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Supreme Court refuses to hear home care providers' lawsuit vs SEIU over compelled representation

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 14, 2017, 10:21pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a group of Illinois child care providers and in-home care assistants for those with disabilities the chance to argue their constitutional rights were violated by an Illinois state law forcing the care providers to accept the Service Employees International Union as their bargaining representative.

Millions of dollars in balance as Hilton, BMO Harris continue sparring over credit card processing contract

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 1, 2017, 3:02pm

One of the world’s largest hoteliers and one of the Chicago region’s biggest banks are continuing their court fight over millions of dollars Hilton Hotels claims BMO Harris Bank wrongly withheld amid a tussle over a credit card processing deal and customer data breaches.

SCOTUS expected to toss rules forcing non-union workers to pay fees; big political impacts possible

Karen Kidd Oct. 16, 2017, 4:51pm

Sweeping changes in how unions collect dues and fees can be expected soon, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear a case against Illinois' largest public sector employee union, two labor attorneys said during a recent interview. And such a decision also could have significant ramifications for the nation's politics.

Appeals panel nixes home care workers' class action vs union over unconstitutional forced fee payment

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 13, 2017, 3:34pm

Non-union home care providers who for years had fees, worth an estimated $32 million, illegally and unconstitutionally taken by the state of Illinois and funneled to a union should not be allowed to bring a class action against that union to get their money back, because courts can’t determine how many of those caregivers may have actually supported the union, a federal appeals court has ruled.

SCOTUS to take up Illinois case challenging power of unions to collect fees from non-union state workers

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 28, 2017, 11:31am

The U.S. Supreme Court will again wade into the question of whether public sector worker unions can force government employees who don’t wish to join their union to still pay fees, ostensibly for collective bargaining representation, after the court on Sept. 28 agreed to hear arguments in the case of Janus v AFSCME.

Appeals court: Ex-rail worker can keep $21M judgment for foot severely injured in accident on job

Scott Holland Aug. 30, 2017, 12:15am

A state appeals court has upheld a $21 million judgment for a railroad worker who hurt his foot on the job.

Tommy Hilfiger accuses online stores of copyright infringement

Louie Torres Aug. 4, 2017, 3:00am

Clothing maker Tommy Hilfiger is suing several online stores listed in a court filing, citing alleged copyright infringement and unfair competition.

Home caregivers ask SCOTUS: Can IL force union representation?; Potential ramifications far-reaching

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 13, 2017, 6:00am

A group of Illinois child care providers and in-home care providers for those with disabilities have asked the nation’s highest court to step in to their dispute with a prominent labor union, arguing the state’s decision to force the care providers to allow the Service Employees International Union to serve as their bargaining representative as a condition of accepting payment through state assistance programs violates their constitutional rights.

Judge refuses class action vs lawyers, IT vendor accused of using crash reports to drum up business

Jonathan Bilyk May 24, 2017, 12:51pm

Saying plaintiffs would be hard pressed to demonstrate precisely how otherwise-protected information may have ended up on police vehicle crash reports, a Chicago federal judge has refused to allow a class action lawsuit to proceed against St. Louis-based personal injury firm Meyerkord & Meyerkord, accused of purchasing traffic crash reports and using personal information from those reports to solicit business from potential clients.

North Carolina woman says Midway TSA gave laptop to someone else after screening

Louie Torres May 19, 2017, 12:49pm

CHICAGO — An individual is suing the United States of America, alleging negligence for having her Apple laptop given to someone else after an airport screening.

Federal judge throws out negligence suit against Dollar Tree for lack of evidence in slip and fall

Glenn Minnis Apr. 25, 2017, 10:17pm

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed a suit filed by a woman claiming she suffered shoulder injuries requiring medical attention after slipping on what she says was vomit at a Chicago Dollar Tree store.

Campus bookstore managers say Follett stiffed them overtime pay

Louie Torres Apr. 25, 2017, 10:03pm

Two employees have filed a class action lawsuit against Follett Corporation and Follett Higher Education Group Inc., citing alleged unpaid wages and violation of Workers' Compensation acts.

Man alleges Portfolio Recovery Associates of trying to collect debt during bankruptcy

Louie Torres Apr. 13, 2017, 2:17pm

A man is suing Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC, a debt collector, citing alleged misrepresentation in debt collection.

Navient Solutions allegedly violated telephone harassment statutes

Louie Torres Apr. 3, 2017, 5:32pm

An Illinois woman is suing Navient Solutions LLC for allegedly violating telephone harassment statutes.

IL 'fair share fees' lawsuit tossed; plaintiffs say 'desired result,' allowing appeal to SCOTUS

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 21, 2017, 6:37pm

The U.S. Supreme Court will get the chance to decide just how much public worker unions in Illinois and elsewhere can exact from non-union workers, after a federal appeals court in Chicago upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit intended to challenge a longstanding legal precedent used by unions to justify the forcible collection of so-called “fair share” fees.

Illinois can choose SEIU to represent all home caregivers in negotiations: Appeals court

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 9, 2017, 5:28pm

The state of Illinois doesn’t trample on the rights of non-union home care providers by forcing them to abide by the terms of deals it strikes with a union over care provider pay rates and other terms of the care providers’ “employment,” a federal appeals court has ruled.

Seventh Circuit hears arguments over IL 'fair share' union fees; case may be headed to SCOTUS

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 1, 2017, 5:44pm

A challenge to the power of state worker labor unions to extract so-called “fair share” fees from non-union workers could be ticketed for the U.S. Supreme Court, where opponents of the fees hope a conservative-majority court could overturn a longstanding legal precedent used by unions to justify their forcible collection of fees from public employees who refuse to pay formal union dues.

New Chicago tax on bags will yield revenue, but maybe not environmental benefits

Taryn Phaneuf Nov. 28, 2016, 3:28pm

The city of Chicago will begin charging people next year a tax for each bag they use to haul groceries and other items purchased at retailers in the city. But while the tax will produce income for the city, it remains to be seen how much the tax will actually do to reduce the number of plastic bags Chicagoans use - a major selling point for such taxes in Chicago and other locales.

IL A/G sues VW, says must pay for emissions 'defeat devices' on diesel cars

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 8, 2016, 6:31pm

Illinois’ attorney general has become the latest official to take automaker Volkswagen to court over the installation of devices designed to deceive government emissions tests, filing suit in Chicago to demand Volkswagen pay for the deception, which regulators said allowed vehicles to emit more pollution than allowed by law.

Chicago wrong place for union lawyer's libel suit over right-to-work group's Indiana high court article

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 20, 2016, 5:46pm

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a union lawyer’s defamation lawsuit against a leading anti-union advocacy organization, saying the facts of the case – which centers on the veracity of the lawyer’s statements to the Indiana Supreme Court during a court fight over the constitutionality of Indiana’s Right to Work law  - indicate the defamation suit should not have been filed in Illinois.