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Brad E. Bleakney Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2013

Brad E. Bleakney, Esq. of Bleakney & Troiani , Chicago, Illinois, was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America for Workers’ Compensation in Illinois for 2013. Mr. Bleakney practices in the area of work related injury claims, Illinois Workers’ Compensation and related third party...

ACLJ Files Second Lawsuit Asking Federal Court to Block HHS Mandate for Illinois Company

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a pro-life legal organization that focuses on constitutional law, has filed a second federal lawsuit challenging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate that violates the religious beliefs of Illinois business owners...

7th Circuit Says Motion To Consolidate Depakote Suits Triggers CAFA Jurisdiction

CHICAGO - Resolving a split between two district courts, the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Oct. 16 ruled that plaintiffs' motions to consolidate 10 Illinois state court cases involving Abbott Laboratories' anti-seizure drug Depakote were sufficient to create a mass action that makes...

Illinois to OK Driver Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

"Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is set to sign a bill into law that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a three-year state driver’s license, thus allowing the state not only to monitor bad drivers, but also allowing immigrants access to an invaluable form of identification...

SEC Charges State of Illinois with Misleading Investors

The SEC charged the State of Illinois with misleading investors when selling about $2.2 billion in municipal bonds over a four year period beginning in 2005. The proceeding alleges violations of Securities Act Sections 17(a)(2) and (3). In the wake of substantial remedial steps initiated by the State...

High Court Agrees to Hear Appeal Of Ruling On Government Workers' Age Discrimination Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 18 agreed to hear the appeal of a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that state and local government employees may bring age discrimination claims directly under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution...

Illinois Jury Awards $2.2Million To Widower In 1st Humira Infection Case To Go To Trial

CHICAGO - (Mealey's) An Illinois state court jury on May 9 found Abbott Laboratories negligent and ordered it to pay a plaintiff $2,244,063 for a near-fatal infection his late wife suffered while taking the rheumatoid arthritis drug Humira, according to the plaintiff's law firm ( Milton Tietz...

Illinois House of Representatives Fails to Vote on Marriage Bill

"This is a stunning failure in the Illinois House. Lambda Legal's lawsuit will move forward..." At the close of the legislative session, the Illinois House of Representatives did not call for a floor vote or advance The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, the bill that would grant...

Class Certification Granted To Property Owners In Illinois Oil Refinery Spill

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — (Mealey’s) An Illinois federal judge granted class certification Sept. 3 to owners of 387 properties in the Village of Roxana, Ill., who claim diminution of value as a result of alleged contamination of the land, air and water with benzene and other cancer-causing...

State Net Capitol Journal Spotlight : Cuomo In No Rush To Join Other Dems In Endorsing Fracking

By Rich Ehisen Arkansas has embraced it. So has Illinois. West Virginia and Colorado have too. Maryland is strongly considering it. And now California has become the latest state led by a Democratic governor to sign off on the controversial oil and natural gas drilling practice known as hydraulic...

State Net Capitol Journal: Momentum Shift On Gay Marriage?

With Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's (D) signing of SB 10 last week, his state became the 16th to legalize same-sex marriage. But that action may have marked a major turn in the battle over the issue. This year five states with Democrat-controlled legislatures — Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota...

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Illinois OK'S Pension Overhaul

by Korey Clark After years of neglect and stalemate, Illinois lawmakers approved a plan last week to address the largest public pension shortfall in the nation. The plan (SB 1), passed by a vote of 62 to 53 in the House and 30 to 24 in the Senate, calls for, among other things, skipping cost-of-living...

Illinois Pension Politics

by Korey Clark The pension overhaul passed in Illinois last week isn't quite a done deal yet, with unions vowing to challenge it in court (see Illinois OK'S Pension Overhaul ). But even getting the plan to Gov. Pat Quinn's (D) desk took quite a bit of doing. One major challenge facing...

William A. Ruskin: Comcast Corp. v. Behrend's Impact In Toxic Tort Litigation

By William A. Ruskin I have written about how the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Comcast v. Behrend has had the practical result of raising the bar for class certification and leveling the playing field for corporate defendants [ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers ]. Until recently...

Illinois Appeals Court Reinstates $10 Billion ‘Light’ Cigarettes Verdict

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. — (Mealey’s) A $10.1 billion consumer fraud verdict stemming from Philip Morris USA Inc.’s marketing of “light” cigarettes was reinstated April 29 by Illinois' Fifth District Appellate Court ( Sharon Price, et al. v. Philip Morris Inc. , No. 5-13-0017...

Illinois Jury Finds For Takeda In Actos Bladder Cancer Trial

CHICAGO — (Mealey’s) An Illinois state court jury on May 15 returned a defense verdict in an Actos bladder cancer death case after four weeks of testimony ( In Re: Actos Litigation , No. 11 L 010011, Diane Whitlatch, et al. v. Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., et al. , No. 12 L 6087,...

HHS Urges Top Court Not To Grant Emergency Injunction During ACA Appeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The Supreme Court should deny a nonprofit Christian liberal arts college’s request for an emergency injunction of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) contraceptive mandate while it appeals an adverse ruling, the government said July 2 in...

NCAA, Student-Athletes Reach Settlement In Head-Injury Class Action

CHICAGO — (Mealey’s) The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and student-athletes claiming head injuries suffered in intercollegiate play reached a $75 million settlement of their federal class action suit July 29 ( In re National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete...

Lareau on Harris v. Quinn: Supreme Court Strikes Down Illinois Agency Fee Provision Applicable to Personal Care Providers

Excerpt: In Harris v. Quinn , 2014 U.S. LEXIS 4504 [an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers] , the Supreme Court, split 5-4, held that Illinois could not compel "personal care providers" to pay an agency fee to a union designated as their collective bargaining...

Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 10 Medical Malpractice Verdicts of 2014

During 2014, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable medical malpractice verdicts from across the country. This informal list of top 10 cases captured our attention, so we thought you might like to hear about them. Our list includes substantial plaintiff’s...

March 2014 Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 5 Personal Injury Verdicts

During February 2014, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts from across the country. We’ve come up with an informal list of the top five cases that really captured our attention this past month. If you are interested in submitting...

The March 2015 Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 5 Personal Injury Verdicts

During March, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts and settlements from across the country. This informal list of top five cases captured our attention this past month, so we thought you might like to hear about them. If you are interested...

Jury Verdict Round-Up: April Top Personal Injury Suits

During April, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts from across the country. Every month, we try to make a list of the top five cases that captured our attention. This month, however, we covered so many really interesting cases, we decided...