The U.S. Supreme Court will get the chance to decide just how much public worker unions in Illinois and elsewhere can exact from non-union workers, after a federal appeals court in Chicago upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit intended to challenge a longstanding legal precedent used by unions to justify the forcible collection of so-called “fair share” fees.
A divided state appeals court has upheld a $26 million jury verdict awarded to a Chicago lawyer injured in a 2005 taxicab crash near Hinsdale, saying the Yellow Cab taxi affiliation must pay out for the accident because the injured passenger believed Yellow Cab was the driver’s “apparent agent,” even though Yellow Cab did not employ the driver and a Cook County trial judge refused to let YCA show the jury key evidence on how extensively all cabs are controlled by Chicago City Hall.
A Chicago federal judge has declined to let Wells Fargo off the hook of a junk fax class action lawsuit against the bank and one of its member services credit card processer, saying, even if Wells Fargo had no knowledge of the credit payment company’s decision to send a fax bearing its name, the bank’s name on the fax and business connection to its partner means it could share liability for the unauthorized fax.
A California woman has applied to lead a class action lawsuit against the Oak Brook-based maker of Blistex lip ointment, alleging the company smears customers by selling their product in tubes that leave a quarter of the ointment stick inaccessible to users, even though customers believe they are paying for the full amount.
Lawsuit: Quarles & Brady concealed key info in bad loan deal for Gammonley River North condo project
The parent company of a Downers Grove-based plastics manufacturer has sued its former attorneys, claiming they potentially owe millions of dollars for allegedly helping a financially-troubled Chicago condo development group conceal other loan defaults to secure a $4.3 million loan to get the money they needed to build a River North condo project.
A man who launched an ill-fated primary election challenge of Michael J. Madigan, arguably the most powerful politician in Illinois, has again lost to the Speaker of the State House of Representatives, after a federal judge tossed out his lawsuit alleging Madigan and his political allies violated his constitutional rights by conspiring to smear his name and undercut his campaign.
This week, a Chicago federal court will empanel jurors to decide whether pharmaceutical maker GlaxoSmithKline should be made to pay the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide by jumping in front of a train after taking a generic version of Paxil, an antidepressant developed by GSK, because, the woman claims, the drug’s warning label, which was approved by federal regulators, did not contain enough information on suicide risk, misleading the doctor who prescribed it.
A Chicago businessman has asked a Cook County court to order the county to conduct an audit of the finances of the county’s Circuit Court Clerk office to explain what the businessman says are apparent discrepancies, totaling perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars, between what the businessman and his lawyers believe should have been collected for special-use court funds from millions who pass through the county’s court system, and the figures the court clerk has allegedly publicly reported.
An American Airlines mechanic has accused his employer of fraud, saying in a class action lawsuit the airline hired him and perhaps hundreds of other workers under the promise of working under a special program under which they would rocket to the top of the company’s wage scale within three years, only to quickly cancel the program soon after he took the job.
Beginning March 14, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments in several cases, including: whether a NIU fraternity can be sued for a pledge's alcohol-induced death; whether lawyers must specify "joint financial responsibility" in case referral agreements; and whether the IHSA is a public body subject to FOIA.
A challenge to the power of state worker labor unions to extract so-called “fair share” fees from non-union workers could be ticketed for the U.S. Supreme Court, where opponents of the fees hope a conservative-majority court could overturn a longstanding legal precedent used by unions to justify their forcible collection of fees from public employees who refuse to pay formal union dues.
A Chicago federal judge has refused Google’s request to delete a class action lawsuit accusing the tech titan of violating an Illinois law by automatically creating and storing face scans of people in photos uploaded to its cloud-based Google Photos service without first collecting written authorization from those whose faces were scanned.
Saying he believed the evidence could suggest the city of Des Plaines discriminated against a local Islamic congregation when it denied their request for a permit to build a new community center in one of the city’s business districts, a federal judge has decided to let the congregation and the city take their legal fight to trial.