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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.

Judge: IL A/G's pro-union statements don't disqualify her from defending vs union lawsuit over fees

By Scott Holland | Nov 14, 2018

A federal judge has determined a state employee — notable for his public anti-union stances — can’t intervene on behalf of the state in a lawsuit it faces from a union leader asking courts to declare unions aren’t obligated to represent employees who refuse to pay membership dues.

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.

Federal judge rejects lawsuit attempting to 'level playing field' of Illinois elections funding

By DM Herra | Oct 29, 2018

A federal judge sided with Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Illinois State Board of Elections in a lawsuit that sought to lift a state law that prohibits independent expenditure committees from contributing funds directly to political candidates, to "level the playing field" in an elections system the plaintiffs asserted is tilted.

Springfield judge overstepped in OKing landowners' challenge to Ameren power line eminent domain cases: IL Sup Ct

By Dan Churney | Oct 24, 2018

The Supreme Court of Illinois has unanimously yanked the plug on a downstate court’s ruling that found the Illinois Commerce Commission breached due process by not notifying landowners their properties were in the path of proposed power lines, saying the lower court overstepped its authority, although two justices disagreed with the majority’s reasoning, calling it a “threat to individual rights.”

Anti-union IL state worker asks judge to let him defend state vs union attempt to 'discriminate' vs non-union workers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 13, 2018

Saying Illinois’ attorney general’s defense is “inadequate” and is “bordering on malpractice,” an Illinois state employee who factored in the court action that led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down rules requiring non-union workers to pay fees to unions has again jumped into a federal court action, this time asking a judge to allow his legal team to defend the state against a union’s attempt to secure a court order striking down labor laws requiring them to represent all workers in a collective bargaining unit.

Appeals panel: Parents can sue paint makers for kids' lead screening costs, even though covered by Medicaid

By Dan Churney | Sep 11, 2018

A Chicago appellate court has overturned a lower court’s dismissal of a class action by parents who wanted paint companies to pay for mandatory tests of their children to see if the children had lead in their blood, finding the parents still hold the right to sue the companies, even though Medicaid footed the bill.

Judge: Union largely within free speech rights to target Ameristar Casino patrons over boycott

By Scott Holland | Sep 1, 2018

A federal judge in Chicago has weighed in again on the issue of whether workers at Indiana’s Ameristar Casino put undue pressure on patrons as part of an ongoing dispute, dismissing more allegations a union illegally harassed casino patrons to coerce them to participate in a union-sponsored boycott as part of a labor dispute with the casino.

Female U.S. national team gymnast sues USA Gymnastics, others for abuse by Nassar

By Scott Holland | Aug 20, 2018

A female gymnast, who competed for the U.S. national team for three years earlier this decade, has filed suit in Chicago accusing the organization that runs the national team and others of allowing institutionalized sexual abuse of young athletes.

Lincolnshire: Taxes different from union dues; asks judge to toss union suit over 'anti-union' lobbying funds

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 3, 2018

Saying governments are different from labor unions and other private organizations, a north suburban village and an organization that lobbies on behalf of Illinois city and village governments has asked a federal judge to dismiss a union-backed lawsuit asserting the rights of union members are violated by local governments which use tax money to fund lobbyists to seek reforms opposed by unions.

Lawsuit: 'Level playing field' in Illinois election campaign spending for independent advocacy groups

By Scott Holland | Jul 20, 2018

Dan Proft and a conservative Illinois political advocacy group are asking a federal judge to strike down certain campaign contribution limits.

Post-Janus Landscape: Decision will impact union coffers, membership; more litigation on its way, say lawyers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 2, 2018

In the wake of the U.S Supreme Court’s landmark decision to declare unconstitutional forced union fees, the legal and political landscape will undoubtedly change. But precisely what will change, and how and when those changes will roll out, remains anybody’s guess.

Appeals court upholds NCAA rule requiring transfers to sit out one season before playing

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 26, 2018

The NCAA can require student athletes to wait at least one full academic year before playing when transferring to a new Division 1 university or college, a federal appeals court in Chicago has ruled.

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.

Estate rep blames Homewood ManorCare for patient's death

By Bree Gonzales | Jun 15, 2018

A woman is suing nursing care facilities ManorCare of Homewood IL LLC, which does business as ManorCare Health Services-Homewood, HCR ManorCare LLC and Heartland Employment Services, citing alleged violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act and the Illinois Survival Act and wrongful death.

Chicago federal appeals panel slaps down man’s try for more cash from hip replacement settlement

By Dan Churney | Jun 14, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals panel made quick work of a “dubious” suit by an Arkansas man, who attempted to extract more money from a class action lawsuit over allegedly defective artificial hip devices, by claiming the “settlement agreement” he signed with the hip device maker was not an agreement, but actually a nonbinding offer.

Franciscan Alliance accused of breaching lease agreement for Chicago Heights medical offices

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | May 24, 2018

A landlord is suing Franciscan Alliance Inc. for allegedly breaching a lease agreement for a Chicago Heights medical office building.

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.

Appeals court: Indiana law barring abortions on basis of race, sex, disability unconstitutional; Dissent: Abortion now 'super-right'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 20, 2018

A federal appeals court in Chicago has struck down an Indiana state law supporters argued was needed to extend anti-discrimination protections to unborn children, making it illegal for women and practitioners to perform an abortion strictly on the basis of the race, sex or potential disability of a fetus.

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.

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