News from December 2018

Appeals court: Palatine grad’s motion for locker room access rendered moot by graduation

By D.M. Herra | Dec 3, 2018

A transgender former student who sued over access to Palatine High School’s girls’ locker room saw an appeal dismissed last week when an appellate panel said she could not continue to press for an injunction forcing the school district to grant access, when she had already graduated.

Chicago City Hall hit with class action over duplicative city sticker tickets

By Scott Holland | Dec 3, 2018

The city of Chicago is facing a class action complaint over the city’s longstanding practice of issuing duplicative vehicle tickets. The lawsuit was filed by the same attorneys who earlier this year settled for $11 million in fees for a class action over red light camera fines.

Consumer alleges information was compromised in Element Vape cyber attack

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 3, 2018

A consumer alleges an online vaping and e-cigarette store had lax cybersecurity policies and failed to take basic security precautions, leading to a data breach that allegedly compromised customer information.

Patient alleges Swedish Covenant Health, others responsible for brain injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 3, 2018

A woman alleges she suffered a brain injury as a result of medical center and other medical staff's failure to timely examine her.

Patient alleges she was not warned of link between Estrace cream use, ovarian cancer

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Dec 3, 2018

A woman alleges Estrace cream prescribed to her caused her to develop cancer.

MAYER BROWN: Mayer Brown appoints new office leaders in New York and Chicago

By Press release submission | Dec 3, 2018

Mayer Brown announced it has appointed Britt Miller as the partner-in-charge of its Chicago office and Matthew Ingber as the partner-in-charge of its New York office.

Cook County courts earn 'dishonorable mention' on 'Judicial Hellholes' list; Madison, St. Clair counties rank 8th

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 4, 2018

Cook County has avoided a spot on the list of America’s worst “judicial hellholes” this year. However, the county’s civil courts still received a “dishonorable mention” in an annual report calling attention to some of the country’s most litigious local court systems.

Judge: Ex-O'Hare cops can keep suing city over aviation police disbanding following United passenger dragging

By Scott Holland | Dec 4, 2018

A federal judge has let the state off the hook in a class action complaint airport police officers filed after a high-profile incident with a passenger, but the city of Chicago wasn’t able to earn a full dismissal.

Woman alleges Loyola UMC, doctor didn't take red hair into consideration when administering anesthesia

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 4, 2018

CHICAGO – A Cook County woman alleges she was not given a proper amount of anesthesia during a procedure to remove skin cancer at Loyola University Medical Center.

Wrongful death suit filed against Villagehealth DM over dialysis-related death

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 5, 2018

The mother of a Cook County woman has filed a wrongful death suit against the operators of a dialysis center.

Five Guys embroiled in legal battle with architect firm over restaurant design rights

By D.M. Herra | Dec 5, 2018

Burger joint Five Guys is embroiled in a legal battle with an architectural firm over whether the restaurant had the right to reuse the firm’s copyrighted designs for locations outside of its contract.

Bandas: Edelson used 'dirty tricks' to lay ground for racketeering suit over class action objections

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 5, 2018

Seeking to defend himself against accusations he and his associates have behaved as extortionists by allegedly using objections to class action settlements to wring six-figure payments from others seeking to close deals, attorney Christopher Bandas fired back, saying the lawyers pressing the action against him and his associates are the rogue agents, engaging in “dirty tricks to intimidate and ward off” all who “stand in the… way” of their million dollar paydays.

TRESSLER LLP: Dibora Berhanu Joins Tressler’s Insurance Practice Group

By Press release submission | Dec 5, 2018

Tressler LLP is happy to welcome Dibora Berhanu as a new associate in Tressler’s Chicago office.

Lincoln Bicentennial celebration with HSPRD Partner Deane B. Brown

By Press release submission | Dec 5, 2018

HUGHES & SOCOL: HSPRD Partner Deane B. Brown was part of the recent presentation of a magnificent portrait of Abraham Lincoln to the Circuit Court of Cook County.

BARNES & THORNBURG: Barnes & Thornburg elects new management committee for 2018-19

By Press release submission | Dec 5, 2018

Barnes & Thornburg LLP has named its leadership for 2018-19 with the election of its Management Committee and officers.

State high court says governor can fire Prisoner Review Board members without judicial scrutiny

By Dan Churney | Dec 5, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld an appellate court’s ruling that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to fire an Illinois Prisoner Review Board member, for alleged discrepancies in financial documents, can’t be undone by the courts.

IL appellate decision vs attorneys in class action 'pro objectors' case 'so damaging,' attorney says

By John Sammon | Dec 5, 2018

An attorney whose practice focuses on helping defend complex class action lawsuits said the rise of class action objectors milking the litigation system for quick payoffs has become a thorn in the side of businesses and attorneys attempting to settle lawsuits.

HEPLERBROOM: Chicago adds Associate Attorney

By Press release submission | Dec 6, 2018

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THOMPSON COBURN: Congratulations to the new Thompson Coburn partners for 2019

By Press release submission | Dec 6, 2018

Thompson Coburn is proud to announce that the firm has elected seven attorneys to partnership, effective January 1, 2019.

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