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January 2013 Archives

How to Collect From $25B Bank Foreclosure Settlement?

Attorney generals from several states reached a historic bank foreclosure settlement in 2012 with the largest banks in the nation. But are you eligible to collect?

The settlement resulted in a $25 billion award being made available to victims for fraudulent and misleading mortgage and foreclosure practices by lenders like Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Chase, CitiGroup, and GMAC.

But while billions were made available, you may be wondering how you can make your claim if you have been harmed by deceptive banking practices.

How to Sign Up for the Do Not Call List in Illinois

You may be thinking about joining the Do Not Call list in Illinois, but are not sure how to do so.

Telemarketing calls are annoying. Unscrupulous telemarketing calls can also lead to potential crimes like identity theft and fraud. The Do Not Call Registry offers you a way to opt out.

Fortunately for you, the State of Illinois makes it relatively easy to put your name on the registry, and there are several ways to do it. Here's how:

How to File a Consumer Complaint in Illinois

If you have fallen victim to fraud, deception, or unfair methods of competition in Illinois, you may want to file a consumer complaint with the state Attorney General's office.

So let's say you brought a defective product from a Chicago store, or the product did not do what was advertised. Or let's say that you fell for an online scam and paid for a product that didn't exist or that you didn't want.

By filing a complaint with the state, the state's attorneys may be able to help you resolve your dispute. The state will also be alerted to the disreputable business and can help ensure that other consumers are not similarly harmed.

Here are the steps to file a consumer complaint with the state:

2012's Top 10 Errors, Accidents and Lawsuits (Part II of II)

Ready for more of the oddities of personal injury law?

The remainder of our Top 10 most popular stories of 2012 continue with a freak show of litigation, including mice swimming in soda, bad gas, and finally, a celebrity sex tape ... maybe.

2012's Top 10 Errors, Accidents and Lawsuits (Part I of II)

Personal injury lawusits are often contentious and end in out-of-court settlements. But they're also where some of the oddest stories can emerge.

In reviewing the personal injury stories in Chicago that we covered in 2012, our 10 most popular posts included everything from miracle resurrections to gangrenous testicles. Good times.

Legal Lens Verification: The Easiest Way to Find a Lawyer

Much like other professional industries, lawyers often get a bad name due to a few rotten apples. So how do you know if your chosen attorney is more of a passionate, zealous advocate and not a money-grubbing crook?

If you're looking for a lawyer in Chicagoland, look no further than the Legal Lens Attorney Verification System, now available online.

Let's start with the basics of finding an attorney. Sure, you could check the Yellow Pages, assuming you still remember how to use a phone book (we don't). You could ask around, but do you really want to discuss your sensitive legal issues with friends or coworkers?

Troubled Nursing Home Gets Slapped With Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Sonia Eli died of an overdose of prescription medications while being cared for by the Rainbow Beach Nursing Center. According to the Chicago Tribune, two doctors each saw Eli and filled out their own prescriptions for treatment. The combination was lethal.

While some might call that an unfortunate accident, others would label it malpractice and negligence. The family chose the latter when it sued the nursing home earlier this week. While accidents do happen in medicine, and not all will result in liability, recovery for medical malpractice requires proof that the care provided fell below the standard of the what the ordinary treating physician would have done.