.   It is no secret that the State of Illinois is strapped for cash with nearly […]

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TCPA – Collectors Not Vicariously Liable For Text Messages

In a recent case concerning violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) a federal appellate court affirmed a ruling in favor of payday lenders and lead-generating vendors, holding that these defendants could not be held vicariously liable for the actions of a non-party “publisher” that sent a text message to numerous individuals on behalf […]

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Update on the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act

Recently, an employee filed a complaint in Cook County alleging his employers, Elite Staffing Inc. and Visual Pak Co., collected and stored his fingerprints without his permission. If true, this would be a direct violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).  As noted in previous newsletters, we have been expecting an increase in […]

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