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IL Supreme Court OKs law that allowed union lobbyist to collect teacher pension after one day in classroom

By Dan Churney | Apr 4, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court says a teachers union lobbyist will be allowed to double his pension after he served as a substitute teacher for one day. The decision came over dissents from other justices on the court who said the law allowing the pension boost was merely written to benefit a handful of union employees at taxpayer expense.

Appeals court: Doctor prescribed drug for 6 years, supposed to be taken for 12 weeks; Osco can't be sued

By D.M. Herra | Apr 4, 2019

An appellate court ruled that Osco pharmacists cannot be held responsible for disabilities a man suffered when his doctor continued to prescribe a short-term medication for six years.

SCOTUS again asked to order SEIU to repay $32M in home caregivers' union fees already ruled unconstitutional

By Jonathan Bilyk | Apr 3, 2019

Arguments have begun to be filed in the latest try to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to order an Illinois labor union to refund potentially tens of millions in fees the court has already declared were unconstitutionally collected.

Archdiocese: 7th Circuit should decide if fired gay ex-church music director can sue for hostile work environment

By D.M. Herra | Apr 1, 2019

The Chicago Archdiocese is asking a federal judge for permission to take straight to a federal appeals court the question of whether a Calumet City church music director, who has accused the local Catholic Church of firing him for being gay, can sidestep the legal latitude afforded churches under the Constitution by repackaging his lawsuit to instead argue the church subjected him to a hostile work environment.

Cook sheriff's deputy can't get job back just because disciplinary board member not properly appointed: Appellate

By Scott Holland | Mar 29, 2019

An Illinois state appeals court said Cook County Sheriff’s deputies can’t undo internal punishments strictly because of questions about whether all members of the sheriff's disciplinary review board had been properly appointed.

Tax exemption ruling against Chicago hospice could have ramifications for health care, taxpayers alike

By Cook County Record | Mar 28, 2019

An Illinois appeals court has upheld state revenue officials' decision to deny a tax exemption to a suburban Chicago hospice facility.

IL Supreme Court rules victims of illicit drug use can only sue directly involved dealers

By Dan Churney | Mar 28, 2019

A divided Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that lawsuits filed under the state Drug Dealer Liability Act can only proceed if the dealer believed responsible for the distribution of the fatal dose is the named defendant, as opposed to any dealer who's active in the victim's community.

IL Supreme Court ends Chicago, Skokie bid to upend Kankakee online sales tax deals with retailers

By Dan Churney | Mar 27, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court has overturned an appellate ruling that allowed Chicago and Skokie to press a suit against two Illinois communities and several consulting companies for allegedly rooking them out of "use tax" revenue, saying the Illinois Department of Revenue alone has jurisdiction over the taxes, not the courts or any municipality.

Appeals court lets plaintiff redesignate expert witness as 'consultant' in medmal case vs Mercy Hospital

By D.M. Herra | Mar 26, 2019

A Cook County circuit judge was wrong to hold a woman suing Mercy Hospital in contempt when she tried to change her expert witness to a non-testifying consultant, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Appeals court: Young man struck by train in Indiana when fleeing police can't sue Norfolk Southern Railway

By Gabriel Neves | Mar 25, 2019

A federal appeals panel has ruled a young Indiana man can't continue with his lawsuit against a railway company after he was struck by a train while running away from a police officer.

Supreme Court: Teamsters local isn't on hook for $2M HQ build, lease deal, because members didn't OK contract

By Scott Holland | Mar 22, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court says a builder can't force a local chapter of the Teamsters to pay a $2 million judgment for breaching the contract under which the builder built and leased the union a new headquarters, because one of the union's officers executed the deal without the consent of the membership, voiding the contract with the builder.

Appeals court: Illinois Court of Claims not really a court of law; Handles single claims vs state, not class actions

By Dan Churney | Mar 22, 2019

A Chicago appeals panel has backed up a Cook County judge's refusal to allow a class action lawsuit, which accuses the University of Illinois of favoring politically connected applicants, to proceed, saying the Illinois Court of Claims, where such a lawsuit would need to be heard, can't handle class action lawsuits.

Appeals court: Farmers Insurance must fund Oakton C.C. worker's defense vs coworker's defamation suit

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 22, 2019

Farmers Insurance will not be able to sidestep a coverage claim from an Oakton Community College employee who is being sued by a coworker for allegedly defaming her by posting her photo on fliers posted on campus to advertise a workshop titled “Problem Employees and the Games They Play.”

Appeals court: Lawsuit to continue vs Wilmington over children's Kankakee River drowning deaths

By Cook County Record | Mar 20, 2019

A lawsuit will continue against a Will County city over the drowning deaths of two children in the Kankakee River, a state appeals court has ruled.

IL Supreme Court denies abortion funding law challenge; Dissent: 'Political question' claims deserve hearing

By Jonathan Bilyk | Mar 20, 2019

A group of abortion foes have lost their bid to undo an Illinois law making all Illinois taxpayers foot the bill for what they say will be tens of thousands of abortions per year, as the Illinois Supreme Court refused to take up the case. Three justices, though, said the majority was wrong to let the state sidestep the challenge so easily.

Irish bank can't be sued in U.S. court over loans made in Chicago Spire negotiations

By Dan Churney | Mar 19, 2019

A federal judge on March 14 ruled an Irish national bank cannot be sued by a development company for allegedly sabotaging the Chicago Spire skyscraper project by selling off the company's loans.

Bankruptcy code not intended to 'shelter' Chicago parking, traffic ticket scofflaws: Appeals panel

By Scott Holland | Mar 18, 2019

A federal appeals panel has determined that a bankruptcy filing shouldn’t offer protection from traffic fines.

Appeals court: Clergy housing allowance tax exemption rules are constitutional

By Dan Churney | Mar 18, 2019

A federal appeals panel has reversed a lower court ruling that said tax-free housing allowances for clergy breached the separation between church and state, finding the long history of such exemptions in the United States allows churches, not government, to properly "advance religion."

Appeals court: IL lost no money, but woman can still sue optometrist for alleged insurance fraud in state's name

By Dan Churney | Mar 15, 2019

An Illinois appeals panel says the bankruptcy trustee for the estate of a woman who once worked for a suburban Chicago optometrist can press an insurance fraud lawsuit on behalf of the state of Illinois against that optometry practice, even if the alleged fraud had not cost the state any money.

Appeals court: IL lost no money, but woman can still sue optometrist for alleged insurance fraud in state's name

By Dan Churney | Mar 15, 2019

An Illinois appeals panel says the bankruptcy trustee for the estate of a woman who once worked for a suburban Chicago optometrist can press an insurance fraud lawsuit on behalf of the state of Illinois against that optometry practice, even if the alleged fraud had not cost the state any money.

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