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IL Supreme Court calls for fix of rules apportioning blame in multi-car crashes; could leave defendants 'holding bag'

Illinois’ highest state court has upheld a Chicago appeals panel and a Cook County judge's rulings that a defendant in a car crash suit had no basis to contest his codefendant's settlement with the plaintiff under Illinois law, because there was no evidence of fraud, despite concerns the ruling could leave less culpable co-defendants “holding the bag” at trial.

High court upholds seizure of woman’s Harley; Karmeier dissent: ‘In the eyes of the law, she was guilty of nothing’

Madison County Record

SPRINGFIELD – Police properly seized a three wheel Harley-Davidson vehicle from a woman who committed no crime, the Illinois Supreme Court decided on Feb. 16.

Appeals court pauses judge's order forcing Cook courts clerk to let public immediately access lawsuits

A federal appeals court in Chicago has slapped a hold on a federal judge’s order to force Cook County’s courts clerk to begin providing the press and public immediate access to publicly filed court documents, at least until the appellate judges can rule on the court clerk’s claims that the federal judge had no business issuing the order, on the grounds of protecting the public’s First Amendment rights to public information.

Cook Courts Clerk appeal: Federal judge wrongly stepped into dispute over public access to court files

Moments after a Chicago federal judge chided her for creating a system designed to take an “end-run” around the First Amendment’s guarantee of public access to public information, the clerk of Cook County’s courts has asked a federal appeals court to put a hold on the judge's order and further remove the matter from the judge’s consideration entirely.

Judge: Public access to court documents not a 'frill' of court system; denies court clerk's request for delay

Saying public access to publicly-filed legal documents is not “some sort of frill” feature of a modern court system, a Chicago federal judge has denied a request from the Cook County court clerk’s office for more time to comply with the judge’s order to begin providing immediate access to all electronically filed lawsuits filed in her office.

Herndon denies summary judgment to State Farm in $9 billion RICO case

Madison County Record

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon on Feb. 6 denied summary judgment to State Farm on a $9 billion racketeering claim.

Recent ruling could hamper plaintiffs from looping hospitals into medmal claims vs independent doctors

The Illinois Supreme Court's recent decision to not hold Northwestern Memorial Hospital vicariously liable for alleged malpractice committed by doctors from an independent clinic could have far-reaching implications for hospitals in the state, making it harder for trial lawyers to loop hospitals into some medical malpractice lawsuits.

Cook Courts Clerk asks IL Supreme Court for relief from 'dilemma' over public access to lawsuits

As she prepares to make her case to a federal appeals panel, the clerk of the Cook County Circuit Court is also awaiting an intervention from Illinois’ highest state court on her request for relief from state court rules she argues preclude her from abiding by a federal judge’s order to make publicly filed lawsuits immediately available to the press and the public.

Cook Circuit Clerk appeals ruling ordering her to provide immediate public access to e-filed lawsuits

With just days to spare before her office would need to comply with a federal judge’s order to begin providing the public and the press immediate access to electronically filed lawsuits, the clerk of Cook County’s courts has appealed the ruling.

National frat off hook for NIU pledge's alcohol hazing death, but chapter can be sued: IL Supreme Court

A local fraternity chapter and certain women from a different sorority at Northern Illinois University can be held liable for a pledge’s 2012 alcohol-related death amid hazing during an initiation ritual, but the national organizations can’t be held responsible for the “criminal conduct” of the NIU chapter and its officers, the Illinois State Supreme Court has ruled.

Six Flags case could clarify requirements for biometric claims used in class actions

Legal Newsline

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case could have bearing on Illinois' one-of-a-kind biometric privacy law after an appeals court ruled last month the plaintiff alleged no actual harm, an attorney who defends businesses against such cases said during a recent interview.

IL Supreme Court disbars three lawyers, suspends five others in January discipline orders

A lawyer who was accused of mishandling about $700,000 in client funds has been disbarred, along with two others, according to the latest round of attorney disciplinary actions announced by the Illinois Supreme Court. The state high court also suspended five lawyers, including a lawyer accused of representing the city of Berwyn when she was not properly registered with the court to practice law.

IL high court says Chicago Park District off the hook for bicyclist's injuries on Lakefront Trail

The Illinois Supreme Court has tossed an appellate court decision in a suit, which claimed the Chicago Park District was liable for a bicyclist's injury on the city's Lakefront Trail, saying a Cook County judge was right to declare the district immune from liability, because the trail is a recreational pathway.

Divided IL Supreme Court rejects try to hold Northwestern Memorial liable for clinic doctors' actions

A majority of the state’s highest court has rejected a woman’s attempt to hold Northwestern Memorial Hospital responsible for alleged mistakes made by medical professionals employed by a federally funded health clinic which led to the premature birth of her child, saying the case asks the court to expand Illinois case law on the question of so-called “vicarious liability” for hospitals.

IL Supreme Court gives Cook County six more months to complete case e-filing transition work

Cook County's courts have been given an additional six months to bring their civil case filing systems into alignment with a statewide electronic case filing system required by the Illinois Supreme Court, despite comments from Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown just weeks earlier they would be ready to meet a Jan. 1 deadline.

Government success rate before Illinois Supreme Court has shifted since 2004 in certain kinds of cases

While the government may seem invincible in court fights, its success rate in certain kinds of cases before the state's appellate courts and Supreme Court are firmly mixed, according to an analysis reported by attorney Kirk Jenkins of Sedgwick LLP.

Jury slaps down bankruptcy lawyer Geraci's demand for millions from ex-employee accused of software theft

One of the country’s most prominent bankruptcy lawyers has lost a round in court over claims a former employee stole his firm’s software in support of a rival bankruptcy law practice.

IL Supreme Court: Citibank has no claim on sales tax refunds from bad auto loans

The Illinois Supreme Court has upended Cook County and appellate rulings, saying Citibank has no claim to $1.6 million in state sales taxes paid through defaulted auto loans, because such tax refunds should go to the auto dealer, not the lender.

IL Supreme Court: Judges can't force lawyers to cough up fees earned in divorce cases, other litigation

Saying to find otherwise could lead to “absurd” and “inconvenient” problems for lawyers, Illinois’ state Supreme Court said a judge was wrong to order one lawyer to essentially pay another lawyer out of her fees earned representing one of the spouses in a divorce proceeding.

Illinois Courts Commission 'retires' Cook Co. judge who suffers from Alzheimer's, let ex-clerk hear cases

Illinois’ state judicial oversight commission has permanently removed from the bench a Cook County judge who has asserted she has Alzheimer’s disease, which contributed to her decision to allow a fomer law clerk who was running for a judgeship, but who had not yet been elected, to preside as if she was a judge over cases from the bench in her courtroom.