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Appeals panel: Woman who bumped into half-open Hobby Lobby door should have looked, waited before entering

By Cook County Record | Feb 15, 2019

A state appeals panel says a McHenry woman can't keep alive her lawsuit against Hobby Lobby after she walked into an automatic door at one of the chain's crafting stores.

Could Pritzker order Sterigenics Willowbrook closed? Perhaps, but powers may be limited

By Cook County Record | Feb 14, 2019

As Illinois' attorney general spars in federal court with a company accused of emitting too much of an alleged cancer-causing chemical into the atmosphere in Chicago's western suburbs, others are calling on Illinois' new governor to do more, and immediately order the facility to close.

KNB Motors loses appeal in customer fraud case over sale of car declared total insurance loss

By Cook County Record | Feb 13, 2019

A state appeals court has rejected the attempt by a used car dealer to undo a judgment entered against it in a consumer fraud case accusing it of selling a car that had been written off as a loss by an insurance company, yet not telling the buyer.

Appeals panel: Sticky questions remain over patent for tech used to produce key ingredient for breeding dairy cows

By Cook County Record | Feb 13, 2019

A federal appeals panel has weighed in on a sticky case that centers on the question of who can corral the market for "sexed" bull semen, and whether a would-be competitor violated a confidentiality agreement in attempting to use trade secrets to horn in on the game of producing dairy cows.

Appeals panel: 'Chiropractic maneuver' claim won't trump member agreement terms in suit vs Capital Fitness

By Cook County Record | Feb 12, 2019

A state appeals panel has closed the door on a woman's attempt to sidestep a clause in her membership agreement, and still sue her fitness club and her personal trainer for a back injury she suffered, claiming the trainer had engaged in an improper "chiropractic maneuver."

Seven lawyers disbarred, 10 others suspended by Illinois Supreme Court in January

By Cook County Record | Feb 1, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court has disbarred seven attorneys, including an ex-prosecutor who pleaded guilty to taking $21,000 from the law firm for which she worked and tax lawyer who pleaded guilty to steering clients' income tax refunds to himself, using $83,000 of the money to buy a car. The court also suspended 10 other lawyers.

Woman, sued by dentist over 'false' Yelp review, accuses dentist of threatening 'blackmail'

By Cook County Record | Dec 19, 2018

A woman who is being sued for posting negative reviews against a dentist on Yelp has fired back with a counterclaim, asserting the dentist never contacted her about the negative reviews, but instead threatened to use “patient-doctor communications” to “blackmail” her.

White Castle employee alleges company failed to obtain written releases before collecting fingerprints

By Cook County Record | Dec 18, 2018

A White Castle worker has served the fast food chain with a class action lawsuit, accusing the company of improperly requiring its workers to scan their fingerprints for use with a punch clock system, allegedly without first obtaining written authorization as required by an Illinois privacy law.

'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.

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