News from November 2018

Federal judge OKs addition of local store employee to lawsuit vs Home Depot over saw blade accident

By John Sammon | Nov 28, 2018

A man injured by a circular saw blade in an alleged accident during a home improvement project has won the right to take his lawsuit against retailer Home Depot back to Cook County court after a federal judge cut up Home Depot's attempt to stop the plaintiff from adding one of its local store employees as a defendant, ending the retailer's bid to keep the matter in federal court.

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House override spikes Court of Claims cap from $100,000 to $2 million

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 28, 2018

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a bill that raised the award cap from $100,000 to $2 million for tort cases against the state that are litigated in the Illinois Court of Claims has been overridden.

Federal appeals judges: 'Politics in politics' did not violate rights of GOP state senator who challenged Rauner

By Scott Holland | Nov 28, 2018

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals determined Illinois Senate Republican leaders didn’t violate a caucus member’s rights by stripping him of duties after he mounted a third-party gubernatorial challenge.

Oak Park firefighters union: Village's rules to evaluate 'catastrophic injury' benefit claims unconstitutional

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 28, 2018

An attempt by the village of Oak Park to establish a new way to evaluate whether its firefighters claiming to have been "catastrophically injured" in the line of duty should receive retirement health insurance benefits, has drawn a legal challenge from the union representing its firefighters, who say the village’s ordinance establishing the new rules violates Illinois state law and the firefighter’s rights as public employees under the state constitution.

Ultra Foods employee alleges pallet jack caused foot injuries

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 28, 2018

A Calumet Park resident alleges she was injured when a pallet jack was lowered onto her foot.

Alexian Brothers Medical Center, doctors named in wrongful death suit over man's sarcoma-related death

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 28, 2018

The son of a deceased Cook County man is seeking damages from two physicians and a health care center over the treatment of his father's cancer.

Man sues Hearts Partnership club after shot in chest at nightclub

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 28, 2018

A patron shot at a Chicago nightclub alleges the business did not have any trained security on the premises.

CLARK HILL PLC: Scott Cruz named to Crain's Chicago's Notable Minority Lawyers for 2018

By Lene Caracas-Apuntar | Nov 28, 2018

Clark Hill PLC issued the following announcement on Nov. 19.Clark Hill's Scott Cruz has been named to Crain's Chicago's Notable Minority Lawyers for 2018.

GREENBERG & TRAURIG: Tiffany S. Fordyce and Lorraine M. Tyson Named Among Chicago’s Notable Minority Lawyers

By Press release submission | Nov 28, 2018

Tiffany S. Fordyce and Lorraine M. Tyson, shareholders in the Chicago office of global law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP, have been recognized on Crain’s Chicago Business’s 2018 Notable Minority Lawyers list.

CLARK HILL PLC: Clark Hill Adds Prominent Political Law Attorney John G. Fogarty, Jr. as Senior Counsel in Chicago

By Press release submission | Nov 28, 2018

Clark Hill PLC announced the addition of John G. Fogarty, Jr. to the firm as Senior Counsel in its Chicago office, where he is a member of the Government and Public Affairs Practice Group.

BARNES & THORNBURG LLP: Barnes & Thornburg welcomes New Attorneys in Chicago and Los Angeles

By Press release submission | Nov 28, 2018

Barnes & Thornburg LLP has added new corporate and intellectual property attorneys to its Chicago and Los Angeles offices.

Exotic dancers sue Ocean’s Gentleman’s Club for allegedly unpaid wages, classifying them as contractors

By John Sammon | Nov 28, 2018

Female exotic dancers are suing a Bedford Park nightclub where they performed, alleging the Ocean’s Gentleman’s Club improperly classified them as independent contractors and illegally withheld wages and tips.

BARNES & THORNBURG LLP: Barnes & Thornburg elects new partners for 2019

By Press release submission | Nov 29, 2018

Barnes & Thornburg has elected 13 attorneys as partners, effective Jan. 1, 2019.

TRESSLER LLP: Christine Walczak Joins Tressler’s Local Government Practice Group

By Press release submission | Nov 29, 2018

Tressler LLP is proud to welcome Christine Walczak as a new associate in our Chicago office.

CLARK HILL PLC: Clark Hill Attorney Mark J. Steger Recognized by the 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards

By Press release submission | Nov 29, 2018

Clark Hill has been recently recognized by the 17th Annual M&A Advisor Awards in the category of Industrials Deal of The Year ($50MM-$100MM) for the Acquisition of Wellman Dynamics Corporation by TCTM Financial, of which Mark J.

CLARK HILL PLC: Clark Hill Member Chad Poznansky Named to Christopher House Board of Directors

By Press release submission | Nov 29, 2018

Clark Hill Member Chad Poznansky has been selected to join the Board of Directors of Christopher House for a 3-year term effective immediately.

POLSINELLI PC: Polsinelli’s Rodney Lewis Named 2018 “Most Notable Minority Lawyer” by Crain’s Chicago Business

By Press release submission | Nov 29, 2018

Rodney Lewis, a shareholder in Polsinelli’s Chicago office, has been honored by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the 2018 “Most Notable Minority Lawyers.”

Sterigenics: Lawsuits asking courts to rewrite federal clean air rules, based on a 'flawed' report

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 29, 2018

Saying plaintiffs are asking the courts to essentially rewrite federal environmental laws and regulatory rules based on a single report issued by a federal agency relying on faulty data, medical device sterilizer Sterigenics has asked a federal judge to corral a stampede of lawsuits that have hit the courts in recent weeks amid a blizzard of media reports asserting the company’s use of a key sterilizing agent at its facility in suburban Willowbrook could cause cancer.

MCGUIRREWOODS LLP: McGuireWoods Elects 17 Lawyers for Partnership

By Press release submission | Nov 29, 2018

McGuireWoods LLP issued the following announcement on Nov. 15.McGuireWoods elected 17 new partners effective Jan. 1, 2019.

BENESCH FRIEDLANDER COPLAN & ARONOFF: Benesch Continues Expansion of Chicago Office with Three New Attorneys

By Press release submission | Nov 29, 2018

As fast-growing Benesch continues to recruit top-notch legal talent, the firm is pleased to announce that a trio of attorneys—Di Fu, Kathryn Clausing, and Christopher J. Letkewicz—have joined the firm’s Chicago office.

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