News from April 2018

Whitney Young High School pulls plug on 'troubling' sex ed programs after lawsuit filed by parents

By Cook County Record | Apr 19, 2018

Parents of students at Chicago’s Whitney Young High School are claiming a victory over Chicago Public Schools officials, after the high school postponed a sex education program the parents described as “deeply troubling” and which the parents alleged in a court filing was “illegal, contrary to Chicago Public School policy, and otherwise reflecting poor judgment against the best interests of Whitney Young students.”

From Madison County Record

Harvey: Canary in the collapsing Illinois coal mine

By Matt Besler, Illinois Opportunity Project | Apr 19, 2018

Your job, your pension, or your home. This is the choice left to several families in Harvey, Illinois. They can’t have all three and some don’t even have the choice of one.

Appeals court: College of DuPage wrong to fire scandal-plagued president without chance to contest accusations

By Scott Holland | Apr 19, 2018

Former College of DuPage President Robert L. Breuder can proceed with his wrongful termination and defamation complaint, after a federal appeals court said potentially questionable language within his contract – including a provision requiring a supermajority among the college’s trustees to fire him - did not mean the college’s board was justified in firing him without giving him a hearing to dispute accusations of mismanagement leveled against him.

Alden-Wentworth sued for patient's death, dehydration

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 19, 2018

A woman is suing Alden-Wentworth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center Inc. for wrongful death and alleged negligence.

Jewel Osco, others allegedly failed to prevent patron from falling

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 19, 2018

A woman is suing Jewel-Osco, New Albertson's Inc. and Oakwood Contractors Inc. for alleged negligence.

United Airlines, others accused of defamation and wrongful termination by officer who forcefully removed passenger

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 19, 2018

A former Chicago Aviation Police officer is suing United Airlines and the city of Chicago's Department of Aviation for alleged defamation and wrongful termination.

Appeals court: Indiana law barring abortions on basis of race, sex, disability unconstitutional; Dissent: Abortion now 'super-right'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 20, 2018

A federal appeals court in Chicago has struck down an Indiana state law supporters argued was needed to extend anti-discrimination protections to unborn children, making it illegal for women and practitioners to perform an abortion strictly on the basis of the race, sex or potential disability of a fetus.

From Legal Newsline

Self-driving cars, thinking machines will test limits of tort law

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 20, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Self-driving cars, machines that teach themselves how to operate and home digital assistants that can enter into legally binding contracts are all either on the market now or soon will be. So the next question is: Whom do you sue when they run amok?

State tax inquiry not 'adversarial' enough to thwart lawsuit vs Best Buy over unpaid sales taxes: Appeal panel

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 20, 2018

Retail chain Best Buy can’t use an Illinois state investigation of its sales practices to sidestep a lawsuit brought by the owners of a Schaumburg Maytag appliance store, ostensibly on behalf of the state, accusing Best Buy, among other retailers, of sales tax fraud by misclassifying certain appliance sales as construction installations, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Appeals panel: Lawsuit over pedestrian accident in Kane County belongs in Kane courts, not Cook

By Karen Kidd | Apr 20, 2018

A case involving a Kane County woman who allegedly was struck by a vehicle driven by a Redbox employee in Kane County is headed to circuit court in that county after a state appeals court affirmed a lower court's decision to change the venue from Cook County.

Illinois Second District Appellate Court revives part of civil suit against church over sexual abuse allegations

By Karen Kidd | Apr 20, 2018

A state appeals panel has revived a portion of a lawsuit against a West Dundee church, its pastor and a former youth minister, who recently was sentenced to seven years in prison, saying a Kane County judge improperly dismissed the suit in its entirety.

Evil Olive accused of negligence after woman allegedly hit with glass bottle

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 20, 2018

A woman is suing Evil Olive, Christian Dior Perfumes LLC and Strategic Marketing Group LLC for alleged negligence.

Pace-O-Matic Inc., others accused of interfering with contractual agreement

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 20, 2018

A company is suing Pace-O-Matic Inc., Pier Holdings LLC, Cory Aronovitz, Casino Law Group, Dwayne Waxer and Daniel Warren for alleged breach of fiduciary duty, intentional interference and fraud.

Lexington Health Care Center of Orland Park allegedly failed to prevent individual from developing pressure ulcers

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 20, 2018

A woman's family is suing a medical facility, citing alleged breach of duty and negligence.

Providence Catholic High School sued for allegedly failing to prevent sexual abuse of minor

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 20, 2018

An unidentified man is suing Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel of the Augustinian Order and Providence Catholic High School for alleged sexual abuse.

Judge: Adding Walgreens as defendant can beat try by J&J to take talc cases out of Cook County courts

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 23, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has granted a tactical victory to a group of five plaintiffs suing Johnson & Johnson over claims talc powder caused cancer, saying the plaintiffs’ move to also aim their legal actions at Walgreens is enough to keep the lawsuits in Cook County court, rather than federal court, even though J&J and Walgreens assert the pharmacy chain was named as co-defendant just to keep the lawsuits on relatively friendlier legal turf for the plaintiffs.

Cook County says suit vs Facebook on behalf of entire state of IL, so suit belongs in Cook courts

By Dan Churney | Apr 23, 2018

Cook County wants its lawsuit accusing Facebook of allowing user data to be mined by data firm Cambridge Analytica to aid President Donald Trump's election campaign, returned to Cook County court from federal court, where Facebook transferred it, arguing state court is the proper venue, because the suit is not just on behalf of the county, but everyone in Illinois.

Investors say Chicago Cut Steakhouse management has blocked access to restaurant's books

By Scott Holland | Apr 24, 2018

A group of Chicago Cut Steakhouse investors are suing restaurant management, saying they’ve been blocked from the restaurant’s books.

Judge pulls batteries on second attempt at suing toy company VTech over data breach

By DM Herra | Apr 24, 2018

A group of plaintiffs suing toy maker VTech over a 2015 data breach faced another setback when a Chicago federal judge again dismissed their would-be class action lawsuit.

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