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Legal fight over Kane County's Longmeadow bridge project, endangered bumblebees 'unique' case

An ongoing legal fight between west suburban Kane County and a group of activists purportedly concerned over the threat to a bumblebee species recently listed as endangered, from a new road and Fox River bridge project presents an "unique and interesting" case, says an attorney who helps lead the Center for Biological Diversity.

Federal court in Chicago participates in pilot mandatory initial discovery program

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, with courthouses in Chicago and Rockford, recently began taking part in a pilot program designed to expedite the way standard discovery is exchanged between litigants.

Church, Burbank gear up for trial to see how much Burbank owes church for unfairly denying permit

As a church and the suburban city of Burbank gear up to fight in court over how much the city should pay the church for improperly subjecting it to alleged overly rigorous zoning requirements, the attorney who represented the church says religious groups should know their rights under the law when dealing with potentially unwelcoming village and city governments.

Caterpillar appeals $90M verdict after judge refuses to reduce damages in trade secrets lawsuit

Both Caterpillar and the UK-based engineering firm that accused the Illinois-based heavy equipment maker of stealing its trade secrets have appealed, after a federal judge refused to alter a jury's verdict, in which the British engineering firm was awarded more than $90 million.

Home Depot: Class action over size of 2x4s, other lumber, lacks foundation, should be tossed

Facing a class action lawsuit claiming the retailer should be made to pay for selling lumber that doesn’t measure up to its listed dimensions, Home Depot has hammered back, arguing it should not be made to answer for simply selling its products using terms common within the home improvement and construction business.

Judge: No right to make broadcasters pay for airing pre-1972 songs

A federal judge in Chicago scuttled a class action over music royalties, saying no law allows a couple who otherwise own the rights to many chart-topping tunes from the 1950s and ‘60s to exact payment from broadcasters who play their songs.

Judge bounces USAA negligence suit vs payday lender over multi-million-dollar check-cashing fraud

A federal judge has dismissed a suit by USAA against an Illinois payday loan service alleging that it was responsible for over $3 million USAA lost in a fraudulent check-cashing scheme by third parties.

Label or Liability: Case law could lead to short shelf life for $3M Paxil 'innovator liability' verdict

A Chicago federal jury shocked many observers by ordering drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline to pay $3 million to the widow of lawyer Stewart Dolin, who committed suicide in 2010 after taking a generic version of GSK's antidepressant Paxil. But legal observers believe the decision may have a short shelf life, as it could defy decades of case law on the concept of innovator liability.

Tinley Park seeks to dismiss federal discrimination lawsuit over low-income housing project

The fate of a low-income housing development in Tinley Park could yet turn on the question of whether the President of the United States must appoint someone to serve as the overseer of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division for the Justice Department to legally file housing discrimination lawsuits.

Nursing homes can sue the state on patients' behalf to force prompt processing of Medicaid claims: Judge

A federal judge has cleared the way for yet another group of lawsuits demanding the financially-troubled state of Illinois be forced to more promptly process and pay Medicaid claims, saying federal law allows Medicaid recipients and, by extension, health care agencies to sue the state for failing to abide federal law requiring the payment of Medicaid claims “with reasonable promptness.”

Couple suing over effects of Levaquin must show how drugmaker lied, judge says

A Chicago federal judge has ruled a suburban woman must describe, in her lawsuit against global drug maker Johnson & Johnson, how the company allegedly lied about possible effects of its antibiotic Levaquin, which the woman said caused her to develop a number of ailments.

Catholic church can't be sued for discriminating against gay man fired as music director: Judge

A federal judge has turned aside a discrimination lawsuit brought by a gay man against the Roman Catholic Chicago Archdiocese for firing him from his role as music director at a church in suburban Inverness after he publicly announced his wedding engagement, saying the man’s tasks in his job at the church meant he “served an integral role in the celebration of mass,” and thus anti-discrimination laws did not apply to him.

Federal judge: State can't keep skimping on Medicaid while fully funding worker pay, debt obligations

A Chicago federal judge has stopped short, so far, of ordering the state of Illinois to place a premium on paying the health insurance organizations, hospitals and others the $2 billion it is estimated the state owes under unpaid Medicaid bills. But the judge said she did not find it reasonable for the state to skimp on Medicaid payments while fully funding its monthly payroll and debt repayments.

Lawsuit vs NHL over substance abuse, death of hockey player Boogaard dismissed

A federal judge has agreed with the National Hockey League and dismissed the complaint brought by the family of deceased professional hockey player Derek Boogaard, who died following a purported drug overdose.

Judge: 'Professional plaintiffs' dishonesty dooms $200M junk fax class action

A federal judge has shot down an attempt by a “professional class action plaintiff” chiropractic firm and their lawyers to pursue a junk fax class action worth potentially $200 million, saying the lack of honesty, at best, or sloppiness, at best, by the plaintiffs and their lawyers doomed their attempt to lead the lawsuit against a marketing company the judge noted had sent tens of thousands of junk fax ads.

Judge rejects 'totally implausible' kickbacks accusation leveled by state vs mortgage reinsurer, lenders

Calling the allegations “totally implausible,” a Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by the state of Illinois against Bank of America and a mortgage insurance company, which had accused the lender and insurer of working in a scheme to maximize their own profits by dumping high default risk onto another mortgage insurer, leaving borrowers unaware their mortgage insurance premiums were higher than they should be.

Woman claims direct contact from ARS, debt collector, despite representation by advocacy group

A New York woman is suing ARS National Services Inc., a debt collector, alleging they made calls to her in violation of debt collection statutes.

LVNV Funding allegedly directly contacted woman in violation of debt collection statutes, lawsuit says

A woman is suing LVNV Funding LLC, a debt collector, alleging misrepresentation in debt collection.

Illinois Tool Works allegedly violated FMLA rights of former in-house lawyer

An Oak Park man is suing Illinois Tool Works, alleging violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Suit claims Allied Collection Services repeatedly made calls to wrong person

A Bellwood man is suing Allied Collection Services Inc., a debt collector, alleging violation of telephone harassment statutes.