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In final days, outgoing IL A/G announces $135M settlement with drugmaker Teva over drug prices

By D.M. Herra | Jan 16, 2019

A $135 million settlement with Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. ticks another defendant off the list of 47 drug companies sued by the state of Illinois over alleged inflated drug prices.

Man hasn't proven North Park school board, others, conspired to force home sale, demolition: Appeals panel

By D.M. Herra | Dec 28, 2018

A Chicago man simply didn’t have the evidence to back up his claims a local elementary school and school board conspired against him to force him to sell the school a parcel of land, a state appeals panel has ruled.

IL Supreme Court: 'Hearsay' Facebook post not enough to force car crash defendant to reveal medical history

By D.M. Herra | Dec 17, 2018

The Illinois state Supreme Court ruled that a plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit arising from a traffic crash is not entitled to the defendant’s medical records when the defendant’s health is not part of the allegations.

Appeals court reopens question of whether Indiana merchant can ship wine to Illinois customers

By D.M. Herra | Dec 7, 2018

Anticipating an appetite at the U.S. Supreme Court to upend state laws favoring in-state liquor sellers, a federal appeals panel in Chicago has given an Indiana wine seller another chance to argue Illinois’ law blocking them from shipping wine to Illinois residents violates constitutional interstate commerce protections.

Five Guys embroiled in legal battle with architect firm over restaurant design rights

By D.M. Herra | Dec 5, 2018

Burger joint Five Guys is embroiled in a legal battle with an architectural firm over whether the restaurant had the right to reuse the firm’s copyrighted designs for locations outside of its contract.

Appeals court: Palatine grad’s motion for locker room access rendered moot by graduation

By D.M. Herra | Dec 3, 2018

A transgender former student who sued over access to Palatine High School’s girls’ locker room saw an appeal dismissed last week when an appellate panel said she could not continue to press for an injunction forcing the school district to grant access, when she had already graduated.

Popular school principal sues CPS over ouster, says attendance falsification charges unsubstantiated

By D.M. Herra | Nov 23, 2018

A principal of a Chicago international school – seemingly popular with many students’ parents and others in the community - has filed suit against the city’s board of education, claiming the board is trying to remove him on unsubstantiated charges.

Judge refuses to shut down racial discrimination class action vs Chicago water department

By D.M. Herra | Nov 21, 2018

Judge refuses to shut down racial discrimination class action vs Chicago water department

Age discrimination law applies to job applicants, not just employees, appellate court finds

By D.M. Herra | May 2, 2018

A health care products company may have violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act when it capped the number of years of experience applicants to its corporate counsel position could have, according to a divided federal appeals panel, which found anti-discrimination protections in place for employees should also be extended to job applicants.

Appellate court: Parents, not Starbucks, responsible for amputation of finger of child playing in restaurant

By D.M. Herra | Feb 6, 2018

A federal appeals court has shut off a lawsuit brewed by parents against Starbucks, as judges said the coffeehouse chain is not responsible for injuries that led to the amputation of a finger from a child who was playing in the store, because the child’s parents should have prevented the injury.

Appeals court upholds Chicago Heights ward map, says objectors can't present counter map

By D.M. Herra | Jan 31, 2018

A federal appellate court ruled that the city of Chicago Heights set proper boundaries when it redrew aldermanic ward maps, agreeing with a lower court that the map’s opponents, who alleged the city’s map violated a court decree addressing racial discrimination, do not have authority to submit their own alternative map for the court’s consideration.

Union asserts Constitution allows it to 'shame' Ameristar patrons amid labor dispute with E. Chicago casino

By D.M. Herra | Jan 29, 2018

A union representing about 200 casino employees filed a motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit brought against it by the East Chicago casino and some patrons, arguing that behavior the plaintiffs deemed harassing is constitutionally protected free speech.

Class action: Condo sellers ripped off by document management company's fees to access legal documents

By D.M. Herra | Nov 22, 2017

A former condominium owner has sued the document management company contracted by his condo association, claiming the company charged more than $300 for access to electronic documents, some of which he says could have been provided for less than $3.

Appeals court: Teamsters local still owes $2M for revoked lease after absorbing troubled local; boss Coli off hook

By D.M. Herra | Nov 20, 2017

A local Teamsters union must still pay about $2 million to the landlord of its previous headquarters, after an appellate court found its lease agreement was valid even though the local president didn’t follow proper protocol in executing the agreement.

Federal judge says City Hall can't use zoning law 'fortuity' to sidestep shop's lawsuit over gun sale ban

By D.M. Herra | Sep 7, 2017

Chicago’s attempt to squash a suit brought against the city by a gun shop has failed, after a federal judge said City Hall can’t use zoning laws to sidestep the lawsuit accusing the city of unconstitutionally barring the shop from opening.

Seventh Circuit: Ex-Gov. Quinn OK to terminate workers comp arbitrators who sued the state over reforms

By D.M. Herra | Aug 28, 2017

A federal appellate court has affirmed Illinois governors are within their rights not to reappoint workers’ compensation arbitrators, even if they claim their dismissal was retaliatory.

Appeals court: Loyola not liable in toddler’s death or mother’s distress at seeing tubes left in body

By D.M. Herra | Mar 8, 2017

A state appeals panel has upheld a jury’s finding in favor of Loyola University Medical Center in a lawsuit brought by the parents of a 2-year-old girl who died following a surgery to replace her pacemaker.

Judge tosses class action vs CVS over 'Made in USA' vitamin C drops, for now

By D.M. Herra | Feb 15, 2017

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against CVS Pharmacy in which a Cook County man claimed the company’s vitamin C drops were falsely labeled “Made in the U.S.A," but left open the door for him to potentially take another try at continuing a class action against the drugstore chain.

Ex-director of Chicago anti-patronage office OK to sue city for stopping him from doing his job

By D.M. Herra | Dec 22, 2016

A state appellate court has reinstated a lawsuit brought against the city of Chicago by the former executive director of its office of compliance, which is tasked with reviewing city hiring decisions to prevent patronage hires. 

Appeals panel: Ex-Giordano's franchisee must pay his ex-lawyers for lost arbitration vs pizza chain

By D.M. Herra | Dec 16, 2016

A state appellate panel has ruled an entrepreneur must pay his former attorneys for representing him in an arbitration matter against Giordano’s, which revoked his two franchise licenses after accusing him of violating his non-compete agreement. 

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