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Judge: Legal fight can continue over whether to build Obama Center in Jackson Park

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 19, 2019

While stressing the ruling has nothing to do with the question of which side will ultimately win the fight over whether the Obama Presidential Center will be built in Jackson Park, a federal judge will allow that fight to continue to play out in court.

Amicus briefs touting, opposing Obama Center Jackson Park plan stoke court fight

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 16, 2019

With the fate of the legal challenge to the Obama Presidential Center's Jackson Park proposal at stake, scholars and others have field briefs, either lauding the benefits of the museum plan, or arguing the project demands more scrutiny, particularly given the cozy relationship between Obama and Chicago city officials, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Ex-U of Chicago student lawsuit: School discriminated, denied him chance to defend vs 'false' rape claims

By Dan Churney | Dec 21, 2018

A male former University of Chicago student is suing the school and a female student, saying his life was “shattered” a few days before he was to graduate last June, when the school, in an alleged act of gender discrimination, expelled him, over a rape accusation he says is false.

Trump's NLRB may undo rule giving grad students right to unionize; unions taking different approach

By Karen Kidd | Apr 12, 2018

The Trump administration may push back—if it can—an Obama-era National Labor Relations Board decision that gave U.S. college and university graduate student workers the right to organize, which has been embraced by major unions.

Urban Education Institute, others allegedly let Woodlawn School security guard throw student to ground

By Louie Torres | Mar 1, 2018

A woman is suing Urban Education Institute, the University of Chicago Charter School Corporation, the University of Chicago, Allied Universal Security Service and a security guard at Woodlawn School for alleged negligence.

Male student OK'd to continue discrimination lawsuit vs U of Chicago over sex assault accusations

By Dan Churney | Sep 26, 2017

For now, a Chicago federal judge has permitted a onetime student's suit to proceed against the University of Chicago, saying, while the student must furnish a more full explanation, he has squeaked out a plausible case a school official encouraged retaliation against him for complaining about sexual assault allegations.

U of Chicago professor: IL Zero Emissions Credit Exelon bailout 'short-sighted,' despite challenge dismissal

By Kacie Whaley | Aug 7, 2017

Following the dismissal of lawsuits brought against the State of Illinois by power generators and electricity consumers who claimed the Future Energy Jobs Act deceptively supplies markets in favor of energy company Exelon, Steve Cicala, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, says the state's policy is short-sighted and will be problematic for taxpayers.

Budget won't pull IL out of financial straits; Residents can 'look forward' to more taxes, U of C prof says

By Kacie Whaley | Jul 24, 2017

Illinois ended its two-year budget hiatus earlier this month, but the state's financial plan still lacks the essentials needed to sustain it over the long term, according to a University of Chicago professor.

Man suing U of Chicago for 'anti-male' assault policies settles with female accuser, keeps suing school

By Scott Holland | Mar 3, 2017

A University of Chicago student suing the school over anti-male bias built into its sexual assault investigation system is continuing his lawsuit against the school, in which he is demanding $1.35 million, even though the school purportedly dropped its disciplinary action against him, and after he settled with a female student who allegedly triggered the disciplinary action by accusing him of sexual assault. 

University of Chicago Medical Center, doctor accused of negligence following spinal surgery

By Louie Torres | Jan 3, 2017

A father is suing Bakhtiar Yamini, M.D., and The University of Chicago Medical Center, alleging medical negligence.

Woman alleges arm had to be amputated after negligent shoulder surgery

By Louie Torres | Nov 21, 2016

A Cook County woman claims her left arm was amputated because of improper surgical procedures.

University of Chicago Medical Center accused of negligence in connection with patient death; case withdrawn by plaintiff

By Louie Torres | Nov 9, 2016

An administrator of a deceased man's estate has filed a wrongful death suit against the University of Chicago Medical Center, alleging negligence in medical care.

University of Chicago Medical Center accused of negligence in nutrition procedure; case settled

By Louie Torres | Sep 26, 2016

Two parents have filed a lawsuit alleging that their daughter did not receive proper nutrition while hospitalized.

Man blames University of Chicago Medical Center for fall through stairs

By Louie Torres | Sep 22, 2016

A man is suing the University of Chicago Medical Center, alleging that the hospital didn't provide enough warning of problems with an outdoor metal staircase, leading him to fall through and be injured while working at the site.

Male student says University of Chicago's sexual assault policies created 'hostile environment'

By Scott Holland | Aug 25, 2016

A University of Chicago student has sued the school, arguing its sexual assault investigation system has created a "hostile environment against males," which has violated his constitutional rights and potentially those of other male students. 

Terror attack victims will not be allowed to seize ancient Persian artifacts, will need to seek other remedy

By Deana Carpenter | Aug 4, 2016

In a rare case, a museum collection will not be used to satisfy a judgment against another nation - in this case, the country of Iran, which has been accused of having sponsored a 1997 terrorist attack in Jerusalem in which eight Americans were injured.

Class action: College apartment manager Peak Campus sent illegal spam ad texts

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 27, 2016

Atlanta, Ga.-based manager of college apartment buildings Peak Campus Management could face a nationwide class action, after an Illinois man accused the company of sending him and potentially thousands of others marketing text messages, allegedly in violation of a federal law governing how and when companies can contact potential customers on their mobile phones.

U.S. women's soccer players say they deserve equal pay to USMNT, and may have a case

By Taryn Phaneuf | Jul 23, 2016

Members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team are mounting a campaign on the field and under the law to secure pay equivalent to their male counterparts. And since the men's and women's players work for the same parent organization, the women may have a case, a local economics professor and former litigator said - and may make it harder for other female athletes to follow.

Woman blames hospital for injuries

By Louie Torres | Jul 21, 2016

CHICAGO — A patient is suing The University of Chicago Medical Center d/b/a The University of Chicago Medicine, a hospital, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries.

Nursing home blamed for woman's pressure ulcers

By Louie Torres | Jul 12, 2016

CHICAGO — An administrator of a deceased woman's estate is suing The University of Chicago Medical Center, d/b/a University of Chicago Hospital, and Symphony South Shore, LLC, d/b/a Symphony of South Shore and the Renaissance at South Shore, Inc., d/b/a Renaissance at South Shore, alleging negligence and insufficient measures  taken to prevent injuries.

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