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Connecticut trucker sentenced for causing dramatic crash

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An out-of-state truck driver will serve as much as two years in prison after his rig tipped over and crashed into several other vehicles last year on Route 22 near Blairsville. Hunter R. Geslien, of Naugatuck, Conn., admitted that he took heroin and smoked marijuana minutes before he drove a tractor-trailer loaded with scrap metal down Penn View Mountain in…

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Illinois issues fireworks safety reminder

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The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) is reminding individuals and organizations sponsoring fireworks displays in Illinois to be sure their fireworks vendor has the required state licenses and certificates issued by the IDNR and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) prior to their fireworks show. The Illinois Explosives Act requires that anyone who purchases, possesses, uses, transfers,…

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Couple sues Lombard day care where infant daughter died

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An Elmhurst couple whose infant daughter died at a west suburban day care has filed a lawsuit against the business, alleging that understaffing and negligence led to the child’s death. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed Tuesday in DuPage County against Tender Harts, a day care operated in a Lombard residence. The suit alleges 3-month-old Tessa McDaniel was left unattended…

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Appeals court says Four Seasons Hotel not to blame in guest’s fall on wet bathroom floor

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An Illinois state appeals panel has upheld a Cook County judge’s decision that the Four Seasons in Chicago was not obligated to warn guests about a wet marble bathroom floor, saying the condition posed a danger that should have been open and obvious. Justice Nathaniel Howse Jr. wrote the appellate court order. Justices Cynthia Cobbs and James Fitzgerald Smith concurred….

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Mother blames Lurie Children’s Hospital for newborn son’s injuries

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A mother is suing Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and others, citing alleged medical negligence. Kris Gonzalez, individually and as mother of her son, and Juan Gonzalez filed a complaint June 14 in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging the defendants failed to provide her son with appropriate emergency room care, treatment and supervision to treat his…

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Abbvie wins another bellwether trial amid mass action over Androgel testosterone drug

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A federal jury has handed a win to North Chicago-based drugmaker Abbvie, as it continues to seek to fend off a mass of legal claims accusing the company’s testosterone replacement therapy drug, Androgel, of causing heart attacks and other cardiovascular conditions. On June 14, the Chicago jury found Abbvie not liable for any of the medical conditions plaintiff Robert Rowley…

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Appeals judges: Chicago not right court for John Crane’s asbestos fraud RICO claims vs Simon Greenstone, Shein Law

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A federal appeals panel in Chicago has agreed industrial seals and couplings maker John Crane Inc. should be afforded the chance to air its claims two law firms allegedly engaged in racketeering and fraud in the way they pressed asbestos-related personal injury claims against the company in the past. However, the judges also agreed with lower court judges that Chicago…

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Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch says Arizona second-hand asbestos exposure ruling could have impacts elsewhere

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A recent ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court that found companies should not be held liable for damages related to second-hand asbestos exposure is “common sense” and could affect similar cases in other states, according to Travis Akin, the executive director of Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch. “The ruling is just common sense,” Akin told the Cook County Record. “There was…

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