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State appeals court: Insurer doesn't need to cover lawn service whose worker sprayed lawns with herbicide

Angela Underwood Nov. 6, 2017, 11:27pm

A state appeals panel has affirmed a lower court's decision to allow an insurance company to deny coverage to a flower and lawn care business whose employee accidentally destroyed several clients' lawns by spraying them with an herbicide instead of a fertilizer.

IL Sup. Ct. scolds appeals panel requesting clarification on human rights law; Dissent: Don't limit appeal rights

Dan Churney Oct. 27, 2017, 11:50am

A divided Illinois Supreme Court has overturned a split appellate decision, with the majority saying the appellate panel had no business referring a question about the Illinois Human Rights Act to the state high court, and dissenting justices said the ruling has the potential to limit appeal rights.

Suburban appeals panel tosses doctors' antitrust suit over scuttled NorthShore, Advocate merger

David Hutton Oct. 10, 2017, 6:14pm

A state appeals panel has upheld a Lake County judge's ruling dismissing a group of doctors' antitrust complaint over the scuttled merger between the NorthShore University and Advocate health systems.

Appellate court compels Edward Hospital to produce notes regarding infant's death, says not protected

Sara McCleary Sep. 21, 2017, 12:00pm

A state appeals panel has upheld a decision from a lower court ordering Edward Hospital, in Naperville, to produce documents related to the death of an infant.

IL high court: Atty fee-splitting deals valid even if don't include verbiage declaring 'joint responsibility'

Jonathan Bilyk May 18, 2017, 3:57pm

Lawyers in Illinois who benefit from clients sent their way under referral agreements with other lawyers will still need to pay the referring attorneys, even if the referral agreements don’t include language explicitly declaring the lawyers agree to share “joint financial responsibility” for the case, the Illinois Supreme Court has declared.

Second District Appellate Court upholds ruling forcing College of DuPage and its foundation to release subpoena

John Myers May 17, 2017, 6:55pm

The Illinois Second District Appellate Court has upheld a circuit court's ruling granting the Chicago Tribune's request for summary judgment in its attempt to force the College of DuPage and its fundraising foundation to release a subpoena.

IL appeals panel: Man can challenge constitutionality of state's retroactive estate tax bill

Dan Churney Apr. 17, 2017, 2:14pm

A state appeals panel has overturned a DuPage County circuit judge’s dismissal of a challenge to Illinois’ retroactive estate tax, saying an executor is entitled to pursue his case against the tax in circuit court, not the Illinois Court of Claims as the state asserted.

Man did not sidestep bankruptcy court by playing coy, waiting to file personal injury suit: Appeal panel

Dan Churney Feb. 24, 2017, 11:12pm

A bankrupt plaintiff did not try to do an end-run around the bankruptcy court by hiding a personal injury lawsuit from his list of pending claims, an Illinois appeals panel said, reversing a lower court decision that dismissed the lawsuit against the Blain’s Farm & Fleet retail chain. 

IL DCFS misled teacher seeking to defend herself against state abuse findings, state high court says

Glenn Minnis Feb. 21, 2017, 11:06pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a Lake County judge's decision to clear the name of a local school teacher accused of abusing her own child, saying the lower court judge was correct to allow her to have her day in court to challenge a state agency's finding against her.  

Disease linked to firefighting not 'catastrophic injury' allowing free health insurance: IL Supreme Court

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 30, 2016, 1:11pm

A Rockford firefighter who officials determined contracted cardiomyopathy through his decades of service at the city’s fire department cannot also assert the disease should be considered a “catastrophic injury” entitling him and his wife to free health insurance under a “line-of-duty” pension, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled.

Suburban nonprofit theater not property tax exempt because not 'charitable,' panel says

Dana Herra Sep. 23, 2016, 12:44pm

A suburban community theater troupe will not receive a property tax exemption on its theater, after a state appellate court upheld previous findings by the state and a trial court that the theater, while nonprofit, is not charitable enough to qualify for an exemption.

Lawyer needed to have verbal fee-sharing agreement in writing to enforce his claim: Appeals panel

Dan Churney May 13, 2016, 3:53pm

An Illinois appeals court has upheld a McHenry County judge’s ruling that a Chicago lawyer is not obliged to give a slice of his $1.4 million legal fee to the suburban lawyer who referred a malpractice case to him, because the referring lawyer didn’t abide by rules requiring he inform the client the fee would be split.

Disability harassment no different than other forms of harassment, appeals panel says

Dan Churney May 2, 2016, 4:16pm

Story CopyIllinois’ second largest city could face an action brought by a fired worker under the Illinois Human Rights Act, after an at-times divided appellate panel ruled the law’s prohibition on workplace harassment also specifically extends to protect those with disabilities.

Appeals panel: Ex-assistant state's attorney's lies mean DeKalb County on hook for stiffed supplier's legal bills

Dan Churney Mar. 22, 2016, 6:53pm

A state appeals panel has ruled a north central Illinois county is on the hook for legal costs incurred by a construction component company, because an assistant state’s attorney for the county – who has since been suspended from practice – told the court the county had secured a bond in connection with a building project, when it had not.