News from May 2016

Cook County man accuses Japanese company of fraud

By Louie Torres | May 9, 2016

CHICAGO — An Cook County man is suing a Japanese company, alleging he is owed more than $200,000. 

Daughter blames medical facility for mother's death

By Philip Gonzales | May 9, 2016

CHICAGO — A daughter is suing a Blue Island medical facility, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent her mother's injuries and death.

Teacher accuses Chicago charter school of sexual harassment

By Louie Torres | May 9, 2016

CHICAGO — A teacher is suing a Chicago charter school, alleging the school ignored her complaints of sexual harassment.

California federal judge: Facebook can face privacy class actions under Illinois biometrics law

By Dan Churney | May 9, 2016

A federal judge has ruled that even though a putative class-action suit against Facebook – which alleges the company lifted users’ biometric information without permission – was moved from Illinois federal court to California federal jurisdiction, Illinois law regarding privacy will apply in the case.

Patient accuses Mercy Hosptial of negligent knee surgery

By Wadi Reformado | May 9, 2016

CHICAGO — A patient is suing Chicago health providers, alleging negligence in failing to properly assess the plaintiff's condition.

Consumer alleges Quaker Oats misrepresents oatmeal items

By Wadi Reformado | May 9, 2016

CHICAGO — A Dolton consumer is suing Quaker Oats, alleging negligent misrepresentation of its oatmeal cereals.

Shutterfly settles Illinois privacy class action over facial recognition tech

By Rebecca Campbell | May 9, 2016

Shutterfly has settled a class action suit alleging the online photo sharing site violated Illinois privacy laws by creating a system permitting photos to be stored and searched using facial recognition technology. The amount of the settlement has not been disclosed.

Groupon says IBM stole tech to craft GPS-based targeted sales pitches to shoppers

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 9, 2016

Groupon has delivered a lawsuit against IBM, demanding the tech titan pay it untold millions for allegedly taking elements of location-based shopping technology Groupon developed for use in its own programs which it sells to retailers to use GPS to target offers and promotions at certain customers.

Metro Water Reclamation District: Working to filter phosphorus from water, despite lawsuits

By Sean Fowler | May 10, 2016

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, the organization responsible for treating much of the Chicago area's sewage, says it is working to reduce the phosphorus content of the treated water it releases back into local rivers and streams, in advance of decisions from judges hearing litigation brought by environmental groups who have alleged the district should be held liable for "unnatural" plant and algae growth in area waterways, fueled primarily by phosphorus.

Family accuses health care provider of medical malpractice

By Philip Gonzales | May 10, 2016

CHICAGO — An estate administrator is suing a Harvey hospital, alleging negligence and medical malpractice caused a relative's death.

Railroad worker says Metra's negligence led to injuries

By Louie Torres | May 10, 2016

CHICAGO — An employee is suing a Metra, alleging the railroad's negligence led to him suffering injuries. 

Visitor blames Berwyn hospital for injuries

By Louie Torres | May 10, 2016

CHICAGO — A Chicago woman is suing a Berwyn hospital, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

Federal judge tosses privacy claim against LifeWatch fraud whistleblower

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 10, 2016

Noting that whistleblower laws exist specifically to protect whistleblowers from legal actions in retaliation for blowing the whistle on wrongdoing, a federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by heart monitoring company, Lifewatch, against one of its former employees, who the company attempted to argue broke federal privacy laws when he handed over documents containing patient information to the federal government to support his accusations that LifeWatch had defrauded Medicare.

Truck driver alleges he was injured by forklift at Johnstown Wire Technologies Inc.

By The Cook County Record | May 10, 2016

CHICAGO – A truck driver alleges that he was injured in a warehouse of a metal wire company.

Cyclist alleges he was injured by drywall

By The Cook County Record | May 10, 2016

CHICAGO – A man has filed suit against two construction companies working on a South Justine Street project alleging he was injured while riding his bike.

Pharmacists' association asks court to stop Chicago State prof. from breaking away subsidiary group

By Scott Holland | May 10, 2016

A national association of pharmacists has asked a Cook County judge to intervene in a power struggle for control of its academic subsidiary organization, alleging a Chicago State University professor who had most recently served as the subsidiary’s executive director has refused to step down when requested and has attempted to make the subsidiary autonomous without authorization.

Wife blames medical professionals for husband's death

By Philip Gonzales | May 11, 2016

CHICAGO — A widow is suing health professionals and a Chicago hospital, alleging their negligence caused her husband's death. 

Patient accuses residential treatment center of sexual abuse

By Louie Torres | May 11, 2016

CHICAGO — A Cook County woman is suing a Rockford residential treatment center, alleging she was sexually assaulted.

Family accuses suing long term care facilities of wrongful death

By The Cook County Record | May 11, 2016

CHICAGO — An estate administrator is suing a Chicago long term care facility, alleging its negligence caused a relative's death.

Patient accuses Chicago physician of medical negligence in burning

By Louie Torres | May 11, 2016

CHICAGO — A patient is suing a Chicago doctor, alleging his negligence caused her to be burned during surgery.

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