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Appeals court: EEOC can keep investigating Union Pacific even after specific discrimination case tossed

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 18, 2017, 3:42pm

Federal employment discrimination regulators are not limited to pursuing their own discrimination investigations against employers, even after a case under which the agency launched an investigation is dismissed, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Machinist's claims work fumes caused cancer vs Union Pacific, Safety Kleen headed back to Cook court

Dee Thompson Jul. 21, 2017, 4:00am

A machinist’s case against Union Pacific, claiming the railroad should be made to pay for allegedly exposing him to toxic fumes and products at work, allegedly causing his renal cancer, has been sent back to Cook County court, after a federal judge determined the Federal Employees Liability Act doesn't let it pull out of state court.

IL Supreme Court: Worker can't collect from U.P. for injuries under federal law unless railroad at fault

Dan Churney Feb. 22, 2017, 3:12pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has derailed a Downstate appellate ruling, saying a railroad employee, who sued his employer under a federal liability law for injuries suffered in an accident, cannot collect damages from the railroad if a third party was completely at fault.

Worker can't sue Union Pacific for legs amputated in accident while scrapping RR bridge: IL Supreme Court

Scott Holland Oct. 22, 2016, 1:45am

The Illinois Supreme Court restored a ruling in favor of Union Pacific Railroad in a court fight with a worker, employed by a third-party contractor,whose legs were amputated while removing and scrapping an abandoned railroad bridge in Chicago, as the court’s majority said a state appeals court was wrong to overturn the ruling of a Cook County judge who found the railroad owed no duty in this case to the scrap contract worker. 

IL Supreme Court to tackle hospital property taxes, rights of protesters in Grant Park

Jonathan Bilyk May 25, 2016, 4:21pm

The Illinois Supreme Court will weigh in on the question of whether Illinois law can constitutionally exempt hospitals from paying property taxes, and whether the city of Chicago can use curfew laws to keep protesters out of Grant Park over night.

Man accuses UP, Metra of negligence after being hit by trains

Robert Hadley Feb. 2, 2016, 3:33pm

A Cook County man is suing Union Pacific Railroad and Metra, based on a claim that he was struck by two commuter trains that were allegedly speeding in hazardous conditions after a snowstorm last year.

Private at-will employees not shielded from termination for supporting unions, appeals panel says

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 23, 2015, 11:32am

Two men who supported an attempt to unionize an Illinois railroad company are not protected by the law from being fired for their support for organizing their coworkers, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Judge: Enough doubt over whether crossing gates worked to allow trial in death of man killed by Metra train in Des Plaines

Dana Herra Sep. 11, 2015, 9:08am

A federal judge has ruled a widow’s lawsuit against Union Pacific raises enough questions about the death of her husband in a collision with a commuter train that the case should proceed to trial.

Union Pacific Railroad Co. sued over claims of negligence following hand brake incident

Robbie Hargett Sep. 7, 2015, 9:43am

A locomotive engineer is suing Union Pacific Railroad Co. following injuries he allegedly sustained following a hand brake malfunction.

Man sues Metra, Union Pacific for wrongful death of wife

Kevin Shepke Aug. 6, 2015, 10:05am

A Cook County man is suing Metra and Union Pacific for the wrongful death of his wife, who died after she was struck by a commuter train.

Rail worker alleges workplace injuries

Dan Harkins Jun. 28, 2015, 6:25pm

A railroad worker is suing a major rail carrier, alleging injuries suffered while working in a local rail yard.

Railroad worker blames fall on employer, boots with cleats

Mark Reccek Jan. 23, 2015, 9:00am


Truck driver sues Union Pacific, others over fall at area rail yard

Mark Payne Dec. 11, 2014, 9:05am


Engineer sues Union Pacific Railroad Co. over slip and fall on floor

Annie Cosby Oct. 17, 2014, 8:47am


Welding crew supervisor slaps Union Pacific, Snelten Inc. with suit over foot injury

Annie Cosby Oct. 8, 2014, 10:30am

A Whiteside County man is suing over claims he was injured while supervising a track welding crew.

Wrongful death suit against Union Pacific heads back to state court; Seventh Circuit said it lacked jursidiction to hear appeal

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 12, 2014, 11:55am


Suit: Car operator who felt ill collapsed after waiting two hours for replacement

Matt Russell Jul. 8, 2014, 1:40pm


Union Pacific Railroad sued for negligence by employee

Joel Brakken Dec. 18, 2013, 3:03pm


Union Pacific Railroad Company sued after employee injured

Joel Brakken Dec. 6, 2013, 11:05am

A man is suing after he fell while performing his job duties.

Metra named as defendant in personal injury lawsuit

Thomas Kallies Nov. 19, 2013, 9:30am