DuPage County State's Attorney's Office News

Judge: Illinois, DuPage lawsuit seeking court-ordered shutdown of Sterigenics doesn't belong in federal court

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 12, 2019

A federal judge has sent back to DuPage County court a lawsuit filed by the state against medical device sterilization company Sterigenics over alleged emissions from its plant in suburban Willowbrook, saying the state can press its pollution claims in state court against the company in large part because the state has not accused the company of violating any defined air quality standards.

Judge OKs IL EPA shut-down order slapped on Sterigenics Willowbrook plant

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 20, 2019

A federal judge has refused to lift the shut-down order slapped on a suburban medical equipment sterilization plant, granting a win to Illinois state officials in the legal battle over the fate of the Willowbrook facility.

Sterigenics: IL EPA shut-down order oversteps the law; Asks federal court to block 'extralegal' action

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 19, 2019

Calling the action an attempt to sidestep the courts and the law, Sterigenics has filed suit against the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, asking a federal judge to remove the order the state agency slapped on late last Friday, effectively shuttering Sterigenics’ Willowbrook plant.

Lawsuit can continue vs DuPage Co. State's Atty investigator over psychotherapy records seizure

By Scott Holland | Dec 31, 2018

A federal class action accusing an investigator with the DuPage County prosecutor’s office of improperly seizing psychotherapy records will proceed, though without DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, who was removed as a defendant.

Sterigenics: Illinois A/G's lawsuit asks court to 'rewrite' federal rules, based on 'indisputably flawed report'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 14, 2018

Saying the legal action asks a state court to substitute its own judgment for federal law and environmental rules, Sterigenics, the owner of a facility in suburban Willowbrook targeted by trial lawyers, politicians and a group of area residents for its use of ethylene oxide, has asked a federal judge to take jurisdiction over a lawsuit brought against them by state prosecutors.

State lawsuit over Sterigenics emissions cites state permit as evidence of 'hazard'; Undercuts permit process?

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 11, 2018

The Illinois Attorney General's Office and DuPage County State's Attorney have partnered to sue Sterigenics over its alleged emissions of ethylene oxide. However, the state lawsuit has come despite no contention from anyone that Sterigenics violated the terms of its permit, issued by the state. Some worry about the message such a 'bizarre' course of action by the state may send to its businesses, many of whom have similar permits of their own.

Trial lawyers: EPA admission of fault in Sterigenics emissions measuring won't matter to lawsuits vs company

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 30, 2018

As federal environmental regulators reassess their controversial measurements of emissions from the Sterigenics plant in Willowbrook, a group of lawyers representing Willowbrook residents are continuing unfazed in their lawsuits against the company, based largely on findings in a federal report that relied heavily on the allegedly faulty data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ex-Argonne worker's lawsuit dismissed vs lab, DuPage Co for false arrest, wrongful firing

By Scott Holland | Mar 9, 2016

A former Argonne National Laboratory employee has struck out in his attempt to sue the lab and some DuPage County Sheriff's deputies for allegedly wrongly accusing him of theft, and then firing him.

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