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Federal judge says general contractor had enough control of construction site to prevent fatal accident

John Sammon Oct. 27, 2017, 5:46pm

A federal judge has rejected a call for summary judgment that attempted to dismiss a case involving the death of a construction worker who fell from a second-story balcony that allegedly had been left unsecured.

Seventh Circuit: Patent law can't be used to press asbestos exposure liability claims

Scott Holland Jun. 8, 2017, 11:30pm

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has upheld lower courts’ dismissal of several asbestos exposure lawsuits brought against door maker Weyerhaeuser Company and Owens-Illinois Inc., saying their dispute with Weyerhauser should be handled under Wisconsin’s workers compensation law, and their claims against Owens-Illinois don’t belong in court at all.

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

Scott Holland Feb. 19, 2016, 8:31pm

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.