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CPS: New IL schools funding law 'major step toward equality,' shelves class action vs state over ed funding

Chicago's public school officials have shelved their attempt to use a lawsuit to address Illinois' "broken" public education funding system, saying an education funding reform law enacted by the state earlier this fall has helped satisfy their concerns.

Ex-drivers for Vehi-Ship file putative class action suit claiming FLSA violations

Two former employees of a Texas-based vehicle transportation company recently filed a putative class-action suit against the company claiming they and other employees were not paid for all hours worked and all overtime hours.

Louisiana woman brings class action suit vs Checker's Drive-in fast food chain over text messages

A Louisiana woman has served Checker's Drive-in Restaurants with a class action lawsuit in Chicago federal court, claiming they refused to stop sending her text messages she says she didn't agree to receive.

Sexual harassment accusations continue to roil IL assembly, but very different from private sector cases

As sexual harassment scandals spread in the Illinois General Assembly, some lawmakers are calling for still more action to empower investigators to pull the curtain back on what has been described as a rampant culture of abuse in Springfield. However, unlike private sector employers, state officials don't face a realistic threat of lawsuits over their actions, says a lawyer who specializes in such harassment cases.

Debt collector on the hook for $70K in attorney fees for woman who they sued in the wrong county court

A Chicago debt collection law firm that sued consumers based on a former interpretation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) will have to pay attorney fees and costs to a former debtor, a Chicago federal judge has declared.

Green Party appeals court win would have meant easier ballot access, but probably not any more wins

A different decision from a federal appeals court could have made it easier for third party candidates to get on ballots. But they still would face long electoral odds.

SCOTUS expected to toss rules forcing non-union workers to pay fees; big political impacts possible

Sweeping changes in how unions collect dues and fees can be expected soon, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear a case against Illinois' largest public sector employee union, two labor attorneys said during a recent interview. And such a decision also could have significant ramifications for the nation's politics.

Employers win new flexibility, after appeals court finds ADA 'not a medical-leave entitlement'

Employers now may consider multiple-month medical leave requests under the Family and Medical Leave Act without analyzing Americans with Disabilities Act requirements after a federal court upheld a company's ADA win, a labor and employment attorney said.

Illinois' legal climate among nation's worst, survey says

Cook County's increasingly bad reputation for attracting lawsuits from across the nation has contributed significantly to helping the state rank again among the worst legal climates in the nation in a recent national survey.

Proposed legislation to nix Cook County soda tax could conflict with Illinois home rule principle

While polling data indicates Cook County's new so-called "pop tax" is largely unpopular, two proposals filed in the Illinois General Assembly to flush the tax could infringe on the principle of home rule.

Tossing time records 'fatal' to mortgage originator's wage complaint, appeals court says

A mortgage originator tanked his own wage claim against his former employer when he threw away his time records, an Illinois appeals panel has said.

UpRight Law uses online technology to connect prospective clients with attorneys

CHICAGO – Not everyone who wants a lawyer can find one. Chicago-based UpRight Law is a nationwide online law firm that noticed the underserved market and now uses modern online technology to connect prospective clients to legal counsel.

Illinoisans need to change voting habits to get off Judicial Hellholes list, spokesman says

Illinois citizens - and particularly those living in Cook, Madison and St. Clair counties - need to change their voting habits to reduce the problems that landed them near the top of American Tort Reform Association's most recent "Judicial Hellholes" list, an ATRA spokesman said.

Illinois employers could be fined for asking employee to like or retweet employer social media posts

Illinois employers who try to boost their social media presence by having employees participate in their Facebook, Twitter and other online activities should reconsider that practice, a labor and employment attorney said during a recent interview.

Illinois considering adopting Uniform Bar Examination; Chicago Kent College law dean in support

Illinois is considering whether to adopt the National Conference of Bar Examiners' Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), a nationally recognized standardized legal bar exam that is rapidly gaining acceptance nationwide. And a Chicago law school dean on the committee weighing the question said he believes adopting the UBE would be a smart move.

Peoria hospital's exclusive contracts did not unreasonably block competition, federal court rules

Whether a smaller health care provider was prevented by a larger competitor from competing made a difference in a recent federal court decision that could set precedent in exclusive contracts, according to a Washington-based antitrust attorney. In late September, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois in Peoria ruled that OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, the largest hospital in Peoria, did not violate federal antitrust law when it entered into contracts with major commerci

Religious housing group plans appeal in Blue Island discrimination case, home's attorney says

The longstanding dispute between a religious addiction recuperation group, Affordable Recovery Housing, and the suburban city of Blue Island isn't over yet, as attorneys for the suburban Chicago recovery home plan to seek another day in court.

Federal court emissions ruling vs IL coal power plant to have limited impact, attorney says

The impact of a federal court's decision handed down last month against an Illinois coal-burning power generator probably will have limited effect outside the state, an environmental law attorney said during a recent interview.

'Dennis’ Law' reinforces existing traffic rights of bicyclists under IL law, Chicago attorney, advocate says

Legislation signed into law last month reinforces the legal understanding that bicyclists have the same right-of-way traffic rights as any other vehicle - rights they already had, said a Chicago attorney who maintains a popular cycling advocacy website.

Illinois employers should prepare now to track paid leave benefits under new law, attorney says

Illinois employers should prepare for the state's new Employee Sick Leave Act, which allows employees to use paid personal sick leave benefits to take care of family members, a labor and employment attorney said in a recent interview.