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Proposed blockchain bill could push Illinois to forefront of smart contract use, attorney says

By Karen Kidd | May 11, 2018

Proposed bipartisan legislation currently before a state House committee that would grant legal recognition to blockchain smart contracts could propel the state ahead of the curve in business transactions that currently remain paper based, a Chicago-based attorney said during a recent interview.

Judge delivers two plaintiffs to arbitration, despite TQL's slowness in finding, revealing arbitration clauses

By Karen Kidd | Apr 30, 2018

Two plaintiffs who joined a class action suit against an Ohio-based shipping services provider over accusations of not paying overtime to employees are no longer part of the case and their claims could be heading into arbitration, despite the company's tardiness in presenting the court with the employment agreements containing the arbitration requirements.

Judge shuts down tax accounting firm's fraud class action over 2012 tax filing software

By Karen Kidd | Apr 30, 2018

A judge has deleted a tax accounting firm's attempt to reopen a class action lawsuit in Chicago federal court against a tax software provider for claims of fraud, saying the accountant can't demonstrate any of the alleged fraud actually took place in Illinois.

Illinois Second District Appellate Court revives part of civil suit against church over sexual abuse allegations

By Karen Kidd | Apr 20, 2018

A state appeals panel has revived a portion of a lawsuit against a West Dundee church, its pastor and a former youth minister, who recently was sentenced to seven years in prison, saying a Kane County judge improperly dismissed the suit in its entirety.

Appeals panel: Lawsuit over pedestrian accident in Kane County belongs in Kane courts, not Cook

By Karen Kidd | Apr 20, 2018

A case involving a Kane County woman who allegedly was struck by a vehicle driven by a Redbox employee in Kane County is headed to circuit court in that county after a state appeals court affirmed a lower court's decision to change the venue from Cook County.

Development tax incentives, grants could be taxed, but shouldn't dissuade Amazon HQ2 bids, attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Apr 18, 2018

Businesses who take advantage of government financial incentives to expand or build new facilities could face new tax liability under important IRS document issued 10 years ago, but just now coming into its own. However, that should not have much of an impact on the push by Chicago and other U.S. cities and states to land Amazon's HQ2, according to a leading tax expert, attorney and former director of South Carolina's Revenue Department.

Massachusetts product liability ruling may have bearing on GSK appeal of $3M verdict over lawyer's suicide

By Karen Kidd | Apr 13, 2018

The thinking behind a Massachusetts ruling that brand-name manufacturers can he held liable for injuries suffered by patients who take generic versions of the drug those manufacturers innovate could have bearing in a case before a federal appeals court in Chicago.

Trump's NLRB may undo rule giving grad students right to unionize; unions taking different approach

By Karen Kidd | Apr 12, 2018

The Trump administration may push back—if it can—an Obama-era National Labor Relations Board decision that gave U.S. college and university graduate student workers the right to organize, which has been embraced by major unions.

Attorney 'would hope' Illinois General Assembly addresses privacy implications of AG's FOIA opinion

By Karen Kidd | Apr 6, 2018

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's recent opinion that the names of state residents are not private in Freedom of Information Act requests raises identity theft concerns, a local government attorney says.

Appeals judge: Public schools need to do more than stage play with religious content to 'establish' religion

By Karen Kidd | Mar 29, 2018

Concord Community Schools in Indiana would have to do more than put on a play with religious content to "establish" a religion, a federal appeals court judge in Chicago said in his special concurrence to a court decision that recently upheld the public school's annual "Christmas Spectacular."

Indiana Supreme Court decision in fantasy football case won't be 'a show-stopper,' entertainment attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Mar 12, 2018

Whether fantasy sports companies may use players' likenesses without their permission, a question now before both Chicago's federal appeals court and the Indiana Supreme Court, could have implications for some real-life athletes, but likely won't kill the virtual game.

Two fired white CTA employees may continue suit vs ex-employer based on retaliation, not racial discrimination

By Karen Kidd | Mar 6, 2018

A federal judge has said two fired white Chicago Transit Authority employees can't sue for racial discrimination, but they can continue to sue their former supervisor for retaliation.

Federal judge keeps wrongful termination case against Cook County Sheriff alive

By Karen Kidd | Feb 22, 2018

A federal judge has allowed a former Cook County correctional officer to continue his suit accusing Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart of firing him in retaliation for supporting a political opponent of the sheriff. The judge, however, dismissed a number of other defendants within the sheriff's office from the case.

Chess legend's brother waited one day too long to file survival claim, appellate court rules

By Karen Kidd | Feb 15, 2018

The brother of Chicago chess legend Morris Giles, who was killed in 2012 after being struck by a tow truck, waited a day too long to file a survival claim against the driver, a panel of appellate justices said in a recent decision.

Cardiologist not liable for patient's death, $7.75M verdict vs neurosurgeon fair, appeals court says

By Karen Kidd | Feb 15, 2018

A Cook County jury that found a neurosurgeon liable in a $7.75 million verdict in the 2008 post-surgery death of a 56-year-old patient was correct in finding an attending cardiologist not liable for the death, a panel of Illinois appellate justices recently ruled.

Cook County candidates off the March Democrat primary ballot following decisions by judge and electoral board

By Karen Kidd | Feb 6, 2018

Most of a slate of Cook County would-be candidates for the Democratic primary who took their fight to continue their races to federal court are now off the March ballot following separate decisions by a federal judge and the Cook County Electoral Board in January.

Pressure off for now on businesses worried about BIPA class actions, attorney says

By Karen Kidd | Jan 23, 2018

Illinois employers anxious to not get caught in a dragnet of state Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) class actions may be able to breathe easier - for now - after a state appeals court ruling in December.

From Legal Newsline

Six Flags case could clarify requirements for biometric claims used in class actions

By Karen Kidd | Jan 17, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case could have bearing on Illinois' one-of-a-kind biometric privacy law after an appeals court ruled last month the plaintiff alleged no actual harm, an attorney who defends businesses against such cases said during a recent interview.

Pressure from Trump, litigation losses aren't stopping EEOC case against Dollar General

By Karen Kidd | Jan 4, 2018

Despite efforts by the Trump administration to pull the reins on many of the recent priorities at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and amid a string of litigation losses, the federal anti-discrimination agency is holding course in pressing its years-long case against Dollar General. But what exactly that signals remains to be seen, according to employment attorney Rod Fliegel, who co-chairs the privacy and background checks practice at the firm of Littler Mendelson.

Pelvic mesh case involving Ethicon and Johnson & Johnson kicked back to Cook County court

By Karen Kidd | Dec 13, 2017

The case of an Illinois woman injured during a 2013 surgery that included a pelvic mesh is on its way back to Cook County after a federal judge brushed aside a defendant's contentions the case should not be tried in Illinois.

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