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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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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

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

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.

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.