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Judge tanks ex-MWRD cops' lawsuit over termination because they broadcast private convo on IL State Police frequency

By Robert Davis | May 2, 2018

A federal judge has squelched a lawsuit brought by two former Metropolitan Water Reclamation District police officers, who said their rights were violated with the MWRD fired them after the Illinois State Police informed their employer a private conversation between the two officers was broadcast over the state police's secure radio frequency.

Regulatory immunity no shield for Options Clearing Corp from accusations some investors got tips on price movement

By Robert Davis | Apr 27, 2018

The organization known as the world's largest equity derivative clearinghouse must yet face a lawsuit accusing it of tipping off certain investors to changes in the price of certain options, as a state appeals panel says such private admissions undermine the protections it might otherwise enjoy under regulatory immunity.

Lawyer: IL appeals ruling gives plaintiffs' bar another 'arrow' to wrest deals from dismissed defendants

By Robert Davis | Apr 16, 2018

An Illinois state appeals court's recent decision will give plaintiffs' lawyers "another arrow in their quiver" to keep previously dismissed defendants and marginal parties roped into litigation, in the hope of securing a settlement payment, an attorney said.

Judge: UBS can't use arbitration clause to sidestep class action by fired employees over bonus payments

By Robert Davis | Apr 12, 2018

A federal judge has denied an attempt by UBS to sidestep a class action suit accusing the company of terminating employees to avoid paying their bonuses.

IL appeals panel says Jewel-Osco didn't have duty to help man fighting with thief who stole wife's purse

By Robert Davis | Apr 10, 2018

A state appeals panel has determined Jewel-Osco had no duty to keep a man from being injured as he attempted to stop a woman from stealing his wife's purse in a Chicago store.

Appeals panel: HVAC worker, not RealUrban BBQ, liable for fall from ladder soaked by greasy water

By Robert Davis | Mar 23, 2018

A state appeals panel says a restaurant is not liable for injuries suffered by a man who, after fixing a restaurant's rooftop air conditioning unit, slipped on greasy water he purportedly had drained onto the roof, and fell from a ladder.

Melrose Park didn't violate fired firefighter's due process rights in termination over residency rules

By Robert Davis | Mar 23, 2018

The village of Melrose Park was within its rights to fire a firefighter for failing to abide by its residency requirements, a federal appeals court has ruled, dismissing an attempt by the firefighter to claim his termination violated his due process rights.

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