News from January 2016

Four Loko makers can't force insurer to defend them against intoxication death, injury suits

By Dana Herra | Jan 6, 2016

The makers of Four Loko, a cross between malt liquor and an energy drink, are on their own in defending against six lawsuits claiming consumption of the beverage led to injuries or deaths, after a state appellate court ruled the company’s insurer is not obligated to indemnify it. Chicago-based Phusion Projects Inc. and Phusion Projects LLC, makers of Four Loko, sued Selective Insurance Company of South Carolina in Cook County Circuit Court.

Shopper blames Food 4 Less for injuries from fall on ice

By Robert Hadley | Jan 6, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman is suing Kroger’s Food 4 Less store and its landlord, alleging she suffered injuries from a fall on the store’s icy sidewalk.

Daughters blame city of Chicago for mother’s shooting death

By Robert Hadley | Jan 6, 2016

CHICAGO – Two Cook County women are suing the city of Chicago, alleging a gunshot fired by a city police officer killed their mother.

Daughter blames Westchester Rehab for elderly mother's death

By Robert Hadley | Jan 6, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman is suing a Westchester nursing home facility, alleging its neglect led to her mother’s death.

Daughter blames Manorcare, Lee Manor for mother's death

By Robert Hadley | Jan 6, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman is suing Naperville and Des Plaines nursing homes, alleging her mother developed fatal wounds after her residency with the defendants.

Cook County judge ruled law limiting civil juries to six members is unconstitutional

By Annie Hunt | Jan 7, 2016

A Cook County judge has struck down a law limiting civil juries to six members, saying the change goes against principles enshrined in Illinois' state constitution. Judge William Gomolinksi overruled the law Dec. 21, maintaining that this is a matter of defending the constitution, not a definitive determination that a 12-person jury is the most effective way to try a civil case.

Publisher says city rules barring posters on lamp posts is unconstitutional

By Scott Holland | Jan 7, 2016

The First Amendment doesn’t specifically mention streetlight poles, but they are involved in a free speech class action complaint filed in federal court in Chicago. RCP Publications filed the complaint in December against the city, arguing the city violates the First Amendment with its policy on which messages may be posted on public property.

Frenchman accuses United Airlines of serving ice cream containing glass

By Robert Hadley | Jan 7, 2016

CHICAGO – A traveler from Paris is suing United Airlines, alleging he was served an ice cream sundae containing shards of glass while aboard a flight from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Son alleges Friendship Village's negligence led to mother’s death

By Robert Hadley | Jan 7, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County man is suing a Schaumburg retirement village, alleging it failed to supervise his mother, allowing her to fall and suffer fatal complications.

Patient accuses podiatrist of malpractice in foot surgery

By Robert Hadley | Jan 7, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County man is suing a podiatrist, alleging he chose the wrong course of treatment, causing the plaintiff to suffer persistent pain and limited mobility.

Pedestrian accuses Southgate Tower of negligence in slip-and-fall incident

By Robert Hadley | Jan 7, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman is suing a Chicago high rise and its owners, alleging they failed to clear an icy sidewalk where she says she suffered injuries from a fall.

Arthritis patient blames Wright Medical for hip implant failure

By Robert Hadley | Jan 7, 2016

CHICAGO – A Kendall County man is suing the manufacturer of a hip implant, alleging it received and knowingly allowed implantation of the device despite its record of component failure.

Diner blames Shan Li’s Restaurant for slip-and-fall injuries

By Robert Hadley | Jan 7, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman is suing an Aurora restaurant, alleging negligence for injuries she says she suffered by slipping and falling on a waterlogged floor mat.

Jury awards Ford County record $950K to family of victim of alleged medical malpractice

By Annie Hunt | Jan 7, 2016

A Ford County jury recently awarded $950,000 to the family of a 73-year-old Gibson City man who died as a result of alleged negligence in a Gibson City Clinic. The award marked a record verdict amount in the downstate county.

Lloyd’s of London rejects indemnity claim by Wunderland Group

By Robert Hadley | Jan 7, 2016

CHICAGO – Lloyd’s of London is suing Chicago tech staffing firm, alleging a cyber risk policy does not require them to indemnify it from a claim against two workers for breach of an employment contract.

Appeals panel tosses $158K legal fee award in consumer fraud case vs Sears over $3.10 sales tax overcharge

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 7, 2016

Chicago-based Zimmerman Law Offices may need to produce more records to substantiate its work if it wishes to recover a $157,000 payday it claims Sears must pay for work the firm performed to secure a $3.10 consumer fraud judgment on behalf of a “professional class action plaintiff” who had claimed the retailer charged him too much sales tax when he used federal vouchers to buy digital television converter boxes.

EEOC headed to trial over claims Costco did too little to stop employee from being stalked

By Annie Hunt | Jan 8, 2016

CHICAGO — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will take on wholesale retailer Costco in a jury trial on behalf of a female employee who was allegedly harassed and stalked while working at the company’s Glenview warehouse.

U.S. House passes asbestos, class action reform bill under veto threat

By John O'Brien | Jan 8, 2016

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Under threat of a presidential veto, the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a bill that targets class action lawsuits and the asbestos injury compensation system.

Daughter accuses Norridge Gardens of neglecting elderly mother

By Robert Hadley | Jan 8, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman is suing a Norridge nursing facility, alleging her mother suffered sepsis and other serious complications while a resident of the defendant.

Orthopedic patient blames Ingalls Memorial for permanent spinal injuries

By Robert Hadley | Jan 8, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County man is suing a Harvey hospital, alleging negligence caused his spinal cord injury.

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