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Supreme Court decision could have big impact on mass actions in Cook County, elsewhere

John O'Brien and Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 20, 2017, 5:23pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned rulings made by three California courts that concluded they had specific jurisdiction over lawsuits brought by out-of-state residents against a company not incorporated or headquartered there. And reverberations from the decision will likely be felt in Cook County courtrooms, say observers.

Former state senator shouldn't expect to win his lawsuit asking for back pay, state constitution expert says

Dee Thompson Jun. 20, 2017, 3:30pm

Michael Noland, an Elgin Democrat who served in the Illinois state Senate for 10 years, has sued the state of Illinois, alleging his pay was illegally withheld during budget crises. However, an expert in Illinois constitutional law says his lawsuit has little chance of prevailing, particularly since the lack of funds was caused in part by legislation to cut lawmaker pay - legislation he, at the time, supported.

The Atrium allegedly failed to prevent man's bedsores, pneumonia and other illnesses

Louie Torres Jun. 20, 2017, 1:25pm

A woman is suing The Atrium Health Care Center Ltd. on behalf of a deceased relative, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent multiple health issues.

Woman sues Lexington of Orland Park for negligence related to former resident's fall

Louie Torres Jun. 20, 2017, 1:24pm

A woman is suing Lexington Health Care Center of Orland Park Inc. d/b/a Lexington of Orland Park, and Royal Management Corporation, alleging negligence for allowing her relative, a former nursing home resident, to suffer injuries from a fall that led to his death.

Man alleges Symphony Crestwood was negligent, failed to prevent falls, bedsores

Louie Torres Jun. 20, 2017, 1:22pm

A man is suing Symphony Crestwood LLC and Metrosouth Medical Center, alleging negligence for failing to prevent bedsores and falls which led to injury.

Man says Midamerica Orthopaedics, doctors liable for damage to major nerve

Louie Torres Jun. 20, 2017, 1:21pm

A man is suing James Moravek M.D., Midamerica Orthopaedics, David Altman M.D. and Ambulatory Anesthesiologists of Greater Chicago, claiming he suffered nerve damage while undergoing shoulder surgery.

Parents allege negligence by U of I Hospitals for misdiagnosis, false report of abuse

Louie Torres Jun. 20, 2017, 1:19pm

Two parents are suing University of Illinois Hospitals, claiming staff misdiagnosed their infant and wrongfully caused the couple's remaining children to be removed from their home because they reported them for abuse.

Woman claims Barrington dentist caused nerve pain, damage during crown procedure

Louie Torres Jun. 20, 2017, 1:17pm

A woman is suing dentist James Gavrilos and his practice, James Gavrilos D.D.S. P.C., alleging negligence for causing nerve pain and injury during a dental procedure.

Appeals panel: ILRB exec. dir. lacks authority to yank bargaining unit certification without due process

Melissa Busch Jun. 20, 2017, 10:40am

A state appellate court has vacated an Illinois labor board's decision to dismiss a petition by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) to represent several workers in the Cook County Sheriff's electronic monitoring unit, saying the labor board erred in allowing its executive director to yank certification without due process.

Laborers' group and trustee sue ECW Construction for late payments

Louie Torres Jun. 20, 2017, 10:26am

A laborers' union is suing ECW Construction, a contractor, citing alleged breach of contract.

Judge: Law firm can't press antitrust conspiracy claim vs bankruptcy management software biz

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 20, 2017, 12:49am

A Chicago law firm has struck out yet again in its attempt to press an antitrust action against a company specializing in developing bankruptcy case management software, as a federal judge declared McGarry & McGarry LLC simply didn’t have the standing needed to press its claims against Irvine, Calif.-based Bankruptcy Management Solutions Inc.

Woodbridge man says Arizona collection agency called him for debt he doesn't owe

Louie Torres Jun. 19, 2017, 2:07pm

A man is suing Waterman Financial Group LLC, which does business both as CFS Mediation and Coastal Financial Services, alleging misrepresentation in debt collection and violation of telephone harassment statutes.

Aurora woman says MB Financial continues calling personal cell phone

Louie Torres Jun. 19, 2017, 2:05pm

A woman is suing MB Financial Bank N.A., alleging the lender violated phone harassment statutes.

Class action: Premier Dermatology allegedly solicited through texts, failed to offer opt-out

Louie Torres Jun. 19, 2017, 2:03pm

A Yorkville couple has filed a class-action lawsuit against Premier Dermatology and Forefront Dermatology, alleging violation of telephone harassment statutes.

Woman with Crohn's disease sues Starbucks for alleged discrimination, wrongful firing

Louie Torres Jun. 19, 2017, 2:02pm

A former Chicago-area district manager is suing Starbucks, alleging disability discrimination, violation of Workers' Compensation acts and wrongful termination.

Harris & Harris, associated debt collection firm allegedly used autodialer to seek debt

Louie Torres Jun. 19, 2017, 1:58pm

A woman is suing Harris & Harris Ltd. and Arnold Scott Harris PC, Chicago-based debt collectors, claiming they harassed her with collection calls.

City of Chicago, pro-life groups settle legal fight over 'bubble zone' abortion protest restrictions

John Revak Jun. 19, 2017, 1:56pm

A group of anti-abortion activists who alleged Chicago City Hall used its so-called "bubble rule" around abortion clinics to illegally single out and violate the free speech rights of pro-life protesters have reached a settlement with the city, ending parts of their legal action against the city.

Legal fight over Kane County's Longmeadow bridge project, endangered bumblebees 'unique' case

Dee Thompson Jun. 19, 2017, 1:04pm

An ongoing legal fight between west suburban Kane County and a group of activists purportedly concerned over the threat to a bumblebee species recently listed as endangered, from a new road and Fox River bridge project presents an "unique and interesting" case, says an attorney who helps lead the Center for Biological Diversity.

Federal court in Chicago participates in pilot mandatory initial discovery program

Glenn Minnis Jun. 19, 2017, 12:40pm

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, with courthouses in Chicago and Rockford, recently began taking part in a pilot program designed to expedite the way standard discovery is exchanged between litigants.

Hospitals could face more litigation, costs from property taxes following IL Supreme Court decision

Chandra Lye Jun. 19, 2017, 12:05pm

The Illinois Supreme Court's decision earlier this year to punt on the question of whether hospitals should maintain property tax exemptions could yet prove costly for some hospitals, until the state high court ultimately clears up legal questions surrounding the exemptions for the nonprofit health care organizations.