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Pritzker lawyers: Campaign workers' discrimination lawsuit long on 'overheated rhetoric,' short on facts

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 16, 2018

Lawyers for the campaign of Governor-elect JB Pritzker have responded to a lawsuit brought by a group of Pritzker campaign workers, in which they accuse campaign officials of racial discrimination and other charges, saying the lawsuit suffers from a lack of “well-pleaded factual allegations” and so should be dismissed.

Judge nixes P.I.'s bid to unseal Alvarez deposition, other evidence in Alstory Simon wrongful conviction case

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 15, 2018

A private investigator who was a central figure in a prominent wrongful murder conviction case has lost a bid to persuade a judge to unseal the video recorded deposition of former Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and other evidence, as he pursues a defamation lawsuit of his own against the county’s ex-chief prosecutor.

Appeals panel: Federal judge can't order Cook Courts Clerk to provide immediate access to new lawsuits

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 13, 2018

A federal appeals panel has tossed out a Chicago federal judge’s order requiring Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown to provide immediate public access to all civil lawsuits filed in the county, saying the judge was wrong to intervene in the matter both because the state courts had not been given the chance to weight in and because the appellate judges doubted delaying access to filed lawsuits violated anyone’s constitutional rights.

Discrimination lawsuit expanded vs Pritzker campaign, accuses Lt. Gov-elect Stratton of defamation

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 10, 2018

On the same day Illinois voters by wide margins selected Democrat JB Pritzker to be the state’s next governor, and his running mate, Democratic State Rep. Juliana Stratton, to serve as lieutenant governor, a group of Pritzker campaign workers added Pritzker and Stratton as individual defendants in a discrimination lawsuit the workers brought in the closing days of the gubernatorial campaign, particularly targeting Stratton for allegedly defaming the campaign workers behind the suit as “extortionists.”

IL regulators fine title agency PNTN $14M for letting lawyers not registered as agents sell title insurance

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 9, 2018

An organization which provides services to and promotes the role of attorneys in the title transfer process in real estate transactions has come under the scrutiny of state regulators, which has ordered $14 million in fines for allegedly allowing attorneys who are not registered as title insurance agents to score commissions from the sale of title insurance policies.

With Democratic lock on IL government, 'new wave' of regulation, enforcement, litigation 'likely': Attorneys

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 8, 2018

Democrats have grabbed a stranglehold on Illinois state government. And that could mean businesses and employers of all sizes should begin to prepare for a new pro-labor, pro-plaintiffs environment of anticipated heightened government scrutiny, regulatory action and lawsuits, say attorneys who regularly work with businesses and employers facing such actions.

Democrats sweep Cook County judicial elections; Judge Coghlan retention bid rejected

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 7, 2018

Amid a night of historic domination at the polls, Democrats also largely swept once more in the races for judges in Cook County’s courts, flexing their muscle not only in contested races, but also in withdrawing support from a Democratic judge and former prosecutor, who, after being targeted by a coalition of social justice advocates, became the first county judge in nearly three decades to lose his bid for retention to the bench.

Appeals court: Metro Water District can't use state law to escape lawsuit from worker who fell 29 feet into tank

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 6, 2018

A state appeals court has refused to flush a lawsuit against the organization responsible for treating Cook County’s sewage, which was brought by a worker who was hurt in a fall from a ladder into a mostly empty treatment tank, as the judges said the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago can’t use immunity often granted under state law to escape the lawsuit, when it had earlier declared its officials didn’t know about the condition that led to the worker’s injuries.

Judges on ballot this month; some evaluation groups ask voters to steer clear of some in particular

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 2, 2018

While most judicial candidates are running unopposed in Cook County, voters can still help select a few of those who will preside from the bench. And voters have been asked to exercise caution when casting ballots in the General Election for at least two Cook County candidates.

Ex-John Marshall Law School fundraiser OK to continue anti-male discrimination suit vs school

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 31, 2018

A former alumni relations director at John Marshall Law School will be allowed, for now, to continue much of his discrimination lawsuit against the college, in which he alleges that he became the target of anti-male bias and was allegedly accused of being “anti-gay, anti-Muslim and anti-black,” after attending a lunch meeting with a donor at a Trump hotel.

Judge says Illinois Democrats can't sidestep female staffer's sex harassment suit vs Madigan, political orgs

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 30, 2018

The Illinois Democratic Party will not be allowed to easily sidestep a lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed Illinois Democrats, led by House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, blackballed her in retaliation for complaining of sexual harassment at the hands of a Madigan operative and brother of a powerful Chicago alderman.

From Legal Newsline

How much do lawsuits cost you? $3,300 per household, $429B nationwide, study says

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 24, 2018

Across the U.S., Americans pay hefty costs for lawsuits, with the price tag stretching from the courthouses to the most basic levels of American life, adding thousands of dollars each year to Americans’ household budget costs, according to a new study of tort litigation costs.

Lawsuit demands Illinois Catholic churches release names of all priests accused of child sex abuse

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 19, 2018

Accusing Illinois’ Catholic churches of a decades-long cover up, three men and a woman who claim they were victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Illinois Roman Catholic priests have joined together to sue all of the state’s Catholic dioceses, asking a judge to order the dioceses to release the names of priests who have been accused of child sexual abuse since 1950.

Customers should read insurance policies, not wait to sue til denied coverage: IL Supreme Court

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 19, 2018

Saying customers have an obligation to read and understand the terms of their insurance policies, the Illinois state Supreme Court has rejected the try by a couple to make their American Family Insurance agent pay for providing them with a policy that didn’t protect them against a defamation lawsuit, even though they had specifically asked the agent to obtain that coverage for them.

Personal injury lawyer, Schaumburg cops duel in court over how much info crash reports must include

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 17, 2018

A suburban police department and a personal injury lawyer who specializes in suing on behalf of people involved in car crashes have locked horns in Cook County court over how much information the police are required by law to include on accident reports the lawyer will use to solicit potential clients and drum up business.

Pritzker campaign accused in lawsuit of discrimination, harassment against black, Latino campaign staffers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 16, 2018

Saying the Illinois gubernatorial frontrunner’s campaign has routinely “herded” and “marginalized” its workers of color, a group of African American and Latino workers for Illinois Democratic gubernatorial nominee JB Pritzker has sued Pritzker’s campaign organization for discrimination and harassment.

Workers comp, health insurers for Illinois towns add to mass of municipal opioid lawsuits

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 15, 2018

Organizations providing workers comp insurance and employee health insurance for more than 200 Illinois local governments have joined the mass of lawsuits against drug makers, distributors and others associated with the spread of so-called opioid painkillers.

Fired workers say Treasure Island Foods owes them 60-days pay after abrupt store closures

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 12, 2018

A group of employees of Chicago’s recently shuttered Treasure Island supermarket chain have delivered their former employer with a class action lawsuit, accusing the company of violating their rights under state and federal laws entitling them to either a 60-day notice that the company was closing its doors, or a check equivalent to 60 days’ pay and other owed benefits.

Final OK sought for $12.5M deal to end 6-yr class action vs cruise lines over robocalls; attorneys ask $3.1M

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 11, 2018

After sorting through a blizzard of more than 2 million claims, including many that “were likely fraudulent,” lawyers on both sides of a massive class action over vacation marketing robocalls have asked a judge to sign off on a $12.5 million deal to end the six-year-old litigation, under which about 275,000 approved claimants could get a share of $6 million, and plaintiffs’ lawyers could get more than $3.1 million.

Rosebud Restaurants, EEOC settle class action over workplace sexual harassment charges

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 10, 2018

Rosebud Restaurants has settled a potential class action brought by federal workplace discrimination monitors, who had accused the Italian restaurant chain of mistreating female employees, allowing them to be subjected to sexual harassment on the job.

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