IL Sup Ct puts hold on Cook judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions in asbestos case
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.
Illinois is considering whether to adopt the National Conference of Bar Examiners' Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), a nationally recognized standardized legal bar exam that is rapidly gaining acceptance nationwide. And a Chicago law school dean on the committee weighing the question said he believes adopting the UBE would be a smart move.
Seventh Circuit says employers can't force workers to sign away rights to sue over OT, other wage claims
Employers can still ask employees to sign contracts sending disputes over overtime or other wage and hour issues to arbitration, bypassing the courts. But a federal appeals panel in Chicago said any attempts to force employees to sign such agreements as a condition of employment violates federal law, leaving such contracts unenforceable.
A Chicago federal magistrate judge laid low a lawsuit by Malibu Media - a litigious online skin flick distributor - which alleged an internet pirate infringed its copyright by downloading two dozen movies without permission, saying Malibu failed to present computer forensics evidence backing its claim.
Cook County demands Kellogg's cough up $2.1 million for allegedly bummed steam heat at SW side plant
Cook County has served up a demand for more than $2 million to the Kellogg Company, demanding the maker of breakfast cereals, cookies and other foods cough up the money the county says Kellogg owes for more than a decade’s worth of steam heat provided to a Kellogg’s plant on the city’s southwest side, across the street from the Cook County Jail.
John Crane renews demands judge reject 'revolutionary' sanctions sought by Ford over asbestos case actions
Lawyers for John Crane Inc. have again asked a Cook County judge to reject demands by Ford Motors and other asbestos co-defendants to punish Crane, saying Ford has asked the court to do "something nothing short of revolutionary" in response to allegations Crane allowed plaintiffs' lawyers to use it as a “shill” to prevent other defendants from moving asbestos cases out of Cook County's courts.