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Report: Asbestos litigation declines nationwide, slightly in Cook Co., still pervasive in three IL counties

By Jonathan Bilyk and Ann Maher | Mar 23, 2018

As the number of new asbestos lawsuits declined nationally, activity in Illinois’ three hotbeds for asbestos litigation showed few signs of ebbing in 2017, even though the distribution of filing activity has shifted slightly.

IL appeals court revives suit vs Motorola over birth defects in children of factory workers

By Scott Holland | Feb 22, 2018

An Illinois appeals court has revived significant portions of a lawsuit that seeks to assign blame for birth defects to Motorola, rejecting, in part, the company's arguments parents and former Motorola workers can't sue because the fathers, rather than the mothers of the children, allegedly were exposed to the alleged toxic substances at Motorola factories in Arizona and Texas.

CP Hall Company sued over asbestos exposure

By Louie Torres | Oct 6, 2017

A woman is suing The CP Hall Company for alleged liability and negligence, causing her relative's injuries.

Brenntag North America Inc., others sued for alleged failure to warn woman of asbestos

By Louie Torres | Oct 6, 2017

A woman is suing Brenntag North America Inc. and several other companies for alleged liability and negligence.

SailTime boat-sharing parent company countersues to avoid liability in 2014 Lake Michigan deaths

By Scott Holland | Dec 26, 2016

A 2014 Lake Michigan boating death, which already gave rise to one lawsuit, is at the center of a counterclaim action filed Dec. 9 in Cook County Circuit Court, as the parent organization for a Chicago area boat-sharing group has filed suit to ask a judge to declare it should not be forced to share in the defense against the lawsuit over the boating accident.

Paul's Pizza & Hotdogs faces claim of liability for woman's ankle injury

By Louie Torres | Oct 18, 2016

A woman is suing Paul's Pizza & Hotdogs Inc., alleging the restaurant should pay for ankle injuries she sustained when she stepped in an open drain at the restaurant.

Man who says his wife died from asbestos fibers on his work clothes sues Lance Construction Supplies

By Louie Torres | Sep 30, 2016

A man representing his late wife's estate is suing his employer, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries connected to asbestos, saying his wife became ill and died from breathing in asbestos fibers on his work clothes.

Weber Stephen Products accused of selling 'charcoal chimney' that led to house fire, death

By Louie Torres | Sep 26, 2016

The family of a deceased Kentucky woman is suing Weber Stephen Products LLC, saying the grillmaker should pay for a fatal house fire allegedly started by a defective "charcoal chimney starter." 

Questions raised over number of defendant companies named in asbestos suits; can number in hundreds

By Jessica Karmasek | Jun 29, 2016

The average number of companies targeted by some of the biggest asbestos firms in their lawsuits is in the triple-figures, according to recent statistics, forcing some, especially those in claims management, to question the strategy of plaintiffs’ lawyers.

Worker sues Unifirst, seeking data on injuries from chemical burns

By Robert Hadley | Oct 26, 2015

A maintenance worker is suing Unifirst, seeking information for chemical burns he allegedly suffered at work.

Lawsuit: Deaths in May 2014 Lake Michigan boating accident fault of boat-sharing club, maintenance company

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 30, 2015

The family of a man who was among three who died in May 2014 when a motorboat sank in Lake Michigan near Chicago has sued the boat-sharing and rental service business the family contends was responsible for the boat’s maintenance in the days before it took on water and ultimately went down. On Sept. 28, Tamara Sopka, sister of Orest Sopka, filed a wrongful death complaint against Creative Yacht Management Inc., a company which does business as SailTime Chicago.

Boat passenger’s family sues craft owners’ estates after fatal waterway accident

By Carol Ostrow | Sep 3, 2015

A family representative is suing two additional estates by their administrator, alleging wrongful death following a fatal waterway accident.

Defunct boiler maker, crippled by asbestos claims, files for bankruptcy again

By Jessica Karmasek | Aug 19, 2015

Defunct boiler manufacturer Oakfabco, formerly known as Kewanee Boiler Corporation, has filed for bankruptcy -- the second time in less than 30 years -- and is looking to establish a trust for the asbestos claims that have crippled it, including the 3,400 active cases it is currently facing.

Menard's blamed for child's injury

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 12, 2015

A Cook County mother is suing Menard's after her daughter allegedly was injured in a store accident.

Database provides insight into how much asbestos claims are worth

By The Cook County Record | May 22, 2015

CooneyA recently unsealed database showing the awards of hundreds of claimants from bankruptcy trusts and non-trust entities provides a glimpse of the staggering amount of money generated by the business of asbestos.Cook County asbestos claimants listed in the database and represented by the firm of Cooney & Conway, for instance, each have received on average almost $1.68 million, according to

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