News from May 2016

Starbucks' cold drinks too tall on ice, short on actual beverage, class action says

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 2, 2016

A Chicago woman, steamed over the amount of ice Starbucks put in her iced coffee and other cold drinks, has brought a class action against the global purveyor of coffee beverages, claiming they should be made to pay for perking their profits by subbing in ice for coffee and other tasty drinks.

Disability harassment no different than other forms of harassment, appeals panel says

By Dan Churney | May 2, 2016

Story CopyIllinois’ second largest city could face an action brought by a fired worker under the Illinois Human Rights Act, after an at-times divided appellate panel ruled the law’s prohibition on workplace harassment also specifically extends to protect those with disabilities.

People who sued Peet's for pouring too little French press coffee confidentially settle

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 2, 2016

A group of people who sued Peet’s Coffee & Tea for allegedly shorting them the amount French press coffee they believed they were owed for their money, have settled their lawsuits, surrendering their opportunity to pursue the cases as class actions.

Lawsuit dismissed vs Franklin Park lawyer accused of negligence in foreclosure case

By Annie Cosby | May 3, 2016

A lawsuit has been dismissed against a real estate attorney brought by a DeKalb County woman who claimed negligence of the attorney caused her property to go into foreclosure.

Judge hauls away OT pay class action brought by tow truck drivers vs Chicago wrecker company

By Scott Holland | May 3, 2016

A Chicago federal judge has put the brakes on an attempt by a group of tow truck drivers to collect overtime pay they claimed they were owed under federal law from a Chicago tow operator.

Judge: Activists not yet proven Metro Water District behind 'unnatural' river plant growth

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 3, 2016

A group of environmental action organizations appear to have more work ahead of them if they wish to persuade a federal judge that the region’s largest sewage treatment agency broke federal law and should be held responsible for what they have called unnatural levels of plant and algae growth in local rivers and streams, which the environmental groups claim is spurred by phosphorus in the treated water flowing from the agency’s sewage treatment plants.

Employers should prepare now for soon-to-come Chicago sick leave rules, attorneys say

By Karen Kidd | May 4, 2016

Chicago may be the next municipality to require employers in the city's limits to provide employees with paid sick leave, meaning employers should begin planning now for the implications of the new rules, including an increased risk of lawsuits, said a trio of local attorneys.

Passenger blames United Airlines, Sky West for injuries aboard flight

By Louie Torres | May 4, 2016

CHICAGO — A Chicago passenger is suing United Airlines and Sky West, alleging negligence caused her to be injured during a flight.

Shopper alleges food store's negligence caused her injuries

By Philip Gonzales | May 4, 2016

CHICAGO — A customer is suing a food store business, alleging its negligence caused her to suffer injuries.

Family accuses truck owners of wrongful death in pedestrian fatality

By Philip Gonzales | May 4, 2016

CHICAGO — The administrators of an estate are suing the owners and operator of a truck, alleging negligence caused a fatality. 

Anesthesia clinic alleges medical facility owes $95K

By Philip Gonzales | May 4, 2016

CHICAGO — A Belvidere anesthesia clinic is suing a Frankfort medical facility, alleging the defendant did not pay the nearly $95,000 owed under a contract.

Social service providers sue Rauner for vetoing appropriations, demand state pay $100 million

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 4, 2016

A group of more than five dozen Illinois social service agencies have sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and a collection of state agencies, alleging the governor’s decision to veto three appropriation bills in June 2015 has provided cover for the state to unconstitutionally refuse to pay them more than $100 million they are collectively owed for services rendered under contracts with the state of Illinois.

Family accuses Orland Park health facility of wrongful death

By Philip Gonzales | May 4, 2016

CHICAGO — A special administrator for an estate is suing an Orland Park health facility, alleging negligence and wrongful death.

Family accuses Chicago police officers of wrongful death

By Louie Torres | May 4, 2016

CHICAGO — An estate administrator is suing Chicago and city police officers, alleging wrongful death in firing a gun at a man who was retreating.

Family accuses two hospitals of wrongful death

By Philip Gonzales | May 4, 2016

Special administrator accuses healthcare providers of wrongful deathCHICAGO — A special administrator is suing JohnH.

Uber hit with class actions from drivers claiming they should be treated as employees under FLSA

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 4, 2016

In the wake of ride-sharing company Uber’s settlement of class action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts over the company’s classification of drivers as contractors, rather than employees, another class action has been brought in Chicago federal court demanding Uber’s drivers be treated as employees, with the associated rights and benefits, under federal labor laws.

A woman is suing food provides and university for alleged negligence

By The Cook County Record | May 5, 2016

Woman sues food provides and universityCHICAGO — A woman is suing Aramark Management LLC and the University of Chicago, food provides and university, citing alleged failure to warn and negligence.Salina Chavira filed a complaint on April 13, in the Cook County Circuit Court against the defendants alleging that they failed to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances.According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that, on April 8,, she was injured when the agent of defendant Aramark spi

Cook County man accuses Chicago police of unlawful arrest, beating

By The Cook County Record | May 5, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County man is suing the city of Chicago and city police offers, alleging he was arrested unlawfully and physically attacked. 

Snow removal service alleges heavy equipment dealer owes more than $540,000

By The Cook County Record | May 5, 2016

CHICAGO — A Markham snow removal service is suing an Elmhurst heavy equipment dealer, alleging breach of contract in failing to pay more than $540,000.

Patient targets estate of late doctor, alleges medical negligence

By The Cook County Record | May 5, 2016

CHICAGO — A patient is suing health care providers, including the estate of a deceased doctor, alleging lack of care in the examining and treatment of the plaintiff.

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