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Appellate ruling on home warranty liability boosts legal risk for home builders

Robert Lawson Nov. 21, 2016, 2:47pm

General contractors and home builders could face increased litigation and liability risk for home defects in light of a recent Illinois appellate court decision, essentially tossing out a defense employed by home builders in home warranty cases.

Illinois employers could be fined for asking employee to like or retweet employer social media posts

Karen Kidd Nov. 18, 2016, 5:27pm

Illinois employers who try to boost their social media presence by having employees participate in their Facebook, Twitter and other online activities should reconsider that practice, a labor and employment attorney said during a recent interview.

Zimmer OK to subpoena records to discover how consulting group may be aiding knee implant plaintiffs

Dan Churney Nov. 4, 2016, 2:43pm

A federal judge has allowed knee implant maker Zimmer, which is the target of hundreds of lawsuits alleging defective implants, to subpoena records to see if a doctor changed his opinion to help several plaintiffs skirt designation as bellwether trials. 

Second Zimmer bellwether tossed over expert inconsistencies; judge says other cases may not suffer

Dan Churney Oct. 31, 2016, 3:17pm

A Chicago federal judge has knocked down a lawsuit – set aside to test the waters for dozens of other similar actions – against knee implant maker Zimmer Inc., but suggested remaining plaintiffs should not lose heart, because their suits will not likely bear the same deficiencies as the doomed suit. 

Illinois employers should prepare now to track paid leave benefits under new law, attorney says

Karen Kidd Sep. 8, 2016, 10:20pm

Illinois employers should prepare for the state's new Employee Sick Leave Act, which allows employees to use paid personal sick leave benefits to take care of family members, a labor and employment attorney said in a recent interview.

American Family didn't defraud by refusing to pay full amount for collision repairs, judge says

Scott Holland May 19, 2016, 2:46pm

While American Family Insurance may have intentionally chosen to pay less than the full cost of repairing vehicles damaged in collisions with its insured drivers – even when the driver insured by American Family was entirely to blame for a crash – that does not mean the insurer has committed fraud, or that motorists stuck with the remainder of the repair bill should be allowed to sue the insurer under Illinois law, a Chicago federal judge has ruled.