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Judge says lawsuit vs Madigan can continue over placement of 'sham' Hispanic candidates on ballot

A former primary election challenger to Illinois’ top state Democratic politician has been cleared to continue to sue Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan and some of his supporters for allegedly placing “sham candidates” on the ballot two years ago to confuse and split the Hispanic vote, reducing the threat the opponent posed to the powerful Chicago lawmaker.

Judge lets malpractice suit vs LeClair Ryan continue, says could be on hook for client's $9M settlement

A Chicago federal judge has refused to toss a legal malpractice suit lodged by the owner of a suburban electronics company against a Virginia law firm, saying the company has plausibly claimed the lawyers’ alleged missteps caused the company to pay out a $9 million settlement.

Court asked to OK $36M deal to end tortured Pella defective window class action; attorneys to get $9M

About three and a half years after a federal appeals panel led by former Judge Richard Posner smashed a $90 million settlement agreement the judges described as “scandalous,” a new set of lawyers have introduced a new, smaller deal once again intended to a nearly 12-year old class action lawsuit against window and door maker Pella over allegedly defective windows.

Illinois courts review hospital tax exemptions, with millions in tax revenue, viability in the balance

Illinois courts are wrestling with the idea of which hospital networks and major healthcare provider groups should pay property taxes - and a lot of revenue potentially hangs in the balance, perhaps jeopardizing the ability of hospitals, particularly in rural areas, to maintain service levels, some observers say.

Appeals court says Children's Hospital of Illinois responsible for doctor contractors in malpractice case

A Downstate appeals panel has reversed a Peoria judge's dismissal of a malpractice suit against Children's Hospital of Illinois, the suit alleging the facility was at fault for the loss of a baby's vision, saying the hospital could be liable for actions by doctors, even though the doctors were contractors to the hospital, because the hospital presented them as employees.

Appeals court upholds 'flawed' AmEx gift cards class action settlement, giving plaintiffs' lawyers $1.95M

While they called the deal flawed, a federal appeals panel in Chicago nevertheless has upheld a settlement ending a class action lawsuit against American Express over gift cards, dividing $1.8 million among class members, and giving plaintiffs' lawyers $1.95 million more.

Judge trims out-of-state claims from class action vs Nature's Way over 'Made in USA' labeling

A Chicago federal judge has trimmed a class action lawsuit accusing nutritional supplement maker Nature's Way of fraud in marketing certain of its supplements as "Made in the USA," when at least one of the supplement's ingredients allegedly comes from overseas.

Unitypoint Health accused of failing to provide proper medical care

A woman is suing Dr. Ranilo Rabacal, Unitypoint Health and Unitypoint Clinic for alleged negligence.

Illinois Supreme Court to decide if hospitals will have to pay property taxes

The Illinois Supreme Court recently agreed to hear arguments in another case addressing whether hospitals should be exempted from paying property taxes, marking the second time this year the court will tackle the question weighing on hospitals and local governments across the state.

School nursing vendor OK to continue lawsuit vs Chicago Public Schools, rival over employee poaching

A school nursing services vendor will be allowed to continue a small portion of its action against the Chicago Public Schools, although a federal judge agreed to dismiss part of the complaint.

EEOC alleges employer violated FMLA, ADA in terminating worker after providing over 16 weeks of leave

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is moving forward with a lawsuit against an employer who terminated an ill employee after granting her leave for approximately 16 weeks. The employee was then fired an additional three weeks later.

IL Supreme Court: Insurer's suit vs Indiana warehouse biz over roof collapse doesn't belong in Cook County

The Illinois Supreme Court has overturned a Cook County judge and a state appeals court, saying they erred in refusing to grant an Indiana warehousing company’s request to dismiss a Michigan insurer’s lawsuit on grounds the legal action didn’t belong in Cook County.

Lawsuit vs Madigan over alleged dirty election tricks vs primary opponent given new life

After failing to unseat one of Illinois’ most powerful politicians at the ballot box, then hitting roadblocks in the courts, Jason Gonzales has received new life in his legal battle against Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and some of his supporters. This week, U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly granted Gonzales’ request to alter his original judgment, and revisit the lawsuit brought against Madigan.

Class actions deleted vs Spokeo, Intelius, others over web search name 'keyword insertion' ad tricks

A federal judge has tossed a cluster of class action lawsuits launched against online personal information listing providers, including Spokeo, Intelius. InstantCheckmate and BeenVerified, saying a web search advertising technique didn’t violate plaintiffs’ rights to control the use of their identity simply by using a person's name in an ad designed to steer people to their online people search products.

Otis Elevator Company, others accused of not maintaining elevator

A woman is suing Alexian Brothers Medical Center and Otis Elevator Company for alleged negligence and for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Judge breaks down cardboard antitrust action, says prices were raised, but no evidence of scheme

A Chicago federal judge has boxed up a class action antitrust suit against two containerboard companies, which alleged the companies conspired to fix prices, saying plaintiffs may have raised prices and cut production, but defendants failed to show the acts were part of a scheme and not simply reactions to the market.

Busboy's overtime pay suit against Pita Inn dismissed

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed a busboy's lawsuit claiming a local Mediterranean restaurant didn't pay him proper overtime wages.

Federal judge OKs lawsuit to continue alleging debt collector Harris & Harris shorted workers pay

A Chicago federal judge has refused to toss a class action lawsuit brought against a debt collection firm by a former employee who accused the company of shorting her and other workers their pay.

Chicago judge calls electronic firm's suit against ex-attorneys 'bizarre,' dismissal motion pending

A Chicago federal judge has voiced reservations about a suburban electronic company's court action, which alleges its former attorneys short-circuited its defense against a $9 million trademark infringement suit, saying the company and its counsel have a "good deal of explaining to do to support the maintenance of this action."

Judge: Cigna didn't defraud in denying payment to surgical center suspected of 'fee forgiveness'

A federal judge has granted a win to multinational insurer Cigna, cutting out state law fraud claims from a lawsuit brought by a surgical center asserting the insurer was wrong to deny claims for reimbursement from certain Cigna-insured patients, for whom the surgical center had forgiven much of the bill because the surgical center was outside of those patients' preferred providers network.