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Access to justice will be a focus of new Chicago Bar Association president

CHICAGO — The role of a bar association has been changing with wider access to legal information online and more people working remotely, but the new president of the Chicago Bar Association still sees an important role for the organization, both for its members and for the general public.

Business owner accused of groping worker, denies allegations

CHICAGO — A former employee is suing Don Rico's Jr. LLC and business owner Peter Vazzana, citing alleged sexual harassment. Vazzana denies the allegations.

Lawsuit seeks identities of harassers

CHICAGO — A couple's lawsuit against Enflick Inc., d/b/a Textnow, John Does 1-19, seeks information from a phone company as it accuses unknown parties of defamation, invasion of privacy, and violation of telephone harassment statutes.

Nursing home accused of failure to supervise

CHICAGO — A man with power of attorney for his father is suing Lexington Health Care Center of Chicago Ridge Inc., d/b/a Lexington Center-Chicago Ridge, a nursing care facility, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries.

Eatery accused of serving contaminated food

CHICAGO — A woman is suing Carbon on 26th LLC, d/b/a Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill, a food establishment, citing alleged failure to warn, insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries, negligence and product liability.

Nursing home care criticized in wrongful death suit

CHICAGO — An administrator of a deceased woman's estate has filed a wrongful death suit against Belhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center LLC and Infinity Healthcare Management of Illinois LLC, alleging negligence in nursing home care.

Woman says emergency responders went to wrong address

CHICAGO — A widow is suing the Village of Orland Park, d/b/a Orland Park Fire Department; Orland Fire Protection District; and the Orland Park Police Department, in a wrongful death claim that alleges treatment for her husband was delayed when emergency responders went to the wrong address.

Utility seeks compensation for downed poles, wires

CHICAGO — An electric utility is suing truck driver Jaroslaw Koleczek individually and as agent of Composites One LLC, alleging negligence in the collapse of power poles and wires.

Nursing home accused of failing to provide proper care

CHICAGO — An administrator of a deceased woman's estate is suing Alden-Wentworth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center Inc., d/b/a Alden Wentworth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Alden Wentworth LLC, d/b/a Alden-Wentworth LLC, and Alden Management Services, Inc., in a wrongful death claim alleging negligence in nursing home care.

Nursing home accused of negligence in care

CHICAGO — An administrator of a deceased man's estate is suing St. Pauls House & Health Care Center, alleging that shortcomings in nursing home care worsened various health conditions and hastened his death.

Court pans pizza tax class action suit, says take-and-bake pie not 'essential' enough to dodge higher tax

An Illinois appeals court has flattened a would-be class-action suit against the Papa Murphy’s pizza chain, by affirming a lower court ruling that, under Illinois law, a take-and-bake pizza is not a necessity, as alleged by plaintiff in an effort to reclaim an allegedly excessive pizza sales tax. 

Preliminary budget for Cook County indicates possible tax hikes ahead

CHICAGO – Cook County has released the preliminary forecast for its 2017 fiscal year budget, signaling that tough times and tax hikes may lie ahead for the county.

Judge: More needed to prove Seyfarth Shaw, Northern Trust, others racketeered in tax fraud scheme

Chicago-based international law firm Seyfarth Shaw and financial services firm Northern Trust has beaten back a federal RICO lawsuit, for now, after a federal judge said the president of an underwriting company didn’t do enough to establish the companies, engaged in racketeering when they allegedly misled him into running the tens of millions of dollars he received from the sale of his company stock through an abusive tax shelter scheme.

Physical therapist cleared to step forward with overtime pay class action vs former employer

A physical therapist who alleged she and potentially more than 100 others like her were not paid the overtime wages due them will be allowed to proceed with her federal class action wage lawsuit against her former employer. 

Woman says hole in ground led to injuries

CHICAGO — A woman is suing Kitchens & Baths by Knobel LLC, Dickson Brothers Plumbing Inc. and J.D. Wieland Inc., alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries.

Firefighter sues after alleged attack, false accusations

CHICAGO — A paramedic/firefighter for the Village of Dolton is suing the village and fellow paramedic/firefighter Anton Downing, alleging abuse of process, malicious prosecution and battery.

Woman seeks damages after nursing home fall

CHICAGO — An individual is suing Generations at Applewood, LLC, d/b/a Applewood Rehabilitation Center, S.I.R. Management, Inc. and Dee Korycki, R.N., alleging negligence in nursing home care.

Woman says dental implant work done incorrectly

CHICAGO — A patient is suing James D' Alise, D.D.S. individually and d/b/a ACDI Oakbrook LLC, and ACDI Orland Park LLC, each a/k/a and d/b/a A Center for Dental Implants, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries.

Man claims nursing home care fell short

CHICAGO — A man is suing South Suburban Rehabilitation Center LLC, South Suburban Rehabilitation Center and South Suburban Rehab Center, alleging negligence in nursing home care.

John Crane asks judge to back off bench-initiated discovery for possible asbestos case sanctions

Ford Motors and other corporate co-defendants in an asbestos action pending in Cook County court have ended the push to punish gasket maker John Crane Inc. and its lawyers for allegedly allowing plaintiffs’ lawyers to use it as a “shill” to allow such cases to remain in Cook County. Now, lawyers for the Chicago-based JCI have asked a Cook County judge to also back off a potential unprompted request for documents in thousands of asbestos cases in Cook and Madison counties.