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Class action: Floor and Decor sells tiles that don't measure up; mimics lumber suits vs Home Depot, Menards

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 17, 2017, 3:07pm

In the wake of attempted class action lawsuits aimed at Home Depot and Menards over the size of lumber pieces they sell, Floor and Decor has become the latest class action target, as a new lawsuit claims they sell ceramic and glass tiles that allegedly don’t quite measure up to the dimensions listed on the tag and packaging.

Supreme Court refuses to hear home care providers' lawsuit vs SEIU over compelled representation

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 14, 2017, 10:21pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a group of Illinois child care providers and in-home care assistants for those with disabilities the chance to argue their constitutional rights were violated by an Illinois state law forcing the care providers to accept the Service Employees International Union as their bargaining representative.

Divided federal appeals panel says Chicago can bar women from baring breasts

Dan Churney Nov. 14, 2017, 6:33pm

A divided U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court's ruling that the city of Chicago is within its rights to ban women from going topless in public, even if a woman is trying to use the First Amendment to get a gripe off her chest about how the law allegedly treats women unfairly.

Federal appeals court tosses antitrust injunction that goes too far in car dealer software suit

Dan Churney Nov. 13, 2017, 5:44pm

A Chicago federal appeals panel has scrapped an injunction won by a Wisconsin business against a Hoffman Estates-based provider of software to car dealers, with the court saying the injunction improperly distorts the marketplace.

Limo company owners' failure to understand personal liability for judgment in OT case dooms appeal

DM Herra Nov. 3, 2017, 2:49pm

Former business partners sued for failing to pay their employees overtime lost their appeal of the judgment against them, when a federal appeals court found the men had spent years ignoring both the litigation and the judgment.

Debt collector on the hook for $70K in attorney fees for woman who they sued in the wrong county court

Karen Kidd Nov. 3, 2017, 12:51pm

A Chicago debt collection law firm that sued consumers based on a former interpretation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) will have to pay attorney fees and costs to a former debtor, a Chicago federal judge has declared.

Seventh Circuit strikes down IL 'full slate' 3rd party election rule, says state blocked election participation

Elizabeth Alt Nov. 1, 2017, 10:16pm

Upcoming Illinois elections could see more third-party candidates than in past rounds of balloting after Illinois' full slate ballot requirement law, which placed additional burdens on third party candidates seeking to run for office, was struck down by a federal appeals court.

Chicago OK to tack on thousands in taxes to the sale of Fannie, Freddie foreclosures: Appeals court

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 31, 2017, 4:53pm

While federal law bars the city of Chicago and other local governments from slapping taxes on homes acquired by federal home mortgage lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the law does nothing to stop such cities from merely passing on those tax bills to the people who later buy the property from Fannie or Freddie, a federal appeals panel says.

Seventh Circuit tosses $10M fine vs lawyer accused by feds of fraud, says case needs second look

Scott Holland Oct. 25, 2017, 5:29pm

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out a $10 million fine levied against an attorney accused of defrauding the government.

Green Party appeals court win would have meant easier ballot access, but probably not any more wins

Karen Kidd Oct. 20, 2017, 11:45am

A different decision from a federal appeals court could have made it easier for third party candidates to get on ballots. But they still would face long electoral odds.

Appeals court says union benefits plans can't sue Abbott Labs for overreaching promotion of Depakote

Dan Churney Oct. 18, 2017, 6:55pm

A federal appeals panel has upheld the dismissal of a suit, which alleged a Chicago-area drug maker cost union benefit plans money by pushing doctors to prescribe Depakote to union members for non-FDA approved uses. The judges ruled the union plans are too far removed from the drug maker's actions to stake a claim.

Appeals panel nixes home care workers' class action vs union over unconstitutional forced fee payment

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 13, 2017, 3:34pm

Non-union home care providers who for years had fees, worth an estimated $32 million, illegally and unconstitutionally taken by the state of Illinois and funneled to a union should not be allowed to bring a class action against that union to get their money back, because courts can’t determine how many of those caregivers may have actually supported the union, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Lawyer: Forensic accountant mixed up in contentious divorce involving wire tap charges still owes big fees

Dan Churney Oct. 9, 2017, 12:00pm

The Chicago lawyer who handled a Windy City accountant’s contentious divorce case that involved accusations of adultery and illegal eavesdropping, has filed suit against his former client, alleging the accountant hasn’t paid more than half-a-million dollars in attorney fees.

Employers win new flexibility, after appeals court finds ADA 'not a medical-leave entitlement'

Karen Kidd Oct. 4, 2017, 12:20am

Employers now may consider multiple-month medical leave requests under the Family and Medical Leave Act without analyzing Americans with Disabilities Act requirements after a federal court upheld a company's ADA win, a labor and employment attorney said.

SCOTUS to take up Illinois case challenging power of unions to collect fees from non-union state workers

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 28, 2017, 11:31am

The U.S. Supreme Court will again wade into the question of whether public sector worker unions can force government employees who don’t wish to join their union to still pay fees, ostensibly for collective bargaining representation, after the court on Sept. 28 agreed to hear arguments in the case of Janus v AFSCME.

Nursing homes win right under Medicaid Act to suit IL over $12 million owed in unpaid reimbursements

Kacie Whaley Sep. 23, 2017, 3:00pm

A federal appeals court has handed a group of Illinois nursing home operators a win in their fight to demand Medicaid payments from the state, upholding a Chicago federal district judge who had also sided with the care facilities.

Seventh Circuit affirms Emerald casino executives liable for $272 million

David Hutton Sep. 16, 2017, 7:00am

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has sided with an Illinois federal court, noting that a federal judge was correct in ruling that six Illinois casino executives are responsible for paying $272 million after they allegedly caused their company to lose its gambling license and fall into bankruptcy.

Posner departure sets stage for potential political fight over future of Seventh Circuit

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 8, 2017, 11:59am

After decades of relative stability, Chicago's U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals could soon undergo an extensive makeover, making the court potentially the next battleground in the fight for the future of the nation’s judiciary, as President Trump and the Senate seek to fill four vacancies on the court, including a new one left following the sudden departure of influential Judge Richard Posner.

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.

Posner announces retirement, ending 36-year prolific, influential tenure on Seventh Circuit

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 1, 2017, 5:59pm

After more than three-and-a-half decades on the bench at Chicago’s Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Richard Posner has announced his retirement.