News from August 2015

Bankrupt lender can't sue GE for allegedly lengthening lifespan of Ponzi scheme that ensnared them

By Dan Churney | Aug 3, 2015

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed litigation brought against GE Capital by the trustee for a bankrupt lender who claimed the bank’s failure to publicly expose a Ponzi scheme before the scheme was halted by law enforcement cost the bankrupt lender millions of dollars in defaulted loans.

Cheerleader, parents sue coach, school, district over girl's injury during camp

By The Cook County Record | Aug 3, 2015

A high school cheerleader and her parents are suing a local high school, school district and cheerleading coach for not properly supervising her during camp, which allegedly led to her injuries while practicing an aerial move.

Man sues over allegedly underestimated post-op infection

By Dan Harkins | Aug 3, 2015

A man who suffered pain and serious infection for a year after a surgical procedure is suing two doctors and their practice and/or supervising medical institution for allegedly misdiagnosing his condition.

Woman steps into wet cement, sues over alleged injuries

By Dan Harkins | Aug 3, 2015

A woman allegedly injured after stepping into wet cement at a job site is suing the overseers of the site.

Judge: Regulatory action in place since 2002 vs West Side seafood wholesaler can remain three more years

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 4, 2015

A seafood wholesaler on Chicago’s West Side will need to continue to work under a federal consent decree governing how it runs its business for at least the next three years, a federal judge has ruled. Eastern Seafood Inc., which operates in the 1000 block of West Hubbard Street in the West Town neighborhood, failed in its bid to persuade a federal judge to end the arrangement ordered by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2002.

Facebook face tagging class actions transferred from Chicago to northern California

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 4, 2015

Three class actions pending against Facebook over the potential privacy implications of the social media site’s so-called tag suggestion feature have been relocated from Chicago’s federal courts to San Francisco’s. U.S. District Judge James B. Zagel on July 29 granted a request from Facebook, and supported by attorneys for the plaintiffs, to transfer the cases filed this spring in the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago to the Northern District of California.

Latino charter company sued over accident that allegedly caused passenger injuries in Mexico

By Dan Harkins | Aug 5, 2015

A man's estate is suing over a bus accident in Mexico that allegedly caused him great injuries before death.

Doctors sue lawyers for allegedly stiffing them on proceeds from payout

By Dan Harkins | Aug 5, 2015

Medical providers are seeking payment from litigators who disbursed claim proceeds to their former patient before paying for his medical services first.

Metra sued for death of woman struck by train in 2012

By Carol Ostrow | Aug 5, 2015

The family of a woman who died after she was struck by a train is suing Metra, claiming vehicular negligence and wrongful death in the fatal 2012 collision in Chicago.

OT lawsuit vs Chicago 7-Eleven franchisee tossed after pay stubs show 'Misc Pay' rather than time-and-a-half

By Dana Herra | Aug 5, 2015

Saying the reasoning underpinning the case was “circular,” a federal judge on Aug. 3 threw out a lawsuit by a former convenience store employee who claimed she was never paid for overtime hours she worked, despite pay stubs showing “miscellaneous pay,” which ultimately may have meant she earned more than time-and-a-half for extra hours on the clock.

Patient sues doctor, alleging botched appendectomy

By Carol Ostrow | Aug 5, 2015

A patient is suing his Cook County doctor and medical group, claiming medical malpractice in a 2014 procedure which allegedly resulted in infection requiring secondary surgery.

Woman charges five defendants with negligence in airport slip and fall

By Carol Ostrow | Aug 5, 2015

A woman is suing five separate horticultural and maintenance companies in connection with a 2013 fall which she attributes to negligence involving water left on the floor of a public space.

Mother alleges obstetrician, hospital delivery led to brain damage

By Carol Ostrow | Aug 5, 2015

A mother is suing a Chicago hospital and attending physician on behalf of her minor daughter, alleging medical malpractice in an obstetric delivery led to life-threatening maternal-fetal complications.

Customer blames Menard’s for fall over pallet

By Carol Ostrow | Aug 5, 2015

A Kendall County man is suing Menard's, alleging premises negligence in a trip and fall accident involving what he says was an unattended wooden pallet.

Fatal gas station shooting provokes court action

By Carol Ostrow | Aug 5, 2015

A mother is suing a gas station, alleging negligence in a shooting that killed her daughter.

Judge differs with colleague, tosses suit vs St. Louis firm over using traffic crash reports to find new clients

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 5, 2015

Days after her colleague had ruled differently in a similar case, a Chicago federal judge has hit the brakes on a lawsuit against a law firm brought by a couple alleging the firm had violated their privacy rights in using the information on a Schaumburg Police traffic crash report to solicit their business. On Aug. 4, Judge Amy St. Eve dismissed a lawsuit brought by Antonio and Karen Pavone against the firm of Meyerkord & Meyerkord.

Woman sues adult entertainment facility for parking lot fight

By Kevin Shepke | Aug 6, 2015

A Cook County woman is suing Chicago Heights adult entertainment business, Club 390, alleging a disabled male relative was hurt in a fight in the club's parking lot, even though he was not a combatant in the fight. 

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.

Man sues over altercation at Lollapalooza

By Kevin Shepke | Aug 6, 2015

A Cook County man is suing after a fight at Lollapalooza allegedly left him injured.

Reality show contestant sues rapper "The Game" for alleged groping, sexual battery

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 6, 2015

A contestant on a VH1 reality show is suing rapper “The Game” for $10 million, alleging he sexually assaulted her at a sports bar in suburban Markham in May. On Wednesday, Aug. 5, model Priscilla Rainey, of Palm Beach County, Fla., filed suit in federal court in Chicago against Jayceon Terrell Taylor, who goes by the professional moniker “The Game.”

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