News from October 2017

More class actions target Alden, other care facilities over use of employee fingerprints

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 2, 2017

Alden Management Services, which operates numerous nursing homes and other care facilities throughout the Chicago area and northern Illinois, has come in for legal examination, along with other operators of Chicago area care facilities, as attorneys for employees in these health care organizations have brought yet more class action lawsuits against their employers under an Illinois law designed to govern the collection of use of so-called “biometric” identifiers, such as fingerprints.

Daniels Sharpsmart again jabs competitor Becton Dickinson with suit over 'debunked' infection study

By Dan Churney | Oct 2, 2017

A medical waste disposal container company is taking a second shot at asking a Chicago federal judge to stem the spread of a medical study on hospital bacterial infection rates, which the company has alleged is specious, yet is being used by a competitor to infect the reputation of the company’s products.

Chicago sues Equifax, seeks millions in fines for failing to notify City Hall, residents of data breach

By Scott Holland | Oct 2, 2017

The city of Chicago has filed suit against Equifax in the wake of the credit monitoring company’s massive data breach.

Business groups: IL geolocations privacy bill ups lawsuit risk against 'businesses of all sizes'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 3, 2017

Already facing a surge of lawsuits under a state technology privacy law, business groups have expressed relief at Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to veto a new state technology privacy law regulating how and when smartphone apps and the businesses that develop and deploy them must notify users their physical locations are being logged – a law the business groups say will only offer the same trial lawyers another avenue to sue them.

Appeals panel: Chicago, Skokie OK to continue lawsuit vs Kankakee, Channahon over sales tax scheme

By Scott Holland | Oct 4, 2017

A state appeals panel has reversed a Cook County judge’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit in which Chicago and Skokie claimed Kankakee and Channahon ran schemes to divert into their treasuries tax revenue from out-of-state retailers.

Employers win new flexibility, after appeals court finds ADA 'not a medical-leave entitlement'

By Karen Kidd | Oct 4, 2017

Employers now may consider multiple-month medical leave requests under the Family and Medical Leave Act without analyzing Americans with Disabilities Act requirements after a federal court upheld a company's ADA win, a labor and employment attorney said.

America Auto Auction Chicago allegedly failed to act on sexual harassment allegations

By Louie Torres | Oct 4, 2017

A woman is suing America Auto Auction Chicago for alleged intentional infliction of emotional distress, sexual harassment, violation of civil rights and violation of federal law.

Bria Health Services of Palos Hills allegedly failed to prevent patient from falling

By Louie Torres | Oct 4, 2017

A woman is suing Bria Health Services of Palos Hills for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent her relative's injuries.

Chicago Park District, Lincoln Park Zoo accused of negligence after traffic barrier falls on woman

By Louie Torres | Oct 4, 2017

A woman is suing Chicago Park District and the Lincoln Park Zoological Society for alleged liability, and negligence.

Advocate Medical Group, doctor accused of negligently prescribing painkiller, causing child deformities

By Louie Torres | Oct 4, 2017

A woman is suing Dr. Ghanshyam Thakkar and Advocate Medical Group for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Advocate Christ Medical Center, others accused of negligently performing neurosurgery

By Louie Torres | Oct 4, 2017

A woman is suing Dr. Ryan Trombly, Dr. Hamad I. Farhat, Advocate Christ Medical Center, and Advocate Medical Group for alleged negligence.

Lack of specifics dooms $25M racketeering lawsuit vs some defendants over hotel appraisal scheme

By DM Herra | Oct 4, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has dismissed racketeering charges against a handful of defendants accused in a wide-ranging $25-million lawsuit of swindling commercial real estate investors by inflating the appraisals of hotel and motel properties, offering loans to investors based on the exaggerated appraisal, and, when the hotel or motel failed, seizing the property to sell at “extortionate prices.”

Appeals panel: North Riverside can't just end CBA to privatize fire department, save big pension bucks

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 4, 2017

The village of North Riverside has suffered yet another loss in court in its attempt to get out from under what it has called a financial crisis, as a state appeals court has upheld a state labor board’s determination the village could not use that purported crisis as an excuse to avoid a demand by its firefighters’ union to submit to arbitration a dispute over the village’s attempt to privatize fire protection services to save $700,000 per year and offload its pension obligations.

Niles Nursing & Rehabilitation Center LLC accused of negligence in trip-and-fall

By Louie Torres | Oct 5, 2017

A woman is suing Niles Nursing & Rehabilitation Center LLC for alleged liability and negligence.

Windsor Estates Nursing & Rehab allegedly failed to prevent patient from developing pressure ulcers

By Louie Torres | Oct 5, 2017

A woman is suing Mcallister Nursing & Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation and Windsor Estates Nursing & Rehab for alleged negligence in the care of a relative.

Chicago Cubs allegedly failed to prevent woman from falling at Wrigley Field

By Louie Torres | Oct 5, 2017

A woman is suing the Chicago Cubs for alleged liability and negligence.

Animal Legal Defense Fund sues to force Cook County to cough up report on animal control operations

By Scott Holland | Oct 5, 2017

The California-based Animal Legal Defense Fund wants a judge to force Cook County to release information on the county’s animal control department, asserting the county is intentionally withholding a report from the public the group believes likely contains more information about operations at county animal control than what was revealed in a released summary of the report from the county’s inspector general.

Serta Simmons sues competitor Bob’s Discount Furniture over alleged misleading mattress ad

By Elizabeth Alt | Oct 5, 2017

Mattress company Serta Simmons Bedding LLC has asked a judge to put to sleep an ad campaign from furniture retailer, Bob’s Discount Furniture, in which Simmons alleges Bob's used a comparison of one of its mattresses to one of Simmons’ patented mattresses to mislead consumers to believe Bob’s offers the same mattress for a much lower price.

Jury: Abbvie falsely marketed Androgel, owes man who suffered heart attack $140M

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 5, 2017

Drugmaker Abbvie has suffered another big loss in court, as a Chicago federal jury has ordered the North Chicago-based pharmaceutical company to pay out $140 million to another man who claimed he had suffered a heart attack as a result of taking Abbvie’s testosterone therapy drug, Androgel.

Illinois Central Railroad, Canadian National Railway accused of exposing worker to toxic chemicals

By Louie Torres | Oct 6, 2017

A worker is suing Illinois Central Railroad Co. and Canadian National Railway Co. for alleged liability and negligence.

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