News from May 2016

IL Supreme Court to tackle hospital property taxes, rights of protesters in Grant Park

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 25, 2016

The Illinois Supreme Court will weigh in on the question of whether Illinois law can constitutionally exempt hospitals from paying property taxes, and whether the city of Chicago can use curfew laws to keep protesters out of Grant Park over night.

City of Chicago: Huge lead water pipes class action can't prove injuries, impinges city sovereignty

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 25, 2016

Saying the Chicago city residents who brought the legal action can’t prove they were injured by lead in their water and arguing the lawsuit comes directly against the city’s rights under the law to set its own governmental policy, Chicago city attorneys have asked the court to toss a class action demanding the court order the city to replace lead water pipes leading to homes throughout the city and pay for medical monitoring for a large number of Chicagoans who may have been exposed to lead.

Social service agencies' motion: State must pay now, or risk statewide 'public emergency'

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 25, 2016

Three weeks since filing suit to ask a Cook County judge to order Illinois’ state government to pay their organizations what they believe they are owed, a coalition that has now grown to more than 80 Illinois social service agencies have decided the situation has now become a “public emergency across the state” requiring emergency action from the courts to order Springfield to cough up the money to allow the agencies to continue functioning.

Family blames Chicago nursing care facility for patient's death

By Louie Torres | May 26, 2016

CHICAGO — An estate representative is suing a Chicago nursing care facility, alleging negligence led to a patient's death.

Customer blames Elmhurst bar for assault

By Louie Torres | May 26, 2016

CHICAGO — A customer is suing an Elmhurst bar, alleging its negligence allowed him to be assaulted by another patron.

Widow blames motorist for husband's death

By Louie Torres | May 26, 2016

CHICAGO — An Illinois woman is suing a Chicago motorist, alleging her negligence caused the defendant to run over the plaintiff's husband.

7th Circuit: City's peddling rules may ban Cubs vendors, as well as magazine sellers, outside Wrigley

By Scott Holland | May 26, 2016

The publishers of a baseball magazine still haven’t connected in their fight for the right to sell their product on the sidewalk outside of Chicago’s Wrigley Field.But a federal appeals panel said arguments raised by Left Field Media did deliver a strike in questioning why even the Chicago Cubs organization itself should be allowed under the city’s rules to sell things on the sidewalks outside the Friendly Confines.

Class action vs legal directory Avvo to stay in Chicago federal court, after judge allows lead plaintiffs' swap

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 26, 2016

Faced with the possibility the class action lawsuit could be transferred to a court more than 2,000 miles away in the Pacific Northwest, the lawyers suing online attorney directory Avvo have swapped in a different Chicago attorney, who also is the son of a once-powerful Chicago alderman, to replace the original named plaintiff, whose history with Avvo could have triggered provisions in Avvo’s user agreement, which could have kicked the case to a federal court in Seattle.

Woman files suit against Silver Cross Hospital, staff over care

By Louie Torres | May 26, 2016

CHICAGO – A Park Forest woman alleges a hospital and medical staff provided improper medical care.

Woman alleges she suffered injuries at Alden Wentworth Rehab & Health Care Center

By Louie Torres | May 26, 2016

CHICAGO – A woman alleges she failed to receive proper medical care at a Chicago health care facility.

Executor files wrongful death suit against Affordable Community Housing Trust-Epsilon

By Louie Torres | May 26, 2016

CHICAGO – An estate executor alleges that a health care facility failed to protect her decedent from falls.

Cook County judge tosses 200 qui tam suits vs out-of-town liquor retailers over unpaid taxes

By Rick Fahr | May 26, 2016

CHICAGO – Lawful taxation — and the avoidance of such — is at the heart of an action taken Monday by Cook County Circuit Judge James Snyder, who dismissed more than 200 third-party lawsuits filed to collect sales tax on liquor sold to residents of Illinois from retailers elsewhere.

Attorney: Judge would put Chicago Public Schools' bankruptcy on 'short leash'

By Amanda Robert | May 27, 2016

Should the historic budget cuts being planned by Chicago Public Schools not prevent it from going bust, the idea of bankruptcy looms as a possibility.

Couple blames Morton Grove tavern for assault on husband

By Louie Torres | May 27, 2016

CHICAGO — A couple is suing a Morton Grove tavern, alleging negligence in failure to prevent another patron from attacking the husband.

Patient accuses hip implant manufactures of negligence

By Louie Torres | May 27, 2016

CHICAGO — A patient is suing the manufacturers of implants, alleging a defective hip implant caused him pain and the need for a second operation.

Seventh Circuit says employers can't force workers to sign away rights to sue over OT, other wage claims

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 27, 2016

Employers can still ask employees to sign contracts sending disputes over overtime or other wage and hour issues to arbitration, bypassing the courts. But a federal appeals panel in Chicago said any attempts to force employees to sign such agreements as a condition of employment violates federal law, leaving such contracts unenforceable.

FieldTurf says suburban competitor out of bounds in installing fake grass too similar to patented product

By Scott Holland | May 27, 2016

The grass is fake, but the legal dispute over who should own the rights to sell and install artificial turf in stadiums and practice facilities in Chicago – including at the Chicago Bears practice facility – is quite real.

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, Mercy IPA facing malpractice suit

By Louie Torres | May 27, 2016

CHICAGO – A woman has filed suit against a doctor and health care facilities alleging an unnecessary surgery was performed on her.

Wrongful death suit filed against Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital

By Louie Torres | May 27, 2016

CHICAGO – An estate administrator alleges his decedent was not adequately protected from falls.

Woman alleges injuries after fall at Ultra Foods

By Louie Torres | May 27, 2016

CHICAGO – A consumer alleges that she was injured when she slipped on wax at a grocery store.

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