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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.

Court's injunction of Advocate, NorthShore merger could have future ramifications for health care industry

Dawn Geske Nov. 9, 2016, 6:04pm

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has overturned the decision by a lower court, which had denied enjoining the proposed merger between two health-care providers in Illinois. And the decision could be a harbinger for future cases, said an attorney who deals with such antitrust litigation. 

Election Day voter registration easier in urban areas than in rural locations

Dawn Geske Oct. 26, 2016, 12:19pm

With an order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to not expedite a case looking to block Election Day voter registration come November, voters will be able to register to vote on Nov. 8 right at the polling precinct in some counties of Illinois - a move which could make it easier for those living in more populated areas to vote than other eligible voters living in more rural areas.

Seventh Circuit to decide whether discrimination based on sexual orientation violates Title VII

Dawn Geske Oct. 19, 2016, 5:38pm

CHICAGO – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has reversed its initial decision and decided to rehear a case en banc that looks at whether sexual orientation discrimination is protected under Title VII.

City OK to regulate Uber, Lyft differently; license doesn't entitle cabs to no competition, appeals judge says

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 11, 2016, 5:22pm

The city of Chicago doesn’t need to burden Uber, Lyft and other ridesharing services with the same costly regulations applied to cab drivers, a federal appeals court has ruled, declaring the city did not infringe cab companies’ constitutional rights by allowing the alternative transportation companies to operate and compete for passengers in the city.

7th Circuit appeals judges lift injunction blocking Illinois Election Day voter registration program

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 4, 2016, 5:53pm

Saying the law imposes only a “minimal inconvenience" on voters living in low population counties who wish to register to vote on Election Day when compared to the benefits of expanding voting opportunities in counties with more people, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked a federal appeals court to overturn a federal judge’s block of a state law allowing Election Day voter registration at polling places in Cook County and other Illinois counties in which more than 100,000 people liv