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Trial lawyers: EPA admission of fault in Sterigenics emissions measuring won't matter to lawsuits vs company

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 30, 2018

As federal environmental regulators reassess their controversial measurements of emissions from the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook, a group of lawyers representing Willowbrook residents are continuing unfazed in their lawsuits against the company, based largely on findings in a federal report that relied heavily on the allegedly faulty data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Sterigenics: Lawsuits asking courts to rewrite federal clean air rules, based on a 'flawed' report

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 29, 2018

Saying plaintiffs are asking the courts to essentially rewrite federal environmental laws and regulatory rules based on a single report issued by a federal agency relying on faulty data, medical device sterilizer Sterigenics has asked a federal judge to corral a stampede of lawsuits that have hit the courts in recent weeks amid a blizzard of media reports asserting the company’s use of a key sterilizing agent at its facility in suburban Willowbrook could cause cancer.

Oak Park firefighters union: Village's rules to evaluate 'catastrophic injury' benefit claims unconstitutional

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 28, 2018

An attempt by the village of Oak Park to establish a new way to evaluate whether its firefighters claiming to have been "catastrophically injured" in the line of duty should receive retirement health insurance benefits, has drawn a legal challenge from the union representing its firefighters, who say the village’s ordinance establishing the new rules violates Illinois state law and the firefighter’s rights as public employees under the state constitution.

Appeals panel orders hearing on 'pro objectors' Bandas, Thut, attempt to secure payoff from Edelson class action

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 27, 2018

Two lawyers, described as “professional objectors” to class action settlements, will need to face a hearing and perhaps state disciplinary action, over their alleged attempt to secure a payoff, as a state appeals panel said they had essentially hidden behind a narrow interpretation of a court rule to deflect attempts to sanction them for taking “advantage of a situation described as ‘murky’ and with ‘unpredictable’ or ‘sporadic’ enforcement” to win potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time from other lawyers seeking to close the deal on their own million dollar paydays.

IL Supreme Court questions whether mom must prove 'harm' to sue over teen's Six Flags fingerprint scan

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 20, 2018

Illinois Supreme Court justices appeared to take a dim view of assertions by a lawyer for Six Flags that a mother can't sue the theme park operator after the company required him to scan his fingerprints to use his park season pass, even though she had not provided consent.

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.

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