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Appeals panel: Woman can't sue Chicago Food 4 Less, snow removal crew, for icy slip-and-fall

By John Sammon | Jan 4, 2019

A woman who said she broke her ankle when she slipped and fell on ice in the parking lot of a Chicago Food 4 Less store can't sue the store or the company hired to clear ice and snow from the lot, a state appeals court has ruled.

Wisconsin Central RR blocked by FELA from countersuing employees it blames for train accident: Appeals panel

By John Sammon | Dec 28, 2018

A railroad company should not be allowed to countersue two workers who it blames for a train-on-train collision, because such a countersuit would serve to interfere with those workers' rights to sue the railroad for their injuries, a state appeals court has ruled.

New Cook County assessor promises more efficient, less contentious office

By John Sammon | Dec 27, 2018

Cook County taxpayers should expect a less troubled and more efficient Cook County Assessor's office, a spokesman for newly elected Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi promised.

Supreme Court decision could help reduce 'forum shopping' in False Claims Act fraud suits

By John Sammon | Dec 12, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to deal a blow to so-called "forum shopping" and a stronger hand to companies and others defending themselves against would-be whistleblowers accusing them of defrauding the government.

Appellate court: IL property tax appeals board wrong to reject East Peoria challenge of casino tax assessment

By John Sammon | Dec 11, 2018

A state appeals court will allow the city of East Peoria another crack at overturning a tax board's decision to cut the property tax assessment for the Par-a-Dice hotel and casino.

Court: 'Poorly written' policy means State Farm on hook for $4M for 'stacked' fleet vehicle coverage

By John Sammon | Dec 7, 2018

A state appeals court has ruled a man injured in a car accident could claim up to $4 million in underinsured motorist coverage under his employer's policy, rather than $250,000, because his employer maintained a fleet of 16 vehicles, and the total policy should include the full fleet, not just one car at a time, because the policy was "poorly written" and "ambiguous."

IL appellate decision vs attorneys in class action 'pro objectors' case 'so damaging,' attorney says

By John Sammon | Dec 5, 2018

An attorney whose practice focuses on helping defend complex class action lawsuits said the rise of class action objectors milking the litigation system for quick payoffs has become a thorn in the side of businesses and attorneys attempting to settle lawsuits.

Changes in Illinois Human Rights Act could bring more claims, lawsuits vs employers, attorney says

By John Sammon | Nov 29, 2018

The recent election of Democrat J.B. Pritzker as governor of Illinois could make the state more employee-friendly through impending changes to the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA), and an attorney advises employers should be ready to defend themsevles against more claims and lawsuits.

Exotic dancers sue Ocean’s Gentleman’s Club for allegedly unpaid wages, classifying them as contractors

By John Sammon | Nov 28, 2018

Female exotic dancers are suing a Bedford Park nightclub where they performed, alleging the Ocean’s Gentleman’s Club improperly classified them as independent contractors and illegally withheld wages and tips.

Federal judge OKs addition of local store employee to lawsuit vs Home Depot over saw blade accident

By John Sammon | Nov 28, 2018

A man injured by a circular saw blade in an alleged accident during a home improvement project has won the right to take his lawsuit against retailer Home Depot back to Cook County court after a federal judge cut up Home Depot's attempt to stop the plaintiff from adding one of its local store employees as a defendant, ending the retailer's bid to keep the matter in federal court.

Judge: Gym didn't 'fail to warn' of charges to credit card, if charges were unintentional from start

By John Sammon | Nov 23, 2018

A federal judge has cut up much of a man's lawsuit against a fitness club, saying he can't sue the club over unintentional erroneous charges the club later refunded.

Attorneys: US Supreme Court's Masterpiece Cakeshop decision important win for exercise of 'sincere' religious beliefs

By John Sammon | Jun 12, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision, granting a win to a Colorado baker accused of violating the civil rights of a gay couple by refusing to bake a custom-designed cake for their wedding, could signal that, while the courts are upholding the civil rights of same-sex couples, it does not create a legal "open season" on others - including business owners - whose religious beliefs may not allow them to walk in step with society's rapidly changing values, say two attorneys who specialize in litigating religious freedom cases.

Illinois attorney general's billions in collections part of job, also something to be watched: Economics prof

By John Sammon | Jun 5, 2018

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced her office has brought in more than $14 billion in collections since she took office in 2003, including $864 million in 2017. But how much of the mission of the attorney general falls under collecting money for the state?

Seventh Circuit decision continues trend favoring debtors over collectors in debt dispute lawsuits, attorneys say

By John Sammon | Jun 1, 2018

A federal appeals panel has affirmed a judgment for debtors in a dispute with a debt collector over whether a debt was actually disputed, and the decision only continues a trend within Chicago's federal courts of moving the needle in such cases in favor of those owing disputed debts, said lawyers following such cases.

States' lawsuit vs Trump over car emissions rules could alter industry, set precedent for future executive actions

By John Sammon | May 26, 2018

An attempt by a group of state attorneys general to bar the Trump administration from undoing Obama administration rules related to vehicle fuel economy could have far-reaching implications for the future of the auto industry, while also establishing legal precedent over the ability of succeeding presidential administrations to implement policies, particularly if they differ wth environmental bureaucratic rules made by the EPA.

Illinois unlikely to copy Wisconsin on third-party litigation financing disclosure law, observers say

By John Sammon | Apr 26, 2018

While Wisconsin has enacted a new law requiring the disclosure of the identity of anyone who lends money to fund a lawsuit, Illinois appears unlikely to follow the lead of its neighbor to the north.

Employer groups ask Rauner to veto Dem-backed bill to transfer enforcement powers from Labor Dept to A/G

By John Sammon | Mar 16, 2018

A prominent Democratic Illinois state lawmaker, who is now seeking his party's nomination as the state's next attorney general, has lined up behind new legislation intended to give the attorney general new powers to pursue businesses embroiled in wage disputes - new powers that will come at the expense of the state's Labor Department, according to business groups.

'Social enterprise' companies will get bidding edge for Cook County contracts under new ordinance

By John Sammon | Mar 9, 2018

A new Cook County ordinance will give preference on bidding to vendors who the county believes are set up to serve the public benefit.

Attorney says 7th Circuit ruling in exploding grain bin case could narrow property damage coverage

By John Sammon | Mar 1, 2018

A recent federal appeals court decision could reduce future property damage coverage provided by commercial general liability insurers in Illinois and other states, according to an attorney experienced in such cases.

New EEOC sexual harassment guidelines due this year are needed to provide clarity, attorneys say

By John Sammon | Jan 25, 2018

New federal sexual harassment guidelines coming from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission before the end of this year had been planned before a recent spate of media publicity over alleged sexual abuse cases, including some involving celebrities.

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