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Car kills girl, 6, walking to Halloween party on South Side

October 31, 2011, By Becky Schlikerman and Peter Nickeas, Chicago Tribune reporters A 6-year-old girl was killed and a 16-year-old family friend was injured after they were struck by a car Saturday evening as they were walking to a Halloween party on the South Side, family and police said. Diamond Robinson, of the 6700 block of South Michigan Avenue, was pronounced dead at 10:46 p.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Link...

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CN to pay Illinois family US$36M to settle lawsuits

The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) has agreed to pay an Illinois family more than US$36 million to settle two negligence lawsuits filed after a fiery 2009 derailment led to a woman's death. Zoila Tellez, 44, died after a train containing 7.6 million litres of ethanol derailed at a washout and caused a massive explosion in which flames engulfed their vehicle at a crossing. Her husband, Jose, and the couple's 19-year-old pregnant daughter, Adriana, escaped, but both were injured in the June 2009 incident. Adriana's daughter was born prematurely after the incident and died. Read more...

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Lawsuit filed by children of firefighter who died when roof collapsed

By Dawn Rhodes Tribune reporter 9:22 a.m. CDT, October 19, 2011 The daughter and son of a Chicago firefighter are suing the owners of a foreclosed South Shore laundromat, alleging their failure to properly maintain the building resulted in their father’s death last year. Jennifer Stringer and Edward Stringer Jr. filed a wrongful death lawsuit today against Chuck M. Dai and Richard Dai, owners of Sing Way Cleaners in the 1700 block East 75th Street. Edward Stringer, 47, was among the firefighters dispatched to a fire at the abandoned building on Dec. 22. As some of the firefighters went inside to put the...

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700 Lawyer Firm Loses Appeal Over Recruiting Fee and is Ordered to Pay $488,000

"The fact that a small business can take on a 700-plus lawyer firm and prevail at both the trial and appellate levels is a testament to the great legal system of this country," noted attorney Muhammad Aziz. HOUSTON, TX, September 26, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Texas attorney Muhammad Aziz of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto & Friend recently won an appellate victory in a federal court in Texas. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a trial court judgment of almost $488,000 in favor of attorney Aziz's client, CB Legal Search, LLC, a small business specializing in legal recruiting. The...

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How the Litigation Process Works for a Personal Injury Case

Litigation of a personal injury lawsuit can be a frightening prospect to people who have suffered an injury in any type of accident. This process can be made more complex when you are dealing with a serious injury, and trying to focus your attention on recovery. Knowing what the process entails can help alleviate some of this apprehension and give you a better idea of what may be required to get you the compensation you deserve. Link...

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Two more lawsuits filed in Indiana stage collapse

Two new separate lawsuits were filed Monday in connection with last August’s deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. Both lawsuits were filed by the same lawyer, personal injury attorney Kenneth Allen of Valparaiso, Indiana. The first suit, filed in Monroe County Superior Court in Indianapolis, seeks compensation from the State of Indiana for the wrongful death of 29-year-old Christina Santiago of Chicago. Santiago entered into a civil union with her same-sex partner Alisha Brennon. Both attended the Indiana State Fair where the band Sugarland was about to take the stage when a fierce storm with high winds toppled the stage. Brennon...

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Bumper ban

You can’t buy crib bumper pads in Chicago: it’s become the first city to ban the sale of these soft pads that are tied onto the cribs slats and wrap around the inside of a crib. The city council approved the ban, citing the suffocation risk posed by bumpers and the lack of a federal ban despite reports of deaths, the Chicago Tribune reports. Stores that continue to sell bumper pads can be fined up to $500. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends against using bumper pads, as does Consumers Union. We believe bumper pads are unnecessary and not worth the possible...

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Chicago Law Firm

Jeffrey Friedman represents victims and their families in connection with all types of unfortunate accidents, such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, as well as construction site accidents, premises liability, and other accidents caused by the wrongdoing of some other individual or company. Chicago Law Firm ...

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Judge OKs $5.9M settlement over fair credit act

September 8, 2011 By  Bethany Krajelis, Law Bulletin staff writer A federal judge has approved a $5.9 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit over the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The settlement is believed to be the largest settlement involving employment-related FCRA claims ever, said Christopher J. Wilmes, an associate with Hughes, Socol, Piers, Resnick & Dym Ltd., who serves on the legal team representing the plaintiffs. Wilmes said U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer on Wednesday put her stamp of approval on the settlement, nearly two years after the original class-action complaint was filed against First Student Inc., a school bus service operator,...

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3 settle injury lawsuits over Martha Stewart chair

By MICHAEL J. CRUMB Associated Press Published: Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 - 8:45 am DES MOINES, Iowa -- Three people whose fingers were snipped off or injured by Martha Stewart patio chairs have won settlements against her company and Kmart, which sold the furniture, their attorney said Thursday. Des Moines attorney Guy Cook declined to say how much the three - a young girl in Kentucky, a college student in Illinois and a retiree in upstate New York - were awarded at the settlement conference in Chicago on Monday. Their lawsuits claimed that the lounge chairs' legs are defective and snap forward, "serving...

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Wrong Patient and Procedure Study Shows Need for Better Oversight

Wrong Patient and Procedure Study Shows Need for Better Oversight According to Briskman Briskman & Greenberg CHICAGO, IL, Aug 12, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Wrong patient, wrong site and wrong procedure surgeries happen as much as 40 times a week nationwide, a new study by The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare shows. Eight surgery centers and hospitals around the country participated in the study. These problematic incidents are a result of miscommunication, distractions, scheduling and pre-operative processes, and not having all relevant staff participate in Time Out procedures, The Joint Commission said. Also, more errors were committed when more...

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Lawsuits Claim Real Housewives of New Jersey Cast & Crew Attacked Two Chicago Men

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 13, 2011 Corboy & Demetrio coordinated the simultaneous filings of lawsuits, in New York and Miami, naming various individuals and entities allegedly responsible for the February 23, 2011 beating of two Chicago men, Adolfo Arreola and Jason Gomez. Gomez and Arreola were allegedly attacked by members of the Cast and Crew of The Real Housewives of New Jersey while they vacationed at the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, according to the lawsuits. The beating allegedly occurred after one of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Theresa Giudice, sprayed champagne into the eyes of Arreola’s mother-in-law, Yolanda...

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Home Insurers Kick Around Cyberbully Coverage

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox In recent years, a number of tragic cases have captured the public's attention in which teenagers committed suicide after being taunted, harassed or shamed, due to invasions of privacy on sites like Facebook, MySpace and YouTube. If you have a teen or a college student who is fond of social networking, the rise of cyberbullying is enough to give you gray hair. But now there's another reason to fret over the rise of online intimidation: It could subject your family to expensive lawsuits. And incidents of cyberbullying may not be covered by your liability insurance. Effective this fall, "cyberbullying" is...

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Marketing key in making Glen Lerner a celebrity attorney

Close your eyes. Imagine Glen Lerner’s jingle. You can dial his number from memory, can’t you? In this age of speed dialing and cellphone-programmed contacts, how many telephone numbers can you remember? So the question has to be asked: Is Glen Lerner the most recognizable personality in Las Vegas? The 47-year-old Las Vegas personal injury lawyer has used his marketing savvy to turn a larger-than-life personality into a multimillion-dollar enterprise that has expanded into Arizona. Much like a singer who has a No. 1 song, Lerner didn’t want to be known as a one-hit wonder...

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Summary of the Performance Marketing Association’s Legal Challenge to Illinois House Bill 3659

Performance Marketing Association, Inc. v. Hamer, Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, case no. 1:11-cv-03690 Overview: On June 1, 2011, the Performance Marketing Association (“PMA”) filed a lawsuit in Federal District Court in Chicago against the Director of the Illinois Department of Revenue, Brian A. Hamer, challenging the constitutionality of a new Illinois law that targets the business of online performance marketing as a basis for unlawfully expanding Illinois’ regulatory authority beyond its borders. Illinois House Bill 3659 (“HB 3659”), enacted in March 2011, violates the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, and the federal Internet Tax Freedom...

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These are many different types of personal injury claims.

Accidents happen all the time. Sometimes nobody is to blame. Sometimes you might even be the architect of your own misfortune. But what if the actions of another person are the cause of your injury? If you have been the victim of another persons negligence or carelessness, the law entitles you to compensation for your injury. The process of claiming recompense can seem daunting, but it needn't be. Injury lawyers are experts in the field of personal injury claims who can assess your case and guide you through each stage of the process, ensuring that you will receive the compensation you...

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Man who lost leg in construction zone crash wins $7 million from city

By Lisa Donovan Cook County Reporter May 29, 2011 A 61-year-old man who lost his leg in a horrific crash while working at a city of Chicago construction site was awarded nearly $7 million by a Cook County jury. Don Martinelli, an Ameritech employee, was marking underground phone cable locations near a road construction zone at Milwaukee and Leavitt in Bucktown in 2002 when a motorist struck him, leaving him pinned him against his work truck and leading to the amputation of his leg from above the knee. Martinelli, now retired and living in the Northwest suburbs, won a $20,000 insurance settlement from...

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Pella window class-action suit survives certification

Pella case includes consumers who have not suffered any financial damages but may in the future Ameet Sachdev Chicago Law May 10, 2011 Class-action lawsuits face stiff head winds in courts and the court of public opinion. But that doesn't stop class-action lawyers and judges from finding creative ways to cut through the currents, as illustrated by a federal case in Chicago that has survived layers of judicial scrutiny. The suit involves allegations of defective products sold by Pella Corp., an Iowa-based manufacturer of windows and doors. Consumers should take notice because their ability to challenge corporate wrongdoing through class-action suits has been diminished...

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Military museum’s model chopper hit woman, suit claims

CHICAGO — A Cook County husband and wife are suing the Russell Military Museum after the woman allegedly was struck by the spinning blades of a model helicopter during a live demonstration. On July 11, 2009, Agnieszka Wlodek was watching a live demonstration of “a flying, steel bodied, model military helicopter” at the museum, 43363 Old Route 41, Russell, when she was struck by the model’s rotating blades, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court. Wlodek, who remained in the designated viewing area during the display, was injured when the blades struck...

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Man uses sheets to escape nursing home, dies in fall

CHICAGO (STMW) - A man who tied sheets together and used them to try and lower himself out a window of a nursing home accidentally fell and died Wednesday morning in the Logan Square neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Ramon Crisantos, 57, who lived at the Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion at 2242 N. Kedzie Blvd., woke up early Wednesday and a nurse saw him begin his normal routine so the nurse began her daily duties, according to a Shakespeare District police lieutenant. But about 5:20 a.m. Wednesday, someone downstairs heard a noise and went to investigate....

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Gay man files complaint against Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rainbow PUSH

In a document filled with stunning allegations, Tommy R. Bennett has filed a complaint with the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations against the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., and the minister's Chicago-based organization, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, claiming, among other things, harassment and termination on the basis of Bennett's sexual orientation. Rev. Jackson has a long record of support for LGBT rights, including during his runs for U.S. president and his speech at the LGBT March on Washington in 1987. This is believed to be the first time an allegation has come forward claiming he was involved in sexual orientation...

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More fairness, balance needed in courts

Posted: Tuesday, April 12, Local personal injury lawyers scoffed last December when McLean County was named as a “jurisdiction to watch” in the American Tort Reform Association’s annual report on the country’s “judicial hellholes.” Three other counties in Illinois – Cook, Madison and St. Clair – have national reputations as lawsuit magnets and have continually made the “judicial hellholes” list over the past decade. But the people who put together the “judicial hellholes” report must be pretty prescient because just three months after being placed on the report’s “watch list,” McLean County just delivered an eye-opening $90 million verdict that people all...

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$24 million award upheld in fatal ’04 crash

By Bill Bird wbird@stmedianetwork.com Apr 5, 2011 OTTAWA — A near-$24 million wrongful death and personal injury award has been upheld, almost seven years to the day after a 10-vehicle traffic crash on Interstate 55 that killed two men from Naperville and Seneca and permanently injured a man from Aurora. A 3rd District Illinois Appellate Court panel on Wednesday upheld the record verdict rendered by a jury in Will County Circuit Court. It held three defendants liable for $23.75 million in the April 1, 2004, crash that killed Joseph G. Sperl of Naperville and Thomas Sanders of Seneca, and injured Aurora resident...

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Long-awaited patient safety data on hospitals is released by government

Hospital patient safety under a spotlight Medicare releases first report on hospital-acquired conditions By Judith Graham, Tribune reporter 7:56 p.m. CDT, April 10, 2011 Over strong objections from the hospital industry, the government has published data about things that can go wrong in hospitals — falls, objects left behind during surgeries, bloodstream or urinary infections associated with catheters, incompatible blood infusions, serious bed sores and more. The information is the first hospital-specific patient safety data to be released nationally by Medicare. Published last week, it comes from a review of hospital bills submitted for elderly and disabled patients between October 2008 and June 2010. All...

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Chicago family sues over baby’s death

Associated Press The parents of a baby who died after getting an incorrect dosage of nutrients in an IV are suing the suburban Chicago hospital where the infant was born. Lawyers for Fritzie and Cameron Burkett say the Chicago couple's six-week-old son, Genesis, died after mistakenly receiving about 60 times the prescribed dose of sodium chloride. Attorney Patrick Salvi says the boy's October 2010 death left the Burketts devastated. The child died at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge. Advocate Healthcare spokeswoman Kelly Jo Golson acknowledged that an "error" was made. She says their prayers are with the family. via Chicago family...

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Judge administers another beatdown to P2P lawyer, severs cases

By Nate Anderson Multiple federal judges in Chicago have absolutely ripped the tactics of the state's only attorney filing mass P2P file-sharing lawsuits in recent weeks. Now, two new rulings directly contradict a ruling from Judge Beryl Howell, an RIAA lobbyist-turned-federal-judge in Washington, DC, who said that mass subpoenas against alleged file-swappers were proper. Last week, Judge Blanche Manning of the Northern District of Illinois "severed" two of the P2P suits filed by local attorney John Steele, cutting them down from 1,800 combined defendants to just two. The judge, acting sua sponte (of her own accord, without ruling on a motion), told...

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More deaths identified at North Side nursing facility for disabled kids

More deaths identified at North Side nursing facility for disabled kids Equip for Equality investigation details pattern of neglect at Alden Village North, now slated for shutdown by state By Sam Roe, Tribune reporter A federally backed watchdog group says it has identified at least five more deaths involving poor care at a troubled Chicago nursing facility for disabled children and young adults, as well as a pattern of the home destroying evidence of medication errors. The group, Equip for Equality, found that illnesses at Alden Village North were improperly treated, doctors failed to return pages, lab results were ignored and internal investigations into...

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