City of Chicago News

Chicago, Illinois attorney general battle U.S. over EPA designations for several counties

By Marian Johns | Aug 10, 2018

CHICAGO — The city of Chicago and the Illinois attorney general have filed a lawsuit against the federal government over a new rule that they say does not reduce dangerous smog in and around Illinois.

Chicago asks judge to toss HomeAway's lawsuit over housing ordinance

By Charmaine Little | Jun 14, 2018

The City of Chicago has requested the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in the Eastern Division dismiss a case that alleges one of its regulations favors Airbnb against competitor, HomeAway.com Inc.

New Chicago ordinance requires hotels to equip employees with panic buttons

By Dee Thompson | Nov 7, 2017

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A new city ordinance passed Oct. 11 by Chicago City Council will equip hotel workers with portable emergency contact devices in an effort to eliminate instances of sexual harassment or assault.

Chicago claims new Byrne JAG conditions are unconstitutional

By Wadi Reformado | Aug 22, 2017

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – The city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against over the new conditions of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, or Bryne JAG.

California leads coalition opposing EPA's proposed 27-month delay to methane reduction rule

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 16, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Aug. 9 that he is leading a coalition of 14 attorneys general, the state of Colorado and the city of Chicago in submitting comments in opposition of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed 27-month compliance delay of an Obama administration public health rule.

California targets EPA, alleging failure to reduce methane emissions from oil, gas operations

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 6, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced June 29 that he is taking action against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its alleged failure to reduce methane emissions from existing oil and natural gas operations.

District of Columbia, 14 state attorneys general intervene in Clean Air Council v. Pruitt case

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 29, 2017

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced June 22 that he has joined a coalition of 14 state attorneys general and the city of Chicago in intervening in Clean Air Council v. Pruitt.

New York attorney general joins coalition backing EPA greenhouse gas regulations

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 22, 2016

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) — New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has released a statement supporting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the oil and gas industry.

California attorney general supports EPA's New Source Performance Standards

By Mark Iandolo | Aug 18, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) — California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has joined eight other states and the city of Chicago in a motion to intervene in support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) New Source Performance Standards.

2 Illinois women accuse Chicago of issuing invalid traffic tickets

By Robbie Hargett | May 3, 2016

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Two Illinois women are suing the city of Chicago, alleging it issued invalid speeding tickets.

In Illinois, some push bankruptcy as solution to troubled public budgets

By Amanda Robert | Apr 20, 2016

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - In Illinois, increasing pension obligations are consuming more of its taxpayers’ dollars, pushing cities and towns to cut core services and raise property taxes just to keep up with the payments, policy experts say.

CDC's new opioid guidelines will be used by plaintiffs bar, WLF says

By Jessica Karmasek | Mar 30, 2016

The agency’s final guidelines were released earlier this month, recommending primary care physicians use other therapies for chronic pain and exercise caution when prescribing the prescription drugs. The Washington Legal Foundation says it fears plaintiffs firms, some of which have ties to the guideline development committee, will end up using them in their pending litigation against drug makers.

N.H. judge rules fee agreement between AG, Cohen Milstein is invalid

By Jessica Karmasek | Mar 16, 2016

Under the retainer agreement signed in September, the plaintiffs law firm known for its class action lawsuits -- and that has been hired by a growing number of state attorneys general in recent years -- could have earned 27 percent of the State’s net recovery if an investigation into a group of opioid makers proceeds.

Drug makers want Cohen Milstein law firm off New Hampshire investigation

By Jessica Karmasek | Feb 17, 2016

A group of five pharmaceutical companies being investigated by state Attorney General Joseph Foster for their marketing of prescription opioids have filed motions with a state court to have the plaintiffs law firm barred, along with the enforcement of subpoenas from Foster’s office. The companies argue the firm has too much of a financial stake in the investigation.

Cohen Milstein law firm could see sizable returns if New Hampshire investigation into opioid makers proceeds

By Jessica Karmasek | Feb 12, 2016

The prominent plaintiffs law firm known for its class action lawsuits -- and that has been hired by a growing number of state attorneys general in recent years -- could earn 27 percent of the State’s net recovery under a retainer agreement signed in September.

Miss. AG hires private lawyers to represent state in lawsuit against opioid makers

By Jessica Karmasek | Dec 22, 2015

Attorney General Jim Hood signed a retention agreement with a Flowood, Miss., law firm last week. Hood is suing the pharmaceutical companies over alleged fraudulent marketing and sales of their painkillers.

Plaintiffs firm consultant helped develop CDC's controversial opioid guidelines

By Jessica Karmasek | Dec 16, 2015

The prominent plaintiffs law firm -- known for its class action lawsuits and having been hired by a number of state attorneys general in recent years -- currently is helping to represent the City of Chicago in a lawsuit filed against a group of pharmaceutical companies over the marketing of opioid painkillers.

Drug companies say City of Chicago’s revised complaint ‘still fails,’ seek dismissal

By Jessica Karmasek | Nov 23, 2015

The companies, including Purdue Pharma, Johnson & Johnson and Teva, argue that the city, for the third time, has failed to plead claims against them.

CUB critics say the utility rate watchdog is more focused on politics than advocating for consumers

By Amanda Robert | Aug 7, 2015

Critic says disputes between Citizens Utility Board and utilities result in little benefit to taxpayers, while former CUB executive director takes issue with allegation that it is not focused enough on energy issues.

Cohen Milstein law firm strengthening relationships with state AGs, earning millions

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Apr 21, 2015

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Plaintiffs law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll has donated more than $70,000 to various state attorney general campaigns in the last five years.

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