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Judge trips legal secretary’s discrimination suit v. Winston Strawn, says case doesn’t have ‘leg to stand on’

By Dan Churney | Jul 16, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit by a legal secretary at the Chicago firm of Winston & Strawn, who alleged harassment by fellow employees aggravated her epilepsy, finding part of the suit was barred by statute of limitations and the rest by a faulty “chain of logic.”

SCHIFF HARDIN LLP: Schiff Hardin Recognized for Significant Pro Bono Contributions for Seventh Year in a Row

By Press release submission | Jun 25, 2018

Schiff Hardin is proud to announce that the firm has been named to the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) Pro Bono Recognition Roster for the seventh consecutive year.

SCHIFF HARDIN LLP: The Legal 500 Recognizes Three Schiff Hardin Practices for the Third Time in a Row

By Press release submission | Jun 22, 2018

Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that three of its practice groups have been recognized for the third consecutive year by The Legal 500 United States 2018 guide, a nationwide analysis of law firms with input from more than 300,000 corporate counsel on which firms provide the most cutting-edge and innovative advice.

Union asserts Constitution allows it to 'shame' Ameristar patrons amid labor dispute with E. Chicago casino

By D.M. Herra | Jan 29, 2018

A union representing about 200 casino employees filed a motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit brought against it by the East Chicago casino and some patrons, arguing that behavior the plaintiffs deemed harassing is constitutionally protected free speech.

Mom's T-Mobile contract terms can't force arbitration for son's class action vs Subway over text message ad

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 25, 2018

A federal appeals panel has reactivated a man’s class action lawsuit against sandwich seller Subway, saying the restaurant chain can’t invoke T-Mobile’s contract to force to arbitration the man’s claims Subway broke federal telecommunications law by sending text messages to T-Mobile users advertising “T-Mobile Tuesday” sandwich deals.

Cook Sheriff: Backpage's fraud accusations vs Dart merely deflection from 'damning' sex trafficking ad evidence

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 18, 2018

Saying the online classifieds site is merely trying to “deflect” a judge’s attention from its “own fraudulent acts,” the Cook County Sheriff’s Office has asked a federal judge to put a quick end to an attempt by Backpage.com to pin the sheriff for allegedly lying about a CCSO staffer’s job status to protect thousands of documents from disclosure under the auspices of a nonexistent attorney-client relationship.

Classifieds site Backpage alleges Cook County Sheriff 'lied' to hide documents in sex trafficking injunction case

By Dan Churney | Dec 19, 2017

Online classifieds site Backpage.com is alleging in federal court that Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, in his effort to shut down the site on grounds it facilitates sex trafficking, wrongly withheld thousands of discovery documents from Backpage, fraudulently claiming the documents were confidential, because they were the product of an attorney-client relationship.

Muhammad Ali heirs sting Fox with $30M+ lawsuit over use of Ali footage in Super Bowl video

By Scott Holland | Oct 11, 2017

Fox TV didn’t have express written consent to use footage of Muhammad Ali during its 2017 Super Bowl broadcast, and now his estate is seeking at least $30 million as compensation.

Judges: Asbestos plaintiff not harmed by ruling barring testimony from doctor over exposure theories

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 1, 2017

A federal appeals court in Chicago has refused to upend a jury’s verdict against a retired pipefitter, who had claimed Owens-Illinois and ExxonMobil should be held liable for his lung cancer because possible exposure to asbestos on work sites decades ago, and not a 30-year, pack-and-a-half-a-day cigarette smoking habit, had caused the illness.

Deal announced to end lawsuit over condition of historic jet car loaned to Museum of Science & Industry

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 23, 2017

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and legendary driver Craig Breedlove have reached an agreement to end their legal dispute over the condition of the historic jet-propelled car in which Breedlove set two land speed records in the 1960s. On Jan. 23, the museum and Breedlove issued a joint statement confirming they had reached the deal to end Breedlove’s lawsuit against MSI for the museum’s alleged mistreatment of the car, dubbed the Spirit of America.

Judge: Museum standards mean Museum of Science & Industry owes Breedlove duty for historic car

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 6, 2017

A legendary driver and former holder of world land speed records has won the chance to hit the gas on his lawsuit against Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry over the museum’s alleged mistreatment of the Spirit of America, a historic car in which he broke the land speed record, and which he loaned to the museum five decades ago.

Ameristar Casino, patrons OK to pursue lawsuit accusing union of targeting, harassing customers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 20, 2016

A federal judge has cleared an East Chicago casino and a group of its customers to proceed with a lawsuit against a union, saying the union’s actions to escalate its long running labor feud with the casino by personally targeting the customers with a campaign of fliers, phone calls and visits to their homes and businesses, could be considered illegal harassment going beyond mere “handbilling” and other forms of permissible persuasive speech.

Evanston business owner sues union for harassing him amid labor fight vs E. Chicago casino

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 9, 2016

An administrator and part owner at an Evanston mental illness treatment center has sued a labor union, accusing the labor group of unfairly harassing him and invading his privacy as part of the union’s ongoing dispute with an Indiana casino.

Ameristar Casino lawsuit: Union harassing customers at their homes, businesses over boycott

By LocalLabs News Service | May 20, 2016

Indiana’s Ameristar Casino and a group of the casino’s patrons have sued a local union, claiming the labor group has gone too far in its dispute with the casino by personally targeting the customers with a campaign of fliers, phone calls and other messages to pressure them to join the union’s boycott of the casino. On May 19, Ameristar Casino East Chicago filed suit in Chicago federal court against Chicago-based labor union Unite Here Local 1.

Advocate, Palos Community locked in staredown over disclosure of health insurer agreements

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 18, 2016

Saying even the smallest disclosure of its “trade secrets” would cause irreparable damage to its business, Advocate Health Care, Illinois’ largest health system and operator of a dozen hospitals, has filed suit against a southwest suburban competitor, asking a judge to block the efforts by Palos Community Hospital to gain access to Advocate’s rate agreements with health insurers – even though Advocate recently demanded the exact same information from the Palos hospital.

Appeals panel: Airlines aren't breaching contract when put passengers' checked bags on separate flights

By Dana Herra | Jan 15, 2016

An airline is under no obligation to make sure passengers and their baggage are transported on the same flight, an Illinois appeals court ruled, upholding a decision of a Cook County judge in dismissing a class action lawsuit on the question. Plaintiff Gina Spadoni had filed a single-count class-action lawsuit against United Airlines in Cook County Circuit Court in 2014, claiming the airline breached its contract with her when it placed her baggage on a different flight.

Judge deals setback to $6 million ADA, harassment suit brought by legal secretary vs Winston & Strawn

By Scott Holland | Nov 21, 2015

A disability discrimination lawsuit brought by a legal secretary seeking at least $6 million in damages from law firm Winston & Strawn has hit a roadblock in federal court.

IL Supreme Court: Former shareholders have no standing to sue lawyers for malpractice without backing by the corporation

By Dan Churney | Sep 28, 2015

Former shareholders who owned minority positions in a commodity trading firm have no malpractice case against their onetime attorneys, because the case is based on the incongruity of pursuing individual claims on behalf of a corporation, the state’s high court has ruled. On Sept. 24, the Illinois State Supreme Court ended the latest round in a legal battle that dates back to 2005, when several minority shareholders in Beeland Management LLC hired the law firm of McGuireWoods to sue Beeland.

Judge refuses new trial vs Owens, Exxon for pipefitter with lung cancer a jury found was caused by cigarettes, not asbestos

By Dan Churney | Aug 28, 2015

A Chicago federal judge refused to grant a new trial Aug. 25 for a retired pipefitter from Braidwood, who failed to convince a jury earlier this year exposure to asbestos on corporate job sites, rather than a cigarette smoking habit, had caused his lung cancer. Charles Krik filed suit in November 2010 in Chicago federal court against Owens-Illinois, ExxonMobil and others, claiming his lung cancer was caused, in part, because the companies negligently exposed him to asbestos while he worked as a

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