Recent News About Hinshaw and Culbertson
- Federal Court
New federal judge Seeger assigned to preside over sex harassment retaliation suit vs Madigan, IL Dems
Chicago’s newest federal judge will preside over the sexual harassment retaliation case vs Illinois' powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan
- Campaigns & Elections
Madigan wins again: Lawsuit vs Speaker over 'dirty tricks' canned; Voters knew, voted for Madigan anyway, judge says
A man who claimed his campaign to unseat Illinois’ most powerful legislator was shortcircuited by sham candidates planted on the ballot to dilute the Hispanic vote can’t continue to press his lawsuit against Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan over those dirty tricks, because voters had ample knowledge of the shady tactics, yet still chose to elect Madigan anyway, a federal judge has ruled.
- Campaigns & Elections
An Illinois appeals court ruled the Illinois Board of Elections should consider fining Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino for alleged campaign finance irregularities, committed while Mautino was a state representative.
- State Court
IL appeals decision upholding $1.3M legal fees vs nursing home could set precedent, spark call for reform
An Illinois appeals court has allowed a group of plaintiffs lawyers to tack $1.3 million on to a $4.1 million verdict against a nursing home. And the decision sets the stage for fights over whether the decision should be treated as precedent, and whether the "outdated" law which allowed the decision needs to be updated to reflect the current legal environment in Illinois.
- Campaigns & Elections
An unsuccessful election opponent of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, who is suing the speaker and his “minions” for allegedly running “sham” candidates to draw votes from him, is arguing that Madigan’s motion to toss the suit should be rejected because Madigan forces “debased” the voting process.
IL Supreme Court OKs law that allowed union lobbyist to collect teacher pension after one day in classroom
The Illinois Supreme Court says a teachers union lobbyist will be allowed to double his pension after he served as a substitute teacher for one day. The decision came over dissents from other justices on the court who said the law allowing the pension boost was merely written to benefit a handful of union employees at taxpayer expense.
New filing offers more details about ex-Madigan staffer's alleged blackballing that followed harassment complaint
The woman who has claimed Democrats in Illinois and Chicago, led by House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, blackballed her in retaliation for complaining of sexual harassment at the hands of a Madigan operative, has provided further details to her claims, naming names of prominent Chicago Democrats who declined to hire her out of fear of further retribution from Madigan’s team.
Justice Dept: Class action deal should crumble; Serves only to pay lawyers, promote Lenny & Larry's cookies
The federal government has asked a federal judge to crumble a deal to end a false labeling class action lawsuit against Lenny & Larry’s, the makers of high-protein cookies, saying the settlement is far too lopsided, as it leaves attorneys with more than $1 million and consumers with perhaps a few crumbs, should they be lucky enough to land a cut of $3 million worth of free cookies.
The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed Cook County and appellate court rulings in a lawsuit over allegedly defective condominium buildings in Evanston, saying condo unit owners cannot sue subcontractors who built the condos, because there were no contracts between the two groups.
A man injured by a circular saw blade in an alleged accident during a home improvement project has won the right to take his lawsuit against retailer Home Depot back to Cook County court after a federal judge cut up Home Depot's attempt to stop the plaintiff from adding one of its local store employees as a defendant, ending the retailer's bid to keep the matter in federal court.
Judge says Illinois Democrats can't sidestep female staffer's sex harassment suit vs Madigan, political orgs
The Illinois Democratic Party will not be allowed to easily sidestep a lawsuit brought by a woman who claimed Illinois Democrats, led by House Speaker Michael J. Madigan, blackballed her in retaliation for complaining of sexual harassment at the hands of a Madigan operative and brother of a powerful Chicago alderman.
Saying customers have an obligation to read and understand the terms of their insurance policies, the Illinois state Supreme Court has rejected the try by a couple to make their American Family Insurance agent pay for providing them with a policy that didn’t protect them against a defamation lawsuit, even though they had specifically asked the agent to obtain that coverage for them.
Appeals panel: Attorneys didn't do enough to merit fees topping amount paid to plaintiffs in junk fax suit
A federal appeals court rejected a request for attorney’s fees that exceeded the amount paid to claimants in a quickly settled lawsuit over faxed ads, as judges faulted the attempt by plaintiffs’ lawyers to lay claim to one-third of a potential settlement amount, rather than basing their fee request on the actual deal.
A former outfielder for the New York Yankees, whose career was threatened by a season-ending knee injury after one inning at Chicago's Guaranteed Rate Field, can continue his negligence action against the Chicago White Sox in Cook County court after a Chicago federal judge ruled federal court was not the correct venue to hear the case.
A state appeals court has given a new lease to a legal malpractice suit brought by the developers of a South Loop condo building, saying the plaintiffs were not too late in filing their legal action amid a squabble with the condo building's association over parking space rights six years after the developers thought required legal documents had been filed.
A Chicago federal judge has refused to allow attorneys for a failed primary challenger to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan the chance to obtain a copy of a 2014 inspector general’s report detailing the ways Madigan wields clout and influence in Illinois, saying the contents of the report would be of no value to the ex-candidate’s lawsuit accusing Madigan of pulling strings and using underhanded tactics to undercut his candidacy.
Madigan opposes release of 2014 IG report discussing clout, says not relevant to suit over 'sham candidates'
Illinois’ powerful Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan has formally joined the court fight to prevent a former candidate who is suing the speaker and some of his political allies, from obtaining the release of a 2014 inspector general’s report his lawyer says is needed to substantiate the ex-candidate’s claims, by shedding light on how Madigan’s political organization operates.
Cook County Circuit Court selects 16 to serve as associate judges; 17th selection headed to runoff balloting
Five current associate judges and 11 lawyers will take the bench in Cook County this summer, after the Cook County Circuit Court’s 252 elected circuit judges selected them to be appointed to serve as associate judges, filling vacancies in local courtrooms until at least next summer.