The Illinois First District Appellate Court has upheld a Cook County Circuit Court ruling that an increase in the state’s cigarette tax does not violate the state constitution. Casey’s Marketing Company, which operates hundreds of Casey’s General Store convenience stores, filed the initial complaint in the wake of state legislation in 2012 to roughly double the per cigarette tax charged to those who sell them.
Two Chicago area women have dished out a potential wage-and-hour class action lawsuit against restaurant chain TGI Friday’s, alleging their former employer maintained a vacation pay policy that violated Illinois law, and did not properly pay employees who quit or were fired for the vacation time they had accumulated while they worked at the restaurants.
The Chicago Public Schools have filed suit against CPS’ former CEO, who pleaded guilty to charges she accepted bribes and kickbacks in return for steering contracts to a group of consultants and others, and her alleged co-conspirators, saying Barbara Byrd-Bennett and the others associated with The SUPES Academy and Synesi Associates conspired to defraud taxpayers and “the schoolchildren of Chicago.” CPS has demanded at least $65 million, combined, from all of the defendants named in the action
A Chicago area businessman, who was stripped of his rights to run two suburban Giordano’s restaurants amid a messy dispute with the pizza chain over his alleged financing of his relatives’ purchase of the competing Leona’s restaurant chain, has sued his former lawyer, claiming the attorney and his firm should pay for leaving him in the lurch just before arbitration proceedings that resulted in an arbitration judgment purportedly ordering him to pay Giordano’s millions.
CHICAGO — A woman is suing a hospital and doctor, claiming she suffered a perforated viscus during a colectomy, and that medical personnel then failed to discover the cause of abdominal pain and the perforated viscus.
CHICAGO — An administrator of the estate of a deceased woman is suing a nursing home, claiming that negligent acts including the administration of a morphine overdose led to the woman's death on April 15, 2015.
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and lawyers acting on behalf of parents owed child support have asked the federal courts to step in to force the state of Illinois to pay up what it owes to cover the costs of enforcing the collection of child support, saying the state’s failure to pass a budget to fund the program has cost Cook County millions, harms the parents and their children and threatens the future viability of the program.