Illinois First District Appellate Court News

Man sent to 'debtors' prison' for not paying wife's legal bills in divorce case asks appeals court to step in

By Dan Churney | Feb 19, 2019

A Chicago real estate developer has asked a state appeals court to step in after a Cook County judge sent him to veritable debtors’ prison for not establishing a fund to pay legal fees for him and his wife in their divorce case.

Appellate court: Chicago fire pension board wrong to deny disability pension to paramedic with PTSD

By D.M. Herra | Feb 12, 2019

A state appeals court has ordered a Chicago firefighters' pension board to award a paramedic a duty disability pension equal to 75 percent of her salary after a little over five years on the job, because they said the board ignored evidence the paramedic had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Contentious Del Galdo divorce case leads to court fight over Cicero town attorney's funding, political ties

By Dan Churney | Feb 4, 2019

A contentious divorce case involving a lawyer who represents the town of Cicero and a host of other local governments in Chicago’s suburbs has produced a pitched courtroom battle over his estranged wife’s efforts to reveal who pays him, how much he earns and the depth of his purported links to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other prominent Democratic lawmakers, and other influential figures in Illinois government.

Class action: Chicago should pay up for red-light camera tickets from 2003-2010, too, not just 2010-2015

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 30, 2019

Less than a year since Chicago City Hall inked a settlement to end a class action over defective red-light and speeding camera ticket notices sent from 2010-2015, a new class action has landed in Cook County court demanding the city be made to pay out for similar notices delivered to others who got red light camera tickets in earlier years.

IL Supreme Court: Court order tops FOIA in dispute over Daley grand jury materials

By Dana Herra | Jan 30, 2019

In finding a government watchdog group can’t get access to grand jury materials involving former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in the manslaughter case against the mayor’s nephew, the Illinois Supreme Court has declared a court order to seal grand jury documents will trump the state’s Freedom of Information Act.

Northern League whiff in suit vs lawyers over league exit fees may help settle key 'transactional question'

By Gabriel Neves | Jan 28, 2019

A state appeals court's decision in the legal action brought by a defunct minor league baseball league against its former lawyers may help to settle a so-called "transactional question" at the heart of certain legal malpractice cases, an attorney who represented the lawyers said.

IL appeals court: No need to show FedEx harmed anyone to press class action over card digits on receipt

By D.M. Herra | Jan 28, 2019

A state appellate panel says a woman doesn’t need to show she or anyone else was actually harmed when too many of her credit card numbers were printed on a receipt, and will allow her class action lawsuit against FedEx to resume.

IL Supreme Court: No actual harm needed to sue businesses for scanning fingerprints, other biometric IDs

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 25, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court says an Illinois privacy law doesn’t require plaintiffs to prove they were actually harmed before suing businesses and others who scan and store their fingerprints or other so-called biometric identifiers. And the decision will give a green light to dozens of class action lawsuits already pending against businesses of all sizes in the state’s courts, with even more likely to follow.

Chicago Heights wins new chance to sue insurers to cover settlement for man exonerated of murder charge

By D.M. Herra | Jan 23, 2019

Chicago Heights has another chance at getting a pair of insurance companies to foot the bill for a portion of a settlement to a man who was wrongfully convicted of a 1993 murder.

Appeals panel: Northern League can't sue ex-lawyers for lost 'exit fees' from departed teams

By Scott Holland | Jan 18, 2019

A state appeals panel said a defunct minor league baseball league doesn’t get another chance to sue its former lawyers for mishandling an attempt to collect exit fees from teams departing the league.

Construction Systems strikes out on malpractice claim vs Thompson Coburn over $1.3M condo project lien

By Scott Holland | Jan 17, 2019

A state appeals panel has determined a Cook County judge was right to end a legal malpractice claim in which a construction company said its lawyers caused them to lose $1 million by not perfecting their lien on a Chicago condominium development.

Appeals panel: Palos developer's heirs waited too long to sue Kovitz, FGMK for helping siblings' alleged scheme

By D.M. Herra | Jan 17, 2019

An Illinois appellate court found seven siblings involved in an intense family dispute over their mother’s estate are time barred from suing accountants and attorneys they claim helped to deny them their millions of dollars.

Appeals panel: Northwest Community Hospital worker hurt using elliptical can't both get workers' comp and sue

By Gabriel Neves | Jan 16, 2019

A state appeals panel says a former hospital employee who injured her arm while using workout equipment can't collect both on her workers' comp claim and press a personal injury lawsuit against her employer.

Bandas offers 'unconditional surrender' in fight with Edelson over 'professional' class action objections

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 15, 2019

In the wake of a judge’s order allowing a prominent Chicago class action law firm to dig deeper into the practices Texas-based Bandas Law Firm P.C., which stands accused of acting as “professional” class action settlement objectors, Bandas has offered what it calls “unconditional surrender” in the years-long multi-jurisdictional court fight.

Appeals panel: Woman wasn't harmed by credit card digits on receipt, can't sue Costco

By John Breslin | Jan 15, 2019

A Costco customer has failed in her appeal against a lower court's decision dismissing her claim for damages after a warehouse club allegedly printed more than the five digits of her credit card number on a receipt.

Appeals panel: Woman can't sue Chicago Food 4 Less, snow removal crew, for icy slip-and-fall

By John Sammon | Jan 4, 2019

A woman who said she broke her ankle when she slipped and fell on ice in the parking lot of a Chicago Food 4 Less store can't sue the store or the company hired to clear ice and snow from the lot, a state appeals court has ruled.

Appeals panel: Public workers' civil rights not violated by pension reform try; lawyers can't collect $1M fees

By Scott Holland | Jan 3, 2019

Lawyers can’t collect nearly $1 million in fees from the state for representing public workers suing over state attempts to reform public worker pensions, a state appeals court has ruled.

Subcontactors can't be sued directly by homeowners for building defects: IL Supreme Court

By Dan Churney | Jan 2, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed Cook County and appellate court rulings in a lawsuit over allegedly defective condominium buildings in Evanston, saying condo unit owners cannot sue subcontractors who built the condos, because there were no contracts between the two groups.

Wisconsin Central RR blocked by FELA from countersuing employees it blames for train accident: Appeals panel

By John Sammon | Dec 28, 2018

A railroad company should not be allowed to countersue two workers who it blames for a train-on-train collision, because such a countersuit would serve to interfere with those workers' rights to sue the railroad for their injuries, a state appeals court has ruled.

Man hasn't proven North Park school board, others, conspired to force home sale, demolition: Appeals panel

By D.M. Herra | Dec 28, 2018

A Chicago man simply didn’t have the evidence to back up his claims a local elementary school and school board conspired against him to force him to sell the school a parcel of land, a state appeals panel has ruled.

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