Chicago Appeals Judge’s Ruling on Real Estate Transfer Tax Increase for Homelessness Funding

Chicago, Illinois – The city of Chicago is preparing to challenge a recent ruling by Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Burke that struck down a proposal by Mayor Brandon Johnson to increase the real estate transfer tax on high-end property sales. The mayor’s plan aimed to generate $100 million annually in revenue to combat homelessness. Following the judge’s declaration that the binding referendum on the tax increase was invalid, the city swiftly filed a motion requesting a stay on the ruling while it appeals. In its motion, the city argues that there is a substantial case … Read more

Nevada Jury Awards $130 Million in Landmark Lawsuit Against Real Water: A Critical Wake-up Call for Product Safety in the Bottled Water Industry

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – A Nevada jury has reached a landmark verdict in a case of negligence and product liability, awarding approximately $130 million in damages to five plaintiffs who suffered liver damage after consuming bottled water marketed by AffinityLifestyles.com Inc. and its Real Water brand. This ruling has significant implications for the bottled water industry, shedding light on the importance of product safety and quality control. The Real Water brand, known for its premium treated ‘alkalized’ drinking water with detoxifying properties, was sold in distinctive blue boxy bottles. Marketed extensively through social media and … Read more

Northern Michigan Realtors Emphasize Transparency and Good Faith Amidst $1.8 Billion Real Estate Lawsuit

Traverse City, Michigan – A recent $1.8 billion real estate lawsuit has sparked discussions about potential changes in the way real estate transactions are conducted. In the case of Sitzer v. The National Association of REALTORS┬« (NAR), the initial judgment ruled in favor of home sellers against NAR and several major brokerages, alleging conspiracy to artificially inflate agent commissions. While the lawsuit is being appealed, the possibility of a different fee structure for agents has emerged. This could include options such as decoupling the fees or implementing a fee-for-service or referral fee model. Local real … Read more

Nevada Jury Awards $130 Million to Victims of Toxic Real Water: Liver Damage Caused by Rocket Fuel Chemical

Las Vegas, Nevada – A Nevada jury has recently awarded approximately $130 million in damages to patients who suffered severe liver damage after consuming a popular bottled water contaminated with toxic substances. The water, known as Real Water, was marketed as a premium ‘alkalized’ product with supposed detoxifying properties. However, five individuals experienced excruciating pain and loss of limb control after drinking the water, which was found to contain hydrazine, a highly flammable and cancer-causing chemical used in rocket fuel. One of the affected individuals, Myles Hunwardsen, underwent a liver transplant at the age of … Read more