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Appeals court: Plaintiff snubbed settlement from debt collector, gets stuck with big legal bill

By Dan Churney | May 17, 2019

A Chicago federal appeals court has refused to upend a lower court that ordered a collection agency pay only $11,000 of a plaintiff's $190,000 legal tab in a credit report lawsuit, saying the plaintiff doesn't deserve more, because he snubbed a reasonable settlement offer, then went to trial and won less than he would have collected in the proposed settlement.

Broker accused of creating fake zoning designation to mislead would-be grocer could be made to pay: Appeals panel

By D.M. Herra | May 16, 2019

A real estate broker who allegedly made up a zoning classification to make the buyer of a storefront in a Chicago condo building think he could operate a grocery store in the residential building may be on the hook for damages, a state appeals panel has said.

Texas-based RAM Aircraft must face lawsuit over plane crash in Cook Co. court: Appeals panel

By Scott Holland | May 15, 2019

A state appeals court has upheld a Cook County judge, who ruled a Texas-based aviation company must face a lawsuit in Cook County court over an airplane crash, solely because the company marketed products to Illinois customers.

Appeals panel: Peer review doesn't let female Russian Jewish doctor sue Northwest Comm. Hospital for discrimination

By Scott Holland | May 9, 2019

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals said a doctor isn’t allowed to bring a discrimination lawsuit against Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights because she’s an independent contractor, not an employee.

Appeals panel: No proof personal injury lawyer Coffman, who was fired by client, deserved $33K in fees

By Scott Holland | May 8, 2019

A state appeals panel determined a Lake County judge was correct to let an attorney whose client fired and replaced him collect just $9,000 in attorney fees, despite his request for $33,000.

Appeals panel denies disability pension to Oak Lawn cop, saying officer's PTSD claims 'lack crediblity'

By Dan Churney | May 8, 2019

An appellate panel has supported a Cook County judge's decision to deny a disability pension to a suburban police officer who claimed his police experiences traumatized him, finding the officer's claims were dubious.

Court: IL Secretary of State can't charge $20K for documents after taking 6 months to respond to FOIA ask

By D.M. Herra | May 7, 2019

Appellate court says Secretary of State can't charge $20,000 for documents after waiting more than six months to respond to FOIA request

Appellate panel: 'Defamatory' American Bar Association journal article was actually protected speech

By D.M. Herra | May 6, 2019

CHICAGO – A certifying agency for forensic document examiners failed to convince a federal appellate court that the American Bar Association libeled it by publishing an article that suggested another agency’s graduates were better trained.

Group of seven Jewel store managers can jointly press age discrimination lawsuits, judge says

By Dan Churney | May 6, 2019

A federal judge will allow current and former Jewel Food store managers to pursue their age discrimination suit against the supermarket chain as a group, rather than individually, saying the plaintiffs' claims are similar enough to proceed together.

Judge: Cook officials must tell when learned they could sue Bank of America; could undermine discrimination suit

By Dan Churney | May 3, 2019

A Chicago federal magistrate judge has ordered Cook County officials who are suing Bank of America for allegedly discriminatory lending to tell the bank when they learned of a similar suit by the State of Illinois, which the bank believes will show some of the county's claims are barred by the statute of limitations.

ComEd loses bid to bar local utilities from selling credits on renewable energy market

By Scott Holland | May 3, 2019

A state appellate panel said ComEd can’t block local utilities from participating in the renewable energy credit market, affirming an Illinois Commerce Commission ruling.

Builders Bank's appeal of FDIC rating deemed waste of 'a judge's valuable time'

By D.M. Herra | May 2, 2019

A federal appeals panel has denied a former bank’s attempt to sue the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and upbraided the plaintiffs for legal maneuvering that "wasted a judge’s valuable time.”

Appeals court: Ex-Baker & McKenzie paralegal must pay firm's bill for discrimination suit defense

By Dan Churney | May 1, 2019

A Chicago federal appellate court has upheld a $35,000 sanction ordered by a lower court against a former paralegal at a Chicago law firm, who sued the firm for alleged discrimination, then withdrew the suit and then repeatedly refused to satisfy the firm's discovery requests for copies of records and emails.

Appeals panel decides Chicago surgical center wanted malpractice trial, can't sue insurer for $1.3M

By Dan Churney | Apr 30, 2019

A Chicago federal appeals court says a Chicago surgical center is just as responsible as its insurer for the decision to take a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settle, meaning it can't now sue the insurer over the decision, which cost the surgical center $1.3 million.

Appeals panel: Widow doesn't get to collect $60K insurance for man who hanged himself while masturbating

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 29, 2019

The widow of a man who died when he allegedly accidentally hanged himself when an apparent act of autoerotic asphyxiation went wrong, should not be able to collect an additional $60,000 in insurance coverage from his death, a federal appeals panel has ruled.

Seventh Circuit tosses suit over inflatable beach mat, chides plaintiffs for 'luring' defendants into IL court

By Dan Churney | Apr 26, 2019

A Chicago federal appeals panel has deflated a lawsuit by the designers of an inflatable beach mat, who alleged two companies rooked them out of royalties, finding the case does not belong in an Illinois federal court, because the out-of-state companies do not have any substantial presence in Illinois.

IL appeals court warns Lake County property owners their Truth in Taxation complaint borders on frivolous

By D.M. Herra | Apr 26, 2019

A group of Lake County property owners who lost a tax-objection complaint found no relief from a state appellate court, which warned the appeal was meritless and bordered on the frivolous.

Retailers can continue suit vs Home Depot on behalf of IL over alleged failure to pay tax on appliance installs

By Scott Holland | Apr 26, 2019

A state appeals panel has ruled that the owners of an appliance store may continue their lawsuit against Home Depot, on behalf of the state, over claims the chain did not collect sales tax it should’ve charged for appliance installations.

Panel: Asbestos exposure over 30-plus years at multiple factories isn't just one insurable occurence

By Scott Holland | Apr 25, 2019

A state appeals court has determined an insurer can’t treat thousands of claims related to asbestos against one business as a single occurrence for the purposes of policy coverage, a decision that significantly expands the amount of money potentially available to plaintiffs in a Cook County lawsuit.

Refusing to discuss disciplinary report with manager equates to misconduct to justify firing: Appeals panel

By Karen Kidd | Apr 25, 2019

A hospital employee's refusal to meet with a manager about a disciplinary report was misconduct justifying her managers' decision to fire her in 2017, an Illinois appeals court said in an April 17 ruling.

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