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GOP state lawmakers join Supreme Court brief asking to reject challenge to compulsory union fees

A group of nine Republicans currently serving in the Illinois General Assembly, including two rookie state lawmakers, have signed their names to a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to uphold the state’s ability to allow unions to extract fees from government employees who don’t wish to join a union, arguing the country’s founding federalist principles should allow the 50 states to decide such policy questions for themselves.

Petition: SCOTUS should undo rulings letting union keep $32M collected from caregivers unconstitutionally

Saying a union’s unconstitutional seizure of $32 million in fees from non-union home care providers via the state of Illinois was legally not much different than picking a pocket on the street, a group of those personal assistants have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to step in and overturn lower courts’ decisions allowing the union to keep the money, even the high court had determined the union had no right to collect the money in the first place.

IL appeals court: Chicago OK to favor property taxpaying restaurants over food trucks; appeal vowed

A state appeals panel has refused to allow food truck owners to restart their legal challenge to Chicago food truck regulations the owners say unconstitutionally shielded restaurants from their more mobile competitors.

New worker fingerprint class actions now target Southwest, American airlines, Hilton, Wyndham hotels

Southwest and American airlines, and hotel and resort operators Hilton and Wyndham, have been added to the large and growing list of employers in Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois targeted by class action lawsuits accusing them of not securing their workers’ written authorization before scanning their fingerprints into their company databases to more accurately log and track their employees’ work hours.

Illinois e-filing requirement may not mean easier public access to court filings

At the turn of the New Year, county circuit court systems across Illinois are expected to take a leap into the 21st Century, as they begin to require all civil court documents to be filed electronically, under an order from the state's Supreme Court. However, the steps into the digital age may not necessarily ensure greater or easier access to otherwise public court documents in the state.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Navient Solutions allegedly violated telephone harassment statutes

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

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

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.