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Illinois' bailout bill for two Exelon power plants unique, unprecedented, needed more review, attorney says

Robert Lawson Jan. 18, 2017, 6:15pm

In early December, Democrats and Republicans in Springfield, including Gov. Bruce Rauner, agreed on an energy bailout bill in the Legislature to keep two Exelon nuclear generator plants operating at a cost of as much as $4.54 per month per Illinois ratepayer. But a Chicago lawyer who has advised industrial businesses and governments on energy-related issues for more than two decades said the 50...

Anti-abortion plaintiffs get half a loaf, press for more in Chicago clinic "bubble zone" fight

Christopher Knoll Jan. 17, 2017, 9:08pm

Anti-abortion activists say they are pleased a federal judge has recognized what they called consistently biased treatment at the hands of Chicago Police enforcing the city's so-called abortion clinic "bubble zone" rules, but they said they intend to appeal the judge's findings that the ordinance is constitutional.

Lincolnshire will appeal decision that tossed its right-to-work ordinance

Tabitha Fleming Jan. 17, 2017, 12:02am

The village of Lincolnshire will appeal the ruling of a trial court that tossed out the city’s right-to-work ordinance.

Class action: Zoomer food delivery service broke US phone law by sending texts to hawk app

Scott Holland Jan. 13, 2017, 7:01pm

Zoomer, a company which provides third-party “independent contractor” drivers to pick up and deliver take-out meals on behalf of restaurants, is facing a class action complaint over text messages the company sent to restaurant customers to promote its delivery tracking smartphone app. 

Federal appeals court: ADA accommodation rules don't rule out competition for jobs; SCOTUS could decide

Dawn Geske Jan. 13, 2017, 6:57pm

A decision by the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Ga., says employers are not required by the Americans with Disabilities Act to surrender the search for the best qualified candidate for a job when considering a disability accommodation job transfer request from a disabled employee. 

American Bar Assn sues Dept of Ed over rewrite of student loan forgiveness program rules

Dee Thompson Jan. 13, 2017, 6:39pm

The American Bar Association has sued the federal government, asking the court to order the Department of Education to reinstate a student loan forgiveness program, which the federal agency had rescinded and applied retroactively to lawyers and others who had worked in what they believed had qualified under the terms of the program as "public service" jobs at the ABA and other non-profit member...

Supreme Court ruling throws Apple's $400M patent win into question, could impact other design patent litigation

Taryn Phaneuf Jan. 12, 2017, 10:52pm

In a unanimous decision last month, the U.S. Supreme Court took away Apple’s $400 million win in a lawsuit against Samsung, calling on the lower courts to reassess the damage award for violating a smartphone design patent.And this decision could have broader implications for other cases involving design patents for phones and other products, said a Chicago intellectual property attorney.

Attorney involved in Harris v Quinn: SEIU should repay fees 'illegally' collected from day care providers

Jireh Gibson Jan. 12, 2017, 4:45pm

Illinois-based home child care providers who paid "fair share" fees for almost nine years to a union they did not support will not get that money back following a lawsuit, after a federal judge who heard their case rejected the plaintiffs' argument the arrangement violated their constitutional rights and said the union can keep the money because it collected the money in "good faith."

EEOC settlement for ex-Costco worker harassed by customer could be 'wake-up call' for employers

S. Laney Griffo Jan. 12, 2017, 12:50pm

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has won a settlement on behalf of a former Costco employee who alleged her employer had not done enough to protect her from a customer who allegedly stalked and harassed her while at work. And the decision should serve as a "wake-up call" for employers concerned about stepping on the toes of customers who may make their employees feel unsafe, sai...

Cook County judge: No new trial, $52M medmal verdict stands vs U of Chicago Medical Center

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 11, 2017, 4:38pm

A Cook County judge has upheld most of a jury’s $53 million medical malpractice verdict awarded to the family of a boy born with cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability, and rejected an attempt by the University of Chicago Medical Center to secure a new trial to reduce or undo most of what is considered the largest malpractice verdict ever awarded in Cook County.

North Riverside mayor laments ruling in fire, police pension case

Taryn Phaneuf Jan. 11, 2017, 1:00pm

The mayor of a small suburban community west of Chicago thinks the village was unfairly “singled out” for underfunding police and fire pensions in the years during the recession when revenue was low.

Advocate Condell Medical Center, doctors, accused of not properly treating stroke during childbirth

Louie Torres Jan. 10, 2017, 3:21pm

Two people are suing several medical care providers, alleging negligence in connection with a stroke that occurred during hospitalization for childbirth.

Woman blames doctor for allegedly falling short in cancer treatment procedure

Louie Torres Jan. 10, 2017, 3:15pm

A patient is suing Franciscan Physician Network and doctor Manish Dhamija, M.D., alleging they did not properly treat her cancer.

Woman says guard, hired by Page Security, pushed her out of door, broke her wrist

Louie Torres Jan. 10, 2017, 3:12pm

A woman is suing Page Security Inc. and an unidentified employee of the security company, alleging battery, negligence and negligent hiring and supervision.

Wrongful death action accuses Glenview Terrace Nursing Center of not preventing injurious fall

Louie Torres Jan. 10, 2017, 3:09pm

A deceased man's family has filed a wrongful death claim against Glenview Terrace Nursing Center and certain nurses employed there, alleging negligence in nursing home care.

Doctors accused of misdiagnosing disorder that turned out to be cancer

Louie Torres Jan. 10, 2017, 3:05pm

A married couple's lawsuit against doctors Milena Jguenti, M.D., and Jose Velasco, M.D., and Northshore University Healthsystem Medical Group, alleges a woman's breast cancer was misdiagnosed.