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Appeals panel orders hearing on 'pro objectors' Bandas, Thut, attempt to secure payoff from Edelson class action

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 27, 2018

Two lawyers, described as “professional objectors” to class action settlements, will need to face a hearing and perhaps state disciplinary action, over their alleged attempt to secure a payoff, as a state appeals panel said they had essentially hidden behind a narrow interpretation of a court rule to deflect attempts to sanction them for taking “advantage of a situation described as ‘murky’ and with ‘unpredictable’ or ‘sporadic’ enforcement” to win potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time from other lawyers seeking to close the deal on their own million dollar paydays.

Appeals court: Woman failed to prove fall on icy stairs caused by Chicago apartment building's faulty gutters

By John Breslin | Nov 26, 2018

A woman who claimed her fall on the back steps of an apartment building was caused by an unnatural accumulation of ice has failed in her appeal to overturn a judge's decision in favor of the building owners.

Appeals panel: State OK to fine attorney who acted as lawyer, real estate agent on same property sale

By Scott Holland | Nov 23, 2018

A state appeals court said a Lake County judge erred in overruling an Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation finding that a lawyer was wrong to act as both real estate agent and attorney in a single transaction.

IL Supreme Court questions whether mom must prove 'harm' to sue over teen's Six Flags fingerprint scan

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 20, 2018

Illinois Supreme Court justices appeared to take a dim view of assertions by a lawyer for Six Flags that a mother can't sue the theme park operator after the company required him to scan his fingerprints to use his park season pass, even though she had not provided consent.

Rush-Copley Medical Center not liable for doctor's delayed treatment of woman's kidney stone, appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | Nov 16, 2018

An Aurora hospital remains not liable in a doctor's decision to wait until the following day to remove a woman's kidney, prolonging her pain and causing serious injuries, a three-justice state appeals court panel has ruled.

Annexation agreement controls whether Palos Park business can operate in residential area: Appeals panel

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 16, 2018

An appellate court has reversed a judgment that barred two businesses from operating in Palos Park, saying a neighbor can't apply rules to the businesses that weren't in place at the time they agreed to annex their land into the southwest suburban village.

Appeals panel: Florida agent gets chance to prove bad faith in Allstate's block of agency sale

By Scott Holland | Nov 16, 2018

A state appeals court is allowing a former Allstate agent to continue her lawsuit accusing the company of improperly intervening in the sale of her agency.

Appeals court says bicyclist gets another try to sue Lake Forest for slip on wet bridge

By Karen Kidd | Nov 14, 2018

ELGIN – The case of a bicyclist injured while traversing a Lake Forest bridge about four years ago is on its way back to Lake County Circuit Court after a three-judge state appeals court panel unanimously ruled the lower court had improperly dismissed the litigation.

Appeals panel: Federal judge can't order Cook Courts Clerk to provide immediate access to new lawsuits

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 13, 2018

A federal appeals panel has tossed out a Chicago federal judge’s order requiring Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown to provide immediate public access to all civil lawsuits filed in the county, saying the judge was wrong to intervene in the matter both because the state courts had not been given the chance to weight in and because the appellate judges doubted delaying access to filed lawsuits violated anyone’s constitutional rights.

Appeals panel: Lawyer's lawsuit vs condo board over parking space groundless, but not a SLAPP

By Dan Churney | Nov 13, 2018

An Illinois appeals panel says a Loop condo owner’s lawsuit against his association board over a parking space was groundless, but the man shouldn’t be forced to pay the board’s legal defense costs, because the lawsuit didn’t come in retaliation for the board’s prior legal action against him.

ExxonMobil still off hook for worker's severe injuries at Joliet plant in 2013, state appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | Nov 13, 2018

A state appeals panel has said ExxonMobil can't be held accountable for severe injuries suffered by a worker in a mishap at the company's Joliet refinery, affirming a Cook County judge's findings that the oil and gas company had limited or no knowledge of the contract employer's allegedly unsafe procedures on the job site.

Appeals court: No new trial for man who sued Hyatt, others, over trip-and-fall at trade show

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 12, 2018

A state appeals panel says a man won't get a new trial in his lawsuit against the Hyatt Regency hotel in Chicago, saying a Cook County jury was not wrong in finding him 100 percent responsible for the injuries he says he suffered when he tripped and fell over a missing floor tile covered by carpet.

Judges: Dermatologist failed to prove Mayo Clinic's 'fair' rating to prospective employer caused harm

By Cook County Record | Nov 10, 2018

A federal appeals panel has terminated a doctor's lawsuit against the Mayo Clinic, saying her former employer's decision to rate the doctor's performance as "fair" was an unfair breach of a contract clause forbidding the hospital system from saying anything negative about her to prospective future employers.

Appeals panel: Ameren wrong to fire worker for lawfully having concealed firearm in car at work

By Cook County Record | Nov 9, 2018

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has said a federal judge in central Illinois was wrong to rule against an Ameren employee who the company says was fired for violating a workplace violence policy, after he allegedly made threats and kept a concealed firearm in his vehicle while at work.

Appeals court: Romanucci & Blandin firm maybe on hook for fees to lawyer who rep'd client's husband

By Scott Holland | Nov 7, 2018

A state appeals court says law firm Romanucci & Blandin can’t necessarily use the Illinois frauds statute to escape a lawsuit brought by another lawyer who claimed their refusal to pay her $7,000 in fees violated a deal she had struck with one of the firm's clients to represent that client’s husband in court and be paid from funds the client would win in the settlement of a lawsuit being prosecuted by an attorney from the Romanucci & Blandin firm.

After SCOTUS decision, others watching California's public nuisance lead paint action copied elsewhere

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 6, 2018

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to deny paint manufacturers' appeal of a California ruling requiring them to pay more than $400 million for lead paint remediation, companies could face significantly greater odds of litigation under the theory of "public nuisance."

Cook Co. judge wrong to quickly toss Quinn's suit over Chicago mayor term limits referendum: Appeals court

By Scott Holland | Nov 6, 2018

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has secured, for now, new life for his attempt to place on the ballot two referendums, including one to slap term limits on Chicago’s mayor, and another to create an elected consumer advocate post in the city.

Appeals court: Metro Water District can't use state law to escape lawsuit from worker who fell 29 feet into tank

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 6, 2018

A state appeals court has refused to flush a lawsuit against the organization responsible for treating Cook County’s sewage, which was brought by a worker who was hurt in a fall from a ladder into a mostly empty treatment tank, as the judges said the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago can’t use immunity often granted under state law to escape the lawsuit, when it had earlier declared its officials didn’t know about the condition that led to the worker’s injuries.

Appeals panel voids $27M for ex-Allstate portfolio analysts who said were maligned in Allstate SEC filings

By Scott Holland | Oct 31, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals panel has vacated a $27 million award previously given to former Allstate portfolio security analysts who accused the company of ruining their careers by allegedly incorrectly reporting to federal regulators the analysts had padded their bonus pay while pension funds were shorted.

Appeals panel affirms $1.5M award to woman who chipped tooth on soda can in 2013 collision

By Karen Kidd | Oct 30, 2018

An expert witness' failure to produce financial documents is leaving an Edwardsville transportation company on the hook for a $1.5 million jury award to a woman who chipped her tooth on a soda can during a rear-end collision in 2013.

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