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Chicago Inspector General asks court to order ex-alderman candidate Siaw to testify in campaign finance inquiry

By Cook County Record | Jun 18, 2019

Chicago’s city Inspector General has asked a Cook County judge to force a former candidate for Chicago alderman to testify amid an investigation into campaign finance law violations.

Prenda Law's Hansmeier sentenced to 14 years for shakedown scheme targeting porn downloaders

By Cook County Record | Jun 17, 2019

Paul Hansmeier, one of two Prenda lawyers behind a scheme to use lawsuit threats to allegedly shakedown downloaders of online porn, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

IL appeals panel: Skokie firefighter with aneurysm entitled to free lifetime health care; village disputes if 'work-related'

By Cook County Record | Jun 12, 2019

A state appeals panel has ruled Skokie wrongly denied a firefighter free lifetime health insurance benefits, saying it didn't matter the firefighter continued on the job in the same capacity after he was diagnosed with an aneurysm, nearly a year before he allegedly suffered symptoms following a work incident

Chicago appeals court poised to decide if key Supreme Court decision applies to federal class actions

By Cook County Record | Jun 10, 2019

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is poised to become the first appeals court in the country to decide whether a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision could stop additional plaintiffs from joining class action lawsuits in states where they don't live.

Sterigenics: IL slow-walking document requests, depositions, 'afraid truth will come out' over shutdown order

By Cook County Record | Jun 7, 2019

Saying state officials are afraid “the truth will come out” about Gov. JB Pritzker’s order to close Sterigenics’ Willowbrook facility, Sterigenics has asked a DuPage County judge to force state officials to speed up their response to Sterigenics’ lawsuit and allow Sterigenics’ lawyers to question top Illinois environmental regulators under oath.

IL state worker who 'physically attacked' supervisor, but kept job, awarded $360K back pay in state budget

By Cook County Record | Jun 6, 2019

An Illinois state employee who physically assaulted her supervisor, but was protected by her union and allowed to keep her job, has been awarded $360,000 in back pay as part of Illinois’ new state budget.

IL Supreme Court disbars 8 attorneys, including ex-lawyer who tried to hire man to kill ex-wife; suspends 11

By Cook County Record | May 30, 2019

A former Homer Glen attorney who was convicted of trying to hire someone to murder his ex-wife is among a group of eight lawyers disbarred in May by the Illinois Supreme Court. The state high court also suspended 11 other Illinois lawyers, including a downstate lawyer who falsified his home address to seek election as a circuit judge.

Different IL A/G 'opinion' could backfire casinos' effort to block fantasy sports sites from IL sports betting market

By Cook County Record | May 20, 2019

A provision intended to use an "advisory opinion" from former Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madign to keep online daily fantasy sports sites from grabbing a piece of a new legal Illinois sports betting market for three years could also penalize the casino and race track operators supporting the penalty, as they also could run afoul of a different advisory opinion, authored in 2001 by former Ill. Atty. Gen. Jim Ryan.

Chicago couple says Chicago Tenants Rights lawyers mishandled $3,400 deposit suit, owe $86K in fees

By Cook County Record | Apr 29, 2019

A Chicago couple has asked a Cook County judge to order the Chicago Tenants Rights Law firm to pay more than $86,000, accusing the firm of mishandling their case against a landlord over a $3,400 security deposit and leaving the couple on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in attorney fees.

Sterigenics shutdown crimps supply of medical devices, as courts mull next steps, procedural motions

By Cook County Record | Apr 16, 2019

As state and federal courts grapple with the legal questions of what comes next, a state-imposed shutdown of a Willowbrook medical device sterilization facility has begun to have ripple effects for health care facilities and patients far from the suburbs of Chicago.

Cubs pitcher Darvish sued by Evanston neighbors over fence

By Cook County Record | Apr 16, 2019

An Evanston couple has filed suit against Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish and his wife, claiming the Darvishes installed a fence that infringes on their property and interferes with the plaintiffs' access to Lake Michigan.

Ex-Schiller Park village manager claims village never fired him, owes him back pay under contract to Jan. 26

By Cook County Record | Apr 16, 2019

Bradford Townsend, Schiller Park's former village manager and comptroller, is suing the village, saying they owe him money after cutting off his pay at the end of January when the village named an interim manager without firing Townsend.

Orland Park village manager hits critic with defamation suit, says robocall over $14M landscaping false, malicious

By Cook County Record | Apr 15, 2019

Orland Park's village manager is suing a critic of his actions, alleging a robocall falsely accused him of wasting $14 million of village taxpayer money on "junk landscaping" and then configuring the village budget to hide the spending.

Fellow prosecutors blast Foxx's handling of Smollett case: 'Undermines very foundation of court system'

By Cook County Record | Mar 28, 2019

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has come under fire from her colleagues in the Chicago area and across the state, as the association representing Illinois’ various county prosecutors blasted her handling of the case against actor Jussie Smollett.

Tax exemption ruling against Chicago hospice could have ramifications for health care, taxpayers alike

By Cook County Record | Mar 28, 2019

An Illinois appeals court has upheld state revenue officials' decision to deny a tax exemption to a suburban Chicago hospice facility.

Class action lawsuit accuses LeSaint Logistics of improperly scanning worker fingerprints on time clocks

By Cook County Record | Mar 26, 2019

A Romeoville-based trucking and warehousing company has been hit with a class action lawsuit under a state biometrics privacy law, accusing the company of violating employees' rights by compelling them to scan their fingerprints each time they punch in and out of a work shift.

Appeals court: Lawsuit to continue vs Wilmington over children's Kankakee River drowning deaths

By Cook County Record | Mar 20, 2019

A lawsuit will continue against a Will County city over the drowning deaths of two children in the Kankakee River, a state appeals court has ruled.

Class action: Interjet airline refuses customers' refunds for cancelled flights, despite contract

By Cook County Record | Mar 13, 2019

A class action lawsuit is demanding Mexican discount airline Interjet be made to pay customers to whom it has refused refunds for cancelled flights.

Billing records FOIA: Del Galdo firm collecting millions in fees from local governments; Del Galdo divorce case sealed

By Cook County Record | Mar 12, 2019

A judge has sealed off municipal lawyer Michael Del Galdo's divorce case from public view, as Del Galdo seeks to keep his financials under wraps. But billing and payment records obtained under FOIA shows Del Galdo's law firm has continued to collect likely millions of dollars in taxpayer-funded money in recent years from the Cook County suburban governments he and his firm represent.

Attorney: Businesses potentially targeted by biometric privacy suits can take steps to limit damage

By Cook County Record | Mar 4, 2019

Despite an Illinois Supreme Court ruling seeming to fling wide the gates for a surge of new lawsuits against employers and others under an Illinois biometric privacy law, businesses targeted by such litigation can still take steps to reduce their risk of massive damages, an attorney with expertise in the field says.

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