January 10, 2009 |
Just days after his prospective colleagues in Washington turned him back from the Capitol, Democrat Roland Burris seized on an Illinois high court decision filed Friday to assert he should be accepted as President-elect Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate. Armed with the Illinois Supreme Court ruling, Burris' lawyers vowed to return to Washington on Monday and file suit in federal court unless top Senate Democrats reverse their rejection of impeached Democratic Gov. Rod R.
December 16, 2005 |
Philip Morris USA won a resounding legal victory Thursday when a divided Illinois Supreme Court overturned a $10.1-billion verdict over claims that the company deceptively marketed "light" cigarettes. In reversing the class-action award, the court did not absolve Philip Morris of the central allegation against it: that Philip Morris had consciously deterred smokers from quitting by falsely promoting "light," or low-tar, cigarettes as safer than regular brands.
August 19, 2005 |
The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a $1-billion fraud and breach-of-contract verdict against State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., ruling that an 8-year-old case challenging use of generic parts in collision repairs should not have been tried as a class action.
September 17, 2003 |
Philip Morris USA was handed a major victory Tuesday when the Illinois Supreme Court slashed almost in half a $12-billion bond required from the company pending an appeal of a critical verdict. The state high court also reversed its own earlier ruling and agreed to bypass the state appellate court and hear the appeal of a judge's $10.1-billion verdict against Philip Morris, which he found to have tricked smokers into thinking "light" cigarettes were safer than regular cigarettes.
April 17, 2003 |
H&R Block Inc. said an Illinois judge rejected a $25-million settlement the tax preparer had negotiated to resolve claims over high-interest-rate loans issued to its customers in advance of tax refunds. The proposed Illinois settlement would have resolved all U.S. claims against the firm's refund-anticipation loan program. Shares of Block, which said it would not meet its goal for tax customers this year because of a slow tax season, dropped $3.64 to $37.98 on the New York Stock Exchange.
July 15, 1994 |
Rolando Cruz was convicted twice and spent more than seven years on Death Row for a rape and murder another man admitted committing. His case became a cause; law school deans rallied to his side and a prosecutor resigned rather than "help execute an innocent man." The tangled case took a new turn Thursday when the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a decision it made less than two years ago and granted Cruz a third trial.