News from February 2018

Appeals panel: State commission OK to overrule school district, let new Waukegan charter school open

By Scott Holland | Feb 1, 2018

A state appeals court has affirmed the Illinois Charter Schools Commission’s decision to overrule the Waukegan School District over the opening of a new school in the community.

Cook Circuit Clerk appeals ruling ordering her to provide immediate public access to e-filed lawsuits

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 1, 2018

With just days to spare before her office would need to comply with a federal judge’s order to begin providing the public and the press immediate access to electronically filed lawsuits, the clerk of Cook County’s courts has appealed the ruling.

Judge declines to freeze Walgreens' suit vs Panasonic over $11.5M loss from malfunctioning cold storage

By Angela Underwood | Feb 1, 2018

A federal judge has denied an attempt by Panasonic Healthcare Corporation to place on ice Walgreens' lawsuit alleging a malfunctioning freezer damaged $11.5 million worth of medications at a store in Oregon.

Appeals panel says Chicago investments firm can't sue FL rival in IL to protect its trademark 'Ariel'

By Scott Holland | Feb 1, 2018

While a Chicago federal judge had determined a Florida investment firm had trespassed the trademark of a more established Chicago company, a federal appeals court has said the Chicago firm can’t sue to protect its rights in Illinois, because the Sunshine State firm doesn’t do business in the Land of Lincoln.

Uber Technologies Inc., others accused of negligence after automobile accident

By Louie Torres | Feb 1, 2018

A man is suing Alpha Diallo, Sisaymesteta Weldemaorian, Welnshet Sifu, 24/7 Taxi Management Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc. for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Zorch International Inc. allegedly failed to properly inform shareholders of merger with Satori Capital

By Louie Torres | Feb 1, 2018

A woman is suing Zorch International Inc., William Kaczynski, John Kennedy, John Meilner, Matthew Gray and Michael Wolfe for alleged breach of contract and breach of duty.

Two individuals accused of defaming another man on a podcast

By Louie Torres | Feb 1, 2018

A man is suing two others, identified as Michael David and Cameron Malek, for alleged defamation.

Lawsuit: Deutsche Bank lets foreclosures in minority areas fall to disrepair, suppressing home values

By Scott Holland | Feb 2, 2018

Nearly 20 fair housing activist organizations are suing Deutsche Bank, alleging it worked to suppress property values in minority neighborhoods across the country by allowing foreclosed homes to fall into disrepair, while maintaining its holdings much better in predominantely white neighborhoods.

Bad Science at NIOSH?

By Bruce Fein | Feb 2, 2018

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 as a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health.

HR management association to host program on workplace sexual harassment on Feb. 15

By Carrie Bradon | Feb 2, 2018

The Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC) will host a "Hot Topic" program on sexual harassment in the workplace from 8 to 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 15.

Presence Life Connections allegedly failed to prevent patient from developing pressure ulcer

By Louie Torres | Feb 2, 2018

An estate administrator is suing Presence Life Connections and Villa Scalabrini Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

BNSF Railway allegedly failed to protect employee from toxic agents

By Louie Torres | Feb 2, 2018

An employee is suing BNSF Railway for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

Hala Express, driver allegedly failed to take safety measures to avoid semi-truck accident

By Louie Torres | Feb 2, 2018

Two individuals are suing Ibrahim A. Atieh and Hala Express Inc. for alleged negligence.

United Services Automobile Association allegedly breached insurance contract

By Louie Torres | Feb 2, 2018

Two individuals are suing United Services Automobile Association for alleged breach of contract.

Viad Corp., others allegedly allowed employee to drive forklift negligently

By Louie Torres | Feb 2, 2018

An individual is suing Viad Corp., doing business as GES, GES Exposition Services Inc. and/or Global Experience Specialist for allegedly taking insufficient measures to prevent injuries.

IL Dems inconsistent on state, federal budget talks? All just political 'game of chicken,' observers say

By Glenn Minnis | Feb 2, 2018

IIllinois Democrats who spent the last two years chiding state Republicans and Gov. Bruce Rauner for attempting to link "nonbudget" reforms to negotiations over the state budget, also supported Democratic U.S. senators' attempt to shut down the federal government over nonbudget immigration reform proposals. Yet, that's just how the game is played, say observers.

Recent ruling in glutamine powder case could have far-reaching implications for class action cases, lawyer says

By Dee Thompson | Feb 2, 2018

A recent ruling by a federal judge that non-Illinois residents cannot participate in a class-action suit has far-reaching implications, according to a local attorney. The ruling came in the case of Joshua DeBernardis v. NBTY and United States Nutrition, the makers of the supplement Body Fortress 100 percent Glutamine Powder.

Appeals court made right call in shipping pelvic mesh case from St. Clair Co. to Maryland, lawyer says

By Dee Thompson | Feb 2, 2018

A state appeals court's recent decision to ship off to Maryland a lawsuit over allegedly defective pelvic mesh may boost hopes of businesses trying to stave off forum shopping by out-of-state plaintiffs seeking a friendly venue in which to air their claims.

Advocate Christ Medical Center allegedly retaliated against employee

By Louie Torres | Feb 4, 2018

A woman is suing Advocate Christ Medical Center for alleged retaliation and wrongful termination.

SC Respiratory Holdings LLC allegedly failed to reimburse workers' compensation claim

By Louie Torres | Feb 4, 2018

A company is suing TSC Respiratory Holdings LLC for alleged breach of contract.

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