Chicago to form legal unit to sue corporations

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CHICAGO (AP) - The city of Chicago is planning to create a legal team dedicated to suing corporations and other organizations that it believes violate the law, a move that officials say will fill the breach created by President Donald Trump's administration.

The city's corporation counsel, Edward Siskel, tells the Chicago Tribune that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Law Department will have an "affirmative litigation" unit as part of next year's budget. Four attorneys will be permanently assigned to the unit.

The city is currently suing Uber and Equifax for their slow response to data breaches.

Siskel says if the federal government isn't "going to play their role in enforcement, we're going to step into that void and do what we need to do to protect the residents of Chicago."

The newspaper says the U.S. Department of Justice didn't comment on Chicago's affirmative litigation policy.

Information from: Chicago Tribune, http://www.chicagotribune.com

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