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IL high court deadlocks on whether title companies' attorney payments are kickbacks

Jonathan Bilyk May 22, 2017, 4:54pm

A divided Illinois Supreme Court has let stand a lower court’s decision to allow lawyers to earn fees – even fees that appear overly large, compared to the amount of work being done – from real estate title companies, despite accusations that the fee-splitting arrangements amount to little more than a kickback scheme.

IL Supreme Court: IHSA may oversee public high school sports, but not a public body subject to FOIA

Scott Holland May 19, 2017, 10:07am

In an unanimous opinion, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed the Illinois High School Association – the organization which partners with high schools to oversee high school athletics across the state – does not need to share its documents with the public under the Freedom of Information Act.

Appeals panel: HIPAA doesn't bar hospital from identifying witness to slip-and-fall

Scott Holland May 16, 2017, 4:05pm

A state appeals court said a woman who fell in her hospital room is entitled to know the identity of her roommate and a visitor, despite a hospital’s contention that information should be shielded by HIPAA.

Appeals court upholds concealed carry license denial to ex-Chicago alderman candidate with 18 arrests

Melissa Busch May 12, 2017, 8:55am

An appeals court has upheld a decision to deny a concealed carry firearm license to a former Chicago alderman candidate who court documents said had been arrested 18 times, and had been accused of several violent acts, including threatening to put an employee “in a wood chipper and six feet underground."

Appeals panel: IL law applies to asbestos claim, though Alabama drywaller spent only 3-4 months in IL

Jonathan Bilyk May 10, 2017, 12:21am

The family of an Alabama drywall worker who died after contracting mesothelioma will be allowed to return to a jury trial in Cook County over the family’s claims the drywaller’s illness was caused by inhaling asbestos from drywall joint compound dust on job sites on which he worked for just a few months in the Chicago area in 1965.

Tossing time records 'fatal' to mortgage originator's wage complaint, appeals court says

Karen Kidd May 5, 2017, 4:40pm

A mortgage originator tanked his own wage claim against his former employer when he threw away his time records, an Illinois appeals panel has said.

Appeals panel: Sybaris can't shake potential liability for 2006 plane crash that claimed founder's life

Jonathan Bilyk May 5, 2017, 4:27pm

Sybaris Clubs, the company that owns and operates a chain of romantic getaway resorts and hotels in and around the Chicago area, can’t yet shake a lawsuit brought by the family of a man killed in a 2006 airplane crash that also claimed the life of the company’s founder, as a state appeals court said courts have not yet determined how much business the Sybaris founder was doing on the ill-fated trip aboard the aircraft he – and not Sybaris - co-owned.

Appeals court: Chicago can't slap hotel tax on booking fees charged by Expedia, other travel sites

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 27, 2017, 6:33pm

The city of Chicago will not be able to collect $29 million it believed it was owed by Expedia and other online travel booking sites, after a state appeals court ruled the city’s hotel taxes can’t be applied to the fees charged by the booking services.

State can deny FOIA'd documents under new law even though law changed after request filed: Panel

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 17, 2017, 8:21pm

Illinois state regulators can use a state law shielding certain public records from disclosure to prevent a business owner from obtaining public records related to a regulatory complaint filed against his business, even though the state law was enacted after the business owner had tried, failed and then sued to force the regulators to give him the documents.

IL appeals panel: Chicago can release documents obtained by subpoena from drugmaker Janssen

Dan Churney Apr. 4, 2017, 3:11pm

A Chicago appeals panel has affirmed a Cook County judge’s decision, allowing the city of Chicago to release subpoenaed records from a drug maker in accordance with any Freedom of Information Act requests, saying public disclosure of the material will not violate state laws protecting trade secrets. 

Appeals panel: Court not right place to decide if Topinka campaign funds properly handled

Scott Holland Mar. 31, 2017, 2:50am

A Cook County judge was correct in saying a dispute over the campaign funds left after the passing of former Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka should have been heard in a different venue, a state appeals panel has ruled. 

Appeals panel: CTA may have broken labor deal in rearranging jobs amid Ventra rollout

Scott Holland Mar. 30, 2017, 2:34am

Appeals panel: CTA may have broken labor deal in rearranging jobs amid Ventra rollout

IL Supreme Court: Conant High School can't be sued for student's gym class floor hockey eye injury

Dan Churney Mar. 27, 2017, 10:21am

The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed an appellate ruling, saying a Cook County judge was right to toss a suburban high school student’s suit, because the suit did not show a gym teacher was at fault for failing to make students wear goggles during a floor hockey game, which left the student with an injured eye. 

IL Supreme Court gives hospitals win over property tax exemptions, but still not declared 'constitutional'

Scott Holland Mar. 23, 2017, 10:13pm

Hospital operators in Illinois have won a battle in the fight over a state law blocking local governments from making them pay property taxes, as the Illinois Supreme Court determined an appellate court had erred on procedural grounds in using the case to strike down the state law as unconstitutional.  However, the high court did not go so far as to declare the 2012 law to be constitutional, setting the stage for more legal tussles to come on the question. 

Panel: Parents suing athletic trainers for son's football brain trauma must present medical testimony

Scott Holland Mar. 22, 2017, 10:55pm

A state appeals panel has said parents suing athletic trainers for allegedly failing to properly treat their son for concussion and other brain injuries during a high school football game must present medical expert testimony to demonstrate the trainers essentially committed malpractice, and not just negligence, to continue to press their case. 

State appeals panel upholds $2.1M verdict vs City Hall for family of woman killed by suspects fleeing cops

S. Laney Griffo Mar. 21, 2017, 7:46pm

The city of Chicago must pay $2.1 million to the family of a woman who died when burglary suspects fleeing the police crashed their vehicle into hers, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Appeals panel upholds $26M for lawyer hurt in taxi crash, despite dissent over Chicago regulations

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 20, 2017, 6:45pm

A divided state appeals court has upheld a $26 million jury verdict awarded to a Chicago lawyer injured in a 2005 taxicab crash near Hinsdale, saying the Yellow Cab taxi affiliation must pay out for the accident because the injured passenger believed Yellow Cab was the driver’s “apparent agent,” even though Yellow Cab did not employ the driver and a Cook County trial judge refused to let YCA show the jury key evidence on how extensively all cabs are controlled by Chicago City Hall.

Appeals panel: Cook County can go back three years to grab taxes for improper homestead exemptions

Dan Churney Mar. 20, 2017, 12:55pm

A state appellate panel has upheld a lower court ruling that the Illinois Property Tax Code allows the Cook County Assessor’s Office to reach back three years, to claim unpaid taxes on a south suburban house that had an invalid homestead exemption. 

Appellate court: Moraine Valley Community College wrong to fire adjunct who publicly criticized college

Laura Halleman Mar. 17, 2017, 12:07am

The Illinois First District Appellate Court upheld a decision of the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board, which had ruled Moraine Valley Community College had violated labor relations rules when it fired an adjunct faculty member who criticized the college in a letter to an organization that was reviewing the school.

Appeals court: Loyola not liable in toddler’s death or mother’s distress at seeing tubes left in body

D.M. Herra Mar. 8, 2017, 4:28pm

A state appeals panel has upheld a jury’s finding in favor of Loyola University Medical Center in a lawsuit brought by the parents of a 2-year-old girl who died following a surgery to replace her pacemaker.