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Man waited decades too long to launch his legal dogfight over fate of WWII fighter, appeals court says

By D.M. Herra | Mar 14, 2019

A federal appeals court last week clarified a ruling confirming ownership of a World War II fighter plane that has been at the heart of a legal dogfight.

Appeals panel: Cook County Circuit Clerk continuing to charge improper filing fees, despite revised policies

By Scott Holland | Mar 13, 2019

A state appeals court has again ruled Cook County Circuit Court Dorothy Brown is requesting unauthorized filing fees from parties involved in lawsuits.

Federal appeals court rules GE doesn't have to remove polluted soil where Morrison factory stood

By Dan Churney | Mar 12, 2019

A Chicago federal appellate panel has upheld a lower court ruling that said owners of land contaminated by chemicals from a General Electric plant in northwestern Illinois cannot force the company to remove the polluted soil, because the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is only calling for GE to contain the contamination.

Appeals panel: Chicago must give a day's warning before ticketing cars on streets scheduled for sweeping

By Scott Holland | Mar 12, 2019

A state appeals court said the city of Chicago needs to provide 24 hours of warning time before it begins writing tickets for cars parked in the way of street sweepers.

Union lawsuit claiming right to not represent non-union members could upset public labor relations: Attorney

By John Breslin | Mar 7, 2019

A labor union has won the right to move forward with a unique challenge that emerged in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year on whether non-union workers should pay fair share fees for representation. If it succeeds, the lawsuit could upset management-labor relations for government employers, a labor lawyer says.

Appeals court: Rumors about woman sleeping to top could leave employer on hook for discrimination suit

By John Breslin | Mar 6, 2019

Legal experts are describing as significant a federal appeals court ruling that determined rumors falsely hinting a woman slept with management to advance in her company, could leave an employer on the hook for a sex discrimination violation under the Civil Rights Act.

Chicago tenant gets second chance to argue danger posed by landlord's broken concrete floors

By D.M. Herra | Mar 6, 2019

A woman suing her landlord over the degraded floors in her building’s parking garage will have another chance to argue her case in court, after a state appeals panel reversed a lower court’s decision in favor of the property owner.

Wilmette man asks court to reconsider if cops violated his rights to photo, video neighbors in public

By Scott Holland | Mar 4, 2019

A Wilmette man is asking the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider his lawsuit accusing the village of Wilmette of violating his constitutional rights by asking him to stop tracking his neighbors’ activities to prove they were violating condo association rules.

Appeals panel: Aurora cop who spied on ex-wife shouldn't lose his job, suspension sufficient

By Scott Holland | Feb 28, 2019

A state appeals panel said an Aurora police officer can keep his job despite spying on his ex-wife.

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.

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