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Rauner order allows testing of self-driving cars; attorney says regulations to be worked out down the road

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 15, 2018

A new executive order from outgoing Gov. Bruce Rauner will pave the way for self-driving car testing in Illinois, setting the stage for further questions down the road.

Judge nixes P.I.'s bid to unseal Alvarez deposition, other evidence in Alstory Simon wrongful conviction case

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 15, 2018

A private investigator who was a central figure in a prominent wrongful murder conviction case has lost a bid to persuade a judge to unseal the video recorded deposition of former Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and other evidence, as he pursues a defamation lawsuit of his own against the county’s ex-chief prosecutor.

Judge: IL A/G's pro-union statements don't disqualify her from defending vs union lawsuit over fees

By Scott Holland | Nov 14, 2018

A federal judge has determined a state employee — notable for his public anti-union stances — can’t intervene on behalf of the state in a lawsuit it faces from a union leader asking courts to declare unions aren’t obligated to represent employees who refuse to pay membership dues.

Illinois Atty Gen sues companies building Loop skyscraper over alleged pollution pumped into Chicago River

By Scott Holland | Nov 12, 2018

The Illinois Attorney General is suing four companies accused of contributing to the discharge of polluted water into the Chicago River at a skyscraper construction site in the Loop.

Discrimination lawsuit expanded vs Pritzker campaign, accuses Lt. Gov-elect Stratton of defamation

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 10, 2018

On the same day Illinois voters by wide margins selected Democrat JB Pritzker to be the state’s next governor, and his running mate, Democratic State Rep. Juliana Stratton, to serve as lieutenant governor, a group of Pritzker campaign workers added Pritzker and Stratton as individual defendants in a discrimination lawsuit the workers brought in the closing days of the gubernatorial campaign, particularly targeting Stratton for allegedly defaming the campaign workers behind the suit as “extortionists.”

IL regulators fine title agency PNTN $14M for letting lawyers not registered as agents sell title insurance

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 9, 2018

An organization which provides services to and promotes the role of attorneys in the title transfer process in real estate transactions has come under the scrutiny of state regulators, which has ordered $14 million in fines for allegedly allowing attorneys who are not registered as title insurance agents to score commissions from the sale of title insurance policies.

Judge OKs employment discrimination lawsuit, despite plaintiff's failure to list lawsuit on bankruptcy filing

By Scott Holland | Nov 8, 2018

A federal judge will allow a man to continue pushing an employment discrimination lawsuit despite his failure to list the possible proceeds from the lawsuit in an unrelated bankruptcy filing.

Judge rejects collector's try to dismiss class action over robocalls following notice of legal representation

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 7, 2018

A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought against a debt collector, saying the plaintiff could continue with the action accusing the collector of wrongly placing collection calls to him, even after he had sent a fax telling them he was represented by a lawyer.

Align Technology alleged to have wrongfully taken funds after falsely claiming it served complaint

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 6, 2018

Two orthodontist offices allege a Chicago company wrongfully removed money from their bank account after it falsely claimed it served an orthodontist.

Jaday Industries alleged to have harassed former employee over age

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Nov 6, 2018

A former employee of a Franklin Park company alleges he was subjected to a hostile work environment because he was 41 years old.

Woman files wrongful death suit against Chicago, police officers over boyfriend's death

By Bree Gonzales | Nov 6, 2018

The girlfriend of a 21-year-old man shot by Chicago police officers has filed a wrongful death suit against them and the city.

Judge slices Parmesan cheese lawsuits, says labels pumped purity, but also listed additives

By Dan Churney | Nov 5, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has partially melted a group of class actions against Kraft, Walmart, Jewel Food, Target and others, which alleged the companies misled consumers as to the purity of grated Parmesan cheese by including hidden cellulose filler, finding labels may have promised unadulterated product, but cellulose was nonetheless listed as an ingredient on those labels.

Anti-hate group organization ExitUSA files suit over trademark dispute against co-founder

By Tomas Kassahun | Nov 2, 2018

A Chicago organization that specializes in helping people exit hate groups has filed a lawsuit against one if its co-founders who branched off to start a similar organization, saying the new group is infringing its trademarks.

Workers say suburban Burger King franchisee's punch clock system stores fingerprint scans without consent

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 2, 2018

A Downers Grove-based company that operates Burger King restaurants in Chicago's suburbs has been accused in a class action lawsuit of allegedly unlawfully collecting and storing its employees' fingerprints for use with its punch clocks to track employees' hours worked.

Models sue Polekatz strip club, say used their images in ads to promote their clubs without permission

By Scott Holland | Nov 2, 2018

Ten models have sued Polekatz, saying the Bridgeview strip club used images of them to advertise its business although the women have never worked for Polekatz or as exotic dancers.

Woman alleges emergency surgery was required after hip procedure

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 31, 2018

A Cook County woman alleges she was not properly assessed for neurovascular injuries after a surgery in 2017.

State Farm accuses woman of intentionally damaging car to claim injuries from a hit-and-run

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 31, 2018

An insurance company alleges a woman intentionally damaged her vehicle and filed a false claim stating she and her grandchildren were injured in a hit-and-run collision.

RLI Insurance alleges it as no duty to indemnify Insight Consulting Group in fax suit

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 31, 2018

An insurer is asking a court to declare it has no duty to indemnify a Cook County business in a lawsuit over a fax.

Ex-John Marshall Law School fundraiser OK to continue anti-male discrimination suit vs school

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 31, 2018

A former alumni relations director at John Marshall Law School will be allowed, for now, to continue much of his discrimination lawsuit against the college, in which he alleges that he became the target of anti-male bias and was allegedly accused of being “anti-gay, anti-Muslim and anti-black,” after attending a lunch meeting with a donor at a Trump hotel.

Westfield Insurance alleges it has no duty to indemnify ET Simonds Construction in wrongful death suit

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 30, 2018

An Ohio insurance company alleges it has no duty to indemnify another insurer and a construction company in a wrongful death action.

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