Dating app Tinder sued for sexual harassment

Jessica Guynn, USATODAY 9:55 p.m. EDT June 30, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO — Popular mobile dating app Tinder is being sued for sexual harassment and discrimination by a former marketing executive. Whitney Wolfe, Tinder’s former marketing vice president, claims she was subjected to a pattern of abusive behavior including inappropriate private messages from a company co-founder […]

Husband of Chicago bicyclist fatally struck files lawsuit

By Mitch Smith Tribune reporter 7:28 p.m. CDT, June 26, 2014 The husband of a bicyclist killed in a hit-and-run collision on the South Side last month is suing the driver charged with driving the van that killed the man’s wife. Su Ai Xie died May 29 just minutes after a vehicle hit her in […]

Ex-Des Plaines cop says reporting misconduct cost him his job

Lawsuit says former deputy chief forced into retirement By Jonathan Bullington, Chicago Tribune reporter August 17, 2012 A former Des Plaines deputy police chief has sued the city and its former and current top officials, claiming he was forced to retire as retaliation for reporting the alleged misconduct of a police officer. In the recently […]

Ex-Daley security officers sue over transfers

Replacements had worked for Emanuel’s campaign, cops allege By Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune reporter 6:51 a.m. CDT, August 16, 2012 Eleven Chicago police officers who were removed from Mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s security detail when he took office have filed a federal lawsuit alleging they were replaced by officers who had volunteered on the mayor’s campaign. […]

Judge tosses lawsuit over FBI surveillance of California mosques

August 14, 2012|By Dan Whitcomb | Reuters LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit charging that the FBI violated civil liberties by sending an informant into several California mosques to spy on U.S. Muslims, ruling that allowing the case to proceed could risk disclosure of government secrets. U.S. District Judge […]

Many luxury cars flunk new type of crash test

When a car’s front corner hits something, what happens? The driver often gets seriously injured, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s new crash test finds. By Jerry Hirsch Chicago Tribune reporter Results of a new crash test that focused on luxury cars are raising worries that most vehicles may not be able to provide protection […]

Ex-judge wants more from CHA settlement in 3-year-old’s death

BY TIM NOVAK Staff Reporter August 12, 2012 11:24PM I t’s been four years since an iron gate fell at a Chicago Housing Authority project, crushing 3-year-old Curtis Cooper as he pedaled his tricycle. But the legal battles that arose following the little boy’s death continue, now extending longer than his entire life. After […]

Lawsuit filed over fatal Megabus crash near Union Station

BY TINA SFONDELES Transportation Reporter August 10, 2012 1:10PM Lawyers for the family of a 76-year-old woman killed by a Megabus outside Union Station this week are questioning whether bus drivers for the company are being properly trained on the dangers of blind spots while making left turns. Donna Halstead’s death on Tuesday while […]

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano favored women pals for jobs: lawsuit

By BRUCE GOLDING Last Updated: 6:10 AM, August 10, 2012 A veteran US law-enforcement official has filed a blockbuster discrimination lawsuit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, charging she pushed him aside to make way for a less-qualified woman who’s “enjoyed a long-standing relationship” with the anti-terror chief. That woman, Dora Schriro, was later appointed […]

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. […]

Lawsuit: IHSA subject to Americans with Disabilities Act

August 06, 2012 10:26 pm, By Edith Brady-Lunny | 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Coast Guard investigating tour boat accident on Chicago River

7-Aug-12 – The U.S. Coast Guard will try to figure out why the engine on a brand new sightseeing boat failed late Monday afternoon, sending the boat crashing into a concrete dock near Michigan Avenue and injuring nine people. At about 5:30 p.m., the Lila, delivered to Wendella Boats last Wednesday, was docking just west […]

Cicero settles lawsuit over transgender harassment


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, […]

Pfizer settles foreign bribery charges


By James O’Toole @CNNMoney August 7, 2012 NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer will pay $60 million to settle charges that it paid millions in bribes to foreign officials, federal authorities announced Tuesday. Pfizer will pay roughly $45 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle charges that the company, along with fellow […]

Eatery settles wrongful death suit for $1.1 million

Harriet McLeod Reuters 2:25 p.m. CDT, August 6, 2012 CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) – The owner of a South Carolina restaurant has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man killed last December in a fiery car crash. Quentin Gregory Miller, 32, died on December […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Willowbrook, IL ( – 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A 50-Cent Fix that Could Have Saved Lives

Posted by: Christopher Scholl Those who attack the civil justice system in the name of so-called “tort reform” frequently don’t bother with facts. That has been proven again by the Wall Street Journal in an editorial on gas can litigation. Had the Journal’s editorial writers done a little bit of homework before making their argument […]

Ohio unveils nursing home anti-drug abuse effort

By: ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS COLUMBUS, Ohio – Attorney General Mike DeWine on Tuesday announced a plan to combat the theft of prescription drugs in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The initiative is one of several state efforts aimed at reducing the abuse of prescription painkillers, which has led to record numbers of accidental overdose deaths. […]

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. […]