News from May 2016

Woman alleges dentist fractured tooth during dental procedure

By The Cook County Record | May 13, 2016

CHICAGO – A Chicago woman alleges that a Northbrook dentist negligently conducted dental procedures upon her teeth, mouth and bones.

SCOTUS ruling for N.J. police officer's free speech rights could affect employers nationwide

By Mark Powell | May 15, 2016

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a former Paterson, New Jersey, police officer who claimed he was unjustly demoted after his boss mistakenly believed he was involved in a political campaign.

Attorney accuses medical providers of negligence

By Philip Gonzales | May 16, 2016

CHICAGO — An attorney-in-fact is suing Hoffman Estate health care providers, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and negligence for her client.

Widow blames Riverdale, motorist for husband's death

By Wadi Reformado | May 16, 2016

CHICAGO — A Homewood woman is suing, the village of Riverdale and a motorist, alleging their negligence led to her husband's death in a car crash. 

Widow blames Chicago police officer for husband's death

By Wadi Reformado | May 16, 2016

CHICAGO — A Chicago woman is suing Chicago and a city police officer, alleging excessive force in the shooting death of her husband.

Hoffman Estates father blames motorist for daughter's death

By Wadi Reformado | May 16, 2016

CHICAGO — A Hoffman Estates man is suing a motorist, alleging his negligence caused his daughter's death.

Illinois man blames Grant Park property owners for unsafe restroom

By Louie Torres | May 16, 2016

CHICAGO — An Illinois man is suing the owners of a Grant Park restroom facility, alleging their negligence caused him to fall and suffer injuries.

Advocate hit with another home health care nurse class action, after settling similar case for $4.75 million

By Scott Holland | May 16, 2016

On the heels of a settlement announced in a similar class action brought by in-home physical therapists and other home-based health care workers, another group of home care nurses are also taking aim at Advocate Health, arguing the company owes them overtime pay after allegedly improperly claiming the nurses were exempt from certain federal and state wage laws.

North Suburban Health Foundation says Niles high schools need to repay grant for closed clinics

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 16, 2016

A charitable fund associated with Evanston-based NorthShore University Health System is suing a near northwest suburban school district, alleging the district accepted foundation grant money to open school-based health care clinics, but then chose to close the clinics after less than a year in operation, essentially wasting the foundation’s money.

Cook Circuit Court adds wifi to juror assembly rooms

By Taryn Phaneuf | May 16, 2016

ROLLING MEADOWS — Prospective jurors reporting for service at three Cook County courthouses join others with new access to Wi-Fi in assembly rooms.

IL ARDC: Attorney discipline complaints down for 3rd year, most involve lawyers 50 or older

By Karen Kidd | May 16, 2016

CHICAGO – While disciplinary complaints among Illinois attorneys are down overall for the third year in a row, a trend likely to continue, more than half of such complaints in 2015 were aimed at older, seasoned attorneys, a newly released report says.

Episcopal Church can't seize breakaway diocese's funds - and it must pay their legal fees, too

By Dan Churney | May 17, 2016

An Illinois appeals panel has upheld a lower court’s ruling that the Episcopal Church must pay penance, by picking up the tab for the legal fees of a breakaway downstate diocese fighting a frivolous suit by the church and further refraining from making any further claims on the diocese’s $3.6 million treasury.

Chicago parent accuses health care service provider of abusing daughter

By Louie Torres | May 17, 2016

CHICAGO — A Chicago mother is suing a number of health providers, alleging their negligence caused her daughter to be battered and abused.

Indiana real estate company accuses Illinois business of fraud

By Louie Torres | May 17, 2016

CHICAGO — An Indiana real estate company is suing an Illinois business, alleging fraudulent schemes to prevent the plaintiff from recovering payment for property sold.

Customer blames Jewel-Osco for injuries

By Louie Torres | May 17, 2016

CHICAGO — A customer is suing Jewel-Osco, alleging the store's negligence caused her to fall and suffer injuries.

Family blames Chicago rehabilitation center for relative's pain, death

By Louie Torres | May 17, 2016

CHICAGO — An estate administrator is suing Chicago health providers, alleging their negligence caused her relative pain and ultimately death.

Guardian alleges hospital's negligence led to injuries

By Louie Torres | May 17, 2016

CHICAGO — A guardian is suing University of Chicago Hospitals, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

No movement on bill to reinstate lawsuit protections for paramedics, police, firefighters

By Jamie Kelly | May 17, 2016

With just days left in the Illinois General Assembly's spring legislative session, there has been almost no movement on a bill that would reinstate the so-called public duty rule, a legal principle protecting police, firefighters, paramedics and other emergency responders from lawsuits brought by people who may believe those responders didn't provide the level of care the accusers thought was appropriate.

Wrigley rooftop sellers must pay back amusement taxes as condition of sale, appeals panel says

By Scott Holland | May 18, 2016

A group that sold its interest in one of Wrigley Field’s famed rooftops remains on the hook for a six-figure tax bill, after a state appeals panel said a lower court was correct to determine the former business owners had an obligation to pay the unpaid city amusement taxes owed by their rooftop entertainment business, and not just taxes owed on the real estate itself, to allow the sale of the property to truly be free and clear.

Couple blames construction company for injuries

By Louie Torres | May 18, 2016

CHICAGO — A couple is suing three businesses, alleging their negligence led to the husband suffering injuries at a Lemont construction site.

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