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A federal judge has ruled Wrigley Field may not have enough wheelchair accessible seating, particularly along the baselines, as he will allow a lawsuit to continue arguing the Chicago Cubs seating arrangements violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Big loss for Facebook on IL privacy law, big win for trial lawyers; Legal questions could be ticketed for Supreme Court
A recent decision from a California federal appeals court has handed a big win to a group of plaintiffs seeking to use an Illinois privacy law to squeeze Facebook for potentially billions of dollars, and could forebode a date before the U.S. Supreme Court, should trial lawyers seek to use the decision to boost other attempts to sidestep the high court’s earlier attempt to limit their ability to bring large class actions over claims in which no one suffered any actual harm.
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A new wave of lawsuits and regulatory actions targeted at employers could begin rolling into the local courts, perhaps by the end of next year, after the city of Chicago became the latest government to establish an ordinance setting new rules for how employers can schedule their workers.
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RICHMOND, Va. – An opinion by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has left fluid just who can be part of a class action, leaving unanswered the question of how to identify members, a defense attorney says.
Businesses could face yet more lawsuits if defined as 'person' under IL Gender Violence law, attorney says
An Illinois appeals court decision could open another avenue for companies to be sued, as appellate justices said it remained an open question as to whether they could be held accountable for their workers' sexual misconduct under a state law to combat gender violence, a defense attorney said.
Appeals panel: Federal law trumps state privacy law in class actions vs airlines over fingerprint scans
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed airlines shouldn’t face class action lawsuits concerning the use of employee fingerprint scans for biometric punch clocks
Surveys: Class action lawsuits up again in 2018; Settlements down $1B, but businesses spent $2.4B to defend
Businesses in Illinois and elsewhere in the U.S. faced a growing challenge from class action lawsuits in 2018, and that number is only expected to grow, as plaintiffs’ lawyers continue to open new avenues to bring potentially massive legal actions, two recent surveys have found.
Proposed change to IL biometrics law could offer relief to employers from lawsuit 'abuse' of privacy protections
Legislation in Springfield could bring relief to employers and others facing potentially ruinous lawsuits over nothing more than requiring employees to scan fingerprints when punching in and out work shifts.
Judge: Union doesn't get to force IL public worker retirement funds to factor politics into investment decisions
A federal judge has rejected the attempt by a union to win a court order requiring a pension fund for Illinois local governmental workers to take the political views of companies into consideration when investing public pension funds, as the judge said the Illinois Municipal Retirement Funds’ current practices don’t violate the First Amendment rights of union members.
Appeals court: Rumors about woman sleeping to top could leave employer on hook for discrimination suit
Legal experts are describing as significant a federal appeals court ruling that determined rumors falsely hinting a woman slept with management to advance in her company, could leave an employer on the hook for a sex discrimination violation under the Civil Rights Act.