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Crowded field of Atty Gen candidates place differing emphasis on priorities for state's top law office

John Breslin Nov. 13, 2017, 5:13pm

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's sudden announcement earlier this year declining to seek another term has led to an avalanche of candidates announcing intentions to run on the Democratic side, while Republican Erika Harold remains unchallenged in seeking her party's nomination.

Bloomington abused 'pending litigation' exception in closing meeting, IL attorney general rules

John Sammon Jul. 27, 2017, 4:30am

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has concluded city leaders in downstate Bloomington violated the state's Open Meetings Act in discussing potential litigation in closed session when litigation was not probable or imminent.

Judge corks Indiana wine seller's lawsuit vs Illinois over law banning shipping to IL customers

Dan Churney Jun. 26, 2017, 1:47pm

A Chicago federal judge has stomped on an Indiana wine retailer's suit, which claimed Illinois liquor law unconstitutionally bars him from shipping his products into Illinois, saying the suit fails at the "most basic level." But the seller is asking to reopen the case.

Dish Network hit with $283M penalty for third-party telemarketing practices

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro Jun. 23, 2017, 2:56pm

A Springfield federal judge has placed Dish Network on the hook for a fine of more than $280 million for alleged violations of federal telemarketing law, even though the violations were committed by third-party contractors. And other companies should take note of the judge's ruling, said a lawyer who specializes in defenses against similar legal actions.

Appeals panel: State agencies can't hire own lawyers when disagree with Atty Gen's legal strategies

Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 23, 2017, 1:20pm

A state appeals panel has refused to allow a state agency, under the supervision of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, to hire its own legal representation amid a conflict with Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan over legal strategy in defending against workers compensation claims brought by an independent personal assistant for those with disabilities who claimed she should be treated as a state employee after the state empowered a union to represent her.

Appeals court denies constitutional challenge to Illinois repose statute in estate legal malpractice case

Mike Helenthal Jun. 5, 2017, 5:40pm

The Illinois First District Appellate Court has upheld a lower court's decision that a plaintiff couldn’t sue the lawyers who handled his father’s estate because he didn’t file the malpractice suit in time, ruling Illinois' repose statute was constitutionally sound in placing "reasonable" time limits on the ability of heirs to sue over the handling of estates.

Environmental Law & Policy Center, others step into court fight over IL 'Zero Emissions Credit' program

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 11, 2017, 12:14am

Even as Illinois state electricity regulators have asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging a state law unconstitutionally rigs the wholesale electricity generation and supply markets in favor of electricity generation giant Exelon, a prominent environmental activist organization has also stepped into the court fight, asking the court to allow it to defend the law’s renewable energy requirements, which it says the lawsuit also threatens.

Pension payments likely to continue even in case of Illinois government shutdown

John Breslin Feb. 9, 2017, 5:21pm

What could happen with pension payments in the aftermath of a government shutdown is the “law school hypothetical from hell,” said one labor lawyer in the wake of the Illinois attorney general's legal play to break the budget impasse.

IL A/G sues VW, says must pay for emissions 'defeat devices' on diesel cars

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 8, 2016, 6:31pm

Illinois’ attorney general has become the latest official to take automaker Volkswagen to court over the installation of devices designed to deceive government emissions tests, filing suit in Chicago to demand Volkswagen pay for the deception, which regulators said allowed vehicles to emit more pollution than allowed by law.

Illinois attorney general joins lawsuit to block merger of Humana into Aetna

Deana Carpenter Aug. 10, 2016, 8:04pm

CHICAGO – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is the latest attorney general to join a lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice to block the proposed merger of Humana and Aetna.

Chicago lawyer says non-compete clause shouldn't apply to Jimmy John's employees

Dawn Geske Jun. 29, 2016, 3:30pm

The attorney general for Illinois has filed a lawsuit against fast food franchisor Jimmy John’s and several Jimmy John’s franchisees operating in Illinois, over its non-compete agreements.

Illinois AG seeks $60,000 in penalties for Ford Heights tire fire

Carrie Salls Jun. 25, 2016, 4:14pm

CHICAGO – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit against a suburban recycling company following a tire fire that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) claims jeopardized air and water quality. 

IL Attorney General joins push to end retail's 'unfair biz practice' on-call shift scheduling

Mark Powell Jun. 10, 2016, 9:45am

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan along with her counterparts in eight other states have sent letters to large retail corporations in a bid to pressure retailers and others to end their use of so-called “on-call” shifts for workers.

$13 million settlement reached with Moneygram over fraudulent wire transfers

Jamie Javor Feb. 26, 2016, 3:44pm

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a $13 million settlement with Moneygram. Illinois will receive about $375,000 of the settlement, and anyone who wired money to scam artists and filed complaints about it with the attorney general's office in 2008-2009 could be eligible for some of the funds.

IL AG files suit against Cicero mortgage rescue operation, alleging fraud

Anna Aguillard Jan. 4, 2016, 9:45am

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed suit against a mortgage rescue operation in Cicero, alleging Carrey Services Inc., and its president, Reynaldo Rojas,charged clients about $20,000 without providing any help to people in danger of losing their homes.

For-profit colleges could forgive millions in student debt under deals with IL, other states

Vimbai Chikomo Dec. 16, 2015, 11:59pm

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced two settlements with for-profit college operator Education Management Corporation (EDMC). The settlements would “significantly reform” recruiting and enrollment practices for the company, forgive over $3 million in loans for Illinois students, and reimburse the state of Illinois for money the education company obtained fraudulently.

IL state officials tossed from discrimination lawsuit vs Eden Supportive Living over mental health policies

Dan Churney Sep. 8, 2015, 11:01pm

A Chicago federal judge has tossed several state officials, including former Gov. Patrick Quinn, from a suit brought by two women and a fair housing group, which alleged officials wrongly barred the mentally ill from a Medicaid-supported housing program.