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Judge: California law can't be applied nationwide in toilet water line class action vs Fluidmaster

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 4, 2017, 2:50pm

A Chicago federal judge has sunk a bid by a group of plaintiffs to float a nationwide class action under California consumer protection law against plumbing products maker Fluidmaster over supposed defects in toilet and sink water supply lines, which allegedly cause the lines to fail, rupture and leak, causing damage to homes in which they were installed.

Cook County judge: No new trial, $52M medmal verdict stands vs U of Chicago Medical Center

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 11, 2017, 4:38pm

A Cook County judge has upheld most of a jury’s $53 million medical malpractice verdict awarded to the family of a boy born with cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability, and rejected an attempt by the University of Chicago Medical Center to secure a new trial to reduce or undo most of what is considered the largest malpractice verdict ever awarded in Cook County.

Divided IL Supreme Court tosses rule protecting police, fire depts from lawsuits, says rule outdated, despite precedent

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 22, 2016, 4:53pm

For decades, Illinois cities, villages, fire protection districts and others providing police, fire protection and ambulance services have enjoyed general immunity from lawsuits brought by plaintiffs who may accuse paramedics, firefighters and police officers of failing to provide the level of protection or response individuals may believe they should have. On Jan. 22, however, a majority of justices on the Illinois Supreme Court decided the time had come to undo the judicial rule.

Private at-will employees not shielded from termination for supporting unions, appeals panel says

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 23, 2015, 11:32am

Two men who supported an attempt to unionize an Illinois railroad company are not protected by the law from being fired for their support for organizing their coworkers, a state appeals panel has ruled.