News from April 2016

Appeals panel upholds $22 million verdict to family of carpenter injured in McCormick Place crash

By Dana Herra | Apr 8, 2016

A state appellate panel has upheld a $22 million verdict awarded to a former carpenter who was seriously injured while constructing booths for a trade show at McCormick Place.

Land of Lincoln Health re-ups with University of Chicago, asks court to dismiss class action alleging it misled customers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 8, 2016

On the heels of announcing it had resumed covering patients seeking health care through University of Chicago Medicine, Land of Lincoln Health has asked a Cook County judge to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought by two of its former customers who alleged the provider of Obamacare health insurance policies had misled people into buying policies under false premises.

Guardian alleges health care provider's negligence caused relative's suffering

By Ruel Reyes | Apr 8, 2016

CHICAGO — A guardian is suing health care providers, alleging negligence led to the suffering of a relative. 

Mother blames day care center for child's illness

By Ruel Reyes | Apr 8, 2016

CHICAGO — A mother is suing a Des Plaines child day care center, alleging negligence led to her child contracting tuberculosis. 

Group suing Cook County Circuit Clerk over filing fees asks judge to toss 'copy-and-paste' duplicate lawsuits

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 8, 2016

A Schaumburg-based medical records technology company, which brought a class action lawsuit against Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy Brown over her office’s allegedly improper collection of filing fees for certain kinds of motions, has asked a judge to either dismiss or at least put a hold on what it called “copy-and-paste” duplicate class actions filed after its initial lawsuit.

Man claims he was injured after falling from steel platform

By Ruel Reyes | Apr 9, 2016

A man alleges he was injured after falling while assembling a steel frame on a construction site.

Husband blames physicians for wife's alleged wrongful death

By Ruel Reyes | Apr 9, 2016

CHICAGO – A husband is suing two doctors alleging that their negligence caused his wife's death.

Man alleges doctor failed to diagnose, treat infection

By Ruel Reyes | Apr 9, 2016

CHICAGO – A Manteno man alleges that he required amputations after his doctor failed to property diagnose and treat him for infection.

Estate blames Homewood rehabilitation center for woman's death

By Ruel Reyes | Apr 11, 2016

CHICAGO — An estate administrator is suing a Homewood rehabilitation facility, alleging negligence caused a woman's death.

Family alleges Elmwood Park care facility negligence caused relative's death

By Ruel Reyes | Apr 11, 2016

CHICAGO — An administrator is suing an Elmwood Park nursing care facility, alleging its negligence caused a relative's death.

Family alleges Chicago hospital, staff caused relative's death

By Ruel Reyes | Apr 11, 2016

CHICAGO — A relative is suing a Chicago hospital, alleging its negligence caused a family member's death.

Student hurt in floor hockey game should be allowed to sue Conant H.S., District 211, appeals panel says

By Scott Holland | Apr 11, 2016

The state’s largest public high school district, serving students from several communities in northwest suburban Cook County, will need to defend against a personal injury lawsuit brought by a Conant High School student who said a gym teacher’s decision to not require eye protection for students playing floor hockey left him with an injured eye.

Andrews award highlights need for hotel privacy policies, training

By Jacob Bielanski | Apr 11, 2016

A $55 million award given to ESPN anchor Erin Andrews over videos taken of her while undressed in her hotel room through a peephole has highlighted the importance of privacy policy and security for hotel operators.

Country Chevrolet of Herscher ordered to pay $2.3 million for failing to withhold child support payments

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 11, 2016

A Cook County judge has ordered a car dealer to pay a Flossmoor woman more than $2.26 million for purportedly failing to withhold child support payments from the paychecks it cut to the woman’s ex-husband, a dealership finance manager the dealer attempted to claim was an independent contractor, and not an employee.

Easy Access: For shops hit with ADA access lawsuits, compliance can be costly

By Stephanie N. Grimoldby | Apr 12, 2016

Whether it’s the cost of compliance - in the form of handicapped restrooms, ramps, elevators or even simple signage – or the cost of a trial, the dollars can add up quickly for small businesses facing accessibility lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Food supplier asks judge for rights to auction Joe Caputo & Sons' last three suburban supermarkets over debt

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 12, 2016

As claims for unpaid invoices for meats, fruits, vegetables and more continue to pile up, the remaining store locations run by suburban supermarket chain Joe Caputo & Sons appear headed to the auction block this spring.

Father blames school for son's injuries

By Ruel Reyes | Apr 12, 2016

CHICAGO — A father is suing a Markham school district and junior high, alleging negligence caused his son's injuries.

Family blames Chicago health provider for sister's death

By Ruel Reyes | Apr 12, 2016

CHICAGO — A relative is suing a Chicago-based health service provider, alleging negligence caused her sister's death.

Republic Bank accuses three customers of failing to pay $900,000 debt

By Ruel Reyes | Apr 12, 2016

CHICAGO — Republic Bank of Chicago is suing suing three individuals, alleging an unpaid bank debt. of more than $900,000

Class action: Local L.A. Tan franchisee must pay for storing client fingerprints, despite similar suit vs national brand

By Scott Holland | Apr 12, 2016

While already pursuing a class action complaint against nationwide tanning salon franchiser L.A. Tan, an Illinois woman has lodged a second complaint against its Schaumburg franchisee, alleging the franchise business owner should be made to pay, as well, for collecting, storing and sharing customers’ fingerprints when enrolling them in L.A. Tan’s customer rewards program.

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