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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.

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.

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