News from 2019

BENESCH FRIEDLANDER COPLAN & ARONOFF: Benesch’s Chicago Office Keeps Growing with Four New Attorneys

By Press release submission | Jan 2, 2019

As Benesch continues to add to its roster of top-notch legal talent, the firm is pleased to announce that four new attorneys—Michael E. Bloom, Lowell D. Jacobson, Suzanne M. Alton de Eraso, and Kate Watson Moss—have joined the firm’s Chicago office.

People suing Google over facial geometry scans of photos must prove real harm, not just 'feel aggrieved': Judge

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 2, 2019

Saying the plaintiffs bringing the action must show how they were actually harmed, a Chicago federal judge has closed the window on a class action lawsuit accusing Google of violating an Illinois privacy law by automatically creating and storing face scans of people in photos uploaded to its Google Photos service.

Subcontactors can't be sued directly by homeowners for building defects: IL Supreme Court

By Dan Churney | Jan 2, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed Cook County and appellate court rulings in a lawsuit over allegedly defective condominium buildings in Evanston, saying condo unit owners cannot sue subcontractors who built the condos, because there were no contracts between the two groups.

Relative alleges former Aperion Care Dolton resident's pressure sore contributed to death

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 2, 2019

The next-of-kin of a former resident of a Dolton long-term care facility alleges a pressure sore contributed to the resident's 2017 death.

Woman alleges she was removed from Lakeview East Cooperative Board because of defamatory emails

By Bree Gonzales | Jan 2, 2019

A Chicago woman alleges false statements made in emails caused her to be removed from the membership of a co-op board.

Melrose Park mall tenants allege landlord violated lease by allowing additional video gaming shop

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 2, 2019

Tenants of a Melrose Park shopping center allege their landlord improperly allowed another video gambling establishment to open in the mall, allegedly violating their lease.

Mother sues Sunset Bay Marina over son's drowning death in car in Calumet River

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 2, 2019

The mother of a man who died after a vehicle plunged into the Calumet River is seeking damages from the owner of a marina, alleging it failed to prevent vehicles from entering the water.

Ald. Burke indicted over alleged attempted shake down; Property tax appeal law firm at heart of charges

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 3, 2019

Powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke was indicted Thursday on a charge of attempting to shake down the owner of a Chicago fast food restaurant seeking to renovate their establishment. And at the center of the charge stands Burke's law firm, which has built a huge business specializing in appealing property tax assessments.

Mother alleges Presence Resurrection Medical Center failed to treat daughter after stroke

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 3, 2019

A woman has filed a wrongful death suit against several medical entities over care her daughter received before her death in 2017.

Property owners allege Palatine Village Council decision regarding recapture fees is 'unfair'

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 3, 2019

Two Cook County property owners are seeking to reverse a decision of the Palatine Village Council regarding recapture fees.

A/G lawsuit: Cash Now Offer failed to pay consumers for unused diabetic testing supplies

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 3, 2019

A Chicago company is alleged to have failed to pay consumers for unused diabetic testing supplies.

Class action: CTL Global violated BIPA, forced employees to scan faces to use with punch clock

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 3, 2019

A former employee of an Elk Grove Village company has brought a class action lawsuit against his employer, accusing the company of failing to obtain his written consent to scan his face, and the faces of other employees, for use with a biometric punch clock system.

Class action: H&M broke Illinois privacy law, made workers scan fingerprints to use with punch clock

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 3, 2019

A former employee of retailer H&M has filed a class action against the company, alleging her privacy was violated when H&M scanned her fingerprint, and those of other employees, for use with a biometric punch clock.

Appeals panel: Public workers' civil rights not violated by pension reform try; lawyers can't collect $1M fees

By Scott Holland | Jan 3, 2019

Lawyers can’t collect nearly $1 million in fees from the state for representing public workers suing over state attempts to reform public worker pensions, a state appeals court has ruled.

Why law firms should be leveraging digital media to attract clients

By Erianne Leatherman | Jan 4, 2019

With the growth of internet usage via social media and search engines, it is vital for law firms to recognize important marketing trends, in order to reach the broadest audience and convert the most clients.

Woman alleges fall at Metra station caused injuries

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Jan 4, 2019

A woman is suing Metra and the city of Chicago after she claims she fell at the Millennium Park station.

Man exonerated of murder says celebrity lawyer Zellner owes $20M for not winning civil rights suit

By Scott Holland | Jan 4, 2019

A man who says he was wrongly convicted of murder claims celebrity attorney Kathleen Zellner, who made her name representing another man at the heart of the 2015 Netflix television series, Making A Murderer, did not properly represent him in a civil rights lawsuit, and now owes him $20 million.

Edelson wins order to dig deeper into Bandas firm, to broaden lawsuit over 'professional' class action objectors

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 4, 2019

Edelson P.C., one of Chicago’s most prominent class action law firms has won the chance to dig deeper into the practices of a group of lawyers it has accused of extorting payments from the Bandas Law Firm and other lawyers by acting as “professional” class action settlement objectors, as the firm seeks to unearth further evidence it believes will lead to an injunction to effectively shut down its rival.

Insurers say they have no duty to cover contractor for allegedly defective church construction

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 4, 2019

Two insurance companies allege they have no duty to indemnify a general contractor in a claim filed against it over allegedly defective construction at a Chicago Catholic church.

American Academy of Actuaries members accuse board of violating bylaws

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 4, 2019

Members of the American Academy of Actuaries have filed a class action lawsuit against the organization's board over allegations it violated bylaws.

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