News from July 2018

Post-Janus Landscape: Decision will impact union coffers, membership; more litigation on its way, say lawyers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 2, 2018

In the wake of the U.S Supreme Court’s landmark decision to declare unconstitutional forced union fees, the legal and political landscape will undoubtedly change. But precisely what will change, and how and when those changes will roll out, remains anybody’s guess.

Judge stomps action vs LL Bean over boot warranty; LL Bean: Not meant to be lifetime replacement plan

By Scott Holland | Jul 2, 2018

A federal judge stomped out a class action complaint accusing LL Bean of misrepresenting the expected lifespan of its iconic boots.

SCOTUS takes Merck's Fosamax appeal, could boost GSK's appeal of $3M verdict over lawyer's suicide

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 3, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to wade into the contentious question over whether a pharmaceutical company can be held liable for failing to warn consumers and doctors of a drug’s potential effects, potentially portending significant implications for a $3 million verdict a jury awarded to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide in the Loop after taking the generic version of an antidepressant drug.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of Chicago School of Professional Psychology student

By Sandra Lane | Jul 3, 2018

A federal appeals court in Chicago has shut down a legal action brought by a former student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, who had alleged the school had improperly disciplined her over an image she posted to her personal Instagram account, and then later wrongly accused her of plagiarism.

Patient claims Northwestern Medical didn't properly treat his injured finger

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 3, 2018

A patient is suing Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation and Northwestern Medical Group, citing alleged negligence.

Couple claims Northshore hospital failed to treat patient's stroke

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 3, 2018

A couple is suing Northshore University Health System and two of its physicians, citing alleged medical negligence.

Father blames CTA for death of son hit by 35th Street train in 2017

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 3, 2018

A father and estate administrator is suing the Chicago Transit Authority, citing alleged negligence and wrongful death.

Plaintiffs' lawyer Edelson: Defense firm Johnson & Bell's defamation action an improper SLAPP suit

By Dan Churney | Jul 3, 2018

Chicago lawyer Jay Edelson, known for pursuing digital privacy and technology class actions, is alleging the Johnson & Bell law firm is trying to throttle his right to speak publicly about a case involving both parties as adversaries, with a groundless SLAPP defamation lawsuit against his firm in Cook County court.

Woman claims Presence Resurrection surgeries made symptoms worse

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 4, 2018

A patient is suing Presence Resurrection Medical Center, citing alleged medical negligence.

Estate administrator blames Aperion for patient's death

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 4, 2018

An estate administrator is suing nursing care facilities Aperion Care Spring Valley LLC, Aperion Care Inc. and Aperion Consulting LLC and two nurses, citing alleged negligent supervision.

Husband blames Northwestern Medicine, Central Dupage for wife's death

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 4, 2018

An estate executor is suing Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, Northwestern Medicine and Central Dupage Hosptial Association, citing alleged premises liability.

Patient accuses Northwestern Memorial, doctors of negligence

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 4, 2018

A woman is suing Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, and doctors Collin Gillispie, Charles Caffrey and Chinh Phan, citing alleged negligence.

Judge orders new trial, tosses $140M verdict vs AbbVie over Androgel testosterone drug

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 5, 2018

A federal judge has knocked down a $140 million verdict against pharmaceutical maker AbbVie, ordering a new trial over a man’s claims AbbVie’s Androgel testosterone replacement therapy drug caused him to suffer a heart attack.

Appeals panel divides over number of 'sole' causes, denies paralyzed jockey's try for new trial vs Arlington

By DM Herra | Jul 5, 2018

A divided state appellate court sided with the jury in a lawsuit against Arlington Park Racecourse by a jockey paralyzed in an accident, reversing a Cook County judge’s decision to grant a new trial because the jury had been improperly instructed to consider whether two different things could be considered the “sole” cause of an injury, simultaneously.

Daughter blames Bellhaven Nursing for mother's pressure sores and death

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 5, 2018

A daughter and estate administrator is suing a rehabilitation center, citing alleged negligent supervision.

Patient claims Loretto Hospital staff wrapped arm splint too tightly

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 5, 2018

A patient is suing Loretto Hospital & Medical Center, Sonia Mehta and Dr. Darryl Schlegel for alleged medical malpractice.

Woman blames Rush University Medical Center for fall suffered while visting patient

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 5, 2018

A patient's visitor is suing Rush University Medical Center and Rush Health, citing alleged negligence.

Chicago man sues East Lake, CHA, resident for dog attack

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 5, 2018

A Chicago resident is suing Erica Madden, East Lake Management Group Inc. and the Chicago Housing Authority, citing alleged negligent supervision of a dangerous dog.

Patient claims Swedish Covenant Hospital botched bypass surgery

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 5, 2018

A hospital patient is suing Swedish Covenant Hospital, Swedish Covenant Management Services In., Swedish Covenant Medical Group and Dr. Ronald Curran, citing alleged medical negligence.

Illinois State Bar insurer denies McNabola Law Group defense claims

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 5, 2018

An insurance company is suing McNabola Law Group PC, Mark McNabola, Scot Vandenberg and Patricia Vandenberg, asking the court to declare the insurer has no obligation to cover the defendants for a legal action.

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