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Pharma defendants seek to kick suburbs' opioid suits to federal court; Say center on federal drug control questions

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 23, 2018

Saying the lawsuit raises legal questions that shouldn't be dealt with in state court, one of the country’s largest pharmaceutical distributors – and one that stands as a defendant in many of the lawsuits now pending in courts across the country over the so-called opioid epidemic – has asked a federal judge to prevent a group of Chicago suburban communities from suing an array of drug manufacturers and distributors in Cook County Circuit Court.

Northwestern basketball player Vassar sues university, says defamation cost him scholarship, transfer

By Bree Gonzales | Aug 22, 2018

Former Northwestern University basketball player John Vassar has sued the university, saying the university defamed him and cost him his scholarship and the ability to transfer to another school to continue playing college basketball.

Grecian Delight says insurer refuses to pay more than $12M in claims from Elk Grove plant explosion

By DM Herra | Aug 22, 2018

Elk Grove-based Greek food maker Grecian Delight has filed suit against its insurance company, claiming an insurer is crippling the company by refusing to pay out millions in claims after an explosion crippled the company’s food processing facility.

Potential penalties loom for employers who fail to withhold worker pay under Secure Choice

By Dani Hemmat | Aug 21, 2018

Illinois’ new retirement savings program, Illinois Secure Choice, is scheduled to begin its first wave of enrollments in November. And employers should be aware of potential legal penalties should they fail to comply with withholding requirements.

Democratic donor Hull asks to limit deposition to thwart political fishing expedition by Madigan lawyers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 21, 2018

A former Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat ultimately captured by Barack Obama has asked a federal judge to block lawyers for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan from using a forthcoming deposition as a fishing expedition to dig up political intelligence on potential political opponents of the powerful chairman of the state Democratic Party.

Lyons, Bedford Park, Summit file opioid lawsuits; legal actions hit medical societies as defendants

By Dan Churney | Aug 20, 2018

Three more Cook County communities are suing opioid makers and distributors in connection with the opioid epidemic. But unlike dozens of other Chicago-area towns that have already taken similar court action, the three towns are suing separately, rather than together, and have added medical societies as defendants.

Female U.S. national team gymnast sues USA Gymnastics, others for abuse by Nassar

By Scott Holland | Aug 20, 2018

A female gymnast, who competed for the U.S. national team for three years earlier this decade, has filed suit in Chicago accusing the organization that runs the national team and others of allowing institutionalized sexual abuse of young athletes.

New IL law mostly bars towns from regulating drones, giving regulatory 'predictability,' attorney says

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 20, 2018

A recent change to the Illinois Aeronautics Act has provided drone operators “more predictability,” according to Chicago attorney Andrew Fiske.

Couple says doctor's mistakes in care led to hysterectomy

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 20, 2018

A couple is suing a doctor and medical practice, citing alleged professional negligence.

Avanti Wellness and Rehabilitation is sued for alleged negligence

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 20, 2018

A woman is suing Avanti Wellness and Rehabilitation, a nursing facility, citing alleged negligence in the care of her mother.

Judge says employee handbook provision enough to send female truck driver's suit vs Progistics to arbitration

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 18, 2018

A federal judge has sent to arbitration a dispute between a truck driver and her employer over alleged sex discrimination and failure to pay overtime, saying a provision in the company's employee handbook should stand as a binding agreement, requiring arbitration of disputes.

Judge pulls plug on Viamedia antitrust suit vs Comcast over cable TV spot ads

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 18, 2018

Saying she saw the legal action as little more than an attempt by a competitor to “force” Comcast to do business with them, a Chicago federal judge has pulled the plug on an antitrust legal fight over whether Comcast had used its position to improperly squelch competition in the market for local spot cable TV advertising.

Court decertifies class in junk fax lawsuit vs Cirque du Soleil, dismisses 'sprawling' 9-year case

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 16, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has allowed Cirque Du Soleil to turn out the lights on a class action lawsuit accusing the entertainment brand brought against it for allegedly sending junk fax ads, allegedly in violation of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Ex-Chicago firefighter-medic: Firefighter retirement rules don't apply to him; Judge: Lawsuit filed too late

By Dan Churney | Aug 15, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has doused an age discrimination lawsuit brought by an ex-Chicago firefighter-paramedic, who alleged the city made him retire against his will at 63, allegedly improperly applying mandatory firefighter retirement rules to him, even though he was a paramedic.

Copyright lawsuit vs home builder deconstructed; Judge: More 'sufficient facts' required to buttress case

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 15, 2018

Saying an architectural firm needs to do more to demonstrate its claims a homebuilder improperly copied some of the architect's home designs, a federal judge has taken down, for now, the copyright infringement lawsuit.

Judge: Chicago's altered rules for peddlers outside Wrigley strike out lawsuit by Cubs-related magazine seller

By Scott Holland | Aug 15, 2018

A federal judge has again sent to the showers a lawsuit alleging the city of Chicago violated the rights of the publisher of a Cubs-related magazine when it barred the company from selling its publication outside Wrigley Field, noting changes to the city's ordinance effectively strike out the publishers' legal arguments to this point.

Suburban pain doctor sues other doctor he says illegally used his name to boost opioid 'pill mill'

By Dan Churney | Aug 13, 2018

A suburban Chicago doctor, who in one legal action is facing accusations he improperly sued pharmacies for faxing prescription requests to him, is alleging in a different unconnected lawsuit that a different doctor, who now faces sentencing after pleading guilty to improperly prescribing opioids, capitalized on the coincidence of having the same name as the first doctor to abet an illegal drug dispensing operation.

Dolton, Robbins say low water bill, property tax collections to blame for still owing Chicago millions for water

By Scott Holland | Aug 13, 2018

Facing legal actions from the city of Chicago asserting they collectively owe more than $23 million in unpaid water bills, the villages of Robbins and Dolton have responded by conceding they owe the money, but assert they face financial challenges, from depressed property tax collections and water bill collections that are too low to cover the amount demanded by Chicago, to actually repay what the city is demanding.

New IL Supreme Court credit card collection pleading rules have 'potential' to lengthen process

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 10, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has adopted new pleading requirements for credit card and debt collection cases, which will result in additional protection for debtors, but also has the potential to lengthen the process, according to one Chicago attorney.

Judge denies class action status for insurer’s suit against AbbVie, others over testosterone drugs

By Dan Churney | Aug 9, 2018

A Chicago federal judge has barred an Ohio health insurer from pursuing a class action against several pharmaceutical companies, which are already embroiled in massive litigation over their testosterone drugs, saying the thousands of potential claims would be too individualized to be served well by a class action and the insurer’s drug review practices were “unconventional.”

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