News from February 2016

Ironworker's father sues over workplace death

By Robert Hadley | Feb 5, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County man is suing three Chicago businesses over the alleged wrongful death of his son from an accident involving a 4,000-pound steel beam.

Mother files suit against doctor, hospitals in toddler's death

By Robert Hadley | Feb 5, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing a doctor practicing at Homewood Health Center and other facilities for the alleged wrongful death of her 2-year-old son.

Patient claims doctor performed needless procedure

By Robert Hadley | Feb 5, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County man says a doctor practicing at Edward Hospital performed an allegedly unnecessary cardiac procedure on him without prior consent.

Opposition forms against the ABA's pilot program for small businesses

By Annie Hunt | Feb 6, 2016

The Illinois State Bar Association has joined forces with bar associations in Pennsylvania to California to oppose the Law Connect pilot program designed by the American Bar Association and Rocket Lawyer.

'Humorless' lawsuit over 'obvious joke' ad for 5 Hour Energy kicked out of court

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 6, 2016

A world record-holding hacky sacker has lost his bid to extract damages from the makers of 5 Hour Energy over an advertisement for the energy drink, after a federal judge, calling the ad an “obvious joke” and chiding the plaintiff for lacking a sense of humor, kicked to the curb a lawsuit alleging the ad improperly used the hacky sacker’s record and implied he had relied on the energy drink to achieve his record.

Chicago to pay $3 million to settle claims it discriminated vs cop candidates who lived in U.S. less than 10 years

By Dan Churney | Feb 8, 2016

The city of Chicago has quickly assented to the U.S. Department of Justice’s contentions it discriminated against foreign-born police applicants by requiring applicants to have lived in the U.S. for 5-10 years before applying. As part of a settlement agreement announced in Chicago federal court, the city has agreed to pay $3.1 million in the class action brought by the Justice Department on behalf of 47 onetime police officer applicants.

Woman accuses caregivers of negligence over mother’s broken hip

By Robert Hadley | Feb 8, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman says staff at Brentwood Nursing Home failed to properly supervise her mother, allowing her to break her hip.

Patient accuses surgeon of several errors

By Robert Hadley | Feb 8, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman claims a surgeon who operated on her to repair a broken shoulder made several errors during the procedure.

Daughter brings wrongful death suit against mother’s nursing home

By Robert Hadley | Feb 8, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman says her 69-year-old mother developed serious injuries while a resident of the Manor Care nursing home in Kankakee that contributed to her death.

Label company accuses ex-worker of stealing proprietary information

By Robert Hadley | Feb 8, 2016

CHICAGO — An Illinois firm is suing an ex-employee for allegedly breaking a confidentiality agreement after he left the company to launch a competitor.

Online lawyer directory Avvo hit with class action for allegedly wrongly profiting from lawyers' 'professional ID'

By Dana Herra | Feb 8, 2016

A Chicago attorney has filed a class-action lawsuit against Avvo, an online directory that allows consumers to search for attorneys by city, name or area of practice, claiming the website is making money from her information and that of other lawyers without permission.

Wineries put cork in qui tam lawsuits over wine shipping charges, sales tax

By Annie Hunt | Feb 8, 2016

A  group of more than two dozen California wineries who ship wine to Illinois customers have scored a legal win, as a Cook County judge granted the request of Illinois Attorney Gen. Lisa Madigan to dismiss numerous lawsuits alleging the wineries had shorted the state's treasury by not paying sales taxes on shipping and handling fees they charged consumers.

With legal battle over gambling machine tax ended, casino owes Cook County $3 million

By Annie Hunt | Feb 9, 2016

After the Illinois Supreme Court refused to hear the casino owners' appeal, Cook County now has the green light to collect $3 million in unpaid taxes from Midwest Gaming, owner and operator of Des Plaines’ Rivers Casino.

Class action alleges GroupOn uses Instagram photos without permission to promote deals

By Scott Holland | Feb 9, 2016

An Instagram user has brought a class action against Groupon, arguing Chicago-based e-commerce deal provider has been wrongly using photos posted to Instagram to promote deals crafted by Groupon for restaurants and other businesses.

Chicago man alleges wrongful death against Des Plaines man

By Robbie Hargett | Feb 9, 2016

CHICAGO — A Chicago man has filed suit, claiming his aunt died as a result of actions by a Des Plaines man.

Man sues nursing home after father's death

By Robert Hadley | Feb 9, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County man claims that caregivers at the Provena Villa Franciscan nursing home in Joliet were negligent in caring for his father, ultimately leading to the older man's death.

Ex-wife of convicted former Cook board member Moreno sues lawyers for letting feds seize Moreno's pension

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 9, 2016

The ex-wife of convicted former Cook County Commissioner Joseph Moreno, who is now serving 11 years in prison for his role in bribery and kickback schemes, has sued her former lawyers, saying legal missteps cost her Moreno’s pension, which instead was seized by the U.S.

US Supreme Court's move to freeze Obama Clean Power Plan win for 30 states fighting new carbon regulations

By Jessica Karmasek | Feb 10, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with nearly 30 states in granting a stay of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

Tug crewman sues companies over alleged permanent injuries

By Robert Hadley | Feb 10, 2016

CHICAGO — A tugboat crew member working for the City of Chicago says he suffered serious, permanent injuries in a 2014 accident at work.

Hip replacement patient sues over blood contamination

By Robert Hadley | Feb 10, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing the manufacturer and distributor of an alleged faulty artificial hip replacement device, claiming defects in design.

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