News from May 2017

Judge: Application provision sends blind man's ADA suit vs cooking school to arbitration

By Scott Holland | May 1, 2017

A federal judge has ordered a blind man’s discrimination complaint against Chicago cooking school Le Cordon Bleu out of his courtroom and into arbitration.

Judge OKs wording change to let Chicago Teachers Union salvage lawsuit vs CPS over teacher layoffs

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 1, 2017

Over the objections of the Chicago Public Schools board, a federal judge will allow the Chicago Teachers Union to pursue a class action lawsuit alleging CPS discriminated in focusing past teacher layoffs at African American teachers and staff working in schools in predominantly African American neighborhoods.

Reinstatement of lawsuit vs Home Depot over woman's murder could open door to more employer liability

By Sara McCleary | May 1, 2017

An appeals court's decision to reverse the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging The Home Depot and one of its flower suppliers should be held responsible the off-site murder of young woman by her male supervisor, could affect future employer liability cases.

Other states potentially following standard set by IL biometric privacy law, despite numerous class actions

By Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | May 1, 2017

An Illinois biometrics privacy law is paving the way for emerging legislation in several other states across the country, as more vendors deploy biometric technology in a variety of everyday applications, and as the courts continue to work out the potentially expensive implications of the law's mandates on business.

Manor Care of Hinsdale failed to prevent patient from falling, suit says

By Louie Torres | May 2, 2017

A patient is suing Manor Care of Hinsdale IL LLC and Manorcare Health Services-Hinsdale, citing alleged negligence for taking insufficient measures to prevent her from falling.

Loyola University Medical, five doctors sued for alleged substandard care to newborn

By Louie Torres | May 2, 2017

A woman is suing Loyola University Medical Center and several of its doctors, citing alleged negligence for failing to properly treat her newborn daughter, causing permanent injuries.

Complaint says Lurie Children's Hospital was negligent leading to 1-year-old's death

By Louie Torres | May 2, 2017

Two plaintiffs are suing Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and negligence for the death of their 1-year-old in March 2016.

Undiagnosed heart condition allegedly led to man's death at Community First Medical

By Louie Torres | May 2, 2017

A woman is suing Community First Healthcare of Illinois Inc., which does business as Community First Medical Center, and doctors Seth Jin Kutik and Adam J. Black, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and negligence in her father's care, leading to his death.

Surviving spouse claims Glenbrook Hospital failed to treat infection leading to wife's death

By Louie Torres | May 2, 2017

A man is suing Northshore University Health System Glenbrook Hospital, and doctor Undine Buehling, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent an infection that led to his wife's death.

Suit claims Alden Valley Ridge nursing home failed to properly care for resident

By Louie Torres | May 2, 2017

An administrator is suing Alden Valley Ridge Rehab & Health Care Center, and related entities; Amita Health Adventists Glenoaks Hospital; and William J. Pankau M.D., citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and negligence.

Cook County environmental department changes name, expands mission

By Russell Boniface | May 2, 2017

The Cook County Department of Environmental Control announced on April 12 that it will change its name to the Department of Environment and Sustainability to reflect a slightly different focus and some new responsibilities. The agency name change goes into effect Dec. 1, 2017.

Rauner seeks court guidance on what to do with illegally hired patronage workers in wake of special report

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 2, 2017

In the wake of a scathing report from a court-appointed “special master” empowered to investigate political hiring abuses under former Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other state officials and lawmakers, current Gov. Bruce Rauner has asked for the court’s guidance on whether those improperly hired, thanks to political connections, should now be able to use collective bargaining agreements to leverage the experience they gained in those positions to land in different positions or even move up in the state’s employment ranks.

Appeals panel: Judge let suburban dentist fend off malpractice claims using skulls improperly at trial

By Scott Holland | May 3, 2017

A state appeals panel has determined a Will County judge ruled improperly in a dental malpractice suit, saying the judge was wrong, in part, for allowing an expert witness presented by the defendant dental practice to use skulls as more than just visual aids.

Newly elected Cook County judge resigns after failing to report for duty in traffic court

By Laura Halleman | May 3, 2017

A Cook County judge who for months refused to show up for duty in traffic court has resigned.

Plumbing company alleges former employee took confidential information to competitor

By Louie Torres | May 3, 2017

CHICAGO — A plumbing company is suing former employee Michael Shudy and Fettes Love & Sieben Inc., its competitor whom Shudy joined after termination, citing alleged breach of duty and fraud.

Bakers' union says Bridgeport Bakery failed to pay into group's funds

By Louie Torres | May 3, 2017

CHICAGO — A bakers' union is suing Ronald J. Pavelka d/b/a Bridgeport Bakery, citing alleged breach of contract for failing to pay into its benefit funds.

Patient says Loyola University over injury from tracheal tube during surgery

By Louie Torres | May 3, 2017

CHICAGO — A patient is suing Loyola University Health System; Loyola University Medical Center d/b/a Loyola Medicine or Loyola Hospital; and Anya Raskin M.D., citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and negligence.

Lawyer: Zillow 'Zestimate' illegal appraisal hampering home's sale; Zillow: Only estimate, not appraisal

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 3, 2017

A lawyer in suburban Glenview who is attempting to sell her home has asked the courts to step into her dispute with real estate listing site Zillow over the site’s “Zestimate” of her home, calling the site’s approximation of her home’s value a “sloppy, computer-driven appraisal” of her home, created without her consent and in violation of state law.

Judge: Fired music director may be able to sue Chicago Catholic Church for age, ethnicity discrimination

By Scott Holland | May 3, 2017

A former longtime music director for a Chicago Catholic church, who alleged he was demoted and fired for being ethnic Polish and a senior citizen, might be able to sue for discrimination after reworking his complaint to prevent the church from exercising its ministerial exception rights.

Woman claims late relative experienced multiple falls at nursing home

By Louie Torres | May 3, 2017

An estate representative is suing Alexian Village of Elk Grove; Manor Care of Elk Grove Village; and Friendship Village of Schaumburg, alleging negligence for allowing a former resident to be injured in a fall.

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