A man who claimed his campaign to unseat Illinois’ most powerful legislator was shortcircuited by sham candidates planted on the ballot to dilute the Hispanic vote can’t continue to press his lawsuit against Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan over those dirty tricks, because voters had ample knowledge of the shady tactics, yet still chose to elect Madigan anyway, a federal judge has ruled.
Saying the law sets up an instance of “do as I say, not as I do,” the parent company of Jewel-Osco has asked a judge to strike down an Illinois state privacy law that it says places most private employers at risk of huge judgments, while exempting the government, its contractors and financial institutions from the same potentially draconian provisions.
Lawyers leading a growing number of lawsuits vs Sterigenics say the medical device sterilizer can easily substitute another sterilization method for ethylene oxide. The FDA and medical device makers seem less certain.
Days after a federal judge ruled Cook County courts could hear the lawsuits brought against medical device sterilization company Sterigenics, the number of lawsuits accusing the company of causing cancer has tripled in one day.
Medical device sterilization company Sterigenics will need to defend itself in Cook County court against a host of lawsuits brought by trial lawyers on behalf of people living in communities surrounding Sterigenics’ Willowbrook facility, as the judge said the company's compliance with federal clean air rules don't protect it from the lawsuits accusing the company of releasing emissions the lawsuits say caused the plaintiffs' cancer.
As a Cook County judge prepares to handle the question of whether to hold the owner of a Melrose Park hospital in contempt for filing bankruptcy, the hospital owner has in turn asked a federal bankruptcy judge to find the village of Melrose Park broke federal law by asking the Cook County judge to find them in contempt.
A recent decision from a California federal appeals court has handed a big win to a group of plaintiffs seeking to use an Illinois privacy law to squeeze Facebook for potentially billions of dollars, and could forebode a date before the U.S. Supreme Court, should trial lawyers seek to use the decision to boost other attempts to sidestep the high court’s earlier attempt to limit their ability to bring large class actions over claims in which no one suffered any actual harm.
Saying the owners of Westlake Hospital have proceeded in “bad faith,” the village of Melrose Park has asked a federal bankruptcy court to refuse to allow Westlake Hospital to proceed with its bankruptcy and the fate of the financially-troubled hospital should be decided in Cook County court.
Facebook will need to face a class action under Illinois’ biometrics privacy law for its face-tagging technology, as a federal appeals court in California rejected both the social media giant’s attempt to argue the plaintiffs couldn’t prove they were actually harmed by the program, and Facebook’s contention a class action would dissolve into a pool of “mini-trials” over individual Illinois residents’ claims.
Faced with a possible court order forcing them to keep open a hospital they claim is hemorrhaging money, the owners of Melrose Park’s Westlake Hospital have asked a federal bankruptcy court to take oversight of the owners’ long-running efforts to wind down operations at the hospital, and take it out from under the Cook County courts, for now.
School officials in Wilmington have been hit with a lawsuit accusing them of ignoring a student's repeated pleas to stop racially-motivated bullying. The lawsuit has a difficult path ahead, but could have far-reaching implications, observers say
Industry groups say they would oppose statewide ban on use of ethylene oxide, as proposed in new legislation from a suburban state senator, describing a ban as a "sledgehammer approach" that would harm the state economy and the U.S. health care system.
A new wave of lawsuits and regulatory actions targeted at employers could begin rolling into the local courts, perhaps by the end of next year, after the city of Chicago became the latest government to establish an ordinance setting new rules for how employers can schedule their workers.
One Cook County judge sits in the position to potentially award another Cook County judge millions of dollars in attorney fees for the other judge’s prior legal work on an 18-year-old case. Now, a group of business partners have asked the judge to reject a deal they say would allow attorneys suing them to sidestep a court order giving the partners access to the information they need to challenge the other judge’s windfall fee request.
Acknowledging a new state law was written specifically to target one suburban medical device sterilization plant, a group of state lawmakers have asked a DuPage County judge to reject a deal negotiated between Illinois state officials and Sterigenics to allow the company’s Willowbrook plant potentially to reopen.
Chicago's mayor has floated the idea of taxing 'high-end' legal and accounting services to help the city close a pension-induced budget gap. People associated with those professions and others worry such a tax would only raise the cost of doing business, harming regular people, while leading to relocations that will harm the city's business district.
The Illinois Public Risk Fund, an organization which helps Illinois local governments pool their workers' compensation insurance, and its lawyers from Edelson P.C., has won the chance to sidestep the federal courts’ “black hole” as it pursues its own legal claims against the makers and distributors of so-called opioid painkillers.
Amazon has been targeted in a new class action lawsuit under an Illinois biometrics privacy law, with plaintiffs asking a court to order the e-commerce giant to pay potentially enormous damages for allowing its Alexa A.I. program to record the voices of children and others using their systems, or the voices of others speaking nearby while someone else uses Alexa.
Drivers in Illinois are paying sharply higher taxes on gas, after the state doubled the tax to pay for transportation-related projects across Illinois. But what qualifies as "transportation-related" spending? A lawsuit vs Cook County now on appeal could answer that question