News from January 2019

Lexington Health Care Center allegedly failed to prevent pressure ulcers

By Bree Gonzales | Jan 8, 2019

A son is seeking damages from a Chicago Ridge long-term nursing care facility over allegations it failed to protect his father from developing ulcers.

Appeals court: No rehearing for class action vs SEIU to obtain $32M refund of illegal fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 8, 2019

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has rejected the request by a group of home caregivers for a new hearing to reconsider the courts’ prior decisions denying them the opportunity to bring a class action to recover nearly $32 million they accuse a union of unconstitutionally taking from them under a state law invalidated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel says will withdraw defamation suit vs ex-members, writer

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 8, 2019

Suburban megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel has indicated it will withdraw its defamation lawsuit accusing former church workers and others of publishing false information about the church and its finances and administration.

Judge: Mondelez can't force workers to take a day off each week to reduce OT pay

By Dan Churney | Jan 9, 2019

A Chicago federal judge has burnt a suit by snacks maker Mondelez, which wanted employees to take 24 hours off every seven days to avoid overtime, finding labor law requires bosses let employees rest every seventh day, but also must give them the option of working.

Unions ask judge to give new shot to sue over dues paid by Lincolnshire to 'private' IML for lobbying

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 9, 2019

Two unions have asked a federal judge to reconsider his decision tossing their attempt to force the village of Lincolnshire to stop paying dues to the Illinois Municipal League because the association of Illinois cities and villages lobbies in favor of policies union members may oppose.

Patient accuses Westgate Oral Surgery, dentists over alleged tooth root damage

By Bree Gonzales | Jan 9, 2019

A woman is seeking damages from three dentists over alleged root damage to a tooth during an extraction of another.

New IL law boosts protections for nurses, other health workers from violence, liability risk for hospitals, others

By John Breslin | Jan 9, 2019

CHICAGO – New legislation that was enacted following two high-profile attacks on nurses in 2017 came into effect at the turn of the year.

JACKSON LEWIS: Jackson Lewis Adds Depth to Litigation Team with Karen R. Glickstein in Kansas City Region

By Press release submission | Jan 10, 2019

Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Karen R. Glickstein has joined the firm’s Overland Park office as a Principal.

DYKEMA GOSSETT PLLC: Dykema Elects Nine New Members

By Press release submission | Jan 10, 2019

Dykema, a leading national law firm, announced that its Executive Board elected nine new members to the firm effective January 1, 2019.

VEDDER PRICE PC: Vedder Price Represents TRG Venture Two, LLC in Favorable $9.5M Contempt Damage Award

By Press release submission | Jan 10, 2019

On January 3, 2019, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois entered a damage award in favor of Vedder Price client TRG Venture Two, LLC (TRG) in the amount of $9,500,000.

Power generators ask SCOTUS to overturn Illinois 'Zero Emissions Credit' subsidies for Exelon nuke power plants

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 10, 2019

A group of electrical power generators have asked the U.S. Supreme Court step in and unplug “zero emissions credit” subsidy programs in Illinois and elsewhere, arguing the state programs intrude on federal regulatory turf and unconstitutionally rig wholesale electricity generation and supply markets to prop up nuclear power plants that should otherwise be retired.

BENESCH FRIEDLANDER COPLAN & ARONOFF: Mark Silberman Named Chair of Benesch White Collar Practice

By Press release submission | Jan 10, 2019

Benesch is pleased to announce that partner Mark J. Silberman has been named as the Chair of the firm’s White Collar, Government Investigations & Regulatory Compliance Practice Group.

Patient alleges Aspide Surgimesh XB is defective, caused injury

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 10, 2019

An Arkansas woman alleges defectively designed surgical mesh caused her injuries.

Mother alleges Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation failed to diagnose mass in son's brain

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 10, 2019

A mother alleges a doctor and medical facility in Cook County failed to diagnose a mass in her minor child's brain.

Man sues South West Industries, O'Malley Construction after falling down elevator shaft

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jan 10, 2019

A Columbia College employee has filed suit against two companies associated with an elevator after he allegedly fell down an elevator shaft.

Wrongful death suit says Avantara Park Ridge responsible for woman's fall, death

By Bree Gonzales | Jan 10, 2019

A family member of a former resident of a Park Ridge facility alleges injuries the resident sustained in a fall contributed to her death.

IL A/G's discovery order vs Rockford recycling biz not 'adequate substitute for warrant:' Appeals panel

By John Breslin | Jan 10, 2019

A lower court failed to properly weigh the privacy rights of a waste disposal site owner when it ruled in favor of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's request for a discovery order, an appeals court has ruled, siding with the business owner who claimed the order was merely an attempt to sidestep the need for a search warrant.

Class action: United Airlines shorting employees pay when on short-term military service

By Scott Holland | Jan 10, 2019

United Airlines is facing a federal class action from airline workers who say the company isn’t fully paying them for their time away on active military duty.

From Legal Newsline

Trump DOJ acts on threat to trial lawyers who sue on behalf of the government

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice's recent effort to toss lawsuits it says it wasted hundreds of hours investigating is emblematic of a strategy under President Donald Trump to rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars.

Celeb lawyer Zellner countersues man who says she mishandled civil rights suit over wrongful murder conviction

By Scott Holland | Jan 11, 2019

Celebrity lawyer Kathleen Zellner, of Netflix's "Making a Murderer" fame, filed a countersuit against a man who a week earlier sued her, claiming she owes him $20 million for allegedly mishandling his civil rights lawsuit over his wrongful murder conviction.

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