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Peoria hospital's exclusive contracts did not unreasonably block competition, federal court rules

Karen Kidd Oct. 18, 2016, 1:25pm

Whether a smaller health care provider was prevented by a larger competitor from competing made a difference in a recent federal court decision that could set precedent in exclusive contracts, according to a Washington-based antitrust attorney. In late September, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois in Peoria ruled that OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, the largest hospital in Peoria, did not violate federal antitrust law when it entered into contracts with major commerci

Religious housing group plans appeal in Blue Island discrimination case, home's attorney says

Karen Kidd Oct. 12, 2016, 6:51pm

The longstanding dispute between a religious addiction recuperation group, Affordable Recovery Housing, and the suburban city of Blue Island isn't over yet, as attorneys for the suburban Chicago recovery home plan to seek another day in court.

Federal court emissions ruling vs IL coal power plant to have limited impact, attorney says

Karen Kidd Sep. 13, 2016, 5:21pm

The impact of a federal court's decision handed down last month against an Illinois coal-burning power generator probably will have limited effect outside the state, an environmental law attorney said during a recent interview.

'Dennis’ Law' reinforces existing traffic rights of bicyclists under IL law, Chicago attorney, advocate says

Karen Kidd Sep. 9, 2016, 8:10pm

Legislation signed into law last month reinforces the legal understanding that bicyclists have the same right-of-way traffic rights as any other vehicle - rights they already had, said a Chicago attorney who maintains a popular cycling advocacy website.

Illinois employers should prepare now to track paid leave benefits under new law, attorney says

Karen Kidd Sep. 8, 2016, 10:20pm

Illinois employers should prepare for the state's new Employee Sick Leave Act, which allows employees to use paid personal sick leave benefits to take care of family members, a labor and employment attorney said in a recent interview.

Ruling may expand use of 'hearsay' government reports to support inmate lawsuits, attorney says

Karen Kidd Aug. 24, 2016, 10:00pm

A recent appeals court ruling that a Cook County Jail inmate may cite a 2008 Department of Justice investigation could open similar doors for other plaintiffs alleging unconstitutional mistreatment at the jail and at the hands of law enforcement, the inmate's attorney said.

Atty Gen declares city workers' emails, texts to be public info, but raises more legal questions

Karen Kidd Aug. 22, 2016, 10:08pm

CHICAGO – The state attorney general's recent binding opinion that Chicago public employees' personal electronic messages may be public records brings up as many questions as it tries to answer, a local government law attorney said during an interview.

Illinois receives share of $784.6 million pharma fraud settlement; governments step up anti- fraud efforts

Karen Kidd Jul. 12, 2016, 1:32pm

Illinois claimed its share of a $784.6 million settlement reached with drug companies Wyeth and Pfizer earlier this year, part of billions being recovered by state and local government cracking down on purported health care fraud. 

Real estate agencies, other online businesses could face lawsuits over ADA website access claims

Karen Kidd Jul. 8, 2016, 1:10pm

New Americans with Disabilities Act regulations specific to websites aren't expected until 2018, but even small companies, including real estate agencies and brokerages, with a minor online presence have been hit with threats of possible lawsuits from plaintiffs' lawyers representing those with disabilities, two Chicago attorneys said.

Employers should let SCOTUS resolve divided circuits before altering arbitration policies

Karen Kidd Jun. 13, 2016, 12:53pm

Since a broad decision issued by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in May, employers have become wary of enforcing the arbitration agreements they may have pressured employees to sign, waiving their rights to bring class actions over wage and employment issues. But that isn't the half of it, employment and labor attorneys said.

Thomas More Society set to appeal city, state's denial of Pro-Life Action League FOIAs

Karen Kidd May 31, 2016, 3:19pm

CHICAGO – A Chicago-based conservative public-interest law group is prepared to appeal complaints against the city and the Illinois Department of Public Health filed last week to obtain information from two health care facilities that perform abortions, the group's attorney said.

IL ARDC: Attorney discipline complaints down for 3rd year, most involve lawyers 50 or older

Karen Kidd May 16, 2016, 11:09pm

CHICAGO – While disciplinary complaints among Illinois attorneys are down overall for the third year in a row, a trend likely to continue, more than half of such complaints in 2015 were aimed at older, seasoned attorneys, a newly released report says.

IL Supreme Court to hear arguments in special evening session May 17, in Lisle May 19

Karen Kidd May 13, 2016, 9:05am

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court has again invited the state's lawmakers and chief executive to a special evening session to observe the court in action. And two days later, the court will convene before an auditorium filled with students, teachers and other members of the public in Chicago's western suburbs during a rare session outside of Springfield, offering many a chance to see the court in action who may not otherwise get the chance. 

Giving out mobile number in business emails could be consent to get texts

Karen Kidd May 11, 2016, 4:18pm

A text message sent to a real estate agent by a Chicago real estate brokerage seeking recruits didn't qualify as telemarketing or an advertisement under the Federal Communications Commission's definitions, a Chicago federal judge said earlier this year. And since the agent voluntarily provided his mobile phone number to the brokerage in emails several years earlier, the agent didn't have legal leeway to claim he didn't provide his consent, either. 

Employers should prepare now for soon-to-come Chicago sick leave rules, attorneys say

Karen Kidd May 4, 2016, 11:10am

Chicago may be the next municipality to require employers in the city's limits to provide employees with paid sick leave, meaning employers should begin planning now for the implications of the new rules, including an increased risk of lawsuits, said a trio of local attorneys.

Illinois legislative analyst offers employers tips on handling employee medical marijuana use

Karen Kidd Apr. 30, 2016, 9:12pm

Some employers in Illinois are still coming to grips with legalized medical marijuana use. But in some ways, legalized medical marijuana has resulted in little change in employer and employee policies, said Chris Lindsey, Marijuana Policy Project's legislative analyst for Illinois.

Recruiting Republican judicial candidates not a party priority, Chicago GOP official says

Karen Kidd Apr. 22, 2016, 4:20pm

Republicans have fielded few judicial candidates in the upcoming general election in Cook County. And that is a situation that is not going to change soon, as finding candidates for such positions is not "a recruiting priority," according to Chicago's GOP Chairman.

Illinois Supreme Court physician credentialing discovery ruling not necessarily a game changer

Karen Kidd Feb. 3, 2016, 10:56pm

Health care workers and others will undoubtedly carefully study the impact of a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision pertaining to the discoverability of physicians' credential applications held by hospitals. But the decision may not affect as much as some fear it might.