Judges: Asbestos plaintiff not harmed by ruling barring testimony from doctor over exposure theories
A federal appeals court in Chicago has refused to upend a jury’s verdict against a retired pipefitter, who had claimed Owens-Illinois and ExxonMobil should be held liable for his lung cancer because possible exposure to asbestos on work sites decades ago, and not a 30-year, pack-and-a-half-a-day cigarette smoking habit, had caused the illness.
Johnson & Bell, a prominent Chicago civil defense law firm, has taken aim at the firm of Edelson P.C., alleging the Chicago-based firm which ranks as one of the country’s leading filers of digital privacy and technology class actions should be made to pay for using the courts to spread “lies and defamatory statements” as part of a continuing “self-serving publicity tour.”
Ex-Broadview village president candidate can sue ex-clerk for 'destroying' candidacy, appeals panel says
A former candidate for the office of village president in suburban Broadview will have a chance again to press her claims that the village’s clerk violated the candidate’s rights by actively opposing her candidacy, allegedly using her office’s resources to help challenge the candidate’s nominating petitions and using the village’s emergency notification phone system to tell village residents any votes for the candidate would not count.
An Illinois appeals court will allow a father whose son died after drinking too much alcohol during a fraternity’s initiation ritual, to resume his lawsuit against the Northern Illinois University fraternity, saying a Cook County judge erred in dismissing the wrongful death action against the local chapter and its leaders.
Judge refuses new trial vs Owens, Exxon for pipefitter with lung cancer a jury found was caused by cigarettes, not asbestos
A Chicago federal judge refused to grant a new trial Aug. 25 for a retired pipefitter from Braidwood, who failed to convince a jury earlier this year exposure to asbestos on corporate job sites, rather than a cigarette smoking habit, had caused his lung cancer. Charles Krik filed suit in November 2010 in Chicago federal court against Owens-Illinois, ExxonMobil and others, claiming his lung cancer was caused, in part, because the companies negligently exposed him to asbestos while he worked as a