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Wheaton College wins order vs Obamacare contraceptive mandate; Judge: Violates religious freedom

In the wake of a decision by the administration of President Donald Trump to reinterpret federal health regulations requiring religious employers to pay for contraceptive health insurance coverage, a federal judge has granted Wheaton College a permanent injunction barring the federal government from forcing the prominent evangelical Christian college in Chicago’s western suburbs from having to pay for its employees’ contraception, which the college had argued would violate its religious rights.

Union lawsuit: If union can't force non-union workers to pay, also can't be forced to represent them

In advance of what they expect to be a stinging defeat for labor unions at the U.S. Supreme Court, a prominent Illinois union has countered with a suit of its own, claiming, if the court finds unions can be barred from forcing non-union workers to pay fees to the union for collective bargaining, so, too, the unions can’t be forced to include those workers in the deals they cut with government officials.

Class action: IL Treasurer Frerichs mishandling administration of 529 college savings plans

A Lake County resident has sued Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs, accusing him of mishandling the state’s college savings plans and improperly assessing fees on participants.

Union member sues Lincolnshire, says village can't support group that lobbied for Rauner reform agenda

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepared to hear arguments on the question of whether state rules requiring non-union workers pay fees to unions violate the Constitution, a union member in suburban Lincolnshire has sued his village government, demanding the court declare the rights of union members have been similarly violated by local governments which use taxpayer money to fund lobbyists to seek reforms opposed by unions.

IL appeals court revives suit vs Motorola over birth defects in children of factory workers

An Illinois appeals court has revived significant portions of a lawsuit that seeks to assign blame for birth defects to Motorola, rejecting, in part, the company's arguments parents and former Motorola workers can't sue because the fathers, rather than the mothers of the children, allegedly were exposed to the alleged toxic substances at Motorola factories in Arizona and Texas.

Airbnb can't be sued for apartment tenants' listings that violate leases, bring in disruptive guests: Judge

A Cook County judge has shut the door on an attempt by the owner of a luxury high-rise apartment building in Chicago’s Theater District to make Airbnb pay for allowing tenants to use the online short-term vacation rental platform to find tourists willing to sublet their apartments, which, the apartment building owners said, violate the terms of the leases, while disrupting life in the apartment building.

Judge lets malpractice suit vs LeClair Ryan continue, says could be on hook for client's $9M settlement

A Chicago federal judge has refused to toss a legal malpractice suit lodged by the owner of a suburban electronics company against a Virginia law firm, saying the company has plausibly claimed the lawyers’ alleged missteps caused the company to pay out a $9 million settlement.

Appeals court tacks on sanctions for construction firm's 'frivolous' appeal of unpaid wages order

A federal appeals court in Chicago has slapped a construction company with sanctions, including ordering it to pay the legal bills for one of its former workers, for sending to the court a “patently frivolous” appeal of a lower court’s order in favor of three men who claimed the company had wrongly attempted to deny them pay and had wrongly classified at least one of them as an independent contractor.

IL Supreme Court calls for fix of rules apportioning blame in multi-car crashes; could leave defendants 'holding bag'

Illinois’ highest state court has upheld a Chicago appeals panel and a Cook County judge's rulings that a defendant in a car crash suit had no basis to contest his codefendant's settlement with the plaintiff under Illinois law, because there was no evidence of fraud, despite concerns the ruling could leave less culpable co-defendants “holding the bag” at trial.

High court upholds seizure of woman’s Harley; Karmeier dissent: ‘In the eyes of the law, she was guilty of nothing’

Madison County Record

SPRINGFIELD – Police properly seized a three wheel Harley-Davidson vehicle from a woman who committed no crime, the Illinois Supreme Court decided on Feb. 16.

Appeals court: Ballot access rules not intended to produce 'absurdity;' Drury can remain on A/G ballot

Declaring they did not believe state lawmakers intended for candidates to be removed from the ballot over “absurdity,” a state appeals court has ruled Illinois attorney general candidate Scott Drury should remain on the Democratic primary ballot, despite an attempt to have him removed over his alleged failure to file a new economic interest statement when he switched to pursuing election as the state’s top law enforcement officer.

Cook Sheriff asks court to order Yahoo to reveal ID of sender of emails accusing him of domestic abuse

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart wants a court to force Yahoo to reveal the identity of someone he says sent emails falsely accusing him of domestic abuse.

Another class action claims McDonald's could open restaurants to visually impaired at night, but chooses not to

McDonald’s is facing another federal class action complaint from customers who say the restaurant denies people with visual impairments equal access during late night, drive-through-only hours.

Appeals court pauses judge's order forcing Cook courts clerk to let public immediately access lawsuits

A federal appeals court in Chicago has slapped a hold on a federal judge’s order to force Cook County’s courts clerk to begin providing the press and public immediate access to publicly filed court documents, at least until the appellate judges can rule on the court clerk’s claims that the federal judge had no business issuing the order, on the grounds of protecting the public’s First Amendment rights to public information.

Judge deletes class action vs Yahoo over Messenger texts, says 'tens of thousands' may have consented

A federal judge has broken up a class action accusing Yahoo of sending text messages in violation of federal law, saying information provided after he certified the class indicated perhaps tens of thousands of class members may have actually consented to receive the texts when they signed up for Yahoo’s services.

Jury convicts Cook County judge of mortgage fraud, could face 30 year prison sentence

A federal jury in Chicago has convicted a Cook County judge of mortgage fraud stemming from an alleged scheme in which prosecutors said she participated a few years before she was elected to the Cook County bench.

Judge asked to OK final $295M deal to end Stericycle price hike class action; lawyers request $42M

A federal judge has been asked to grant final approval to a $295 million settlement deal ending a multi-state class action lawsuit accusing medical waste disposal company Stericycle of fixing prices for its “small quantity” customers under an automatic price increase policy.

Cook Courts Clerk appeal: Federal judge wrongly stepped into dispute over public access to court files

Moments after a Chicago federal judge chided her for creating a system designed to take an “end-run” around the First Amendment’s guarantee of public access to public information, the clerk of Cook County’s courts has asked a federal appeals court to put a hold on the judge's order and further remove the matter from the judge’s consideration entirely.

IL appeals court upholds dismissal of class action challenging Chicago red light camera program law

Saying state law designates Chicago’s red light and speed camera enforcement programs as something different from ordinary traffic laws, a state appeals court has again handed a defeat to a class action attempting to overthrow the city’s automated traffic citation program, which annually adds millions of dollars in fines from ticketed motorists to the city’s coffers.

Lawsuit: Woman fired for drawing attention to scheme allowing RR Donnelley to short USPS millions

A woman who says she was terminated for calling to attention her former employer’s scheme to underpay postage by nearly $20 million has filed suit against Chicago-based printer and mass marketer RR Donnelley.