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$38M red light camera settlement on table; Deal won't end risk to city, taxpayers, other litigants say

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 21, 2017, 10:58pm

People who received tickets from Chicago’s red light cameras could be in line for a bit of a refund, should Chicago aldermen sign off on a $38.75 million settlement deal negotiated by City Hall’s lawyers to end a class action lawsuit over the automated traffic enforcement program. But the trial lawyers behind a separate class action against the city say the settlement doesn’t end the legal and financial risk to the city or taxpayers.

Jury OK to order Geracis to pay dogwalker $275K for elevator confrontation, battery: Appeals court

Scott Holland Jul. 21, 2017, 6:00am

A state appeals court has upheld a jury’s verdict against the wife of bankruptcy lawyer Peter Francis Geraci, saying she needs to pay $275,000 to a dog walker she accused of attacking her almost four years ago.

Machinist's claims work fumes caused cancer vs Union Pacific, Safety Kleen headed back to Cook court

Dee Thompson Jul. 21, 2017, 4:00am

A machinist’s case against Union Pacific, claiming the railroad should be made to pay for allegedly exposing him to toxic fumes and products at work, allegedly causing his renal cancer, has been sent back to Cook County court, after a federal judge determined the Federal Employees Liability Act doesn't let it pull out of state court.

NJ decision barring lawyers from working with online legal services reflects debate in IL, other states

Kathy Kaye Jul. 21, 2017, 3:00am

Will the N.J. Supreme Court decision that prohibits lawyers from using services like RocketLawyer impact law practice in Illinois and other states?

Appeals court: Rosemont can't keep lid on its take from rents, concession sales at its arenas

Dee Thompson Jul. 21, 2017, 2:00am

The village of Rosemont can't cite concerns over "competitive harm" to others when picking and choosing which financial documents to publicly disclose - and specifically when trying to keep privileged its take from rents and concession revenues from the arenas it owns and operates, a state appeals court has affirmed.

Activist sues Cook County judge over arrest warrant

Louie Torres Jul. 20, 2017, 8:08pm

An activist and director of a nonprofit group is suing a Cook County Circuit Court associate judge, alleging he falsely issued a warrant for her arrest and caused intentional emotional distress.

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital sued over elevator accident

Louie Torres Jul. 20, 2017, 8:00pm

A construction worker is suing Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Otis Elevator Co. and Imperial Woodworking Co., alleging the parties are liable for injuries he sustained while working at the hospital.

Family sues Community First Healthcare over woman's treatment, death

Louie Torres Jul. 20, 2017, 7:59pm

The estate of a deceased patient who battled hyperglycemia and hypertension is suing Community First Healthcare of Illinois Inc. and several other health services organizations and physicians, alleging insufficient measures were taken to diagnose and treat her conditions.

More than a dozen police officers sued in chase that caused fatal injuries

Louie Torres Jul. 20, 2017, 7:56pm

The family of a man who died of injuries sustained during a police chase is suing more than a dozen Chicago police officers and the city of Chicago, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and negligence.

Injury from physical therapy machine at St. James Hospital prompts lawsuit

Louie Torres Jul. 20, 2017, 7:54pm

A patient at the Franciscan Alliance Inc., which does business as St. James Hospital of Olympia Fields, alleges insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries while she was using a physical therapy machine.

Astoria Place nursing facility accused of negligence

Louie Torres Jul. 20, 2017, 7:52pm

A woman who was recovering from pelvic surgery at Astoria Place Living & Rehab is suing the facility, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries.

Lettuce Entertain You sued over worker termination

Louie Torres Jul. 20, 2017, 7:50pm

A former employee is suing Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, citing alleged retaliation and wrongful termination.

Judge: Procedural question won't derail federal discrimination suit over Tinley Park low income housing

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 20, 2017, 12:28pm

A Chicago federal judge has cleared federal lawyers to continue their housing discrimination lawsuit against the village of Tinley Park over the fate of a low-income housing development, saying the task of filing such lawsuits can be delegated to other lawyers within the Department of Justice if the office specifically authorized by federal law to oversee such enforcement actions is vacant.

Bar Association lawsuit: Block IL regulators from going after property tax lawyers over 'appraisals'

Scott Holland Jul. 20, 2017, 4:00am

The Illinois State Bar Association has asked a Cook County judge to order state regulators to back off of prosecutions against lawyers the state agency has accused of appraising real estate without a license, because the lawyers purportedly included real estate comps and other real estate value metrics in property tax appeals.

Jury: Bartlett nursing home staff failed to give woman anti-stroke drug, owes $4.1M for death

Cook County Record Jul. 19, 2017, 2:41pm

A Cook County jury has ordered a Bartlett nursing home to pay more than $4.1 million to the family of an 89-year-old woman who died four years after she suffered a stroke while in the home’s care, allegedly because staff at the nursing home did not give her a prescription blood thinner.

Judge dismisses disabled runner's suit against IHSA, says only right to compete guaranteed, not to win

Dan Churney Jul. 19, 2017, 4:00am

A Chicago federal judge has benched litigation brought by a disabled suburban student athlete against the Illinois High School Association, who wanted lower qualifying standards, saying the IHSA has to guarantee the athlete's opportunity to compete, but not to give him an unfair edge over the non-disabled.

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.

Judge pulls plug on challenge to IL 'Zero Emissions Credit' Exelon nuclear plant bailout

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 18, 2017, 1:32pm

Saying the law could both simultaneously be a subsidy designed to prop up two Illinois nuclear power plants and a legitimate attempt to reduce carbon emissions, a Chicago federal judge has pulled the plug on attempts by a group of power generators and electricity consumers to challenge a recent state law the plaintiffs claimed unconstitutionally used “green energy” goals as a pretext to rig the wholesale electricity generation and supply markets in favor of electricity generation giant Exelon.

Wrigley Co. to vaping products maker: Stop using iconic candy, gum names to peddle e-cig liquids

Scott Holland Jul. 17, 2017, 6:00am

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, but where there’s Doublemint and Juicy Fruit, there’s supposed to be only chewing gum, according to a trademark infringement lawsuit from one of Chicago’s iconic candy makers against the makers of e-cigarette “vaping” products.

Murder victim's family: Backpage 'sanitizes' sex trafficking ads, such as one that led to slaying

Scott Holland Jul. 14, 2017, 11:29pm

Backpage has removed to federal court a lawsuit from the family of a murdered young Chicago woman, accusing the online classified website of encouraging the type of sex trafficking that allegedly led to her death.