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Jimmy Hinkle v. Rick White and Thomas Oliverio

Jimmy Hinkle sued Rick White, an
investigator with the Illinois State Police, and White’s supervisor,
Thomas Oliverio, alleging that they violated his due
process rights by spreading rumors that he was an arsonist and
a child molester. The district court concluded that Hinkle had
not established a protected liberty interest and granted the
defendants summary judgment. We af... More...
   $0 (07-16-2015 - IL)

Terry Bovee v. Claudia Broom

The parties to this suit are siblings. Terry Bovee contends that his sister Claudia Broom violated the due process clause of the fourteenth amendment when, in her role as guidance counselor at his children’s school, she criticized his parenting methods and called him a “bad father.” According to the complaint, this alienated his children’s affections, violating his fundamental liberty inte... More...   $0 (10-09-2013 - il)

Paula Bonhomme v. Janna St. James

¶ 1 Plaintiff, Paula Bonhomme, filed a seven-count second amended complaint against defendant, Janna St. James, for damages resulting from a fraudulent Internet-based relationship that defendant allegedly maintained with plaintiff for nearly two years. The circuit court of Kane County dismissed with prejudice all of plaintiff’s counts except fraudulent misrepresentation, which it dismissed with... More...   $0 (05-24-2012 - IL)

Andre Harrison v. Michael Addington

¶ 1 Appellant-plaintiff, Andre Harrison, appeals the trial court’s grant of summary judgment on behalf of appellees-defendants, Michael Addington, James Olson, Roy DeVault, Sherri Martin, Jeff Chisholm, Steven Brockway, Mark Digney and Metroe Hornbuckle. ¶ 2 Counts II and IV of the third amended complaint allege that Olson and DeVault defamed appellant by repeating the false statements that ap... More...   $0 (10-25-2011 - IL)

Meanith Huon v. Johnson & Bell, Ltd.

Meanith Huon is a lawyer representing himself in this appeal. After he was fired from his job as an associate at Johnson & Bell, he initiated two lawsuits against the firm and three of its other attorneys. He filed his first action in state court, asserting state-law claims of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress resulting from allegedly damaging annual performance evaluatio... More...   $0 (09-21-2011 - IL)

E360 Insight v. The Spamhaus Project

The last time plaintiff e360 Insight, Inc. came before this court, we affirmed the district court’s entry of default judgment against defendant The Spamhaus Project. All that remained was for e360 to make a reasonable showing of its damages.

After a bench trial on the issue, the district court awarded e360 a mere $27,002, a far cry from the millions of dollars that e360 sought. Both parti... More...
   $3 (09-02-2011 - IL)

Gerald S. McCarthy v. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

After a bench trial, defendants Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and Tenth District were found liable for defamation per se of plaintiff, Gerald McCarthy. Although defendants raised a number of issues on appeal, the dispositive issue is whether plaintiff’s amended complaints adding defendants were barred by the statute of limitations. The resolution of this issue depends on whether plaintiff made... More...   $0 (06-30-2011 - IL)

Rhonda Ezell v. City of Chicago

For nearly three decades, the City of Chicago had several ordinances in place “effectively banning handgun possession by almost all private citizens.” McDonald v. City of Chicago, 130 S. Ct. 3020, 3026 (2010). In 2008 the Supreme Court struck down a similar District of Columbia law on an original‐ meaning interpretation of the Second Amendment.1 District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, ... More...   $0 (07-06-2011 - IL)

Debra L. Lewis v. School District #70, et al.,

Plaintiff-appellant Debra Lewisis a former employee of School District #70 in St. Clair County, Illinois (the “District”), whose employment was terminated after a period of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). Following her termination, Lewis sued the District, school superintendent Robin Hawkins, and members of the District’s school board, alleging violations of the... More...   $0 (06-01-2011 - IL)

Wallace C. Leyshon v. Diehl Controls North America, Inc.

The plaintiff, Wallace C. Leyshon, brought suit against the defendants, Diehl Controls North America, Inc. (DCNA) and Christoph Weigand,1 alleging their breach of an employment contract, violation of the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act (820 ILCS 115/1 et seq. (West 2006)), and defamation. Following trial, the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff and awarded damages. On the defamation... More...   $0 (12-27-2010 - IL)

Richard J. Rennell, Jr. v. Randall K. Rowe

Richard Rennell and Randall Rowe ran a company that managed manufacturedhousing communities. In 2007 Rowe bought out Rennell’s interest in the joint venture. At the time, Rowe told Rennell that he was terminating the joint venture and essentially gave Rennell an offer he couldn’t refuse: either take approximately $300,000 and walk away, or walk away with nothing. Rennell took the money, but he... More...   $0 (03-25-2011 - IL)

Latif Khan v. Edward Bland, Housing Authority of Champaign County

Latif Khan is a landlord in Champaign, Illinois, who began renting properties under the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program in 1993 through the Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC). Khan’s relationship with the HACC began to deteriorate in 2005 when Khan evicted a Section 8 tenant from one of his units and Edward Bland, the executive director of HACC, became aware that Khan had ente... More...   $0 (12-23-2010 - IL)

David Blockowicz v. Joseph David Williams

David, Mary, and Lisa Blockowicz received an injunction ordering Joseph David Williams and Michelle Ramey to remove defamatory comments they posted about the Blockowiczs on www.ripoffreport.com (“ROR”), among other websites. Williams and Ramey never responded to the injunction, prompting the Blockowiczs to contact the websites on which the statements were posted to secure compliance with the i... More...   $0 (12-27-2010 - IL)

Dr. Herand Abcarian v. Timothy McDonald

After learning that the settlement of a medical malpractice claim against him had been reported to state and national professional authorities, Dr. Herand Abcarian filed this suit against the University of Illinois and a number of its employees alleging numerous violations of his constitutional rights. The district court dismissed the amended complaint in its entirety and entered a judgment dismis... More...   $0 (08-16-2010 - IL)

John F. Tamburo v. Steven Dworkin

John Tamburo, an Illinois resident who operates a dog-breeding software business in Illinois, filed suit in the Northern District of Illinois alleging federal and state antitrust violations and several inten2 tional tort claims under Illinois law. His claims arise out of a dispute over the contents of a dog-pedigree software program he developed by lifting data from the defendants’ websites. He ... More...   $0 (04-08-2010 - IL)

Jerri Blount v. Joseph Stroud, and Jovon Broadcasting, WJYS-TV 62/34

Following a jury trial, defendants Jovon Broadcasting and Joseph Stroud, the owner and operational manager of Jovon Broadcasting, were found liable for retaliation against plaintiff Jerri Blount, a former employee of Jovon Broadcasting. The jury awarded Blount a total of $3,082,350 in damages, which was comprised of $257,350 for back pay, $25,000 for physical and/or emotional pain and suffering, a... More...   $0 (10-16-2009 - IL)

David N. Missner v. Robert A. Clifford

In this defamation action, plaintiff David N. Missner appeals from an order in which the circuit court converted defendant Robert A. Clifford’s motion to dismiss under section 2- 619(a)(9) of the Code of Civil Procedure (Code) (735 ILCS 5/2-619(a)(9) (West 2006)) into a motion for summary judgment under section 2-1005 of the Code (735 ILCS 5/2-1005 (West 2006)), and subsequently granted summary ... More...   $0 (08-12-2009 - IL)

Federal Insurance Company v. Binney & Smith, Inc., a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc.

This insurance indemnity action is drawn by the packaging of boxes of crayons and colored by the expense of settling a lawsuit directed at the packaging.

Plaintiff Federal Insurance Co. (Federal) filed a declaratory judgment action against defendant Binney & Smith, Inc. (Binney), seeking a declaration that it did not owe a duty to defend or indemnify defendant in connection with a class act... More...
   $0 (07-15-2009 - IL)

David N. Missner v. Robert A. Clifford

In this defamation action, plaintiff David N. Missner appeals from an order in which the circuit court converted defendant Robert A. Clifford’s motion to dismiss under section 2- 619(a)(9) of the Code of Civil Procedure (Code) (735 ILCS 5/2-619(a)(9) (West 2006)) into a motion for summary judgment under section 2-1005 of the Code (735 ILCS 5/2-1005 (West 2006)), and subsequently granted summary ... More...   $0 (05-20-2009 - IL)

Michael J. Femal v. Square D. Company; Schneider Automation, Inc., Howard E. Japlon

Michael Femal sued James O'Shaughnessy, a Wisconsin lawyer, for defamation. Femal alleged that the defamation occurred during a meeting in Illinois O'Shaughnessy attended as a representative of his employer. O'Shaughnessy invoked the fiduciary shield doctrine as grounds for his motion to dismiss the claims against him for lack of personal jurisdiction. The trial court denied the motion without con... More...   $0 (01-29-2009 - IL)

John R. Lott, Jr. and Steve D. Levitt

John Lott, an academic and economist, believes that his reputation was sullied by Freakonomics,1 the popular and off-beat book written by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Lott’s name was mentioned in one paragraph of the 200-page book, and he understood this passage to be an accusation of scholarly dishonesty. Offended, he filed suit against Levitt and HarperCollins, the publisher of the book, ... More...   $0 (02-13-2009 - IL)

Margaret Cortright v. Jayne Doyle, Carolyn Bailey and Steven Minter

Plaintiff Margaret Cortright appeals from the circuit court’s November 21, 2006 order dismissing with prejudice her intentional tort claims (counts I, II, and III) and reaffirming the dismissal of her discrimination claims (counts IV, V and VI) under a previous ruling. Cortright v. Doyle, No. 01 L 02886 (Cir. Ct. Cook Co.). On appeal, the plaintiff alleged that: (1) the intentional tort claims w... More...   $0 (11-18-2008 - IL)

Thomas L. Knight v. Chicago Tribune Company, Maurice Possley and Ken Armstrong

This defamation action involves a trial about a trial about a trial. Thomas Knight was an assistant State's Attorney who prosecuted Rolando Cruz for the murder of Jeanine Nicarico.

Eventually the court acquitted Cruz. Other prosecutors later charged Knight with obstruction of justice. Knight also won an acquittal. Knight then sued Maurice Possley and his employer, the Chicago Tribune, acc... More...
   $0 (09-18-2008 - IL)

Elizabeth de la Rama v. Illinois Department of Human Services and Mary Zukowski

Elizabeth de la Rama1 brought this lawsuit against her employer alleging discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., interference with her rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), 29 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq. and common law defamation. The district court granted the defendants’ motion for summary judgment and de la Rama appeals.... More...   $0 (09-02-2008 - IL)

Carl Madison v. Renatta Frazier, Kourtney W. Mitchell, Renatta's Heart, Incorporated

In late 2001, Renatta Frazier, an African-American police officer with the Springfield Police Department, became the subject of an internal affairs investigation when she was accused of failing to prevent a rape while on duty. The incident occurred on October 31, 2001, when Frazier allegedly failed to respond to a dispatch call. She left the Department in November 2001 on a medical leave and appar... More...   $0 (08-22-2008 - IL)

Christina A. Argyropoulos v. City of Alton, et al.

Christina Argyropoulos’s turbulent tenure as a jailor for the City of Alton Police Department (the APD) lasted just ten months, from July 2002 until she was dismissed in late April 2003. Approximately seven weeks before she was fired, Argyropoulos complained that she had been sexually harassed by a fellow jailor. The APD promptly took steps to prevent further unsupervised contact between the two... More...   $0 (08-27-2008 - IL)

Tonya Davis v. Cook County and Cynthia Przislicki

Tonya Davis is a registered nurse assigned to the Emergency Room at John H. Stroger, Jr., Hospital of Cook County, Illinois (“Stroger”). Davis was involved in a series of unpleasant incidents with hospital personnel and expressed her resulting dismay in a memorandum. This prompted her supervisor, Cynthia Przislicki, to ask Davis to submit to an evaluation of fitness for duty. When Davis refuse... More...   $0 (07-17-2008 - IL)

Alexnader Nuxoll v. Indiana Prairie School District #204, et al.

The plaintiff, a sophomore at Neuqua Valley High School, a large public high school in Naperville, Illinois, has brought suit against the school district and school officials contending that they are violating his right to free speech by forbidding him to make negative comments at school about homosexuality. He moved for a preliminary injunction, which was denied, and he appeals the denial.... More...   $0 (05-02-2008 - IL)

Debra L. Lewis v. School District #70, et al.

Debra Lewis brought this action against: her employer, Freeburg Community School District No. 70; the school superintendent, Rob Hawkins; the school district's attorney, Shane Jones; the school board; and members of the school board in their individual capacities.1 She alleged violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA"), 29 U.S.C. § 2601 et seq.; she also brought supplemental st... More...   $0 (04-26-2008 - IL)

BASF AG v. Great American Assurance Co., et al.

This insurance-coverage action represents the third case in a series of lawsuits stemming from the marketing of Synthroid, a synthetic thyroid drug. See In re Synthroid Mktg. Litig., 264 F.3d 712 (7th Cir. 2001); Knoll Pharm. Co. v. Auto. Ins. Co., 152 F. Supp. 2d 1026 (N.D. Ill. 2001). The first case - a multidistrict litigation - consolidated numerous class actions filed by consumers and ... More...   $0 (04-14-2008 - IL)

Imperial Apparel, Ltd., et al. v. Cosmo's Designer Direct, Inc., et al.

Imperial Apparel, Ltd. (Imperial); its owner, Paul Rosengarten; and an Imperial employee named Cyril Rosengarten brought an action in the circuit court of Cook County against Cosmo's Designer Direct, Inc. (Cosmo's), and the Chicago Sun-Times (the Sun-Times) alleging that an advertisement for Cosmo's published by the Sun-Times constituted defamation per se, defamation per quod, false light in... More...   $0 (02-07-2008 - IL)

West Bend Mutual Ins. Co. v. Rosemont Exposition Services, Inc. and David D. Houston

In 2002 and 2003, defendant, Rosemont Exposition Services, Inc. (RES), maintained liability insurance policies with plaintiff, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company (West Bend). In August of 2003, after two former employees brought suit against RES for defamation and retaliatory discharge, RES tendered a claim for coverage to West Bend pursuant to its policies. West Bend agreed to defend RES... More...   $0 (12-17-2007 - IL)

Robert R. Thomas v. The Kane County Chronicle

Robert R. Thomas sued The Kane County Chronicle on a defamation theory claiming that a newspaper columnist for the paper falsely wrote in 2003 that Thomas, the chief justice of the Illinois State Supreme Court, had traded his vote for a political favor, and had acted with malice. He claimed that the reporter, Bill Page, had essentially accused him of official misconduct, a felony, w... More...   $7000000 (11-15-2006 - IL)

Solaia Technology, LLC v. Specialty Publishing Company, et al.

The plaintiffs, Solaia Technology, LLC (Solaia Technology), the law firm of Niro, Scavone, Haller, & Niro, Ltd. (NSHN), and Raymond Niro, filed a defamation complaint against the defendants, Specialty Publishing Company, Peggy Smedley, John Buell, and John Doe. The circuit court of Cook County dismissed the complaint; the appellate court affirmed in part and reversed in part (357 Ill. App. 3d ... More...   $0 (06-28-2006 - IL)

Robert R. Thomas v. Bill Page, et al.

This interlocutory appeal arises out of a defamation action filed by the plaintiff, Robert R. Thomas, a justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, against the defendants, Bill Page; Shaw Suburban Media Group, Inc., a division of Shaw Newspapers, an Illinois corporation, d/b/a the Kane County Chronicle; and Greg Rivara. In the underlying complaint, the plaintiff asserts claims for defamation and fa... More...   $0 (11-02-2005 - IL)

Shivarelli v. CBS

Plaintiffs, Peter Schivarelli and H.D. Stands, L.L.C., also known as Demon Dogs, appeal the order of the circuit court dismissing their complaint against defendants, CBS Broadcasting, Inc.(1), WBBM Television, and Pamela Zekman, for defamation, false light invasion of privacy, commercial misappropriation, and commercial disparagement. Plaintiffs also appeal the order of the circuit court denying t... More...   $0 (08-16-2002 - IL)

Richard Thomas v. Dick Hileman and Edward Masters

In June 2001, plaintiff, Richard Thomas, filed an amended complaint alleging malicious prosecution against defendants, Dick Hileman and Edward Masters. The malicious prosecution action arose from a defamation action brought by Hileman, through Hileman's attorney, Masters, against Thomas. See Hileman v. Thomas, No. 4-00-0514 (December 5, 2000) (unpublished order under Supreme Court Rule 23). In ... More...   $0 (08-14-2002 - IL)

Adan Ramos and Mary Ramos v. The City of Peru (Illinois Valley Crime Stoppers, Respondent in Discovery)

In 1989, the Illinois legislature enacted the Illinois Uniform Conviction Information Act (Act) (20 ILCS 2635/1 et seq. (West 2000)). It declared that conviction information maintained by the Illinois Department of State Police (the Department) would be made available to the public. 20 ILCS 2635/2(A) (West 2000). The purpose of the Act is to establish a uniform policy for access and dissemina... More...   $0 (08-08-2002 - IL)

Peter Schivarelli, et al. v. CBS, Inc., et al.

Plaintiffs, Peter Schivarelli and H.D. Stands, L.L.C., also known as Demon Dogs, appeal the order of the circuit court dismissing their complaint against defendants, CBS Broadcasting, Inc.(1), WBBM Television, and Pamela Zekman, for defamation, false light invasion of privacy, commercial misappropriation, and commercial disparagement. Plaintiffs also appeal the order of the circuit court denying t... More...   $0 (08-16-2002 - IL)

Gould & Ratner v. Vigilant Insurance Company

Gould & Ratner, a law firm, purchased the insurance policy from Vigilant Insurance Company doing business as Chubb Group of Insurance Companies (Vigilant). Gould & Ratner was sued by David Carmell for defamation and breach of fiduciary duty (the underlying suit). Gould & Ratner notified Vigilant of the suit. Vigilant said it had no duty to defend or indemnify Gould & Ratner in the underlying suit ... More...   $0 (12-12-2002 - IL)

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