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Appeals court: State can strip Glenview hospice's tax exempt status, because it does too little charity

By Dan Churney | Feb 27, 2019

An Illinois appeals panel has determined state tax officials were right to deny tax-exempt status to a suburban Chicago hospice center, because, even though it shares land with a sister palliative facility that is exempt, less than one percent of the hospice's $30 million annual revenue went to charity.

Split IL Sup. Ct.: No quick escape for man facing 'unprecedented' criminal charges for violating licensing regs

By Dan Churney | Feb 27, 2019

A split Illinois Supreme Court has given the green light to downstate prosecutors to proceed with pressing a criminal case against a man charged with violating a state licensing law governing the business of timber buying, even though the court's dissenting members noted the supposed criminal charges may not exist in the state law cited by prosecutors.

Appeals court: Wilmette cops didn't violate rights of man they warned over taking photos of condo neighbors

By Scott Holland | Feb 22, 2019

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals scuttled a lawsuit from a man who said the village of Wilmette violated his constitutional rights by asking him to stop tracking his neighbors’ activities to prove they were violating condo association rules.

Appeals panel: CPS worker doesn't need to prove work environment 'hellish' to press discrimination suit

By Scott Holland | Feb 22, 2019

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has revived a man's racial discrimination lawsuit against the Chicago Public Schools, saying the man doesn't need to demonstrate his workplace was "hellish" to accuse his supervisor of discrimination.

Appeals panel: Wisconsin town's ban on inflatable "Scabby the Rat" didn't violate First Amendment

By Scott Holland | Feb 20, 2019

A federal appeals court says a Wisconsin town didn't violate the First Amendment when it barred a union from protesting with a giant inflatable rat.

Judge says ex-Broadview mayor can't be sued for allegedly bad mouthing planned strip club while in office

By Dan Churney | Feb 20, 2019

A Chicago federal judge has stripped a former Broadview mayor from a suit by a group, which wants to open an adults-only club in the west suburban village, saying the group failed to prove the then-mayor did not enjoy the immunity of a public official in denouncing the proposed establishment.

Appeals court reverses ruling for ADM in trade secrets violation case vs ex-sweeteners division manager

By Gabriel Neves | Feb 19, 2019

A former employee of Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), who was sued for violating trade secrets while he operated his new business, has obtained a victory in court.

Man sent to 'debtors' prison' for not paying wife's legal bills in divorce case asks appeals court to step in

By Dan Churney | Feb 19, 2019

A Chicago real estate developer has asked a state appeals court to step in after a Cook County judge sent him to veritable debtors’ prison for not establishing a fund to pay legal fees for him and his wife in their divorce case.

Appeals panel: Woman who bumped into half-open Hobby Lobby door should have looked, waited before entering

By Cook County Record | Feb 15, 2019

A state appeals panel says a McHenry woman can't keep alive her lawsuit against Hobby Lobby after she walked into an automatic door at one of the chain's crafting stores.

Judge pulls plug on ex-students' class action vs DeVry over graduate job placement claims

By Scott Holland | Feb 15, 2019

CHICAGO — A federal judge has again dismissed a class action that former DeVry University students brought against the school.

KNB Motors loses appeal in customer fraud case over sale of car declared total insurance loss

By Cook County Record | Feb 13, 2019

A state appeals court has rejected the attempt by a used car dealer to undo a judgment entered against it in a consumer fraud case accusing it of selling a car that had been written off as a loss by an insurance company, yet not telling the buyer.

Appeals panel: Sticky questions remain over patent for tech used to produce key ingredient for breeding dairy cows

By Cook County Record | Feb 13, 2019

A federal appeals panel has weighed in on a sticky case that centers on the question of who can corral the market for "sexed" bull semen, and whether a would-be competitor violated a confidentiality agreement in attempting to use trade secrets to horn in on the game of producing dairy cows.

Appeals panel: 'Chiropractic maneuver' claim won't trump member agreement terms in suit vs Capital Fitness

By Cook County Record | Feb 12, 2019

A state appeals panel has closed the door on a woman's attempt to sidestep a clause in her membership agreement, and still sue her fitness club and her personal trainer for a back injury she suffered, claiming the trainer had engaged in an improper "chiropractic maneuver."

Appellate court: Chicago fire pension board wrong to deny disability pension to paramedic with PTSD

By D.M. Herra | Feb 12, 2019

A state appeals court has ordered a Chicago firefighters' pension board to award a paramedic a duty disability pension equal to 75 percent of her salary after a little over five years on the job, because they said the board ignored evidence the paramedic had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Appeals court ends bank examiner's try to sue bank for icy slip-and-fall injuries

By Chandra Lye | Feb 11, 2019

A state appeals court has turned aside a bank examiner's attempt to sue a bank and snow removal company over a slip-and-fall in a bank parking lot that knocked her unconcious nearly five years ago.

Appeals panel: Zillow's 'Zestimate' online home value estimations just opinion, not illegal appraisals

By Scott Holland | Feb 11, 2019

A federal appeals panel has upheld a federal judge’s decision to end a lawsuit accusing Zillow of breaking state consumer fraud laws when it uses its “Zestimates” to assign values to homes across the country.

Appeals court: City of Zion, IL Liquor Commission wrongly cited restaurant for not enough seats to serve alcohol

By John Breslin | Feb 8, 2019

A restaurant in north suburban Zion did not violate a local ordinance that requires 50 seats in a restaurant in order for alcohol to be served, an appeals court has affirmed.

Man who says was wrongly jailed can continue unlawful detention claim vs Chicago: Appeals court

By John Breslin | Feb 8, 2019

A former Cook County Jail inmate who claims he was unlawfully detained based on alleged false testimony by police officers can move forward with a claim his constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment were violated.

IL Supreme Court: Appeals court wrongly let ex-Normal cops off hook in man's lawsuit over murder conviction

By Scott Holland | Feb 8, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court will allow a man to continue with his lawsuit against a group of downstate police detectives for allegedly helping to lead the effort to wrongly convict him of murder.

Class action vs Allstate over rates can continue; Company, not state, set rates, appeals court says

By Dan Churney | Jan 31, 2019

In a split decision, an Illinois appeals panel has stripped Allstate Insurance of its defenses against a class action, which alleged the company unfairly billed long-term auto policyholders more than it charged new ones, saying Illinois insurers can’t protect their rates from lawsuits, because their rates are not controlled by the Illinois Department of Insurance.

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