Law firm sued for unpaid rent in Chicago's first big office space leasing lawsuit of pandemic
CHICAGO — One of Chicago’s largest law firms is itself getting sued after skipping rent payments on its sprawling riverfront office during the coronavirus pandemic.Jenner & Block failed to make April 1 and May 1 rent payments and is in default on its lease at 353 N. Clark St., alleges a lawsuit filed by its landlord, an affiliate of Chicago-based real estate investment manager Heitman. The suit seeks to collect more than $3.8 million.The lawsuit, filed May 20 in Cook County Circuit Court, is the first known major legal spat between commercial landlords and tenants in Chicago since companies be...
Harvey Weinstein raped 17-year-old in 1994, new lawsuit claims
NEW YORK — A lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday contains previously unreported allegations that disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein raped a 17-year-old girl in 1994, court filings show.The suit filed by four Jane Does, now aged 70, 43, 38 and 35, seeks damages from Weinstein for allegedly sexual abusing the four women over a decadeslong period, and his brother, Bob Weinstein, Miramax and Walt Disney for fostering a culture of silence and allowing the abuse to occur.In a 1994 incident not previously reported on, Weinstein allegedly lured a teenage girl to his hotel room unde...
New York Daily News
Royal Caribbean's Filipino crew members ask court to order cruise line to send them home
MIAMI — Filipino crew members on Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Celebrity ships are asking a federal judge to order the company to send them home immediately.In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Miami Thursday, Ryan Maunes Maglana, a Filipino crew member on the Celebrity Millennium ship docked in San Diego, said he and his colleagues have been held against their will without pay for more than two months as the company has repeatedly delayed repatriation plans for them. On behalf of all Filipino crew members on Celebrity’s 14 ships, Maglana is asking the court to intervene with emergency relief.Sin...
$2 million settlement reached in wrongful death suit involving missing Wisconsin brothers
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A $2 million settlement was reached in a wrongful death lawsuit that was filed on behalf of the family of two brothers who disappeared last year after visiting Missouri from Wisconsin on a business trip, according to court records.The family of Nick and Justin Diemel was suing Garland Nelson, who has been criminally charged in the Diemel brothers’ deaths, Nelson’s mother and their company, J4S Farm Enterprises, Inc.The lawsuit, filed in Caldwell County in November, claimed that Nelson violated his parole for a previous conviction of selling mortgaged cows by owning a firearm...
The Kansas City Star
Settlement for Detroit literacy lawsuit eyes nearly $100 million in funding
LANSING, Mich. — A historic settlement reached between the state and Detroit students calls for $94.5 million in literacy funding for Detroit public schools, a $280,000 payout among seven student plaintiffs and the creation of two Detroit task forces to help ensure a quality education for students.News of the agreement came after the Detroit students were locked in a nearly four-year legal battle with the state for better school and learning conditions. The lawsuit was brought by seven students who argued they were deprived access to literacy because of a lack of books, teachers and poor build...
The Detroit News
Editorial: Legal immunity for COVID-19 issues is a terrible idea
The coronavirus pandemic is the newest opening for the nursing home industry and other lawsuit-prone businesses to lobby for protections against being sued.They’re working in Washington, D.C., and various state capitals for near-total immunity from legal liability for anything having to do with COVID-19.That’s bad. What’s worse is that they may succeed. In Florida, the state Legislature is primed to immunize every sort of activity from grocery stores to condominium swimming pools.That would set a terrible precedent for covering up errors of negligence that made a tragic epidemic even worse.It ...
Judge won't side with Fiat Chrysler in motion on Dodge Dart clutch case
DETROIT — A federal judge in California has denied Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ latest legal challenge in a fight over allegedly defective clutches in 2013-15 Dodge Darts.FCA, which has denied claims of a defect, wanted to have the class action involving the Darts decertified, but U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, in a decision Friday, rejected that effort, which focused on several legal arguments, including one related to how class members would be identified.The judge, in disputing FCA’s argument, noted, for instance, that “identifying class members will not result in a series of separate tr...
Detroit Free Press
Lawsuit seeks to block Texas vote-by-mail restrictions
AUSTIN, Texas — Opening a new front in the legal battle to expand voting by mail in Texas, a federal lawsuit filed Monday seeks to block a handful of state regulations described as onerous and detrimental to voting rights.The lawsuit, filed in San Antonio by civil rights groups and five voters, argues that the regulations will keep many Texans from voting or having their ballots counted during the coronavirus outbreak.“Should these provisions remain in effect come November, many Texans will suffer the loss of their right to vote, a right they will never be able to recover,” the lawsuit said.Th...
Civil rights groups seek to block lawsuit and avoid a purge of Pennsylvania voter rolls
PHILADELPHIA — Civil rights groups asked a federal court Monday to let them defend against a lawsuit over voter rolls in the Philadelphia suburbs.The lawsuit was brought two weeks ago by Judicial Watch, a conservative activist group known for its public-records requests and litigation. The group claims Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties have failed to properly remove voters who have become ineligible. It seeks the removal of an unspecified number of voters according to unspecified criteria.“Lawsuits like these are designed to force counties to pull eligible voters off the rolls, and that’s j...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Birth control war returns to a divided US Supreme Court
For the third time in six years, a divided Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday over whether employers with religious or moral objections to contraception can be compelled under the 2010 Affordable Care Act to provide no-cost access to birth control to their workers.And also for the third time, the case at issue arose out of Pennsylvania.But a lot has changed in the years since the high court delivered its first ruling in a case involving a Lancaster County cabinet maker that fought alongside crafting chain Hobby Lobby in 2014.The White House, under a different administration, has switched ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer