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Appeals panel: Man who fired lawyer right before signing settlement can't escape $87K attorney fees

A federal appeals court in Chicago has cleared the way for an attorney to collect $87,500 in fees owed by a former client, who the lawyer said refused to pay him after helping him navigate the path to a six-figure settlement in a legal dispute over an allegedly defective hip implant.

Indiana Supreme Court decision in fantasy football case won't be 'a show-stopper,' entertainment attorney says

Whether fantasy sports companies may use players' likenesses without their permission, a question now before both Chicago's federal appeals court and the Indiana Supreme Court, could have implications for some real-life athletes, but likely won't kill the virtual game.

Kohlhepp's True Value accused of breach of contract

A business is suing J.A. Kohlhepp Sons Inc., which does business as Kohlhepp's True Value, and Benjamin R. Kohlhepp for alleged breach of contract.

Union asserts Constitution allows it to 'shame' Ameristar patrons amid labor dispute with E. Chicago casino

A union representing about 200 casino employees filed a motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit brought against it by the East Chicago casino and some patrons, arguing that behavior the plaintiffs deemed harassing is constitutionally protected free speech.

Palos RC Flying Club, others allegedly failed to provide adequate security

A man is suing Robert West, Palos RC Flying Club and Academy of Model Aeronautics Inc. for alleged assault, battery and for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Karp's True Value allegedly failed to repay debt

rue Value Company is suing Karp's True Value for alleged breach of contract.

The University of Chicago Medical Center, others allegedly failed to properly treat viral infection

A mother is suing Dr. Wichest Boonyapredee, Dr. Ishmael Ibassi, the University of Chicago Medical Center and Community Hospital of Munster for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent her child's injuries.

Federal judge says general contractor had enough control of construction site to prevent fatal accident

A federal judge has rejected a call for summary judgment that attempted to dismiss a case involving the death of a construction worker who fell from a second-story balcony that allegedly had been left unsecured.

Bank of America, others prevail in class-action suit over consumer privacy

A federal judge in Illinois has ruled that Bank of America and other banks were not in violation of consumer privacy acts and dismissed a class-action suit accusing the bank of improperly distributing the confidential information of homeowners who had borrowed mortgage loans.

Ford Motor Company, others accused of including asbestos in their products

A family is suing several companies over a relative's exposure to asbestos.

After winning settlement, lawyers fight over their shares of the spoils in NCAA concussion class action

Lawyers are scrimmaging in Chicago federal court over $21 million in fees for handling the nationwide concussion lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletics Association, which resulted in a $70 million settlement to improve “medical monitoring” of college athletes at risk of brain injuries.

Depuy Orthopaedics Inc. accused of designing defective hip prosthesis

A woman is suing Depuy Orthopaedics Inc. and Premier Orthopaedic Sales Inc. for alleged design defect, liability and product liability.

Federal judge tosses some accusations vs testosterone drug makers on eve of Androgel bellwether trials

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed several. but not all of the claims against the maker of a testosterone boosting drug, advanced by several plaintiffs chosen as bellwethers in a class-action lawsuit brought by more than 2,000 plaintiffs from around the U.S. against multiple drug manufacturers, including Besins, AbbVie, Eli Lilly and GlaxoSmithKline.

Cook County judge indicted over mortgage fraud scheme

Cook County Judge Jessica Arong O'Brien has been indicted for her alleged role in a mortgage fraud scheme, which took place a few years before she was elected to the Cook County bench.

7th Circ. LGBT Title VII sex discrimination decision puts employers on notice; SCOTUS to ultimately decide

In the wake of a recent decision by a federal appeals court in Chicago, employers will no longer be able to necessarily be able to seek refuge in existing federal civil rights law against discrimination claims brought by gay, lesbian or transgendered employees, as the federal appeals judges said federal prohibitions against sex discrimination should be stretched to include those who fall under the LGBT banner, upsetting decades of established precedent on that question.

Drug makers' testosterone replacement drug injured Georgia resident, suit claims

A Georgia man is suing several drug makers, including GlaxoSmithKline and Auxilium, for alleged design defect, liability and negligence for injuries he suffered while taking testosterone drugs.

Lawyers behind NCAA concussion settlement request combined $21M in fees

Laywers behind the nationwide concussion class action lawsuit against the NCAA, which resulted in a $70 million settlement to improve “medical monitoring” of college athletes at risk of brain injuries, have now asked a Chicago federal judge to award them attorney fees of $15 million. And attorneys with Edelson P.C., who represented an objector to the initial settlement and claims their work added $50 million to the settlement, has requested the court order an additional $6 million in fees.

7th Circuit Court dismisses claim to declare student-athletes employees

CHICAGO – A class action lawsuit filed by a pair of former student athletes failed to make the grade as far as the 7th District Circuit Court is concerned.

Ameristar Casino, patrons OK to pursue lawsuit accusing union of targeting, harassing customers

A federal judge has cleared an East Chicago casino and a group of its customers to proceed with a lawsuit against a union, saying the union’s actions to escalate its long running labor feud with the casino by personally targeting the customers with a campaign of fliers, phone calls and visits to their homes and businesses, could be considered illegal harassment going beyond mere “handbilling” and other forms of permissible persuasive speech.

Zimmer OK to subpoena records to discover how consulting group may be aiding knee implant plaintiffs

A federal judge has allowed knee implant maker Zimmer, which is the target of hundreds of lawsuits alleging defective implants, to subpoena records to see if a doctor changed his opinion to help several plaintiffs skirt designation as bellwether trials.