Recent News About Illinois Supreme Court
- State Court
IL Supreme Court: Company chose wrong legal vehicle to challenge state underinsured motorist insurance rules
The Illinois Supreme Court has detoured a company's challenge to a state law requiring certain passenger transport companies to carry certain amounts of underinsured motorist coverage, as the high court justices said the company, which is being sued in a personal injury case citing that law, chose the wrong legal vehicle to make its arguments.
- State Court
IL Supreme Court: Buyers of defective RV not required to allow dealer to fix it before demanding refund
Illinois' highest court has handed a win to a couple who purchased a lemon of a motor home and demanded a refund.
- Hot Topics
'Political questions': Judges duck thorny IL constitutional issues, but how much free rein should IL pols have?
Judges in Illinois have allowed the state government and Cook County avoid challenges to their spending power under the state constitution. But should they have?
- Campaigns & Elections
Anne Burke, wife of indicted Chicago alderman, selected next chief justice of Illinois Supreme Court
Anne Burke, an Illinois Supreme Court justice who has served on the court since 2006, and the wife of indicted Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, has been selected by her fellow justices to serve as the new chief justice of the state’s high court.
- Federal Court
Facebook will need to face a class action under Illinois’ biometrics privacy law for its face-tagging technology, as a federal appeals court in California rejected both the social media giant’s attempt to argue the plaintiffs couldn’t prove they were actually harmed by the program, and Facebook’s contention a class action would dissolve into a pool of “mini-trials” over individual Illinois residents’ claims.
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Supreme Court ruled a woman cannot sue the court-appointed guardian ad litem she alleges did not protect her assets when she was a minor. In its opinion, the court included a plea to the General Assembly to clarify the meaning of guardian ad litem and ensure it is used consistently across statutes.
Illinois Supreme Court says state board can decide not to monitor groundwater for contamination from 'clean fill'
A divided Illinois Supreme Court sided with the Pollution Control Board in a dispute over the board’s rules for disposing of “clean fill,” despite arguments from the state and Will County that the rules do not do enough to protect groundwater.
ARDC accuses Chicago lawyer Mark McNabola of dishonesty, wrongly using jury note to turn trial loss into $25M settlement
State officials are seeking action against Chicago lawyer Mark McNabola, who allegedly engaged in various acts of misconduct, including allegedly wrongfully withholding information in court to clinch a $25 million settlement in a personal injury lawsuit.
Illinois Supreme Court: Lawyers representing themselves vs 'frivolous' suits, entitled to 'fees' for time lost
The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that plaintiffs who press frivolous suits against lawyers representing themselves, can be made to pay the lawyer for time lost to his or her practice in defending against the suit.
IL Supreme Court: Withdrawal, refiling medmal lawsuit vs hospital OK, even if may be attempt to sidestep judge's order
The Illinois Supreme Court says a man can continue his 10-year-long legal battle against a Decatur hospital, even though the hospital claimed his decision to voluntarily dismiss his suit amounted to a procedural tactic to sidestep a judge's order regarding a witness.
IL Supreme Court suspends Brodsky; Commission complained he revealed 'confidential' lawsuit funding deal, accused opponent of 'extortion'
Joel Brodsky, an attorney best known for leading the defense of Drew Peterson, has been suspended from practicing law in Illinois, after a state disciplinary agency accused him of ethical violations, including using a lawsuit to reveal a third-party litigation financing arrangement in a multi-million dollar patent infringement lawsuit over soup can containers.
IL Supreme Court douses class action vs Walgreens for charging Chicago bottled water tax on more than bottled water
llinois’ highest state court has bottled up a class action vs Walgreens, as justices said a man can’t claim the retail pharmacy chain defrauded him by charging Chicago's bottled water tax on his Perrier and LaCroix.
IL discipline board: Disbar lawyer who accused others of abuse, malpractice to control lawsuit vs Greyhound over mother's death
Panel says lawyer should be disbarred because he created a "tangled web" of accusations and frivolous lawsuits to gain control of the wrongful death lawsuit that followed the death of a mother who was crushed by a Greyhound bus in Colorado.
Attorneys take aim at new work comp law, allowing workers to sue in court and press work comp claims
Criticism, often biting, is following the signing into law of what is being described as a deeply flawed change that will allow workers to sue outside the workers' compensation system.
A state appeals panel breathed new life into a lawsuit suburban homeowners brought against municipalities, claiming they should be held liable for allowing Advocate Lutheran General Hospital to discharge stormwater they say has flooded their properties.
A disbarred Chicago lawyer is alleging the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission acted fraudulently, in recommending the Illinois Supreme Court yank his law license for allegedly taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in unwarranted fees from the estate of an elderly woman he represented, claiming the ARDC knew he deserved the money.
Chicago Ald. Burke indicted over alleged shakedowns to benefit property tax law firm Klafter & Burke
Federal prosecutors have added more charges against Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, accusing the once-powerful Chicago alderman of attempting to use his position as then-chairman of the city’s Finance Committee to push the developer of the Old Post Office redevelopment project to sign on as a client at Burke’s property tax appeal law firm.
IL Supreme Court disbars 8 attorneys, including ex-lawyer who tried to hire man to kill ex-wife; suspends 11
A former Homer Glen attorney who was convicted of trying to hire someone to murder his ex-wife is among a group of eight lawyers disbarred in May by the Illinois Supreme Court. The state high court also suspended 11 other Illinois lawyers, including a downstate lawyer who falsified his home address to seek election as a circuit judge.
The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled a church in suburban Dundee and its pastor can be liable for a youth minister's sexual assault of a teenage church member, finding the girl and her parents made a plausible case the church and its pastor could have headed off the assault by acting on signs the minister was allegedly a pedophile.
IL Supreme Court: IL law doesn't force City Colleges to hire 'qualified' instructors; Whistleblower claim nixed
The Illinois Supreme Court has ended a whistleblower suit brought by a man who claimed the Chicago City Colleges wrongly fired him for allegedly trying to draw awareness to the colleges' hiring of unqualified instructors.