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Trump DOJ acts on threat to trial lawyers who sue on behalf of the government

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice's recent effort to toss lawsuits it says it wasted hundreds of hours investigating is emblematic of a strategy under President Donald Trump to rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars.

Judge: Feds wrong to abruptly cut off funds for Chicago children's psychiatric hospital accused of abuse

By Dan Churney | Dec 31, 2018

A federal judge has ordered a children's psychiatric hospital in Chicago, where patients have allegedly been exposed to “rampant” abuse, should continue receiving Medicare and Medicaid funds while the facility gets the chance to argue the federal government did not give the hospital time to correct problems.

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DOJ: A company created to file lawsuits has wasted 1,500 hours of the government's time

By David Yates | Dec 20, 2018

TEXARKANA – The U.S. Department of Justice is asking federal judges around the country to dismiss lawsuits it says are brought by shell companies that misrepresent their true purposes - filing meritless litigation against health care companies.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: Vice President of Insurance Underwriting Group Charged with Fraudulently Obtaining $13.5 Million in Phony “Matching Deductible” Policies

By Press release submission | Jul 24, 2018

The vice president of an insurance underwriting group fraudulently obtained more than $13.5 million from a corporate client by fraudulently issuing and collecting premium payments on “matching deductible” policies, according to federal criminal charges filed today by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE: 6 Defendants Charged in Federal Investigation Targeting Narcotics Sales in Rockford

By Press release submission | Jul 18, 2018

Six individuals are facing federal criminal charges as part of an investigation into heroin and crack cocaine sales in the Rockford area.

Appeals panel divides over number of 'sole' causes, denies paralyzed jockey's try for new trial vs Arlington

By DM Herra | Jul 5, 2018

A divided state appellate court sided with the jury in a lawsuit against Arlington Park Racecourse by a jockey paralyzed in an accident, reversing a Cook County judge’s decision to grant a new trial because the jury had been improperly instructed to consider whether two different things could be considered the “sole” cause of an injury, simultaneously.

CSX sued over death in Feb. freight train incident in Gary

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 24, 2018

A father is suing CSX Transportation Inc. for alleged negligence, after his son was allegedly struck and killed by a train in Gary, Ind., in February.

Schulte Hospitality Group allegedly violated state's biometric information law

By Louie Torres | Apr 9, 2018

Three employees have filed a class action lawsuit against Schulte Hospitality Group Inc. and SpringHill Suites by Marriott Chicago Southwest at Burr Ridge/Hinsdale for alleged invasion of privacy and violation of state law.

PharMerica accused of letting man use defective ladder substitute

By Louie Torres | Apr 6, 2018

A man is suing Pharmerica, Thorndale XI LLC and Avison Young-Chicago LLC for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Appeals panel says Chicago investments firm can't sue FL rival in IL to protect its trademark 'Ariel'

By Scott Holland | Feb 1, 2018

While a Chicago federal judge had determined a Florida investment firm had trespassed the trademark of a more established Chicago company, a federal appeals court has said the Chicago firm can’t sue to protect its rights in Illinois, because the Sunshine State firm doesn’t do business in the Land of Lincoln.

With regulation in flux, litigation over website accessibility for the blind, other ADA rules, could also remain unsettled

By Angela Underwood | Jan 21, 2018

In the wake of the Trump administration's decision to stop drafting new regulations on the accessibility of "websites, furniture and non-fixed equipment," a labor and employment attorney says this area of law could remain open for a while, as the courts work through the questions in a patchwork of judicial decisions.

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

By Elizabeth Alt | Oct 12, 2017

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.

IL Supreme Court removes asbestos case from judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 18, 2017

The Illinois Supreme Court has removed a Cook County judge from an asbestos personal injury case, granting a request from lawyers who had asked the court to step in and block a "rogue" judge from continuing his sanctions proceedings amid a bench investigation of a situation the judge said resembled an improper “grand bargain” between plaintiffs’ lawyers and those for a company named as a defendant in the case.

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois launches new fraud unit

By Glenn Minnis | Aug 19, 2017

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois has launched a new unit aimed at cutting into the billions of dollars lost to health care fraud schemes.

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.

IL Sup Ct puts hold on Cook judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions in asbestos case

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 2, 2017

The Illinois Supreme Court, acting in response to a request from lawyers who claim they and others have been targeted by a “rogue” Cook County judge, has stepped in to slap a hold on potential sanctions proceedings against lawyers and litigants on both sides of an asbestos personal injury case, blocking the judge, for now, from continuing his bench investigation of what he said resembled an improper “grand bargain” between plaintiffs’ lawyers and those for defendant gasket maker John Crane Inc.

Judge: Procedural question won't derail federal discrimination suit over Tinley Park low income housing

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 20, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has cleared federal lawyers to continue their housing discrimination lawsuit against the village of Tinley Park over the fate of a low-income housing development, saying the task of filing such lawsuits can be delegated to other lawyers within the Department of Justice if the office specifically authorized by federal law to oversee such enforcement actions is vacant.

District court judge grants win to Comcast, other pay TV service providers in channel menu patent case

By Chandra Lye | Jun 30, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has granted pay TV services, including Comcast, a reprieve from a patent infringement lawsuit over the companies' use of on-screen channel scrolling guides and menus.

Tinley sues ex-planner over low income apartments; fed judge asked to combine with feds' suit vs Tinley

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 26, 2017

As Tinley Park village officials await a federal judge’s ruling on whether a legal question could prevent the U.S. Justice Department from suing Village Hall for housing discrimination, the village’s ex-development director has asked a federal judge to simultaneously consider her request to dismiss a lawsuit Tinley Park brought against her for allegedly making faulty decisions that led the village to come under federal scrutiny and pay $2.45 million to settle claims brought by the would-be developers of a stalled controversial low-income housing project planned for Tinley’s downtown.

Dish Network hit with $283M penalty for third-party telemarketing practices

By Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | Jun 23, 2017

A Springfield federal judge has placed Dish Network on the hook for a fine of more than $280 million for alleged violations of federal telemarketing law, even though the violations were committed by third-party contractors. And other companies should take note of the judge's ruling, said a lawyer who specializes in defenses against similar legal actions.

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