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

Karen Kidd Oct. 16, 2017, 4:51pm

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'

Karen Kidd Oct. 4, 2017, 12:20am

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

Karen Kidd Sep. 12, 2017, 9:43pm

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

Karen Kidd Aug. 30, 2017, 12:02am

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

Karen Kidd May 5, 2017, 4:40pm

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

Karen Kidd Dec. 29, 2016, 12:11am

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

Karen Kidd Dec. 29, 2016, 12:02am

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

Karen Kidd Nov. 18, 2016, 5:27pm

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

Karen Kidd Oct. 28, 2016, 4:13pm

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

Karen Kidd Oct. 18, 2016, 1:25pm

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

Karen Kidd Oct. 12, 2016, 6:51pm

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

Karen Kidd Sep. 13, 2016, 5:21pm

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

Karen Kidd Sep. 9, 2016, 8:10pm

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

Karen Kidd Sep. 8, 2016, 10:20pm

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.

Ruling may expand use of 'hearsay' government reports to support inmate lawsuits, attorney says

Karen Kidd Aug. 24, 2016, 10:00pm

A recent appeals court ruling that a Cook County Jail inmate may cite a 2008 Department of Justice investigation could open similar doors for other plaintiffs alleging unconstitutional mistreatment at the jail and at the hands of law enforcement, the inmate's attorney said.

Atty Gen declares city workers' emails, texts to be public info, but raises more legal questions

Karen Kidd Aug. 22, 2016, 10:08pm

CHICAGO – The state attorney general's recent binding opinion that Chicago public employees' personal electronic messages may be public records brings up as many questions as it tries to answer, a local government law attorney said during an interview.

Illinois receives share of $784.6 million pharma fraud settlement; governments step up anti- fraud efforts

Karen Kidd Jul. 12, 2016, 1:32pm

Illinois claimed its share of a $784.6 million settlement reached with drug companies Wyeth and Pfizer earlier this year, part of billions being recovered by state and local government cracking down on purported health care fraud. 

Real estate agencies, other online businesses could face lawsuits over ADA website access claims

Karen Kidd Jul. 8, 2016, 1:10pm

New Americans with Disabilities Act regulations specific to websites aren't expected until 2018, but even small companies, including real estate agencies and brokerages, with a minor online presence have been hit with threats of possible lawsuits from plaintiffs' lawyers representing those with disabilities, two Chicago attorneys said.

Employers should let SCOTUS resolve divided circuits before altering arbitration policies

Karen Kidd Jun. 13, 2016, 12:53pm

Since a broad decision issued by the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in May, employers have become wary of enforcing the arbitration agreements they may have pressured employees to sign, waiving their rights to bring class actions over wage and employment issues. But that isn't the half of it, employment and labor attorneys said.

Thomas More Society set to appeal city, state's denial of Pro-Life Action League FOIAs

Karen Kidd May 31, 2016, 3:19pm

CHICAGO – A Chicago-based conservative public-interest law group is prepared to appeal complaints against the city and the Illinois Department of Public Health filed last week to obtain information from two health care facilities that perform abortions, the group's attorney said.