News from March 2016

Say cheese: Class actions begin to pile up vs Kraft, Walmart over Parmesan cheese contents

By Dana Herra | Mar 1, 2016

Class action lawsuits against Kraft Heinz and Walmart have begun to accumulate in the aftermath of a February news investigation turned up evidence of wood-based fillers in the companies’ grated Parmesan cheese products.

Suit against nursing home alleges wrongful death

By Serenity Hansberry | Mar 1, 2016

CHICAGO –– The next of kin of a Cook County deceased man has filed a suit against the nursing home where he resided, claiming that the home's neglect in care caused health issues that ultimately led to his death.

Condo owners sue after explosion, fire

By Joe Torke | Mar 1, 2016

CHICAGO — The co-owners of a Chicago condominium are suing an appliance retailer, claiming an explosion and fire that injured the plaintiffs was the fault of the defendant.

Woman sues over medication issues

By Joe Torke | Mar 1, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing over a claim that she was given flawed advice about improperly packaged medication.

Homeowner sues interior design firm

By Joe Torke | Mar 1, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County man has sued an interior design company over an alleged breach of contract.

Chicago pet shop owners say Puppy Mill Project prez wrongly smeared them as supporters of 'animal cruelty'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 1, 2016

The owners of two Chicago pet stores who recently failed to overturn a city ordinance prohibiting the sale of pets obtained from so-called “puppy mills” have set their sights on a non-profit organization that helped spearhead passage of that ordinance, saying the president of the Chicago-based Puppy Mill Project hurt their businesses by spreading falsehoods and smearing their names by associating them with animal cruelty.

IL ballot access rule requiring new parties to field full slate of candidates struck down as unconstitutional

By Dan Churney | Mar 1, 2016

A Chicago federal judge has sided with a suit brought by the Illinois Libertarian Party against the Illinois State Board of Elections, ruling state election law offends the U.S. Constitution by requiring a new party to list a full slate of candidates on nominating petitions in order to get on the ballot the first time.

Costco customer sues company over fall

By Joe Torke | Mar 2, 2016

CHICAGO — A woman is suing over a fall in a retail store that she claims caused "a severe shock to her nervous system" and permanent injuries.

School board sued over alleged evidence destruction

By John Putz | Mar 2, 2016

CHICAGO — The administrator of a deceased man's estate is suing the Board of Education of the City of Chicago, citing alleged destruction of evidence.

Lender holds accounting firm responsible for loss

By John Putz | Mar 2, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County capital funding company is suing a Montana accounting firm for more than $5 million, claiming the defendant provided false information about the net worth of a borrower who defaulted on a loan from the Illinois company.

Truck driver sues firm over lime waste accident

By Joe Torke | Mar 2, 2016

CHICAGO — A truck driver who worked in waste hauling is suing an energy firm, claiming lime waste overflowed his truck and landed on him, causing severe and permanent injuries.

Cook County judge tosses lawsuit brought by Pfleger, other activists vs suburbs over gun shop regulation

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 2, 2016

A Cook County judge has abruptly ended an attempt by a coalition of Chicago community activists, including Fr. Michael Pfleger and others, to use an Illinois civil rights law to force suburban communities to more stringently regulate gun shops operating within their borders, who the activists say are responsible for a disproportionate share of the firearms used by criminals and gangbangers to terrorize Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods.

Democrats fail to override Rauner MAP grants veto; Compromise effort may be next

By Mark Fitton | Mar 2, 2016

SPRINGFIELD — Democrats on Wednesday came up two votes shy of overriding Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill to authorize $721 million to fund tuition grants and community colleges.

Symphony Countryside LLC accused of negligence

By John Putz | Mar 2, 2016

CHICAGO – An Aurora nursing facility is being sued over allegations of negligence.

Catholic Charities lawsuit: Chicago OK'd marijuana dispensary too near shelter with child care service

By Scott Holland | Mar 2, 2016

Catholic Charities has asked a Cook County judge to overrule the Chicago Zoning Board’s permission for a medical marijuana dispensary to open near a Lakeview shelter for women and children it operates, saying the Zoning Board improperly overlooked the shelter’s unlicensed child care service when determining there were no day care centers or schools within 1,000 feet of the planned dispensary site.

Chicago State must pay millions to whistleblower jury found was fired for releasing documents that cost president pension money

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 3, 2016

Chicago State University will need to pay a whistleblower more than $3.3 million in damages after a state appellate panel said the jury didn’t err in finding the whistleblower was fired for refusing to bottle up public documents that may have cost the incoming president of the public university on Chicago’s South Side the chance to draw a pension along with his salary.

Man sues nursing home in claim of wrongful death

By Joe Torke | Mar 3, 2016

CHICAGO — The independent administrator of a deceased woman's estate has sued a nursing home, alleging negligence that contributed to a wrongful death.

Electrical work leads to lead-exposure lawsuit

By Joe Torke | Mar 3, 2016

CHICAGO — An employee of an electrical contractor and the employee's wife are suing a utility and others, claiming the electrical worker suffered from lead poisoning as a result of the defendants' negligence.

Water Reclamation District board candidate illegally placed robocalls to cell phones, lawsuit says

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 3, 2016

The political campaign for a candidate seeking a seat on the board of commissioners overseeing sewage treatment and stormwater management in Chicago and most of Cook County has been hit with a class action lawsuit, alleging the campaign violated federal law when it placed pre-recorded robocalls to cell phones.

Restaurant patron sues over injuries

By Joe Torke | Mar 3, 2016

CHICAGO — A woman is suing a restaurant/brewery, claiming she was injured in a fall on a wet floor.

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