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Cook Sheriff: Backpage's fraud accusations vs Dart merely deflection from 'damning' sex trafficking ad evidence

Saying the online classifieds site is merely trying to “deflect” a judge’s attention from its “own fraudulent acts,” the Cook County Sheriff’s Office has asked a federal judge to put a quick end to an attempt by to pin the sheriff for allegedly lying about a CCSO staffer’s job status to protect thousands of documents from disclosure under the auspices of a nonexistent attorney-client relationship.

Judge OKs $29M deal to end class action vs Ascension Health over Wheaton Franciscan pension claims

In the wake of last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that religiously-affiliated hospitals can qualify for exemption from certain federal pension rules, a Chicago federal judge has signed off on a $29 million settlement, designed to end class action litigations against Ascension Health, in which the country’s largest Catholic hospital system was accused of attempting to use the religious exemption improperly to underfund its employees’ retirement plans.

Contract: Simmons, Meyers firms to split 25 percent cut of Cook County's take from any opioid lawsuit payment

Lawyers hired by Cook County to help press the county’s case against drug companies over the proliferation of opioid painkillers stand to pocket at least a quarter of Cook County’s cut of any settlement or dollar amount awarded by a court.

Petition: SCOTUS should undo rulings letting union keep $32M collected from caregivers unconstitutionally

Saying a union’s unconstitutional seizure of $32 million in fees from non-union home care providers via the state of Illinois was legally not much different than picking a pocket on the street, a group of those personal assistants have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and overturn lower courts’ decisions allowing the union to keep the money, even the high court had determined the union had no right to collect the money in the first place.

Temp firm known for employing black Chicagoans accuses staffing contractor of racism in McCormick Place contract flap

A temp staffing subcontractor known for placing black workers from Chicago in service jobs has accused staffing firm Staff Management Solutions of racism, alleging in a lawsuit Staff Management improperly broke its contract with the subcontractor to provide janitorial workers to support Aramark’s custodial services contract at McCormick Place, after Staff Management learned all of the sub’s workers were black.

Judge: Cook County courts clerk must give immediate public, press access to e-filed lawsuits

A Chicago federal judge has told the Cook County Circuit Clerk’s office it cannot withhold electronically filed lawsuits from public view for days at a time pending administrative processing because, to do so, violates the right of the press and the public under the First Amendment to immediate access to otherwise public documents.

ParkChicago vendors ask judge to curb parking tickets class action; no 'freedom from administrative inconvenience'

Asserting legal precedent holds people wrongly receiving parking tickets have no “freedom from administrative inconvenience,” attorneys representing the vendors that operate Chicago’s on-street parking meters have asked the court to again pull to the curb a class action lawsuit alleging problems with the ParkChicago smartphone app results in illegal tickets issued to motorists using their phones to pay for parking.

Ex-development director at John Marshall Law School says firing was part of 'pattern of bias' vs older men

Saying he became the target of anti-male bias from certain female administrators at the college, who used a lunch meeting with an influential donor at a Trump hotel to brand him as “anti-gay, anti-Muslim and anti-black,” the 59-year-old former head of alumni relations at John Marshall Law School has sued the school and two deans at the school, saying he is owed at least $4 million after he was fired on allegedly trumped up accusations to cover for alleged age and sex discrimination.

Divided IL Supreme Court rejects try to hold Northwestern Memorial liable for clinic doctors' actions

A majority of the state’s highest court has rejected a woman’s attempt to hold Northwestern Memorial Hospital responsible for alleged mistakes made by medical professionals employed by a federally funded health clinic which led to the premature birth of her child, saying the case asks the court to expand Illinois case law on the question of so-called “vicarious liability” for hospitals.

Cook County jumps into legal fray vs pharmaceutical makers, hires Simmons, Meyers & Flowers to sue over 'opioids'

Cook County, the second largest county in the U.S., has added its name to the ever-growing list of local governments demanding the makers of some of the most prescribed opioid painkillers pay out, saying the companies owe big money for costs the county has incurred in treating painkiller addiction and dealing with its aftermath at the county’s hospitals and other institutions.

Judge tosses $150M verdict vs AbbVie, orders new trial on 'false marketing' of Androgel claims

Saying the jury’s findings were too conflicting and inconsistent to unravel in a post-trial motion, a Chicago federal judge has instead ordered a new trial, tossing out that jury’s verdict ordering drugmaker AbbVie to pay $150 million to a man who claimed AbbVie’s promotion of its testosterone therapy drug, Androgel, led his doctor to prescribe it to him, allegedly later resulting in a heart attack.

IL Supreme Court gives Cook County six more months to complete case e-filing transition work

Cook County's courts have been given an additional six months to bring their civil case filing systems into alignment with a statewide electronic case filing system required by the Illinois Supreme Court, despite comments from Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown just weeks earlier they would be ready to meet a Jan. 1 deadline.

Lawsuit: Apple intentionally throttled performance of older iPhones to push people to buy new models

Within days of Apple publicly confirming it had intentionally issued operating software designed to slow down older versions of its iPhone, a group of plaintiffs have dialed up a class action lawsuit against the tech maker, alleging Apple did so merely to push consumers to buy their newer phone models.

Trucking firms contracted by Amazon settle drivers' 'joint employer' OT wage class action

A trucking company that works closely enough with Amazon to have been accused of being a “joint employer” of drivers to serve the needs of the online retailing titan appears to have secured a $94,000 settlement to end a class action lawsuit brought by a group of its former drivers over alleged unpaid overtime.

IL appeals court: Chicago OK to favor property taxpaying restaurants over food trucks; appeal vowed

A state appeals panel has refused to allow food truck owners to restart their legal challenge to Chicago food truck regulations the owners say unconstitutionally shielded restaurants from their more mobile competitors.

Jury slaps down bankruptcy lawyer Geraci's demand for millions from ex-employee accused of software theft

One of the country’s most prominent bankruptcy lawyers has lost a round in court over claims a former employee stole his firm’s software in support of a rival bankruptcy law practice.

Lawsuit: Cook County assessments racially discriminate, make Hispanic, black homeowners pay higher taxes

Two organizations whose mission is to help homeowners in two predominantly minority and economically struggling Chicago neighborhoods have filed suit against the office of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, asserting the office’s assessment practices have discriminated against Hispanic and black homeowners by under-assessing properties in wealthier and whiter neighborhoods and communities, pushing a greater tax burden on those with less means to legally protect themselves.

Objector: 'Collusive' Chicago red light camera class action deal pays lawyers too much, lets city off cheap

Saying the deal “reeks of a collusive settlement” that will give millions to lawyers and next to nothing for law-abiding residents who dutifully paid their $100 fines, an attorney, who is pressing his own class action case seeking to “dismantle” Chicago’s red light camera program, has filed an objection asking a Cook County judge to undue a settlement Chicago city officials have said they hope will allow City Hall to bring class action litigation over the red light camera program to a relatively inexpensive end.

Ex-Jewel-Osco managers' age discrimination lawsuit trimmed; Judge cuts disparate impact claim

An age discrimination lawsuit brought by a group of four former Jewel Osco store managers against the Chicago area supermarket chain has been trimmed, after a federal judge granted the company’s request to shelve several of the ex-managers’ claims, including a key count alleging the company’s policies and practices favor younger managers at the expense of the more experienced.

Another class action over now-repealed Cook County pop tax lands in court, even as others settle

On the day the controversial Cook County “pop tax” expired, one of the law firms behind the rash of class action lawsuits against area retailers and restaurants over the collection of the tax brought perhaps one final class action claim against an area retailer, saying a man was charged a few cents too much for club sodas he purchased at two local Jewel supermarkets.