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Appeals court: Insurer not required to defend contractor vs sub's injury claim, despite sub agreement
An Illinois appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling that an insurance company is not required to defend a contractor from legal action taken against it by an injured construction worker, despite an agreement between the contractor and subcontractor declaring the sub would acquire such coverage.
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.
Appeals court: Ballot access rules not intended to produce 'absurdity;' Drury can remain on A/G ballot
Declaring they did not believe state lawmakers intended for candidates to be removed from the ballot over “absurdity,” a state appeals court has ruled Illinois attorney general candidate Scott Drury should remain on the Democratic primary ballot, despite an attempt to have him removed over his alleged failure to file a new economic interest statement when he switched to pursuing election as the state’s top law enforcement officer.
Saying state law designates Chicago’s red light and speed camera enforcement programs as something different from ordinary traffic laws, a state appeals court has again handed a defeat to a class action attempting to overthrow the city’s automated traffic citation program, which annually adds millions of dollars in fines from ticketed motorists to the city’s coffers.
Appeals court: DesPlaines cop who hurt knee checking overweight truck OK for lifetime city health insurance
In a 2-1 decision, a state appeals panel upheld a Cook County judge's decision a former DesPlaines police officer, disabled on the job while inspecting an illegally overweight truck, deserves city health insurance for life because he was injured as the “result of an unlawful act” – the overweight truck.
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.
A panel of state appeals justices will allow the Cook County Circuit Clerk’s office to be sued for allegedly illegally making litigants pay fees to file certain types of motions, saying the clerk can’t argue their payment signaled their assent to the fees, as failure to pay the fees would have locked them out of the ability to challenge the orders pending against them in court.
Appeals panel: Lawyer who defended Wheatland Bank officers can't force bank's insurer to pay $113K in fees
A state appeals court has again turned aside an attempt by an attorney who represented two top officers at a failed bank to stick the bank's insurance company with a six-figure legal services bill, saying a trial judge was correct to side with the insurer, who argued the stiffed lawyer should have been suing the bank officers he represented.
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.
Insurer can treat thousands of asbestos claims vs manufacturer as single insurable occurrence, appeals court says
A state appeals panel has come down on the side of insurers in an ongoing legal dispute with a manufacturer over the question of whether thousands of asbestos exposure-related lawsuits arising from the same company's products should be treated as a single "occurrence" or multiple occurrences for the purposes of determining how much the insurer would be obligated to pay.