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House override spikes Court of Claims cap from $100,000 to $2 million

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 28, 2018

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a bill that raised the award cap from $100,000 to $2 million for tort cases against the state that are litigated in the Illinois Court of Claims has been overridden.

Attorney calls Supreme Court's Jevic structured dismissal reversal noteworthy

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 10, 2018

CHICAGO — The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a Third Circuit Court of Appeals "structured dismissal" ruling in a case in which former Jevic Holding Corp. truck drivers fought against being left out of a settlement in the company's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, according to an article written by David Christian for The Circuit Rider.

Cook County to get just under $2 million from LCD manufacturers settlement

By Kyla Asbury | Jul 26, 2018

Cook County will receive about $2 million under a recent settlement with manufacturers of liquid crystal display (LCD) monitors.

Appeals court: No arbitration over claims Personnel Staffing transferred funds to sidestep arbitration award

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 20, 2018

A state appeals court has refused to send to arbitration a dispute between insurer Zurich American and Personnel Staffing Group, in which Zurich claims PSG attempted to transfer more than $10 million to avoid paying an arbitration award.

George Mason professor: ERA might do less today than a decade ago, may not be eligible to be added to Constitution

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 13, 2018

A George Mason University professor believes that if the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) were to be enacted today, it would do less than it would have nearly a decade ago, thanks to the continuing expansion of civil rights, particularly for those identifying as LGBTQ.

Appeals court says Four Seasons Hotel not to blame in guest's fall on wet bathroom floor

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 13, 2018

An Illinois state appeals panel has upheld a Cook County judge's decision that the Four Seasons in Chicago was not obligated to warn guests about a wet marble bathroom floor, saying the condition posed a danger that should have been open and obvious.

'Hidden Mexico' excursion injury suit against Gray Line and Expedia dismissed

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 11, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a couples' lawsuit vs vacation excursion companies Gray Line and Expedia, saying the couple essentially abandoned their legal action over injuries they allegedly suffered while vacationing in Mexico.

Judge OKs lawsuit to proceed vs city of Chicago, cops over killing of family dog

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 8, 2018

A federal judge denied a request for summary judgment from the city of Chicago and three police officers in connection wtih a lawsuit alleging a police officer killed a family dog while raiding a home.

Appeals court upholds denial of line-of-duty pension to Maywood officer hurt in ordinary car crash

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 6, 2018

CHICAGO — The First District Appellate Court of Illinois upheld a decision that a police officer's injury could not be proven as a line-of-duty disability, meaning the officer cannot receive a line-of-duty disability pension.

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch says Arizona second-hand asbestos exposure ruling could have impacts elsewhere

By Kyla Asbury | May 31, 2018

A recent ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court that found that companies should not be held liable for damages related to second-hand asbestos exposure is “common sense” and could affect similar cases in other states, according to Travis Akin, the executive director of Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch.

IL appeals panel: Email from Chicago lawyer doesn't mean court fight between OH firm, NV biz belongs in Cook County

By Kyla Asbury | May 29, 2018

A state appeals court has shot down a Cook County judge's ruling, finding the judge was wrong to assert Chicago was the proper venue for a law firm headquartered in Ohio to sue a company based in Nevada, even though an email sent from Chicago was the only connection the defendant claimed it had in Illinois.

Judge only partially chops class action claims vs Church & Dwight over amount of folic acid in supplement

By Kyla Asbury | May 22, 2018

A federal judge partially granted a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit over whether a vitamin contained too much folic acid.

Midwest Medical Records agrees to settle class action over copying fees; attorneys set to get $1M

By Kyla Asbury | Dec 9, 2014

A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against Midwest Medical Records Association Inc.

Fifth District reinstates $10B verdict in Price verdict; Philip Morris vows to appeal to Supreme Court

By Kyla Asbury | Apr 30, 2014

The Fifth District Appellate Court on Tuesday reinstated a $10.1 billion verdict in a decade-old class action lawsuit that accused Philip Morris USA of misleading consumers by deceptively marketing “light” and “low tar” cigarettes.

7th Circuit: attorney bound to fee agreement despite refusing to sign

By Kyla Asbury | Mar 13, 2014

SykesAn attorney in a fee-allocation dispute is bound to a final agreement, a panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held last month.The panel's ruling stems from the district court's Aug. 29, 2011 approval of a class action settlement in fiber-optic cable litigation and attorneys fee award.The $3.54 million attorneys fees award was deposited in to an escrow account, and the attorneys agreed

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