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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Private at-will employees not shielded from termination for supporting unions, appeals panel says

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 23, 2015

Two men who supported an attempt to unionize an Illinois railroad company are not protected by the law from being fired for their support for organizing their coworkers, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Judge: Enough doubt over whether crossing gates worked to allow trial in death of man killed by Metra train in Des Plaines

By Dana Herra | Sep 11, 2015

A federal judge has ruled a widow’s lawsuit against Union Pacific raises enough questions about the death of her husband in a collision with a commuter train that the case should proceed to trial.

Union Pacific Railroad Co. sued over claims of negligence following hand brake incident

By Robbie Hargett | Sep 7, 2015

A locomotive engineer is suing Union Pacific Railroad Co. following injuries he allegedly sustained following a hand brake malfunction.

Man sues Metra, Union Pacific for wrongful death of wife

By Kevin Shepke | Aug 6, 2015

A Cook County man is suing Metra and Union Pacific for the wrongful death of his wife, who died after she was struck by a commuter train.

Rail worker alleges workplace injuries

By Dan Harkins | Jun 28, 2015

A railroad worker is suing a major rail carrier, alleging injuries suffered while working in a local rail yard.

Welding crew supervisor slaps Union Pacific, Snelten Inc. with suit over foot injury

By Annie Cosby | Oct 8, 2014

A Whiteside County man is suing over claims he was injured while supervising a track welding crew.

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