News from April 2018

Court weighs if IL home rule powers allowing stricter employer rules also can extend to local right-to-work

By John Breslin | Apr 24, 2018

A federal appeals panel is mulling over the thorny issue of whether Illinois "home rule" municipalities, already empowered to impose a host of labor and employment-related regulations on businesses, should also be allowed to buck the state government and create local right-to-work zones within their boundaries.

Sheriff: Pull plug on class action from 'dishonest, incompetent' suspended officers, or place public at risk

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 25, 2018

While the board that reviews and fires Cook County sheriff’s officers accused of misconduct was illegally constituted, Cook County’s sheriff has asked a federal judge to shy away from letting about 230 suspended sheriff’s deputies and correctional officers continue with a lawsuit over the issue, warning granting the reinstatement “with back pay” sought by the fired officers would place the public at risk.

Lawsuit says Quad Cities hospital, Walgreens bear responsiblity for OD death of music star Prince

By Scott Holland | Apr 25, 2018

The heirs of musician Prince are suing a hospital and Walgreens in connection with his death, saying the drugs that killed him shouldn’t have been in his system and that the condition escaped diagnosis and treatment.

USPS employee alleges dog attacked her, sues owners

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 25, 2018

A U.S. Postal Service employee is suing Kurt W. Kreis, Roger C. Kreis Sr. and unknown owners for allegedly failing to prevent their dog from attacking her.

Illinois AG, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab secure consent decree to end action over environmental regulations

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 25, 2018

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office, for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, has settled a complaint againsy Shirley Ryan AbilityLab on behalf of Illinois residents for the company's alleged violation of the state's environmental regulations.

Attorney: States will enforce Consumer Financial Protection Bureau standards if feds don't

By Justin Stoltzfus | Apr 25, 2018

With the Trump administration pulling back on some traditional consumer protection activities by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, some states, including Illinois, are stepping in to try to continue the work of the bureau, which had been created under former President Obama, ostensiblyas part of the federal response to the Great Recession.

The Law Offices of Kevin Rogers accused of legal malpractice in dispute over trust agreement

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 25, 2018

A man is suing attorney Kevin Rogers and his practice, the Law Offices of Kevin Rogers, for alleged legal malpractice.

Illinois Bone and Joint Institute LLC, others allegedly misdiagnosed right leg pain

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 25, 2018

A man is suing Illinois Bone and Joint Institute LLC, Lake Cook Orthopedic Associates, Dr. David Norbeck Jr. and Dr. Mark Gross for alleged medical negligence

The Gwen Hotel, others allegedly failed to prevent woman from tripping over plastic strap

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 26, 2018

A woman is suing the Gwen Hotel, Chicago; Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide LLC; and Hei Hotels & Resorts for alleged negligence.

Borrowers claim M&T Bank, Stearns Lending improperly collected 'hundreds of millions' in interest

By Dan Churney | Apr 26, 2018

A pair of putative class actions now pending in Cook County courts accuse M&T Bank and Stearns Lending of improperly soaking up hundreds of millions of dollars in mortgage interest after principals were paid, by substituting their own “misleading” notice forms for the required federally-approved versions.

IL Supreme Court strikes appellate order requiring comptroller to release hold on city of Harvey's funds

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 26, 2018

The financially-troubled city of Harvey again has been denied access to more than $1 million in its share of state money it says it needs to pay its current police officers, firefighters and other city employees, but which the board overseeing its retired police officers’ pension fund says state law requires the state to pay to them.

Affiliated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Ltd. allegedly failed to fully pay for equipment

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 26, 2018

A lender is suing Affiliated Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons Ltd. and Stuart Dessner for alleged breach of contract.

Illinois unlikely to copy Wisconsin on third-party litigation financing disclosure law, observers say

By John Sammon | Apr 26, 2018

While Wisconsin has enacted a new law requiring the disclosure of the identity of anyone who lends money to fund a lawsuit, Illinois appears unlikely to follow the lead of its neighbor to the north.

Cook Sheriff: Backpage, attorneys owe Cook County for 'hoax' suit over sheriff's credit card squeeze

By Scott Holland | Apr 27, 2018

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants a federal judge to penalize for its conduct in ongoing litigation between the online classifieds site and the sheriff’s office, particularly in light of a recent plea deal from a top executive related to sex trafficking through the site.

From Prairie State Wire

Illinois powerful public school lobby kills measure to rein in borrowing

By LGIS News Service | Apr 27, 2018

Illinois' powerful public school lobbying groups mobilized to beat back a measure that would have reined in massive school district borrowing, often concealed from taxpayers.

IL Supreme Court suspends law license of Cook County judge convicted of bank fraud

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 27, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has taken the next step in potentially removing from the bench a Cook County judge convicted of bank fraud, suspending the law license of Jessica Arong O'Brien.

Chicago massage therapist accuses Stan Lee of inappropriate sexual conduct in hotel room

By Scott Holland | Apr 27, 2018

A Cook County massage therapist is accusing comic book icon Stan Lee of inappropriate conduct during two sessions at a Chicago hotel.

SCOTUS says auto service advisors are exempt from fed OT rules, but lawyer warns state law may differ

By John Breslin | Apr 27, 2018

Following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that auto service advisers are exempt from federal overtime pay rules, an Illinois attorney is advising dealerships in Illinois to be careful about requirements under state law.

Regulatory immunity no shield for Options Clearing Corp from accusations some investors got tips on price movement

By Robert Davis | Apr 27, 2018

The organization known as the world's largest equity derivative clearinghouse must yet face a lawsuit accusing it of tipping off certain investors to changes in the price of certain options, as a state appeals panel says such private admissions undermine the protections it might otherwise enjoy under regulatory immunity.

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