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Lawsuit: Madigan, political orgs retaliated vs female staffer who complained of sexual harassment

Saying she was ignored, belittled and then effectively shunned and fired, a female former campaign worker for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political organizations has sued her former employers for allegedly doing next to nothing to address the sexual harassment she said she suffered at the hands of a high-ranking operative within the Madigan organization and the brother of a Chicago alderman.

Cook County primary voters pick nominees for 39 Cook County Circuit, subcircuit judge posts

Amid competitive races for governor and elsewhere on the ballot, Cook County voters also took to the polls to select permanent replacements for 10 vacant Cook County Circuit Court judgeships and 25 open posts on the county’s various judicial subcircuits, as voters cast ballots in the county’s primary election on Tuesday, March 20.

Class action: Hoteliers conspired to manipulate online search ad results, boost room prices

Comparing the practice to a surreptitious deal struck between the world’s biggest beverage bottlers to not trample on the other’s advertising turf, a new class action lawsuit accuses the country’s biggest hoteliers of illegally conspiring to boost room prices by working together to make it harder for consumers to compare prices online.

Judge says lawsuit vs Madigan can continue over placement of 'sham' Hispanic candidates on ballot

A former primary election challenger to Illinois’ top state Democratic politician has been cleared to continue to sue Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan and some of his supporters for allegedly placing “sham candidates” on the ballot two years ago to confuse and split the Hispanic vote, reducing the threat the opponent posed to the powerful Chicago lawmaker.

IL Supreme Court disbars four lawyers, suspends nine, inactivates removed Cook County judge

The Illinois Supreme Court has disbarred four lawyers, and suspended nine others, including lawyers charged with growing marijuana from a drug house, bank fraud and child pornography. The court also inactivated the license of a Cook County judge removed after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease amid a probe of her decision to let a law clerk preside over cases.

Cook Courts Clerk: No First Amendment obligation to provide immediate public access to lawsuits

The clerk of Cook County’s courts has asserted she has no obligation under the First Amendment to provide the press or public with immediate access to lawsuits publicly filed in court, making the claim as part of her bid to persuade a federal appeals panel to undo a federal judge’s injunction ordering her to create a system to provide swifter access to all electronically filed documents.

Petition: Change IL conduct rules to let state regulators discipline lawyer/lawmakers like Silverstein accused of harassment

In the wake of a decision by Illinois legal profession regulators to not take action against state Sen. Ira Silverstein, who was accused of sexual harassment and who was found by the Illinois Legislative Inspector General to have engaged in behavior “unbecoming of a legislator,” a Chicago law firm has launched a petition drive, asking the Illinois Supreme Court to change Illinois lawyer conduct rules to specifically allow the state to take action against lawyers, including state lawmakers, accused of sexual harassment.

Class action: Cook County Sheriff can't reintroduce 'sham' disciplinary complaints vs formerly fired deputies

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is facing yet another lawsuit over his handling of employee terminations before an illegally constituted merit board, as two fired Cook County deputies argue the sheriff has lost his chance to fire them and 230 other terminated sheriff’s officers, even after the board was reconstituted under new legislation.

Appeals panel: Ex-Redflex executive can't claim share of $20M paid to city to settle red-light camera bribes claims

Saying to find otherwise would give “fraudsters” the chance to profit from bribery, a federal appeals panel has upheld a lower court’s decision to bar a figure at the center of Chicago’s red light camera bribery scheme from claiming a cut of the settlement paid to City Hall by the city’s former red light camera vendor.

Class action: Hertz owes for tacking on 10 percent 'concession recovery' charge at non-airport locations

A Chicago woman has filed a class action lawsuit against car rental company Hertz, accusing the company of wrongly adding on a 10 percent fee, meant to cover “concession fees” typically charged by airports, hotels and other sites from which Hertz or its other brands may rent cars, even when the rental location isn’t required to pay such a fee.

Road contractors' coalition asks court to order Cook County to free up $250M for transportaton projects

A coalition of trade groups representing road building contractors have sued Cook County, asking a judge to order the county to spend more money on maintaining and improving its roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure, because the county, the lawsuit says, has detoured nearly $250 million that the groups assert should have been spent only on transportation projects.

$295M settlement wins nod to end price increase class action vs Stericycle; lawyers get $35M

A Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $295 million deal to end a multi-state class action lawsuit accusing medical waste disposal company Stericycle of fixing prices for many of its customers, allegedly costing them hundreds of millions of dollars.

Montessori school says River Forest illegally compelled it to pay $1.1M in property taxes over 20 years

A Montessori school in suburban River Forest has sued the village government, asking the court to order the village to refund $1.1 million in property taxes the school has paid over the past 20 years under an agreement the private school now argues should have been void from the beginning, as it violates Illinois law.

Chicago adds 'Big Three' pharma wholesalers to list of companies being sued over opioid crisis

As class action litigation continues to grow across the U.S. against the pharmaceutical companies that made opioid prescription painkillers, the city of Chicago has also set its sights in court on three companies it blames for distributing the addictive pills here, saying the companies should be made to pay for allegedly not monitoring the flow of the drugs or halting the suspicious activity at pharmacies and elsewhere that allegedly “fueled” the black market for the drugs.

'It's more possible now' - Penn Supreme Court ruling could open gerrymander reform avenue in IL, via courts

A recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling on the question of partisan gerrymandering could introduce a new avenue for reformers to pursue in breaking the hammerlock on the legislative redistricting process currently held by legislative leaders in the Illinois General Assembly, and other states.

Judge: Pensioners fired from adjunct faculty posts not protected by age discrimination law, pensions clause

A Chicago federal judge has given a failing grade to an attempt by a group of former adjunct faculty who sued the suburban community college who fired them rather than pay a state penalty for employing retirees drawing pensions from the state’s university pension fund, with the judge ruling neither federal age discrimination laws nor the Illinois state constitution’s pensions protection clause gives the instructors a legal claim.

IL Supreme Court begins process of removing Cook County judge convicted of mortgage fraud

The state’s highest court has ordered a Cook County judge convicted of mortgage fraud to present the court with reasons why the state should not yank her license to practice law and should not bar her from continuing to hold office as a judge.

Former Chicago Spire developer demands Irish banking agency pay $1.2B for torpedoing skyscraper project

A real estate development firm that had traveled the world, selling the idea of luxury condos high above downtown Chicago in what was to be one of the biggest additions to Chicago’s iconic skyline in decades, is now asking a federal judge in Chicago to order a publicly-funded Irish national banking agency to pay out $1.2 billion for allegedly torpedoing the planned Chicago Spire project out of “bad blood” and “spite,” leaving Irish taxpayers holding the bag and a giant hole in the ground in Chicago.

Cook County judge OKs final $38M deal to end red light camera class action; lawyers get $11M

A Cook County judge has signed off on a settlement to end what plaintiffs’ lawyers have touted as the first successful class action lawsuit against the city of Chicago over alleged abuses within its red light camera program.

'Public should control process:' Anti-gerrymandering amendment filed in Springfield

As Illinois courts have repeatedly slapped aside attempts by Illinois voters to wrest control of drawing new legislative district maps from which ever partisans control the Illinois General Assembly, the coalition behind many of those past efforts to place referenda on the Illinois ballot to change the state constitution are now backing a new amendment to combat partisan gerrymandering, with the fight this time beginning in the state legislature.