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Class action: Caputo's Fresh Markets broke law when made workers scan fingerprints for punch clock

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 25, 2018

Caputo's Fresh Markets has been added to the growing list of employers being sued in Cook County court for allegedly violating an Illinois biometrics privacy law when it required employees to scan their fingerprints for use with the company's employee punch clock.

Wendy's sued by workers who claim broke law when scanned fingerprints for use with punch clock

By Cook County Record | Sep 24, 2018

Fast food chain Wendy's is among the latest businesses operating in Illinois to be sued by workers for allegedly violating workers' rights under an Illinois biometrics privacy law by scanning employee fingerprints for use with its employee punch clock systems.

Consumers sue XSport Fitness for unsolicited text messages

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 24, 2018

Consumers have filed a lawsuit against XSport Fitness, citing alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Disabled woman accuses two others of defaming her in Facebook posts

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 24, 2018

A disabled woman is suing two other people, saying they defamed her in Facebook posts.

Judge: IL Film Office's work to boost IL film industry didn't favor Cinespace over Chicago Studio City

By Cook County Record | Sep 21, 2018

A federal judge has rejected an attempt by a Chicago film and TV studio to sue the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the former director of the llinois Film Office for allegedly favoring a larger, newer competitor in doling out state assistance.

Bath Planet seeks $1M from ex-employees for alleged breach of contract, use of confidential info

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 21, 2018

Bath Planet of Chicago, a bathroom remodeling company, is suing former employees, seeking $1 million in damages for alleged breach of contract, claiming the former workers utilized confidential company information.

Family asks court to name estate rep for Cook correctional officer who shot them, committed suicide

By Bree Gonzales | Sep 21, 2018

A family suing Cook County, alleging they were attacked shot in their home by a county correctional officer, who ultimately committed suicide, has asked a federal judge to appoint someone to represent the deceased correctional officer's estate, so they can wrap up their legal claims.

Amended Illinois law requires employers to grant new moms paid nursing breaks

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 21, 2018

Nursing mothers in Illinois will now be granted "reasonable" paid breaks in the workplace to nurse a baby or express milk for up to a year following the birth of a child, under a new law.

Judge lets Cook Sheriff's Merit Board leave lawsuit over alleged anti-African American jobs discrimination

By Charmaine Little | Sep 21, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has, for now, blocked four African American men from pressing discrimination claims against the panel responsible for reviewing hiring and firing decisions at the Cook County Sheriff's Office, saying the men lacked standing to continue their suit alleging the Cook County Sheriff's Merit Board engaged in a pattern of discrimination when the sheriff's office declined their applications to become Cook County correctional officers. The lawsuit against the Cook County Sheriff, however, continues.

Federal judge undoes potential class action deal to end litigation over 2014 Neiman Marcus data breach

By Scott Holland | Sep 20, 2018

A federal judge has sided with objectors who want to undo a class action settlement involving a five-year-old Neiman Marcus data breach, saying the leading plaintiffs do not adequately represent the entire group.

California boardroom gender quota bill is something for businesses in IL, elsewhere, "to watch," attorney says

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 19, 2018

A bill passed in California setting gender quotas on the boards of public companies could generate significant legal challenges, which likely would need to be resolved before other states move to copy it, an attorney following the legislation believes.

Judge: Plaintiffs' lawyers could face sanction for ignoring key precedent in debt collection case

By Dan Churney | Sep 19, 2018

Saying a plaintiff’s attorneys' actions stood as an “egregious violation” of conduct rules, potentially punishable by sanction, a Chicago federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a collection agency, which alleged the agency tried to mislead a debtor with an allegedly bogus offer to settle their debt by a certain date.

$10M lawsuit: Aurora Health cut real estate firm from buyback deal worth millions; Aurora: No contract breach

By Scott Holland and Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 19, 2018

The largest health care system in Wisconsin is asking a federal judge to toss a commercial real estate agency’s $10 million lawsuit over claims the health system allegedly cut it out of a potentially lucrative deal.

Lurie Children's Hospital, doctor sued by mother over alleged false child abuse accusation

By Bree Gonzales | Sep 18, 2018

A mother and her minor daughter are suing Children's Hospital of Chicago, as well as physician Norell Rosado and Tierney Stutz, citing medical malpractice and other allegations.

Tinley Park to pay $410K to settle legal storm over handling of low-income housing project plan

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 17, 2018

The village of Tinley Park has settled a legal imbroglio over claims the village discriminated against predominantly black low income residents when it stalled approval of a controversial housing project planned for the community’s downtown area – a situation the village blamed in part on its ex-planner, who will get $360,000 under a proposed settlement.

Judge: City Colleges did not disciminate against female professor who made students buy her book

By Gabriel Neves | Sep 16, 2018

A federal judge has granted judgment to The City Colleges of Chicago in a lawsuit brought by a professor who alleged she was fired because of her gender, but who the school says was terminated, in part, for her decision to require students to buy a book she had edited and published.

Bangers & Lace customer claims he was served drink with lye on rim of glass

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Sep 16, 2018

A customer is suing Bangers & Lace Chicago claiming he was served a margarita that allegedly had lye on the rim of the glass, permanently injuring him.

Former employee sues property management firm, alleging discrimination, retaliation

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 14, 2018

A former employee is suing Laramar Group, a property management firm, citing alleged racial discrimination, retaliation and unpaid commissions.

Consumers sue GM Goldman & Associates, claiming intrusive and unwanted calls

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Sep 14, 2018

A group of consumers have accused insurance agency GM Goldman & Associates Inc., of improperly placing numerous sales calls to people whose numbers were listed on the Do Not Call registry.

Suburbs' lawyers: Cities' suit vs opioid makers, distributors belongs in Cook court, not federal 'black hole'

By Scott Holland | Sep 14, 2018

Attorneys for a group of Illinois municipalities are fighting an attempt to combine their lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors with a mass of similar litigation already pending in Cleveland federal court.

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