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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.

IL ARDC: Attorney discipline complaints down for 3rd year, most involve lawyers 50 or older

Karen Kidd May 16, 2016, 11:09pm

CHICAGO – While disciplinary complaints among Illinois attorneys are down overall for the third year in a row, a trend likely to continue, more than half of such complaints in 2015 were aimed at older, seasoned attorneys, a newly released report says.

IL Supreme Court to hear arguments in special evening session May 17, in Lisle May 19

Karen Kidd May 13, 2016, 9:05am

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court has again invited the state's lawmakers and chief executive to a special evening session to observe the court in action. And two days later, the court will convene before an auditorium filled with students, teachers and other members of the public in Chicago's western suburbs during a rare session outside of Springfield, offering many a chance to see the court in action who may not otherwise get the chance. 

Giving out mobile number in business emails could be consent to get texts

Karen Kidd May 11, 2016, 4:18pm

A text message sent to a real estate agent by a Chicago real estate brokerage seeking recruits didn't qualify as telemarketing or an advertisement under the Federal Communications Commission's definitions, a Chicago federal judge said earlier this year. And since the agent voluntarily provided his mobile phone number to the brokerage in emails several years earlier, the agent didn't have legal leeway to claim he didn't provide his consent, either. 

Employers should prepare now for soon-to-come Chicago sick leave rules, attorneys say

Karen Kidd May 4, 2016, 11:10am

Chicago may be the next municipality to require employers in the city's limits to provide employees with paid sick leave, meaning employers should begin planning now for the implications of the new rules, including an increased risk of lawsuits, said a trio of local attorneys.

Illinois legislative analyst offers employers tips on handling employee medical marijuana use

Karen Kidd Apr. 30, 2016, 9:12pm

Some employers in Illinois are still coming to grips with legalized medical marijuana use. But in some ways, legalized medical marijuana has resulted in little change in employer and employee policies, said Chris Lindsey, Marijuana Policy Project's legislative analyst for Illinois.

Recruiting Republican judicial candidates not a party priority, Chicago GOP official says

Karen Kidd Apr. 22, 2016, 4:20pm

Republicans have fielded few judicial candidates in the upcoming general election in Cook County. And that is a situation that is not going to change soon, as finding candidates for such positions is not "a recruiting priority," according to Chicago's GOP Chairman.

Illinois Supreme Court physician credentialing discovery ruling not necessarily a game changer

Karen Kidd Feb. 3, 2016, 10:56pm

Health care workers and others will undoubtedly carefully study the impact of a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision pertaining to the discoverability of physicians' credential applications held by hospitals. But the decision may not affect as much as some fear it might.