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Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, others accused of making late diagnosis

Louie Torres Oct. 21, 2016, 1:47pm

A married couple's lawsuit alleges negligence in medical care.

Widow blames Pasquale Trucking Company for husband's death

Louie Torres Sep. 29, 2016, 11:49am

A deceased man's family is suing Pasquale Trucking Company Inc. and a driver, alleging negligence in a fatal collision.

$35 million jury verdict for fatal 5-car crash pared back by $15 million

Dawn Geske Sep. 22, 2016, 12:07am

A combined $35 million judgment stemming from a fatal five-car crash has been pared back, after a judge took another look at the huge jury verdict.

Report: Political donations from trial lawyers topped $35 million in 15 years

Ann Maher and Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 6, 2016, 3:20pm

A new study published by the Illinois Civil Justice League shows that campaign contributions from trial lawyers to Illinois politicians and judges topped $35.25 million during the past 15 years. The courts in Cook County, along with those in downstate Madison and St. Clair counties, near St. Louis, host the state’s highest concentrations of civil litigation, factor prominently in "Justice for Sale III," a report analyzing campaign contributions made by the plaintiffs' bar and the profound impact

Jury awards $7.75 million verdict in neurosurgeon malpractice case

Carrie Salls Jun. 30, 2016, 3:50pm

The widow and two adult children of a patient who died of cardiac complications hours after spinal surgery were recently awarded a $7.75 million verdict by the Cook County Circuit Court in their lawsuit against the doctor who performed the spinal surgery.

Jury awards $22.7 million to family of man who died in 2012 I-294 pileup caused by speeding impaired trucker

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 26, 2016, 6:25pm

A Cook County jury has awarded $22.7 million to a woman whose husband died in 2012 in a multi-car wreck on I-294 in Chicago’s western suburbs, allegedly caused by a man with drugs in his system while behind the wheel of a truck.

Appeals panel: Families of medical malpractice plaintiffs who die while case pending can add wrongful death claims to lawsuit

Dan Churney Apr. 1, 2016, 11:22am

Unraveling what it called a “classic clash of apparently conflicting statutes,” an Illinois appeals panel has ruled the family of a woman who died while her medical negligence lawsuit was pending against a doctor, the University of Chicago Medical Center and affiliates is not blocked by a statute of repose from adding wrongful death claims to the preexisting lawsuit.

Jury awards Ford County record $950K to family of victim of alleged medical malpractice

Annie Hunt Jan. 7, 2016, 3:06pm

A Ford County jury recently awarded $950,000 to the family of a 73-year-old Gibson City man who died as a result of alleged negligence in a Gibson City Clinic. The award marked a record verdict amount in the downstate county.

VW diesel emissions class actions transferred, centralized by MDL Panel in San Francisco federal court

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 16, 2015, 1:04pm

The blizzard of litigation filed against Volkswagen in the wake of revelations the automaker allegedly installed devices on diesel cars to fool emissions testing equipment has been redirected to federal court in San Francisco. Across the country, more than 500 lawsuits - primarily class action complaints - have been lodged in federal district courts against Volkswagen. In the Northern District of Illinois, for instance, 19 such lawsuits have been filed against VW.

Bumble Bee Tuna faces class action over legally fishy advertising on omega 3 levels

Dana Herra Dec. 9, 2015, 2:40pm

A class action lawsuit has been cleared to move forward against Bumble Bee Foods, claiming the food packager improperly labeled its canned tuna to promote health benefits it may not have been legally entitled to advertise, after a federal judge threw back the food company’s motions to dismiss. Plaintiff Joseph McMahon, filing as an individual and class representative, has claimed Bumble Bee had no legal right to label its canned tuna and other seafood as an “excellent source of Omega-3s.”

Family of man who died after knee surgery awarded $8.25 million in hospital death suit

Hanna Nakano Nov. 10, 2015, 12:02pm

The family of a man who died after undergoing knee replacement surgery at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital in Chicago has been awarded $8.25 million dollars.

$20 million settlement paid by trucking firms to family of man who died in 2009 Wilmington tanker truck crash

Hanna Nakano Oct. 31, 2015, 11:46am

A $20 million settlement has been reached between a man who was severely injured in a car accident, and the company that owned the tanker that hit him. Eugene Hajer was traveling on Illinois Route 113 in Custer Township in southern Will County between Wilmington and Kankakee on Jan. 3, 2009, when he made a left turn, according to his attorneys. At the same time, a tanker truck driven by Alfred Criswell, Jr. from RCD Trucking, Inc. crossed a double yellow line to try to pass him, but instead sl

Legal actions vs. VW continue to mount over diesel deception allegations, now total more than 400 nationwide

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 8, 2015, 1:25pm

The class action lawsuits continue to pile up against Volkswagen over allegations it installed devices to fool government emissions testing equipment, both in Chicago’s courtrooms and in courts across the country. As of Oct. 8, more than 400 class actions have been filed in federal district courts in states throughout the U.S. against the automaker, and more continue to be added.

Chicago lawsuits add to growing list of Volkswagen diesel emissions deception class actions

Scott Holland and Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 24, 2015, 12:26am

Several Illinois and Indiana residents have joined their names to a growing list of named plaintiffs in class action complaints against Volkswagen over allegations the carmaker had designed its diesel cars to deceive government emissions detectors into believing their cars were more environmentally friendly than they actually are.

Crestwood seeks to float bonds to fund possible $15 million settlement to end litigation over contaminated well water

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 22, 2015, 6:43pm

A suburban Chicago village facing hundreds of lawsuits over allegations it knowingly allowed its residents to drink water contaminated with toxic, cancer-causing chemicals for decades has opted to move forward with a potential bond issue to potentially settle the litigation en masse later this year.