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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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Federal court reprimands Chicago lawyer

Ameet Sachdev Chicago Law The federal court of appeals in Chicago reprimanded a lawyer for unprofessional behavior during a lawsuit and fined him $5,000. In an opinion released Tuesday, the court cited Michael Greco, 47, who has a private practice in Chicago, for repeatedly missing filing deadlines and ignoring phone calls from court officials. Judge Frank Easterbrook, who wrote the opinion, described Greco's conduct in harsh terms. "The events recounted in this opinion show that Greco is a menace to his clients and a scofflaw with respect to appellate procedure," wrote Easterbrook, one of the best-known...

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Common bicycle collision not counted in Illinois

Advocacy group says untracked collisions are most common Jon Hilkevitch Traffic laws were recently strengthened in Illinois to create safety buffers for bicyclists who share streets with drivers, but state transportation officials are rejecting pleas from cycling advocates to keep records on what they consider the most common type of vehicle-bike accident. It involves, surprisingly, vehicles that are not moving. That's one of the reasons the Illinois Department of Transportation said it does not track accidents in which a vehicle door is flung open in the path of a bicyclist, even though serious injuries and at least one...

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Family sues restaurant over seventh-grader’s fatal food allergy

Family sues restaurant over seventh-grader's fatal food allergy Chinese food at school's end-of-year party had peanuts or peanut oil, lab says March 18, 2011|By Joel Hood, TRIBUNE REPORTER The family of a Chicago Public Schools seventh-grader who died last year after an allergic reaction to peanuts at a school party has filed a wrongful-death suit against the Chinese restaurant that provided the meal, claiming the student's teacher told the restaurant to avoid peanut products. Gil Ross, an attorney for the family of Katelyn Carlson, 13, said CPS officials told them they had been aware of Carlson's severe peanut allergy even though that information was...

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Troubled Chicago nursing home may lose Medicaid funding

March 16, 2011|By David Jackson and Gary Marx, Tribune reporters Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune Federal authorities are moving this week to terminate Medicaid funding to the troubled Wincrest Nursing Center on the city's North Side after state and federal inspections documented residents engaged in bloody fights and drug abuse that spilled from the facility out into the surrounding community. An 80-bed home that primarily houses adults with mental illnesses, including dozens with felony records, Wincrest has for years been the subject of complaints by local officials and neighbors, as well as students and staff from nearby Loyola University Chicago. Seven Loyola residence...

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Illinois seeks to repossess prisoner’s meager wages

Kensley Hawkins, 60, has saved $11,000 by working in a Joliet prison since the 1980s, making about $75 a month. The state says he owes them for the cost of his stay. Ameet Sachdev Chicago Law Kensley Hawkins is a deadbeat, according to the state of Illinois. He owes $455,203.14 to cover the costs of his stay at the Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet. Hawkins has been in prison since Nov. 19, 1982. His jailer is also his debt collector. Hawkins is fighting in court to stop the state from seizing about $11,000 in his bank account to partially satisfy the debt. The...

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Ellen Sterling: Rick Lax: In a City Rich With Deception, No One Fools Him

At 28, the Michigan native has written two books. His first, Lawyer Boy: A Case Study On Growing Up, tells of his adventures in the land of law school, where, having given into what is apparently a genetic imperative that he go into the family business of law, he gave up his dream of becoming a magician and enrolled in DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. The inevitability of that career is underscored in the book by a family tree graphic festooned with attorneys. His father was a tax lawyer, but not Rick. "If I was going to be a...

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Illinois Appeals Court Revives $10 Billion Suit Against Philip Morris

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — A lawsuit that led to a $10.1 billion verdict against cigarette-making Philip Morris USA before it was tossed out by the Illinois Supreme Court has been revived by a lower court, sending the case back to the county once tagged as among the nation's most lawsuit-friendly turfs. The unanimous ruling Thursday by the three-judge panel of the Mount Vernon-based 5th District Appellate Court cleared the way for the plaintiffs to argue that a favorable 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision in an unrelated case may be applied to reinstate the questioned Madison County one involving Philip Morris' marketing of...

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Illinois Nursing Home Lawsuits Have No Effect on Medical “Crisis”

The spreading of misinformation about tort reform continues unabated in public forums across the country. Things are no different in this part of the nation as some special interests continue to argue that certain types of legal cases, including Illinois nursing home lawsuits are causing a healthcare “crisis.” The only solution, say these proponents, is legislation that takes away the rights of negligence victims. The truth, however, shows that not only do medical malpractice cases have nothing to do with the issue, but there is no actual “crisis” at all. A guest editorial in the Belleville News Democrat recently explained the...

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The EEOC Is Dead Serious About Stamping Out Sexual Harassment

Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2011 – The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is making great inroads in stamping out sexual harassment in workplaces. “Sexual harassment is never acceptable in any form in the workplace. Anyone that feels they have been the victim of such inappropriate behavior needs to contact a highly trained Chicago employee litigation attorney to get to the bottom of the situation,” said Timothy J. Coffey, a Chicago employment lawyer with, and owner of, The Coffey Law Office, P.C. While individual cases dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace seem to be more prevalent, they...

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Automaker Product Liability Lawsuit Over Seat Belts Can Proceed: Court

Published: February 28th, 2011 The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that plaintiffs can pursue product liability lawsuits against automakers that used lap-only seatbelts, despite federal regulations designating the design as meeting minimum safety standards. The decision, handed down on February 23, will allow a wrongful death lawsuit against Mazda Motor Corp. to move forward, and could also open the door for personal injury lawsuits against other car manufacturers. The ruling may also impact other cases where manufacturers claim that they should be immune from liability because the design of their products met minimum federal safety standards in place at the time. via Automaker Product...

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Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Chicago

If you have been injured at work, then it is likely that you can bring a claim under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. But you may have other claims as well, such as if your injury was caused by another person who is not employed by your company. This is often the case when an injury occurs at a construction site, or if you were in a motor vehicle accident while you were at work....

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Three questions to ask before selecting a personal injury trial lawyer

Having returned from the funeral of a dear friend in Richmond, I am reminded by the time I spent with her in her last months of life of the importance (and scarcity) of courage in today's society. As pointed out by Reverend Brown of the Fifth Baptist Church in Richmond, this woman had courage up to the very end of her life. Courage is a characteristic a trial lawyer must have. Attorneys who are afraid to go to court are doing their clients a disservice. If they are afraid to ask tough questions or to tell the hard truth, they...

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Regulatory Flaws, Repeated Violations Put Oil Refinery Workers At Risk

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby and M.B. Pell The Center for Public Integrity One evening last April at the Tesoro Corp.'s refinery in Anacortes, Washington, Matt Gumbel and six co-workers cautiously returned to service a stack of giant, radiator-like tubes filled with volatile hydrocarbons. The tubes, known as heat exchangers, tended to leak, especially during start-up, and workers sometimes armed themselves with long, steam-spewing lances to keep any escaping vapors from igniting. Nearby, another stack of exchangers droned at full temperature and pressure. Away from work, Gumbel, 34, enjoyed off-trail snowboarding and driving his turbocharged sports compact. On the job, he had a...

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Lawsuit filed against makers of hip replacement device

January 11, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Five Chicago area patients are suing the maker of an artificial hip implant device. The patients accuse DePuy Orthopedics of ignoring evidence the device was flawed and moving too slowly to recall it. Wear and tear within the artificial joint allegedly released dangerous cobalt and chromium ions into the bloodstream. Arno Rasho's wife is in the hospital now getting her implant device removed. "She can't walk. She can't do anything. (She's) in deep pain. I have two children. I have to take care of them take care of her,"...

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Tort reform group crowns Cook County fifth worst in nation

A national tort-reform watchdog group calls Cook County fifth worst in the nation for “unfair and unbalanced” awards to plaintiffs in civil cases. But noted Chicago personal injury lawyer Thomas Demetrio spoke only partially tongue in cheek when he called the ranking by The American Tort Reform Association “a badge of honor” for Cook County Circuit Court. The tort reform advocacy group’s ninth annual “Judicial Hellholes” report, to be released today, specifically cites the Cook County Circuit Court judgment striking down the Illinois General Assembly’s attempt to limit damages for pain and suffering in medical liability cases a decision affirmed by the...

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Outsourcing helping to reshape Big Law

Outsourcing gaining standing in legal profession Alternative suppliers of sophisticated legal services becoming more attractive as corporate legal departments look to cut costs Two recent mergers in the legal industry speak volumes about the forces reshaping the business of law at its highest levels. What's also notable is that neither deal involved large law firms. Thomson Reuters, a media and information-services company, acquired Pangea3, a legal-process outsourcing firm with most of its lawyers in India, in November. A month earlier, Axiom Global Inc., which provides lawyers-for-hire to big corporations, bought another legal staffing company, Chicago-based LawyerLink LLC. via Outsourcing helping to reshape Big Law...

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Law student dies in fall at Union League Club

Associated Press Authorities in Chicago say a 26-year-old law student has died from injuries he suffered when he fell two stories at the Union League Club on Christmas Eve. The Cook County medical examiner's office says Eric Fatla died Monday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Police say his death appears to be an accident. via Law student dies in fall at Union League Club - chicagotribune.com....

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Marin jury awards $11.7M in personal injury case

Posted: 12/25/2010 SAN RAFAEL, Calif.—A Marin County jury has awarded $11.7 million to an elevator mechanic who claimed he suffered serious injuries during construction of a San Rafael hotel three years ago. David Travis accused the general contractor, Spokane,Wash.-based Bison Builders, of failing to maintain a safe work environment at the Extended Stay hotel construction site in 2007. Travis' attorney, William Veen, tells the Marin Independent Journal Travis hit his head multiple times on scaffolding that was too low, suffering herniated discs. Bison Builders disputed that Travis suffered those injuries at the construction site, pointing out that he didn't report them until two months...

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Slip and Fall Cases

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. Slip and Fall Lawyer in Chicago...

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What do you get a lawyer for Christmas?

John Browning Legally Speaking The Zope Gazette Mon Dec 20, 2010, 07:00 AM CST ROCKWALL — Around this time of year, it’s fairly common to see lists of holiday gift suggestions – for the sports fan in your life, the techie, the music buff, and so on. But what about your friendly neighborhood lawyer? Whether it’s the nice young lady who incorporated your business, the probate lawyer on the corner who drafted your will, or even the personal injury attorney who got you a good settlement from that car wreck, why not remember your favorite lawyer this Christmas? To make your shopping...

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Personal Injury Accidents

We have all heard of the Miranda warning. It requires police to advise criminal suspects that if they talk, their words can and will be used against them. This rule does not apply in civil cases. If you have been in a car accident, and the insurance company for the other driver calls you, you do not have to talk to them. They won't warn you, but be assured that if you do talk, what you say can and will be used against you. Chicago Personal Injury Attorney...

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Personal Injury Lawyers Suggest Calling a Tow Truck No Matter How Bad an Accident May Look

(US NEWS SOURCE) December 20, 2010 - If you car has damage that appears to make it unsafe to drive, call a tow truck. If it has any rubbing, squeaking, leaking, or doesn’t roll straight, call a tow truck even though it may not look like a total loss. Driving your car away from the scene conveys to an insurance company that your accident was a minor one. You should call the police every time that you are in a car accident and request that they come to the accident scene and make a report....

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After 13 deaths since 2000, nursing home for disabled is making changes – Chicago Tribune

Top administrator replaced better cleanliness, more programs for kids in the works December 18, 2010| By Sam Roe and Jared S. Hopkins, Tribune reporters A Chicago care facility where a high number of disabled children have died in recent years said it has taken numerous steps to improve care, including replacing the top administrator, hiring more staff and retraining employees. "We're looking at everything critically," said Bob Molitor, chief operating officer of the Alden nursing home chain, which oversees Alden Village North on North Sheridan Road. "Are we weak in that area? If we are, we want to boost that up." Alden Village North has...

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Peoples Energy accuses Tetzlaff, firm of malpractice in Enron case

By: Joseph B. Cahill and Todd J. Behme December 16, 2010 (Crain's) — Peoples Energy sued high-profile Chicago lawyer Theodore Tetzlaff on Wednesday for malpractice, alleging he authorized the destruction of documents in a class-action suit in violation of a court order. The lawsuit, which also names Mr. Tetzlaff's firm, Ungaretti & Harris LLP, seeks at least $4.66 million. Most of that is the difference between the amount for which Peoples settled the case and the lower amount it believes would have been accepted had the documents not been destroyed, according to the complaint, filed in Cook County Circuit Court. via Peoples Energy...

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Chicago Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

If you have been injured at work, then it is likely that you can bring a claim under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. But you may have other claims as well, such as if your injury was caused by another person who is not employed by your company. This is often the case when an injury occurs at a construction site, or if you were in a motor vehicle accident while you were at work. Chicago Workers' Compensation Lawyer ...

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