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Judge: 'Ministerial exception' gives church right to fire gay music director after he marries

By DM Herra | Oct 13, 2017

A man fired from his job at a suburban church after marrying another man lost the federal discrimination lawsuit he filed against the church and the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Judge: Failure to accurately cite website could doom class action vs Bumbo over baby seats

By Scott Holland | Sep 6, 2017

A federal judge has, for now, denied an attempt to bring a class action lawsuit by people claiming Bumbo deceptively marketed its baby seats.

Catholic church can't be sued for discriminating against gay man fired as music director: Judge

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 7, 2017

A federal judge has turned aside a discrimination lawsuit brought by a gay man against the Roman Catholic Chicago Archdiocese for firing him from his role as music director at a church in suburban Inverness after he publicly announced his wedding engagement, saying the man’s tasks in his job at the church meant he “served an integral role in the celebration of mass,” and thus anti-discrimination laws did not apply to him.

Judge: Fired music director may be able to sue Chicago Catholic Church for age, ethnicity discrimination

By Scott Holland | May 3, 2017

A former longtime music director for a Chicago Catholic church, who alleged he was demoted and fired for being ethnic Polish and a senior citizen, might be able to sue for discrimination after reworking his complaint to prevent the church from exercising its ministerial exception rights.

Woman can't sue Chase for distress over contractors sent to secure foreclosed home: IL Supreme Court

By Dan Churney | Dec 19, 2016

The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled plaintiffs need to suffer “physical impact” to pursue a lawsuit claiming negligent infliction of emotional distress, saying a lender had not breached the bounds of decency by sending contractors to change the locks and perform other maintenance on her home, which was in foreclosure, while she was still inside. 

George Lucas Museum foes score win in latest episode of saga over fate of lakefront site

By Scott Holland | Feb 5, 2016

Opponents of the George Lucas museum proposed for Chicago’s lakefront have won the latest episode in the long running legal wars over the planned attraction, after a federal judge refused to dismiss their lawsuit against the city and park district.

Grossinger Autos says Enterprise owes more than $1 million for defamation to customers over loaner cars

By Scott Holland | Jan 28, 2016

The owners of the Grossinger group of Chicago area car dealerships has asked a Cook County judge to order one of the the nation’s leading rental car operations to pay a toll of more than $1 million for allegedly defaming the auto dealer group in telling customers not to go to Grossinger if they needed a loaner car while their cars were being serviced.

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