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Illinois family law, child custody rules undergo overhaul

Annie Hunt Feb. 15, 2016, 12:04pm

The start of the new year has brought significant changes to family law and the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA), affecting every practitioner and the families they represent in Illinois.

With legal battle over gambling machine tax ended, casino owes Cook County $3 million

Annie Hunt Feb. 9, 2016, 9:26am

After the Illinois Supreme Court refused to hear the casino owners' appeal, Cook County now has the green light to collect $3 million in unpaid taxes from Midwest Gaming, owner and operator of Des Plaines’ Rivers Casino.

Wineries put cork in qui tam lawsuits over wine shipping charges, sales tax

Annie Hunt Feb. 8, 2016, 6:08pm

A  group of more than two dozen California wineries who ship wine to Illinois customers have scored a legal win, as a Cook County judge granted the request of Illinois Attorney Gen. Lisa Madigan to dismiss numerous lawsuits alleging the wineries had shorted the state's treasury by not paying sales taxes on shipping and handling fees they charged consumers.

Opposition forms against the ABA's pilot program for small businesses

Annie Hunt Feb. 6, 2016, 3:06pm

The Illinois State Bar Association has joined forces with bar associations in Pennsylvania to California to oppose the Law Connect pilot program designed by the American Bar Association and Rocket Lawyer.

FLSA lawsuit activity breaks record, rises again in 2015, up 8 percent vs 2014

Annie Hunt Feb. 1, 2016, 3:13pm

2015 proved to be a record-breaking year for the number of lawsuits filed in federal court under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and 2016 will probably break that record, a Seyfarth Shaw attorney says.

Illinois nuns' lawsuit vs McHenry County over zoning denial could have local, national implications

Annie Hunt Jan. 28, 2016, 3:58pm

An order of Catholic nuns has filed a federal lawsuit against McHenry County for rejecting their proposal to expand facilities at their Northern Illinois Convent, and the case could have farther-reaching repercussions, as the country continues to grapple with questions over the rights of religious adherents and their organizations.

Judge says Chicago Police aren't eligible for pay under FLSA for after hours emails via Blackberry

Annie Hunt Jan. 14, 2016, 1:32pm

CHICAGO — A federal judge has ruled Chicago Police officers are not entitled under federal law to overtime pay for off–duty work done on mobile devices, like Blackberrys, issued by the Chicago Police Department. And this decision could have consequences for all employers, according to a legal observer.

Mother alleges Advocate Health Care wrongly diagnosed daughter

Annie Hunt Jan. 13, 2016, 12:18pm

CHICAGO — A mother is suing a health care network, alleging her daughter was improperly diagnosed and underwent surgery that left her permanently injured.

Customer blames Circle K, Mac's Convenience for slip-and-fall injuries

Annie Hunt Jan. 12, 2016, 1:03pm

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing a Circle K and Mac’s Convenience Store, alleging negligence caused her to fall and injure herself.

Woman alleges Manor Care caused relative to suffer before his death

Annie Hunt Jan. 12, 2016, 12:48pm

CHICAGO — A woman is suing a Homewood nursing home, alleging a relative suffered due to inadequate care.

Customer blames Walmart for water valve injury

Annie Hunt Jan. 12, 2016, 12:29pm

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing Walmart, alleging a protruding water valve in the store caused her to injure herself.

Patient alleges Rush Medical Center used contaminated needles

Annie Hunt Jan. 11, 2016, 1:28pm

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing Rush University Medical Center, alleging an employee used a contaminated insulin pen to administer an insulin injection.

Customer alleges Tortas Frontera's shattered glass caused her injuries

Annie Hunt Jan. 11, 2016, 1:16pm

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing a Chicago restaurant, alleging negligence for injuries she claims to have sustained from an unreasonably dangerous margarita glass.

EEOC headed to trial over claims Costco did too little to stop employee from being stalked

Annie Hunt Jan. 8, 2016, 11:03am

CHICAGO — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will take on wholesale retailer Costco in a jury trial on behalf of a female employee who was allegedly harassed and stalked while working at the company’s Glenview warehouse.

Jury awards Ford County record $950K to family of victim of alleged medical malpractice

Annie Hunt Jan. 7, 2016, 3:06pm

A Ford County jury recently awarded $950,000 to the family of a 73-year-old Gibson City man who died as a result of alleged negligence in a Gibson City Clinic. The award marked a record verdict amount in the downstate county.

Cook County judge ruled law limiting civil juries to six members is unconstitutional

Annie Hunt Jan. 7, 2016, 8:30am

A Cook County judge has struck down a law limiting civil juries to six members, saying the change goes against principles enshrined in Illinois' state constitution. Judge William Gomolinksi overruled the law Dec. 21, maintaining that this is a matter of defending the constitution, not a definitive determination that a 12-person jury is the most effective way to try a civil case.