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Ruling 'does not bode well for pension reform,' says reform advocate

By Karen Kidd | Apr 8, 2019

An Illinois Supreme Court decision earlier this week that could double a union lobbyist's pension because he worked one day as a substitute teacher more deeply entrenches the state's pension crisis, an advocate for transparency in government said during a recent interview.

IL law requiring presidential candidates to release tax data would face stiff constitutional test

By Karen Kidd | Apr 3, 2019

A state Senate bill that would require presidential and vice presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to be included on the Illinois ballot could pose a daunting question to the courts.

For-profit hockey rink operator Black Bear sues AHAI over non-profit sponsor rules, alleges antitrust

By Karen Kidd | Feb 4, 2019

A hockey rink operator is suing an Illinois amateur hockey governing body, claiming the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois is improperly trying to block it out of the market.

Appellate court affirms dismissal of amended lawsuit over cyclist's death on Aurora bike trail

By Karen Kidd | Jan 30, 2019

A state appeals court has declined to revive the fifth try at a lawsuit filed over the 2015 death of a Des Plaines woman who died while bicycling on an Aurora bike trail.

Appeals court: Illinois authorities have final say in action over dumping of acid in spent wells

By Karen Kidd | Jan 29, 2019

Two Colorado energy producers whose dumping of acidic waste into wells in Illinois has been turned back by multiple state courts can't expect federal courts to take up their cause, a federal appeals court has said.

Martin takes helm as 4th chair in Jenner & Block's 105-year history

By Karen Kidd | Jan 26, 2019

"It's a great day to be a lawyer," Craig Martin, the newest chair of the over a century-old law firm Jenner & Block, said during a recent interview.

Rush-Copley Medical Center not liable for doctor's delayed treatment of woman's kidney stone, appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | Nov 16, 2018

An Aurora hospital remains not liable in a doctor's decision to wait until the following day to remove a woman's kidney, prolonging her pain and causing serious injuries, a three-justice state appeals court panel has ruled.

With Pritzker backing idea, prospect of legal marijuana should prompt IL cities, others to prepare: Attorney

By Karen Kidd | Nov 16, 2018

While Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker likely may face opposition against his campaign promise push for legalized recreational marijuana, the transition to full legalization may occur more seamlessly than some may think, an attorney says.

Appeals court says bicyclist gets another try to sue Lake Forest for slip on wet bridge

By Karen Kidd | Nov 14, 2018

ELGIN – The case of a bicyclist injured while traversing a Lake Forest bridge about four years ago is on its way back to Lake County Circuit Court after a three-judge state appeals court panel unanimously ruled the lower court had improperly dismissed the litigation.

ExxonMobil still off hook for worker's severe injuries at Joliet plant in 2013, state appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | Nov 13, 2018

A state appeals panel has said ExxonMobil can't be held accountable for severe injuries suffered by a worker in a mishap at the company's Joliet refinery, affirming a Cook County judge's findings that the oil and gas company had limited or no knowledge of the contract employer's allegedly unsafe procedures on the job site.

Appeals panel affirms $1.5M award to woman who chipped tooth on soda can in 2013 collision

By Karen Kidd | Oct 30, 2018

An expert witness' failure to produce financial documents is leaving an Edwardsville transportation company on the hook for a $1.5 million jury award to a woman who chipped her tooth on a soda can during a rear-end collision in 2013.

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.

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