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Appeals panel tosses out $84K sanction ordered vs Schaumburg attorney in contract dispute vs PNC

Scott Holland Mar. 21, 2017, 7:29pm

A divided federal appeals panel has tossed an $84,000 sanctions order against an attorney, finding a federal judge abused discretion in imposing the sanctions in a breach of contract suit brought by a telecommunications vendor against PNC Bank. 

IL 'fair share fees' lawsuit tossed; plaintiffs say 'desired result,' allowing appeal to SCOTUS

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 21, 2017, 6:37pm

The U.S. Supreme Court will get the chance to decide just how much public worker unions in Illinois and elsewhere can exact from non-union workers, after a federal appeals court in Chicago upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit intended to challenge a longstanding legal precedent used by unions to justify the forcible collection of so-called “fair share” fees.

Illinois can choose SEIU to represent all home caregivers in negotiations: Appeals court

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 9, 2017, 5:28pm

The state of Illinois doesn’t trample on the rights of non-union home care providers by forcing them to abide by the terms of deals it strikes with a union over care provider pay rates and other terms of the care providers’ “employment,” a federal appeals court has ruled.

Eyedrop class action decertified; Posner: 'That a seller doesn’t sell product you want is not actionable’

Cook County Record Mar. 7, 2017, 5:59pm

U.S. Seventh Circuit appellate judges have vacated a class certification order a federal judge had entered on a claim that producers of glaucoma medicine purposely dispense excessive eye drops. 

Seventh Circuit hears arguments over IL 'fair share' union fees; case may be headed to SCOTUS

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 1, 2017, 5:44pm

A challenge to the power of state worker labor unions to extract so-called “fair share” fees from non-union workers could be ticketed for the U.S. Supreme Court, where opponents of the fees hope a conservative-majority court could overturn a longstanding legal precedent used by unions to justify their forcible collection of fees from public employees who refuse to pay formal union dues.

New platform allows litigants to raise money for legal costs through crowdfunding

John Myers Feb. 22, 2017, 10:39pm

NEW YORK – A legal battle over voting rights pending before the Seventh Circuit Appeals Court in Chicago has turned to a new crowdfunding-based model to pay for its upcoming court battles.

Peruvian national who admitted twice voting in U.S. elections can be deported, appeals court rules

Chandra Lye Feb. 17, 2017, 12:48pm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has denied the application of a Peruvian national to stay in the country, following the discovery that the non-citizen voted twice in federal elections.

Chicago federal courts busy with labor litigation in 2016, but less than NY, California

Jessica Karmasek Feb. 13, 2017, 10:35pm

Chicago’s federal courts again were a busy place for employers facing lawsuits in 2016, according to court data and a survey published by one of the nation’s top employment and labor law firms. However, the survey from Chicago-based Seyfarth Shaw LLP found Chicago’s courts are still outpaced by courts in New York and California in some categories, perhaps most notably the number of class action certifications.

Seventh Circuit: Chicago's 'elaborate scheme' to effectively ban shooting ranges unconstitutional

Scott Holland Jan. 20, 2017, 2:09pm

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled a Chicago ordinance that regulates firearm shooting ranges and the age of minors who can visit them is unconstitutional.

Illinois Bible colleges appeal to Seventh Circuit for right to issue degrees

Heather Doyle Jan. 19, 2017, 5:16pm

A group of Illinois Bible colleges and allied groups are aiming to persuade a federal appeals court that religious colleges should not need a state seal to offer a degree.

Anti-abortion plaintiffs get half a loaf, press for more in Chicago clinic "bubble zone" fight

Christopher Knoll Jan. 17, 2017, 9:08pm

Anti-abortion activists say they are pleased a federal judge has recognized what they called consistently biased treatment at the hands of Chicago Police enforcing the city's so-called abortion clinic "bubble zone" rules, but they said they intend to appeal the judge's findings that the ordinance is constitutional.

Lincolnshire will appeal decision that tossed its right-to-work ordinance

Tabitha Fleming Jan. 17, 2017, 12:02am

The village of Lincolnshire will appeal the ruling of a trial court that tossed out the city’s right-to-work ordinance.

Federal appeals court: ADA accommodation rules don't rule out competition for jobs; SCOTUS could decide

Dawn Geske Jan. 13, 2017, 6:57pm

A decision by the U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Ga., says employers are not required by the Americans with Disabilities Act to surrender the search for the best qualified candidate for a job when considering a disability accommodation job transfer request from a disabled employee. 

7th Circuit: Olive Garden parent can't be hit with class action over vacation pay policies

Scott Holland Jan. 10, 2017, 2:58pm

The parent company of Olive Garden and Red Lobster and other chain restaurant brands has won a legal victory after a federal appeals panel refused to certify a class action over unpaid vacation time, saying the restaurant group’s change to its “anniversary pay” policies shouldn't subject it to a class action lawsuit.

Appeals court: Vendor's insurer must cover Target's settlement costs for fallen fitting room door

Scott Holland Jan. 6, 2017, 5:32pm

An insurance company is obligated to defend Target in a six-figure claim awarded to a woman who was injured when a fitting room door fell on her at a suburban store, a panel of U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals judges has ruled.

'Rule of Three' case offers glimpse at chance to strike down some IL limits on citizen-initiated referendums

Chandra Lye Dec. 16, 2016, 4:51pm

Illinois’ so-called "Rule of Three" - a legal provision which limits referendum questions on voter ballots in particular communities - for years has been blocking citizens from bringing their issues forward, a community legal association says.

Divided appeals court says lawyer can't sue Indiana prosecutors over embezzlement charges, statements

Dan Churney Dec. 15, 2016, 4:38pm

A Chicago federal appeals panel, in a partial 2-1 decision, cited tort immunity in upholding the dismissal of a Michigan lawyer’s suit against county and state officials in Indiana, for an allegedly malicious prosecution of her in an embezzlement case. 

7th Circuit nixes Calumet term limits challenge, but says IL referendum limits may be unconstitutional

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 6, 2016, 11:09pm

A panel of federal appeals judges in Chicago has hinted Illinois’ so-called “Rule of Three” - which limits to three the number of referendums voters in a single municipality can decide in a single election, in a bid to reduce "clutter" on the ballot – may not pass constitutional muster, noting it can invite political gamesmanship on the part of powerful municipal officials who can use their power to crowd out citizen-initiated reform measures.

Advocate, NorthShore continue to push for merger, despite 7th Circuit decision against them

Chandra Lye Dec. 1, 2016, 12:42pm

CHICAGO – Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem have said that despite an appeals court ruling against their proposed merger, they will still seek to merge. But how that can happen in light of the court ruling remains unclear.

Trump will impact federal cases, but appellate lawyer believes effect may be more measured

David Lanzafame Nov. 17, 2016, 1:51pm

As the administration of President-elect Donald Trump begins its transition into the White House, the effect of this new administration may have less sweeping changes and more to do with picking its battles. According to Christopher Keleher, a Chicago-based appellate lawyer, the affect of a Trump presidency on the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals may be less broad and more measured.