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Webinar on intellectual property available for entrepreneurs, business owners

By Charmaine Little | Apr 2, 2019

Founders and entrepreneurs of blooming businesses are encouraged to get educated on all things intellectual property in one of Financial Poise’s latest webinars, IP-101: What Every Founder/Entrepreneur Must Know. The on-demand webinar, which is sponsored by EisnerAmper, is slated to give special advice for those who have launched their own startup businesses.

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Working With Experts webinar planned for April 24

By Charmaine Little | Apr 2, 2019

The Working With Experts course will soon be available for Financial Poise Webinars' Newbie Litigator School’s Winter/Spring 2019 session. It will take place Wednesday, April 24 from 1-2 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Illinois Supreme Court approves new fees schedule to lower 'excessive' costs for Illinois court users

By Charmaine Little | Mar 1, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court has greenlighted a new court fees schedule in an effort to put a ceiling on what has been called "excessive" legal costs for people using the courts, particularly those living in poverty.

Corporate defendants no longer required to file response with motion to dismiss in Chicago federal courts

By Charmaine Little | Feb 1, 2019

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has made changes to its Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project program.

IDOT ordered to pay $774K in fees to lawyers for Muslim ex-worker who claimed discrimination

By Charmaine Little | Jan 24, 2019

The state of Illinois has been ordered to pay nearly $800,000 in legal fees to lawyers representing a Muslim employee of the Illinois Department of Transportation after a jury found IDOT supervisors had retaliated against him and did not give him space to pray and practice his religion. The ex-IDOT worker received more than $1.2 million in damages and back pay and benefits.

Lawsuit accuses Jack Phelan Chevy of underpaying sales personnel, conducting commission 'scheme'

By Charmaine Little | Jan 22, 2019

A Chevrolet dealership is facing a wage and compensation lawsuit for allegedly underpaying its workers.

Appeals court: Shriver Center's FOIA request for school cop misconduct reports too burdensome

By Charmaine Little | Dec 19, 2018

A state appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an attempt to force the Chicago Board of Education to turn over documents and records concerning complaints the Chicago Public Schools may have received concerning police or security at Chicago's schools, as part of an effort by a social action group to expose what it believes is school discipline that contributes to the "school-to-prison pipeline."

Judge cuts short woman's lawsuit vs Omni Hotel over 2015 trip-and-fall on terrace paver

By Charmaine Little | Dec 18, 2018

A federal judge has cut short a personal injury lawsuit brought by a woman who claims she tripped and fell on a paver on a terrace at Chicago's Omni Hotel.

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.

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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.

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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.

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