Gabriel Neves News

Appeals court: State agency didn't retaliate against woman who posted fliers complaining about staff parking

By Gabriel Neves | Jan 16, 2019

A state appeals panel has backed a county judge's decision pulling the plug on a lawsuit brought by a state employee who alleged she was retaliated against after posting fliers complaining of the handling of employee parking policies.

Appeals panel: Northwest Community Hospital worker hurt using elliptical can't both get workers' comp and sue

By Gabriel Neves | Jan 16, 2019

A state appeals panel says a former hospital employee who injured her arm while using workout equipment can't collect both on her workers' comp claim and press a personal injury lawsuit against her employer.

Appeals panel says woman's claims Aldi failed to preserve video of her fall don't check out

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 28, 2018

A state appeals court has granted a win to supermarket chain Aldi against a woman who claimed she was injured when she slipped and fell in the store, and then accused the retailer of failing to preserve evidence when no surveillance video could be found recording the incident.

Judge: Deal requiring 14 percent cut for Lake Geneva home architects same as exact price; Arbitration OK

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 27, 2018

A federal court in Chicago has upheld a ruling that a dispute between a Lake Geneva, Wis., man and a group of architects over compensation for a home construction project is subject to arbitration, as the judge said the contract's provision granting the architects a percentage cut of the total project price was the same as specifying an exact amount of money due.

Appellate court opens door to more legal wrangling over short-lived, repealed horse boarding ordinance

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 21, 2018

A state appeals court will allow residents and government officials in suburban Barrington Hills to resume their court fight over a now-repealed village ordinance governing horse-boarding challengers assert was enacted to benefit one particular property owner.

New Cook County Clerk Yarbrough pledges anti-fraud initiatives, assessment of office, new ideas

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 21, 2018

CHICAGO – Cook County has now its first woman and its first African-American serving as its clerk.

Appeals panel: Ultrasound company's contract forcing workers who quit within a year to repay wages 'unconscionable'

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 20, 2018

A state appeals panel has tossed out a lawsuit brought by a fetal ultrasound company, which sought to force a former employee to repay her earnings because she quit 6 months after her hire, as the court agreed the contract requiring this repayment was "unconscionable."

Alimony tax deduction expiring in 2019; possible rush to settle divorce cases upcoming

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 20, 2018

As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the tax deduction for spousal support, also known as alimony, will no longer exist after Jan. 1.

Annexation agreement controls whether Palos Park business can operate in residential area: Appeals panel

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 16, 2018

An appellate court has reversed a judgment that barred two businesses from operating in Palos Park, saying a neighbor can't apply rules to the businesses that weren't in place at the time they agreed to annex their land into the southwest suburban village.

Rauner order allows testing of self-driving cars; attorney says regulations to be worked out down the road

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 15, 2018

A new executive order from outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner will pave the way for self-driving car testing in Illinois, setting the stage for further questions down the road.

Appeals court: No new trial for man who sued Hyatt, others, over trip-and-fall at trade show

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 12, 2018

A state appeals panel says a man won't get a new trial in his lawsuit against the Hyatt Regency hotel in Chicago, saying a Cook County jury was not wrong in finding him 100 percent responsible for the injuries he says he suffered when he tripped and fell over a missing floor tile covered by carpet.

Judge rejects collector's try to dismiss class action over robocalls following notice of legal representation

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 7, 2018

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought against a debt collector, saying the plaintiff could continue with the action accusing the collector of wrongly placing collection calls to him, even after he had sent a fax telling them he was represented by a lawyer.

After SCOTUS decision, others watching California's public nuisance lead paint action copied elsewhere

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 6, 2018

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to deny paint manufacturers' appeal of a California ruling requiring them to pay more than $400 million for lead paint remediation, companies could face significantly greater odds of litigation under the theory of "public nuisance."

Northbrook opts in to Cook County paid sick leave ordinance, more uncertainty for employers, lawyer says

By Gabriel Neves | Oct 29, 2018

The village of Northbrook has become the most-recent municipality in Cook County to opt back in to a Cook County ordinance requiring employers in the community, and whose employees work in the community, to provide paid sick leave. And that decision could provide more confusion and burdens for employers in Cook County, says an attorney who specializes in labor law issues.

Trunkett & Trunkett granted dismissal of attempted class action suit over debt collection

By Gabriel Neves | Oct 20, 2018

CHICAGO – A federal judge granted a debt collector's motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit that accused it of unlawful debt collection.

EEOC increases filings for workplace harassment lawsuits, driven partially by #MeToo movement

By Gabriel Neves | Oct 19, 2018

The number of workplace harassment lawsuits filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has spiked during the past four years, a Chicago lawyer says.

Attorney: Court's denial of Lincolnshire right-to-work ordinance could forebode SCOTUS fight

By Gabriel Neves | Oct 9, 2018

A recent decision by a federal appeals court in Chicago likely forebodes a legal fight before the U.S. Supreme Court over the fate of so-called local right-to-work zones in Illinois and throughout the country.

Cook County OKs 8 tax inventive deals for Chicago, DesPlaines, Elk Grove, Lyons, Wheeling, other suburbs

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 26, 2018

Cook County has awarded eight businesses tax incentives equal to half off their property taxes for the next 12 years, in an effort, a county spokesman said, to either keep businesses and jobs in the county or revitalize vacant sites, add new jobs and return them to the tax rolls.

Judge parks Bobb Auto Group's RICO, conspiracy suit vs ex-employees, accountants

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 25, 2018

CHICAGO – A group of former car dealership employees had a lawsuit against them dismissed at court.

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