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Appeals court: IL doesn’t usurp feds’ power by making coal, gas burners subsidize Illinois nuke plants

By Dan Churney | Sep 17, 2018

A federal appellate court has affirmed a Chicago federal judge’s ruling that switched off suits by a group of electricity producers and Chicago-area power consumers, which sought to invalidate a state law requiring coal and gas burning electricity companies buy credits to prop up two failing Exelon nuclear plants, saying the law doesn’t infringe on federal regulatory prerogatives.

Appeals panel: Parents can sue paint makers for kids' lead screening costs, even though covered by Medicaid

By Dan Churney | Sep 11, 2018

A Chicago appellate court has overturned a lower court’s dismissal of a class action by parents who wanted paint companies to pay for mandatory tests of their children to see if the children had lead in their blood, finding the parents still hold the right to sue the companies, even though Medicaid footed the bill.

Chase to pay $19M to settle black financial advisors' suit alleging denied opportunities; lawyers to claim $5.5M

By Dan Churney | Sep 7, 2018

JP Morgan Chase Bank has agreed to pay more than $19.5 million to settle a class action suit brought in Chicago federal court by several of its employees, who alleged the banking giant assigned its black and African-American financial advisors to less profitable locations and denied them other opportunities to get ahead, because of their race.

Court-appointed federal monitor: Oversight of Cook County hiring practices no longer needed

By Dan Churney | Sep 4, 2018

A court-appointed monitor of Cook County patronage is asking a federal judge to release her from her oversight duties, saying she believes the county’s government has undergone “profound transformation” in its employment practices and has a culture in place to keep politics from unduly influencing who gets county jobs and who doesn’t.

Appeals court rules Cook County Sheriff Dart shouldn’t be blamed for loss of jail inmates’ property

By Dan Churney | Aug 27, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals has refused to upset a jury’s verdict against onetime Cook County Jail inmates, who alleged in a lawsuit the sheriff violated their constitutional rights by not protecting their possessions when they were booked, saying plaintiffs failed to show any crime was committed, much less a breach of their rights.

Appeals court lets pilots’ suit take off again, says fliers’ union may have breached representation duty

By Dan Churney | Aug 21, 2018

A dismissed suit by United Airlines pilot instructors, which alleged their union unfairly divided retroactive pay among different pilot categories, is flying again, courtesy of a Chicago federal appeals panel that ruled a lower court should not have grounded the suit, because the instructors plausibly argued the union gave them the short end of the stick.

Lyons, Bedford Park, Summit file opioid lawsuits; legal actions hit medical societies as defendants

By Dan Churney | Aug 20, 2018

Three more Cook County communities are suing opioid makers and distributors in connection with the opioid epidemic. But unlike dozens of other Chicago-area towns that have already taken similar court action, the three towns are suing separately, rather than together, and have added medical societies as defendants.

Ex-Chicago firefighter-medic: Firefighter retirement rules don't apply to him; Judge: Lawsuit filed too late

By Dan Churney | Aug 15, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has doused an age discrimination lawsuit brought by an ex-Chicago firefighter-paramedic, who alleged the city made him retire against his will at 63, allegedly improperly applying mandatory firefighter retirement rules to him, even though he was a paramedic.

Suburban pain doctor sues other doctor he says illegally used his name to boost opioid 'pill mill'

By Dan Churney | Aug 13, 2018

A suburban Chicago doctor, who in one legal action is facing accusations he improperly sued pharmacies for faxing prescription requests to him, is alleging in a different unconnected lawsuit that a different doctor, who now faces sentencing after pleading guilty to improperly prescribing opioids, capitalized on the coincidence of having the same name as the first doctor to abet an illegal drug dispensing operation.

Judge denies class action status for insurer’s suit against AbbVie, others over testosterone drugs

By Dan Churney | Aug 9, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has barred an Ohio health insurer from pursuing a class action against several pharmaceutical companies, which are already embroiled in massive litigation over their testosterone drugs, saying the thousands of potential claims would be too individualized to be served well by a class action and the insurer’s drug review practices were “unconventional.”

IL high court: Cities can't sidestep lawsuits by simply calling property repairs 'discretionary'

By Dan Churney | Aug 6, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has reduced the reach of the legal shield long enjoyed under Illinois state law by cities and other public bodies when faced with personal injury lawsuits, as the high court indicated the rationale advanced by lower court judges in rejecting a woman’s lawsuit over the injuries she sustained tripping on a Danville sidewalk was overbroad.

UIC Greek prof says IL Court of Claims wrongly sidestepped his lawsuit vs school over his firing

By Dan Churney | Aug 3, 2018

A onetime professor of Greek at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is flunking the Illinois Court of Claims for dismissing his lawsuit against the school, in which he alleged school officials fired him as the result of a plot to discredit him and protect the jobs of other professors, saying the court denied him due process by dismissing his case against the school on the grounds he won a verdict against one of the professors in circuit court.

More Cook County towns sue over opioids; Edelson again includes doctors to keep court action local

By Dan Churney | Jul 26, 2018

Another group of Cook County communities have launched a lawsuit, which they want to stay in Cook County rather than federal court, against a number of opioid makers, distributors and doctors, alleging they pushed prescription opioids on the public despite knowing the drugs were dangerously addictive.

Bartender accuses Four Corners of exaggerating tip amounts on official reports, shorting worker wages

By Dan Churney | Jul 25, 2018

A onetime Chicago bartender has served up a putative class-action lawsuit against the Four Corners tavern restaurant group, alleging his former employer shorted employees pay at its 15 bars around the city, paying less than the required minimum wage by overstating on pay stubs and W-2 tax forms how much employees received in tips.

Judge: Illinois condo law not meant to control 'reasonable' fees for electronic condo sale documents

By Dan Churney | Jul 20, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a putative class action lawsuit by a trio of onetime suburban condominium owners, who alleged they paid excessive fees for state-required documents when they sold their units, saying Illinois condo laws are not meant to control fees.

Appeals court: Sellers can't enforce covenant restrictions on land after selling to forest preserve district

By Dan Churney | Jul 18, 2018

An appeals panel has affirmed a lower court’s decision the sellers of land to a west suburban forest preserve district gave up their rights to enforce a covenant to block ComEd from stringing power lines across that land, when they granted the Illinois Department of Natural Resources power to override covenant restrictions.

Judge trips legal secretary’s discrimination suit v. Winston Strawn, says case doesn’t have ‘leg to stand on’

By Dan Churney | Jul 16, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit by a legal secretary at the Chicago firm of Winston & Strawn, who alleged harassment by fellow employees aggravated her epilepsy, finding part of the suit was barred by statute of limitations and the rest by a faulty “chain of logic.”

Advocate Christ Medical Center dropped from suit alleging false Medicare claims

By Dan Churney | Jul 13, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has agreed to drop a suburban hospital from a lawsuit brought by a doctor who claimed the hospital had submitted phony claims to Medicare, reversing his prior ruling, and saying he now sees the hospital’s alleged involvement in the alleged scheme was minimal at best and Advocate should have been dropped from the case.

Appeals court douses Oak Lawn’s attempt to require its firefighters live in Illinois

By Dan Churney | Jul 9, 2018

A Chicago appeals panel has affirmed a Cook County judge’s ruling that southwest suburban Oak Lawn cannot require village firefighters to live in Illinois, because the village doesn’t require fire department applicants to live in any geographic area to be hired in the first place.

Jam Productions alleges theatrical union bought votes to unionize workers

By Dan Churney | Jul 6, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals panel has ordered the National Labor Relations Board to hold a hearing into allegations by Jam Productions that Theatrical Stage Employees Union Local 2 gave lucrative jobs to non-unionized Jam workers so they would vote to install the union local at Jam Productions venues.

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