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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.

Deceptive practices class action to proceed against All Web Leads, with up to 2 million class members

By John Breslin | Jul 9, 2018

A federal judge has given the nod to allow a group of plaintiffs to move forward with a class action lawsuit, potentially involving 2 million additional plaintiffs, claiming a web company that generates "leads" for the insurance industry used deceptive practices to lure customers.

IL, other high tax states, seeking ways around deduction cap; IRS warns it decides proper deductions

By John Breslin | Jun 18, 2018

In the wake of the new nationwide tax law, states, including Illinois, which are setting up workarounds to state and local tax deducation caps, have been warned by the Internal Revenue Service that federal law controls deductions.

Judge: Non-competes can be too broad; Lawyer: Employers should take note

By John Breslin | May 14, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has struck down a non-compete clause because it was too broad to enforce, and an employment attorney in Chicago says the decision should catch the eye of companies and employees alike.

SCOTUS says auto service advisors are exempt from fed OT rules, but lawyer warns state law may differ

By John Breslin | Apr 27, 2018

Following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that auto service advisers are exempt from federal overtime pay rules, an Illinois attorney is advising dealerships in Illinois to be careful about requirements under state law.

Court weighs if IL home rule powers allowing stricter employer rules also can extend to local right-to-work

By John Breslin | Apr 24, 2018

A federal appeals panel is mulling over the thorny issue of whether Illinois "home rule" municipalities, already empowered to impose a host of labor and employment-related regulations on businesses, should also be allowed to buck the state government and create local right-to-work zones within their boundaries.

Record $35M settlement for woman hit, dragged by truck in Chicago in 2015

By John Breslin | Mar 8, 2018

A week into a trial against a trucking firm blamed for an accident that left a young woman permanently disabled, the woman, who was struck by a truck and dragged 60 feet in Chicago, will receive $35 million from a settlement to end her legal action, reportedly an Illinois record for an accident involving a pedestrian.

Seventh Circuit ruling brings clarity for employers dealing with potential employee mental health issues

By John Breslin | Feb 20, 2018

Dealing with an employee exhibiting mental health problems remains a thorny issue despite a federal appeals court's recent ruling denying a disability discrimination claim against an Illinois state agency.

From Legal Newsline

Georgia will soon decide controversial 'lawsuit lending' topic

By John Breslin | Feb 8, 2018

DUBLIN, Ga. (Legal Newsline) – Questions over the future of litigation funding remain in Georgia as the state Supreme Court prepares to decide the issue and another case continues to move through a federal court in the state.

Crowded field of Atty Gen candidates place differing emphasis on priorities for state's top law office

By John Breslin | Nov 13, 2017

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's sudden announcement earlier this year declining to seek another term has led to an avalanche of candidates announcing intentions to run on the Democratic side, while Republican Erika Harold remains unchallenged in seeking her party's nomination.

Cook County officials bank on legally imperiled beverage tax to balance county budget

By John Breslin | Jul 24, 2017

As a Cook County judge prepares to rule later this week on whether the county should be allowed to begin collecting its so-called sweetened beverage tax, county officials say the county has banked much of its budget hopes for the coming year on the $17 million a month in revenue they expect the tax will pour into county coffers.

Dominos, takeout restaurants fight potentially onerous FDA Obamacare calorie counting rule

By John Breslin | Apr 25, 2017

Takeout restaurants, where the majority of the orders are placed online or over the phone, are making a last push to stop a new regulation that requires all calorie counts to be listed on store menus.

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