A Chicago appeals panel has pulled a $14.4 million jury award from the parents of a toddler, who died through medical malpractice, saying the obstetricians' insurer – Illinois' No. 1 malpractice provider – deserved 12 rather than six jurors, in a trial over accusations the insurer allegedly misled the doctors into going to trial in the underlying malpractice suit, instead of settling for the amount of their coverage, which left the doctors personally on the hook for more than $1 million.
IL Supreme Court calls for fix of rules apportioning blame in multi-car crashes; could leave defendants 'holding bag'
Illinois’ highest state court has upheld a Chicago appeals panel and a Cook County judge's rulings that a defendant in a car crash suit had no basis to contest his codefendant's settlement with the plaintiff under Illinois law, because there was no evidence of fraud, despite concerns the ruling could leave less culpable co-defendants “holding the bag” at trial.
Appeals court: DesPlaines cop who hurt knee checking overweight truck OK for lifetime city health insurance
In a 2-1 decision, a state appeals panel upheld a Cook County judge's decision a former DesPlaines police officer, disabled on the job while inspecting an illegally overweight truck, deserves city health insurance for life because he was injured as the “result of an unlawful act” – the overweight truck.
Plaintiff: Baking company Aryzta owes dough for clunky fight over locale for lawsuit over worker fingerprints
The plaintiff in a putative class action suit accusing the bakery company which puts out the Otis Spunkmeyer and La Brea Bakery brands of violating an Illinois biometric privacy law by not telling workers how their fingerprints were handled, is now claiming the company is refusing to pay a portion of the plaintiff's legal costs, as ordered by a federal judge.
Church's fired gay music director tries harassment claim to negate church's 'ministerial exception' defense
A man who lost his federal lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Chicago, which claimed the church wrongly fired him from his music director job at a suburban church for marrying another man, is back in court for another try, arguing the church's ministerial exception defense doesn't apply, because the harassment he allegedly suffered was not ecclesiastical in nature.
Appeals court says Children's Hospital of Illinois responsible for doctor contractors in malpractice case
A Downstate appeals panel has reversed a Peoria judge's dismissal of a malpractice suit against Children's Hospital of Illinois, the suit alleging the facility was at fault for the loss of a baby's vision, saying the hospital could be liable for actions by doctors, even though the doctors were contractors to the hospital, because the hospital presented them as employees.
Cook deputy says 'sham' merit board had no power to fire her in 2011 over personal misconduct charges
A former Cook County Sheriff's Office sergeant, fired for alleged off-duty incidents involving alcohol, is suing Sheriff Tom Dart, claiming the sheriff's Merit Board had no authority to sack her, because board members were serving interim, rather than six-year terms as required by law, making the board a “sham.”
The Illinois Supreme Court has tossed an appellate court decision in a suit, which claimed the Chicago Park District was liable for a bicyclist's injury on the city's Lakefront Trail, saying a Cook County judge was right to declare the district immune from liability, because the trail is a recreational pathway.
A Chicago federal judge has thrown a wrench into a jury's $5.9 million verdict for a suburban toolmaker, who alleged retail giant Sears copied his patented design for an implement for removing nuts and bolts, saying Sears deserves a new trial because one of her jury instructions was based on a faulty definition of a tool term made by a prior judge in the five-year-long case.
Judges: Discontented developer should have delivered documents to ex-partners in Ritz-Carlton Residences suit
A Chicago federal appellate court has upheld the dismissal of a suit brought by one of the developers of Chicago's Ritz-Carlton skyscraper, who alleged his onetime partners cut him out of the profits, saying the disgruntled developer's failure to turn over financial records to his ex-partners for their defense preparation justified razing his case.
Classifieds site Backpage alleges Cook County Sheriff 'lied' to hide documents in sex trafficking injunction case
Online classifieds site Backpage.com is alleging in federal court that Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, in his effort to shut down the site on grounds it facilitates sex trafficking, wrongly withheld thousands of discovery documents from Backpage, fraudulently claiming the documents were confidential, because they were the product of an attorney-client relationship.
A Chicago federal magistrate judge has largely rejected Dollar General's effort to squeeze more information from federal regulators in their efforts to defend against a discrimination suit against the discount retail chain, which alleges the company's job applicant screenings are geared to keep out blacks.
Judge: Legislative immunity no cover for ex-Tinley development head sued by village for housing project mess
A Chicago federal judge has refused to toss a suit by suburban Tinley Park against a former village development director, which alleged the ex-director's misrepresentations caused the village to come under federal investigation and pay $2.5 million to settle a suit brought by the would-be developer of a dormant low-income housing project.