News from August 2018

Estate administrator accuses Lexington Health Care of negligence in caring for mother

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 1, 2018

A surviving son and estate administrator is suing a nursing care facility, citing alleged negligent supervision.

Checkers, Vibes Media can't dismiss text ads class action yet, judge says

By Chandra Lye | Aug 1, 2018

A federal judge has denied a request by drive-in fast food restaurant chain Checkers and Vibes Media LLC to throw out a class action lawsuit accusing them of sending text messages to customers without including instructions for how to stop more from coming.

Black pipefitters can take to trial claims union allowed contractors to discriminate when hiring

By DM Herra | Aug 1, 2018

A federal judge granted a partial victory to a group of African American union pipefitters claiming their union failed to protect them from racial discrimination, allowing them to proceed to trial on some of the claims in a lawsuit, which asserts the union allowed contractors to circumvent hiring rules to avoid hiring black workers.

Judge tosses disciplined officers' suit over Cook sheriff's Merit Board makeup; Lawyer: Proves 'circle of no relief'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 1, 2018

Saying the lawsuit was premature, a Cook County judge has dismissed a legal action brought by Cook County sheriff’s officers, who contend disciplinary cases against them should be tossed because the disciplinary board’s members weren’t legally appointed at the time the disciplinary cases were filed. A lawyer for the disciplined officers says the decision actually bolsters a parallel case brought in federal court.

Ex-St. Stanislaus parish music director loses job discrimination case; ministerial exception applies

By Chandra Lye | Aug 1, 2018

A federal judge has closed the book on age and nationality discrimination allegations brought against the Catholic Bishop of Chicago by a Polish former parish music director, as the judge said the music director and organist should be considered a "ministerial" employee, and thus exempt from certain anti-discrimination employment rules.

Couple blames Copley Memorial Hospital for wife's leg amputation

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 2, 2018

A couple is suing Copley Memorial Hospital Inc., Rush Copley Medical Center and Dr. Sea Chen MD, citing alleged negligence.

Patient accuses Presence Central and Suburban Hospitals of negligence

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 2, 2018

A patient is suing Presence Central and Suburban Hospitals Network and associated health care facilities, citing alleged negligence.

Estate administrator blames Palos Community Hospital for patient's death

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 2, 2018

CHICAGO — An estate administrator is suing Palos Community Hospital and Dr. Daniel Pacella, citing alleged negligence.

Couple says Presence St. Joseph didn't properly perform shoulder surgery on man

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 2, 2018

A husband and wife are suing Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin and associated medical care providers, citing alleged loss of consortium, negligence and vicarious liability.

Woman says boyfriend failed to pay back loans, concealed personal history, engagement to other woman

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 2, 2018

An Illinois woman is suing Jason Paul Mitchell, who does business as Power Productions, and Mitchell Handyman Chicago Inc., citing alleged age discrimination, battery, breach of contract, fraud and unjust enrichment.

Appeals panel: Attorneys didn't do enough to merit fees topping amount paid to plaintiffs in junk fax suit

By DM Herra | Aug 2, 2018

A federal appeals court rejected a request for attorney’s fees that exceeded the amount paid to claimants in a quickly settled lawsuit over faxed ads, as judges faulted the attempt by plaintiffs’ lawyers to lay claim to one-third of a potential settlement amount, rather than basing their fee request on the actual deal.

Orland fire distict didn't violate alarm company's rights by inking exclusive deal with rival vendor: Judge

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 3, 2018

A federal judge has ruled a southwest suburban fire protection district didn’t violate the rights of a company that installs and monitors commercial fire alarms by first lobbying the villages of Orland Park and Orland Hills to require the installation of a certain kind of fire alarm system, and then inking a contract with a competing company to provide the equipment needed for those alarm systems, effectively closing off their district to competitors.

Man's guardian accuses Arbour Health Care and Staycare of neglect

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 3, 2018

An estate guardian is suing Arbour Health Care Center Ltd. and Staycare Management Ltd., citing alleged negligent supervision.

Estate administrator sues men who allegedly attacked another, who died two days later

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 3, 2018

An estate administrator is suing a man who allegedly assaulted a pedestrian, who later died.

Man blames North La Salle Service for fall from tow truck

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 3, 2018

A Chicago resident is suing a towing company, citing alleged negligence and failure to warn of dangers on a flat bed truck.

Appeals court affirms Crystal Lake can't fire police officer who released drunk driver from accident scene

By Charmaine Little | Aug 3, 2018

A state appeals panel has backed an arbitrator’s decision to reinstate a Crystal Lake police officer who was initially fired for allegedly allowing an allegedly intoxicated driver to leave the scene of an accident. The appeals panel, however, also upheld a McHenry County judge's denial of a union's request to impose sanctions on the city for the officer's termination, according to an opinion entered July 5 by the Illinois Second District Appellate Court.

UIC Greek prof says IL Court of Claims wrongly sidestepped his lawsuit vs school over his firing

By Dan Churney | Aug 3, 2018

A onetime professor of Greek at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is flunking the Illinois Court of Claims for dismissing his lawsuit against the school, in which he alleged school officials fired him as the result of a plot to discredit him and protect the jobs of other professors, saying the court denied him due process by dismissing his case against the school on the grounds he won a verdict against one of the professors in circuit court.

Lincolnshire: Taxes different from union dues; asks judge to toss union suit over 'anti-union' lobbying funds

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 3, 2018

Saying governments are different from labor unions and other private organizations, a north suburban village and an organization that lobbies on behalf of Illinois city and village governments has asked a federal judge to dismiss a union-backed lawsuit asserting the rights of union members are violated by local governments which use tax money to fund lobbyists to seek reforms opposed by unions.

Customers sue Metropolis Ballroom, caterers over food poisoning

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 3, 2018

A group of customers is suing several catering companies, citing alleged breach of implied warranty and negligence.

Patient claims Van Dam Dermatology failed to inform her of Botox risks

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 3, 2018

A patient is suing Van Dam Dermatology and Laser Center, citing alleged medical malpractice.