Employers facing surge in class action suits over storage, use of employee fingerprints, other biometrics
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.
U of Chicago professor: IL Zero Emissions Credit Exelon bailout 'short-sighted,' despite challenge dismissal
Following the dismissal of lawsuits brought against the State of Illinois by power generators and electricity consumers who claimed the Future Energy Jobs Act deceptively supplies markets in favor of energy company Exelon, Steve Cicala, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, says the state's policy is short-sighted and will be problematic for taxpayers.
Saying the law could both simultaneously be a subsidy designed to prop up two Illinois nuclear power plants and a legitimate attempt to reduce carbon emissions, a Chicago federal judge has pulled the plug on attempts by a group of power generators and electricity consumers to challenge a recent state law the plaintiffs claimed unconstitutionally used “green energy” goals as a pretext to rig the wholesale electricity generation and supply markets in favor of electricity generation giant Exelon.
A federal judge has granted a win to multinational insurer Cigna, cutting out state law fraud claims from a lawsuit brought by a surgical center asserting the insurer was wrong to deny claims for reimbursement from certain Cigna-insured patients, for whom the surgical center had forgiven much of the bill because the surgical center was outside of those patients' preferred providers network.
While Illinois state officials have argued the order could amount to little more than “squeezing blood from a stone,” a Chicago federal judge has ordered Illinois’ state government to begin paying more than $586 million a month to cover Medicaid claims, plus an additional $2 billion from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 to begin reducing its stack of unpaid Medicaid bills.
School districts sue the state, demanding money, but history says chances of lawsuit success not high
Amid the state of Illinois' sustained budget woes, school districts in Chicago and elsewhere in the state have lined up to ask courts to intervene on their behalf and order the state to pay what they assert is its proper share of education funding. But history has indicated such lawsuits have limited chances of success.
Nursing homes can sue the state on patients' behalf to force prompt processing of Medicaid claims: Judge
A federal judge has cleared the way for yet another group of lawsuits demanding the financially-troubled state of Illinois be forced to more promptly process and pay Medicaid claims, saying federal law allows Medicaid recipients and, by extension, health care agencies to sue the state for failing to abide federal law requiring the payment of Medicaid claims “with reasonable promptness.”
Federal judge: State can't keep skimping on Medicaid while fully funding worker pay, debt obligations
A Chicago federal judge has stopped short, so far, of ordering the state of Illinois to place a premium on paying the health insurance organizations, hospitals and others the $2 billion it is estimated the state owes under unpaid Medicaid bills. But the judge said she did not find it reasonable for the state to skimp on Medicaid payments while fully funding its monthly payroll and debt repayments.
Rauner seeks court guidance on what to do with illegally hired patronage workers in wake of special report
In the wake of a scathing report from a court-appointed “special master” empowered to investigate political hiring abuses under former Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other state officials and lawmakers, current Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked for the court’s guidance on whether those improperly hired, thanks to political connections, should now be able to use collective bargaining agreements to leverage the experience they gained in those positions to land in different positions or even move up in the state’s employment ranks.
In the latest move in the ongoing battle between Illinois state union workers and Gov. Bruce Rauner, a state appeals court has refused the governor’s request to lift a court-ordered stay on the Illinois Labor Relations Board’s finding that the state and its largest union are at an impasse, a move that will impact the ability of Rauner to impose contract terms and of the union to strike.