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Light maker wants to sock it to Chicago City Hall, contractor, alleging rigged $160M lighting project

Dan Churney Nov. 20, 2017, 1:26pm

A suburban manufacturer of electric lighting units is blowing its fuse, and as an outlet is in federal court, alleging the city of Chicago, a municipal financing group and an energy service provider short-circuited the bidding process for a huge public lighting modernization project, to exclude the manufacturer's lights in favor of General Electric products.

Appeals panel: Cook judge wrong to order new trial in malpractice suit v. Northwestern Medicine

Dan Churney Nov. 15, 2017, 4:53pm

A Chicago appellate court has tossed a Cook County judge's “unreasonable” decision to grant a new trial for a plaintiff in a malpractice suit, saying the trial judge was wrong to declare the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation had failed to furnish home health care records to the plaintiff, as justices said Northwestern didn't hide the records and plaintiff had access to them anyway.

Divided federal appeals panel says Chicago can bar women from baring breasts

Dan Churney Nov. 14, 2017, 6:33pm

A divided U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court's ruling that the city of Chicago is within its rights to ban women from going topless in public, even if a woman is trying to use the First Amendment to get a gripe off her chest about how the law allegedly treats women unfairly.

Federal appeals court tosses antitrust injunction that goes too far in car dealer software suit

Dan Churney Nov. 13, 2017, 5:44pm

A Chicago federal appeals panel has scrapped an injunction won by a Wisconsin business against a Hoffman Estates-based provider of software to car dealers, with the court saying the injunction improperly distorts the marketplace.

Drug maker AbbVie wants to slip from $140M verdict, says jury ignored evidence

Dan Churney Nov. 6, 2017, 12:22pm

North Chicago-based drug company AbbVie is urging a federal judge to trash a verdict ordering it to cough up $140 million, because its testosterone therapy drug AndroGel contributed to a man's heart attack, contending it has no liability because AndroGel was approved by the FDA.

Appeals panel nixes coroner's report as evidence in medical malpractice, wrongful death suit

Dan Churney Nov. 1, 2017, 10:31pm

A Downstate appellate court has backed a Champaign County judge's decisions in a medical malpractice trial involving a woman's death, which ended with a verdict against plaintiff, saying the judge was right to bar some of plaintiff's evidence, including a coroner's report and death certificate.

IL Sup. Ct. scolds appeals panel requesting clarification on human rights law; Dissent: Don't limit appeal rights

Dan Churney Oct. 27, 2017, 11:50am

A divided Illinois Supreme Court has overturned a split appellate decision, with the majority saying the appellate panel had no business referring a question about the Illinois Human Rights Act to the state high court, and dissenting justices said the ruling has the potential to limit appeal rights.

Appeals court says union benefits plans can't sue Abbott Labs for overreaching promotion of Depakote

Dan Churney Oct. 18, 2017, 6:55pm

A federal appeals panel has upheld the dismissal of a suit, which alleged a Chicago-area drug maker cost union benefit plans money by pushing doctors to prescribe Depakote to union members for non-FDA approved uses. The judges ruled the union plans are too far removed from the drug maker's actions to stake a claim.

Judge refuses to let state sidestep lawsuit by fair housing group over discrimination vs mentally ill

Dan Churney Oct. 11, 2017, 11:55pm

A Chicago federal judge has refused to dismiss suits by a fair housing group, alleging state officials discriminate against the mentally ill by barring them from a Medicaid-backed housing program.

Lawyer: Forensic accountant mixed up in contentious divorce involving wire tap charges still owes big fees

Dan Churney Oct. 9, 2017, 12:00pm

The Chicago lawyer who handled a Windy City accountant’s contentious divorce case that involved accusations of adultery and illegal eavesdropping, has filed suit against his former client, alleging the accountant hasn’t paid more than half-a-million dollars in attorney fees.

Daniels Sharpsmart again jabs competitor Becton Dickinson with suit over 'debunked' infection study

Dan Churney Oct. 2, 2017, 8:32pm

A medical waste disposal container company is taking a second shot at asking a Chicago federal judge to stem the spread of a medical study on hospital bacterial infection rates, which the company has alleged is specious, yet is being used by a competitor to infect the reputation of the company’s products.

Appeals court strips class action status from wage suit vs Caterpillar labor supplier; claims too diverse

Dan Churney Sep. 28, 2017, 12:02pm

A downstate appellate court has stripped class-action status from a suit against a Caterpillar contractor, which claimed the labor supplier chiseled workers out of overtime pay, saying the 100 claims in the case are too differentiated to pursue as a class.

Male student OK'd to continue discrimination lawsuit vs U of Chicago over sex assault accusations

Dan Churney Sep. 26, 2017, 11:40am

For now, a Chicago federal judge has permitted a onetime student's suit to proceed against the University of Chicago, saying, while the student must furnish a more full explanation, he has squeaked out a plausible case a school official encouraged retaliation against him for complaining about sexual assault allegations.

After winning settlement, lawyers fight over their shares of the spoils in NCAA concussion class action

Dan Churney Sep. 19, 2017, 4:54pm

Lawyers are scrimmaging in Chicago federal court over $21 million in fees for handling the nationwide concussion lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletics Association, which resulted in a $70 million settlement to improve “medical monitoring” of college athletes at risk of brain injuries.

Lawsuits vs Ace Hardware, Empire Today, Kmart, add to litigation over website accessibility for the blind

Dan Churney Sep. 11, 2017, 5:05pm

A blind woman is alleging in Chicago federal court that three major Chicago-area-based retailers - Ace Hardware, Empire Today and Kmart - are denying her, and similarly vision-impaired people, access to their websites in violation of federal law.

Federal appeals panel: Judge's OK of class action vs Blue Cross amounted to unexplained 'judicial fiat'

Dan Churney Sep. 5, 2017, 5:33pm

A Chicago federal appellate court has stripped class-action status from a suit, which alleges Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates overcharged beneficiaries, then passed the profits back to Blue Cross, saying a Springfield federal judge overlooked “glaring problems” when allowing the suit to proceed as a class action.

Judge sinks footlong sub sandwich suit, calls dismissed action ‘worthless’ and a ‘racket’

Dan Churney Aug. 28, 2017, 12:30pm

A Chicago federal appeals panel suffered heartburn from a class-action suit, which claimed Subway Footlong sandwiches cheat customers by occasionally measuring just under a foot, likening the litigation to a “racket” that lines the pockets of plaintiffs’ lawyers, but does little else

Judge: Not enough proof tying suburban Palestinian groups to Hamas to enforce $156M judgment

Dan Churney Aug. 25, 2017, 10:00am

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit against suburban Palestinian aid groups, which alleged the groups were disguised versions of defunct Hamas support organizations that owed a $156 million judgment to a couple whose son was killed by Hamas in a terrorist attack in Israel, saying there was not enough evidence to show the new groups were alter egos of the old ones.

Appeals court shears class action vs Regency beauty school, says students not employees under FLSA

Dan Churney Aug. 23, 2017, 5:00am

A Chicago federal appellate court has scalped a class-action lawsuit filed by a onetime student of a nationwide beauty school, which alleged student cosmetologists should be paid for on-the-job training, as the hands-on work experience serves as compensation and is required for licensing.

Judge won't budge on $283M penalty assessed vs Dish Network over 3rd-party telemarketer misdeeds

Dan Churney Aug. 16, 2017, 11:00am

A downstate federal judge has agreed to slightly modify an injunction against Dish Network, but refused to yield on her order the company pay $283 million in penalties for not keeping a better eye on its telemarketers, who allegedly violated consumer protection laws by making millions of unsolicited calls for Dish.