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Illinois appeals court dismisses doctor's claims lawyers' missteps cost him medical license

Glenn Minnis Sep. 2, 2017, 5:00am

An Illinois appeals court has dismissed a legal malpractice suit, saying a doctor waited too long to accuse two law firms of costing him his medical license and of waiting too long to seek compensatory damages on his behalf.

Lawyer says lawsuits over corporate social activism could increase

Glenn Minnis Sep. 1, 2017, 3:30pm

The number of CEOs facing lawsuits from shareholders over social activism could soon be on the rise as the country grows more polarized and shareholders become more critical of the actions of top executives they perceive to be activists.

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois launches new fraud unit

Glenn Minnis Aug. 19, 2017, 6:00am

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois has launched a new unit aimed at cutting into the billions of dollars lost to health care fraud schemes.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reaches $2 million settlement with UPS in disability discrimination suit

Glenn Minnis Aug. 18, 2017, 4:00am

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has brokered a $2 million settlement with UPS stemming from a 2009 suit in which the shipping giant was accused of regularly discriminating against workers with disabilities.

Federal court dismisses laundromat owner's discrimination suit against Inland Bank and Trust

Glenn Minnis Aug. 10, 2017, 5:29pm

A federal judge in Illinois has dismissed a suit filed by a longtime South Side Chicago businessman who accused a bank of discriminating against him when it sought to foreclose on his loan and take away his home.

Employers facing surge in class action suits over storage, use of employee fingerprints, other biometrics

Glenn Minnis Aug. 9, 2017, 11:35pm

A growing number of U.S. companies are turning to measures like biometric tools to validate time entries and other forms of tracking an employee's movements and actions. And as technology rapidly changes, it has also sparked a surge of litigation over data collection methods, and the levels of protection dedicated to electronically-gleaned data.

Cook County merchants left to figure out how to adjust practices, limit consumer options to collect 'pop tax'

Glenn Minnis Aug. 8, 2017, 4:24pm

Retailers have been left to determine how to adjust their practices and whether to reduce customer options in light of the courts' decisions to allow Cook County to impose its penny-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax.

Debate brews over whether Americans with Disabilities Act or Title VII protects transgender employees

Glenn Minnis Aug. 5, 2017, 8:00am

A legal debate is now brewing over whether transgender employees should be legally protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), particularly given a spate of recent rulings, including from a Chicago federal appeals court, finding they may already be protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well.

Federal judge affirms arbitration stay in racial bias lawsuit vs Chicago over waste hauling contracts

Glenn Minnis Jul. 26, 2017, 12:20am

A Chicago federal court judge has denied a local trash hauling company’s request to rescind a previously imposed stay on arbitration in a dispute with the city and its primary waste hauling vendors over service contracts.

SCOTUS rules patent owners exhaust rights with sale, leaving questions for manufacturers, innovators

Glenn Minnis Jul. 14, 2017, 11:09pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court’s decision finding consumers and even small businesses have the right to resell products without it being considered an infringement on the rights of the original manufacturer. And the 7-1 decision could leave manufacturers and others to explore precisely what this decision may mean for their businesses and their products.

US Supreme Court ruling on Wisconsin land parcel regulation could have Illinois impact

Glenn Minnis Jul. 5, 2017, 11:06pm

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a Wisconsin state law allowing the state to combine adjacent parcels owned by the same party for regulatory purposes could mean major changes for property owners in Illinois, as well.

District court tosses campaign-sabotage case against House Speaker Madigan for insufficient evidence

Glenn Minnis Jun. 28, 2017, 2:59pm

A federal judge has denied the attempt by a former challenger to powerful Ill. House Speaker Michael Madigan to resurrect his legal action against Madigan and several of his political allies, alleging the lawmaker and his political associates imrproperly conspired to sabotage his 2016 Democratic primary election campaign.

Chicago City Hall 'locked in pre-McDonald mindset,' meaning legal fights over gun rights likely not over

Glenn Minnis Jun. 21, 2017, 4:02pm

While courts have ruled the city of Chicago has to change its way of thinking related to citizens' gun rights, a prominent Chicago appeals attorney believes the city remains mired in an approach to handgun regulation that could invite yet more legal actions and setbacks in the courts.

'Subjective intent' not enough to steer $108K to one biz, not another favored by deceased contractor

Glenn Minnis Jun. 21, 2017, 3:46pm

A state appeals panel has affirmed a Cook County judge's summary judgment against the plaintiffs in a dispute over which of two companies - whose leadership included the same person and whose names were separated by one letter - was entitled to consulting fees stemming from work performed by a contractor with ties to both entities.

Federal court in Chicago participates in pilot mandatory initial discovery program

Glenn Minnis Jun. 19, 2017, 12:40pm

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, with courthouses in Chicago and Rockford, recently began taking part in a pilot program designed to expedite the way standard discovery is exchanged between litigants.

Appeals panel: Judge correct to find IL wrong to deny CPOP as OK condition for medical marijuana

Glenn Minnis Jun. 6, 2017, 4:59pm

A state appeals panel has agreed a Cook County judge was right to find state regulators were wrong in denying a request to add a condition known as chronic post-operative pain to the growing list of conditions for which medical marijuana can legally be prescribed in Illinois. But they struck down the judge's order to the state to add CPOP as an approved condition "within 30 days."

Cook County inks $36 million case management deal with Tyler Technology

Glenn Minnis Jun. 2, 2017, 10:32am

The Cook County Clerk’s office has reached a $36 million deal with Tyler Technology that the clerk's office is touting as moving operations a step closer to the 21st century.

Federal judge throws out negligence suit against Dollar Tree for lack of evidence in slip and fall

Glenn Minnis Apr. 25, 2017, 10:17pm

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed a suit filed by a woman claiming she suffered shoulder injuries requiring medical attention after slipping on what she says was vomit at a Chicago Dollar Tree store.

Judge tosses TCPA lawsuit vs Kelly Services over robocalls to job applicants

Glenn Minnis Apr. 11, 2017, 7:34pm

A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed a robocalling lawsuit against an employment services company, which had been accused of violating federal law by using an automated dialer to call the mobile phones of people who had applied for jobs.

IL DCFS misled teacher seeking to defend herself against state abuse findings, state high court says

Glenn Minnis Feb. 21, 2017, 11:06pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a Lake County judge's decision to clear the name of a local school teacher accused of abusing her own child, saying the lower court judge was correct to allow her to have her day in court to challenge a state agency's finding against her.