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Judge: Lawsuit vs Uber over wheelchair access can continue; Uber 'public accommodation' under ADA

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 18, 2018

A federal judge will allow plaintiffs with disabilities who use motorized wheelchairs to continue their ADA access lawsuit against Uber, saying he believed Uber coud be treated as a public accommodation under the Amercians with Disabilities Act.

Appeals panel: SkyWest flight attendants can resume part of lawsuit vs airline over shorted pay claims

By Scott Holland | Dec 18, 2018

A group of SkyWest flight attendants have been cleared to resume part of their longstanding complaint against the airline for allegedly paying them only for the time they spend on board their airplanes.

IL Supreme Court: 'Hearsay' Facebook post not enough to force car crash defendant to reveal medical history

By D.M. Herra | Dec 17, 2018

The Illinois state Supreme Court ruled that a plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit arising from a traffic crash is not entitled to the defendant’s medical records when the defendant’s health is not part of the allegations.

Appeals panel: Federal judge wrong to deny Boeing military contractor defense in asbestos suit

By Dan Churney | Dec 17, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals court has overridden a downstate federal judge, who sent an ex-Boeing worker’s asbestos suit against the company back to state court, saying the case belongs under federal jurisdiction because Boeing claims the federal government was in control of its bomber production and knew the danger of asbestos was involved.

Sterigenics: Illinois A/G's lawsuit asks court to 'rewrite' federal rules, based on 'indisputably flawed report'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 14, 2018

Saying the legal action asks a state court to substitute its own judgment for federal law and environmental rules, Sterigenics, the owner of a facility in suburban Willowbrook targeted by trial lawyers, politicians and a group of area residents for its use of ethylene oxide, has asked a federal judge to take jurisdiction over a lawsuit brought against them by state prosecutors.

Appeals court junks $10.7 million verdict in water heater-scalding suit

By Dan Churney | Dec 14, 2018

An Illinois appeals panel has overturned a Cook County jury’s $10.7 million verdict against a water heater manufacturer, which found the company was liable for a baby’s scalding death, saying the trial judge improperly excluded evidence that would have aided the manufacturer’s defense.

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Opioid plaintiffs: A small percentage of pill shipments were 'suspicious.' Or maybe it's nearly all of them

By Daniel Fisher | Dec 14, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - Forced to identify opioid prescriptions they say were “suspicious” and never should have been shipped, Ohio cities and counties came up with a rough estimate. Very rough.

Judge boxes up class action vs Fannie May over amount of candy in its packages

By Scott Holland | Dec 13, 2018

A federal judge in Chicago sided with Fannie May and has bagged a class action complaint accusing the chocolatier of under filling its candy packages.

Cook County Public Guardian lawsuit says IL DCFS keeps kids detained in state psych facilities too long

By Scott Holland | Dec 13, 2018

The Cook County Public Guardian has filed a class action complaint against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services over the agency’s treatment of children at state psychiatric facilities.

Appellate panel: Bank can pursue malpractice case vs lawyers who 'lulled' into letting time limits expire

By Dan Churney | Dec 13, 2018

A Chicago appeals panel has upended a Cook County judge’s ruling in a legal malpractice suit, saying it was not too late for a bank to sue its attorneys for allegedly bungling foreclosures, because the attorneys “lulled” the bank into appealing the foreclosures, during which the statute of limitations for malpractice actions expired.

Chicago drops ban on advertising in Uber, Lyft cars; Video ad app maker drops constitutional legal challenge

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 12, 2018

A decision by Chicago City Hall to amend a city ordinance to now allow interactive video advertising in vehicles operated by drivers for ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft has brought to a conclusion one company’s legal quest to win a court order declaring such a ban unconstitutional.

Judge: Liberty Mutual OK to continue $17M workers' comp fraud suit vs owner of Marque Medicos clinics

By Scott Holland | Dec 12, 2018

A Cook County judge has said the owner of a group of neck and back pain clinics can't yet end an insurer’s worker compensation fraud lawsuit.

State lawsuit over Sterigenics emissions cites state permit as evidence of 'hazard'; Undercuts permit process?

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 11, 2018

The Illinois Attorney General's Office and DuPage County State's Attorney have partnered to sue Sterigenics over its alleged emissions of ethylene oxide. However, the state lawsuit has come despite no contention from anyone that Sterigenics violated the terms of its permit, issued by the state. Some worry about the message such a 'bizarre' course of action by the state may send to its businesses, many of whom have similar permits of their own.

Man beaten on E. St. Louis train platform's stairs can sue transit agency; No tort immunity: Appeals panel

By Scott Holland | Dec 11, 2018

A downstate appeals court determined a St. Louis area transit agency can’t shield itself from a lawsuit brought by a man who was beaten on a train platform’s staircase on his way to board a train.

Appeals court: Containerboard buyers didn’t prove makers Georgia Pacific, Westrock fixed prices

By Dan Churney | Dec 10, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals panel has upheld a lower court ruling that boarded up a class action antitrust suit against Georgia Pacific and Westrock, which alleged they conspired to fix prices for containerboard. Judges again found the companies were not colluding, but rather making parallel moves in reaction to the market.

Union suit nixed vs Lincolnshire over dues paid for 'anti-union' lobbying; ballot box remains open: Judge

By Scott Holland | Dec 7, 2018

A federal judge has rejected an attempt by unions 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.

Appeals panel: Despite Janus decision, still no class actions vs unions over illegally collected fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 7, 2018

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has again rejected an attempt by a group of home caregivers to bring a class action lawsuit against the labor union they say used an Illinois state law to unconstitutionally grab $32 million in fees from their pay, as the judges said the decision holds up even when reevaluated in light of a recent Supreme Court decision further restricting unions’ abilities to force non-union public workers to pay such fees.

Appeals court reopens question of whether Indiana merchant can ship wine to Illinois customers

By D.M. Herra | Dec 7, 2018

Anticipating an appetite at the U.S. Supreme Court to upend state laws favoring in-state liquor sellers, a federal appeals panel in Chicago has given an Indiana wine seller another chance to argue Illinois’ law blocking them from shipping wine to Illinois residents violates constitutional interstate commerce protections.

Judge tosses suit that alleged Chicago schools, bus companies bilked Medicaid for millions

By Dan Churney | Dec 6, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has kicked to the curb a suit by a former busing contracts manager for Chicago Public Schools, who alleged bus companies and school officials defrauded Medicaid in connection with transportation of special needs students.

State high court says governor can fire Prisoner Review Board members without judicial scrutiny

By Dan Churney | Dec 5, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld an appellate court’s ruling that Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision to fire an Illinois Prisoner Review Board member, for alleged discrepancies in financial documents, can’t be undone by the courts.

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