Charmaine Little News

Judge: Menards can't shake man's trip & fall suit; danger posed by display base not so 'open & obvious'

By Charmaine Little | Oct 10, 2018

A federal judge will allow a man to continue his lawsuit against home improvement retailer Menards, over the man's claims he suffered injuries tripping over a display at a suburban store two years ago.

Appeals court: Night club not on hook for man's brain injury allegedly caused by bouncer opening door

By Charmaine Little | Oct 3, 2018

A state appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that attempted to make a night club in suburban Burbank pay for the injuries suffered by a man who was struck by an outward opening door on New Year's Eve 2012, saying the man should have recognized the danger of standing in front of the door when the club had posted a sign denying reentry to anyone outside.

Judge lets Cook Sheriff's Merit Board leave lawsuit over alleged anti-African American jobs discrimination

By Charmaine Little | Sep 21, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has, for now, blocked four African American men from pressing discrimination claims against the panel responsible for reviewing hiring and firing decisions at the Cook County Sheriff's Office, saying the men lacked standing to continue their suit alleging the Cook County Sheriff's Merit Board engaged in a pattern of discrimination when the sheriff's office declined their applications to become Cook County correctional officers. The lawsuit against the Cook County Sheriff, however, continues.

Appeals court affirms Crystal Lake can't fire police officer who released drunk driver from accident scene

By Charmaine Little | Aug 3, 2018

A state appeals panel has backed an arbitrator’s decision to reinstate a Crystal Lake police officer who was initially fired for allegedly allowing an allegedly intoxicated driver to leave the scene of an accident. The appeals panel, however, also upheld a McHenry County judge's denial of a union's request to impose sanctions on the city for the officer's termination, according to an opinion entered July 5 by the Illinois Second District Appellate Court.

Appeals panel: Sanctions mostly OK vs animal rights activist for revealing info about Doe defendant on Facebook

By Charmaine Little | Jul 20, 2018

A state appeals court has largely upheld a county court's decision to hold in contempt an animal rights activist for allegedly violating a court order to keep under wraps the identity of the owner of a so-called "puppy mill," but said the lower court judge needed to offer better instructions for how the activist could have the contempt sanctions lifted.

From Legal Newsline

Chicago asks judge to toss HomeAway's lawsuit over housing ordinance

By Charmaine Little | Jun 14, 2018

The City of Chicago has requested the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in the Eastern Division dismiss a case that alleges one of its regulations favors Airbnb against competitor, HomeAway.com Inc.

From Legal Newsline

Nissan appeals to Seventh Circuit seeking arbitration in Infiniti peeling paint class action

By Charmaine Little | Jun 13, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A major car company accused of selling vehicles with defective paint appealed the denial of its motion to compel arbitration in an ongoing class action lawsuit against it and a dealership May 16.

Class action vs Six Flags over number of debit card digits on receipts kicked back to Lake County court

By Charmaine Little | Jun 5, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has kicked back to Lake County Circuit Court a class action lawsuit brought by a couple who claimed theme park operator Six Flags printed too many of their credit card's digits on their receipts from a day at Six Flags Great America.

Judges: Ex-Hinsdale school board member can't cite emotional well-being to thwart exam of bullying accusations

By Charmaine Little | May 25, 2018

A federal appellate panel has ruled that an investigation into an alleged incident in which a former Hinsdale Township school board member was accused of allegedly bullying a student did not violate the school board member's constitutional rights, as judges said the U.S. Constitution does not require government officials to take into account the feelings or emotional well-being of those subjected to a government action.

Judge: Not enough evidence to support ex-teacher's age discrimination suit vs Catholic bishop

By Charmaine Little | May 24, 2018

A federal judge has rejected a former Catholic school teacher's age discrimination lawsuit, saying she failed to provide evidence suggesting she was fired because of her age, and noting she was replaced by teacher only seven years younger.

Appeals panel reverses decision to toss ex-Malcolm X College admin's retaliatory firing suit

By Charmaine Little | May 18, 2018

Saying they believed a fired Malcolm X College administrator had demonstrated he was fired for reporting actions which "defrauded ... the taxpayer," an Illinois appellate panel has reversed a lower court’s decision to dismiss a retaliatory discharge suit over claims he was fired after raising concerns about the school allegedly hiring unqualified professors.

Illinois appeals court says Chicago Board of Education not liable for off-campus attack

By Charmaine Little | May 15, 2018

An Illinois appellate panel has ruled that the Chicago Board of Education is immune from a lawsuit involving a high school student who allegedly was attacked by another student off campus, according to a decision filed on April 24 in the Illinois First District Appellate Court.

Appeals court lets cemetery take to arbitration legal battle over alleged fraud in sale of grave plots

By Charmaine Little | Oct 27, 2017

A state appeals court has gratned a local cemetery a won in an ongoing battle that accused the cemetery of defrauding a familt that had purchased grave plots.

Woman fails to convince court that Lollapalooza's promoters responsible for her broken ankle

By Charmaine Little | Sep 18, 2017

A state appeals panel says a woman can't press her claims a promoter for the Lollapalooza music festival is to blame for a broken ankle she suffered at the event in Chicago six years ago.

Caterpillar secures win in age discrimination case over elimination of benefits package for laid off workers

By Charmaine Little | Sep 15, 2017

A federal judge has bulldozed a lawsuit against Caterpillar, which accused the Peoria-based heavy equipment manufacturer of discriminating against its older workers when it eliminated a supplemental unemployment benefit program for workers laid off at its plant in Joliet.

New Illinois law allows convicted felons to get health care-related professional licenses

By Charmaine Little | Apr 4, 2017

Felony convictions will no longer prevent someone in Illinois from acquiring a health care-related professional license thanks to a new law that amends the rules overseen by the state's Department of Professional Regulation.

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