News from April 2017

Johnson & Bell hit Edelson with defamation suit, demand firm pay for 'self-serving publicity tour'

By Scott Holland | Apr 1, 2017

Johnson & Bell, a prominent Chicago civil defense law firm, has taken aim at the firm of Edelson P.C., alleging the Chicago-based firm which ranks as one of the country’s leading filers of digital privacy and technology class actions should be made to pay for using the courts to spread “lies and defamatory statements” as part of a continuing “self-serving publicity tour.” 

Lawsuit: Pressure sores led to amputation at Southpoint Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

By Louie Torres | Apr 1, 2017

An administrator of the estate of a deceased patient is suing Southpoint Nursing & Rehabilitation Center LLC, Infinity Healthcare Management of Illinois LLC and four nurses for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent the patient from developing pressure ulcers that purportedly resulted in the patient undergoing a leg amputation.

Belhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center allegedly failed to prevent bed sores

By Louie Torres | Apr 1, 2017

An administrator of the estate of a deceased patient is suing Belhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for alleged failing to take measures to prevent the patient from developing bed sores.

Applebee's franchisee allegedly failed to pay employees overtime wages

By Louie Torres | Apr 1, 2017

Employees of an Applebee's location have filed a class-action lawsuit against franchisees RMH Franchise Corp., RMH Illinois LLC and RMH Franchise Holdings Inc. for allegedly not paying them for overtime work they performed.

IRS accuses former employee of defrauding agency

By Louie Torres | Apr 1, 2017

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is suing Robert J. O'Donnell, a former IRS agent, for allegedly misrepresenting how many hours he worked for the agency over a five-year period.

Kohl's allegedly obtained customer's credit report without authorization

By Louie Torres | Apr 1, 2017

A customer is suing Kohl's Department Stores Inc. for allegedly obtaining his personal credit report without authorization.

Illinois Realtors opposes Illinois rent control bill to green light city rent controls

By Laura Halleman | Apr 1, 2017

Illinois Realtors, a real estate advocacy group, has stepped out to oppose Illinois state legislation to repeal the state's Rent Control Preemption Act, a 1997 law prohibiting cities and other local governments from enacting rent control measures.

U.S. Supreme Court could use IL case to toss out unions' 'fair share fees' collection from non-members

By Laura Halleman | Apr 1, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court will get the chance to decide how much fees public-worker unions in Illinois can take from non-union workers. And if it decides to hear arguments on a challenge to the fees originally introduced by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, it could mean the court is poised to overturn the longstanding legal precedent allowing the unions to exact the payments from non-members.

Judge: Man has standing under Spokeo to sue lawyer who used his crash report to solicit him

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 3, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has cleared the way for a man to continue his lawsuit against a Chicago lawyer he has accused of buying traffic crash reports to improperly obtain his personal information to then offer to represent him in any legal actions involving his auto accident.

Campaign donor can't sue disgraced ex-congressman Schock for 'dishonesty'

By Scott Holland | Apr 3, 2017

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a campaign donor against former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, who resigned his post amid allegations of financial impropriety, saying the donor can’t sue the ex-congressman for fraud because he may have acted dishonestly.

Two Lions Pub & Grill Inc. allegedly failed to pay for overtime work

By Louie Torres | Apr 3, 2017

Two restaurant employees are suing Two Lions Pub & Grill Inc. and Miguel A. Perez for allegedly failing to pay them minimum wage or for overtime work they performed.

Garden Court Townhome Association Board allegedly failed to fix sewage pipe

By Louie Torres | Apr 3, 2017

A Chicago woman is suing Garden Court Townhome Association Board, Andrew J. Chrucky, Bernardo Y. Castillo Jr., the estate of Mary G. Bianco, Linda Anne Donohoe, Jean M. Rohr, Joshua J. Yang, Benjamine Recchie and Connected Management Company LLC for allegedly failing to properly repair a pipe that had repeatedly flooded the plaintiff's home with sewage.

Weber Packaging Solutions Inc. allegedly fired manager who protested decision to fire older workers

By Louie Torres | Apr 3, 2017

A former employee is suing Weber Marking Systems Inc. and Weber Packaging Solutions Inc. for alleged discrimination and retaliation after his employment was terminated for purportedly refusing to fire employees based on their age.

Navient Solutions allegedly violated telephone harassment statutes

By Louie Torres | Apr 3, 2017

An Illinois woman is suing Navient Solutions LLC for allegedly violating telephone harassment statutes.

Environmental Cleansing Corporation allegedly breached contract

By Louie Torres | Apr 3, 2017

A labor group is suing Environmental Cleansing Corporation for alleged breach of contract.

IL law forcing 'pregnancy resource centers' to refer women for abortions violates constitution: Lawsuit

By Laura Halleman | Apr 3, 2017

Eighteen Illinois women’s health organizations have sued the state of Illinois and Gov. Bruce Rauner over a new law that forces pro-life doctors and pregnancy resource centers to discuss abortion benefits and to refer pregnant women for abortions despite the medical providers' opposition to the procedure.

Judge: California law can't be applied nationwide in toilet water line class action vs Fluidmaster

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 4, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has sunk a bid by a group of plaintiffs to float a nationwide class action under California consumer protection law against plumbing products maker Fluidmaster over supposed defects in toilet and sink water supply lines, which allegedly cause the lines to fail, rupture and leak, causing damage to homes in which they were installed.

IL appeals panel: Chicago can release documents obtained by subpoena from drugmaker Janssen

By Dan Churney | Apr 4, 2017

A Chicago appeals panel has affirmed a Cook County judge’s decision, allowing the city of Chicago to release subpoenaed records from a drug maker in accordance with any Freedom of Information Act requests, saying public disclosure of the material will not violate state laws protecting trade secrets. 

Lockhart, Morris & Montgomery accused of misrepresentation in debt collection

By Louie Torres | Apr 4, 2017

A man is suing Lockhart, Morris & Montgomery, a Texas business, for alleged misrepresentation in debt collection.

Mu Sigma Inc. allegedly refused to issue stock certificates

By Louie Torres | Apr 4, 2017

A former employee is suing Mu Sigma Inc. and Dhiraj C. Rajaram, the company's founder, for alleged breach of contract.

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