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Judge: Hispanic ex-IIT manager can't claim Latino employee meetings were protected activities under civil rights law

By Sara McCleary | Jan 26, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has delivered a split decision in a lawsuit brought against Chicago's Illinois Institute of Technology by a 63-year-old former administrator at the school, who claimed he was wrongly fired because of his age, because he was Hispanic, and because the school discovered he was organizing meetings with other Latino faculty and staff to discuss Latino issues at the school.

Attorney: Seventh Circuit's decision to OK AmEx settlement giving lawyers more than class members an 'eye-opener'

By Sara McCleary | Jan 17, 2018

A decision by a federal appeals court to uphold a settlement awarding attorneys more in fees than was paid to class members in total should serve as an "eye-opener" for the public and businesses concerning the nature of class action litigation in U.S. courts, said a local attorney who defends employers against such suits.

Federal judge dismisses TCPA case says Transworld Systems 'clicker agent' invalidated robocall claims

By Sara McCleary | Nov 22, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has ruled that telemarketing calls filtered through a human-initiated and controlled dialing system does not amount to an illegal robocall under federal law, keeping in line with decisions in other states.

Federal judge: Suspended 63-year-old lawyer can't use bankruptcy to shirk $500K student loan debt

By Sara McCleary | Oct 17, 2017

A federal judge has affirmed a bankruptcy court judge was correct in finding a 63-year-old lawyer is still required to repay $500,000 in student loan debt, and not allowing him to shift the burden "at the expense of American taxpayers."

Judge: Arbitration agreement in employee handbook doesn't negate wrongful termination suit vs Citibank

By Sara McCleary | Oct 6, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has denied Citibank’s motion to compel arbitration in a lawsuit against it by two former employees.

Appellate court confirms insurer's right to rescind auto policy over misrepresentations by the insured

By Sara McCleary | Sep 28, 2017

A panel of Illinois appellate judges has reversed a circuit court’s ruling, finding an insurance company was within its rights to rescind an insurance policy when it learned of misrepresentations in the policyholder's application, even though it had already allowed the insured to open an accident claim under the policy.

Appellate court compels Edward Hospital to produce notes regarding infant's death, says not protected

By Sara McCleary | Sep 21, 2017

A state appeals panel has upheld a decision from a lower court ordering Edward Hospital, in Naperville, to produce documents related to the death of an infant.

Glovemaker Wells Lamont allowed to pursue trade secrets lawsuit vs ex-employee, rival Radians

By Sara McCleary | Aug 13, 2017

A federal judge has determined glove maker Wells Lamont should be allowed to continue to pursue its lawsuit against a former employee and the direct competitor that hired him, for allegedly stealing Wells Lamont's trade secrets.

State OK to deny church-affiliated daycare center property tax exemption because too 'businesslike'

By Sara McCleary | May 22, 2017

A state appeals court in Springfield has said the state of Illinois was correct to deny a property tax exemption to a church for a day care center owned, staffed and operated by the church and its member, finding the day care center was more "businesslike than religious" in nature.

Reinstatement of lawsuit vs Home Depot over woman's murder could open door to more employer liability

By Sara McCleary | May 1, 2017

An appeals court's decision to reverse the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging The Home Depot and one of its flower suppliers should be held responsible the off-site murder of young woman by her male supervisor, could affect future employer liability cases.

Record $940K verdict awarded in dog bite case vs animal clinic dating to 1997

By Sara McCleary | Apr 28, 2017

A jury in suburban DuPage County has awarded the highest verdict Illinois has yet seen as a result of a dog bite incident. After a nine-day trial, jurors awarded plaintiff Kristen Hayes a record $940,000 award for injuries she sustained being bitten by a dog on April 23, 1997, at the age of 8. The case had been brought against Carriage Animal Clinic, whose employee had been walking the dog at the time of the bite.

$15 million attorney fee award could spur more TCPA litigation - and steps to tamp down lawsuits

By Sara McCleary | Apr 27, 2017

A federal judge’s decision awarding at least $15 million to lawyers who secured a $56 million settlement in a class action against a cruise line and others who allegedly masked telemarketing calls as non-profit political surveys, marks one of the largest such payouts to attorneys under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Cook board OKs tax incentive ordinance, introduces measures against companies who violate deals

By Sara McCleary | Apr 7, 2017

The Cook County Board of Commissioners recently approved a new ordinance that will set out new regulations for recipients of tax incentives through the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development.

Chicago's controversial 'Airbnb ordinance' to go into effect

By Sara McCleary | Mar 17, 2017

A judge has dissolved a stay on the effective date of Chicago’s controversial home sharing ordinance, allowing the city to begin enforcing the law.

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