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Appeals court rules card-issuing banks can’t sue retailer directly for losses from retailer's data breach

A federal appellate court upheld a lower court’s ruling that banks whose customers’ information was compromised in a grocery store data breach cannot recover losses directly from the retailer.

Appeals court finds no error in case arguing Massage Envy massages are shorter than promised

A divided appellate court upheld a federal court’s finding that spa chain Massage Envy had not deceived customers who complained their one-hour massages consisted of only 50 minutes massage time.

Police union suing Metra over alleged retaliation against union president, other grievances

Metra and its police chief have been accused of retaliating against an officer for working on behalf of a police union, according to a lawsuit filed in Chicago federal court.

Appeals panel: Jury verdict OK to end court fight over Park Forest townhomes, discrimination

A federal appeals court found no errors in a lower court’s ruling in a 'sprawling' suit that claimed, among other things, that the village of Park Forest took racially motivated action against the owners of a townhome complex.

Appeals panel: Dismissal may not end litigation against defendants, if added back as 'respondent in discovery'

A defendant dismissed from a lawsuit can later be brought back into the case again, should plaintiffs simply designate the dismissed defendant a respondent in discovery, a state appeals panel has ruled, despite protests from such a dismissed defendant he could be yet named a defendant again and again, until he agrees to settle to end the case.

Judge rules death by 'autoerotic asphyxiation' an accident, not self-inflicted, awards insurance payout

A federal judge ruled that an insurance company must pay out on the accidental death policy of a man who died of autoerotic asphyxiation, siding with the man’s widow that choking oneself for sexual arousal does not qualify as a self-inflicted injury.

Black workers OK to continue discrimination suit vs staffer, employers allegedly favoring Hispanics

A group of companies facing racial discrimination lawsuits for allegedly passing over black workers in favor of Hispanic workers when hiring temporary workers, failed in their attempt to have the complaints dismissed.

Appeals panel: Law firm can't use medical practice's tax accounting practices to escape malpractice suit

An anesthesiology practice will have a second chance to argue that its law firm cost it profits by not including restrictive clauses in employment contracts, leaving two anesthesiologists free to form a competing practice and take a profitable client with them, after a state appeals panel said their lawsuit should not be precluded over tax accounting decisions.

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.