Press Part 2

Lubin demonstrates innovative giving option

The Kane Center Advocate - Winter, 2004The Mandel Clinic was recently named as a recipient of funds remaining from several class action suits brought by the law firm of DiTommaso Lubin Austermuehle on behalf of a class of plaintiffs who were improperly charged an "occupancy" tax during their stays in several suburban hotels.

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Lawyer's motives questioned after judge's recusal

Chicago Sun-Times - June 3, 2004 Did lawyers for one side of a case hire the judge's former law partner just so the judge would recuse himself? It doesn't matter -- it "just simply looks bad," Dorothy Kirie Kinnaird, presiding judge of the Cook County Circuit Court's Chancery Division, wrote in a rare order knocking an attorney off of a case.

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Hotel tagged for allegedly labeling business cost as tax charge

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin - June 5, 2003 An increasingly common tactic by retailers is to advertise a product or service at a particular price and then tack on extra fees and charges. One particularly deceptive variation of this maneuver is to label extra fees in a way that makes them appear to be taxes or other government-imposed charges.

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Doobie Brothers fan sues concert promoters

Chicago Tribune - April 30, 2002 All Donald Ramsell wanted was to hear some Doobies. But when he showed up for the Oldies 104.3 Summer Jam in August at the Kane County Events Center in Geneva, the Doobie Brothers were not there. Now, the Wheaton attorney has filed a lawsuit, claiming the group never returned for a follow-up concert and he never received a refund for the $100 he spent on four tickets.

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Court clerks face lawsuit over fines for juveniles class action calls for return of money

Chicago Tribune - March 11, 2000 Illinois' 102 county Circuit Court clerks are the defendants in a class-action suit filed Friday alleging the clerks collected fines against juveniles who were denied proper legal representation in court.

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Return P-ticket money to drivers, suit asks

Chicago Tribune - March 11, 2000 When municipalities such as Schaumburg issued P-tickets, they were cutting errant drivers a deal: Pay a fine of $25 to $75 for minor traffic offenses and avoid seeing a judge or getting a blemish on your driving record.

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County told to return fees to builders, homeowners

Chicago Tribune - January 19, 1999 In an unusual ruling, a judge has ordered the DuPage County Board to reduce future property taxes by an estimated $2.25 million once claims and legal fees have been paid in a controversial class-action lawsuit that sought the refund of impact fees wrongfully collected in 1989 and 1990.

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Will County Settles hiring suit for $50,000 man who says he was passed over 5 times receives new job, back pay

Chicago Tribune - August 9, 1999 Will County has settled for $50,000 a civil rights lawsuit brought by a University Park man who said he was passed over five times for jobs that went to younger, less qualified white applicants.

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Mrs. Illinois wins title all over again

Chicago Sun-Times - July 24, 1999 The judge's decision is in, and the winner of the 1999 Mrs. Illinois contest is: Mrs. Illinois 1999. Backers of reigning beauty queen Monica Skylling-Burke turned back a legal challenge Friday by first runner-up Lisa Appleby, who had sued last month to wrest the title from her.

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Suit against TCI now class action cable late-fee charge called excessive

Chicago Sun-Times - February 19, 1998 If you have ever paid a late fee on your Tele-Communications Inc. bill, you are suing the cable TV giant to get a refund. On Wednesday, Cook County Circuit Judge Aaron Jaffe certified a class-action suit against TCI, a legal step allowing lawyers to pursue their case against the company. A trial could come as soon as late summer.

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State probing cable late fees City also alarmed at possible overcharges

Chicago Sun-Times - September 28, 1997 Cable TV companies that charge millions of dollars in late fees are being investigated by the Illinois attorney general's office for possible consumer fraud, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. At the same time, the City of Chicago is preparing to get tough on Prime Cable and Chicago Cable TV over their late fees.

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Compromise Court keeps things civil

Daily Herald - July 25, 1996 The parties went in fighting and came out peacefully. In so doing, they settled the first case in what approaches a DuPage County version of the People's Court. Taxpayers may be interested to know the case took four hours to conclude, compared to more than a year that a typical civil case drags through the court.

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Settlement could cost car dealers

Chicago Tribune - August 28, 1991 A Libertyville auto dealer was accused in Cook County Circuit Court Tuesday of pocketing a $400 rebate in 1988 that was due a customer.

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Libertyville Pontiac dealer sued over rebate

Chicago Tribune - August 28, 1991 A Libertyville auto dealer was accused in Cook County Circuit Court Tuesday of pocketing a $400 rebate in 1988 that was due a customer.

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Judge sets refunds for car buyers

Chicago Tribune - August 2, 1990 A Cook County judge Wednesday ordered 178 new car dealers, virtually all in the Chicago area, to notify nearly 1 million customers that they are entitled to refunds averaging about $50 because of overcharges on fees for license plates, title registrations and transfers.

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Cy Pres provides innovative way to support Chicago-Kent

Chicago Tribune - Aug 2, 1990 Cy pres, which can be described as a form of court-sanctioned philanthropy, is often invoked in class-action judgments when it's not feasible to disperse the settlement funds to the plaintiffs," DiTommaso explains. "In class-action settlements, it isn't always possible or economically efficient to reimburse each and every plaintiff," says DiTommaso.

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Lawsuit claims Charlie Trotter sold counterfeit bottle of wine

ABC News, Wine Spectator, Chicago Tribune - June 16, 2013 - DiTommaso Lubin Austermuehle filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against famous Chicago chef Charlie Trotter for allegedly selling a counterfeit bottle of wine to two wine enthusiasts for more than $46,000. The wine enthusiasts learned of the alleged fraud when an expert inspected the wine and concluded that it was a counterfeit. In an interview with Wine Spectator, Vince DiTommaso summed the case up by saying, "You spend more than $46,000 to buy a wonderful bottle of wine and you find out it's fake, you'd be disappointed, shocked, angry—all kinds of emotions."

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