News from January 2016

Arthritis patient blames Smith & Nephew for premature hip joint failure

By Robert Hadley | Jan 8, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman is suing the manufacturers of a hip implant, alleging it was knowingly marketed despite its deficiencies.

Illinois law granting hospitals tax exemption struck down by appellate court as unconstitutional

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 8, 2016

A state appellate panel has struck down an Illinois law providing tax exemptions to hospitals, saying lawmakers erred under the state constitution in believing hospitals should be able to avoid paying property taxes because they may provide enough benefits to their communities to offset the millions of dollars in tax revenue lost to cities, counties, school districts and other local property tax-collecting entities.

Chicago dentist says city commission didn't let him defend claims he forbade Muslim worker from wearing hijab

By Scott Holland | Jan 8, 2016

A Chicago dentist is seeking a second, higher legal opinion as he tries to refute the claims of a former Muslim employee, who claims he discriminated against her by forbidding her from wearing her hijab at work. Dr. Dhiraj Sharma, owner of American Dental Associates, recently filed a petition for common law writ of certiorari in Cook County Circuit Court, asking the court to intervene in his dispute with the Chicago Commission on Human Relations.

Family blames lag in treatment for father’s death at Advocate Trinity

By Robert Hadley | Jan 8, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County widow alleges doctors at Advocate Trinity Hospital delayed treatment of her husband’s respiratory distress, which ultimately led to his death.

Not likely jury would've believed for-profit colleges tried to pocket admission reps' bonuses, judge says

By Dana Herra | Jan 9, 2016

A federal court has denied a man’s attempt to sue his former employer, a Schaumburg-based operator of several for-profit career education colleges, over its termination of a bonus incentive program he says cost him thousands. U.S. Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown granted summary judgment in December to defendant Career Education Corporation, which operates Le Cordon Bleu College, American Intercontinental University and Colorado Technical University.

Motel operators ask U.S. Supreme Court to mow down amounts Chicago can fine for violations of city weed ordinance

By Dan Churney | Jan 11, 2016

Attorneys for a Skokie motel corporation are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to establish the formula for courts to use in determining whether state and local fines are over the top, as they challenge federal court dismissals of their lawsuit alleging fines charged by the city of Chicago under its weed ordinance are excessive under the U.S. Constitution.

Wife blames Roseland Community Hospital for husband’s worsening wounds

By Robert Hadley | Jan 11, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman is suing a Chicago hospital and one of its doctors, alleging they failed to keep him from developing skin wounds while he was their patient.

Customer alleges Tortas Frontera's shattered glass caused her injuries

By Annie Hunt | Jan 11, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing a Chicago restaurant, alleging negligence for injuries she claims to have sustained from an unreasonably dangerous margarita glass.

Patient alleges Rush Medical Center used contaminated needles

By Annie Hunt | Jan 11, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing Rush University Medical Center, alleging an employee used a contaminated insulin pen to administer an insulin injection.

Patron alleges Dunkin’ Donuts' negligence caused his injuries

By Robert Hadley | Jan 11, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County man is suing Dunkin' Donuts, alleging a puddle of pooled water near the defendant's door caused him to slip and fall and suffer ongoing injuries.

Bar patron alleges Mels Odyssey bouncer shoved her into door

By Robert Hadley | Jan 11, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman is suing a Chicago bar and its bouncer, alleging excessive use of unprovoked force

Patient blames doctors at Swedish Covenant Medical Group for permanent injuries

By Robert Hadley | Jan 11, 2016

CHICAGO – A Chicago man is suing doctors at Swedish Covenant Hospital, alleging they misdiagnosed an injury to his arm, leaving him with nerve damage and disfigurement.

Patient blames Walgreens pharmacist for bad drug interaction

By Robert Hadley | Jan 11, 2016

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman is suing Walgreens, alleging a pharmacist recommended two incompatible drugs, sending her into a coma with lingering loss of memory.

Ousted GoPicnic Brands CEO says Synergy Law double-crossed her, partnered with investors in 'coup'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 11, 2016

The former president and CEO of Chicago-based GoPicnic Brands, which specializes in the production of “healthy” and portable shelf-stable prepackaged meals, has sued Synergy Law Group, a Chicago law firm she said gave her bum legal advice and then partnered with venture capitalists to oust her from leadership of the company she helped found, allegedly costing her millions of dollars. On Dec. 31, Julia Stamberger filed a legal malpractice complaint in Cook County Circuit Court against Synergy.

Survivor co-founders land in court over use of band's name to promote career of departed member Peterik

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 11, 2016

The classic rock band Survivor has asked a federal judge to kill the lights and cut the mic on the use of the iconic Chicago area band’s name and other identifying marks in promoting solo performances by former band member and fellow Survivor founder, Jim Peterik. On Jan. 11, Survivor founding member Frank Sullivan, of Palatine, and Mokena-based Survivor Music Inc. filed suit in Chicago federal court against Peterik, of Burr Ridge.

Disabled man accuses Jackson Square Skilled Nursing of negligence

By Robert Hadley | Jan 12, 2016

CHICAGO – A 35-year-old Cook County man is suing a Chicago nursing facility, alleging its neglect caused him to develop pressure ulcers.

Customer blames Walmart for water valve injury

By Annie Hunt | Jan 12, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing Walmart, alleging a protruding water valve in the store caused her to injure herself.

Ministry hit with another class action over robocalls soliciting donations to boost profits of 'prophet'

By Scott Holland | Jan 12, 2016

A Cook County resident fed up with receiving unwanted phone calls from a profitable prophet hopes a class action lawsuit will stop the ringing. Jeffrey Molitor filed the complaint Jan. 5 in Cook County Circuit against New York-based Manasseh Jordan Ministries and Yakim Manasseh Jordan.

Woman alleges Manor Care caused relative to suffer before his death

By Annie Hunt | Jan 12, 2016

CHICAGO — A woman is suing a Homewood nursing home, alleging a relative suffered due to inadequate care.

Customer blames Circle K, Mac's Convenience for slip-and-fall injuries

By Annie Hunt | Jan 12, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing a Circle K and Mac’s Convenience Store, alleging negligence caused her to fall and injure herself.

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