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Appeals court tacks on sanctions for construction firm's 'frivolous' appeal of unpaid wages order

A federal appeals court in Chicago has slapped a construction company with sanctions, including ordering it to pay the legal bills for one of its former workers, for sending to the court a “patently frivolous” appeal of a lower court’s order in favor of three men who claimed the company had wrongly attempted to deny them pay and had wrongly classified at least one of them as an independent contractor.

Accessibility suit vs Kohl’s can proceed; Judge: Moveable displays can be 'architectural barriers'

A woman may proceed with her lawsuit claiming the layout of a Kohl’s store makes the store inaccessible to people with disabilities.

Appellate court: Slow deterioration of catch basin sufficient notice of danger; dismissal of suit improper

A Cook County judge was too quick to grant summary judgment in a case in which a woman was injured by a fall into a dilapidated backyard catch basin, a state appellate panel has ruled.

Limo company owners' failure to understand personal liability for judgment in OT case dooms appeal

Former business partners sued for failing to pay their employees overtime lost their appeal of the judgment against them, when a federal appeals court found the men had spent years ignoring both the litigation and the judgment.

Judge: 'Ministerial exception' gives church right to fire gay music director after he marries

A man fired from his job at a suburban church after marrying another man lost the federal discrimination lawsuit he filed against the church and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Lack of specifics dooms $25M racketeering lawsuit vs some defendants over hotel appraisal scheme

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed racketeering charges against a handful of defendants accused in a wide-ranging $25-million lawsuit of swindling commercial real estate investors by inflating the appraisals of hotel and motel properties, offering loans to investors based on the exaggerated appraisal, and, when the hotel or motel failed, seizing the property to sell at “extortionate prices.”

Court: Advocate hospital's self-insured trust documents are not exempt from discovery in med mal case

A state appellate court has ruled a self-insured health care organization must produce insurance documents it says are confidential as part of discovery in a medical malpractice suit.

Appeals court: Taiwanese bike maker must face lawsuit from IL cyclist whose bike broke as she rode it

A state appellate court was not convinced by a Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer’s argument that its ties to Illinois are too weak to make it a defendant in a lawsuit brought by a woman who said she was injured when her bike fell apart as she rode it in a long-distance cycling event.

Appeals court: CTA workers union may have been too late in bringing labor case over Ventra rollout

A state appeals court has reversed itself, directing the Illinois Labor Relations Board to take yet another look at a 2013 unfair labor practice case brought by a union against the Chicago Transit Authority over its handling of the rollout of the Ventra fare payment system.