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Court denies Ameriprise motion to dismiss or transfer Allstate client-poaching case

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 22, 2018

Allstate can continue its lawsuit against Ameriprise Financial Services for violating federal trade secrets protection law by allegedly recruiting Allstate's current and former financial specialists to use their knowledge to steal Allstate's customers.

Judge: One unsolicited phone call on cell phone enough to allow class action lawsuit vs Allstate

By Justin Stoltzfus | May 1, 2018

A federal judge has denied a request to dismiss a class-action suit against Allstate for allegedly placing unsolicited sales calls to customers’ cell phones, even though the lead plaintiff received only one such phone call.

Lawsuit says Quad Cities hospital, Walgreens bear responsiblity for OD death of music star Prince

By Scott Holland | Apr 25, 2018

The heirs of musician Prince are suing a hospital and Walgreens in connection with his death, saying the drugs that killed him shouldn’t have been in his system and that the condition escaped diagnosis and treatment.

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 19, 2018

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

By Dan Churney | Feb 21, 2018

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.

Allstate, employee accused in death of Northbrook woman struck while loading package into car

By Louie Torres | Feb 18, 2018

A woman is suing Katrin Keyworth and the Allstate Corporation for a fatal traffic accident that claimed the life of a woman who was loading a package into the trunk of her car on the side of the road in Northbrook on Dec. 22, 2017.

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 9, 2018

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

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jan 24, 2018

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 panel: Lawyer who defended Wheatland Bank officers can't force bank's insurer to pay $113K in fees

By Angela Underwood | Jan 23, 2018

A state appeals court has again turned aside an attempt by an attorney who represented two top officers at a failed bank to stick the bank's insurance company with a six-figure legal services bill, saying a trial judge was correct to side with the insurer, who argued the stiffed lawyer should have been suing the bank officers he represented.

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

By Dan Churney | Jan 11, 2018

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

By Scott Holland | Dec 11, 2017

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

By John Revak | Nov 29, 2017

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

By Louie Torres | Nov 20, 2017

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

By Dee Thompson | Nov 7, 2017

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

By Scott Holland | Oct 12, 2017

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

By Kacie Whaley | Sep 29, 2017

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

By Scott Holland | Sep 25, 2017

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

By Scott Holland and Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 13, 2017

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 30, 2017

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.

Judge won't budge on $283M penalty assessed vs Dish Network over 3rd-party telemarketer misdeeds

By Dan Churney | Aug 16, 2017

A downstate federal judge has agreed to slightly modify an injunction against Dish Network, but refused to yield on her order the company pay $283 million in penalties for not keeping a better eye on its telemarketers, who allegedly violated consumer protection laws by making millions of unsolicited calls for Dish.

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