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Union lawsuit claiming right to not represent non-union members could upset public labor relations: Attorney

By John Breslin | Mar 7, 2019

A labor union has won the right to move forward with a unique challenge that emerged in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year on whether non-union workers should pay fair share fees for representation. If it succeeds, the lawsuit could upset management-labor relations for government employers, a labor lawyer says.

Appeals court: Rumors about woman sleeping to top could leave employer on hook for discrimination suit

By John Breslin | Mar 6, 2019

Legal experts are describing as significant a federal appeals court ruling that determined rumors falsely hinting a woman slept with management to advance in her company, could leave an employer on the hook for a sex discrimination violation under the Civil Rights Act.

Judge quashes Algonquin Township's effort to subpoena Edgar County Watchdogs' Dropbox records

By John Breslin | Feb 15, 2019

Press freedom activists have expressed concern at an attempt by an Illinois township to subpoena the records of a watchdog news site, and now that subpoena has been quashed by a county circuit court.

Appeals court: City of Zion, IL Liquor Commission wrongly cited restaurant for not enough seats to serve alcohol

By John Breslin | Feb 8, 2019

A restaurant in north suburban Zion did not violate a local ordinance that requires 50 seats in a restaurant in order for alcohol to be served, an appeals court has affirmed.

Man who says was wrongly jailed can continue unlawful detention claim vs Chicago: Appeals court

By John Breslin | Feb 8, 2019

A former Cook County Jail inmate who claims he was unlawfully detained based on alleged false testimony by police officers can move forward with a claim his constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment were violated.

ATG LegalServe partners with File & ServeXpress for 'one-stop' service

By John Breslin | Jan 24, 2019

As the era of legal e-filing came close to replacing the hand delivering of documents, one process-serving business knew it had to find the right partner.

Appeals panel: Woman wasn't harmed by credit card digits on receipt, can't sue Costco

By John Breslin | Jan 15, 2019

A Costco customer has failed in her appeal against a lower court's decision dismissing her claim for damages after a warehouse club allegedly printed more than the five digits of her credit card number on a receipt.

IL A/G's discovery order vs Rockford recycling biz not 'adequate substitute for warrant:' Appeals panel

By John Breslin | Jan 10, 2019

A lower court failed to properly weigh the privacy rights of a waste disposal site owner when it ruled in favor of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's request for a discovery order, an appeals court has ruled, siding with the business owner who claimed the order was merely an attempt to sidestep the need for a search warrant.

New IL law boosts protections for nurses, other health workers from violence, liability risk for hospitals, others

By John Breslin | Jan 9, 2019

CHICAGO – New legislation that was enacted following two high-profile attacks on nurses in 2017 came into effect at the turn of the year.

IL has changed rules on employee reimbursements; employers should check policies, attorney says

By John Breslin | Jan 7, 2019

Employers in Illinois are being warned to check their expense reimbursement policies following the says passing of new amendments to a state act requiring them to pay "reasonable" expenses to employees, an attorney whose practice focuses on labor and employment law.

Appeals court: Woman failed to prove fall on icy stairs caused by Chicago apartment building's faulty gutters

By John Breslin | Nov 26, 2018

A woman who claimed her fall on the back steps of an apartment building was caused by an unnatural accumulation of ice has failed in her appeal to overturn a judge's decision in favor of the building owners.

Lawyer: Hospitals breathing 'sigh of relief' over Supreme Court's property tax exemption ruling

By John Breslin | Oct 31, 2018

Hospital groups are "breathing a sigh of relief" following a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of their tax-exempt status, an attorney says.

Judge: Menard's, retailers not expected to always keep parking lot in 'perfect condition' to avoid trip-and-falls

By John Breslin | Oct 2, 2018

Home improvement retail chain Menard's cannot be held liable for an injury allegedly suffered by a woman who tripped over a crack in the parking lot of one of its northwest suburban stores, a federal judge has ruled, saying the retailer cannot be expected to keep its parking lot in "perfect condition at every moment."

Appeals panel: Chicago not liable for man's fall after stepping out of cab on crumbling curb

By John Breslin | Oct 1, 2018

A man injured after stepping on a crumbled curb following his exit from a cab has no claim against the city of Chicago, a state appeals court has ruled.

Federal court dismisses long-running bankruptcy fee-fixing claim vs BMS, perhaps for last time

By John Breslin | Jul 30, 2018

CHICAGO - The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a claim that a company providing software services in bankruptcy proceedings was involved in a fee-fixing conspiracy, according to a July 2 ruling.

Court again sides with employee over non-solicitation agreement, part of a pattern, says attorney

By John Breslin | Jul 27, 2018

A federal court has ruled in favor of an employee involved in a trade secrets and non-solicitation dispute with a former employer, continuing a pattern by Chicago federal judges of overturning, or limiting the scope, of employment agreements, according to a Chicago employment lawyer.

Mandatory e-filing in place in all but three counties in Illinois, Cook live this month

By John Breslin | Jul 18, 2018

Mandatory court e-filing for all civil cases is operational in all but three Illinois counties, according to a representative of the company charged with introducing the system.

Chicago ordinance could make employers give 2 weeks notice before changing employee schedules

By John Breslin | Jul 11, 2018

Plans to introduce a new ordinance requiring employers in Chicago to give their workers advance notice of changes in schedule appear to have stalled, according to an employment law attorney.

Federal judge OKs female Cook County employees' lawsuits over harassment by inmates

By John Breslin | Jul 10, 2018

A federal judge ruled that various lawsuits claiming officials have failed to curb rampant abuse of female employees visiting Cook County Jail will remain largely intact, according to an opinion filed June 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Federal judge: Ex-Yankees OF can press lawsuit in Cook County court vs White Sox over knee injury

By John Breslin | Jul 10, 2018

A former outfielder for the New York Yankees, whose career was threatened by a season-ending knee injury after one inning at Chicago's Guaranteed Rate Field, can continue his negligence action against the Chicago White Sox in Cook County court after a Chicago federal judge ruled federal court was not the correct venue to hear the case.

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