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Calif. federal judge OKs Cook County request to return suit vs Facebook over Trump election to Cook courts

By Dan Churney | Feb 4, 2019

A California federal judge has ruled a lawsuit by Cook County against Facebook, which alleges the social media giant let user data be mined to aid President Donald Trump’s election campaign, should be returned from federal jurisdiction to Cook County Circuit Court, saying the suit was filed on behalf of Illinois and belongs in state court.

Contentious Del Galdo divorce case leads to court fight over Cicero town attorney's funding, political ties

By Dan Churney | Feb 4, 2019

A contentious divorce case involving a lawyer who represents the town of Cicero and a host of other local governments in Chicago’s suburbs has produced a pitched courtroom battle over his estranged wife’s efforts to reveal who pays him, how much he earns and the depth of his purported links to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other prominent Democratic lawmakers, and other influential figures in Illinois government.

Class action vs Allstate over rates can continue; Company, not state, set rates, appeals court says

By Dan Churney | Jan 31, 2019

In a split decision, an Illinois appeals panel has stripped Allstate Insurance of its defenses against a class action, which alleged the company unfairly billed long-term auto policyholders more than it charged new ones, saying Illinois insurers can’t protect their rates from lawsuits, because their rates are not controlled by the Illinois Department of Insurance.

Medical transportation company not liable for murder of patient by one of its drivers outside work hours

By Dan Churney | Jan 24, 2019

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought against a hospital transport service by the family of a Berwyn woman who was allegedly murdered by one of its drivers, with the judge finding the driver was not on the job at the time of the killing.

Bed Bath & Beyond asst managers to get $1,750 each in $8.5M OT pay class action deal; attorneys ask $2.3M

By Dan Churney | Jan 21, 2019

Lawyers are ready to put to sleep a class action suit by assistant managers at Bed Bath & Beyond stores against the national retail chain, which gives $2.3 million to plaintiffs’ counsel and about $1,750 to each class member, in a suit that alleged the company shorted the managers out of overtime pay.

Class action: Chicago’s pot ordinance fines too high, out of joint with state marijuana law

By Dan Churney | Jan 16, 2019

A woman has lodged a lawsuit saying Chicago’s marijuana ordinance should go up in smoke, because it allegedly violates the Illinois constitution by coming down too hard on those who take a toke, in comparison to what the state imposes.

Class action alleges Vallas campaign sent thousands of unsolicited texts

By Dan Churney | Jan 14, 2019

A class action lawsuit has been lodged against Chicago mayoral candidate Paul Vallas, alleging Vallas’ campaign committee violated consumer protection law by sending automated text messages, which urged recipients to cast votes for Vallas.

Judge: Mondelez can't force workers to take a day off each week to reduce OT pay

By Dan Churney | Jan 9, 2019

A Chicago federal judge has burnt a suit by snacks maker Mondelez, which wanted employees to take 24 hours off every seven days to avoid overtime, finding labor law requires bosses let employees rest every seventh day, but also must give them the option of working.

Suit vs Chicago over O’Hare noise nosedives, judge says plaintiffs stalled too long before suing

By Dan Churney | Jan 7, 2019

A Cook County judge has put in the hangar a lawsuit by Bensenville homeowners against the city of Chicago, which alleged homeowner property rights were violated by air traffic noise from nearby O’Hare International Airport, saying they waited too long to sue.

Subcontactors can't be sued directly by homeowners for building defects: IL Supreme Court

By Dan Churney | Jan 2, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed Cook County and appellate court rulings in a lawsuit over allegedly defective condominium buildings in Evanston, saying condo unit owners cannot sue subcontractors who built the condos, because there were no contracts between the two groups.

Judge: Feds wrong to abruptly cut off funds for Chicago children's psychiatric hospital accused of abuse

By Dan Churney | Dec 31, 2018

A federal judge has ordered a children's psychiatric hospital in Chicago, where patients have allegedly been exposed to “rampant” abuse, should continue receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds while the facility gets the chance to argue the federal government did not give the hospital time to correct problems.

Appeals panel: Retired CTA bus driver can continue lawsuit over retirement health care deductions

By Dan Churney | Dec 26, 2018

An Illinois appeals court has refueled a retired Chicago bus driver’s suit against the Chicago Transit Authority’s retirement and health care plans, saying a Cook County judge was wrong to rule the retiree’s benefits were determined by a union contract that took effect the day after the man retired.

Appeals panel: Couple hit by car can sue Uber, driver for dropping them off at busy intersection at 2 a.m.

By Dan Churney | Dec 24, 2018

An Illinois appeals panel has reversed a Cook County judge’s ruling that a Uber driver could not have foreseen a Chicago couple, whom he kicked out of his vehicle in the middle of the night, would then be hit by a car, finding the Uber driver should have known such an eventuality was possible.

Ex-U of Chicago student lawsuit: School discriminated, denied him chance to defend vs 'false' rape claims

By Dan Churney | Dec 21, 2018

A male former University of Chicago student is suing the school and a female student, saying his life was “shattered” a few days before he was to graduate last June, when the school, in an alleged act of gender discrimination, expelled him, over a rape accusation he says is false.

Appeals panel: Federal judge wrong to deny Boeing military contractor defense in asbestos suit

By Dan Churney | Dec 17, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals court has overridden a downstate federal judge, who sent an ex-Boeing worker’s asbestos suit against the company back to state court, saying the case belongs under federal jurisdiction because Boeing claims the federal government was in control of its bomber production and knew the danger of asbestos was involved.

Appeals court junks $10.7 million verdict in water heater-scalding suit

By Dan Churney | Dec 14, 2018

An Illinois appeals panel has overturned a Cook County jury’s $10.7 million verdict against a water heater manufacturer, which found the company was liable for a baby’s scalding death, saying the trial judge improperly excluded evidence that would have aided the manufacturer’s defense.

Appellate panel: Bank can pursue malpractice case vs lawyers who 'lulled' into letting time limits expire

By Dan Churney | Dec 13, 2018

A Chicago appeals panel has upended a Cook County judge’s ruling in a legal malpractice suit, saying it was not too late for a bank to sue its attorneys for allegedly bungling foreclosures, because the attorneys “lulled” the bank into appealing the foreclosures, during which the statute of limitations for malpractice actions expired.

Judge: Glenview lawyer can press suit accusing ex-husband, cop of false arrest, alleged plot to take kids

By Dan Churney | Dec 10, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has cut suburban Glenview from a civil rights lawsuit, but has refused to do the same for a Glenview detective and a surgeon, who are alleged to have framed the surgeon’s ex-wife on a false charge, to wrest from her custody of their children.

Appeals court: Containerboard buyers didn’t prove makers Georgia Pacific, Westrock fixed prices

By Dan Churney | Dec 10, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals panel has upheld a lower court ruling that boarded up a class action antitrust suit against Georgia Pacific and Westrock, which alleged they conspired to fix prices for containerboard. Judges again found the companies were not colluding, but rather making parallel moves in reaction to the market.

Judge tosses suit that alleged Chicago schools, bus companies bilked Medicaid for millions

By Dan Churney | Dec 6, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has kicked to the curb a suit by a former busing contracts manager for Chicago Public Schools, who alleged bus companies and school officials defrauded Medicaid in connection with transportation of special needs students.

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