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Cook County State’s Attorney Foxx joins court fight over fate of Melrose Park hospital

By Jonathan Bilyk on Apr 19, 2019 10:50 pm

In the wake of a state appeals court’s decision appearing to block a bid by the village of Melrose Park to prevent the closure of a hospital in the western suburban community, embattled Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has joined the fray. Read more..

Appeals panel: Background check service OK to report woman’s 1996 battery guilty plea to landlord

By Scott Holland on Apr 19, 2019 11:00 am

The U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling against a woman who was suing a background check service she said wrongly reported a past guilty plea to a prospective landlord, leaving her unable to rent an apartment. Read more..

Surveys: Class action lawsuits up again in 2018; Settlements down $1B, but businesses spent $24B to defend

By Jonathan Bilyk on Apr 18, 2019 09:42 pm

Businesses in Illinois and elsewhere in the U.S. faced a growing challenge from class action lawsuits in 2018, and that number is only expected to grow, as plaintiffs’ lawyers continue to open new avenues to bring potentially massive legal actions, two recent surveys have found. Read more..

IL Supreme Court reinstates restraining order on Melrose Park hospital closure; appeals court had thrown it out

By Jonathan Bilyk on Apr 18, 2019 02:19 pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has reinstated, for now, a temporary restraining order on the closure of a Melrose Park hospital, after a state appeals panel had earlier ruled the restraining order had been granted wrongly, because the village of Melrose Park had no power under the law to request the action. Read more..

SCOTUS weighs competing briefs in widow’s appeal in case vs GSK over suicide of lawyer taking generic Paxil

By Jonathan Bilyk on Apr 17, 2019 10:11 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court is tackling the question of whether drug companies can be sued for not making their warning labels strong enough, even though the FDA controls the labels. But whether a forthcoming Supreme Court decision will affect a decision denying a $3 million judgment to the widow of a Chicago lawyer who committed suicide after taking the generic equivalent of Paxil remains unclear. Read more..

Appellate panel: Lake County judge wrong to rely on divorce decree from India, violated wife’s rights

By Scott Holland on Apr 17, 2019 01:30 pm

A state appeals panel has overturned a Lake County judge’s dismissal of a divorce petition, saying the judge wrongly accepted a divorce decree from India, issued under Muslim law, which the appellate justices said violated Illinois law and the wife’s “fundamental rights.” Read more..

Judge: Evanston’s ‘actions speak louder than words’; Lack of action dooms pollution suit vs Nicor, ComEd

By Scott Holland on Apr 16, 2019 09:03 pm

A Chicago federal judge has refused to allow the city of Evanston to continue with a three-year-old lawsuit demanding Nicor and ComEd be forced to pay to clean up water pollution and replace sections of city water main because the city asserted the utilities’ predecessors operated a long-shuttered gas manufacturing plant near the north suburb. Read more..

Sterigenics shutdown crimps supply of medical devices, as courts mull next steps, procedural motions

By Cook County Record on Apr 16, 2019 08:34 pm

As state and federal courts grapple with the legal questions of what comes next, a state-imposed shutdown of a Willowbrook medical device sterilization facility has begun to have ripple effects for health care facilities and patients far from the suburbs of Chicago. Read more..

Worker time clock maker Kronos: ‘Mega’ class action attempt ‘epitome of gamesmanship, disregard for fair process’

By Jonathan Bilyk on Apr 16, 2019 12:52 am

A company that provides the high-tech employee timekeeping devices used by many companies targeted in class action lawsuits under an Illinois privacy law has asked a Chicago federal judge to end a sprawling class action filed against it under the same law. Read more..

Appeals panel: IL can deny concealed-carry permits to citizens of states with less stringent monitoring

By Dan Churney on Apr 16, 2019 12:51 am

In a 2-1 decision, a Chicago federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that said Illinois is within its rights to bar residents of most other states from seeking concealed gun permits in Illinois, on grounds those states do not make their gun-carrying citizens provide criminal and mental health information to databases Illinois can access and monitor. Read more..