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Illinois Supreme Court to decide if hospitals will have to pay property taxes

Dee Thompson Nov. 7, 2017, 7:00am

The Illinois Supreme Court recently agreed to hear arguments in another case addressing whether hospitals should be exempted from paying property taxes, marking the second time this year the court will tackle the question weighing on hospitals and local governments across the state.

School nursing vendor OK to continue lawsuit vs Chicago Public Schools, rival over employee poaching

Scott Holland Oct. 12, 2017, 9:37pm

A school nursing services vendor will be allowed to continue a small portion of its action against the Chicago Public Schools, although a federal judge agreed to dismiss part of the complaint.

EEOC alleges employer violated FMLA, ADA in terminating worker after providing over 16 weeks of leave

Kacie Whaley Sep. 29, 2017, 3:38pm

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is moving forward with a lawsuit against an employer who terminated an ill employee after granting her leave for approximately 16 weeks. The employee was then fired an additional three weeks later.

IL Supreme Court: Insurer's suit vs Indiana warehouse biz over roof collapse doesn't belong in Cook County

Scott Holland Sep. 25, 2017, 6:37pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has overturned a Cook County judge and a state appeals court, saying they erred in refusing to grant an Indiana warehousing company’s request to dismiss a Michigan insurer’s lawsuit on grounds the legal action didn’t belong in Cook County.

Lawsuit vs Madigan over alleged dirty election tricks vs primary opponent given new life

Scott Holland and Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 13, 2017, 6:13pm

After failing to unseat one of Illinois’ most powerful politicians at the ballot box, then hitting roadblocks in the courts, Jason Gonzales has received new life in his legal battle against Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and some of his supporters. This week, U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly granted Gonzales’ request to alter his original judgment, and revisit the lawsuit brought against Madigan.

Class actions deleted vs Spokeo, Intelius, others over web search name 'keyword insertion' ad tricks

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 30, 2017, 5:39pm

A federal judge has tossed a cluster of class action lawsuits launched against online personal information listing providers, including Spokeo, Intelius. InstantCheckmate and BeenVerified, saying a web search advertising technique didn’t violate plaintiffs’ rights to control the use of their identity simply by using a person's name in an ad designed to steer people to their online people search products.

Busboy's overtime pay suit against Pita Inn dismissed

Kacie Whaley Jul. 28, 2017, 4:30am

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed a busboy's lawsuit claiming a local Mediterranean restaurant didn't pay him proper overtime wages.

Federal judge OKs lawsuit to continue alleging debt collector Harris & Harris shorted workers pay

David Hutton Jul. 27, 2017, 11:50pm

A Chicago federal judge has refused to toss a class action lawsuit brought against a debt collection firm by a former employee who accused the company of shorting her and other workers their pay.

Chicago judge calls electronic firm's suit against ex-attorneys 'bizarre,' dismissal motion pending

Dan Churney Jul. 14, 2017, 6:00am

A Chicago federal judge has voiced reservations about a suburban electronic company's court action, which alleges its former attorneys short-circuited its defense against a $9 million trademark infringement suit, saying the company and its counsel have a "good deal of explaining to do to support the maintenance of this action."

Judge: Cigna didn't defraud in denying payment to surgical center suspected of 'fee forgiveness'

Todd Barnett Jul. 10, 2017, 4:59pm

A federal judge has granted a win to multinational insurer Cigna, cutting out state law fraud claims from a lawsuit brought by a surgical center asserting the insurer was wrong to deny claims for reimbursement from certain Cigna-insured patients, for whom the surgical center had forgiven much of the bill because the surgical center was outside of those patients' preferred providers network.

Insurer: No duty to defend lawyer accused of missteps in $18M Rezko South Loop deal verdict

Scott Holland Jul. 6, 2017, 7:15am

An insurance company wants a court to declare it free of obligation to defend a lawyer who stands accused of malpractice by an international real estate development group hit in 2015 with an $18 million jury award to an investor who claimed the group bilked him of millions in a deal with corrupt Illinois campaign financier Tony Rezko.

District court tosses campaign-sabotage case against House Speaker Madigan for insufficient evidence

Glenn Minnis Jun. 28, 2017, 2:59pm

A federal judge has denied the attempt by a former challenger to powerful Ill. House Speaker Michael Madigan to resurrect his legal action against Madigan and several of his political allies, alleging the lawmaker and his political associates imrproperly conspired to sabotage his 2016 Democratic primary election campaign.

Hospitals could face more litigation, costs from property taxes following IL Supreme Court decision

Chandra Lye Jun. 19, 2017, 12:05pm

The Illinois Supreme Court's decision earlier this year to punt on the question of whether hospitals should maintain property tax exemptions could yet prove costly for some hospitals, until the state high court ultimately clears up legal questions surrounding the exemptions for the nonprofit health care organizations.

Mariano's parent company sued for allegedly improperly storing employee fingerprint scans

Jonathan Bilyk May 15, 2017, 6:00pm

The owners of the Mariano’s supermarket chain have carted to federal court a class action lawsuit brought by one of its workers, who claimed the Chicago area grocer has been improperly requiring its employees to use their fingerprints to check in and out for work, without getting the employees’ permission to store their biometric data.

Trucker pay suit parked vs Atlas Van Lines; Contract clear, even if drivers don't understand: Judge

Dan Churney Apr. 26, 2017, 6:40pm

A Chicago federal judge has applied the brakes to a trucker’s lawsuit against two global moving van companies, which alleged the companies used “vague” contract language to short him of pay, saying the trucker should have sought clarification before signing the contract.

Judge: No evidence Madigan, allies improperly used expunged records to smear 2016 primary foe

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 15, 2017, 4:10pm

A man who launched an ill-fated primary election challenge of Michael J. Madigan, arguably the most powerful politician in Illinois, has again lost to the Speaker of the State House of Representatives, after a federal judge tossed out his lawsuit alleging Madigan and his political allies violated his constitutional rights by conspiring to smear his name and undercut his campaign.

Appeals panel: Bock & Hatch lawsuit vs McGuireWoods over blog posts not a SLAPP, can continue

Dan Churney Feb. 17, 2017, 6:54pm

A state appeals panel in Chicago has slapped down a motion by one law firm to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a rival firm on SLAPP grounds, saying the suit isn't trying to choke off defendants' free speech, as protected by anti-SLAPP law, but rather concerns alleged attacks on the plaintiff firm’s reputation. 

Judge: Calif. woman's class action can continue vs debt collector Harris & Harris over cell calls

Jonathan Bilyk Feb. 3, 2017, 5:58pm

A Cook County judge has cleared a California woman to continue her class action lawsuit against a Chicago-based debt collector who she accused of breaking federal law in using so-called “skip tracing” to call her on her mobile phone to collect unpaid traffic tickets.

Full public discussion of departing schools superintendent's deal not required, IL Supreme Court says

Dan Churney Jan. 24, 2017, 7:03pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has affirmed lower court rulings that a Springfield school board was not required to publicly go into detail about a superintendent’s separation agreement and ensure the public understood the agreement – as the Illinois Attorney General asserted – but rather it was sufficient for the board to summarize the nature of the agreement to the public. 

Commodity futures brokerage can sue ex-lawyer for bad advice, despite faulty summons: Appeals court

Scott Holland Jan. 16, 2017, 12:22pm

A Cook County judge was wrong to dismiss a $496,000 legal malpractice case a commodity futures brokerage had lodged against its ex-lawyer, simply because its initial attempt to serve the lawyer with a summons failed, a state appeals court has ruled.