IL Dems inconsistent on state, federal budget talks? All just political 'game of chicken,' observers say
IIllinois Democrats who spent the last two years chiding state Republicans and Gov. Bruce Rauner for attempting to link "nonbudget" reforms to negotiations over the state budget, also supported Democratic U.S. senators' attempt to shut down the federal government over nonbudget immigration reform proposals. Yet, that's just how the game is played, say observers.
Employers facing surge in class action suits over storage, use of employee fingerprints, other biometrics
A growing number of U.S. companies are turning to measures like biometric tools to validate time entries and other forms of tracking an employee's movements and actions. And as technology rapidly changes, it has also sparked a surge of litigation over data collection methods, and the levels of protection dedicated to electronically-gleaned data.
Debate brews over whether Americans with Disabilities Act or Title VII protects transgender employees
A legal debate is now brewing over whether transgender employees should be legally protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), particularly given a spate of recent rulings, including from a Chicago federal appeals court, finding they may already be protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well.
SCOTUS rules patent owners exhaust rights with sale, leaving questions for manufacturers, innovators
The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court’s decision finding consumers and even small businesses have the right to resell products without it being considered an infringement on the rights of the original manufacturer. And the 7-1 decision could leave manufacturers and others to explore precisely what this decision may mean for their businesses and their products.
District court tosses campaign-sabotage case against House Speaker Madigan for insufficient evidence
A federal judge has denied the attempt by a former challenger to powerful Ill. House Speaker Michael Madigan to resurrect his legal action against Madigan and several of his political allies, alleging the lawmaker and his political associates imrproperly conspired to sabotage his 2016 Democratic primary election campaign.
'Subjective intent' not enough to steer $108K to one biz, not another favored by deceased contractor
A state appeals panel has affirmed a Cook County judge's summary judgment against the plaintiffs in a dispute over which of two companies - whose leadership included the same person and whose names were separated by one letter - was entitled to consulting fees stemming from work performed by a contractor with ties to both entities.
A state appeals panel has agreed a Cook County judge was right to find state regulators were wrong in denying a request to add a condition known as chronic post-operative pain to the growing list of conditions for which medical marijuana can legally be prescribed in Illinois. But they struck down the judge's order to the state to add CPOP as an approved condition "within 30 days."