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Nursing homes win right under Medicaid Act to suit IL over $12 million owed in unpaid reimbursements

Kacie Whaley Sep. 23, 2017, 3:00pm

A federal appeals court has handed a group of Illinois nursing home operators a win in their fight to demand Medicaid payments from the state, upholding a Chicago federal district judge who had also sided with the care facilities.

Seventh Circuit affirms Emerald casino executives liable for $272 million

David Hutton Sep. 16, 2017, 7:00am

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has sided with an Illinois federal court, noting that a federal judge was correct in ruling that six Illinois casino executives are responsible for paying $272 million after they allegedly caused their company to lose its gambling license and fall into bankruptcy.

Posner departure sets stage for potential political fight over future of Seventh Circuit

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 8, 2017, 11:59am

After decades of relative stability, Chicago's U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals could soon undergo an extensive makeover, making the court potentially the next battleground in the fight for the future of the nation’s judiciary, as President Trump and the Senate seek to fill four vacancies on the court, including a new one left following the sudden departure of influential Judge Richard Posner.

Federal appeals panel: Judge's OK of class action vs Blue Cross amounted to unexplained 'judicial fiat'

Dan Churney Sep. 5, 2017, 5:33pm

A Chicago federal appellate court has stripped class-action status from a suit, which alleges Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates overcharged beneficiaries, then passed the profits back to Blue Cross, saying a Springfield federal judge overlooked “glaring problems” when allowing the suit to proceed as a class action.

Posner announces retirement, ending 36-year prolific, influential tenure on Seventh Circuit

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 1, 2017, 5:59pm

After more than three-and-a-half decades on the bench at Chicago’s Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Richard Posner has announced his retirement.

Judges: Asbestos plaintiff not harmed by ruling barring testimony from doctor over exposure theories

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 1, 2017, 12:17pm

A federal appeals court in Chicago has refused to upend a jury’s verdict against a retired pipefitter, who had claimed Owens-Illinois and ExxonMobil should be held liable for his lung cancer because possible exposure to asbestos on work sites decades ago, and not a 30-year, pack-and-a-half-a-day cigarette smoking habit, had caused the illness.

Subway footlong class action plaintiffs to take another stab, after appeals court sliced 'worthless' deal

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 31, 2017, 4:00pm

Less than five days after a federal appeals court threw out a settlement deal intended to cut short the litigation, a group of lawyers representing people suing Subway over the length of their footlong sub sandwiches have indicated they will now refresh their class actions against the ubiquitous fast food chain.

Seventh Circuit: Ex-Gov. Quinn OK to terminate workers comp arbitrators who sued the state over reforms

D.M. Herra Aug. 28, 2017, 6:18pm

A federal appellate court has affirmed Illinois governors are within their rights not to reappoint workers’ compensation arbitrators, even if they claim their dismissal was retaliatory.

Judge sinks footlong sub sandwich suit, calls dismissed action ‘worthless’ and a ‘racket’

Dan Churney Aug. 28, 2017, 12:30pm

A Chicago federal appeals panel suffered heartburn from a class-action suit, which claimed Subway Footlong sandwiches cheat customers by occasionally measuring just under a foot, likening the litigation to a “racket” that lines the pockets of plaintiffs’ lawyers, but does little else

Appeals panel: Volvo's full refund offer doesn't negate class action over hybrid SUV's mileage marketing

Scott Holland Aug. 24, 2017, 6:50pm

A Chicago federal appellate court breathed new life into a lawsuit against Volvo, saying an offer by the automaker to pay one customer a full refund doesn’t garage the class action complaint.

Appeals court shears class action vs Regency beauty school, says students not employees under FLSA

Dan Churney Aug. 23, 2017, 5:00am

A Chicago federal appellate court has scalped a class-action lawsuit filed by a onetime student of a nationwide beauty school, which alleged student cosmetologists should be paid for on-the-job training, as the hands-on work experience serves as compensation and is required for licensing.

7th Circuit says Chicago doesn't owe cops OT for off-duty emails; lawyer says shows need for clear policy

Chandra Lye Aug. 23, 2017, 12:10am

A federal appeals court has backed Chicago City Hall in its dispute with a group of police officers who claimed they should be paid overtime for off-duty emailing on their official Blackberrys. And that decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit demonstrates the importance for employers to have a clearly defined policy on overtime work for employees

Appeals court: EEOC can keep investigating Union Pacific even after specific discrimination case tossed

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 18, 2017, 3:42pm

Federal employment discrimination regulators are not limited to pursuing their own discrimination investigations against employers, even after a case under which the agency launched an investigation is dismissed, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Federal judge's 'important punt' sends key question on status of Uber drivers in class action to arbitrator

John Myers Aug. 16, 2017, 2:00pm

A Chicago federal judge has added a new entry in the ongoing debate over whether companies can force employees and contractors to sign class-action waivers, stepping into a dispute in which an Uber driver claims the company owes him wages and overtime under federal law.

Debate brews over whether Americans with Disabilities Act or Title VII protects transgender employees

Glenn Minnis Aug. 5, 2017, 8:00am

A legal debate is now brewing over whether transgender employees should be legally protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), particularly given a spate of recent rulings, including from a Chicago federal appeals court, finding they may already be protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well.

Seventh Circuit: Wisconsin copy of Indiana right to work law constitutional

Scott Holland Jul. 18, 2017, 1:46pm

A federal appeals court in Chicago has upheld a Wisconsin right to work law as constitutional, as judges said they could find no "compelling reasons" to revisit that question after upholding Indiana's similar law three years ago.

Home caregivers ask SCOTUS: Can IL force union representation?; Potential ramifications far-reaching

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 13, 2017, 6:00am

A group of Illinois child care providers and in-home care providers for those with disabilities have asked the nation’s highest court to step in to their dispute with a prominent labor union, arguing the state’s decision to force the care providers to allow the Service Employees International Union to serve as their bargaining representative as a condition of accepting payment through state assistance programs violates their constitutional rights.

Appeals court: Legal maneuver to use different court rule to intercept TCPA class action still won't fly

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 22, 2017, 11:31pm

A federal appeals court has shot down a gambit by a company attempting to swat down a junk fax class action lawsuit by depositing with the court a payment it believed to satisfy the claims of the lawsuit’s lead plaintiff, as judges said they did not believe the attempt to use a seeming loophole in a recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling is different enough from the very act the nation’s high court wouldn’t fly under the law.

Caterpillar appeals $90M verdict after judge refuses to reduce damages in trade secrets lawsuit

Noell Wolfgram Evans Jun. 16, 2017, 6:34pm

Both Caterpillar and the UK-based engineering firm that accused the Illinois-based heavy equipment maker of stealing its trade secrets have appealed, after a federal judge refused to alter a jury's verdict, in which the British engineering firm was awarded more than $90 million.

Seventh Circuit: Patent law can't be used to press asbestos exposure liability claims

Scott Holland Jun. 8, 2017, 11:30pm

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has upheld lower courts’ dismissal of several asbestos exposure lawsuits brought against door maker Weyerhaeuser Company and Owens-Illinois Inc., saying their dispute with Weyerhauser should be handled under Wisconsin’s workers compensation law, and their claims against Owens-Illinois don’t belong in court at all.