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Appeals court: No rehearing for class action vs SEIU to obtain $32M refund of illegal fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 8, 2019

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has rejected the request by a group of home caregivers for a new hearing to reconsider the courts’ prior decisions denying them the opportunity to bring a class action to recover nearly $32 million they accuse a union of unconstitutionally taking from them under a state law invalidated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Appeals court gives new chance to class action vs IL treausurer over sales of unclaimed property

By Scott Holland | Jan 7, 2019

A federal appeals panel has again tossed a ruling from a Chicago federal jude, saying he ignored its earlier opinion in an ongoing dispute over how much the Illinois Treasurer’s Office owes to people whose unclaimed property it sold.

Appeals panel: Woman can't sue Chicago Food 4 Less, snow removal crew, for icy slip-and-fall

By John Sammon | Jan 4, 2019

A woman who said she broke her ankle when she slipped and fell on ice in the parking lot of a Chicago Food 4 Less store can't sue the store or the company hired to clear ice and snow from the lot, a state appeals court has ruled.

Appeals panel: Public workers' civil rights not violated by pension reform try; lawyers can't collect $1M fees

By Scott Holland | Jan 3, 2019

Lawyers can’t collect nearly $1 million in fees from the state for representing public workers suing over state attempts to reform public worker pensions, a state appeals court has ruled.

Subcontactors can't be sued directly by homeowners for building defects: IL Supreme Court

By Dan Churney | Jan 2, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed Cook County and appellate court rulings in a lawsuit over allegedly defective condominium buildings in Evanston, saying condo unit owners cannot sue subcontractors who built the condos, because there were no contracts between the two groups.

Wisconsin Central RR blocked by FELA from countersuing employees it blames for train accident: Appeals panel

By John Sammon | Dec 28, 2018

A railroad company should not be allowed to countersue two workers who it blames for a train-on-train collision, because such a countersuit would serve to interfere with those workers' rights to sue the railroad for their injuries, a state appeals court has ruled.

Man hasn't proven North Park school board, others, conspired to force home sale, demolition: Appeals panel

By D.M. Herra | Dec 28, 2018

A Chicago man simply didn’t have the evidence to back up his claims a local elementary school and school board conspired against him to force him to sell the school a parcel of land, a state appeals panel has ruled.

Appeals panel says woman's claims Aldi failed to preserve video of her fall don't check out

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 28, 2018

A state appeals court has granted a win to supermarket chain Aldi against a woman who claimed she was injured when she slipped and fell in the store, and then accused the retailer of failing to preserve evidence when no surveillance video could be found recording the incident.

Jury to decide if FDA would have blocked Merck from revising Januvia label over cancer risk: Appeals panel

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 27, 2018

A pharmaceutical company facing lawsuits over whether its diabetes drug may have caused pancreatic cancer will need to let a jury decide whether federal regulators would have prevented the drugmaker from revising the medication’s warning label to specifically mention a risk of developing that cancer.

Judge: Deal requiring 14 percent cut for Lake Geneva home architects same as exact price; Arbitration OK

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 27, 2018

A federal court in Chicago has upheld a ruling that a dispute between a Lake Geneva, Wis., man and a group of architects over compensation for a home construction project is subject to arbitration, as the judge said the contract's provision granting the architects a percentage cut of the total project price was the same as specifying an exact amount of money due.

Appeals panel: Retired CTA bus driver can continue lawsuit over retirement health care deductions

By Dan Churney | Dec 26, 2018

An Illinois appeals court has refueled a retired Chicago bus driver’s suit against the Chicago Transit Authority’s retirement and health care plans, saying a Cook County judge was wrong to rule the retiree’s benefits were determined by a union contract that took effect the day after the man retired.

Appeals panel: Couple hit by car can sue Uber, driver for dropping them off at busy intersection at 2 a.m.

By Dan Churney | Dec 24, 2018

An Illinois appeals panel has reversed a Cook County judge’s ruling that a Uber driver could not have foreseen a Chicago couple, whom he kicked out of his vehicle in the middle of the night, would then be hit by a car, finding the Uber driver should have known such an eventuality was possible.

Appeals judges extinguish tobacco dealers' challenge to Chicago city tax on non-cigarette tobacco items

By Scott Holland | Dec 24, 2018

A state appeals court has snuffed out much of a lawsuit challenging the right of Chicago City Hall to slap a tax on non-cigarette tobacco products, saying a Cook County judge was wrong to find a state law prevents the city from doing so.

Appellate court opens door to more legal wrangling over short-lived, repealed horse boarding ordinance

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 21, 2018

A state appeals court will allow residents and government officials in suburban Barrington Hills to resume their court fight over a now-repealed village ordinance governing horse-boarding challengers assert was enacted to benefit one particular property owner.

Widow asks SCOTUS to toss GSK's win in lawsuit over Paxil labeling, lawyer's suicide

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 21, 2018

Asserting a Chicago federal appeals panel wrongly invalidated a jury’s verdict, attorneys for the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide after taking the generic version of the antidepressant drug Paxil, have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out the appellate ruling and order more proceedings on whether pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline should be made to pay for allegedly not revising their drug’s warning label to reflect an increased risk of suicide.

Appeals panel: Ultrasound company's contract forcing workers who quit within a year to repay wages 'unconscionable'

By Gabriel Neves | Dec 20, 2018

A state appeals panel has tossed out a lawsuit brought by a fetal ultrasound company, which sought to force a former employee to repay her earnings because she quit 6 months after her hire, as the court agreed the contract requiring this repayment was "unconscionable."

Appeals court: Shriver Center's FOIA request for school cop misconduct reports too burdensome

By Charmaine Little | Dec 19, 2018

A state appeals court has upheld the dismissal of an attempt to force the Chicago Board of Education to turn over documents and records concerning complaints the Chicago Public Schools may have received concerning police or security at Chicago's schools, as part of an effort by a social action group to expose what it believes is school discipline that contributes to the "school-to-prison pipeline."

Judge cuts short woman's lawsuit vs Omni Hotel over 2015 trip-and-fall on terrace paver

By Charmaine Little | Dec 18, 2018

A federal judge has cut short a personal injury lawsuit brought by a woman who claims she tripped and fell on a paver on a terrace at Chicago's Omni Hotel.

Appeals panel: SkyWest flight attendants can resume part of lawsuit vs airline over shorted pay claims

By Scott Holland | Dec 18, 2018

A group of SkyWest flight attendants have been cleared to resume part of their longstanding complaint against the airline for allegedly paying them only for the time they spend on board their airplanes.

IL Supreme Court: 'Hearsay' Facebook post not enough to force car crash defendant to reveal medical history

By D.M. Herra | Dec 17, 2018

The Illinois state Supreme Court ruled that a plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit arising from a traffic crash is not entitled to the defendant’s medical records when the defendant’s health is not part of the allegations.

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