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Appeals panel says Cook County can't deny health insurance to retirees who leave the county to work elsewhere

By Dan Churney | Jun 14, 2019

A divided state appeals court has ruled Cook County cannot turn down health insurance coverage to retirees who left the county payroll to work elsewhere before retiring, saying the county's rules limiting coverage only to workers who retired while employed by Cook County are illegal.

Suit: Electric garbage truck maker says Chicago knew vehicles were 'experimental'

By Dan Churney | Jun 14, 2019

A truck maker being sued by the city of Chicago for allegedly dumping a defective electric garbage truck on the city, is counter suing, claiming the city knew the truck was “experimental” and needed “real-world testing” to achieve perfection.

Judge junks tow company's suit vs politically-connected Cicero town attorney, who is divorcing tow owner's daughter

By Dan Churney | Jun 11, 2019

A Cook County judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a Cicero tow truck operator against Cicero's politically-connected town lawyer, which accused the lawyer of sabotaging the tow operator's contract with the town of Cicero, when the tow company owner's daughter filed for divorce from the lawyer.

DeVry grad wants school to pay $450K to arbitrate his fraud claims; could affect $250M of other claims, too

By Dan Churney | Jun 10, 2019

A Pennsylvania man is asking a federal judge to order DeVry University to pay at least $450,000 in arbitration fees so an arbitrator can hear allegations the school misled graduates into believing their DeVry degree would easily land them well-paying jobs, resulting in an estimated $250 million in claims against the school.

McDonald's: Message sent to law firm's digital marketing agency may fry class action over non-competes

By Dan Churney | Jun 7, 2019

Fast-food giant McDonald's is trying to fry a lawsuit, which alleges the restaurant chain improperly restricts hiring among competing franchises, by demanding to know the contents of a message the plaintiff sent to a digital marketing firm attempting to drum up business for her eventual attorneys - a message which McDonald's contends might show the attorneys knew their lawsuit was filed too late.

Judge tosses suit against Chicago Options Exchange, says plaintiffs didn't show VIX exchange allowed manipulation

By Dan Churney | Jun 4, 2019

A Chicago federal judge has knocked down a putative class action against the Chicago Board Options Exchange, which alleged the exchange allowed anonymous traders to manipulate the market, saying plaintiffs failed to show the exchange knew of, much less encouraged any manipulation.

Ex-Democratic staffer: Chicago Teachers Union documents will show Madigan forces blackballed her for harassment complaint

By Dan Churney | Jun 3, 2019

A woman claiming Illinois Democrats, led by House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, have denied her jobs after she complained a Madigan operative sexually harassed her, is trying to force a reluctant Chicago Teachers Union to turn over documents to aid her lawsuit.

Disbarred Chicago lawyer accuses Illinois ARDC of fraud in having his law license pulled

By Dan Churney | May 31, 2019

A disbarred Chicago lawyer is alleging the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission acted fraudulently, in recommending the Illinois Supreme Court yank his law license for allegedly taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in unwarranted fees from the estate of an elderly woman he represented, claiming the ARDC knew he deserved the money.

Dundee church could have spotted youth minister's alleged pedophilia, on hook for lawsuit

By Dan Churney | May 24, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled a church in suburban Dundee and its pastor can be liable for a youth minister's sexual assault of a teenage church member, finding the girl and her parents made a plausible case the church and its pastor could have headed off the assault by acting on signs the minister was allegedly a pedophile.

IL Sup Ct: Chicago can favor restaurants over food trucks; Decision written by Justice Anne Burke, wife of Chicago Ald. Ed Burke

By Dan Churney | May 23, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court says the city of Chicago has the constitutional power to regulate where food trucks can park and how long they can stay in certain spots, as well as to track truck whereabouts with GPS devices.

Northwestern Hospital says law doesn't support 'nonsensical' privacy suit over fingerprint scans to dispense meds

By Dan Churney | May 22, 2019

A group of Northwestern Memorial Hospital have sued the hospital for requiring workers to scan fingerprints when entering a secured area in which medication was stored. Northwestern Hospital and the vendors who supplied the technology for the entrance security system are asking a federal judge to dismiss the workers' lawsuit, because state biometric privacy law does not cover the healthcare field.

Appeals panel says corporation can be sued as a 'person' for violence under IL Gender Violence Act

By Dan Churney | May 21, 2019

A divided Illinois appellate panel has ruled a corporation can, under limited circumstances, be liable as a "person" under the Illinois Gender Violence Act, should one of its employees violate that law.

Appeals court says Elgin didn't 'chill' religious rights of men accused of gang involvement

By Dan Churney | May 21, 2019

An Illinois appeals court has upheld a Kane County judge’s judgment the religious freedom of four self-avowed Christian men from Elgin, whom Elgin police accused of gang membership, was not hindered by an injunction the city tried to apply that would have barred them from associating with gang members.

Appeals court: Plaintiff snubbed settlement from debt collector, gets stuck with big legal bill

By Dan Churney | May 17, 2019

A Chicago federal appeals court has refused to upend a lower court that ordered a collection agency pay only $11,000 of a plaintiff's $190,000 legal tab in a credit report lawsuit, saying the plaintiff doesn't deserve more, because he snubbed a reasonable settlement offer, then went to trial and won less than he would have collected in the proposed settlement.

Pet insurance companies to settle robocall suit for $5.5 million, lawyers get $2 million

By Dan Churney | May 14, 2019

A Florida man is seeking judicial approval of a $5.5 million settlement in a putative class action against a pair of suburban Chicago pet insurance companies, who allegedly sent unlawful robocalls to pet adopters, which would give almost $2 million to plaintiff's attorneys and less than $100 to each class member.

Appeals court flattens shareholders' suit vs Caterpillar execs for misbegotten Chinese deal

By Dan Churney | May 13, 2019

A Chicago federal appeals panel has upheld a decision by a downstate federal judge, who gave no traction to a lawsuit brought by a pair of Caterpillar shareholders over Caterpillar executives' allegedly ill-advised decision to buy a Chinese company, saying the company officers acted in what they believed to be Caterpillar's best interests.

Appeals panel denies disability pension to Oak Lawn cop, saying officer's PTSD claims 'lack crediblity'

By Dan Churney | May 8, 2019

An appellate panel has supported a Cook County judge's decision to deny a disability pension to a suburban police officer who claimed his police experiences traumatized him, finding the officer's claims were dubious.

Group of seven Jewel store managers can jointly press age discrimination lawsuits, judge says

By Dan Churney | May 6, 2019

A federal judge will allow current and former Jewel Food store managers to pursue their age discrimination suit against the supermarket chain as a group, rather than individually, saying the plaintiffs' claims are similar enough to proceed together.

Judge: Cook officials must tell when learned they could sue Bank of America; could undermine discrimination suit

By Dan Churney | May 3, 2019

A Chicago federal magistrate judge has ordered Cook County officials who are suing Bank of America for allegedly discriminatory lending to tell the bank when they learned of a similar suit by the State of Illinois, which the bank believes will show some of the county's claims are barred by the statute of limitations.

Appeals court: Ex-Baker & McKenzie paralegal must pay firm's bill for discrimination suit defense

By Dan Churney | May 1, 2019

A Chicago federal appellate court has upheld a $35,000 sanction ordered by a lower court against a former paralegal at a Chicago law firm, who sued the firm for alleged discrimination, then withdrew the suit and then repeatedly refused to satisfy the firm's discovery requests for copies of records and emails.

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