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Appeals panel: Woman who bumped into half-open Hobby Lobby door should have looked, waited before entering

By Cook County Record | Feb 15, 2019

A state appeals panel says a McHenry woman can't keep alive her lawsuit against Hobby Lobby after she walked into an automatic door at one of the chain's crafting stores.

Class action attempt vs Hertz over concession fees rerouted by contract into arbitration, judge says

By Scott Holland | Oct 29, 2018

Car rental chain Hertz will be allowed to pull to the curb a class action accusing it of improperly charging fees at non-airport car rental locations in Chicago and elsewhere, as a federal judge said the customer contract allows the dispute to go to an arbitrator.

Should United have used force to remove passenger from Chicago flight? An aviation law expert weighs in

By Dee Thompson | Apr 14, 2017

The forced removal of a passenger from a flight in Chicago has caused a firestorm of debate over whether or not passengers can or should be forcibly removed from an airplane after they have boarded. A Chicago attorney who practices aviation law, with decades of experience as a lawyer and a pilot, says the airline acted within its rights to remove the passenger, but could have handled the situation better.

$200K deal to end FAA action vs commercial drone operator Skypan delivers message to other drone users

By Cheyenne Dickerson | Jan 25, 2017

Skypan International, an aerial photography company based in Chicago, has agreed to pay a fine of $200,000 to end an enforcement action brought by the Federal Aviation Administration. But while the deal saved the company nearly $1.7 million compared to the fine the FAA had initially sought, the case should send a message to drone operators of all kinds that the FAA is serious about enforcing its rules on private and commercial drone operation, said a Chicago attorney.

Man blames Hertz, others for consequences of alleged false car-theft accusation

By Louie Torres | Nov 11, 2016

A man is suing The Hertz Corporation, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and The McKenzie Insurance Agency Inc., alleging breach of contract, breach of duty and intentional infliction of emotional distress, after he was allegedly falsely accused of stealing a car.

Eyes are on the skies as FAA fines SkyPan for airspace violations

By Hoang Tran | Oct 14, 2015

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced the largest civil penalty against an unmanned drone aircraft operator, SkyPan. The agency is fining SkyPan $1.9 million, claiming that between March 21, 2012, and Dec. 15, 2014, SkyPan conducted 65 unauthorized operations in the congested skies of heavily populated cities, including Chicago and New York.

Appellate panel: Chicago's three-mile radius car rental tax OK as tax on 'use' not 'transaction'

By Scott Holland | Sep 29, 2015

The city of Chicago can pull its controversial three-mile-radius car rental tax from the curb, after a state appellate panel determined the tax is a “use tax” assessed only on city residents using their rented vehicles in the city, and not an attempt to slap a transaction tax on vehicle rentals outside of city limits, which otherwise would have been an illegal extension of the city’s authority.

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