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Buffalo Grove: Pension board improperly awarded $1.7M+ enhanced pension to firefighter who died of colon cancer

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 21, 2018

The village of Buffalo Grove has taken its firefighter pension board to court, claiming the pension board didn’t require enough evidence that a deceased firefighter’s colon cancer was caused by the perils of his job before awarding an enhanced pension to his widow, costing the taxpayers $1.7 million.

Appeals panel: 'Obnoxious' condo owner has right to free speech, to view evidence when accused by association

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 21, 2018

While condo associations are not extensions of the government, they still must respect the First Amendment rights of condo owners, and must disclose evidence to those accused of violating association rules before assessing fines, a divided state appeals panel has ruled. However, a dissenting justice warned the ruling had the potential to bog the courts down in near endless streams of intra-condo association squabbles.

Sculptor of Chicago's "Bean" sues NRA, says needed permission to use image of the public art in video

By Scott Holland | Jun 20, 2018

The artist behind the iconic Chicago sculpture known to people worldwide as “The Bean,” is targeting the National Rifle Association in a copyright infringement lawsuit, saying they needed to ask his permission before using images including the sculpture in a video the organization posted to solicit donations.

Judicial regulators move to remove Cook judge convicted of fraud, block $192K salary

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 19, 2018

About a month after a Cook County judge convicted by a jury of bank fraud filed papers to seek reelection, state judicial disciplinary officials have launched the process to remove her from the bench and prevent her from continuing to collect her more than $190,000 a year salary.

PepsiCo wins trademark tussle over ads calling Gatorade 'sports fuel'

By Scott Holland | Jun 19, 2018

A federal judge put one in the win column for PepsiCo in a trademark violation lawsuit over its use of the term “sport fuel” in Gatorade advertisements.

EEOC doesn't owe CVS' legal bills for failed suit; Not frivolous, even though agency didn't follow rules

By Dan Churney | Jun 18, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals court ruled that although the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission should not have filed a labor law suit against the CVS Pharmacy chain without first trying conciliation, the EEOC should not have to pay the company’s legal costs, because the suit was not frivolous.

No constitutional right to referendums, appeals panel says, ending Calumet term limits tussle

By Scott Holland | Jun 18, 2018

A federal appeals panel said citizens have no constitutional right to place referenda on ballots, rejecting an appeal from a Calument City official and state lawmaker challenging state rules limiting the number of referendums that can appear on the ballot at the same time.

Judge: Burr Ridge trucking biz OK to add Chicago lawyers as defendants to keep malpractice suit in Cook courts

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 15, 2018

A Burr Ridge trucking company left on the hook for more than $2.5 million in a Texas lawsuit over an accident that left two motorcyclists severely injured will be allowed to continue its legal action against its ex-lawyers in Cook County court, after a federal judge ruled the trucking firm wasn’t wrong to add Chicago lawyers as defendantst, defeating the lawyers'' attempt to move the case to federal court.

Judge: Report on Madigan clout stays under wraps, not relevant to ex-candidate's suit vs Speaker

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 15, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has refused to allow attorneys for a failed primary challenger to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan the chance to obtain a copy of a 2014 inspector general’s report detailing the ways Madigan wields clout and influence in Illinois, saying the contents of the report would be of no value to the ex-candidate’s lawsuit accusing Madigan of pulling strings and using underhanded tactics to undercut his candidacy.

Abbvie wins another bellwether trial amid mass action over Androgel testosterone drug

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 15, 2018

A federal jury has handed a win to North Chicago-based drugmaker Abbvie, as it continues to seek to fend off a mass of legal claims accusing the company’s testosterone replacement therapy drug, Androgel, of causing heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions.

Cook County, road builders tussle over home rule, control of county's 'transportation' money

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 13, 2018

With about a quarter of a billion dollars on the line in what the county calls a “test case” that could affect cities and counties across Illinois, Cook County has squared off in court against a coalition of trade groups representing road builders, as the two sides have asked a judge to decide whether a new Illinois state constitutional amendment negates the county’s authority to decide how to apportion its transportation tax dollars.

IL Dems ask to be cut from sex harassment suit from woman who claims Madigan, others didn't protect her

By Scott Holland | Jun 13, 2018

Asking a federal judge to dismiss it from a lawsuit brought by a former campaign worker against several political organizations connected to Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, the Democratic Party of Illinois said it isn't liable for sexual harassment the woman said she suffered at the hands of a Madigan aide.

Jury orders SharkNinja to pay Dyson $16M for allegedly false vacuum cleaner ads

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 12, 2018

A federal jury has ordered vacuum cleaner maker SharkNinja to pay $16 million to rival manufacturer Dyson for allegedly falsely claiming their vacuums had significantly more suction or were better at deep-cleaning than Dyson’s models.

Judge reduces attorneys' fees by $1.6M in Akorn shareholder litigation; lawyers still get $6M

By Dan Churney | Jun 12, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has reduced how much of the nut plaintiff lawyers get from a class action settlement they arranged between suburban-based Akorn Pharmaceuticals and disgruntled investors, which alleged Akorn officials hoodwinked investors, ruling the lawyers receive $1.6 million less than they wanted, because they were not as far out on a limb as they claimed.

IL Supreme Court: Clerks can't slap on extra fines, but defendants can't appeal, must sue instead

By DM Herra | Jun 11, 2018

The justices of the Illinois Supreme Court agreed court clerks lack the legal authority to tack on supposedly mandatory fines to judgments entered against defendants, when no judge ever ordered the defendants to pay the fines. However, the court divided sharply over what recourse defendants can use to stop clerks from collecting the fines, nonetheless.

Speedway worker fingerprint scan lawsuit heads back to Cook County court; Judge: No harm to plaintiff

By DM Herra | Jun 8, 2018

A lawsuit that claims Speedway gas stations didn’t follow state law in collecting employee fingerprints is back in state court, after a federal district court denied Speedway’s motion to dismiss - while at the same time agreeing that the plaintiff suffered no injury.

Volkswagen defeats IL's $1B lawsuit over emissions cheating; judge says fed law doesn't permit state action

By Scott Holland | Jun 8, 2018

Saying federal law does not allow the lawsuit to continue, a Cook County judge has dismissed a legal action, potentially worth $1 billion, the Illinois Attorney General’s office had brought against Volkswagen over technology designed to cheat emissions testing systems.

Agreement wins city of Harvey temporary respite in fight with pension funds, state over sales tax dollars

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 8, 2018

The city of Harvey has won a temporary reprieve, of sorts, after a Cook County judge signed off on an agreement, which, while still requiring the cash-strapped city to pay large chunks to pension funds for retired police and firefighters, still allows the city government to apparently access most of its share of Illinois state sales tax revenue.

Rosebud Restaurants says EEOC misstepped in serving up class action over treatment of female workers

By Scott Holland | Jun 7, 2018

Rosebud Restaurants hopes to scuttle an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint it faces regarding alleged mistreatment of female employees.

From Legal Newsline

Art imitates life: 'Billions' describes six-figure, part-time jobs on asbestos trusts

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 7, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - The third season of the wildly popular show "Billions" premiered in March with a mention of an oddly arcane subject: asbestos bankruptcy trusts. The dialogue coming out of the mouth of prosecutor Chuck Rhodes, played by Paul Giamatti, becomes a little less mysterious when you look at who wrote it, however.

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