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Appeals panel upholds jury's decision backing U of Chicago cop fired over infiltration of student protest

By Scott Holland | Jun 24, 2019

A state appeals panel has upheld a jury verdict in favor of a former University of Chicago Police officer who sued the school after being disciplined in the wake of a UCPD detective infiltrating an on-campus student protest.

Sheriff's deputies disciplined over misconduct charges given new chance to argue Sheriff's discipline board illegal

By Scott Holland | Jun 21, 2019

An Illinois appeals court has determined a group of Cook County Sheriff’s deputies can resume their lawsuit over claims their professional discipline was improper because the Sheriff’s Merit Board was illegally constituted.

IL Supreme Court suspends Brodsky; Commission complained he revealed 'confidential' lawsuit funding deal, accused opponent of 'extortion'

By Scott Holland | Jun 20, 2019

Joel Brodsky, an attorney best known for leading the defense of Drew Peterson, has been suspended from practicing law in Illinois, after a state disciplinary agency accused him of ethical violations, including using a lawsuit to reveal a third-party litigation financing arrangement in a multi-million dollar patent infringement lawsuit over soup can containers.

Wendy's served with class action over drive thru accessibility for the blind; McDonald's battling similar cases

By Scott Holland | Jun 18, 2019

As McDonald’s battles similar legal actions, Wendy’s has become the latest fast-food chain served with a class action lawsuit over late-night drive-through accessibility for people with impaired vision.

Appeals panel: Federal law trumps state privacy law in class actions vs airlines over fingerprint scans

By Scott Holland | Jun 14, 2019

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed airlines shouldn’t face class action lawsuits concerning the use of employee fingerprint scans for biometric punch clocks

Appeals court: CTA bus driver's obesity doesn't qualify for ADA protection

By Scott Holland | Jun 13, 2019

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has put the brakes on an appeal from a former bus driver who said the Chicago Transit Authority illegally fired him for being obese, finding the man’s weight didn’t qualify him for Americans with Disabilities Act protections.

Appeals panel says lawyer can't hide ID of third party paying legal bills for businessman fighting judgment enforcement

By Scott Holland | Jun 12, 2019

A state appeals panel determined lawyers have no ability to keep from a court the identity of third parties paying legal bills for a client contesting attempts to uncover assets as part of an effort to enforce a judgment.

Appeals court revives age discrimination suit vs Ashley Furniture franchisee; misnaming defendant just a typo

By Scott Holland | Jun 10, 2019

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled a worker can continue a discrimination claim against the owner of several Ashley’s Furniture franchise stores, despite naming the employer incorrectly on his complaints.

IL Judicial Inquiry Board: Cook County judge made unwanted sexual advances, comments toward three women in court

By Scott Holland | Jun 6, 2019

The Illinois Judiciary Inquiry Board has accused Cook County Circuit Court Judge Mauricio Araujo of sexually harassing at least three women.

Judge: Homeowner's policy for ex-IL lawmaker convicted of child porn doesn't cover $2M judgment for victims

By Scott Holland | Jun 6, 2019

A federal judge has determined an insurance company isn’t obligated to pay two women who claim they were victims in a child pornography scandal involving an ex-Illinois lawmaker.

Would-be developers of North Loop hotel sue law firm Schain Banks, demand $120M over sunk Pittsfield tower deal

By Scott Holland | Jun 5, 2019

The would-be developers of a hotel in a North Loop skyscraper have sued their former attorneys seeking up to $120 million in damages because they allegedly advised another client on how to defeat the proposed hotel development.

Judge: Makers of '85 Chicago Bears documentary didn't violate 'Shuffle' copyright

By Scott Holland | May 31, 2019

A federal judge has determined the use of “Super Bowl Shuffle” snippets in a documentary film doesn’t violate copyright protections.

Lutheran General neighbors get new chance to sue cities for OKing hospital's stormwater discharge

By Scott Holland | May 31, 2019

A state appeals panel breathed new life into a lawsuit suburban homeowners brought against municipalities, claiming they should be held liable for allowing Advocate Lutheran General Hospital to discharge stormwater they say has flooded their properties.

Appellate panel: Second look needed at challenge to the way IL Gaming Board makes video gambling rules

By Scott Holland | May 29, 2019

An appellate panel has ruled the state's video gambling law is constitutional. But they said a Cook County judge needs to take another look at the way the Illinois Gaming Board makes its rules to regulate video gambling in the state.

IL Supreme Court: IL law doesn't force City Colleges to hire 'qualified' instructors; Whistleblower claim nixed

By Scott Holland | May 24, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court has ended a whistleblower suit brought by a man who claimed the Chicago City Colleges wrongly fired him for allegedly trying to draw awareness to the colleges' hiring of unqualified instructors.

Appeals panel: Chicago tour boat biz deserves new hearing for tax protest, because county misled on deadline

By Scott Holland | May 23, 2019

An Illinois appeals court says a Chicago sightseeing tour boat company was wrongly denied the chance to contest the county's attempt to make it pay taxes on its Lake Michigan and Chicago River tours because the county's Revenue Department misled the company on the deadline for filing its protest.

Comptroller, pension funds: Chicago City Hall can't sue over grant money intercepted for shorted pensions

By Scott Holland | May 20, 2019

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza and several city worker retiree pension funds have responded to a lawsuit in which the city of Chicago alleged the comptroller's office acted wrongly at the request of the pension funds to seize millions in state grant money because the pension funds claimed the city had shorted pension funds by $23 million.ons aren't met

Judge punctures Local 150 union's try to sue NLRB for moving to limit 150's use of inflatable rats to protest

By Scott Holland | May 17, 2019

A federal judge has deflated a legal action accusing the National Labor Relations Board of violating a union’s rights to free speech by moving to stop the union from using inflatable rats and banners to continuosly protest "rat contractors."

Baseball agent accuses financial adviser of helping rival agent poach superstar client J.D. Martinez

By Scott Holland | May 16, 2019

A baseball agent has sued Merrill Lynch for allegedly conspiring to steer a superstar client to a rival agent Scott Boras just before the player landed a huge contract.

Texas-based RAM Aircraft must face lawsuit over plane crash in Cook Co. court: Appeals panel

By Scott Holland | May 15, 2019

A state appeals court has upheld a Cook County judge, who ruled a Texas-based aviation company must face a lawsuit in Cook County court over an airplane crash, solely because the company marketed products to Illinois customers.

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