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'Subjective intent' not enough to steer $108K to one biz, not another favored by deceased contractor

Glenn Minnis Jun. 21, 2017, 3:46pm

A state appeals panel has affirmed a Cook County judge's summary judgment against the plaintiffs in a dispute over which of two companies - whose leadership included the same person and whose names were separated by one letter - was entitled to consulting fees stemming from work performed by a contractor with ties to both entities.

Appeals panel: ILRB exec. dir. lacks authority to yank bargaining unit certification without due process

Melissa Busch Jun. 20, 2017, 10:40am

A state appellate court has vacated an Illinois labor board's decision to dismiss a petition by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to represent several workers in the Cook County Sheriff's electronic monitoring unit, saying the labor board erred in allowing its executive director to yank certification without due process.

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.

IL Supreme Court: IL constitution doesn't expand protesters' assembly rights beyond First Amendment

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 16, 2017, 2:41pm

A Chicago ordinance prohibiting anyone, even protesters, from remaining overnight in Grant Park without a special city permit is constitutional, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled, rejecting contentions from lawyers for left-wing protest groups that the state constitution grants broader rights to assembly than does the U.S. Constitution.

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.

Appeals panel: Social service agencies can't be paid without state appropriations

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 15, 2017, 2:37pm

Noting the contracts they signed made their payments contingent on the availability of legally appropriated state funds, an Illinois appellate court has found a coalition of social service providers have no legal or constitutional leg to stand on to demand the state pay them without first securing the proper appropriations from the state’s legislature and governor.

Appeals panel: Judge correct to find IL wrong to deny CPOP as OK condition for medical marijuana

Glenn Minnis Jun. 6, 2017, 4:59pm

A state appeals panel has agreed a Cook County judge was right to find state regulators were wrong in denying a request to add a condition known as chronic post-operative pain to the growing list of conditions for which medical marijuana can legally be prescribed in Illinois. But they struck down the judge's order to the state to add CPOP as an approved condition "within 30 days."

Appeals court denies constitutional challenge to Illinois repose statute in estate legal malpractice case

Mike Helenthal Jun. 5, 2017, 5:40pm

The Illinois First District Appellate Court has upheld a lower court's decision that a plaintiff couldn’t sue the lawyers who handled his father’s estate because he didn’t file the malpractice suit in time, ruling Illinois' repose statute was constitutionally sound in placing "reasonable" time limits on the ability of heirs to sue over the handling of estates.

Challenge to Chicago landmarks ordinance cleared again to proceed; appeals court orders new judge

Scott Holland Jun. 1, 2017, 11:49pm

Two Chicago property owners have – again – won the chance to press ahead with their legal challenge to the city of Chicago’s designation of their neighborhoods as historical landmarks, after a state appeals panel – again – slapped down a Cook County judge’s decision to dismiss their lawsuit, and ordered a different judge to take a crack at the case.

Appeals panel: Couple can sue American Family, alleging agent misled them on coverage

Dawn Geske May 31, 2017, 9:49pm

A state appeals panel will allow a couple to pursue their claim their insurance agent failed to provide them with the coverage they had requested - and which they later needed - to fund their defense against a defamation claim brought against their son, who was accused of bullying another child.

Ex-Muhammad University teacher's termination suit tossed over failure to properly serve

Mike Helenthal May 29, 2017, 3:44pm

An appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that dismissed a suit filed over for the wrongful termination of a teacher at the Muhammad University of Islam.

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.