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Man Forgives Dog That Bit Off His Nose

Small business owner says he doesn't have insurance A northwest side Chicago man faces a mountain of bills and a long road to recovery after a pit bull bit off a portion of his face over the weekend. Bill Lesinski was visiting his downstairs neighbor at their home near O'Hare International Airport on Friday when the dog, named Monster, attacked him. "When I crouched down, the dog just lunged at me and grabbed me by the face," said Lesinski. "I have a torn part of the septum, the bottom part of my septum, and they have to reconstruct my whole nose." Link...

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Lawsuit: Daughter Fell From ‘Thrilling’ Slide, Broke Arm

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago couple is suing a playground equipment manufacturer, claiming a faulty slide sent their daughter from the playground to the hospital. As CBS 2’s Susanna Song reports, Mark and Linda Jacobs of Chicago addressed reporters at their attorney’s office Monday, about a slide they say was not properly made and caused their daughter to fall. “This slide has a height of 75 inches, which is much taller than what I am,” said attorney Anthony Romanucci. “So you can imagine a fall from the top for a child. It can have devastating consequences.” Link...

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Teacher’s aide fired for refusing to hand over Facebook password

By Emil Protalinski | April 1, 2012, 1:15am PDT Summary: Kimberly Hester, a teacher’s aide at an elementary school, was fired last year for refusing to give her Facebook password to her supervisors. She is now fighting a legal battle with the school district. You can add this one to the short but growing list of employers demanding access to Facebook accounts. After refusing to give her Facebook password to her supervisors, Kimberly Hester was fired by Lewis Cass Intermediate School District from her job as an aide to Frank Squires Elementary in Cassopolis, Michigan. She is now fighting a legal battle...

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Violent sexual attacks on female soldiers surge…

The Army is pushing more women closer to the front lines and in closer contact with men even as the number of sexual attacks on female soldiers has surged during the past six years. Army figures show that reports of violent sex crimes have nearly doubled, from 665 in 2006 to 1,313 last year. Nearly all the victims were women. Most were young soldiers moving from one post to another, a time when they were most vulnerable, according to “Generating Health and Discipline in the Force,” a comprehensive study into the Army’s mind and body. Army’s ‘chilling trend’ puts women at risk...

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Ex-partner in Big Law blogs it all

By Ameet Sachdev Chicago Tribune reporter March 31, 2012 Steven Harper had a long and successful career as a trial lawyer. He was a partner at Chicago-based Kirkland & Ellis, one of the nation's largest and most prestigious law firms, and made enough money to leave the practice in 2008 at the age of 54. He hasn't quietly gone into retirement. Harper is one of the most outspoken critics of large law firms, writing a blog titled "The Belly of the Beast" and self-publishing a novel that paints a harsh picture of life inside a big firm. Link...

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Ex-city worker given 9 years for on-duty DUI crash that injured 7

Man worked for Chicago Streets and Sanitation at time (Chicago Police Department HANDOU) March 29, 2012|By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune reporter A former city of Chicago employee was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday for driving drunk on duty and crashing into a crowd of people on a Gold Coast sidewalk in May. Judge James Linn handed down the sentence for Dwight Washington, 62, who pleaded guilty last week to four counts of aggravated DUI causing great bodily harm in the crash that injured seven people. Ex-city worker given 9 years for on-duty DUI crash that injured 7...

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Shipping giant FedEx to pay $3 million to settle charges of hiring discrimination brought by US Department of Labor

WASHINGTON, March 22, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Shipping giant FedEx to pay $3 million to settle charges of hiring discrimination brought by US Department of Labor Company will pay back wages and interest to more than 21,000 applicants rejected for jobs at 23 facilities in 15 states; reform hiring practices The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs today announced that it has entered into a conciliation agreement to resolve allegations of hiring discrimination by federal contractors FedEx Ground Package System Inc. and FedEx SmartPost Inc., both subsidiaries of Memphis, Tenn.-based FedEx Corp. The agreement concludes compliance reviews...

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Mark Rypien is lead plaintiff in lawsuit against NFL over head injuries

By Nathan Fenno The Washington Times Former Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien has sued the NFL over “repeated traumatic injuries to his head” sustained during his 11-season career. Rypien is the lead plaintiff in a mass-tort suit filed March 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. One hundred twenty-six former players are part of the suit, including 14 other ex-Redskins, Tony Mandarich and Todd Marinovich. The suit alleges the NFL was aware of the risks of repetitive traumatic brain injury but hid the information and misled players, resulting in permanent brain damage of neurological disorders. Link...

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Senators want ruling on whether Facebook password requests are illegal

By Jon Brodkin | Published a day ago Two US Senators asked the Department of Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to start an investigation into whether employers asking job applicants for usernames and passwords violates federal law. The issue has come under scrutiny in the past week, after the Associated Press and others reported on employers asking applicants for Facebook usernames and passwords. Facebook took a stand, saying it could take legal action, although the company noted that it has no immediate plans to sue any specific employers. US Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) asked the agencies to investigate...

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83-Year-Old Woman Sues APPLE Store After Smashing Her Face Into Glass Door

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) – A Queens woman is suing Apple for $1,000,000 after smashing her face on a glass door at a Long Island Apple Store. Evelyn Paswall, 83, claims that the glass doors at the front of Apple Stores pose a risk to the elderly. Paswall’s attorney Derek T. Smith told the Post that,“Apple wants to be cool and modern and have the type of architecture that would appeal to the tech crowd, but on the other hand, they have to appreciate the danger that this high-tech modern architecture poses to some people.” 83-Year-Old Woman Sues APPLE Store After Smashing Her Face Into...

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Lawsuit claims jail inmate died due to beating

An investigation by the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office found no evidence that anyone at the jail willfully or intentionally harmed Gruber. However, the lawsuit claims Gruber was pepper sprayed and beaten by sheriff’s officers during processing at the jail, and that his subsequent requests for medical assistance were denied, despite the presence of contract medical personal at the jail, Correct Care Solutions, a health-care provider based in Nashville, Tenn. Medical staff failed to investigate or assess Gruber’s injuries, the suit alleges, which also names Correct Care Solutions, along with along with four nurses and one supervisor employed by the firm. The...

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How to wrangle in docs gone wild

A physician who threatened to use an AK-47, a sexually harassing doctor who looked at porn on work computers and a specialist who used to cause nurses to draw straws with the loser having to interact with her. These were some of the horror stories about disruptive provider behavior that Dean White, a Texas-based consultant and former chief of the medical staff at Texas Health Harris Methodist HEB Hospital in Dallas, had shared at this week's American College of Healthcare Executives' (ACHE) annual congress in Chicago. The Joint Commission requires that accredited institutions have a code of conduct that defines acceptable,...

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Law Firm’s Organizational Form, Insolvency Affect Extent of Members’ Personal Liability

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 from ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct™ By Joan C. Rogers CHICAGO—Law firms' switch to limited liability entities can give lawyers a false sense of security about their vicarious liability for claims arising from colleagues' conduct, according to a panel discussion March 2 at the 11th Annual Legal Malpractice & Risk Management Conference. In launching the panel on “How Limited Is Your Liability?” moderator Allison D. Rhodes joked darkly that the real topic was “how we get your house.” The speakers focused on a question of keen interest to lawyers everywhere: Under what circumstances can members of a...

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$450M AIG workers comp class action settlement receives formal approval

CHICAGO—A $450 million settlement of a class action suit brought against American International Group Inc. for its alleged underreporting of workers compensation premiums has been formally approved. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Gettleman approved the settlement in an order and memorandum on Feb. 28. The money is to be paid by New York-based AIG to 1,300 other commercial insurers. The insurers had alleged that they paid states more than their fair share of residual market assessments because AIG was assigned an improperly small share of high-risk workers comp policies. $450M AIG workers comp class action settlement receives formal approval...

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Lawsuit: Nursing home failed to protect patient from resident with `violent criminal record’

By Bridget Doyle TribLocal reporter March 8 The family of an Alzheimer’s patient who died after a physical altercation with another patient at Oak Park Healthcare is suing the west suburban nursing home for wrongful death, according to a press release issued Thursday by the family’s lawyers. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday by Chicago-based Levin and Perconti, alleges the facility violated federal and state nursing home regulations in failing to protect patient from physical abuse and failing to provide appropriate supervision, according to the press release. Anibal Calderon, an 80-year-old resident of the Oak Park Healthcare Center, “was assaulted by a 66-year-old resident with...

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Hal Leonard to Pay $150,000 to Class of Females Who Endured Physical and Verbal Sexual Harassment

Hal Leonard Publishing Company, a music print publishing company founded in Winona, Minn., has agreed to pay $150,000 to a class of female employees to settle a sexual harassment charge brought against the company by a former employee, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced Wednesday. An investigation by the EEOC’s Minneapolis Area Office revealed that women were subjected to unwelcome grabbing and squeezing as well as sex-based comments and actions at Hal Leonard’s facility in Winona, a city of 50,000 in southeast Minnesota. The harassment was perpetrated by co-workers and, despite multiple complaints to Hal Leonard management,...

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City of Park Ridge found liable in boy’s death, ordered to pay $5M

By JENNIFER JOHNSON jjohnson@pioneerlocal.com March 13, 2012 1:36PM The city of Park Ridge has been ordered to pay $5.18 million to the estate of a 15-year-old Park Ridge boy following last week’s verdict in a wrongful-death lawsuit stretching back seven years. A jury on March 8 found the city liable in the death of Maine South High School student Joseph Furio, who died Oct. 31, 2004, from a drug overdose. JoAnn Abruzzo, Furio’s mother and administrator of his estate, filed the wrongful death lawsuit in 2005, alleging that Park Ridge paramedics had failed to properly evaluate her son and provide medical care when...

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Suit filed in death of woman killed while walking along Eisenhower Expressway

By Clifford Ward Special to the Tribune 3:26 p.m. CDT, March 15, 2012 The family of a woman struck and killed by a pickup truck while walking along the Eisenhower Expressway after a DUI arrest filed a lawsuit today, saying a state trooper negligently allowed the woman to go free even though she was still under the influence of alcohol. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Cook County court by the family of Diana Paz, 25, of Chicago, who was struck and killed Sept. 2. Shortly before her death, Paz was stopped for driving the wrong way on the Eisenhower and was...

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Railroad will pay $6 million to family of Chicago woman killed at University Park crossing

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS First Posted: March 14, 2012 - 4:02 am CHICAGO — The family of a woman killed at a University Park railroad crossing two years ago will receive $6 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit.. Dance instructor Katie Ann Lunn of Chicago was killed in April 2010 when her vehicle was hit by a high-speed train at a crossing after she left a competition at Governor's State University. A lawsuit filed by the family against Illinois Central Railroad Co. claimed the crossing signals had been deactivated earlier that day for maintenance and never turned back on. The railroad admitted liability after...

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Whistleblowing Hebert nurse out of work and license in jeopardy

I followed the law and it didn't work.' By GERRY GOLDSTEIN, Valley Breeze & Observer Correspondent SMITHFIELD - Psychiatric nurse Jeannine Peterson, a rock-climber when she's not in uniform, is accustomed to scaling barriers, but she hasn't been able to get past the fallout from her latest role in life: whistleblower. It was a phone call from the 59-year-old Peterson that set into motion a recent investigation of sexual abuse that almost cost the Hebert Nursing Home its status as Medicare and Medicaid provider. So far the only result, as far she's concerned, is the satisfaction of believing that she did the right thing. Link...

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Stonewalling The Public

Dark clouds hanging over Sunshine Week cast a shadow on the First Amendment What’s worrying to journalists is, after years of sitting largely idle on the books, the Illinois eavesdropping law is starting to produce arrests. A Chicago woman was charged under the law after recording police officers whom she thought were preventing her from filing a sexual harassment complaint, and a Normal, Ill., man was charged with recording police during a traffic stop. A jury found in favor of the woman in the first case, and a prosecutor dropped the second, thinking the law in this case was worse than the violation. Link...

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The NFL and Dave Duerson’s brain

His family's lawsuit against the league looks potent. Plus, unraveling the Braun case. Originally Published: March 2, 2012 By Lester Munson It's always fun to watch a high-powered offense in action. That's true in football and it's true in legal disputes, especially in the view from our Courtside Seat. Two major offensives -- one by the family of an NFL concussion victim and the other by a young baseball superstar who surprised MLB authorities with some trick plays currently have our attention. We'll get to Ryan Braun's attack on the MLB drug testing system in a moment, but we start today with...

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NYC Multiple Amputee Wins $18M from City, Hospital

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. at FindLaw.com Tue Mar 6, 2012 9:08pm EST How much is a hand worth? What about a foot? An eye? All of these body parts are invaluable, but when it comes to the law, they have a price. For Tabitha Mullings, that price is $17.9 million. The mother of three sued New York City and Brooklyn Hospital Center for a medical error that left her a quadruple amputee and blind in one eye. After three years, the defendants agreed to settle the claim, worrying that the so-called NYC amputee would garner too much sympathy from a jury. Tabitha Mullings' story...

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8 Women Allege Rape, Harassment in Military Suit

By ERIC TUCKER Associated Press WASHINGTON March 6, 2012 (AP) Eight current and former members of the U.S. military allege in a new federal lawsuit that they were raped, assaulted or harassed during their service and suffered retaliation when they reported it to their superiors. The lawsuit, being filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, accuses the military of a having a "high tolerance for sexual predators in their ranks" and of fostering a hostile environment that discourages victims of sexual assault from coming forward and punishes them when they do. The suit says the Defense Department has failed to take...

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Book Excerpt: A Saga Of ‘Fishy’ Surgery For Chronic Sinus Trouble

By Carey Goldberg “Crank?” was my first reaction when I saw the review copy of the new book “Scrubbed Out: Reviving the Doctor’s Role in Patient Care.” It was a slim, self-published volume with a cartoon cover and an M.D. after the author’s name. Usually, that means rosy, false promises of health panaceas. But Dr. Salah Salman, the author, is not a crank at all. On the contrary, he’s a distinguished doctor, retired now at 75 after an impressive career in the Lebanese cabinet and in high positions at the prestigious Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. It’s just that he’s so pained...

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Illinois judge: law barring recording police is unconstitutional

By Megan Geuss | Published about 19 hours ago In Cook County today Judge Stanley J. Sacks declared Illinois' eavesdropping law—which is one of the toughest in the nation—unconstitutional in his ruling in the case of Christopher Drew, who was charged with the felony crime in 2009. The eavesdropping law prohibits citizens from making audio or visual recordings of others without every recorded person's explicit consent. Sixty-year-old artist Drew audio-recorded his interaction with a police officer who was arresting him for selling art patches at the side of the road. A police officer found the tape recorder and Drew found himself with...

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Alaska Court Decision Could Open Door to Millions of Disability Claims, Nonprofit Says

The Alaska Supreme Court has decided a case that could open the door to disability claims from millions of wireless industry or maintenance workers who experience occupational exposures to operating antenna arrays, according to the nonprofit group EMR Policy Institute. In AT&T Alascom and Ward North America, Inc., v. John Orchitt; and The State of Alaska, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Workers’ Compensation, the state high court upheld the Alaska Workers’ Compensation Board decision awarding an AT&T equipment installer 100 percent disability due to his exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RF) at levels slightly above the FCC RF safety...

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Court OKs class action against Merrill Lynch

Court OKs class action against Merrill Lynch BY MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) -- African-American brokers employed by Merrill Lynch can pursue racial discrimination claims in a class action. The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Chicago, on Feb. 24 reversed a District Court ruling, permitting the class action. The plaintiffs say there were two companywide policies that are alleged to cause racial bias. One was the authorization of brokers instead of managers to form and staff teams. The other was distributing the established accounts of brokers who left Merrill Lynch on the past success of the brokers who...

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Jimmy’s Charhouse to Pay $205,000 to Female Employees Subjected to Sexual Harassment

Jimmy’s Charhouse of Elgin, an Elgin, Ill., steakhouse, will pay $205,000 to resolve a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced Wednesday. The EEOC sued Jimmy’s Charhouse on behalf of female employees who charged that they were sexually harassed by restaurant employees, including managers. The case, EEOC v. Jimmy’s Charhouse of Elgin, Inc. (10 C 6181), was filed on September 27, 2010. According to the suit, employees of Jimmy’s Charhouse, including former managers, harassed several hostesses and waitresses at the restaurant. The alleged harassment included sexual propositions, crude sexual comments and groping. One of...

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Loop Tilted Kilt Sued for Sexual Harassment by 19 Women

Published : Friday, 10 Feb 2012, 12:46 PM CST Sun-Times Media Wire Chicago - Nineteen women have filed a federal lawsuit claiming they were sexually harassed and subjected to a raunchy and “humiliating” work environment at a Loop bar. The three-count suit filed in U.S. District Court on Wednesday claims the owners of Tilted Kilt Chicago at 17 N. Wabash Ave., as well as a manager, created a sexually hostile, offensive, humiliating and degrading work environment. That included such raunchy behavior as grabbing waitress’ breasts; putting ice down employees’ skirts; licking employees’ ears and trying to kiss the women, the suit claims. Loop Tilted...

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