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Cook suburbs join together to sue opioid makers; doctors added as defendants to keep case out of federal court

Ten Cook County suburbs have sued opioid makers in connection with what they allege is widespread drug abuse and overdoses from so-called opioid prescription painkillers. And in a bid to ensure their lawsuit doesn’t get shipped off to a Cleveland federal court to be consolidated with the bulk of the opioid litigation pending in U.S. courts, the plaintiffs have also tacked on as defendants three doctors they accused of operating a “pill mill.”

Appeals panel: 'Jurisdiction by necessity' not enough to keep GE on asbestos lawsuit in Illinois

A state appeals panel said jurisdictional issues should have allowed General Electric to be dismissed from a personal injury complaint involving asbestos exposure.

Class action: CNA Financial improperly raised long-term care insurance policy rates

CNA Financial Corp. is facing a federal class action complaint accusing it of improperly raising rates on long-term policyholders.

Class action: WOW Air never served passengers promised meals on transatlantic flights

A Cook County couple is suing an Icelandic budget airline for failure to serve a promised in-flight meal.

Judge: Chicago ordinance may not allow sidestep of order to return impounded cars to bankrupt debtors

A federal judge said the city of Chicago may not have the absolute right under federal law to withhold impounded vehicles from people who have filed for bankruptcy protection, but it at least deserves the chance to argue its case to do so.

DuPage judge strikes down law requiring divorced parents to fund kids' college education

Saying the law is essentially antiquated and violates the equal protection rights of divorced parents, a DuPage County judge has found a state law requiring divorced couples to fund their children’s college education to be unconstitutional.

Judge: Burbank owes Hispanic church, lawyers $410K for using zoning law to block new sanctuary

A federal judge has ordered the city of Burbank to pay a church and its lawyers $410,000 for settling a complaint alleging it blocked the congregation from opening a new building in a certain zoning district.

Appeals panel lets woman renew lawsuit vs hotel whose security guard allegedly raped her in her room

A state appeals panel will allow a woman and her husband to resume their lawsuit against the owners of a Skokie hotel where they say a security guard raped the woman.

Chicago female paramedics sue over alleged pervasive sex harassment in Chicago Fire Department

A group of female paramedics have filed a lawsuit alleging pervasive sexual harassment in the Chicago Fire Department

Legal consultant for Gitmo detainees says should receive $10M for defamation from 'personal vendetta'

A legal consultant for Guantanamo Bay detainees is seeking $10 million in a defamation and libel complaint filed April 25 in Cook County Circuit Court.

Chicago massage therapist accuses Stan Lee of inappropriate sexual conduct in hotel room

A Cook County massage therapist is accusing comic book icon Stan Lee of inappropriate conduct during two sessions at a Chicago hotel.

Cook Sheriff: Backpage, attorneys owe Cook County for 'hoax' suit over sheriff's credit card squeeze

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants a federal judge to penalize for its conduct in ongoing litigation between the online classifieds site and the sheriff’s office, particularly in light of a recent plea deal from a top executive related to sex trafficking through the site.

Lawsuit says Quad Cities hospital, Walgreens bear responsiblity for OD death of music star Prince

The heirs of musician Prince are suing a hospital and Walgreens in connection with his death, saying the drugs that killed him shouldn’t have been in his system and that the condition escaped diagnosis and treatment.

Investors say Chicago Cut Steakhouse management has blocked access to restaurant's books

A group of Chicago Cut Steakhouse investors are suing restaurant management, saying they’ve been blocked from the restaurant’s books.

Appeals court: College of DuPage wrong to fire scandal-plagued president without chance to contest accusations

Former College of DuPage President Robert L. Breuder can proceed with his wrongful termination and defamation complaint, after a federal appeals court said potentially questionable language within his contract – including a provision requiring a supermajority among the college’s trustees to fire him - did not mean the college’s board was justified in firing him without giving him a hearing to dispute accusations of mismanagement leveled against him.

Lawyer brothers McNabola head to court in dispute over $1.9M in fees, expenses

Brothers who are former partners and trial lawyers in a plaintiffs' law firm now also are opponents in court amid a dispute over more than $1.92 million in legal fees and unpaid expenses.

Jury awards $3.5M to woman who claimed loan servicer mishandled mortgage during, after Chapt 13 bankruptcy

A federal jury awarded more than $3.5 million to a Franklin Park woman as a result of her lawsuit against a mortgage loan servicer over the handling of the default on her home.

Federal appeals panel echoes state court: No right to vote for elected Chicago school board

Echoing a state appeals court’s ruling, a federal appellate panel says the right to vote doesn’t entitle Chicago voters to the right to vote for the members of the Chicago school board.

Menu boards allow McDonald's to bag Extra Value Meal pricing class action: Federal judge

A federal judge has bagged a woman’s class action lawsuit accusing McDonald’s of chicanery over its Extra Value Meal pricing, saying the case couldn’t pull forward because the information customers needed to know whether they were being misled into paying a few cents more was in plain sight, in large font, on the restaurants’ menu boards.

Appeals panel: Fired worker's 'last chance agreement' lets Cook County sidestep arbitration over termination

A labor grievance against Cook County won’t avoid its day in court after a state appeals panel said a “Last Chance Agreement” between the county and a fired worker allows the county to sidestep a union collective bargaining agreement, and thus nixes the union’s attempt to send the matter to arbitration.