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Judge tosses gun club's suit vs Willowbrook over zoning denial; 2nd Amend 'not battering ram'

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jun 21, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has refused to undo the village of Willowbrook's decision to deny a permit to a gun club to develop a firearms range within the village, saying the club's reliance on the Second Amendment in this case misfires.

Trump appointments bring Seventh Circuit's judge roster back to full strength for first time in 8 years

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jun 11, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is back to its full intended complement of judges after the confirmation of Michael Scudder and Amy St. Eve, two Chicago judges who joined the bench in May.

Cook County Board approves tax incentives for industrial development in select areas of the county

By Justin Stoltzfus | May 25, 2018

The Cook County Board of Commissioners has officially put its stamp of approval on four proposals from the county’s Bureau of Economic Development that would grant tax incentives to select local businesses.

Recent decisions to grant standing in data breach cases reflects 'social shift' in how data is viewed

By Justin Stoltzfus | May 18, 2018

Two recent decisions in two different federal appeals courts regarding who has the right to sue over data breaches reflect a “social shift” in how “we view our data,” according to an attorney specializing in privacy law.

New restrictions on employers in California, potentially other states, mean ‘significant changes’ to hiring practices

By Justin Stoltzfus | May 16, 2018

Two California laws, which prevent employers from looking at either a job applicant’s salary or criminal history before extending a job offer, have forced employers to make ‘significant changes’ to their hiring practices, a San Francisco-based labor and employment lawyer said.

Illinois legislature mulling changes to limit scope of state’s biometric information privacy law

By Justin Stoltzfus | May 10, 2018

The Illinois legislature is considering a bill that could limit the avenues to litigation now being pursued in a wave of class actions against businesses and employers of all sizes under the state’s biometric information privacy law, for such things as scanning employee fingerprints for use in employee punch clock timekeeping systems.

Feds OK to use article about company's bankrutpcy to rescind Obamacare Navigator grant

By Justin Stoltzfus | May 3, 2018

A federal judge in Chicago recently granted summary judgment in favor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in a case brought by a company that claimed it had been wrongly stripped of its designation to act as a "Navigator" to help people purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

Judge: One unsolicited phone call on cell phone enough to allow class action lawsuit vs Allstate

By Justin Stoltzfus | May 1, 2018

A federal judge has denied a request to dismiss a class-action suit against Allstate for allegedly placing unsolicited sales calls to customers’ cell phones, even though the lead plaintiff received only one such phone call.

Attorney: States will enforce Consumer Financial Protection Bureau standards if feds don't

By Justin Stoltzfus | Apr 25, 2018

With the Trump administration pulling back on some traditional consumer protection activities by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, some states, including Illinois, are stepping in to try to continue the work of the bureau, which had been created under former President Obama, ostensiblyas part of the federal response to the Great Recession.

BNSF Railway said worker was too obese for job in railyard; Judge lets ADA discrimination suit continue

By Justin Stoltzfus | Apr 4, 2018

A federal judge has said a man who had been denied employment by a railroad because he was too obese can continue his lawsuit accusing the railroad company of disability discrimination.

California judge says GrubHub delivery drivers are contractors, not employees, under the law

By Justin Stoltzfus | Mar 8, 2018

A California judge has shed some light on the perils of the "gig economy" by ruling on the case of a former GrubHub delivery driver who the court concluded should be classified as an independent contractor.

Appeals panel: Write-in candidates must file with both Cook County clerk, Chicago Elections Board

By Justin Stoltzfus | Feb 26, 2018

A panel of Illinois appellate justices has unanimously upheld a lower court’s decision to reject a complaint by a write-in candidate case, saying he needed to declare his intent to run with the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, and not only with the Cook County Clerk's office.

Appeals court: Insurer not required to defend contractor vs sub's injury claim, despite sub agreement

By Justin Stoltzfus | Feb 21, 2018

An Illinois appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling that an insurance company is not required to defend a contractor from legal action taken against it by an injured construction worker, despite an agreement between the contractor and subcontractor declaring the sub would acquire such coverage.

Illinois courts review hospital tax exemptions, with millions in tax revenue, viability in the balance

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jan 24, 2018

Illinois courts are wrestling with the idea of which hospital networks and major healthcare provider groups should pay property taxes - and a lot of revenue potentially hangs in the balance, perhaps jeopardizing the ability of hospitals, particularly in rural areas, to maintain service levels, some observers say.

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