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BENESCH LAW: Jennifer Stapleton Joins Benesch

By Press release submission | Feb 5, 2019

As Benesch continues its commitment to recruiting top-notch legal talent from around the nation, the firm is pleased to announce that Jennifer Stapleton has joined the firm as a partner in the Corporate & Securities Practice Group.

For-profit hockey rink operator Black Bear sues AHAI over non-profit sponsor rules, alleges antitrust

By Karen Kidd | Feb 4, 2019

A hockey rink operator is suing an Illinois amateur hockey governing body, claiming the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois is improperly trying to block it out of the market.

Class action: ConAgra 'reinterpretation' of retirement plans for recently terminated workers illegal

By Scott Holland | Dec 27, 2018

ConAgra faces a class action from former employees saying the company carried out an illegal “reinterpretation” of their retirement plan to deny millions of dollars in benefits.

Aurelio's Pizza alleges ex-franchisee North Side Pizza Guys breached agreement

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 26, 2018

A pizza company alleges a former franchise has violated an agreement by operating a shop with a similar menu.

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.

IL regulators fine title agency PNTN $14M for letting lawyers not registered as agents sell title insurance

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 9, 2018

An organization which provides services to and promotes the role of attorneys in the title transfer process in real estate transactions has come under the scrutiny of state regulators, which has ordered $14 million in fines for allegedly allowing attorneys who are not registered as title insurance agents to score commissions from the sale of title insurance policies.

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.

Appeals court: Office Depot commission policies don't negate obligation to pay workers within month

By Cook County Record | Sep 24, 2018

Businesses who employ commissioned sales representatives may need to reevaluate their policies for paying commissions, after appeals judges said company policies don't trump Illinois law requiring employers to promptly pay commissioned sales reps.

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.

Court again sides with employee over non-solicitation agreement, part of a pattern, says attorney

By John Breslin | Jul 27, 2018

A federal court has ruled in favor of an employee involved in a trade secrets and non-solicitation dispute with a former employer, continuing a pattern by Chicago federal judges of overturning, or limiting the scope, of employment agreements, according to a Chicago employment lawyer.

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.

Judge blocks IL regulators from compelling new title insurance disclosures to homebuyers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 10, 2018

A Cook County judge has signed off on an order blocking Illinois state regulators from rolling out new disclosure requirements for attorneys and other agents involved in helping property buyers and lenders obtain title insurance. The legal challenge asserts the state overstepped the law, specifically in requiring attorneys to disclose fees earned in title insurance transactions.

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.

IL Bar Assn: State overreach threatens ability of property tax lawyers to work; State: Lawyers can't be appraisers

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 31, 2018

A Cook County judge could soon weigh in on a legal fight between Illinois’ largest association of lawyers and a state regulatory agency, over the question of whether that state agency has the authority to effectively bar Illinois property tax lawyers from offering estimates of a property’s value when representing property owners before a state or county property tax appeal board.

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