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'Major changes' in law continue to narrow definition of automated dialers under TCPA, dampen class actions

By Cook County Record | Dec 18, 2018

A Chicago federal judge's recent decision to revisit a lawsuit vs Yahoo over a text message the web services provider sent to a user, could further help to narrow an expansive view of so-called "automatic telephone dialing system" embraced years ago by federal regulators, which has helped to enhance the growth of lawsuits under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Three lawyers disbarred, nine more suspended in latest round of IL Supreme Court attorney discipline

By Cook County Record | Nov 27, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has disbarred three lawyers, including a criminal defense attorney sentenced to 30 months in prison for not paying nearly $1 million in federal taxes, and suspended nine others, including a former McHenry County prosecutor convicted of stealing more than $21,000 from the law firm that employed her.

Judges: Dermatologist failed to prove Mayo Clinic's 'fair' rating to prospective employer caused harm

By Cook County Record | Nov 10, 2018

A federal appeals panel has terminated a doctor's lawsuit against the Mayo Clinic, saying her former employer's decision to rate the doctor's performance as "fair" was an unfair breach of a contract clause forbidding the hospital system from saying anything negative about her to prospective future employers.

Appeals panel: Ameren wrong to fire worker for lawfully having concealed firearm in car at work

By Cook County Record | Nov 9, 2018

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has said a federal judge in central Illinois was wrong to rule against an Ameren employee who the company says was fired for violating a workplace violence policy, after he allegedly made threats and kept a concealed firearm in his vehicle while at work.

SCOTUS lets stand Penn high court's takeover of redistricting; Illinois reformers have taken note

By Cook County Record | Nov 5, 2018

After a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court rejecting Pennsylvania Republicans' attempt to redraw that state's congressional districts, an organization dedicated toward reforming how Illinois draws its legislative districts, which are currently skewed to favor Democrats, says the decision could help spur reform in other states, including Illinois, both legislatively and in the courts.

Jury orders Evanston NorthShore Hospital, others to pay $50M for boy's birth brain injury, cerebral palsy

By Cook County Record | Oct 11, 2018

A Cook County jury has awarded more than $50 million to the family of a boy who has had cerebral palsy, allegedly as a result of injuries he sustained at birth when he was delivered at Evanston NorthShore Hospital nine years ago.

Appeals court: Homeowners can't use annexation agreement to sue Tinley Park over drainage woes

By Cook County Record | Oct 9, 2018

Homeowners in Tinley Park have lost another round in their bid to hold the village of Tinley Park responsible for water drainage issues at their house, despite an annexation agreement that required a developer to install storm sewer drains years ago the homeowners assert would have solved their water issues.

Cook Sheriff Dart accuses correctional officer of sending emails falsely accusing Dart of domestic abuse, cover up

By Cook County Record | Sep 27, 2018

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has served one of his department’s correctional officers with a defamation lawsuit, saying the Cook County Sheriff’s Office employee and his wife were behind emails sent last year, asserting the sheriff had abused his wife and was covering it up.

Lawsuit alleges Norridge Gardens, Premier Healthcare Management contributed to man's death

By Cook County Record | Sep 26, 2018

An independent administrator alleges a care facility in Norridge failed to provide proper nursing care to a relative, who died.

Appeals court: Office Depot commission policies don't negate obligation to pay workers within month

By Cook County Record | Sep 24, 2018

Businesses who employ commissioned sales representatives may need to reevaluate their policies for paying commissions, after appeals judges said company policies don't trump Illinois law requiring employers to promptly pay commissioned sales reps.

Wendy's sued by workers who claim broke law when scanned fingerprints for use with punch clock

By Cook County Record | Sep 24, 2018

Fast food chain Wendy's is among the latest businesses operating in Illinois to be sued by workers for allegedly violating workers' rights under an Illinois biometrics privacy law by scanning employee fingerprints for use with its employee punch clock systems.

Judge: IL Film Office's work to boost IL film industry didn't favor Cinespace over Chicago Studio City

By Cook County Record | Sep 21, 2018

A federal judge has rejected an attempt by a Chicago film and TV studio to sue the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the former director of the llinois Film Office for allegedly favoring a larger, newer competitor in doling out state assistance.

Ex-Cook Sheriff's deputy loses bid to use Merit Board controversy to boost lawsuit over termination

By Cook County Record | Sep 18, 2018

A federal judge has taken down a fired Cook County Sheriff's deputy's attempt to use controversy surrounding the sheriff's Merit Board to keep alive his lawsuit over his termination.

Class action: Amcor Plastics violated IL privacy law by scanning employeee fingerprints

By Cook County Record | Sep 18, 2018

Packaging maker Amcor Rigid Plastics USA is among the latest companies to be hit with a class action lawsuit alleging they violated an Illinois biometrics privacy law by improperly scanning their workers' fingerprints.

Wheaton College asks court to order U.S. to pay its $1.2M legal bills in Obamacare religious freedom case

By Cook County Record | Sep 14, 2018

After obtaining a victory against the federal government over the question of whether the so-called contraceptive mandate violates its religious freedom, Wheaton College is asking a federal judge to order the government to pay its $1.2 million legal bills in the case.

Judge backs recused judge's decision to OK loan officers' wage class action vs American Bank & Trust

By Cook County Record | Sep 10, 2018

A federal judge has confirmed another recused judge's decision earlier this spring to refuse to end a class action brought by a group of bank loan officers, who accused their employer, American Bank and Trust, of shorting them wages and commissions.

Appeals panel: Northwest Community Hospital internal documents 'privileged' in wrongful death case

By Cook County Record | Aug 16, 2018

A state appellate panel has reversed a Cook County judge's order requiring Northwest Community Hospital in suburban Arlington Heights to release 17 internal documents in discovery to lawyers for a family suing over a woman's death, despite the hospital's contention the documents should be privileged.

Appeals court: Chicago can't be sued by runner who claimed was hurt because 606 Trail too narrow

By Cook County Record | Aug 10, 2018

An Illinois state appeals panel has upheld a Cook County judge's decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought against the city of Chicago and Chicago Park District by a woman who was struck by a bicyclist while running on the 606 Trail, and who argued the city should be held responsible because, she argued, the trail was too narrow to accommodate both bicycles and foot traffic.

Appeals panel revives black workers' hostile work environment claims vs Advocate Christ Medical Center

By Cook County Record | Jul 26, 2018

A federal appeals panel has partially reversed a federal judge's order, which had granted a win to Advocate Christ Medical Center, against claims brought by a group of African American hospital workers who alleged they faced a hostile work environment.

Cook County judge charged after dropping firearm in lobby of courthouse, relieved of duties for now

By Cook County Record | Jul 11, 2018

A Cook County judge has been temporarily removed from the bench, as he faces charges after he dropped a concealed handgun in front of county sheriff’s deputies at the county’s criminal courthouse.

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