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

By Bethany Krajelis | Feb 11, 2015

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

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

By Bethany Krajelis | Jan 23, 2015

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.

Attorney who appeared in more than 3,000 asbestos cases disbarred in first-of-its-kind action; 'Excuse Man' also loses license

By Bethany Krajelis | Jan 21, 2015

A St. Louis lawyer who entered his appearance in more than 3,000 asbestos cases in Madison County even though he wasn’t licensed to practice in Illinois has been disbarred, marking the first time such disciplinary action has been taken in the state.

Supreme Court sets briefing schedule in pension case; slates oral argument for March

By Bethany Krajelis | Dec 10, 2014

The Illinois Supreme Court will hear arguments in March over the closely-watched challenge to the state’s pension reform law.

Fees to file in Supreme, appellate courts will double Jan. 1

By Bethany Krajelis | Dec 10, 2014

Parties filing cases in Illinois’ reviewing courts will see their fees double next month.

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

By Bethany Krajelis | Nov 21, 2014

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

Two recusals and a divide forces Supreme Court to dismiss appeal in Chicago red light camera case

By Bethany Krajelis | Nov 20, 2014

Unable to muster a majority, the Illinois Supreme Court today had to dismiss a challenge to Chicago’s red light camera program.

Litigation over Syngenta’s corn seed grows as farmers file class actions

By Bethany Krajelis | Oct 10, 2014

CHICAGO - A seed developer is facing another wave of litigation over a genetically-engineered corn seed that a group of farmers contend crippled the U.S. export market in China and caused a decline in corn prices, a combination they assert will lead to a projected $1.14 billion loss this year.

Illinois Supreme Court agrees to review Price v. Philip Morris

By Bethany Krajelis | Sep 24, 2014

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

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