News from July 2018

Deceptive practices class action to proceed against All Web Leads, with up to 2 million class members

By John Breslin | Jul 9, 2018

A federal judge has given the nod to allow a group of plaintiffs to move forward with a class action lawsuit, potentially involving 2 million additional plaintiffs, claiming a web company that generates "leads" for the insurance industry used deceptive practices to lure customers.

Appeals court douses Oak Lawn’s attempt to require its firefighters live in Illinois

By Dan Churney | Jul 9, 2018

A Chicago appeals panel has affirmed a Cook County judge’s ruling that southwest suburban Oak Lawn cannot require village firefighters to live in Illinois, because the village doesn’t require fire department applicants to live in any geographic area to be hired in the first place.

Stoltmann Law claims Adtalem refuses to pay agreed fees

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 9, 2018

A law firm is suing Adtalem Global Education Inc., formerly DeVry Education Group, citing alleged breach of contract.

Estate administrator blames Berkshire Nursing for patient's death

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 9, 2018

An independent estate executor is suing Berkshire Nursing & Rehab Center LLC, which does business as Aperion Care Forest Park, as well as Aperion Care Inc. and a nurse, citing alleged negligence.

LifeTime Fitness settles ex-trainers' wages, whistleblower class action for $700K; lawyers to get $245K

By DM Herra | Jul 9, 2018

LifeTime Fitness has agreed to pay $700,000 to settle a class action brought by a group of former trainers who sued the fitness chain over back wages and claims the company violated whistleblower laws.

Lawsuit: Data security firm Trustwave owes $30M for 2009 data breach at Heartland Payment Systems

By Scott Holland | Jul 10, 2018

Two insurance companies have joined together to ask a Cook County judge to order a data security firm to pay $30 million to reimburse the insurers for funds they had to pay out to settle claims resulting from a data breach at Heartland Payment Systems.

Judge blocks IL regulators from compelling new title insurance disclosures to homebuyers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 10, 2018

A Cook County judge has signed off on an order blocking Illinois state regulators from rolling out new disclosure requirements for attorneys and other agents involved in helping property buyers and lenders obtain title insurance. The legal challenge asserts the state overstepped the law, specifically in requiring attorneys to disclose fees earned in title insurance transactions.

Federal judge: Ex-Yankees OF can press lawsuit in Cook County court vs White Sox over knee injury

By John Breslin | Jul 10, 2018

A former outfielder for the New York Yankees, whose career was threatened by a season-ending knee injury after one inning at Chicago's Guaranteed Rate Field, can continue his negligence action against the Chicago White Sox in Cook County court after a Chicago federal judge ruled federal court was not the correct venue to hear the case.

Federal judge OKs female Cook County employees' lawsuits over harassment by inmates

By John Breslin | Jul 10, 2018

A federal judge ruled that various lawsuits claiming officials have failed to curb rampant abuse of female employees visiting Cook County Jail will remain largely intact, according to an opinion filed June 26 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Exotic dancer lawsuit: Admiral Theatre strip club misclassifies dancers as contractors, sidesteps wage laws

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 11, 2018

An exotic dancer has thrown a class action lawsuit into the lap of one of Chicago’s most storied strip clubs, accusing owners of the Admiral Theatre of misclassifying them as independent contractors, rather than employees, to short them wages and make them rely exclusively on customers’ tips.

Cook County judge charged after dropping firearm in lobby of courthouse, relieved of duties for now

By Cook County Record | Jul 11, 2018

A Cook County judge has been temporarily removed from the bench, as he faces charges after he dropped a concealed handgun in front of county sheriff’s deputies at the county’s criminal courthouse.

Chicago ordinance could make employers give 2 weeks notice before changing employee schedules

By John Breslin | Jul 11, 2018

Plans to introduce a new ordinance requiring employers in Chicago to give their workers advance notice of changes in schedule appear to have stalled, according to an employment law attorney.

Parents blame doctors for issues with birth at University of Illinois Medical Center

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 12, 2018

A child's parents are suing Dr. Robin Kindred, Dr. Yvette Cordorva, Dr. Laura Laumen, Dr. Tanya Rubenstein and other doctors, nurses and midwives, citing alleged negligence and violations of the Family Expense Act.

Nursing facility resident, representative accuse Brookdale Orland Park of negligence

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 12, 2018

A woman and her power of attorney are suing Emeritus Corp., doing business as Brookdale Orland Park, citing alleged negligence.

Heir accuses George Pecherek & Associates of legal malpractice

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 12, 2018

A man is suing George Pecherek and law firm George Pecherek & Associates PC, citing alleged legal malpractice.

Estate administrator blames Arden Courts for patient's falls, death

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 12, 2018

An estate executor is suing Arden Courts of Elk Grove, making claims of negligence and wrongful death.

Court: IL tax collectors can’t ‘jump the queue’ of creditors to collect unpaid taxes from bankrupt debtors

By DM Herra | Jul 12, 2018

Illinois state tax collectors cannot jump ahead of other creditors when collecting unpaid taxes from bankrupt estates, a federal appeals panel has ruled, rejecting the Illinois Department of Revenue’s attempt to collect delinquent taxes from two bankrupt businesses whose debts far outweighed their assets.

Loyola lawsuit: Cook sheriff refused to remove inmate for 4 months; makes hospital 'prison infirmary'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 12, 2018

Loyola University Medical Center has filed suit against the Cook County Sheriff, saying the sheriff’s office’s apparent refusal to retrieve an inmate who has been kept under guard at the hospital since April has turned the hospital essentially into an unwilling auxiliary of the Cook County Jail.

Engineer accuses CSX Transportation of defamation of character

By Bree Gonzales | Jul 13, 2018

A locomotive engineer is suing CSX Transport Inc and James Spencer, citing alleged defamation of character.

Tenants claim Wesley Realty, Chicago Title failed to update lease agreement

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jul 13, 2018

Two tenants have filed a class-action lawsuit against property owners Wesley Realty Group Inc. and Chicago Title Land Trust No. 8002377381, citing alleged breach of contract.

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