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GlaxoSmithKline must face Paxil birth defects claims from out-of-state plaintiffs in Cook County: Panel

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 29, 2016, 3:33pm

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, a United Kingdom-based company whose U.S. operations are headquartered in Philadelphia, will need to face legal action in Cook County court over claims its drug, Paxil, caused birth defects, after an appeals court ruled local state courts have jurisdiction under Illinois law to preside over the lawsuits – even complaints brought by plaintiffs who have no significant connection to Illinois.

Appeals panel: Circuit judge erred in not giving female domestic violence victim order of protection

Dana Herra Feb. 2, 2016, 1:18pm

The First District Appellate Court of Illinois expressed strong disapproval of a Cook County circuit court judge’s handling of a domestic violence case, in which the alleged victim’s request for an order of protection was denied and a less-stringent civil restraining order was issued instead.

Canadian Pacific takes Quebec train disaster cases from Cook County to federal court

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 2, 2015, 4:48pm

Families of victims of a fiery oil-fueled train derailment and explosion that claimed 47 lives in a town on the eastern edge of Canada’s Quebec Province will need to press their wrongful death claims in federal court, after lawyers for Canadian Pacific Railway and other corporate defendants asked to transfer cases from local to federal jurisdiction.