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Judge tosses Chicago Board of Ed's attempt to secure right to limit CTU speech at meetings, says suit premature

By Kacie Whaley | Oct 20, 2017

Chicago's public schools leaders jumped the gun in filing suit against its teachers union, a Chicago federal judge has ruled, saying he can't give the Chicago Board of Education the court opinion it seeks declaring the board has the right to restrict the speech of certain members of the Chicago Teachers Union school officials accused of being "vulgar and intimidating" at school administration meetings.

EEOC alleges employer violated FMLA, ADA in terminating worker after providing over 16 weeks of leave

By Kacie Whaley | Sep 29, 2017

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is moving forward with a lawsuit against an employer who terminated an ill employee after granting her leave for approximately 16 weeks. The employee was then fired an additional three weeks later.

Nursing homes win right under Medicaid Act to suit IL over $12 million owed in unpaid reimbursements

By Kacie Whaley | Sep 23, 2017

A federal appeals court has handed a group of Illinois nursing home operators a win in their fight to demand Medicaid payments from the state, upholding a Chicago federal district judge who had also sided with the care facilities.

Injunction by federal judge may signal end is near for law forcing pro-life physicians to promote abortion

By Kacie Whaley | Sep 2, 2017

A recent federal injunction could signal the end of an Illinois law that critics say forces pregnancy physicians to promote abortion.

U of Chicago professor: IL Zero Emissions Credit Exelon bailout 'short-sighted,' despite challenge dismissal

By Kacie Whaley | Aug 7, 2017

Following the dismissal of lawsuits brought against the State of Illinois by power generators and electricity consumers who claimed the Future Energy Jobs Act deceptively supplies markets in favor of energy company Exelon, Steve Cicala, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, says the state's policy is short-sighted and will be problematic for taxpayers.

New Cook County paid sick leave laws could mean legal trouble for employers if ignored

By Kacie Whaley | Aug 1, 2017

The new paid sick leave ordinances that have taken effect in Chicago and Cook County are not only likely to interfere with many employers' worker requirements, but could spell big trouble for employers who ignore them.

Busboy's overtime pay suit against Pita Inn dismissed

By Kacie Whaley | Jul 28, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed a busboy's lawsuit claiming a local Mediterranean restaurant didn't pay him proper overtime wages.

Resis seeks to grow Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel as new president

By Kacie Whaley | Jul 28, 2017

The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IADC) is expected to reach new heights with its new president, legal veteran Michael Resis.

Budget won't pull IL out of financial straits; Residents can 'look forward' to more taxes, U of C prof says

By Kacie Whaley | Jul 24, 2017

Illinois ended its two-year budget hiatus earlier this month, but the state's financial plan still lacks the essentials needed to sustain it over the long term, according to a University of Chicago professor.

TCPA health care robocall exemption doesn't apply to health insurance sellers, judge says

By Kacie Whaley | Jul 3, 2017

A federal judge has cancelled a Delaware insurance marketer's attempt to dismiss a class-action complaint based on unwanted phone calls, saying, while federal law may allow robocalls relaying messages related to health care, that protection doesn't extend to selling health insurance products.

High-profile litigator attorney Bill Dugan joins Baker McKenzie

By Kacie Whaley | Jun 7, 2017

Prominent Chicago-based lawyer Bill Dugan has joined world-renowned law firm Baker McKenzie's Employment & Compensation Practice as a partner.

Colorado Fair Housing Act ruling mirrors decision by Seventh Circuit in breakthrough sex discrimination case

By Kacie Whaley | Jun 5, 2017

An April decision by a Colorado U.S. district court judge extended the Fair Housing Act (FHA) to include prohibiting discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgender people, mirroring a landmark ruling in Chicago's Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals regarding discrimination.

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