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Court: 'Poorly written' policy means State Farm on hook for $4M for 'stacked' fleet vehicle coverage

By John Sammon | Dec 7, 2018

A state appeals court has ruled a man injured in a car accident could claim up to $4 million in underinsured motorist coverage under his employer's policy, rather than $250,000, because his employer maintained a fleet of 16 vehicles, and the total policy should include the full fleet, not just one car at a time, because the policy was "poorly written" and "ambiguous."

Appeals panel: Parents can sue paint makers for kids' lead screening costs, even though covered by Medicaid

By Dan Churney | Sep 11, 2018

A Chicago appellate court has overturned a lower court’s dismissal of a class action by parents who wanted paint companies to pay for mandatory tests of their children to see if the children had lead in their blood, finding the parents still hold the right to sue the companies, even though Medicaid footed the bill.

State Farm accuses Ryobi, Home Depot over fire allegedly caused by snow blower

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 26, 2018

An insurance company and representative of Daphne Williams is suing One World Technologies Inc., doing business as Ryobi Power Tools, and The Home Depot Inc., citing alleged strict product liability and negligence.

Driver exclusion clauses can't be used to deny underinsured motorist coverage, IL Supreme Court says

By Scott Holland | Mar 23, 2018

Insurers in Illinois aren’t allowed to use driver exclusion clauses to deny underinsured coverage to their own policyholders, as the state Supreme Court says such exclusions violate state law.

Family of man struck by train in Norwood Park in Jan. 2017 sues Metra, Union Pacific, others

By Louie Torres | Feb 9, 2018

The family of a man who died when his vehicle was struck by a Metra train in Chicago is suing Union Pacific Railroad, Metra, the Regional Transportation Authority, the city of Chicago and Cook County for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Court asked to OK $36M deal to end tortured Pella defective window class action; attorneys to get $9M

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 9, 2018

About three and a half years after a federal appeals panel led by former Judge Richard Posner smashed a $90 million settlement agreement the judges described as “scandalous,” a new set of lawyers have introduced a new, smaller deal once again intended to a nearly 12-year old class action lawsuit against window and door maker Pella over allegedly defective windows.

Pressure from Trump, litigation losses aren't stopping EEOC case against Dollar General

By Karen Kidd | Jan 4, 2018

Despite efforts by the Trump administration to pull the reins on many of the recent priorities at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and amid a string of litigation losses, the federal anti-discrimination agency is holding course in pressing its years-long case against Dollar General. But what exactly that signals remains to be seen, according to employment attorney Rod Fliegel, who co-chairs the privacy and background checks practice at the firm of Littler Mendelson.

Appeals court: EEOC can keep investigating Union Pacific even after specific discrimination case tossed

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 18, 2017

Federal employment discrimination regulators are not limited to pursuing their own discrimination investigations against employers, even after a case under which the agency launched an investigation is dismissed, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Machinist's claims work fumes caused cancer vs Union Pacific, Safety Kleen headed back to Cook court

By Dee Thompson | Jul 21, 2017

A machinist’s case against Union Pacific, claiming the railroad should be made to pay for allegedly exposing him to toxic fumes and products at work, allegedly causing his renal cancer, has been sent back to Cook County court, after a federal judge determined the Federal Employees Liability Act doesn't let it pull out of state court.

Judge trims class action vs Dollar General over aloe vera gel alleged not to contain aloe vera

By Scott Holland | Jun 21, 2017

A federal judge has burned off two of three counts in a class action complaint facing Dollar General over claims the retailer’s aloe vera cooling gel didn’t actually contain aloe vera.

Dollar General ruling strengthens EEOC's hand to widen discrimination claims into 'fishing expeditions'

By Mike Helenthal | Apr 24, 2017

The ruling of a Chicago federal judge in favor of an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforcement case against retail giant Dollar General will strengthen the EEOC’s hand in bids to widen single claims of employment discrimination into "company-wide fishing expeditions," say two Chicago attorneys and labor law experts.

Judge: Dollar General can't stop EEOC action over alleged discriminatory job screening practices

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 12, 2017

Dollar General has suffered another setback in its attempt to beat back a long-running federal investigation into job screening practices allegedly set up to screen out African American applicants, as a Chicago federal judge ruled the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission didn’t overstep in initiating an enforcement action against the retailer, even after the federal agency pulled the plug on the required pre-enforcement settlement process.

Instant Risk: Litigation threat could imperil schools' ability to instantly message parents, others

By Stephanie N. Grimoldby | Apr 6, 2017

A class action lawsuit now pending in Chicago’s federal courts could imperil the ability of schools to instantly send out voice and text messages and emails to parents, students and the community to inform them of emergency situations and other school-related matters, according to one company that specializes in providing schools with such messaging services.  And should such services disappear, schools in Illinois and elsewhere could be left scrambling to adapt to an enforced new legal reality, school officials said. 

Applebee's franchisee allegedly failed to pay employees overtime wages

By Louie Torres | Apr 1, 2017

Employees of an Applebee's location have filed a class-action lawsuit against franchisees RMH Franchise Corp., RMH Illinois LLC and RMH Franchise Holdings Inc. for allegedly not paying them for overtime work they performed.

Court filings: Lawsuit vs SchoolMessenger imperils schools' ability to text, call parents, students

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 28, 2017

The call center company behind the SchoolMessenger service, which specializes in helping schools across the country instantly communicate with parents, students and their communities, is in federal court in Chicago, attempting to fend off a massive class action lawsuit they warn could disrupt the ability of the schools who rely on the vendor to send text and voice messages requested by parents to spread the word about school events, including school closings and other emergencies.

IL Supreme Court: Worker can't collect from U.P. for injuries under federal law unless railroad at fault

By Dan Churney | Feb 22, 2017

The Illinois Supreme Court has derailed a Downstate appellate ruling, saying a railroad employee, who sued his employer under a federal liability law for injuries suffered in an accident, cannot collect damages from the railroad if a third party was completely at fault.

Worker can't sue Union Pacific for legs amputated in accident while scrapping RR bridge: IL Supreme Court

By Scott Holland | Oct 22, 2016

The Illinois Supreme Court restored a ruling in favor of Union Pacific Railroad in a court fight with a worker, employed by a third-party contractor,whose legs were amputated while removing and scrapping an abandoned railroad bridge in Chicago, as the court’s majority said a state appeals court was wrong to overturn the ruling of a Cook County judge who found the railroad owed no duty in this case to the scrap contract worker. 

IL Supreme Court to tackle hospital property taxes, rights of protesters in Grant Park

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 25, 2016

The Illinois Supreme Court will weigh in on the question of whether Illinois law can constitutionally exempt hospitals from paying property taxes, and whether the city of Chicago can use curfew laws to keep protesters out of Grant Park over night.

Dollar General customer seeks to ignite class action over alleged failings of store brand motor oil

By Scott Holland | Feb 13, 2016

Dollar General’s marketing of its store-brand motor oil has one customer targeting the discount retailer with a class action complaint worth at least $5 million, alleging the oil is at best of little use and, at worst, can actually damage the engines of most cars in which it is poured.

Man accuses UP, Metra of negligence after being hit by trains

By Robert Hadley | Feb 2, 2016

A Cook County man is suing Union Pacific Railroad and Metra, based on a claim that he was struck by two commuter trains that were allegedly speeding in hazardous conditions after a snowstorm last year.

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