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IL Supreme Court: 'Hearsay' Facebook post not enough to force car crash defendant to reveal medical history

By D.M. Herra | Dec 17, 2018

The Illinois state Supreme Court ruled that a plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit arising from a traffic crash is not entitled to the defendant’s medical records when the defendant’s health is not part of the allegations.

Appeals panel: Florida agent gets chance to prove bad faith in Allstate's block of agency sale

By Scott Holland | Nov 16, 2018

A state appeals court is allowing a former Allstate agent to continue her lawsuit accusing the company of improperly intervening in the sale of her agency.

Appeals panel voids $27M for ex-Allstate portfolio analysts who said were maligned in Allstate SEC filings

By Scott Holland | Oct 31, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals panel has vacated a $27 million award previously given to former Allstate portfolio security analysts who accused the company of ruining their careers by allegedly incorrectly reporting to federal regulators the analysts had padded their bonus pay while pension funds were shorted.

Ciaccia-Lezza committee reports nearly $34K in contributions during first quarter

By The Cook County Record | Sep 11, 2018

Lezza for Judge reported receiving $34,400 from Jan. 1 through March 31, according to its first quarter report to the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Apria Healthcare sued after oxygen tank allegedly falls, injures patient

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 28, 2018

A man is suing Apria Healthcare, claiming an oxygen tank allegedly fell and struck him.

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.

Massachusetts product liability ruling may have bearing on GSK appeal of $3M verdict over lawyer's suicide

By Karen Kidd | Apr 13, 2018

The thinking behind a Massachusetts ruling that brand-name manufacturers can he held liable for injuries suffered by patients who take generic versions of the drug those manufacturers innovate could have bearing in a case before a federal appeals court in Chicago.

Judge: UBS can't use arbitration clause to sidestep class action by fired employees over bonus payments

By Robert Davis | Apr 12, 2018

A federal judge has denied an attempt by UBS to sidestep a class action suit accusing the company of terminating employees to avoid paying their bonuses.

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.

Federal judge certifies class in dispute over unwanted texts, even though lead plaintiff could land $100K

By Angela Underwood | Jan 26, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has allowed a lawsuit over unwanted text messages to continue as a class action, even though the lead plaintiff could be in line to collect more than $100,000 if she were to litigate the matter on her own.

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.

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