News from June 2016

Appeals court: Cook County has lawful power to regulate trash, recycling transfer stations

By Dana Herra | Jun 1, 2016

A state appellate court has ruled that Cook County has the authority to regulate solid waste and recycling facilities, upholding a summary judgment by the Cook County Circuit Court against the National Waste and Recycling Association.

Park Ridge customer alleges Denny's negligence caused injuries

By Louie Torres | Jun 1, 2016

CHICAGO — A Park Ridge customer is suing a Denny's restaurant, alleging negligence led to her suffering injuries.

Customer accuses Home Depot of negligence

By Louie Torres | Jun 1, 2016

CHICAGO — A customer is suing Home Depot, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries to the plaintiff as the defendant's store in Carol Stream.

Disabled worker accuses employer of federal violations

By Louie Torres | Jun 1, 2016

CHICAGO — An employee is suing a Cook County business, alleging the defendant retaliated against him for filing for compensation benefits.

Chicago woman accuses Northwestern Memorial, others of assault

By Louie Torres | Jun 1, 2016

CHICAGO — A Chicago woman is suing Northwestern Memorial Hospital and other defendants, alleging they assaulted her when they removed her from their property. 

Woman blames lawyer for costing her potential payout in false Medicare claims action vs hospice

By LocalLabs News Service | Jun 1, 2016

A woman who claimed she was the whistleblower who alerted the federal government to health care fraud at a suburban hospice facility, costing Medicare millions of dollars, has brought a malpractice action against the lawyer whose bad advice she blames for costing her the reward she believes she was due under the law for reporting the misdeeds of her former employer.

Chicago can't pursue garage operators when valet services don't pay parking taxes, decision says

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 1, 2016

The city of Chicago has halted its attempt to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes from a large local parking garage operator, after an apparent settlement deal appeared to end the legal action that came about two months after a Chicago administrative law judge ruled state law doesn’t let City Hall go after garage operators for taxes actually owed by valet parking outfits that pay to use the garages.

Widow blames railroad for husband's death

By Louie Torres | Jun 2, 2016

CHICAGO — A widow is suing a Chicago railroad, alleging insufficient measures were taken to protect her late husband from contracting leukemia.

Winnetka man gets new chance to press case village stormwater fee is unconstitutional tax

By Scott Holland | Jun 2, 2016

A Winnetka resident, whose lawsuit challenged whether the stormwater utility fee slapped on property owners by the north suburban village is actually a tax, has clearance to sail on, after a state appeals panel said the legal arguments in the challenge hold enough water to survive the village’s attempt to sink it via motion to dismiss.

Mother blames day care business for son's lack of supervision

By Louie Torres | Jun 2, 2016

CHICAGO — A mother is suing a Harvey day care facility, alleging negligence in allowing her son to stay overnight.

IL EPA to issue first loan specifically to replace lead pipes from water system, expects more to come

By Taryn Phaneuf | Jun 2, 2016

As attention increasingly builds on lead content in municipal drinking water in Chicago and elsewhere, an Illinois city has become the first community to receive aid from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency specifically targeted at alleviating problems with waterborne lead.

EEOC issues rules on employee wellness programs, even as court fights rage over its take on the law

By Jamie Kelly | Jun 2, 2016

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued regulations last month about what employers can and cannot do to encourage or even require employee participation in employer-sponsored wellness programs, while still complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA).But those new rules have come amid pitched legal battles over whether the commission’s interpretation of those law is even correct.

School bus companies hit Navistar with $70 million RICO suit over defective buses

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 2, 2016

Two suburban bus companies have accused diesel truck and bus maker Navistar of racketeering, alleging Navistar knowingly sold defective school buses on the front end, and then its affiliated companies continued to reap profits on the back end from money paid by the bus companies to consistently service and repair the buses’ purportedly faulty engines and braking systems.

Man claims legal malpractice in divorce case

By Louie Torres | Jun 2, 2016

CHICAGO – A DuPage County man alleges a Wheaton law firm and lawyer failed to adequately represent him in his divorce case.

Individual files suit against dog owner over alleged bite injuries

By Louie Torres | Jun 2, 2016

CHICAGO – A woman has filed a suit against a dog owner alleging the animal bit her and caused injuries.

Man alleges negligence after surgeries

By Louie Torres | Jun 2, 2016

CHICAGO – A man has filed a suit claiming he still has a limited range of motion in his leg from negligent surgeries he had as a minor.

Suit filed against doctor, Good Samaritan Hospital over alleged injuries

By Louie Torres | Jun 2, 2016

CHICAGO – A woman alleges she suffered injuries after a surgery.

Visitor blames Chicago Heights property owners for injuries

By Louie Torres | Jun 3, 2016

CHICAGO — An Illinois man is suing a Chicago Heights property owner, alleging its negligence caused him to fall down stairs.

Police officer alleges Evanston review board owes disability payments

By Louie Torres | Jun 3, 2016

CHICAGO — An Evanston police officer is suing his pension board, alleging it owes him a pension benefit for a 2010 injury. 

Patient blames Oak Lawn hospital for fall that caused injuries

By Louie Torres | Jun 3, 2016

CHICAGO — An Illinois woman is suing an Oak Lawn hospital, alleging negligence led to the plaintiff falling and injuring herself.

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