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Appeals court: Lawsuit vs Megabus over 2014 Indiana crash to stay in Cook County, not Hoosier state

Dan Churney Jan. 16, 2017, 12:22pm

A Chicago appeals panel has affirmed a lower court ruling that blocked a request by nationwide transportation company Megabus, and other defendants in a traffic crash injury suit, to shift the case from Cook County to rural Indiana, where the crash occurred, because of convenience. 

Appeals panel: 'Political' lawsuit vs 2011 Pawar aldermanic opponent costs 47th Ward businessmen $52K

Dan Churney Jan. 11, 2017, 5:08pm

A Chicago appellate panel has affirmed a lower court ruling that two North Side businessmen must pay the legal costs incurred by a failed aldermanic candidate while fighting their defamation lawsuit, because the suit was “politically motivated.”

Appeals panel says Sears data disclosure doesn’t harm credit card holders, so suit is tossed

Dan Churney Jan. 9, 2017, 4:41pm

A Chicago appeals courts has affirmed a lower court ruling that shelved a class-action suit against Sears, Roebuck & Co., which alleged the retail giant sold credit card holders’ personal data to telemarketers, because card holders took no financial hit as a result of Sears’ action.

Appeals court: IL didn't overstep in cutting nursing homes' Medicaid pay; homes can't sue in Cook courts

Dan Churney Jan. 4, 2017, 5:58pm

A Chicago appellate panel has affirmed a lower court finding that a suit lodged by scores of nursing homes, alleging Illinois state government excessively cut its Medicaid reimbursements to the nursing facilities, should be pursued in the Illinois Court of Claims rather than Cook County Circuit Court, because the state did not overstep its authority as to how it calculated the reductions. 

Green groups fighting Metro Water Dist over phosphorus limits not engaged in 'double-speak': Judge

Dan Churney Dec. 30, 2016, 12:57pm

A Chicago federal judge has refused to sink a lawsuit by environmental activists alleging the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has polluted waterways with excessive levels of phosphorus, ruling the district failed to show the activists contradicted themselves, by arguing in state court environmental permits do not significantly restrict phosphorus discharges, while arguing in federal court the permits do impose such restrictions. 

Judge nixes countersuit claiming 'troll' 'seeded' porn vids online to expose targets for copyright suits

Dan Churney Dec. 28, 2016, 11:26am

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed the counterclaim by a defendant in an adult movie copyright infringement case, who tried to escape the lawsuit against him by arguing pornographers had set him up to be sued by planting their skin flicks on an internet medium known for facilitating video piracy.

City Hall can't tax mortgage transfers, because mortgages don't equal ownership, appeals panel says

Dan Churney Dec. 27, 2016, 12:17pm

A state appeals panel in Chicago has ruled the city of Chicago can’t impose its real estate transfer tax on mortgage assignments for two properties – one on the Gold Coast – because mortgages don’t confer ownership, and so are not “beneficial interests” as defined by the tax ordinance. 

Appeals panel: N. Riverside can't claim hardship to skirt police, fire pension obligations

Dan Churney Dec. 23, 2016, 10:07am

A Chicago appeals court has ruled a state hearing officer was within his discretion when he decided not to swallow a suburban village's contention it didn't contribute to fire and police pensions, because of financial hardship brought on by the Great Recession and its impacts on the village’s economy. 

Woman can't sue Chase for distress over contractors sent to secure foreclosed home: IL Supreme Court

Dan Churney Dec. 19, 2016, 2:18pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled plaintiffs need to suffer “physical impact” to pursue a lawsuit claiming negligent infliction of emotional distress, saying a lender had not breached the bounds of decency by sending contractors to change the locks and perform other maintenance on her home, which was in foreclosure, while she was still inside. 

Divided appeals court says lawyer can't sue Indiana prosecutors over embezzlement charges, statements

Dan Churney Dec. 15, 2016, 4:38pm

A Chicago federal appeals panel, in a partial 2-1 decision, cited tort immunity in upholding the dismissal of a Michigan lawyer’s suit against county and state officials in Indiana, for an allegedly malicious prosecution of her in an embezzlement case. 

IL Supreme Court: Law shields homeowners from suits over snow removal, not 'unnatural' ice

Dan Churney Dec. 5, 2016, 2:13pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has put the freeze on certain slip-and-fall suits, by affirming an appellate ruling that the Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act immunizes homeowners against suits arising from weather-caused slippery sidewalks, but not from ice buildup caused by negligent drainage. 

Drive-thru headset parts maker says Greenberg Traurig, LeClair Ryan law firms cost it $9M settlement

Dan Churney Nov. 29, 2016, 5:11pm

A suburban electronic parts company is suing Chicago- and Virginia-based law firms for allegedly short-circuiting its defense against a trademark infringement lawsuit, which resulted in $9 million in allegedly unnecessary fees, sanctions and settlement costs. 

Panel: Those with bowel diseases can sue retailers who refuse them bathroom access under IL law

Dan Churney Nov. 25, 2016, 9:53am

A Chicago appeals panel has reversed a lower court’s dismissal of a suit against the Anthropologie retail chain, saying a customer with a bowel disease can sue the company under a state restroom access law for not letting her use an employee bathroom, which caused her to soil herself in public. 

Appeals panel OK’s Empress Casino, insurers try to put cleaning company on the hook for ‘09 fire

Dan Churney Nov. 21, 2016, 3:25pm

A Chicago appeals panel ruled the former Empress Casino Joliet and its insurers can try to recoup $84 million in deductibles and claims from a kitchen grease removal service, but not from construction contractors, in connection with the 2009 blaze that gutted the casino during renovation work. 

EPA, Citgo reach $4 million deal to end action over air pollution at Lemont refinery

Dan Churney Nov. 14, 2016, 5:02pm

Federal regulators and Citgo have worked out an understanding, in which the oil giant has agreed to spend $4 million to reduce the discharge of air pollution from a refinery in suburban Lemont.

Broadview term limits measure placed on ballot; Harvey, Crestwood, Calumet also to vote on term limits

Dan Churney Nov. 7, 2016, 11:40am

In a 2-to-1 decision, a Chicago appeals panel has ruled a referendum aiming to limit the village president in suburban Broadview to two terms is not confusing, as an objector has claimed, and so can be on Tuesday’s ballot, allowing Broadview to be one of four Cook County communities in which voters can limit the number of terms in office some elected officials can serve.

Zimmer OK to subpoena records to discover how consulting group may be aiding knee implant plaintiffs

Dan Churney Nov. 4, 2016, 2:43pm

A federal judge has allowed knee implant maker Zimmer, which is the target of hundreds of lawsuits alleging defective implants, to subpoena records to see if a doctor changed his opinion to help several plaintiffs skirt designation as bellwether trials. 

Second Zimmer bellwether tossed over expert inconsistencies; judge says other cases may not suffer

Dan Churney Oct. 31, 2016, 3:17pm

A Chicago federal judge has knocked down a lawsuit – set aside to test the waters for dozens of other similar actions – against knee implant maker Zimmer Inc., but suggested remaining plaintiffs should not lose heart, because their suits will not likely bear the same deficiencies as the doomed suit. 

IL Supreme Court declines to reconsider decision on umarried couples' property rights

Dan Churney Oct. 26, 2016, 12:08pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has refused to reconsider its position that domestic partners do not enjoy the same rights as married couples when it comes to ending the relationship and dividing assets – but with two justices dissenting, stating a 1979 high court ruling, on which the majority relied, is out of date. 

DeVry grads bring class action, accuse school of slanting grad job stats to boost marketing

Dan Churney Oct. 17, 2016, 6:06pm

A group of six DeVry University graduates have filed a putative class-action suit, claiming the nationwide electronics and business school overstates the employment rates of graduates, so as to attract new students.