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IL Supreme Court mulls legality of hospital property tax exemptions; could await better test case

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 13, 2017, 5:23pm

The Illinois Supreme Court could soon decide whether hospitals in Illinois should be allowed to avoid paying property taxes, or whether a state law used to grant them tax exemptions should be declared unconstitutional. Or the court could simply sidestep the matter for now, and instead await the arrival of a different case better suited for addressing the sticky legal questions.

$4.25M deal ends litigation vs Northern Trust over 'hundreds of millions' in losses for public pensions

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 12, 2017, 11:21pm

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $4.25 million settlement to end years of litigation between financial investment firm Northern Trust Co. and a host of public worker retirement plans in Chicago and elsewhere in the U.S. over claims Northern Trust’s allegedly risky investment decisions had led to hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for the retirement programs when markets crashed at the onset of the Great Recession.

Supreme Court ruling throws Apple's $400M patent win into question, could impact other design patent litigation

Taryn Phaneuf Jan. 12, 2017, 10:52pm

In a unanimous decision last month, the U.S. Supreme Court took away Apple’s $400 million win in a lawsuit against Samsung, calling on the lower courts to reassess the damage award for violating a smartphone design patent.And this decision could have broader implications for other cases involving design patents for phones and other products, said a Chicago intellectual property attorney.

Attorney involved in Harris v Quinn: SEIU should repay fees 'illegally' collected from day care providers

Jireh Gibson Jan. 12, 2017, 4:45pm

Illinois-based home child care providers who paid "fair share" fees for almost nine years to a union they did not support will not get that money back following a lawsuit, after a federal judge who heard their case rejected the plaintiffs' argument the arrangement violated their constitutional rights and said the union can keep the money because it collected the money in "good faith."

EEOC settlement for ex-Costco worker harassed by customer could be 'wake-up call' for employers

S. Laney Griffo Jan. 12, 2017, 12:50pm

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has won a settlement on behalf of a former Costco employee who alleged her employer had not done enough to protect her from a customer who allegedly stalked and harassed her while at work. And the decision should serve as a "wake-up call" for employers concerned about stepping on the toes of customers who may make their employees feel unsafe, said a Chicago employment lawyer.

Appeals panel: 'Political' lawsuit vs 2011 Pawar aldermanic opponent costs 47th Ward businessmen $52K

Dan Churney Jan. 11, 2017, 5:08pm

A Chicago appellate panel has affirmed a lower court ruling that two North Side businessmen must pay the legal costs incurred by a failed aldermanic candidate while fighting their defamation lawsuit, because the suit was “politically motivated.”

Cook County judge: No new trial, $52M medmal verdict stands vs U of Chicago Medical Center

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 11, 2017, 4:38pm

A Cook County judge has upheld most of a jury’s $53 million medical malpractice verdict awarded to the family of a boy born with cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability, and rejected an attempt by the University of Chicago Medical Center to secure a new trial to reduce or undo most of what is considered the largest malpractice verdict ever awarded in Cook County.

North Riverside mayor laments ruling in fire, police pension case

Taryn Phaneuf Jan. 11, 2017, 1:00pm

The mayor of a small suburban community west of Chicago thinks the village was unfairly “singled out” for underfunding police and fire pensions in the years during the recession when revenue was low.

Bensenville homeowners, Chicago skirmish in Cook court over right to sue City Hall for O'Hare air traffic

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 10, 2017, 6:51pm

The legal dogfight between the city of Chicago and dozens of Bensenville homeowners, who say air traffic from O'Hare's busy new runway has demolished their quality of life, has returned to Cook County court, where attorneys for City Hall and the homeowners are now skirmishing over the question of precisely when the homeowners’ problems began.

Advocate Condell Medical Center, doctors, accused of not properly treating stroke during childbirth

Louie Torres Jan. 10, 2017, 3:21pm

Two people are suing several medical care providers, alleging negligence in connection with a stroke that occurred during hospitalization for childbirth.

Woman blames doctor for allegedly falling short in cancer treatment procedure

Louie Torres Jan. 10, 2017, 3:15pm

A patient is suing Franciscan Physician Network and doctor Manish Dhamija, M.D., alleging they did not properly treat her cancer.

Woman says guard, hired by Page Security, pushed her out of door, broke her wrist

Louie Torres Jan. 10, 2017, 3:12pm

A woman is suing Page Security Inc. and an unidentified employee of the security company, alleging battery, negligence and negligent hiring and supervision.

Wrongful death action accuses Glenview Terrace Nursing Center of not preventing injurious fall

Louie Torres Jan. 10, 2017, 3:09pm

A deceased man's family has filed a wrongful death claim against Glenview Terrace Nursing Center and certain nurses employed there, alleging negligence in nursing home care.

Doctors accused of misdiagnosing disorder that turned out to be cancer

Louie Torres Jan. 10, 2017, 3:05pm

A married couple's lawsuit against doctors Milena Jguenti, M.D., and Jose Velasco, M.D., and Northshore University Healthsystem Medical Group, alleges a woman's breast cancer was misdiagnosed.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center blamed for woman's injuries from powered door

Louie Torres Jan. 10, 2017, 3:00pm

A woman is suing Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, alleging negligence, liability and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries, after she was allegedly struck by a power-assisted door at the hospital.

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 panel says Sears data disclosure doesn’t harm credit card holders, so suit is tossed

Dan Churney Jan. 9, 2017, 4:41pm

A Chicago appeals courts has affirmed a lower court ruling that shelved a class-action suit against Sears, Roebuck & Co., which alleged the retail giant sold credit card holders’ personal data to telemarketers, because card holders took no financial hit as a result of Sears’ action.

Cities, counties can't enact right-to-work laws, judge says; Lincolnshire ordinance tossed

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 9, 2017, 4:32pm

Cities, villages and counties don’t have the authority under federal law to impose local right-to-work rules on employers, workers and unions, a Chicago federal judge has said, tossing out a right-to-work ordinance enacted by the village of Lincolnshire in 2015.

Judge: Museum standards mean Museum of Science & Industry owes Breedlove duty for historic car

Jonathan Bilyk Jan. 6, 2017, 8:55pm

A legendary driver and former holder of world land speed records has won the chance to hit the gas on his lawsuit against Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry over the museum’s alleged mistreatment of the Spirit of America, a historic car in which he broke the land speed record, and which he loaned to the museum five decades ago.

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.