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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Class action fails to rise vs Whirlpool over overheating self-cleaning ovens

By Scott Holland | May 12, 2017

A federal judge has denied class certification to Whirlpool customers who said the company sold them defective, overheating ovens, saying their expert witness couldn’t help them establish that all of their oven problems arose from the same source.

Cook County judge indicted over mortgage fraud scheme

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 12, 2017

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.

Appeals panel tosses out $84K sanction ordered vs Schaumburg attorney in contract dispute vs PNC

By Scott Holland | Mar 21, 2017

A divided federal appeals panel has tossed an $84,000 sanctions order against an attorney, finding a federal judge abused discretion in imposing the sanctions in a breach of contract suit brought by a telecommunications vendor against PNC Bank. 

PNC settles asst. bank managers' unpaid OT claims class action for $6M; $2M to plaintiffs' attorneys

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 30, 2016

A little over a year since a group of several hundred assistant bank branch managers sued PNC Bank for allegedly denying them overtime pay, a federal judge in Chicago has signed off on a deal to end the litigation for $6 million, which would send around $2,000 on average to each of the allegedly wronged assistant managers and $2 million to the attorneys who brought the case.

Judge: Banks not on hook to shield businesses from employees who use app to double-deposit checks

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 9, 2016

A Lakeview hotel business will not be allowed to press its class action claim JP Morgan Chase should be held responsible for fraud perpetrated by people using Chase’s mobile banking app to double-deposit checks, creating legal and financial headaches for those issuing the checks.

Nine IL lawyers disbarred, 12 others suspended by State Supreme Court

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 20, 2016

Nine lawyers – including one convicted of sexually assaulting a young woman in her hotel room, and a former downstate prosecutor who allegedly tampered with official state’s attorneys computer files after learning he wouldn’t be promoted to the top prosecutor job in his county – have been disbarred by the Illinois Supreme Court. The state’s high court also suspended an additional dozen other attorneys for a range of alleged violations.

Big banks not on the hook for failing to stop $14 million embezzlement by doctors' bookkeeper

By Scott Holland | May 6, 2016

Three big banks will not be on the hook for millions allegedly embezzled by the former bookkeeper for a group of Chicago area medical practices, after a federal judge agreed the banks had no duty to detect and thwart the fraud, which the doctors said cost them more than $14 million.

Interest rate swaps class action vs big banks could draw in 'tens of thousands' of public bodies with billions at stake

By Scott Holland | Feb 19, 2016

Two Mississippi and Alabama hospitals and the county that includes the cities of Biloxi and Gulfport, Miss., have squared off in Chicago federal court with many of the country’s biggest financial institutions over so-called interest rate swaps — an issue now impacting governments and other public bodies throughout the country, including Chicago’s public schools system.

Lakeview hotel operators bring class action over mobile banking app allowing checks to be cashed twice

By Scott Holland | Dec 15, 2015

Potential loopholes in a mobile banking application which could allow depositors to cash the bank notes more than once have prompted a Lakeview hotel business to bring a class action against JP Morgan Chase. Plaintiff 1409 West Diversey Corp., which does business as the Bellwood Hotel, filed its putative class action against JP Morgan Chase in Cook County Circuit Court Dec. 9, claiming its mobile check capture service allows bank customers to deposit checks more than once.

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