Illinois' bailout bill for two Exelon power plants unique, unprecedented, needed more review, attorney says
In early December, Democrats and Republicans in Springfield, including Gov. Bruce Rauner, agreed on an energy bailout bill in the Legislature to keep two Exelon nuclear generator plants operating at a cost of as much as $4.54 per month per Illinois ratepayer. But a Chicago lawyer who has advised industrial businesses and governments on energy-related issues for more than two decades said the 503-page bailout bill, which rewrote major provisions of both the Illinois Public Utilities Act and the Illinois Power Agency Act, should have received a more thorough review before becoming law.
Laywers behind the nationwide concussion class action lawsuit against the NCAA, which resulted in a $70 million settlement to improve “medical monitoring” of college athletes at risk of brain injuries, have now asked a Chicago federal judge to award them attorney fees of $15 million. And attorneys with Edelson P.C., who represented an objector to the initial settlement and claims their work added $50 million to the settlement, has requested the court order an additional $6 million in fees.
The Cook County Circuit Clerk’s office has misinterpreted a state law allowing it to collect fees from people filing certain motions in court, a state appeals court has said, clearing the way for a Chicago man and his attorney to pursue their lawsuit to secure a court order forcing the clerk’s office to stop demanding the money.
A lawyer and businessman who formerly owned the Skybox on Sheffield rooftop club overlooking Wrigley Field has been disbarred just days after he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for allegedly concealing more than $1 million in revenue. Marc Hamid was one of four Illinois attorneys disbarred by the Illinois Supreme Court in January; eight others were suspended.
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.
Federal appeals court: ADA accommodation rules don't rule out competition for jobs; SCOTUS could decide
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.
The American Bar Association has sued the federal government, asking the court to order the Department of Education to reinstate a student loan forgiveness program, which the federal agency had rescinded and applied retroactively to lawyers and others who had worked in what they believed had qualified under the terms of the program as "public service" jobs at the ABA and other non-profit membership organizations after graduating college.