Illinois Lawyer Blog

Chipotle wrongfully accuses worker of theft and fires her. Then Chipotle pays dearly.

  I saw this online story by Rachel Seigel of the Washington Post a couple weeks ago.   Jeanette Ortiz worked at a California Chipotle for 14 years.  She had moved up to a General Manager position and was making around $72,000 a year.  Chipotle’s practice going back several years, was to have armored cars swing by and swap out large bills for s… Read More
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Pork producer sprays hog waste in air - and neighbors secure a $50 million dollar punitive damages verdict. And same defendant looking at DOZENS of similar cases

    Wow.  A North Carolina jury absolutely walloped the worlds largest pork producer last week over its disposal practices. Ten neighbors filed suit against Kinlaw Farms, a large pork production facility located in North Carolina.  Kinlaw is owned by Murphy-Brown LLC  [a subsidiary of Chinese-owned Smithfield Foods].   The focus of the plaintif… Read More
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Categories: CASES IN THE NEWS

FDA taking a fresh look at Parkinson's medication after hundreds of deaths linked to use of drug.

    In 2016, the scientific community was optimistic about a new drug – Nuplazid – that appeared to promise some relief to patients who had to endure the misery of Parkinson’s psychosis – a symptom of Parkinson’s disease that caused patients to experience hallucinations and delusions.  The drug, made by Arcadia Pharmac… Read More
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Another jury says Johnson & Johnson talcum powder causes cancer - and awards millions in damages.

Johnson & Johnson got crushed – again – in a talcum powder lawsuit.  Stephan Lanzo used Johnson & Johnson products like Shower to Shower and Baby Powder for over 30 years.  Those products likely contained talc – one of the softest minerals on earth.  That talc is found in rock deposits – and those rock deposits are often fou… Read More
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People are suing when family pets are injured. And the awards are increasing. Here's some insight into damages available in Illinois.

Arin Greenwood has an article in this month’s ABA Journal that is worth a read.  The article discusses how juries are awarding substantial damages when pets are killed due to police misconduct.  According to U.S. Department of Justice figures, 10,000 dogs are killed every year by police.  And when the killing isn’t justified, lawsuits are bei… Read More
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Jim Karas - trainer to the stars - sues former employees to stop them from poaching clients.

    According to this article by Evonne Liu in Crains, Jim Karas – celebrity personal trainer [pictured above]- is going after three fitness trainers who used to work for him at Jim Karas Intelligent Fitness.  Karas has filed suit to stop the three trainers from poaching his clients.  Karas, who has trained Hugh “Wolverine” Jack… Read More
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Juvenile facility staff ignores warning signs and emergency call - will pay troubled teen who suffered catastrophic injuries $18.9 million.

  [Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel] The State of Wisconsin recently agreed to pay nearly $19 million to Sydni Briggs, a young woman who suffered serious brain damage after a suicide attempt at the Copper Lake School For Girls – part of a troubled Wisconsin juvenile prison system.  Briggs was just 16 when she was placed at Copper Lake for break… Read More
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Brafman admits what everyone suspected: he wanted to punch Shkreli in the face

    It was all over the news recently – the saga of “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli merifully came to an end.   Shkreli became notorious for any number of things including jacking up the price of a lifesaving drug by 5,000% and for unrelenting internet snark directed at his critics.  His smug appearance before Congress last year did… Read More
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Categories: IN THE NEWS

Motorola alleged to have withheld information pertaining to potential birth defects from workers.

        I receive regular emails from certain bar associations with links to recent appellate court decisions.  I clicked on a link to the  Ledeaux v. Motorola Inc. decision, which referred to a lawsuit filed by multiple Motorola workers on behalf of their children.  The workers are alleging they were exposed to toxic products while a… Read More
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AETNA'S unusual method for deciding if sick people get appropriate insurance coverage.

    You don’t see this level of candor very often. Gillen Washington, a 23 year old California man, sued AETNA after the insurer denied coverage for life saving infusions that Washington needed for treatment of common variable immune deficiency(CVID).  In the course of litigation, Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma, the former Medical Director for Aetna, was… Read More
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Categories: CASES IN THE NEWS