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Appeals panel: Neck, back clinic 'incidental recipient,' no right to interest on worker comp claims

Scott Holland Jul. 7, 2017, 6:29pm

A state appeals panel has sided with several insurance companies facing class action complaints from a Chicago-based medical practice specializing in treating neck and back injuries as part of worker compensation claims, saying the clinic has no right under the law to demand insurers pay interest on slow-arriving reimbursements.

Appeals court: No 'abstract right' to city retiree health insurance if no such contract guarantee

Scott Holland Jul. 7, 2017, 6:00am

Expressing doubt its opinion will end legal hostilities, a state appeals court weighed in yet again on a lawsuit Chicago retirees have lodged against the city in hopes of preserving their “abstract right” to subsidized health insurance under the Illinois state constitution.

Insurer: No duty to defend lawyer accused of missteps in $18M Rezko South Loop deal verdict

Scott Holland Jul. 6, 2017, 7:15am

An insurance company wants a court to declare it free of obligation to defend a lawyer who stands accused of malpractice by an international real estate development group hit in 2015 with an $18 million jury award to an investor who claimed the group bilked him of millions in a deal with corrupt Illinois campaign financier Tony Rezko.

Appeals panel: Oak Lawn can't nix injured firefighter's disability pension, though he took job in Texas

Scott Holland Jul. 3, 2017, 12:00pm

A state appeals court has sided with a Cook County judge who said a pension board was wrong to revoke disability pension payments to an Oak Lawn firefighter who had taken a job at a Texas fire department despite doctors’ assertions he had been permanently disabled in an accident more than a decade ago.

African-American workers accuse Chicago Water Department of racial discrimination, harassment

Scott Holland Jun. 30, 2017, 6:00am

A group of African-American employees have filed a lawsuit alleging a pattern of racial discrimination and harassment aimed at black workers in Chicago’s controversy-plagued Department of Water Management.

Qui tam plaintiff accuses ex-lawyers Touhy Touhy & Buehler of mishandling Medicare fraud case vs CVS

Scott Holland Jun. 29, 2017, 2:26pm

A Lake County man has accused his former attorneys of mishandling Medicare fraud lawsuits he filed against CVS.

Class certification denied to O'Hare airport workers who alleged vendor made them work off the clock

Scott Holland Jun. 27, 2017, 4:19pm

A federal judge in Chicago will not grant class certification in a wage-hour dispute between an aviation services contractor and airport workers at O’Hare who said they were forced to work off the clock.

NW suburban District 214 sues Mt. Prospect over creation of allegedly improper TIF district

Scott Holland Jun. 26, 2017, 6:17pm

The state’s second largest high school district, based in northwest suburban Arlington Heights, is going to court with the village of Mount Prospect over an allegedly improper tax increment financing district.

Uptown Tent City homeless advocates take dispute with city to court

Scott Holland Jun. 23, 2017, 3:11pm

A group seeking to operate a tent city for homeless people on a pedestrian mall in Uptown is embroiled in a legal battle with the city of Chicago over its plans.

Judgment: UBU Sports owes FieldTurf USA $780,000 in artificial turf patent court fight

Scott Holland Jun. 23, 2017, 12:07am

The final score in a legal battle between two artificial turf manufacturers is a $780,000 win for the original patent holder, FieldTurf USA.

Judge trims class action vs Dollar General over aloe vera gel alleged not to contain aloe vera

Scott Holland Jun. 21, 2017, 4:30pm

A federal judge has burned off two of three counts in a class action complaint facing Dollar General over claims the retailer’s aloe vera cooling gel didn’t actually contain aloe vera.

Judge: Class action vs Precor over faulty treadmill sensors can proceed

Scott Holland Jun. 20, 2017, 6:34pm

Exercise equipment manufacturer Precor failed in its quest to get a judge to scuttle a federal class action complaint, which alleged the company sold treadmills it knew included inaccurate heart rate sensors.

Ex-pharmacy manager accuses Mariano's of mishandling blood glucose tests, employees' fingerprints

Scott Holland Jun. 16, 2017, 7:12pm

A former Mariano’s pharmacy manager who accused the grocer of mishandling medical testing equipment also said the company improperly stores its employees’ biometric data.

Appeals panel: Lawyer not allowed to keep $600K fee for qui tam unpaid sales tax suit vs My Pillow

Scott Holland Jun. 16, 2017, 6:09pm

A state appeals court has ruled a lawyer who had individually sued pillow maker My Pillow, ostensibly on behalf of the state of Illinois for unpaid taxes, is not allowed to keep roughly $600,000 in legal fees he had claimed as part of the litigation.

Cook Co. judge wrong to refuse transfer of asbestos case with no links to Cook

Scott Holland Jun. 15, 2017, 3:11pm

A state appeals panel has overruled a Cook County judge who had refused to transfer to Winnebago County an asbestos exposure case involving a plaintiff who had worked at industrial facilities in Winnebago, and couldn't say for sure he had even been exposed to asbestos in Cook County at all.

Judge: No right to make broadcasters pay for airing pre-1972 songs

Scott Holland Jun. 13, 2017, 10:50pm

A federal judge in Chicago scuttled a class action over music royalties, saying no law allows a couple who otherwise own the rights to many chart-topping tunes from the 1950s and ‘60s to exact payment from broadcasters who play their songs.

Chicago City Hall: Contractor hired to install electric car charging stations on hook for $1M fraud

Scott Holland Jun. 12, 2017, 5:04pm

The city of Chicago said the company it hired to install electric vehicle charging stations didn’t live up to its end of a $1 million contract.

Seventh Circuit: Patent law can't be used to press asbestos exposure liability claims

Scott Holland Jun. 8, 2017, 11:30pm

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has upheld lower courts’ dismissal of several asbestos exposure lawsuits brought against door maker Weyerhaeuser Company and Owens-Illinois Inc., saying their dispute with Weyerhauser should be handled under Wisconsin’s workers compensation law, and their claims against Owens-Illinois don’t belong in court at all.

Lawsuit vs NHL over substance abuse, death of hockey player Boogaard dismissed

Scott Holland Jun. 6, 2017, 6:59pm

A federal judge has agreed with the National Hockey League and dismissed the complaint brought by the family of deceased professional hockey player Derek Boogaard, who died following a purported drug overdose.

Ex-state senator sues IL over 'unconstitutional' skipped paychecks, years after supporting skipped pay

Scott Holland Jun. 5, 2017, 11:48am

Ex-state Senator Mike Noland, D-Elgin, is suing the state of Illinois to force the comptroller to get the money he claimes was denied him during a decade in office - even though he voted for the measure he now claims is illegal.