Chicago attorney Law Office

Facebook

Twitter


Email: Friedman@jmflaw.com
Copyright 2018 JMFLaw.com.
All Rights Reserved.

8:00 - 5:00

Our Office Hours Mon. - Fri.

312-357-1431

Call or Email Us For a Free Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Search
Menu
 

Blog

Chicago Personal Injury News Blog

Celine Dion sued by employee for overtime violations

Tim Kenneally Reuters 1:42 p.m. CDT, June 29, 2012 LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Celine Dion is being sued by a former employee who claims that he was illegally denied overtime compensation by the singer, and says that there are other people in Dion's employ who've been similarly stiffed. In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Florida, Keith Sturtevant, who says that he worked for Dion and her husband Rene Angelil in Florida from 2009 until this June, claims that he never received overtime compensation while working for the couple, despite the fact that he "routinely worked in excess of 40...

Continue reading

Racist antics cost trucking firm $11 million

Glasper, of Park Forest, is among dozens of current and former employees represented in a federal racial discrimination lawsuit against their one-time employer, Yellow Transportation Inc., a freight-hauling company that later was folded into what is now YRC Inc. The case — filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of Glasper and other African-American employees working at the company’s Chicago Ridge facility — was settled with the company for $11 million, EEOC officials announced Friday. Glasper’s experience mirrored that of other African-Americans who say hangman’s nooses and racist graffiti, comments and cartoons marred the now-closed Chicago Ridge terminal where...

Continue reading

Widening sex scandal rocks Texas Air Force base

Male instructors allegedly had sex with female trainees; airman faces court-martial for rape SAN ANTONIO — From a chapel pulpit on Lackland Air Force Base, where every American airman reports for basic training, Col. Glenn Palmer delivered his first order to nearly 600 recruits seated in the pews: If you're sexually harassed or assaulted, tell someone. "My job is to give you a safe, effective training environment," Palmer said firmly. What the colonel did not mention directly in his recent address was a widening sex scandal that has rocked the base, one of the nation's busiest military training centers. Allegations that male instructors...

Continue reading

AAJ: Protect Consumers From Secretive Forced Arbitration

Posted by: Katie Gommel AAJ filed two sets of comments on a forthcoming study encouraging the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to fully examine the devastating impact forced arbitration has on the rights of American consumers. AAJ President Gary M. Paul stated in the comments: “Corporations’ broad utilization of pre-dispute mandatory arbitration clauses greatly reduces the ability of consumers to enforce their rights and in effect nullifies the protections incorporated in land mark consumer protection laws.” To learn more read AAJ’s full release here....

Continue reading

United Road Towing Failed to Provide Reasonable Accommodations to Class of Employees With Disabilities

By the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, United Road Towing, Inc., a Mokena, Ill.-based towing company, will pay $380,000 to 13 claimants and provide other relief resolving a disability discrimination lawsuit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced. A federal district court judge in Chicago entered a consent decree ending the litigation on Wednesday, June 20, 2012. The EEOC’s lawsuit, which was filed Sept. 30, 2009, charged that United Road Towing had failed to provide reasonable accommodations to a class of employees with disabilities. The complaint highlighted United Road Towing’s inflexible medical leave policy and practice of terminating employees with disabilities...

Continue reading

Supreme Court to Review Rules for Supervisor in Job-Bias Suits

By Bob Drummond on June 25, 2012 The U.S. Supreme Court will settle a dispute about who can be considered a workplace supervisor for purposes of a federal job-discrimination lawsuit. The justices today agreed to consider an appeal by a black Ball State University catering worker, whose discrimination claim against the school was thrown out after a federal appeals court said her alleged harasser didn’t qualify as a supervisor. Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an employer can be held liable if a supervisor discriminates against an employee based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Maetta Vance sued Ball State...

Continue reading

Former Rams employee sues for age discrimination, sexual harassment

Posted by Mike Florio on June 21, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT As Chris Berman would say, once is an accident and twice is a trend. Or something. Last month, former Rams equipment manager Todd Hewitt sued the team for age discrimination. Now, former executive assistant Lory Fabian has sued the Rams and executive V.P. of sales and marketing Bob Reif. Fabian alleges age discrimination and sexual harassment, according to Robert Patrick of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Fabian specifically claims that the Rams have been shedding “middle-aged women” and replacing them with ‘young inexpensive grinders’ who could handle the long hours of NFL employment.”...

Continue reading

Repetitive walking

Illinois workers' compensation needs more reform June 23, 2012 To anyone who thought Illinois had solved its workers' compensation problem when lawmakers approved a half-baked reform measure last year, we have two words for you: "repetitive walking." Yes, the same state notorious among employers for its out-of-control workers' comp system recently identified a novel workplace hazard: The Illinois Workers Compensation Commission has ruled that walking on the job can lead to injuries, which, in turn, must be compensated. Repetitive walking...

Continue reading

Illinois partners with feds to enforce protections against housing discrimination

by Gary Barlow Chicago, IL — While Congress has dragged its feet on passing laws prohibiting discrimination in employment based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the Obama administration has implemented new federal rules that prohibit discrimination in housing, at least when federal funds are involved. That, in turn, has made it easier to enforce Illinois' prohibition against such discrimination, thanks to a strong partnership fostered by Illinois officials and the Obama administration. In February the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development published a new regulation that prohibits HUD-funded and HUD-insured housing providers, as well as FHA-approved lenders, from basing eligibility determinations...

Continue reading

City Hall janitor sues for sexual harassment

CHICAGO (WLS) - A woman filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against a City of Chicago employee who allegedly took semi-nude photographs of her as she changed in his City Hall office. The woman claims she was working for Triad Consulting Services, a janitorial company assigned to clean City Hall, when the man offered her his office to change in and then secretly photographed her, according to a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. The man offered the woman his office to change in, which she accepted because she had no other place to change, according to the suit. City Hall janitor...

Continue reading

Monsanto Faced with Paying 7.5 Billion Back to Farmers

Anthony Gucciardi NaturalSociety June 20, 2012 Monsanto may soon be forced to pay as much as 7.5 billion dollars back to the farmers who say that the mega corporation took their rightfully earned income and taxed their small businesses to financial shambles. It all started with a monumental lawsuit launched by over 5 million farmers against Monsanto looking to recover financial losses from ridiculous seed taxes that bankrupted many families. Back in April, a Brazilian court ruled that Monsanto absolutely was responsible for paying back the exorbitant amounts of cash back to the farmers, ordering the company to issue back all of...

Continue reading

2 injured in motorcycle crash in DeKalb

A man was charged with DUI and a woman was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Sunday night in DeKalb. Matthew Bean, 32, of the 300 block of West Sycamore Street, of DeKalb, was charged with DUI, improper lane use, no insurance and failure to reduce speed, according to a press release from the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office. Police responded about 9 p.m. to Old State Road east of Larson Road and found the motorcycle, a 2007Harley-Davidson, in a ditch. An investigation revealed Bean had gone off the roadway and lost control of his motorcycle in a ditch, according to the release. 2...

Continue reading

Milwaukee Pit Bull Jumps Off Balcony, Attacks Dog Walker and Dog

A Milwaukee, Wisconsin, dog walker and his wife were walking their own dog on Saturday, June 16, about 5:00 p.m. when a Pit Bull jumped from a second-floor balcony to attack their pet. The incident occurred in the 4200 block of W. Capitol Drive on Milwaukee’s north side. The 55-year-old man is still in St. Joseph’s Hospital with serious bite wounds after he wrestled the Pit Bull off his dog. Police sent an e-mail saying the victim had more than 30 punctures on his arms, face, legs and torso and will require surgery, according to Fox11online.com. "The dog really attacked him everywhere,"...

Continue reading

Wait. A Business Can Be Sued for NOT Hiring Criminals?

Many small businesses did not know it was illegal to impose a ban on hiring anybody with a criminal record. “I was not aware of that one,” said Brian Hamilton, who owns four car dealerships in Nebraska. By ROBB MANDELBAUM Published: June 20, 2012 In April, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission signaled that it would begin to crack down on employers who use the criminal histories of job applicants to discriminate against them illegally. Is a candy company that gives tours to children taking a risk if it does not hire criminals? But to judge from conversations with business owners, labor lawyers and human resources...

Continue reading

Substance Use and Medical Malpractice

For a doctor, nurse, or other hospital staff member to properly diagnose and treat medical disorders, they must have their wits about them. PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 15, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- For a doctor, nurse, or other hospital staff member to properly diagnose and treat medical disorders, they must have their wits about them. Keeping a clear head means refraining from using substances such as narcotics and alcohol that can slow response times and hamper good judgment. Disturbingly, some studies have found that alcohol use is rampant among healthcare practitioners while on-call or on-duty. Additionally, prescription narcotics accessed through hospitals have been...

Continue reading

Judge denies government’s motion to dismiss wrongful death suit

June 04, 2012 6:45 pm, By Sarah Tompkins sarah.tompkins@nwi.com, (219) 836-3780 HAMMOND | A federal judge denied the government's motion to dismiss the wrongful death suit of an alleged Latin Dragon gang member whom an officer shot and killed during an attempted arrest in 2007. Rosalio Rincon was 28 when he was killed near Hobart's Westfield Southlake mall. He had recently been indicted on cocaine distribution charges, and a local Drug Enforcement Agency-led task force was trying to execute an arrest warrant for Rincon. The original plan was to arrest Rincon in the early morning at one of the residences he frequented, according...

Continue reading

Boy on bike struck by school bus, injured in Humboldt Park

By Liam Ford Tribune reporter 8:34 p.m. CDT, May 22, 2012 A 14-year-old boy on a bicycle was struck by a bus on a residential street in the Humboldt Park neighborhood and injured, relatives of the boy and officials said. Fire Department paramedics took the child to Children's Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition about 4 p.m., said fire spokeswoman Meg Ahlheim. The boy was later treated in good condition for lacerations to his leg, police said. The child was on a bicycle when struck by a bus in the 3200 block of West Hirsch Street, she said. Boy on bike struck by school bus,...

Continue reading

Radiohead stage collapse: One man dead in Downsview Park incident, concert cancelled

Niamh Scallan, Josh Tapper and Graham Slaughter Staff Reporters The grassy venue inside Toronto's Downsview Park was a flurry of activity late Saturday afternoon. As staff went about their final preparations, a crush of Radiohead fans waited to flood the gates for the sold-out evening concert. Inside the beer tent, Oana Damian, 23, and a handful of other workers had just sat down for a meeting with their employer around 4 p.m. when she heard a loud, crackling sound — like “fireworks” — coming from the stage area. Damian turned around and watched in horror as the stage's back scaffolding began to twist...

Continue reading

Motorcyclist killed in collision with car in Libertyville

Preliminary indication shows car driver at fault, police say By John P. Huston, Chicago Tribune reporter June 15, 2012 A 79-year-old Mount Prospect man was killed when a car collided with the motorcycle he was riding in Libertyville. William Thedorf Sr. was riding a Harley-Davidson at Winchester Road and U.S. Route 45 in Libertyville when he was hit by a Volkswagen driven by an 18-year-old Mundelein man about 11:50 p.m. Wednesday, said Libertyville police Sgt. Dennis Meserve. Thedorf was southbound on Route 45 while the other driver, headed north, waited to turn left onto Winchester while a train was blocking the turn as it...

Continue reading

Editorial: Fighting racism doesn’t justify busting heads

If a bunch of anti-racists bust into a restaurant and beat up a bunch of racists, they are not noble, heroic or in any way admirable, motivation not withstanding. They are law-breaking brawlers. But that seems quite the opposite of the message being sent by several attorneys who have signed on to represent, for free, five Indiana men accused of busting up a meeting last month that they believed had been organized by white supremacists. The lawyers took the case, they said, because they believe in fighting racism. Editorial: Fighting racism doesn’t justify busting heads ...

Continue reading

Pregnant woman cries, announces suit over Taser incident with cops

BY NATASHA KORECKI Federal Courts Reporter nkorecki@suntimes.com June 14, 2012 4:00PM A Chicago woman who was eight months pregnant when she said a Chicago Police officer shocked her with a Taser over a parking ticket dispute, broke down in tears on Thursday as she explained what it felt like going through the ordeal. Tiffany Rent told reporters at a news conference that when she was hit with the Taser she felt “a tense feeling,” over her body, she fell over and began shaking. Her two children, she said, witnessed the incident. Rent said it happened on June 5 and Thursday her attorneys...

Continue reading

Motorcyclist killed by motorist involved in unrelated ‘road rage’ incident

Staff report 2:48 a.m. CDT, June 14, 2012 A motorcyclist from Lombard was killed by another motorist involved in a "road rage" incident with another driver, Naperville police said. Killed was Gerald W. Puglise, 63, of the 2200 block of Highland Avenue in Lombard, according to Naperville police. The incident unfolded just after 5 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Ogden Avenue and River Road, authorities said. Motorcyclist killed by motorist involved in unrelated 'road rage' incident...

Continue reading

WHO’s Behind H.R. 4369?

ALEC and ILR have assisted the asbestos industry in covering up the dangers of asbestos, villainizing the victims, misleading the public with propaganda and working to limit accountability through legislation. H.R. 4369 is part of a campaign to let the asbestos industry off the hook by burying the system in paperwork and delaying justice until victims die: State legislation: In 2007, ALEC adopted the “Asbestos Claims Transparency Act.” This legislation has been introduced in OH, OK, LA, TX, and WV. Judicial Conference: On November 22, 2010, ILR made a direct appeal to the Judicial Conference to change the rules governing bankruptcy law. Federal legislation:...

Continue reading

U.S. drug recalls common, not well publicized: study

June 04, 2012, Andrew M. Seaman, Reuters NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recalls potentially harmful drugs about once every month, but they could be doing a better job of letting doctors and patients know about them, says a new study. Over an eight-year span, researchers found that the FDA failed to send notifications for one in five of the most serious recalls through its two electronic systems used to alert doctors and the public. The so called Class I recalls, according to the FDA, are issued for drugs that, if taken, have the potential to cause...

Continue reading

Daley appointee: Working for the taxpayers while suing them

A former Cook County prosecutor, Bobb is one of Chicago’s top female trial lawyers. She spends most of her time at her law practice, handling personal-injury cases. Even as she worked as the commission’s part-time inspector general, Bobb began representing Shelley Davis and her husband Omar Roberts, in a lawsuit against City Hall. Davis and Roberts were injured five years ago when a 50-pound chunk of concrete fell from a viaduct downtown and landed inside their car. Bobb argued that City Hall knew concrete had been falling from the viaduct, but “they just didn’t do anything” to fix it. The city...

Continue reading

Wrongful death lawsuit in 2011 drowning at Geneva dam

By Harry Hitzeman Relatives of a Naperville man who died last August saving a child from drowning near a dam along the Fox River in Geneva has sued the city for wrongful death, arguing the city knew about the dangers posed by the lowhead dam but did not do enough to restrict access to that area. Randy Suchy, 59, died Aug. 5, 2011, saving a 12-year-old boy who slipped and fell into the water during a church outing. The Bolingbrook boy was rescued, but Suchy was caught in the boil for several minutes despite rescuers’ efforts to save him. Wrongful death lawsuit in 2011...

Continue reading

United Continental Sued by Black Pilots Alleging Bias

United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) (UAL), the world’s largest airline, was sued for racial discrimination by 22 black pilots who allege the company offers minority employees fewer promotions to upper management than whites. The company’s “highly subjective decision making” about promotions discriminates against minority captains and operations supervisors, according to a complaint filed today in federal court in San Francisco. Minority captains are subject to a “dual employment track” and relegated to part-time jobs with less job security and opportunity for promotions, while non- minority employees get full-time, higher wage positions, the pilots said in the complaint. Virtually all black employees at...

Continue reading

3 burned in southern Illinois silo explosion awarded a total of $180 million

3 burned in southern Illinois silo explosion awarded a total of $180 million By Andy Grimm, Chicago Tribune reporter June 5, 2012 Three workers who were badly burned in a 2010 grain elevator explosion in southern Illinois are to split a $180 million jury award. John W. Jentz, Robert Schmidt and Justin Becker were on a crew cleaning out a grain bin in Chester, south of St. Louis, that, unbeknown to them, had been smoldering for days and exploded while the three were removing their tools, said Robert Clifford, lawyer for Jentz and Schmidt. After a month long trial and 10 hours of deliberations,...

Continue reading

Settlement reached in motorcyclist’s crash death

City to pay $1.55 Million settlement in officer-involved accident The father of a man killed when an Indianapolis police officer's cruiser crashed into his motorcycle said the family has reached a $1.55 million settlement with the city in their wrongful death lawsuit. Aaron Wells told The Indianapolis Star the settlement in his son Eric Well's death doesn't make him feel better but it helps "any time you can put something behind you in this whole matter." Wells said the family's suit was on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago. Settlement reached in motorcyclist's crash death...

Continue reading

CPS Employee Says Supervisor Sexually Harassed Her Repeatedly

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman who works for the Chicago School Board is suing her employer and her supervisor claiming she was regularly sexually harassed at work for more than a year. As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, the woman filed suit against the Board of Education Thursday in U.S. District Court. She says her supervisor sent her sexually suggestive messages and made inappropriate sexual comment, and even made her change her work habits so he could be around her more. The woman, who works as a youth outreach worker for the Board of Education, claims her supervisor repeatedly told her the...

Continue reading