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Appeals panel: Attorney's 'fraud' means business owners can't sue ex-lawyers for malpractice

David Hutton Oct. 13, 2017, 5:12pm

For a second time, the Illinois First District Appellate Court has heard an appeal in an ongoing legal malpractice lawsuit. And this time, justices agreed the plaintiffs' lawyer's alleged mishandling of the case should cost them the chance to proceed against the lawyers they blamed for costing them the chance to sue their ex-lawyers for allegedly exposing them to penalties under state regulatory actions.

Illinois appeals court: Chicago can’t bill Fannie Mae for demolition of Englewood building

John Sammon Oct. 9, 2017, 7:00am

A state appeals court has denited the city of Chicago's bid to charge federal mortgage lender Fannie Mae for the cost of demolishing a South Side building the lending company did not own when it was torn down.

Appeals panel: North Riverside can't just end CBA to privatize fire department, save big pension bucks

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 4, 2017, 6:21pm

The village of North Riverside has suffered yet another loss in court in its attempt to get out from under what it has called a financial crisis, as a state appeals court has upheld a state labor board’s determination the village could not use that purported crisis as an excuse to avoid a demand by its firefighters’ union to submit to arbitration a dispute over the village’s attempt to privatize fire protection services to save $700,000 per year and offload its pension obligations.

Appellate court confirms insurer's right to rescind auto policy over misrepresentations by the insured

Sara McCleary Sep. 28, 2017, 5:15pm

A panel of Illinois appellate judges has reversed a circuit court’s ruling, finding an insurance company was within its rights to rescind an insurance policy when it learned of misrepresentations in the policyholder's application, even though it had already allowed the insured to open an accident claim under the policy.

Appeals panel slashes $2.6M jury award to fired Dominick's worker, says excessive, violates due process

Scott Holland Sep. 27, 2017, 6:24pm

A state appeals court has slashed a $2.6 million jury award given to a former Dominick’s Finer Foods employee in a wrongful termination suit, saying the jury award was excessive and violated the due process rights of Dominick's corporate parent.

Court: Advocate hospital's self-insured trust documents are not exempt from discovery in med mal case

DM Herra Sep. 22, 2017, 5:26pm

A state appellate court has ruled a self-insured health care organization must produce insurance documents it says are confidential as part of discovery in a medical malpractice suit.

IL Supreme Court: Lawyers can be sued for 'reverse redlining,' but A/G overstretched discrimination case

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 22, 2017, 4:24pm

Lawyers and other professionals who don’t make home loans could yet be eligible under the law to get nailed with state legal actions alleging housing discrimination, the Illinois Supreme Court said. But Illinois’ Attorney General may have stretched the law a bit too far in attempting to bring such discrimination charges against a pair accused of preying on vulnerable racial minority homeowners, who were seeking loan modifications to escape their underwater home loans, the high court said.

Woman fails to convince court that Lollapalooza's promoters responsible for her broken ankle

Charmaine Little Sep. 18, 2017, 6:12pm

A state appeals panel says a woman can't press her claims a promoter for the Lollapalooza music festival is to blame for a broken ankle she suffered at the event in Chicago six years ago.

Appeals court: Taiwanese bike maker must face lawsuit from IL cyclist whose bike broke as she rode it

DM Herra Sep. 12, 2017, 11:17pm

A state appellate court was not convinced by a Taiwanese bicycle manufacturer’s argument that its ties to Illinois are too weak to make it a defendant in a lawsuit brought by a woman who said she was injured when her bike fell apart as she rode it in a long-distance cycling event.

Appeals court agrees case vs JCPenney over injury at McHenry store has no business in Cook courts

Dee Thompson Sep. 7, 2017, 11:34pm

An Illinois appellate court has upheld a Cook County judge's decision to transfer to McHenry County court a case filed by a McHenry County woman whose toddler was allegedly injured in a McHenry County J.C. Penney store.

Hospital vicarious liability; wrongful death claims past repose; Lakefront Trail liability on IL Sup Ct Sept call

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 5, 2017, 5:24pm

In September, the Illinois Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in 16 cases, including to resolve questions of whether hospitals can be held liable for malpractice at other clinics; whether plaintiffs can add wrongful death claims to medical negligence lawsuits outside the statute of repose; and whether the Chicago Park District can be sued by a bicyclist who fell over a crack in the Lakefront Trail.

IL appeals panel: Cook judge wrong to let woman who lost at trial get new chance to sue Tinley roller rink

Scott Holland Sep. 4, 2017, 12:00pm

A state appeals court said a lower court judge was wrong to allow a woman to win a new trial in a lawsuit targeting a Tinley Park roller rink.

Illinois appeals court: Plainfield schools could layoff female campus monitor to maintain gender balance

Russell Boniface Sep. 4, 2017, 9:00am

A state appeals court has upheld findings by the Illinois Human Rights Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights that a Plainfield school district didn't discriminate against a fired female campus monitor.

Illinois appeals court dismisses doctor's claims lawyers' missteps cost him medical license

Glenn Minnis Sep. 2, 2017, 5:00am

An Illinois appeals court has dismissed a legal malpractice suit, saying a doctor waited too long to accuse two law firms of costing him his medical license and of waiting too long to seek compensatory damages on his behalf.

Appeals court: CTA workers union may have been too late in bringing labor case over Ventra rollout

DM Herra Sep. 1, 2017, 4:08pm

A state appeals court has reversed itself, directing the Illinois Labor Relations Board to take yet another look at a 2013 unfair labor practice case brought by a union against the Chicago Transit Authority over its handling of the rollout of the Ventra fare payment system.

Appeals court: Ex-rail worker can keep $21M judgment for foot severely injured in accident on job

Scott Holland Aug. 30, 2017, 12:15am

A state appeals court has upheld a $21 million judgment for a railroad worker who hurt his foot on the job.

Illinois appeals court upholds $897,000 verdict against Express Cab Dispatch

Todd Barnett Aug. 25, 2017, 5:00am

An Illinois appeals court has upheld Cook County jury's verdict awarding $897,740 in damages to a woman struck by an Express Cab Dispatch driver with a checkered driving record.

Lakeshore Athletic Club owes $33K in sanctions for 3rd try at failed lawsuit over investor's foreclosure buy

Todd Barnett Aug. 21, 2017, 5:10pm

A state appeals court has affirmed a trial court’s dismissal of a third amended complaint filed by the former operators of one of Chicago's biggest and most prestigious health clubs, and ordered them to pay more than $33,000 in sanctions in the case they brought against the businessman who now owns the club and who they accused of allegedly using inside knowledge to work around an agreement and buy the club when it fell into foreclosure.

Connect with ex-coworkers on LinkedIn, run risk of lawsuit from jilted ex-employer

Olivia Olsen Aug. 18, 2017, 5:00am

Employees who keep in touch with their former co-workers on social media may want to review copies of their employment contracts to make sure they don't risk getting sued for violating a "non-compete" clause, even if they never directly seek to poach talent to join them in their new venture or come to work for their new employer.

Confidential deal between suburban hotel partners is void, because it sought to conceal alleged bank fraud

Dan Churney Aug. 7, 2017, 5:50pm

Confidential deal between suburban hotel partners is void, because it sought to conceal alleged bank fraud