Gabriel Neves News

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.

Amended Illinois law requires employers to grant new moms paid nursing breaks

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 21, 2018

Nursing mothers in Illinois will now be granted "reasonable" paid breaks in the workplace to nurse a baby or express milk for up to a year following the birth of a child, under a new law.

California boardroom gender quota bill is something for businesses in IL, elsewhere, "to watch," attorney says

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 19, 2018

A bill passed in California setting gender quotas on the boards of public companies could generate significant legal challenges, which likely would need to be resolved before other states move to copy it, an attorney following the legislation believes.

Judge: City Colleges did not disciminate against female professor who made students buy her book

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 16, 2018

A federal judge has granted judgment to The City Colleges of Chicago in a lawsuit brought by a professor who alleged she was fired because of her gender, but who the school says was terminated, in part, for her decision to require students to buy a book she had edited and published.

Judge deletes attempt by attorney to press defamation suit vs those posting online reviews of his business

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 14, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has shut down an attempt by an attorney to sue those who supposedly defamed him in online postings on Yelp and other forums.

Appeals panel tosses Thrivent's attempts to shut down Illinois Securities Dept. investigation

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 7, 2018

A state appeals panel has dealt a setback to Thrivent Investment Management's efforts to thwart a state investigation into the company's activities.

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