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Recent Articles by CDLB staff
Judge nixes state law on train crew sizes
A federal judge derailed a bid by Illinois to bar one-member train crews from operating in the state.
U.S. not liable in national forest death where state law ties immunity to parking fees
An Oregon law that ties immunity to parking fees defeats a woman’s claim that the U.S. government is liable for her husband’s accidental death in a national forest, a federal appeals court held.
Court lacks jurisdiction over church discipline rules, panel affirms
A Chicago-based church cannot be found liable for failing to reinstate a pastor accused of sexual abuse after its internal investigation determined the charges were malicious and unfounded, a state appellate panel ruled.
Judge nixes suit over COVID-19’s effect on car insurance premiums
A disgruntled policyholder who alleges her auto insurer reaped an unfair windfall in profits when the COVID-19 pandemic reduced traffic and caused the number of accidents and insurance claims in Illinois to plummet has failed to state a case against the company, a federal judge ruled.
Anti-Riot Act held constitutional in case of man charged with inciting looting in Chicago
A law that prohibits inciting a riot does not run afoul of the First Amendment, a federal judge held.
Judge tosses helmet claims by former student football players
A federal judge threw out the claims of seven former student-athletes who allege they suffered brain and neurocognitive injuries because manufacturer Riddell Inc. did not adequately warn them of the risks of wearing its football helmets.
Prison medical treatment case can proceed
A lawsuit brought against Wexford Health Sources Inc. by a prisoner over inadequate medical treatment while he was imprisoned at two different correctional facilities may continue in the Northern District of Illinois, a federal judge held.
Cook County judge put on restricted duties over disparaging comments
A Cook County judge who mocked an attorney in comments broadcast live on YouTube has been placed on restricted duty off the bench.