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Menards owes $20K to southern IL man accused of shoplifting, after denying in legal brief man was innocent
The legal doctrine of absolute privilege could not protect Menards from paying out $20,000 to a man wrongly accused of shoplifting, because the company disputed his innocence in later legal filing, judges said.
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Appeals court: State of IL can sue community colleges accused of boosting student success numbers to boost state money
An Illinois appeals panel has ruled the Illinois state government can sue another Illinois state entity under the Illinois False Claims Act, in a suit alleging a downstate community college district gave the state the shaft by inflating credit hours of mining students to extract extra grant money from Springfield.
In a split decision, an Illinois appeals panel has stripped Allstate Insurance of its defenses against a class action, which alleged the company unfairly billed long-term auto policyholders more than it charged new ones, saying Illinois insurers can’t protect their rates from lawsuits, because their rates are not controlled by the Illinois Department of Insurance.
Expert testimony not needed to use car damage pics to counter personal injury claims: IL Supreme Court
Photos of damage to cars that have been involved in a crash, even without accompanying expert analysis, can be used at trial to combat a personal injury claim brought by one of the people involved in the crash, Illinois’ highest state court has ruled.
IL Supreme Court: Ex-wife can't use past temp injunction to stop husband's sons from getting his IRA
The Illinois Supreme Court says a man had the right to name his children the rightful heirs of his retirement funds, even though his ex-wife contended a court order in place during divorce proceedings should have prevented it.
Man beaten on E. St. Louis train platform's stairs can sue transit agency; No tort immunity: Appeals panel
A downstate appeals court determined a St. Louis area transit agency can’t shield itself from a lawsuit brought by a man who was beaten on a train platform’s staircase on his way to board a train.
Court: 'Poorly written' policy means State Farm on hook for $4M for 'stacked' fleet vehicle coverage
A state appeals court has ruled a man injured in a car accident could claim up to $4 million in underinsured motorist coverage under his employer's policy, rather than $250,000, because his employer maintained a fleet of 16 vehicles, and the total policy should include the full fleet, not just one car at a time, because the policy was "poorly written" and "ambiguous."
The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld an appellate court’s ruling that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to fire an Illinois Prisoner Review Board member, for alleged discrepancies in financial documents, can’t be undone by the courts.
Appeals court made right call in shipping pelvic mesh case from St. Clair Co. to Maryland, lawyer says
A state appeals court's recent decision to ship off to Maryland a lawsuit over allegedly defective pelvic mesh may boost hopes of businesses trying to stave off forum shopping by out-of-state plaintiffs seeking a friendly venue in which to air their claims.
Appeals panel: ILRB must hear union's claims over threat to stick strikers with health insurance bill
For the second time in three days, a state appeals court in Southern Illinois has handed a win to a labor union representing state workers in disputes with a state agency that answers to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, this time finding a state labor board must hold hearings on whether the state improperly threatened to make striking workers pay the full cost of their health insurance.