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Wheaton College wins order vs Obamacare contraceptive mandate; Judge: Violates religious freedom

In the wake of a decision by the administration of President Donald Trump to reinterpret federal health regulations requiring religious employers to pay for contraceptive health insurance coverage, a federal judge has granted Wheaton College a permanent injunction barring the federal government from forcing the prominent evangelical Christian college in Chicago’s western suburbs from having to pay for its employees’ contraception, which the college had argued would violate its religious rights.

Central Street Management LLC allegedly collected biometric information with consent

A woman has filed a class action lawsuit against her employer, Central Street Management LLC, an Evanston-based company which the lawsuit says operates at least 19 nursing and rehab centers in Illinois, for alleged violation of an Illinois privacy law.

Presence Health Network allegedly collected employee fingerprint scans without consent

A woman has filed a class action lawsuit against Presence Health Network, alleging the operator of a dozen hospitals violated a state privacy law when it scanned and collected her fingerprints, as well as those of many other workers, for use with its employee time clocks.

Judge: Cook County courts clerk must give immediate public, press access to e-filed lawsuits

A Chicago federal judge has told the Cook County Circuit Clerk’s office it cannot withhold electronically filed lawsuits from public view for days at a time pending administrative processing because, to do so, violates the right of the press and the public under the First Amendment to immediate access to otherwise public documents.

Walmart, Charles Komar & Sons out, but Macy's remains in lawsuit filed by woman whose clothes caught fire

Walmart and clothing maker Charles Komar & Sons have been dismissed from a lawsuit filed by an Illinois woman whose clothing allegedly caught fire - but Macy’s remains and faces trial in early 2018.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, others accused over child birth complications

A woman is suing Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Mercy Medical Group, Independent Physicians at Mercy, Dr. Karissa Cryer, Dr. Robbie Harriford, Dr. Judith Brown, Dr. Dillon Bannis, a nurse and Dr. Dona Perry for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

SunOpta Grains and Food Inc. accused of supplying contaminated sunflower kernels

Several companies are suing SunOpta Grains and Food Inc. for alleged negligence, demanding the company pay more than $16 million for supplying conatiminated sunflower seeds, which were recalled and destroyed.

Rubicon Global LLC allegedly made false statements about competitor

A business is suing Rubicon Global LLC for alleged tortious interference and unfair competition.

Lawsuit says Walgreens must pay for selling J&J talc products allegedly linked to ovarian cancer

As Johnson & Johnson continues to grapple with hundreds of lawsuits in courts across the country alleging links between its products containing talcum powder to ovarian cancer, Walgreens now also faces legal action for selling such products, in an action recently introduced in Cook County court.

Courthouse News Service lawsuit: Cook County Circuit Clerk withholding lawsuits from public view

A news service which reports on litigation and trends in civil courts across the country has sued the Cook County Circuit Clerk’s office, saying the clerk’s policy of withholding many civil lawsuits from public view for days at a time pending administrative processing violates the U.S. Constitution and goes against years of standard practices regarding freedom of access to public information.

Lawyer sues Schaumburg cops, says must include names, addresses on crash reports used to solicit clients

About a month after settling a potential class action lawsuit accusing him of breaking a federal law when he used the village’s police vehicle crash reports to solicit potential clients for personal injury lawsuits, a lawyer now has sued the village of Schaumburg, saying police departments can’t withhold from him the contact information of those involved in vehicle crashes.

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.

Seventh Circuit slices $4.8M atty fee award in half in defective washing machines class action vs Sears

A federal appeals panel has sliced almost in half nearly $5 million in attorney fees awarded by a federal judge to a group of lawyers who led a decade-long legal action against Sears and Whirlpool over allegedly defective washing machines the retailer sold.

New Cook County paid sick leave laws could mean legal trouble for employers if ignored

The new paid sick leave ordinances that have taken effect in Chicago and Cook County are not only likely to interfere with many employers' worker requirements, but could spell big trouble for employers who ignore them.

A non-starter in federal court, case vs Roti over credit card digits on receipts still headed to Cook court

A federal judge has again sent back to Cook County Circuit Court a class action dispute about how many credit card digits appear on restaurant receipts, saying, while federal courts have been clear the case is a non-starter, Illinois state courts have yet to answer.

Colorado Fair Housing Act ruling mirrors decision by Seventh Circuit in breakthrough sex discrimination case

An April decision by a Colorado U.S. district court judge extended the Fair Housing Act (FHA) to include prohibiting discrimination against gays, lesbians and transgender people, mirroring a landmark ruling in Chicago's Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals regarding discrimination.

Businessman's accusations vs ex-Speaker Hastert over use of funds 'strain credulity,' judge says

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed a court action by a suburban businessman, who alleged former U.S. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert misused public money for his private business interests, saying the businessman’s story could not be believed.

Illinois now ringed by right-to-work states after Missouri joins trend

This month, Illinois found itself surrounded by right-to-work (RTW) states when Missouri's new Republican governor completed the encirclement by signing into law legislation that riled the state’s unions.

Judge awards $4.8 million to attorneys who settled defective washing machine lawsuit vs Sears

A federal judge has signed off on a plan to award more than $4.8 million to attorneys who led a decade-long legal action against Sears and Whirlpool over allegedly defective washing machines the retailer sold.