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.
News from January 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.
CHICAGO – Two Cook County women are suing the city of Chicago, alleging a gunshot fired by a city police officer killed their mother.
CHICAGO – A Cook County woman is suing a Westchester nursing home facility, alleging its neglect led to her mother’s death.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.