News from February 2016

Cook County demands Kellogg's cough up $2.1 million for allegedly bummed steam heat at SW side plant

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 1, 2016

Cook County has served up a demand for more than $2 million to the Kellogg Company, demanding the maker of breakfast cereals, cookies and other foods cough up the money the county says Kellogg owes for more than a decade’s worth of steam heat provided to a Kellogg’s plant on the city’s southwest side, across the street from the Cook County Jail.

Family blames medical team for wrong diagnosis

By Travis Zuellig | Feb 1, 2016

CHICAGO — The executor of an estate is suing seven doctors, a nurse practitioner and a hospital, alleging a family member's broken pelvis was not properly diagnosed or treated.

Couple accuses Cambridge Nursing and Rehab of improper care

By Travis Zuellig | Feb 1, 2016

CHICAGO — A couple is suing a Skokie nursing home, alleging violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act.

Patient alleges Rush Medical Center guilty of negligence

By Travis Zuellig | Feb 1, 2016

CHICAGO — A former patient is suing Rush University Medical Center, the orthopedics department and a doctor, alleging breach of duty and negligence.

FLSA lawsuit activity breaks record, rises again in 2015, up 8 percent vs 2014

By Annie Hunt | Feb 1, 2016

2015 proved to be a record-breaking year for the number of lawsuits filed in federal court under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and 2016 will probably break that record, a Seyfarth Shaw attorney says.

Judges disagree if county can sue, but appeal won't slow Cook's predatory lending suit vs HSBC

By Dan Churney | Feb 1, 2016

A Chicago federal judge will not slow down Cook County’s predatory lawsuit against HSBC, denying a request from HSBC to place the county’s legal action on hold to allow a federal appeals court to iron out differing opinions among local federal judges as to whether the county actually has standing under federal law to sue HSBC and other banks over allegations the banks discriminated against borrowers based on race and worsened local housing markets.

Appeals panel: Circuit judge erred in not giving female domestic violence victim order of protection

By Dana Herra | Feb 2, 2016

The First District Appellate Court of Illinois expressed strong disapproval of a Cook County circuit court judge’s handling of a domestic violence case, in which the alleged victim’s request for an order of protection was denied and a less-stringent civil restraining order was issued instead.

Class actions say Purina, Wellpet brand 'made in USA' dog foods actually aren't

By Scott Holland | Feb 2, 2016

A woman and dog owner from west central Illinois has brought class action lawsuits against two dog food makers, alleging their kibble, while marketed as “made in the USA,” actually includes ingredients sourced from outside the U.S., placing American dogs at risk and violating state consumer fraud laws.

Woman claims dentists missed periodontal disease

By Robert Hadley | Feb 2, 2016

A Cook County woman is suing two dental practices, claiming her periodontal disease was misdiagnosed and improperly treated.

Patient claims permanent injuries from catheterization

By Robert Hadley | Feb 2, 2016

A Cook County man says staff at Northwest Community Hospital allegedly damaged his urinary tract with improper catheterization.

Man accuses UP, Metra of negligence after being hit by trains

By Robert Hadley | Feb 2, 2016

A Cook County man is suing Union Pacific Railroad and Metra, based on a claim that he was struck by two commuter trains that were allegedly speeding in hazardous conditions after a snowstorm last year.

Patient blames stroke on alleged negligence at dialysis center

By Robert Hadley | Feb 2, 2016

A Cook County man is suing Davita Montclare Dialysis Center in Chicago, claiming he suffered a stroke.

Class action says Ford knew about 'inherent defect' in PowerShift transmission, never told car owners

By Dana Herra | Feb 3, 2016

A Plainfield woman has brought a class action suit against Ford, claiming the automaker knew the PowerShift transmission it offers on Fiestas and Focuses is defective, but has never publicly acknowledged the defect or offered restitution to vehicle owners.

Attack victim sues MSUB Enterprises, alleging negligence

By Robert Hadley | Feb 3, 2016

CHICAGO — A 28-year-old Cook County man says he was injured in an unprovoked attack by three men on the premises of MSUB Enterprises that left him in a coma for a time, and unable to work for eight months.

Man blames wife’s death on alleged negligence at Advocate Health

By Robert Hadley | Feb 3, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County man claims that doctors at Advocate Health and Hospitals were negligent during his wife’s surgery, leading to her death.

Patron accuses Small Bar of overserving alleged assailant

By Robert Hadley | Feb 3, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County man says a fellow patron at Small Bar on North Albany Avenue got drunk and assaulted him after allegedly being served too much liquor.

Husband blames wife’s lung cancer death on delayed treatment

By Robert Hadley | Feb 3, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County man is suing Physicians of the North Shore, claiming a doctor there misdiagnosed and delayed treatment of his wife’s ultimately fatal lung cancer.

Mechanic accuses BP, others of causing his cancer

By Robert Hadley | Feb 3, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County auto mechanic is suing BP, ExxonMobil and a dozen other defendants, claiming the chemicals in their products gave him cancer.

Alleged stroke misdiagnosis prompts suit against doctor, medical center

By Robert Hadley | Feb 3, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing Pro Care Medical Center, claiming they misdiagnosed her stroke.

Father's death prompts daughter's suit against nursing home

By Robert Hadley | Feb 3, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing the nursing home where her 76-year-old father lived, Norridge Gardens, claiming it allowed him to develop allegedly fatal complications.

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