News from June 2018

Rosebud Restaurants says EEOC misstepped in serving up class action over treatment of female workers

By Scott Holland | Jun 7, 2018

Rosebud Restaurants hopes to scuttle an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint it faces regarding alleged mistreatment of female employees.

Former employee accused of sharing CIB trade secrets with competitor

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 7, 2018

The Corporation for International Business (CIB) filed a lawsuit on May 16 in Cook County Circuit Court, accusing Andrew F. Salaverria and his technology consulting firm Peliksa Technologies of violating the Illinois Trade Secrets Act.

Customer claims hot liquid was dropped on him in restaurant, causing injuries

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 7, 2018

CHICAGO — A patron is suing Petterino's LLC and Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises Inc., claiming the defendants' negligence led to injuries he sustained at their restaurant.

Chiropractor sues Universal Health Institute for allegedly unpaid wages

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jun 7, 2018

CHICAGO — A chiropractor is suing Universal Health Institute Ltd., a former employer, citing alleged breach of contract, violation of workers compensation acts, unpaid wages and violation of the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.

Student's lawsuit holds Chicago school board responsible for fractured ankle

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 7, 2018

A young man and his mother are suing the Chicago Board of Education, alleging the board's failure to keep its school premises safe resulted in injury.

Woman sues Ritz-Carlton, claims masseur sexually assaulted her during 90-minute-long session

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 8, 2018

CHICAGO — A guest is suing a hotel and its massage therapist, citing alleged assault and negligent supervision.

Agreement wins city of Harvey temporary respite in fight with pension funds, state over sales tax dollars

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 8, 2018

The city of Harvey has won a temporary reprieve, of sorts, after a Cook County judge signed off on an agreement, which, while still requiring the cash-strapped city to pay large chunks to pension funds for retired police and firefighters, still allows the city government to apparently access most of its share of Illinois state sales tax revenue.

Volkswagen defeats IL's $1B lawsuit over emissions cheating; judge says fed law doesn't permit state action

By Scott Holland | Jun 8, 2018

Saying federal law does not allow the lawsuit to continue, a Cook County judge has dismissed a legal action, potentially worth $1 billion, the Illinois Attorney General’s office had brought against Volkswagen over technology designed to cheat emissions testing systems.

Speedway worker fingerprint scan lawsuit heads back to Cook County court; Judge: No harm to plaintiff

By DM Herra | Jun 8, 2018

A lawsuit that claims Speedway gas stations didn’t follow state law in collecting employee fingerprints is back in state court, after a federal district court denied Speedway’s motion to dismiss - while at the same time agreeing that the plaintiff suffered no injury.

Judge OKs lawsuit to proceed vs city of Chicago, cops over killing of family dog

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 8, 2018

A federal judge denied a request for summary judgment from the city of Chicago and three police officers in connection wtih a lawsuit alleging a police officer killed a family dog while raiding a home.

IL Supreme Court: Clerks can't slap on extra fines, but defendants can't appeal, must sue instead

By DM Herra | Jun 11, 2018

The justices of the Illinois Supreme Court agreed court clerks lack the legal authority to tack on supposedly mandatory fines to judgments entered against defendants, when no judge ever ordered the defendants to pay the fines. However, the court divided sharply over what recourse defendants can use to stop clerks from collecting the fines, nonetheless.

Estate representative files negligence lawsuit following deadly accident

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 11, 2018

An estate representative is suing vehicle owner and operator Lanphear Tool Works Inc. and John Lanphear, claiming the defendants' negligence resulted in fatal injuries.

Heritage Health sues state of Illinois following denial of patient's Medicaid application

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 11, 2018

A patient's representative filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Human Services and Secretary James Dimas, alleging that the defendants breach their duty to provide medical care and services to those in need with "reasonable promptness."

Woman says property owners allowed debris to build up on sidewalk, causing slip and fall

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 11, 2018

A woman is suing four property owners, claiming they didn't do enough to prevent mud and debris from their property from making a public sidewalk hazardous.

Woman files suit against SCR Medical Transport, other driver for roles in accident

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jun 11, 2018

A woman is suing SCR Medical Transport Inc. and Salvador Garcia, alleging the defendants' negligence led to injuries.

'Hidden Mexico' excursion injury suit against Gray Line and Expedia dismissed

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 11, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a couples' lawsuit vs vacation excursion companies Gray Line and Expedia, saying the couple essentially abandoned their legal action over injuries they allegedly suffered while vacationing in Mexico.

Trump appointments bring Seventh Circuit's judge roster back to full strength for first time in 8 years

By Justin Stoltzfus | Jun 11, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is back to its full intended complement of judges after the confirmation of Michael Scudder and Amy St. Eve, two Chicago judges who joined the bench in May.

Judge reduces attorneys' fees by $1.6M in Akorn shareholder litigation; lawyers still get $6M

By Dan Churney | Jun 12, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has reduced how much of the nut plaintiff lawyers get from a class action settlement they arranged between suburban-based Akorn Pharmaceuticals and disgruntled investors, which alleged Akorn officials hoodwinked investors, ruling the lawyers receive $1.6 million less than they wanted, because they were not as far out on a limb as they claimed.

Jury orders SharkNinja to pay Dyson $16M for allegedly false vacuum cleaner ads

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 12, 2018

A federal jury has ordered vacuum cleaner maker SharkNinja to pay $16 million to rival manufacturer Dyson for allegedly falsely claiming their vacuums had significantly more suction or were better at deep-cleaning than Dyson’s models.

Attorneys: US Supreme Court's Masterpiece Cakeshop decision important win for exercise of 'sincere' religious beliefs

By John Sammon | Jun 12, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision, granting a win to a Colorado baker accused of violating the civil rights of a gay couple by refusing to bake a custom-designed cake for their wedding, could signal that, while the courts are upholding the civil rights of same-sex couples, it does not create a legal "open season" on others - including business owners - whose religious beliefs may not allow them to walk in step with society's rapidly changing values, say two attorneys who specialize in litigating religious freedom cases.

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