Defendants in defamation case want Prenda Law, Duffy held in contempt, further sanctioned; Hearing slated for Thursday in Chicago

DuffyCHICAGO -  The defendants in an ongoing defamation suit have asked a federal judge to hold Chicago attorney Paul Duffy and the now-dissolved Prenda Law firm in contempt and impose additional sanctions on them for failing to pay a previously ordered $11,000-plus sanctions award on time.Defense counsel filed the motion in Chicago’s federal court on Feb.  6, one day after the deadline for the duo Read More »

Supreme Court urges legislature to reexamine tax on nursing home beds; Says just because a tax is permissible doesn’t mean its wise

Although it ruled in the state’s favor in a case challenging a tax imposed on nursing homes, the Illinois Supreme Court on Friday asked the legislature it take another look at the so-called “bed tax” and decide whether it’s really necessary to charge certain operators, like those that don’t participate in the Medicaid system or government-funded programs. Read More »

Judge strikes down pension law; State plans appeal to Illinois Supreme Court

A Sangamon County judge has invalidated a 2013 law intended to fix the state’s pension problems, a ruling the state’s top lawyer says she will immediately appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.Circuit Judge John Belz, in a six-page order issued Friday, said pension reform legislation passed last year “is void in its entirety” because the law “without question diminishes and impairs the benefits of membership Read More »

Illinois Supreme Court agrees to review Price v. Philip Morris

TilleryThe Illinois Supreme Court will once again weigh in on the Madison County case over cigarette labeling that has been smoldering in the state’s courts for more than a decade.The justices today granted Philip Morris’ petition for leave to appeal the April ruling from the Fifth District Appellate Court, which reversed the lower court and effectively reinstated the $10.1 billion verdict in the lawsuit Read More »