News from 2016

Auction bidder blames for injuries he suffered while retrieving purchase

By Robert Hadley | Jan 1, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County man says his fingers were crushed when workers at attempted to load a hydraulic press onto his truck.

Man accuses EN Bisso & Sons of racial discrimination

By Robert Hadley | Jan 1, 2016

NEW ORLEANS – A 52-year-old African-American man is suing his employer, alleging age and race discrimination.

Property values continue to decline in Cook County after recession; new property values shows signs of uneven recovery

By Anna Aguillard | Jan 2, 2016

According to data released by the Cook County Tax Assessor’s office, property values in Cook County townships are stabilizing, but still declining, producing signs the local real estate markets are inconsistently recovering from the economic crash about seven years ago, observers said.

Park Ridge homeowners win appellate round vs Advocate over Lutheran General flooding

By Scott Holland | Jan 2, 2016

Park Ridge homeowners have retained a window of hope in their campaign to hold neighboring Advocate Lutheran General Hospital liable for flooding. After the Cook County Circuit Court dismissed two counts of the homeowners’ class-action complaint, the First District Appellate Court reversed one of those dismissals in an unpublished order issued in December. The issue arose from a Sept. 13, 2008, storm and a subsequent Feb. 12, 2009, class action complaint.

IL AG files suit against Cicero mortgage rescue operation, alleging fraud

By Anna Aguillard | Jan 4, 2016

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed suit against a mortgage rescue operation in Cicero, alleging Carrey Services Inc., and its president, Reynaldo Rojas,charged clients about $20,000 without providing any help to people in danger of losing their homes.

Lawsuit alleging Big Lots job applications disclose too much moved from Philadelphia to Chicago federal court

By Dan Churney | Jan 4, 2016

A Pennsylvania-born putative class-action suit, which alleges the nationwide retailer Big Lots violated federal law by overstocking job applicant disclosure statements with too much information, has landed in Chicago federal court. The one-count suit, between Aaron Abel and Big Lots Stores, Inc., was filed Nov. 2 in Philadelphia County Court and transferred to Chicago Dec. 15.

Doctors not gellin' with custom orthotics claims from makers of Dr. Scholl's inserts

By Dana Herra | Jan 4, 2016

A group of podiatrists is not gelling with advertising claims made by the makers of over-the-counter foot care brand Dr. Scholl’s over just how "custom" is the fit of the brand's retail orthotic inserts. Podiatrist Lowell Scott Weil and Des Plaines-based Weil Foot and Ankle Institute LLC, which employs 17 podiatrists, filed a class action lawsuit Dec. 22 in Chicago federal court against Dr. Scholl’s parent company, Bayer AG, and its subsidiaries.

Customer accuses Futures Flooring of faulty carpet installation

By Robert Hadley | Jan 4, 2016

CHICAGO – A Chicago woman is suing an Elk Grove carpet business, alleging she suffered injuries when she stepped on a nail bed left exposed after a carpet was installed in her apartment.

Shopper alleges Jewel-Osco employee tackled him

By Robert Hadley | Jan 4, 2016

CHICAGO – A Chicago man is suing Jewel-Osco, alleging he was injured when an unnamed employee tackled him after door alarms went off when he tried to leave.

Wife accuses husband’s friend of negligence in car crash death

By Robert Hadley | Jan 4, 2016

CHICAGO – A Chicago woman is suing the estate of a friend of her husband's, alleging the defendant allowed her husband to drive a car while he was sleepy, resulting in both of their deaths.

Schizophrenic patient’s estate accuses Thresholds of wrongful death

By Robert Hadley | Jan 4, 2016

CHICAGO – The estate of a Cook County man suffering from schizophrenia is suing a Chicago care facility, alleging wrongful death after he was found dead in sub-freezing temperatures.

Cook County Board approves new technology to share data between the county’s justice agencies

By Vimbai Chikomo | Jan 5, 2016

The Cook County Board has approved the purchase of new technology to allow justice agencies within the county to share data electronically.

Federal judge dampens suit claiming Sears sells flammable riding mowers

By Dan Churney | Jan 5, 2016

Acting on a motion to dismiss, a Chicago federal judge has pruned a class action lawsuit brought by four people against Sears, which alleges the retailer sold defective lawnmowers prone to burst into flames.

Patient blames Barrington Grove Dental for wrong diagnosis

By Robert Hadley | Jan 5, 2016

CHICAGO – An Elk Grove man is suing a Barrington dentist and his practice, alleging they misdiagnosed his dental pain and ignored the underlying cause of his discomfort.

Shopper alleges Lake Point Market's negligence caused his injuries

By Robert Hadley | Jan 5, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County man is suing 505 Tower Inc., alleging negligence for injuries he says he sustained from a fall at Lake Point Market.

Braces wearer accuses Holistic Dental Care of damaging her smile

By Robert Hadley | Jan 5, 2016

CHICAGO – A 19-year-old Cook County woman is suing her orthodontist, alleging his incompetence caused injuries that could cost her some teeth.

Mother blames city of Chicago for handicapped son’s injuries at Midway

By Robert Hadley | Jan 5, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman is suing the city of Chicago, alleging negligence after she says her handicapped son suffered injuries from a fall at Midway International Airport.

Patient blames DePuy Orthopaedics for defective hip replacement

By Robert Hadley | Jan 5, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County man is suing the makers and sellers of artificial hips, alleging they knowingly sold him defective hip replacement units.

Patient blames Mohs Surgery and Dermatology for infection

By Robert Hadley | Jan 5, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County man is suing a dermatologist and his practice, alleging their mistakes have left him permanently injured.

Condo owners facing eviction get just one chance in court to challenge legitimacy of fees

By Dan Churney | Jan 6, 2016

Condominium owners who wish to challenge the legality of fees charged by their properties’ owners associations don’t get two chances in court to do so, an Illinois state appellate panel has found, upholding a Cook County judge’s dismissal of an evicted condo owner’s suit over association assessment late fees, saying the owner should have raised the issue when he was evicted three years before. The appellate order was filed Dec. 17 under Supreme Court Rule 23.

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