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Recent ruling could hamper plaintiffs from looping hospitals into medmal claims vs independent doctors

By David Hutton | Feb 9, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court's recent decision to not hold Northwestern Memorial Hospital vicariously liable for alleged malpractice committed by doctors from an independent clinic could have far-reaching implications for hospitals in the state, making it harder for trial lawyers to loop hospitals into some medical malpractice lawsuits.

Illinois law reducing LLC fees will help make Prairie State a bit more business friendly, attorney says

By David Hutton | Jan 30, 2018

A woman is suing Union Medical Center, Cityscape Landscape LLC, Beef-Boners Union and Chicago Title Land Trust Company for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries. And that's good for small businesses and the entire state, a local attorney says.

Illinois appeals court says man can't sidestep judgment by transferring assets to firm nominally owned by daughter

By David Hutton | Jan 26, 2018

A state appeals court has upheld a Cook County judge's findings a businessman allegedly tried to sidestep a judgment against his business by transferring assets to a company owned on paper by his teenage daughter.

Dunkin' Donuts can't sidestep class action over blueberry content in donuts

By David Hutton | Jan 18, 2018

Dunkin' Donuts will need to try again to poke holes in a lawsuit claiming it deceived consumers about how much blueberry is actually in a blueberry donut, after a Chicago federal judge refused to toss the class action.

U.S. district judge rejects negligence lawsuit against PQ Corp.

By David Hutton | Jan 12, 2018

A federal judge has rejected a truck driver's lawsuit against a company he claimed was responsible for chemical burns to his feet.

Appeals Court upholds $250K verdict vs Metra for man who broke hip after ticket agent bumped him

By David Hutton | Jan 11, 2018

The Illinois First District Appellate Court has upheld a $250,000 verdict for a man who claimed he broke his hip after he was knocked over by a Metra ticket agent.

Waste Management wins appeal vs IL Revenue Department over compressed natural gas tax refund claim

By David Hutton | Jan 8, 2018

A state appeals court says Waste Management should get a refund of more than $200,000 it paid in state fuel taxes prior to the state's decision in 2014 to formally declare compressed natural gas - which it used to fuel some of its vehicles - a taxable motor fuel.

Appeals panel: Chance exists Ledcor might be held liable for other firm's worker, so insurer must defend

By David Hutton | Jan 7, 2018

Noting there is a possibility contractor Ledcor could yet be ordered to pay for injuries suffered on a job site by another company's employee, a state appeals panel has refused to let Pekin Insurance walk away from the case.

Illinois appeals court upholds Palos Park's annexation of Gleneagles, Cog Hill country clubs

By David Hutton | Jan 2, 2018

The city of Palos Park has won another round in its court fight with neighboring Lemont over the annexation of more than 1,400 acres of unincorporated golf courses, including the Gleneagles Country Club and Cog Hill Golf & Country Club.

State appeals panel delivers win to Beggars Pizza in court fight over delivery turf rights

By David Hutton | Dec 29, 2017

An Illinois appals court has upheld a lower court ruling granting a win to Beggars Pizza in a dispute over exclusive pizza delivery turf.

Judge: Suit can proceed vs Target claiming justifies firing Hispanics over fake Social Security numbers

By David Hutton | Dec 29, 2017

A federal judge will allow a woman to proceed, for now, with a lawsuit against Target, claiming the retailer targeted her and other Hispanic employees by accusing them of having fake Social Security numbers.

Government success rate before Illinois Supreme Court has shifted since 2004 in certain kinds of cases

By David Hutton | Dec 22, 2017

While the government may seem invincible in court fights, its success rate in certain kinds of cases before the state's appellate courts and Supreme Court are firmly mixed, according to an analysis reported by attorney Kirk Jenkins of Sedgwick LLP.

U.S. district judges rules in favor of disabled teacher who sued Chicago Board of Education

By David Hutton | Dec 15, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has sided with a teacher who sued the Chicago Board of Education, claiming she was fired from her job as an elementary school teacher because of a disability.

Illinois employers to face shifting regulatory burdens in 2018

By David Hutton | Dec 11, 2017

As 2018 looms, employers in Illinois are bracing for another wave of employment and labor regulations on the local, state and federal levels.

Attorney: New bill banning employment salary inquiries likely in Illinois, despite veto loss

By David Hutton | Dec 5, 2017

In the wake of a veto of legislation to amend the Illinois Equal Pay Act, lawmakers in the state have been left to sift through the rejected proposal and find a foundation to serve as a model for the next proposal.

Judge: Gun seller can press constitutional claims vs Norridge over anti-gun shop ordinances

By David Hutton | Nov 27, 2017

A Chicago federal judge will allow an online gun dealer to continue its lawsuit against the village of Norridge, alleging the village unconstitutionally used an ordinance to block it from opening a shop there.

California courts to decide if Honda should pay for cars with wires rodents find tasty, judge says

By David Hutton | Nov 15, 2017

A group of Honda car owners suing the automaker for building cars containing wires coated with a soy-based compound rodents find tasty, will need to press their class action claims in California, a Chicago federal judge has ruled.

Subway franchisor: Class action litigants concocted scheme to file suit over collection of Cook Co. pop tax

By David Hutton | Oct 25, 2017

A Subway franchisor has asked a Chicago federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act in connection with a sweetened beverage tax.

Who left the pallet jack in the aisle? Judge says enough evidence exists to let suit continue vs Home Depot

By David Hutton | Oct 24, 2017

A federal judge has rejected Home Depot's attempt to dismiss a personal injury and liability complaint against the retailer and a vendor brought by a woman who claimed she was hurt when she fell over a pallet jack in the home improvement chain's Joliet store.

Appeals panel: Attorney's 'fraud' means business owners can't sue ex-lawyers for malpractice

By David Hutton | Oct 13, 2017

For a second time, the Illinois First District Appellate Court has heard an appeal in an ongoing legal malpractice lawsuit. And this time, justices agreed the plaintiffs' lawyer's alleged mishandling of the case should cost them the chance to proceed against the lawyers they blamed for costing them the chance to sue their ex-lawyers for allegedly exposing them to penalties under state regulatory actions.

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