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Appeals panel: 'Jurisdiction by necessity' not enough to keep GE on asbestos lawsuit in Illinois

A state appeals panel said jurisdictional issues should have allowed General Electric to be dismissed from a personal injury complaint involving asbestos exposure.

Appeals panel reverses decision to toss ex-Malcolm X College admin's retaliatory firing suit

Saying they believed a fired Malcolm X College administrator had demonstrated he was fired for reporting actions which "defrauded ... the taxpayer," an Illinois appellate panel has reversed a lower court’s decision to dismiss a retaliatory discharge suit over claims he was fired after raising concerns about the school allegedly hiring unqualified professors.

Charles Freeman, first African-American IL Sup Ct justice, retires; Appellate justice Neville appointed to replace

After nearly three decades on Illinois’ high court, Justice Charles Freeman, the first black justice to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court and a former chief justice of the court, has retired. Illinois First District Appellate Court P. Scott Neville has been appointed to serve the remainder of Freeman's term through 2020.

Appeals court: CTA must negotiate with union before imposing rules to prevent repeat of O'Hare Blue Line derailment

A state appeals court has upheld a ruling forbidding the Chicago Transit Authority from unilaterally imposing new work rules without first negotiating with its workers’ union, even if the new rules are intended to protect public safety – such as rules the CTA implemented to prevent another train derailment similar to the one that resulted in an L train climbing an escalator at O’Hare International Airport.

Illinois appeals court says Chicago Board of Education not liable for off-campus attack

An Illinois appellate panel has ruled that the Chicago Board of Education is immune from a lawsuit involving a high school student who allegedly was attacked by another student off campus, according to a decision filed on April 24 in the Illinois First District Appellate Court.

First Mercury Insurance doesn't have to cover private investigator accused of helping frame man for murder

A Chicago appeals panel has ruled an insurance company doesn't have to pay to defend a private investigator associated with Northwestern University’s Innocence Project in a lawsuit brought by Alstory Simon, who claimed the investigator forced him to falsely admit he killed two teenagers in 1982.

Illinois appeals panel: Medical providers can't recover interest from employers who pay WC medical bills late

An Illinois appellate court has decided a health care provider is not entitled to recover interest from employers when they don’t pay worker compensation medical bills on time. Further, the court said such disputes actually may not belong in the courts, at all, but rather with the state's Workers Compensation Commission.

Appeals panel lets woman renew lawsuit vs hotel whose security guard allegedly raped her in her room

A state appeals panel will allow a woman and her husband to resume their lawsuit against the owners of a Skokie hotel where they say a security guard raped the woman.

Appeals court says no proof Chicago cops blocked exit door in deadly 2003 E2 nightclub stampede

An Illinois appeals panel has upheld a Cook County judge's ruling, which cleared Chicago police of causing the deaths of patrons by preventing them from leaving the E2 nightclub in Chicago during a stampede there in 2003 that took 21 lives and injured more than 50.

Regulatory immunity no shield for Options Clearing Corp from accusations some investors got tips on price movement

The organization known as the world's largest equity derivative clearinghouse must yet face a lawsuit accusing it of tipping off certain investors to changes in the price of certain options, as a state appeals panel says such private admissions undermine the protections it might otherwise enjoy under regulatory immunity.

IL Supreme Court strikes appellate order requiring comptroller to release hold on city of Harvey's funds

The financially-troubled city of Harvey again has been denied access to more than $1 million in its share of state money it says it needs to pay its current police officers, firefighters and other city employees, but which the board overseeing its retired police officers’ pension fund says state law requires the state to pay to them.

Appeals panel: Lawsuit over pedestrian accident in Kane County belongs in Kane courts, not Cook

A case involving a Kane County woman who allegedly was struck by a vehicle driven by a Redbox employee in Kane County is headed to circuit court in that county after a state appeals court affirmed a lower court's decision to change the venue from Cook County.

State tax inquiry not 'adversarial' enough to thwart lawsuit vs Best Buy over unpaid sales taxes: Appeal panel

Retail chain Best Buy can’t use an Illinois state investigation of its sales practices to sidestep a lawsuit brought by the owners of a Schaumburg Maytag appliance store, ostensibly on behalf of the state, accusing Best Buy, among other retailers, of sales tax fraud by misclassifying certain appliance sales as construction installations, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Appeals court: Comptroller can't embargo over $1M from cash-strapped Harvey at pension fund's request

A state appeals court has, for now, ordered Illinois’ state comptroller to release its hold on more than $1 million in Illinois tax disbursements the financially troubled city of Harvey says it needs to meet its payroll, including paychecks for its police and firefighters, but which the state says it is required to seize and steer to retired Harvey municipal workers.

Lawyer: IL appeals ruling gives plaintiffs' bar another 'arrow' to wrest deals from dismissed defendants

An Illinois state appeals court's recent decision will give plaintiffs' lawyers "another arrow in their quiver" to keep previously dismissed defendants and marginal parties roped into litigation, in the hope of securing a settlement payment, an attorney said.

Judge again sinks Brunswick's bid to undo $25M deal with lawyer who used jury note to avoid loss at trial

A Chicago federal judge has again turned aside an attempt by boatmaker Brunswick to undo a $25 million personal injury settlement the company says was obtained through fraud, as a federal judge said the company has failed again to lay claim to a protected interest violated by a rival lawyer’s decision to allegedly withhold information about a jury note moments before a verdict would have delivered a win to Brunswick.

Federal appeals panel echoes state court: No right to vote for elected Chicago school board

Echoing a state appeals court’s ruling, a federal appellate panel says the right to vote doesn’t entitle Chicago voters to the right to vote for the members of the Chicago school board.

IL appeals panel says Jewel-Osco didn't have duty to help man fighting with thief who stole wife's purse

A state appeals panel has determined Jewel-Osco had no duty to keep a man from being injured as he attempted to stop a woman from stealing his wife's purse in a Chicago store.

Appeals panel: Fired worker's 'last chance agreement' lets Cook County sidestep arbitration over termination

A labor grievance against Cook County won’t avoid its day in court after a state appeals panel said a “Last Chance Agreement” between the county and a fired worker allows the county to sidestep a union collective bargaining agreement, and thus nixes the union’s attempt to send the matter to arbitration.

Appeals court: Chicagoans don't have constitutional right to school board elections

Chicago residents could have the right to vote in a school board election. But under Illinois’ state constitution, Chicago residents do not necessarily have the right to a school board election, a state appeals court has ruled.