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Judge: Plaintiffs' lawyers could face sanction for ignoring key precedent in debt collection case

By Dan Churney | Sep 19, 2018

Saying a plaintiff’s attorneys' actions stood as an “egregious violation” of conduct rules, potentially punishable by sanction, a Chicago federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a collection agency, which alleged the agency tried to mislead a debtor with an allegedly bogus offer to settle their debt by a certain date.

LAW OFFICES OF THOMAS E. KENNEDY III L.C.: Lawsuit against City of Murphysboro, IL

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

On May 7, 2018, the Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy, III, L.C. filed suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against the City of Murphysboro, Illinois and two members of the Murphysboro Police Department under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Illinois Human Rights Act, and the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Judge refuses try by St. Louis Billy Goat Chips maker to dismiss Chicago Billy Goat's trademark suit

By Scott Holland | Aug 9, 2018

In an ongoing battle of the Billy Goats, a federal judge this week gave a win to the iconic Chicago side, saying the Billy Goat Tavern can continue with its trademark infringement lawsuit against a St. Louis snack chip maker.

Justice P. Scott Neville takes oath of office, seat on state Supreme Court

By Cook County Record | Jun 15, 2018

P. Scott Neville has taken his seat on the state’s high court, replacing Justice Charles Freeman, the state’s first African American Supreme Court justice, who has retired.

Judge tanks ex-MWRD cops' lawsuit over termination because they broadcast private convo on IL State Police frequency

By Robert Davis | May 2, 2018

A federal judge has squelched a lawsuit brought by two former Metropolitan Water Reclamation District police officers, who said their rights were violated with the MWRD fired them after the Illinois State Police informed their employer a private conversation between the two officers was broadcast over the state police's secure radio frequency.

Appeals court rules card-issuing banks can’t sue retailer directly for losses from retailer's data breach

By DM Herra | Apr 17, 2018

A federal appellate court upheld a lower court’s ruling that banks whose customers’ information was compromised in a grocery store data breach cannot recover losses directly from the retailer.

Appeals court finds no error in case arguing Massage Envy massages are shorter than promised

By DM Herra | Apr 13, 2018

A divided appellate court upheld a federal court’s finding that spa chain Massage Envy had not deceived customers who complained their one-hour massages consisted of only 50 minutes massage time.

Billy Goat Chips Co. fires back amid trademark spat with Chicago's iconic Billy Goat Tavern

By Scott Holland | Mar 12, 2018

There’s no shortage of animosity between Chicago baseball fans and their St. Louis rivals, and now the same can be said of purveyors of food and drink, as Missouri-based Billy Goat Chip Company LLC has responded to a trademark lawsuit brought by Chicago’s Billy Goat Tavern with a countersuit of its own, alleging the iconic downtown Chicago establishment has no legal stake to ownership of the “Billy Goat” name.

Judge: Ex-Aon Bolivia CEO can't sidestep $20M lawsuit over alleged double-dealing

By Scott Holland | Mar 7, 2018

A federal judge has refused to let the former CEO of a South American Aon subsidiary end a $20 million federal lawsuit he faces in Chicago, in which he is accused of funneling company funds.

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 23, 2018

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

By Louie Torres | Jan 16, 2018

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

By Louie Torres | Jan 9, 2018

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 8, 2018

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

By Dee Thompson | Dec 29, 2017

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

By Louie Torres | Dec 22, 2017

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

By Louie Torres | Dec 21, 2017

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

By Louie Torres | Nov 30, 2017

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

By Scott Holland | Nov 21, 2017

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 6, 2017

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

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 20, 2017

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.

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