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Company seeks dismissal in Menards’ walkway lawsuit

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A Georgia elevator company is requesting a judge’s dismissal or jury trial for allegations Menards has made about moving walkways installed in a few of its Midwest stores. The Eau Claire-based home improvement retailer filed a lawsuit last month in Eau Claire County Court against ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corp., alleging the company didn’t live up to its warranty and other parts…

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Appeals court says no proof Chicago cops blocked exit door in deadly 2003 E2 nightclub stampede

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An Illinois appeals panel has upheld a Cook County judge’s ruling, which cleared Chicago police of causing the deaths of patrons by preventing them from leaving the E2 nightclub in Chicago during a stampede there in 2003 that took 21 lives and injured more than 50. The April 30 decision was authored by Justice Mary Mikva, with concurrence from Justices…

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COA rejects woman’s claim that accident occurred outside chemical test period

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A woman who drove drunk into a mobile home causing significant damage lost her appeal Wednesday after arguing the state’s blood draw occurred outside the three-hour window under statute and thus did not prove her blood alcohol level at the time of the accident. Elberta N. Jackson was convicted of Class A misdemeanors operating a vehicle with an alcohol concentration…

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Menards sues Georgia firm over injury claims related to Indiana stores’ moving walkways

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Eau Claire, Wis.-based Menards is suing a Georgia company for personal injury claims tied to moving walkways installed in some of the home improvement chain’s stores. Menards filed the lawsuit last week in Eau Claire County Court, alleging that ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corp. didn’t live up to its warranty and other parts of a contract to install the walkways intended to…

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Illinois man faces DUI charge after allegedly leaving crash scene and girlfriend in vehicle, police say

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A 29-year-old man in Illinois faces several charges, including driving under the influence, after he allegedly crashed a vehicle early Monday morning and abandoned the scene, leaving his girlfriend “semi-unconscious” in the front passenger seat, police said Wednesday. Emil Nichitoi, according to the Des Plaines Police Department, was allegedly driving the vehicle around 2:20 a.m. when he crashed into a…

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Report: Asbestos litigation declines nationwide, slightly in Cook Co., still pervasive in three IL counties

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As the number of new asbestos lawsuits declined nationally, activity in Illinois’ three hotbeds for asbestos litigation showed few signs of ebbing in 2017, even though the distribution of filing activity has shifted slightly. Recently, Washington, D.C.-based consulting group KCIC released an analysis of U.S. asbestos exposure case filings, showing in 2017 total new asbestos exposure-related lawsuits dropped another 7.5…

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Could self-driving car companies stop you from suing?

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Ten U.S. senators are asking Ford, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and other companies developing self-driving cars whether they are using or planning to use contracts with consumers that would limit their ability to sue in the case of a crash. The letter headed by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., comes as concerns are growing on Capitol Hill about autonomous vehicles…

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