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Megabus settles lawsuit in 2010 Chicago incident

The Associated Press Published: Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 - 1:11 am CHICAGO -- Megabus has agreed to pay $5.1 million to the family of a man who was struck by a bus as he crossed a downtown Chicago street in 2010. Wes Krueger of South Holland was in the crosswalk when the bus hit him. The 64-year-old Krueger was pinned under the bus and later died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The incident occurred near where a 76-year-old Chicago woman was fatally struck Tuesday by a Megabus. Bus driver Shervyle Pruitt was ticketed for reckless driving and striking a pedestrian. Megabus settles lawsuit in 2010...

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Lawsuit: IHSA subject to Americans with Disabilities Act

August 06, 2012 10:26 pm, By Edith Brady-Lunny | eblunny@pantagraph.com CHICAGO — The Illinois High School Association should be required to provide equal competition opportunities for athletes with disabilities, according to arguments filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in a federal lawsuit pending against the Bloomington-based organization. The Statement of Interest by federal prosecutors supports the position of Illinois Attorney Lisa Madigan that the IHSA is required to follow all the requirements of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, including a rule that prohibits discrimination by private entitles that own, lease or operate places of public accommodation. The Justice Department has not...

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Richard Dent plans to join concussion lawsuit

Former Bears defensive end Richard Dent hasn’t done so officially, but the Hall of Famer told the Sun-Times he’s planning to join one of the concussion lawsuits against the NFL. “I think it’d be nice if all the players could go up under one and represent all the players,” Dent said recently. “Obviously, everybody wants to make some money off that, just like everybody wants to make money off our Super Bowl team. “Everybody wants their little piece of the pie. But I just haven’t figured out what.” Richard Dent plans to join concussion lawsuit...

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Chicago cop testifies about raid on his apartment

Officer says gun team got warrant to search his home based on faulty information By Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune reporter August 5, 2012 Four officers had their guns pointed at him in his living room. His two young boys were crying, and his wife and mother were screaming. Officer Markee Cooper Sr. raised one hand in the air, slowly knelt down and put his gun on his living room floor. "I just didn't want anyone to start shooting," Cooper, himself a Chicago police officer, testified last week. "I didn't want anyone to hurt my family." Chicago cop testifies about raid on his apartment...

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Chicago food truck sues City of Evanston

August 7, 2012 Owners of a local Chicago food truck are filing a lawsuit against the city of Evanston, accusing the city of discriminating against their business. An Evanston ordinance prohibits food truck owners from setting up shop unless they also own a brick and mortar restaurant. Gabriel Wiesen and James Nuccio own the food truck Beavers Coffee and Donuts. Wiesen said the rule is unconstitutional. Chicago food truck sues City of Evanston...

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Elderly couple to get $300,000 in excessive force suit against McHenry sheriff’s office

August 07, 2012|By Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune reporter An elderly couple will get $300,000 to drop a lawsuit against the McHenry County sheriff's office over claims that deputies illegally entered their house and injured them while arresting their son, officials revealed Tuesday. Jerome Pavlin is due to get $100,000, and Carla Pavlin $200,000 in the settlement, Deputy County Administrator John Labaj said. The county paid $100,000, he said; the rest is covered by insurance. Elderly couple to get $300,000 in excessive force suit against McHenry sheriff's office...

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Cicero settles lawsuit over transgender harassment

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Associated Press August 8, 2012 9:14AM Cicero has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a transgender woman who claimed she was harassed by police officers. The People’s Law Office says the town will pay the woman $10,000 and adopt a policy outlining how police treat transgender people. Bianca Feliciano says she was illegally stopped, searched and verbally abused by two Cicero police officers in February 2011 while walking with another transgender woman. Cicero settles lawsuit over transgender harassment...

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Deputies’ Suit Against Dart Goes to Trial

A federal lawsuit being heard in Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer's courtroom this week alleges that nearly two dozen deputies were punished because they didn't support Sheriff Tom Dart's 2006 election bid. Cook County Sheriff Lt. Doug Zimny and nearly two dozen other deputies say they've been punished through "denials of promotions, discipline, being put back in the jail, being denied opportunity for advancement, having their lives destroyed." During the 2006 campaign, the deputies supported their boss, Richard Remus, in his campaign against Dart. Remus at the time was the deputies' boss, as the chief of the new-defunct Special Operations Response Team. Deputies' Suit Against...

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Slip and Fall Cases – Chicago Lawyer Jeffrey Friedman, P.C.

Slip and fall cases, often referred to as premises liability cases, require a careful understanding of the interplay between the facts and Illinois law. If you have fallen on someone else's property, that doesn't mean they are responsible for your damages. You still have to establish why you fell, and show that the property owner was negligent. In cases involving a slip and fall, be sure to identify what you slipped on, whether it may have been liquid, an unreasonably slippery surface, or snow and ice, that accumulated unnaturally. Chicago Lawyer Jeffrey Friedman, P.C. ...

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OSHA Cites Illinios-based Allied Waterproofing for Exposing Workers to Respiratory and Hearing Hazards

Willowbrook, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Allied Waterproofing Inc. in Willowbrook with five health violations¬, including four repeat violations of OSHA's respiratory protection and hearing conservation standards, found during an inspection of a Chicago parking structure under repair. Proposed penalties total $56,700. The April inspection was initiated under OSHA's National Emphasis Program on Silica, which targets work sites where employees are at risk for developing silicosis from exposure to dust containing respirable crystalline silica. Silicosis is a disabling, nonreversible and sometimes fatal lung disease caused by breathing in a large amount...

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Workers comp is exclusive remedy for widow of ‘borrowed employee’: Court

CHICAGO—Workers compensation is the exclusive remedy for the widow of an auto dealership employee killed on the job while working as a “borrowed employee” at an affiliated business, according to an Illinois appellate court. Milovan Prodanic was a maintenance worker and driver for Grossinger Chevrolet in Palatine, Ill., court records show. In 2008, Mr. Prodanic was sent by Grossinger to repair an overhead garage door at Grossinger City Autocorp Inc. in Chicago, a Toyota dealership with the same owners as Mr. Prodanic's employer. The garage door was activated while Mr. Prodanic was working, and he died after falling from an elevated work...

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Investigation continues into Megabus crash

BY MARLON A. WALKER and DENISE HOLLINSHED LITCHFIELD, Ill. • Megabus officials said Friday they are working with investigators to determine whether all safety protocols were followed on a bus bound for St. Louis that was involved in a crash on Interstate 55 that killed a woman and left more than four dozen injured. The bus bound for St. Louis that was involved in a crash on Interstate 55 had passed a full preventive maintenance check less than a week ago. Megabus spokesman Ronald Hauser would not answer whether the bus' driver performed a pre-inspection before taking off from Chicago Thursday morning,...

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Landlord pulls the plug on electric car charging

August 02, 2012|Janet Portman | Rent It Right Q: I just bought an electric car, which needs to be charged every night. I have an assigned place in the garage in my apartment building, which is conveniently next to an outlet. I've been using an extension cord to plug the car in at night, but have just been told that I can't do this anymore. My lease doesn't say anything about not accessing the outlets. Aren't I allowed to do it? A: It does seem rather unsporting of your landlord to stymie your attempts to keep an environmentally friendly car charged up....

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Illinois employers barred from asking job applicants to hand over social networking passwords

By Associated Press, Published: August 1 CHICAGO — Seeking to guard the privacy rights of the social networking generation, Illinois is making it illegal for employers to ask job applicants for passwords to their online profiles. Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law Wednesday at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where several students lamented that online snooping by bosses has caused some to lose out on jobs and forced others to temporarily deactivate their online profiles. Illinois is only the second state to have such a law on the books, and it leaves no exceptions — even for openings that require thorough background checks. Illinois...

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Vulgar Language Must Be Viewed in Context in Sexual Harassment Case: Court

by Judy Greenwald Published: July 27, 2012 Pejorative terms do not automatically establish sexual harassment, but they do need to be viewed in context, says a U.S. appellate court. However, in Kimberly Passananti vs. Cook County, there was sufficient evidence to establish harassment based on the intended use of the word "bitch," the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in its July 20 ruling, which partially overturned a district court ruling in the case. Said one attorney, in cases where off-color language is used, the ruling signifies the importance of finding out 'how that language was used to determine what steps the...

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ACLU attorney: Blocking Chick-fil-A over gay marriage ‘viewpoint discrimination’

July 26, 2012 By: Joe Newby Although the ACLU strongly supports same-sex marriage, a senior attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois warned that if Chicago bans Chick-fil-A over the religious views of its management, it will be engaging in "viewpoint discrimination," Fox News reported Thursday. “The government can regulate discrimination in employment or against customers, but what the government cannot do is to punish someone for their words,” said ACLU senior attorney Adam Schwartz. “When an alderman refuses to allow a business to open because its owner has expressed a viewpoint the government disagrees with, the government is practicing viewpoint...

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Parents sue over daughter’s death at hotel

Chicago schoolteacher died after sliding down railing at Palmer House Hilton July 26, 2012 The parents of a Chicago schoolteacher who fell four stories to her death at the Palmer House Hilton have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit, alleging the hotel and promoters of a Halloween party did not take enough security measures during the event almost two years ago. In the suit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, James and Deborah Duskey alleged the hotel and Surreal Chicago and Adrenaline Y2K, the event promoters, didn't hire enough security personnel and failed to warn their daughter, Megan, of the dangerous stairwell during the...

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Bicyclist killed after colliding with ice cream truck

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE July 13, 2012 8:44AM A bicyclist died Thursday night after she collided with an ice cream truck a few blocks away from her home in the South Side Chatham neighborhood. The 23-year-old woman was riding a bike in the 8700 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue when she collided with a truck about 8:40 p.m., police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro said. The woman -- identified as Caprice Cunningham, of the 8600 block of South Ingleside Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office -- was on a 10-speed bicycle eastbound on 87th Street and crossing in front of...

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Family of motorcyclist killed in crash sues city

June 25, 2012|By Naomi Nix | Tribune reporter The mother of a motorcyclist who died in an accident last June filed a lawsuit Monday alleging the city was negligent in its placement of a traffic-control device. The lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court says a sign gave motorists inadequate notice that the southbound lane of Harlem Avenue near the intersection of Myrtle Avenue was closed for construction, contributing to a fatal motorcycle crash. Ronald Bizeau Jr. was riding his 1998 Suzuki motorcycle south on North Harlem Avenue on June 29, 2011, when he struck the sign, police said last year. Family of motorcyclist...

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Lawsuit filed by family of teen killed in fall at shuttered hospital

July 19, 2012|By Naomi Nix | Tribune reporter The family of a 16-year-old boy who died after falling from the second floor onto the concrete floor of the former Ravenswood Hospital building has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the building’s owners. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court, alleges that the building’s owner, Lycee Francais de Chicago, failed to maintain the site in a safe condition when Jose Morales fell through a hole in the second floor of the building earlier this month. The lawsuit also names American Demolition Corporation. On July 2, Morales and two other boys, both 17,...

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Family files wrongful death suit against Illinois company in fatal crash

July 17, 2012|By Naomi Nix | Tribune reporter A family filed a wrongful death lawsuit Tuesday against an Illinois construction company after one of its drivers was involved in a car crash in Lee County in western Illinois last year that killed three of their relatives. The lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court alleges that Martin & Company Excavating was negligent when Nathan Merrill drove a company car at a high speed through a stop sign and struck and killed the driver of another vehicle and two of his passengers. Both Merrill and the company are named as defendants. Merrill was driving...

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Cook County court staffer held on $750,000 bail for allegedly shredding court files

BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter/rhussain@suntimes.com July 20, 2012 6:28PM A veteran Cook County Circuit Court employee was ordered held in lieu of $750,000 bail Saturday for allegedly taking court files from work and then shredding them at her kitchen table. Authorities didn’t know the quantity of the data that Jeannette Neibauer allegedly destroyed nor did they know how long they suspect it’s been going on, said Cook County Sheriff’s spokesman Frank Bilecki. After Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown’s office was alerted about Neibauer’s activities, the sheriff’s office started its investigation ten days ago, Bilecki said. Cook County court staffer held on $750,000...

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US Department of Labor Finds 2 Companies in Violation of Federal Railroad Safety Act

Chicago IL (WorkersCompensation.com) – The U.S. Department of Labor has ordered two railroad companies to pay three workers a total of $650,729.14 in back wages and damages for retaliating against them for reporting workplace injuries and safety concerns. The orders resulted from investigations conducted by the Chicago office of the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which were initiated upon receiving complaints from the employees. "It is critically important that railroad employees in the Midwest and across the nation know that OSHA intends to defend the rights of workers who report injuries and safety concerns," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary...

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Construction Worker Slaps Teamster Union Bosses with Federal Charge for Job Discrimination

Teamster union officials obstruct worker from getting work Chicago, IL (July 19, 2012) – With the help of National Right to Work Foundation staff attorneys, a nonunion Chicago-area construction worker has filed a federal charge against the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and two of its local affiliate unions for discriminating against him on account of his union membership status. Construction worker John Lugo filed the charge against the Teamster Local 697 and Teamster Local 601 unions with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Monday. Because Teamster union bosses claim monopoly bargaining privileges over all the workers in his workplaces, Lugo, who refrains...

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Chicago Trampoline Centers Sued Over Injuries

By Andrew Chow, JD at FindLaw.com Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:10pm EDT Two suburban Chicago trampoline centers are being sued for injuries to children after employees allegedly failed to follow safety rules. In both cases, the children ended up with broken legs, Chicago's WLS-TV reports. Separate lawsuits by the injured kids' parents blame workers at the indoor trampoline centers for causing the injuries. The suing parents likely signed liability waivers before their children took to the trampolines. But do those waivers cover the types of injuries the lawsuits are alleging? It appears they probably do, but the parents' personal injury lawyers will likely argue...

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Troubled New York Hospitals Forgo Coverage for Malpractice

By ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS Published: July 15, 2012 264 Comments Every hospital makes mistakes. But some New York City hospitals may not have enough money to pay for them. Several of the city’s most troubled hospitals are partially or completely uninsured for malpractice, state records show, forgoing what is considered a standard safeguard across the country. Some have saved money to cover their liabilities, but others have used up their malpractice reserves, meaning that any future awards or settlements could come at the expense of patients’ care, and one hospital has closed its obstetric practice, in part out of fear of lawsuits. Troubled New...

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City questions injuries, but cop wins top disability benefits

By TIM NOVAK AND CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporters tnovak@suntimes.com cfusco@suntimes.com July 16, 2012 12:46AM Weeks after she leveled sexual harassment charges against some co-workers 19 years ago, Chicago Police Officer Kimberly Miller-Shemash suffered what turned out to be a career-ending injury when someone didn’t replace the lug nuts on her squad car. Challenged over the severity of her injuries, she had to sue the city to get a lifetime of disability benefits from the squad-car mishap — a deal that would become one of the richest ever given to an injured Chicago cop. She also ended up filing a sexual harassment lawsuit against...

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Northwest Community’s top doc lacked medical license

By Andrew L. Wang The top doctor at Northwest Community Hospital wasn't licensed to practice medicine, an embarrassing setback for a medical center that has struggled after missing out on the health care merger boom. Dr. Leighton Smith left his position this month as chief medical officer and vice president of medical affairs at the 496-bed hospital, where his duties included setting policy and managing...

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Wet Seal sued by ex-managers for alleged racial bias

July 12, 2012|Jonathan Stempel | Reuters (Reuters) - Wet Seal Inc has been sued by three former employees who accused it of discriminating against black store managers because they did not fit the image the U.S. retailer, which sells clothes for young women, wanted to convey. According to a complaint filed Thursday in a federal court in Santa Ana, California, "the most senior executives" of Wet Seal adopted a "policy and practice" of discriminating against black store managers at Wet Seal and Arden B stores from at least 2008 because those workers did not fit its "brand image." Wet Seal in a statement...

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Former FOP Secretary Sues Union For Sexual Harassment

CHICAGO (CBS) – A woman who was a secretary for the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police has filed a federal sexual harassment suit against the union. The lawsuit goes into some salacious detail, using words we cannot use. It accuses FOP attorney Paul Geiger of asking then-secretary Marie Marrero, “How do you like this” as he “showed her a Facebook picture of him shirtless and flexing.” Marrero’s attorney, David Lee, said Geiger harassed Marrero in other ways. Former FOP Secretary Sues Union For Sexual Harassment...

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