News from February 2016

River Oaks Honda customer accuses dealership of negligence in fall

By Robert Hadley | Feb 3, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing a Honda dealership over injuries she says she suffered during a fall on the premises.

Daughter blames mother’s death on surgical mistake at Thorek Memorial

By Robert Hadley | Feb 3, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing Thorek Memorial Hospital and two doctors, claiming their negligence during bowel surgery caused her mother’s death.

Medical society executive sues over defamatory emails, alleged coverup attempt

By The Cook County Record | Feb 3, 2016

An executive at a Chicago-based medical society has brought a lawsuit against a South Barrington man he accused of defaming him in an email to colleagues, sparking an investigation by his employer the executive said damaged his reputation, despite an alleged attempt by the other man to claim the email was actually the work of someone who hacked his email account.

Target can't dismiss injury lawsuit brought by family of child hurt skateboarding inside Vernon Hills store

By Scott Holland | Feb 3, 2016

Target must continue to defend itself in a liability suit after a federal judge refused to dismiss the complaint of a family whose child was injured riding an unsold skateboard inside a Vernon Hills store.

Illinois Supreme Court physician credentialing discovery ruling not necessarily a game changer

By Karen Kidd | Feb 3, 2016

Health care workers and others will undoubtedly carefully study the impact of a recent Illinois Supreme Court decision pertaining to the discoverability of physicians' credential applications held by hospitals. But the decision may not affect as much as some fear it might.

Belmont Village allegedly negligent in woman's death

By Travis Zuellig | Feb 4, 2016

CHICAGO — A deceased woman's daughter is suing a sheltered care facility alleging negligence and wrongful death.

Appeals panel: OK for bank, ad agency to settle for zero dollars, thwart accountant's countersuit vs bank in embezzlement suit

By Dan Churney | Feb 4, 2016

An Illinois appeals panel has backed a Cook County judge’s ruling that Bank of America and a Chicago advertising agency didn’t pull a fast one on a Skokie accountant, by reaching a zero-dollar settlement in a $1 million embezzlement lawsuit, saving the ad agency untold sums in legal fees and shielding the bank from the accountant’s countersuit.

Guest sues over fall at hotel in Northbrook

By Robert Hadley | Feb 4, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman says she was injured when she slipped and fell on a slippery entrance floor at a Crowne Plaza hotel in the Chicago suburb of Northbrook.

Judge tosses insurers' RICO class action vs testosterone drug makers, saying not specific enough

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 4, 2016

A federal judge has tossed, with leave to amend, the bulk of a federal racketeering and fraud class action brought by an Ohio-based health insurer against Abbvie and other makers of testosterone drugs, saying the insurer has not yet backed up with enough particularity its allegations the drugmakers invented the condition known as “low T,” and, through false marketing to doctors, patients and insurers alike, induced insurers and others to pay far more for the drugs to treat the condition.

Obamacare health insurer Land of Lincoln Health hit with class action over U of C coverage 'bait & switch'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 4, 2016

Two Chicago men have slapped a troubled provider of Obamacare health insurance policies with a class action lawsuit, alleging Land of Lincoln Health misled them into purchasing health plans on the belief the plans would include coverage for procedures at University of Chicago Medicine, even though Land of Lincoln allegedly knew the plans would not.

FTC issues guidelines on 'native advertising,' but still may not help businesses much

By Emma Gallimore | Feb 5, 2016

The Federal Trade Commission has released new guidance on native advertising - or advertising designed to look like anything but an ad - including directions for publishers and advertisers as well as a policy statement on its enforcement approach.

George Lucas Museum foes score win in latest episode of saga over fate of lakefront site

By Scott Holland | Feb 5, 2016

Opponents of the George Lucas museum proposed for Chicago’s lakefront have won the latest episode in the long running legal wars over the planned attraction, after a federal judge refused to dismiss their lawsuit against the city and park district.

Nursing home resident blames South Suburban Rehab for injuries from roommate

By Robert Hadley | Feb 5, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman is suing a nursing home for allegedly failing to protect her from a violent roommate.

Wesley Place resident blames facility for power tool injury

By Robert Hadley | Feb 5, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County man says a power tool left in the floor at a nursing home left him permanently injured.

IL Supreme Court: State wrong to deny unemployment benefits to American Airlines worker fired for upgrading passenger

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 5, 2016

An American Airlines worker who was fired by the airline for helping a passenger secure a seating upgrade and some champagne for the flight has been cleared to collect unemployment benefits, after the Illinois Supreme Court found, since the worker did nothing illegal or obviously wrong, American Airlines’ lack of clear, written governing how to give passenger upgrades negated the airline’s claims it had the right to fire the worker for “misconduct.”

Food mart owner claims mistakes ruined fuel, cars

By Robert Hadley | Feb 5, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County man operating a gas station and food mart says a mistake by a delivery driver ruined an entire tank of fuel that is now unsalable.

Granddaughter brings wrongful death suit against nursing facility

By Robert Hadley | Feb 5, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing Southpoint Nursing & Rehab, claiming that negligent wound care contributed to her grandmother’s death.

Daughter files wrongful death suit against Berkeley Nursing and Rehab

By Robert Hadley | Feb 5, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing Berkeley Nursing and Rehab Center and two other entities over injuries her 73-year-old mother allegedly suffered while she resided at the facility, which the suit says contributed to her death.

Nursing-home care fell short, lawsuit claims

By Robert Hadley | Feb 5, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County man says his mother developed severe, debilitating wounds while a resident of the Alden-Town Manor nursing home.

Landlord's insurer files liability suit over fire

By Robert Hadley | Feb 5, 2016

CHICAGO — The insurance company for Edgewater Place Condominiums is suing an Illinois man, alleging that a fire started in a unit he leased to another tenant.

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