Illinois Supreme Court News

Illinois high court: Circuit courts should decide cases on nonconstitutional grounds 'whenever possible'

By Karen Kidd | Dec 11, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – A wrongful death suit that the Cook County Circuit Court declined to dismiss is on its way back after the Illinois Supreme Court's recent ruling that the lower court should limit itself to deciding cases on nonconstitutional grounds.

Illinois Supreme Court rules Chinese company could still have to pay $9 million injury judgment

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 2, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that a $9 million judgment awarded to a man injured by an allegedly defective vitamin container could still be the responsibility of a Chinese company that sold the product in the containers.

Illinois Supreme Court says law firm can't collect fees in My Pillow case for work it did itself

By Chandra Lye | Oct 2, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Illinois has declined a law firm’s request to collect legal fees for work it did itself.

Ill. Supreme Court reverses ruling in suit over amendment to state's Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Act

By Asia Mayfield | Sep 25, 2018

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – The Illinois Supreme Court reversed an appellate decision and affirmed the circuit court’s ruling in a lawsuit filed against the state attorney general and treasurer challenging an amendment to the Illinois Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Act.

Hale v. State Farm settles for $250 million

By Ann Maher | Sep 4, 2018

State Farm and plaintiffs have agreed to settle protracted RICO litigation for $250 million on the opening day of what was expected to be a long-running trial at federal court in East St. Louis.

Nickel & Dime: eBay, online retailers warn SCOTUS could unleash lawsuit torrent vs sellers over taxes

By Dan Churney | Jun 7, 2018

Nickel & Dime: eBay, online retailers warn SCOTUS ruling could unleash torrent of lawsuits accusing sellers over taxes

Asbestos report shows St. Clair County taking spot on list of 'top 10' jurisdictions; 96 percent are lung cancer cases

By Ann Maher | Mar 20, 2018

While the number of new asbestos cases in hotspot jurisdictions across the country is declining overall - and in all types of diseases - the docket in St. Clair County is surging almost exclusively with lung cancer cases.

Herndon denies summary judgment to State Farm in $9 billion RICO case

By Record News | Feb 13, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon on Feb. 6 denied summary judgment to State Farm on a $9 billion racketeering claim.

Six Flags case could clarify requirements for biometric claims used in class actions

By Karen Kidd | Jan 17, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case could have bearing on Illinois' one-of-a-kind biometric privacy law after an appeals court ruled last month the plaintiff alleged no actual harm, an attorney who defends businesses against such cases said during a recent interview.

Illinois Supreme Court rules Chicago tax on rental cars doesn't apply to suburban companies

By Dee Thompson | Jul 31, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled that rental car companies operating in Chicago suburbs are exempt from paying a tax on the rental of cars inside the city.

Illinois Supreme Court rules in favor of Union Pacific in closely watched case of injured worker

By Dee Thompson | Jul 26, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – A recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling came down in favor of the defense in construction accident cases when it ruled that Union Pacific Railroad was not liable for the injuries suffered by a subcontractor while demolishing a railroad bridge in Chicago in 2006.

Illinois Supreme Court upholds ruling on retainer agreements

By Christopher Mobley | May 30, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – On May 18, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed with an appellate court's decision in a breach of contract suit between two law firms.

Man loses case after blaming employer for being rear-ended by drunk driver

By Erianne Leatherman | Mar 3, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed an appellate court finding in a case where a Union Pacific employee was injured on the job.

Window maker wants class action dismissed nearly two years after it was remanded

By Jessica Karmasek | Apr 4, 2016

Pella Corporation filed a motion to dismiss in February. The action was sent back to Illinois federal court in 2014 after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overturned approval of an estimated $90 million class action settlement involving the company and removed Chicago attorney Paul M. Weiss as class counsel. Weiss was disbarred in November by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Ill. AG's intervention dismisses whistleblower cases against Calif. wineries

By Emma Gallimore | Feb 3, 2016

Several California wineries avoided whistleblower lawsuits after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan moved to dismiss 28 qui tam cases involving sales tax on shipping charges.

Ill. SC bars Workers' Comp asbestos claim; Employers breathing 'sigh of relief,' attorney says

By Vimbai Chikomo | Jan 7, 2016

The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled against a plaintiff in a mesothelioma case, stating that the claim did not meet the time limitations established in the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Workers’ Occupational Disease Act.

Wells Fargo still trying to overturn certification in 14-year-old class action

By Legal News Line | Jun 11, 2015

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Wells Fargo is facing trial in an Illinois class action 14 years old and can’t gain appellate review on its own as it could in a case with shorter history.

Politically and academically connected economists endorse $7B Price v. Philip Morris award

By Legal News Line | May 8, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Economist George Akerlof, husband of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, endorses a $7 billion award of damages against cigarette maker Philip Morris now under review at the Illinois Supreme Court.

Philip Morris argues smokers suffered no economic damage in protesting $10B tobacco judgment

By Legal News Line | Apr 16, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Smokers who won a $10 billion class action judgment against Philip Morris in Madison County 12 years ago suffered no economic damage, the cigarette maker is arguing at the Illinois Supreme Court.

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