A DuPage County judge has signed off on an agreement that would end a court fight over actions taken by the state of Illinois to shut down Sterigenics' Willowbrook medical device sterilization plant over claims the plant emitted an allegedly cancer-causing chemical into the air.
An Illinois state appeals panel has upheld a ruling that romance-focused hotel chain Sybaris Clubs and the estate of its late founder Kenneth Knudson are not liable for the 2006 airplane crash that killed Knudson and three others.
Nearly a year after Uber agreed to pay $148 million to settle claims with Illinois and all other U.S. states over a 2016 data breach, the ride hailing service is still in Cook County court, seeking to persuade a judge to pull to the curb the city of Chicago’s persistent attempts to make the company pony up millions more in fines under a city data breach ordinance.
Now, Rannazzisi is helping private lawyers pin the blame squarely on manufacturers and distributors of opioids, as well as pharmacies. A post-DEA alliance with trial lawyers has been worth six figures for Rannazzisi, who has been hailed as a whistleblower by those cheering attempts to prosecute the opioid industry for the nation’s addiction crisis.
A judge has tossed a defamation lawsuit brought by two brothers who headed trouble online brokerage Ditto Trade against Tribune Media and Chicago media executive Larry Wert. And in the wake of the dismissal, Wert has renewed his request for sanctions against the brothers who initiated the court fight.
Two more companies - Medline and Vantage - have joined the list of those being sued in Cook County court for emitting ethylene oxide, a chemical compound used extensively in industry, but which a growing host of lawsuits blame for causing cancer among those living near the alleged emissions sites.
A state appeals panel has given a second chance to a lawsuit blaming the Chicago police for the injuries two girls sustained when the vehicle they were in was struck by another vehicle fleeing the police.
A Northfield-based lawyer who worked for decades with Hollywood luminary Harold Ramis, and who has claimed Ramis' widow has cut him off from revenue that should be his, is in turn facing a legal action from Ramis' widow accusing him and his firm of charging Ramis and his film ventures excessive legal fees. An insurance company is asking a court to declare it has no obligation to defend the lawyer in the ongoing multi-faceted three-year-old courtroom drama that has followed Ramis’ death.
Sixteen years ago in a case involving gunmaker Sturm, Ruger & Co., a New York appeals court refused to apply public nuisance law against the manufacturer of a legal product, saying that doing so would transform nuisance law “into a monster that would devour in one gulp the entire law of tort.”
NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) - A state judge in Oklahoma has blamed Johnson & Johnson for the state's opioid crisis and ordered it to pay $572 million in damages, extending public nuisance law beyond its traditional boundaries into what may become an all-purpose tool for government lawsuits against product manufacturers.
Saying the law sets up an instance of “do as I say, not as I do,” the parent company of Jewel-Osco has asked a judge to strike down an Illinois state privacy law that it says places most private employers at risk of huge judgments, while exempting the government, its contractors and financial institutions from the same potentially draconian provisions.
Days after a federal judge ruled Cook County courts could hear the lawsuits brought against medical device sterilization company Sterigenics, the number of lawsuits accusing the company of causing cancer has tripled in one day.
Medical device sterilization company Sterigenics will need to defend itself in Cook County court against a host of lawsuits brought by trial lawyers on behalf of people living in communities surrounding Sterigenics’ Willowbrook facility, as the judge said the company's compliance with federal clean air rules don't protect it from the lawsuits accusing the company of releasing emissions the lawsuits say caused the plaintiffs' cancer.
An Illinois appeals panel has ruled the Illinois state government can sue another Illinois state entity under the Illinois False Claims Act, in a suit alleging a downstate community college district gave the state the shaft by inflating credit hours of mining students to extract extra grant money from Springfield.
As a Cook County judge prepares to handle the question of whether to hold the owner of a Melrose Park hospital in contempt for filing bankruptcy, the hospital owner has in turn asked a federal bankruptcy judge to find the village of Melrose Park broke federal law by asking the Cook County judge to find them in contempt.
Chicago city attorneys are asking a Cook County judge to toss another class action vs the city over red light camera tickets, contending the suit was lodged too late and second notices were not required anyway. Plaintiffs say the city is asking the court to rescue it from a "quagmire of its own making."
An Illinois appeals court has allowed a group of plaintiffs lawyers to tack $1.3 million on to a $4.1 million verdict against a nursing home. And the decision sets the stage for fights over whether the decision should be treated as precedent, and whether the "outdated" law which allowed the decision needs to be updated to reflect the current legal environment in Illinois.