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Attorney says class action lawsuits over 'soda pop tax' only designed to pour a quick lawyer payday

Dee Thompson Sep. 15, 2017, 12:22am

The controversial new “soda pop tax” that went into effect last month has already sparked class-action lawsuits against retailers and restaurants for allegedly miscalculating the tax, but David Almeida, an attorney at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, believes these suits likely are aimed only at generating quick paydays for plaintiffs' lawyers.

Lawsuits over website accessibility for the blind, disabled on the rise nationwide

Dee Thompson Sep. 8, 2017, 4:43pm

Lawsuits claiming business websites are inaccessible to people with disabilities have spiked nationwide in the last two years, surging from at least 57 in 2015 to at least 432 in 2017, according to a count tabulated by the Chicago-based law firm of Seyfarth Shaw.

Appeals court agrees case vs JCPenney over injury at McHenry store has no business in Cook courts

Dee Thompson Sep. 7, 2017, 11:34pm

An Illinois appellate court has upheld a Cook County judge's decision to transfer to McHenry County court a case filed by a McHenry County woman whose toddler was allegedly injured in a McHenry County J.C. Penney store.

Federal appeals court says Colts season ticket holder has no right to renew tickets

Dee Thompson Jul. 25, 2017, 4:30am

A Pennsylvania ticket broker and former Indianapolis Colts season ticket holder has failed in his bid to persaude the courts to force the team to allow him to renew his season tickets, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said there is no such guarantee of renewal under the law.

Machinist's claims work fumes caused cancer vs Union Pacific, Safety Kleen headed back to Cook court

Dee Thompson Jul. 21, 2017, 4:00am

A machinist’s case against Union Pacific, claiming the railroad should be made to pay for allegedly exposing him to toxic fumes and products at work, allegedly causing his renal cancer, has been sent back to Cook County court, after a federal judge determined the Federal Employees Liability Act doesn't let it pull out of state court.

Appeals court: Rosemont can't keep lid on its take from rents, concession sales at its arenas

Dee Thompson Jul. 21, 2017, 2:00am

The village of Rosemont can't cite concerns over "competitive harm" to others when picking and choosing which financial documents to publicly disclose - and specifically when trying to keep privileged its take from rents and concession revenues from the arenas it owns and operates, a state appeals court has affirmed.

Former state senator shouldn't expect to win his lawsuit asking for back pay, state constitution expert says

Dee Thompson Jun. 20, 2017, 3:30pm

Michael Noland, an Elgin Democrat who served in the Illinois state Senate for 10 years, has sued the state of Illinois, alleging his pay was illegally withheld during budget crises. However, an expert in Illinois constitutional law says his lawsuit has little chance of prevailing, particularly since the lack of funds was caused in part by legislation to cut lawmaker pay - legislation he, at the time, supported.

Legal fight over Kane County's Longmeadow bridge project, endangered bumblebees 'unique' case

Dee Thompson Jun. 19, 2017, 1:04pm

An ongoing legal fight between west suburban Kane County and a group of activists purportedly concerned over the threat to a bumblebee species recently listed as endangered, from a new road and Fox River bridge project presents an "unique and interesting" case, says an attorney who helps lead the Center for Biological Diversity.

Supreme Court ruling against racial gerrymandering could have national impact, though perhaps less in IL

Dee Thompson Jun. 15, 2017, 11:59am

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month against alleged racial gerrymandering in North Carolina could impact congressional and state legislative elections nationwide.

Arlington Heights mayor: Cook County labor ordinances 'not manageable' for individual municipalities

Dee Thompson May 15, 2017, 4:17pm

The village of Arlington Heights has become one of the latest Cook County suburbs to opt out of the county's mininum wage and mandatory paid sick leave ordinances. And the mayor of Illinois' 13th-largest municipality said the village board did so out of concerns for the impact of those ordinances on the village's businesses, who told village officials they feared the ordinances would create an unlevel playing field for the community against competitors in neighboring counties.

Airlines don't need more laws regulating overbooking, aviation attorney says

Dee Thompson May 4, 2017, 11:27pm

With the recent spate of incidents aboard airliners, lawmakers are feeling pressure from their constituents to ban airlines from bumping passengers when overbooked. But a lawyer working in aviation law said passengers shouldn't let one incident overturn a system he says actually benefits passengers.

Should United have used force to remove passenger from Chicago flight? An aviation law expert weighs in

Dee Thompson Apr. 14, 2017, 9:33am

The forced removal of a passenger from a flight in Chicago has caused a firestorm of debate over whether or not passengers can or should be forcibly removed from an airplane after they have boarded. A Chicago attorney who practices aviation law, with decades of experience as a lawyer and a pilot, says the airline acted within its rights to remove the passenger, but could have handled the situation better.

Employers have options handling employees skipping work to engage in political protests

Dee Thompson Apr. 7, 2017, 10:00am

In the wake of the Day Without An Immigrant and Day Without Women strikes, and with other political protests yet planned amid the nation's currently charged political climate, employers may be wondering what their legal obligations are if employees miss work to protest.

Poll workers needed in Cook County for April 4 election

Dee Thompson Mar. 14, 2017, 2:22pm

Poll workers are in short supply in parts of Cook County this spring, and Cook County Clerk David Orr has put the word out to find and train workers before the April 4 consolidated election.

Attorney fees clipped, class awards tripled under new deal to end Southwest drink voucher class action

Dee Thompson Feb. 16, 2017, 12:45pm

A Chicago federal judge has ended a long-running lawsuit involving Southwest Airlines premium drink coupons, after Southwest agreed to give members of the class triple damages and attorneys for the plaintiffs agreed to reduce their demand for fees by $200,000.

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 membership organizations after graduating college.

Settlement of L.A. Tan class action raises questions about biometric information security

Dee Thompson Dec. 30, 2016, 10:28am

CHICAGO – A recent settlement of a class action lawsuit over customer fingerprints raises questions about the security of biometric information.