Courts & Cases

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A May 2020 file photo of a Southwest Airlines airplane. On Wednesday, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived a Fair Labor Standards Act lawsuit of a Southwest ramp supervisor out of Midway International Airport. The court agreed with the plaintiff, Latrice Saxon’s, argument that as a baggage handler she’s considered a transportation worker. – File photo

Southwest employee exempt from arbitration

A Southwest Airlines Co. employee is entitled to take a dispute with the airline before a judge, a federal appeals court held Wednesday.
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Judge: Consumer fraud suit against Whole Foods didn’t hold water

A federal judge dismissed a consumer fraud suit against Whole Foods on Friday, finding the plaintiffs didn’t show how the grocery chain mislead Illinois consumers on a premium brand of water.
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Suit takes on direct sales of electric cars

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Automobile Dealers Association has filed a lawsuit against Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office, alleging that White is allowing unlicensed, unregulated dealers to operate in Illinois, in violation of state law.

Trial Notebook

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Mom gets second chance at pleading recklessness

The Illinois Appellate Court gave Cindi Mathias another shot at alleging that the permanent injury her son, T.M., suffered to his dominant hand when he crashed into an unpadded concrete wall while playing “scramble ball” during a gym class at Winnebago High School was caused by a teacher’s willful and wanton conduct. Focusing on the fuzzy line between ordinary and gross negligence, the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed a Winnebago County judge’s decision to toss Mathias’s complaint against Winnebago Community Unit School District 323 and the teacher, Brent Thompson. The defendants had immunity against a lawsuit alleging regular negligence, and the “ultimate facts” alleged by Mathias did not add up to willful and wanton conduct. But the trial judge abused her discretion by dismissing the case with prejudice. Mathias v. Winnebago Community Unit School District, 2021 IL App (2d) 200039-U (Jan. 25, 2021).

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