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Federal appeals panel: Judge's OK of class action vs Blue Cross amounted to unexplained 'judicial fiat'

Dan Churney Sep. 5, 2017, 5:33pm

A Chicago federal appellate court has stripped class-action status from a suit, which alleges Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliates overcharged beneficiaries, then passed the profits back to Blue Cross, saying a Springfield federal judge overlooked “glaring problems” when allowing the suit to proceed as a class action.

Seventh Circuit: Ex-Gov. Quinn OK to terminate workers comp arbitrators who sued the state over reforms

D.M. Herra Aug. 28, 2017, 6:18pm

A federal appellate court has affirmed Illinois governors are within their rights not to reappoint workers’ compensation arbitrators, even if they claim their dismissal was retaliatory.

Judge won't budge on $283M penalty assessed vs Dish Network over 3rd-party telemarketer misdeeds

Dan Churney Aug. 16, 2017, 11:00am

A downstate federal judge has agreed to slightly modify an injunction against Dish Network, but refused to yield on her order the company pay $283 million in penalties for not keeping a better eye on its telemarketers, who allegedly violated consumer protection laws by making millions of unsolicited calls for Dish.

Dish Network hit with $283M penalty for third-party telemarketing practices

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro Jun. 23, 2017, 2:56pm

A Springfield federal judge has placed Dish Network on the hook for a fine of more than $280 million for alleged violations of federal telemarketing law, even though the violations were committed by third-party contractors. And other companies should take note of the judge's ruling, said a lawyer who specializes in defenses against similar legal actions.

Illinois can choose SEIU to represent all home caregivers in negotiations: Appeals court

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 9, 2017, 5:28pm

The state of Illinois doesn’t trample on the rights of non-union home care providers by forcing them to abide by the terms of deals it strikes with a union over care provider pay rates and other terms of the care providers’ “employment,” a federal appeals court has ruled.

Peoria hospital's exclusive contracts did not unreasonably block competition, federal court rules

Karen Kidd Oct. 18, 2016, 1:25pm

Whether a smaller health care provider was prevented by a larger competitor from competing made a difference in a recent federal court decision that could set precedent in exclusive contracts, according to a Washington-based antitrust attorney. In late September, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois in Peoria ruled that OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, the largest hospital in Peoria, did not violate federal antitrust law when it entered into contracts with major commerci

Federal court emissions ruling vs IL coal power plant to have limited impact, attorney says

Karen Kidd Sep. 13, 2016, 5:21pm

The impact of a federal court's decision handed down last month against an Illinois coal-burning power generator probably will have limited effect outside the state, an environmental law attorney said during a recent interview.

Attorney Gill Garman, husband of chief justice, dies; colleagues remember him as "family man"

Bethany Krajelis Jun. 2, 2014, 2:30pm

Gill GarmanIllinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman’s husband has died.Gill M. Garman, a senior partner at Kesler Nelson Garman Brougher & Townsley P.C. in Danville, died Saturday at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, according to his obituary and a Monday news release form the court. He was 71.Not only was Gill known for helping Garman reach the center seat behind the state high court