News from October 2018

Ciaccia-Lezza committee reports nearly $1K in contributions during second quarter

By The Cook County Record | Oct 1, 2018

Lezza for Judge reported receiving $1,250 from April 1 through June 30, according to its second quarter report to the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Appeals judges: Lincolnshire, other towns can't create right-to-work zones, despite home rule powers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 1, 2018

Saying to find otherwise would create “catastrophic” consequences for labor law in Illinois and across the country, a federal appeals panel has backed a federal judge’s decision to toss an attempt by a northwest suburban village to use its home rule powers to create a local right-to-work zone within its borders.

Woman alleges she was injured using trampoline at Sky High Sports Niles

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 1, 2018

A woman alleges she was injured at a Niles business when her foot got caught while using a trampoline.

Lawsuit claims Advocate Health facilities failed to diagnose, treat woman's lung cancer

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 1, 2018

A special administrator alleges a woman's lung cancer was not properly diagnosed or treated, leading to her death.

Woman alleges ManorCare of Homewood failed to prevent resident's fall, injuries

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 1, 2018

A Homewood facility is alleged to have failed to have safety devices and guards in place to prevent a resident from falling.

Appeals panel: Chicago not liable for man's fall after stepping out of cab on crumbling curb

By John Breslin | Oct 1, 2018

A man injured after stepping on a crumbled curb following his exit from a cab has no claim against the city of Chicago, a state appeals court has ruled.

Appeals panel: Cook County judge wrong to toss class action vs LA Tan franchisee over customer finger scans

By Scott Holland | Oct 2, 2018

A state appeals panel has reversed a Cook County judge’s dismissal of a class action complaint accusing an LA Tan franchisee of violating an Illinois privacy law for the way it scanned and stored digital scans of customers’ fingerprints, saying the business’ disclosure of those fingerprints to a third-party vendor could be enough of a violation to sustain the lawsuit.

III committee reports nearly $23K in contributions during second quarter

By The Cook County Record | Oct 2, 2018

Citizens to Elect Judge Sam Betar reported receiving $23,098.58 from April 1 through June 30, according to its second quarter report to the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Wrongful death suit filed against Fullerton Albany Women's Clinic, physician over stillbirth

By Bree Gonzales | Oct 2, 2018

A mother has filed a wrongful death suit against a physician and medical office after her daughter was stillborn.

Judge: Menard's, retailers not expected to always keep parking lot in 'perfect condition' to avoid trip-and-falls

By John Breslin | Oct 2, 2018

Home improvement retail chain Menard's cannot be held liable for an injury allegedly suffered by a woman who tripped over a crack in the parking lot of one of its northwest suburban stores, a federal judge has ruled, saying the retailer cannot be expected to keep its parking lot in "perfect condition at every moment."

Too soon to sanction plaintiff attorneys for 'false statements' in Yellow Cab bankruptcy dispute, judge says

By Dan Churney | Oct 2, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has cut several defendants from a suit filed by a federal bankruptcy trustee, which alleged the company that succeeded Yellow Cab drove Yellow Cab into the ground to avoid paying creditors. The judge, however, refused to sanction the trustee’s attorneys for allegedly making false claims, saying it’s too early in proceedings to address that allegation.

Judge nixes $17.5M deal in collection calls class action vs Ocwen, says attorney fees too high

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 2, 2018

Saying lawyers for the plaintiffs need to “drastically” reduce their $5.8 million fee request to make it "conceivable" to win his approval, a federal judge has rejected a $17.5 million settlement intended to end a class action lawsuit against debt collector Ocwen Loan Servicing over claims the company violated federal law when it called millions of debtors.

Estate executor alleges Warren Barr Living & Rehab Center failed to prevent resident's pressure sores

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 2, 2018

A long-term care facility is alleged to have failed to prevent a former resident's development of pressure sores.

Ammendola committee reports nearly $0K in contributions during second quarter

By The Cook County Record | Oct 3, 2018

Committee to Elect Judge Marina Ammendola reported receiving $250 from April 1 through June 30, according to its second quarter report to the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Class action: Ticketmaster double dips on ticket sale fees, encouraging online ticket resale scalping

By Scott Holland | Oct 3, 2018

Ticketmaster is facing a federal class action complaint over a practice that allegedly incentivizes online scalpers.

River City condo owners sue to block $90M sale to Marc Realty, say board conspired to 'bribe' holdouts, skew vote

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 3, 2018

In the wake of a vote to approve a sale that would reportedly pave the way for the largest condos-to-apartments conversion in Chicago to date, a group of condominium owners in the River City complex have filed suit to block the more than $90 million sale, accusing the condo association board of working with the would-be buyers to essentially target and bribe certain unit owners to persuade them with secret “side deals” to vote to approve the sale.

Willowbrook residents allege Sterigenics emissions have exposed them to cancer risk

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 3, 2018

A Willowbrook couple alleges emissions from a facility in the village have placed them at an increased risk of cancer.

Ex-Con-Tech Lighting employee files class action over employee handprint punch clock scans

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 3, 2018

A lighting manufacturer has become one of the latest employers hit with a class action lawsuit by employees accusing it of improperly scanning and storing their fingerprints for use with an employee punch clock system, allegedly violating an Illinois biometrics privacy law.

Patient sues hospital, doctor, alleging didn't remove appendix, despite apparent appendectomy

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 3, 2018

A patient of a Cook County facility alleges he suffered respiratory failure and other issues because of a failure to timely remove his appendix.

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