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Chicago interfaith group has June 24 response deadline in sexual harassment, retaliation case

By Karen Kidd | Jun 21, 2019

A sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit by two women against their former employer, a Chicago interfaith group, is moving ahead after a federal judge last week declined to toss out the case.

Attorneys: IL legislation banning salary history, other inquiries, could heighten employer liability

By Karen Kidd | Jun 21, 2019

Legislation recently passed in the Illinois General Assembly that would bar employers from asking job applicants for salary history and other information likely will trigger more Equal Pay Act claims, according to two labor and employment attorneys.

Man OK'd promo texts, but got more than company said would send, so lawsuit OK, judge says

By Karen Kidd | May 27, 2019

Plaintiffs' lawyers may have found a new avenue to sue businesses over marketing texts, now that a federal judge gave the green light to a class action from a man who said he received more text messages than he agreed to.

Misnaming defendants cost Indiana musical instruments company $4.9M in trademark suit vs Guitar Center

By Karen Kidd | May 24, 2019

An Indiana-based musical instruments company won't get $4.9 million in additional damages in its trademark infringement complaint against Guitar Center because it wrongly named a couple of affiliated defendants in its lawsuit, a federal appeals court ruled.

Judge OKs Spanish instructor's age discrimination lawsuit vs Loyola University

By Karen Kidd | May 22, 2019

A federal judge is allowing a Spanish instructor to continue her age discrimination lawsuit against Loyola University for refusing to allow her to interview for a tenure track position, allegedly because she was more than 50 years old.

DLA Piper announces launch of Artificial Intelligence practice

By Karen Kidd | May 20, 2019

NEW YORK – A Global law firm with more than 25 offices in the U.S., including one in Chicago, recently announced the launch of an "Artificial Intelligence" practice to help companies focus on legal issues in the "AI ecosystem."

Labor, employment attorney offers tips for Illinois businesses to reduce risk of BIPA class actions

By Karen Kidd | May 16, 2019

Illinois employers who collect biometric information on their employees may have good reason to be on edge following a state appellate court's decision last month to side with employees in a class action against an upscale Chicago hotel.

Lawyer: Illinois businesses should take steps to limit BIPA liability after reform legislation fails

By Karen Kidd | Apr 30, 2019

Businesses in Illinois should be taking steps to protect themselves against class action lawsuits after the Illinois state Senate missed a deadline to amend a state biometrics privacy law, a labor and employment attorney said.

Refusing to discuss disciplinary report with manager equates to misconduct to justify firing: Appeals panel

By Karen Kidd | Apr 25, 2019

A hospital employee's refusal to meet with a manager about a disciplinary report was misconduct justifying her managers' decision to fire her in 2017, an Illinois appeals court said in an April 17 ruling.

Illinois' Collective Bargaining Freedom Act not likely to see SCOTUS challenge, attorneys say

By Karen Kidd | Apr 23, 2019

A new Illinois law that bars municipalities from enacting local "right-to-work" rules probably will not get challenged before the U.S. Supreme Court, but a Chicago suburb's existing case still could, two attorneys said during a recent interview.

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.

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