Overlawyered » Illinois http://overlawyered.com Chronicling the high cost of our legal system Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:19:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Labor and employment roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/labor-employment-roundup-30/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=labor-employment-roundup-30 http://overlawyered.com/2014/08/labor-employment-roundup-30/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 04:05:06 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=47281 “The tie that binds public employee unions and Wall Street” [Daniel DiSalvo] “Unions Manipulate New York City’s Public Pension Funds To Punish Their Enemies” [NYT via Jim Epstein, Reason] Illinois latest state to pass “ban the box” law restricting employers’ inquiries on criminal records [Workplace Prof] Two ex-football pros file suit claiming union conspired with […]

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  • “The tie that binds public employee unions and Wall Street” [Daniel DiSalvo] “Unions Manipulate New York City’s Public Pension Funds To Punish Their Enemies” [NYT via Jim Epstein, Reason]
  • Illinois latest state to pass “ban the box” law restricting employers’ inquiries on criminal records [Workplace Prof]
  • Two ex-football pros file suit claiming union conspired with owners on concussions [Bloomberg]
  • Average Illinois public retiree’s pension rapidly narrowing gap with average salary of worker still on job [Jake Griffin Daily Herald via Reboot Illinois] By 2006, 1,600 California prison guards were making $110K+, plus more on tendency of state/local government pay to outrun private [Lee Ohanian via Tyler Cowen]
  • Great moments in employment law: Seventh Circuit says other employees’ having sex on complainant’s desk not hostile work environment when not targeted at gender [Eric B. Meyer]
  • Next step signaled in SEIU fast food protest campaign: unlawful property occupations [AP, Chicago Tribune, arrests in May]
  • Trial lawyer win: Obama federal-contractor fiat will forbid pre-dispute agreements to submit bias claims to binding arbitration [AP, AAJ jubilates]
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    Labor and employment roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/labor-employment-roundup-28/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=labor-employment-roundup-28 http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/labor-employment-roundup-28/#comments Mon, 23 Jun 2014 04:10:21 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=46460 “NLRB Could Ease Unionization of Franchisees” [Bill McMorris, Washington Free Beacon] Wait, you mean self-harm is something you can overdo? “Can the Minimum Wage Be Too High?” [NYT "Room for Debate"] “Correcting Harold Meyerson’s Math On The Minimum Wage” [Tim Worstall] Lawyers can help ascertain when lip-licking in workplace rises to level of harassment [Fox […]

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  • “NLRB Could Ease Unionization of Franchisees” [Bill McMorris, Washington Free Beacon]
  • Wait, you mean self-harm is something you can overdo? “Can the Minimum Wage Be Too High?” [NYT "Room for Debate"] “Correcting Harold Meyerson’s Math On The Minimum Wage” [Tim Worstall]
  • Lawyers can help ascertain when lip-licking in workplace rises to level of harassment [Fox Rothschild]
  • Pending bill in Illinois would do away with workers’ comp’s longstanding immunity for safety consultants [Kevin Martin, State Journal-Register]
  • Best and worst states legally for staffing business [Leslie Stevens-Huffman, Staffing Industry]
  • “You can have your strong public employee unions, ‘prevailing wages’ and restrictive work rules, or you can have nice infrastructure. New Yorkers have (perhaps unknowingly) made their choice.” [Scott Sumner via Arnold Kling]
  • Does time spent driving to employer-mandated anger-management courses count as compensable “hours worked” under FLSA? [Bryan Symes, Ruder Ware]
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    Dismissed workers’ comp arbitrator presses disability claim http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/dismissed-workers-comp-arbitrator-presses-disability-claim/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dismissed-workers-comp-arbitrator-presses-disability-claim http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/dismissed-workers-comp-arbitrator-presses-disability-claim/#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 10:22:04 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=46455 An Illinois state employee “was dismissed in 2011 from her $115,000 per year job as an arbitrator for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission after a series of stories in the News-Democrat concerning more than $10 million paid to prison guards who complained that turning keys and operating locks caused them to be injured.” The investigation […]

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    An Illinois state employee “was dismissed in 2011 from her $115,000 per year job as an arbitrator for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission after a series of stories in the News-Democrat concerning more than $10 million paid to prison guards who complained that turning keys and operating locks caused them to be injured.” The investigation indicated that the arbitrator tried to hide from the press a disability application by a former state trooper convicted of causing highway deaths, and allegedly used her position in an unsuccessful attempt to pressure state officials to speed up her own claim, commenting that she had ‘two mortgages’ to pay.” After her departure from the arbitrator job she “found work training others for the very job from which she was fired,” and now is endeavoring to collect a “pending $25,000 settlement for a disability primarily attributed to typing,” which the state is resisting. [Belleville, Ill., News-Democrat]

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    “When Jail Is No Alibi” http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/jail-alibi/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jail-alibi http://overlawyered.com/2014/06/jail-alibi/#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:22:46 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=45514 For Daniel Taylor to be convicted of a murder committed while he was actually behind bars, at least three things had to happen: 1) a supposed confession extracted by Chicago police; 2) a conveniently corroborative sighting of Taylor at the scene by another cop; 3) improper withholding of exonerating evidence by the Illinois prosecutor. A […]

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    For Daniel Taylor to be convicted of a murder committed while he was actually behind bars, at least three things had to happen: 1) a supposed confession extracted by Chicago police; 2) a conveniently corroborative sighting of Taylor at the scene by another cop; 3) improper withholding of exonerating evidence by the Illinois prosecutor. A Center on Wrongful Convictions video (via Balko)(& welcome Above the Law readers).

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    Politics roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/05/politics-roundup-10/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=politics-roundup-10 http://overlawyered.com/2014/05/politics-roundup-10/#comments Mon, 26 May 2014 13:35:06 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=46036 NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver hangs blame for a retrospectively unpopular position on the *other* Sheldon Silver. Credible? [NY Times via @jpodhoretz] Julian Castro, slated as next HUD chief, did well from fee-splitting arrangement with top Texas tort lawyer [Byron York; earlier on Mikal Watts] 10th Circuit: maybe Colorado allows too much plebiscitary democracy to […]

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  • NY Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver hangs blame for a retrospectively unpopular position on the *other* Sheldon Silver. Credible? [NY Times via @jpodhoretz]
  • Julian Castro, slated as next HUD chief, did well from fee-splitting arrangement with top Texas tort lawyer [Byron York; earlier on Mikal Watts]
  • 10th Circuit: maybe Colorado allows too much plebiscitary democracy to qualify as a state with a “republican form of government” [Garrett Epps on a case one suspects will rest on a "this day and trip only" theory pertaining to tax limitations, as opposed to other referendum topics]
  • “Mostyn, other trial lawyers spending big on Crist’s campaign in Florida” [Chamber-backed Legal NewsLine; background on Crist and Litigation Lobby] “Texas trial lawyers open checkbooks for Braley’s Senate run” [Legal NewsLine; on Braley's IRS intervention, Watchdog]
  • Contributions from plaintiff’s bar, especially Orange County’s Robinson Calcagnie, enable California AG Kamala Harris to crush rivals [Washington Examiner]
  • Trial lawyers suing State Farm for $7 billion aim subpoena at member of Illinois Supreme Court [Madison-St. Clair Record, more, yet more]
  • Plaintiff-friendly California voting rights bill could mulct municipalities [Steven Greenhut]
  • John Edwards: he’s baaaaack… [on the law side; Byron York]
  • Also, I’ve started a blog (representing just myself, no institutional affiliation) on Maryland local matters including policy and politics: Free State Notes.
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    Advice for Peoria mayor Jim Ardis http://overlawyered.com/2014/04/advice-peoria-mayor-jim-ardis/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=advice-peoria-mayor-jim-ardis http://overlawyered.com/2014/04/advice-peoria-mayor-jim-ardis/#comments Sat, 26 Apr 2014 17:10:19 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=45492 To curtail parody, stop being so parody-able in the aftermath of your decision to send cops after your Twitter critics [Radley Balko, more, earlier] Related: “Watch Repairer Goes Legal Over Tame Yelp Review, Streisand Effect Takes Over” [Geigner, TechDirt] Tweet Tags: Illinois, parody, Streisand effect, Twitter

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    To curtail parody, stop being so parody-able in the aftermath of your decision to send cops after your Twitter critics [Radley Balko, more, earlier] Related: “Watch Repairer Goes Legal Over Tame Yelp Review, Streisand Effect Takes Over” [Geigner, TechDirt]

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    Peoria mayor sends cops after Twitter parodist http://overlawyered.com/2014/04/peoria-mayor-sends-cops-twitter-parodist/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=peoria-mayor-sends-cops-twitter-parodist http://overlawyered.com/2014/04/peoria-mayor-sends-cops-twitter-parodist/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:10:32 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=45407 “Not long after learning about the parody Twitter account @Peoriamayor, the city’s real mayor, Jim Ardis, told police he wanted to find out who was publishing sometimes vulgar messages there, according to a search warrant filed Thursday. … Two judges signed off on warrants to get information from Twitter and Comcast. Another judge approved a […]

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    “Not long after learning about the parody Twitter account @Peoriamayor, the city’s real mayor, Jim Ardis, told police he wanted to find out who was publishing sometimes vulgar messages there, according to a search warrant filed Thursday. … Two judges signed off on warrants to get information from Twitter and Comcast. Another judge approved a Tuesday afternoon raid.” [Peoria Journal-Star via Scott Shackford/Reason; Justin Glawe, Vice]

    P.S. Related from Starkville, Mississippi last year.

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    “Illinois Supreme Court Overturns Insane Recording Laws” http://overlawyered.com/2014/03/illinois-supreme-court-overturns-insane-recording-laws/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=illinois-supreme-court-overturns-insane-recording-laws http://overlawyered.com/2014/03/illinois-supreme-court-overturns-insane-recording-laws/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 04:15:31 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=44800 It is now legally safer to record Illinois public servants generally, as well as cops in particular, as they go about their public duties. [Timothy Geigner, TechDirt] Tweet Tags: Illinois, photography, privacy, surveillance

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    It is now legally safer to record Illinois public servants generally, as well as cops in particular, as they go about their public duties. [Timothy Geigner, TechDirt]

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    Labor and employment roundup http://overlawyered.com/2014/02/labor-employment-roundup-22/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=labor-employment-roundup-22 http://overlawyered.com/2014/02/labor-employment-roundup-22/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 04:04:03 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=43592 Minimum wage laws are sentimental legislation with all-too-real effects [Jeffrey Dorfman] “Our Business’s Response to California $2 Minimum Wage Increase” [Coyote, with more on a union angle on minimum wage laws] Some experience from Europe [Steve Hanke, more, Cato overview of minimum wage debate] Connecticut fires state labor department employee who gamed system to get […]

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  • Minimum wage laws are sentimental legislation with all-too-real effects [Jeffrey Dorfman] “Our Business’s Response to California $2 Minimum Wage Increase” [Coyote, with more on a union angle on minimum wage laws] Some experience from Europe [Steve Hanke, more, Cato overview of minimum wage debate]
  • Connecticut fires state labor department employee who gamed system to get benefits for friend, then reinstates after grievance [Raising Hale] Oldie but goodie: union contract in Bay City, Mich. gave teachers five strikes to show up work drunk before being fired [Mackinac Center two years back]
  • Background of Harris v. Quinn, now before SCOTUS: Blagojevich and Quinn favors for SEIU [George Leef, Forbes, earlier here, etc.]
  • If you decline to hire applicants who’ve sued previous employers, you may face liability over that [Jon Hyman]
  • More on class action seeking pay for volunteer Yelp reviewers [LNL, earlier]
  • “Intriguingly, returns to skills are systematically lower in countries with higher union density, stricter employment protection, and larger public-sector shares.” [Eric Hanushek et al, NBER via Cowen]
  • “L.A. Sheriff’s Department Admits Hiring 80 Problem Officers; May Not Be Able to Fire Them” [Paul Detrick, Reason]
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    “Government should not force people into unions” http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/government-force-people-unions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=government-force-people-unions http://overlawyered.com/2014/01/government-force-people-unions/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 04:15:30 +0000 http://overlawyered.com/?p=43524 Columnist George Will cites the Cato Institute amicus brief in Harris v. Quinn, the Supreme Court case over whether states may properly herd home caregivers reimbursed by government checks into collective representation [syndicated]. Earlier here. More: Ilya Shapiro, Michael Greve. More: Reports on the oral argument from Ilya Shapiro, Cato, and from Reuters. Tweet Tags: […]

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    Columnist George Will cites the Cato Institute amicus brief in Harris v. Quinn, the Supreme Court case over whether states may properly herd home caregivers reimbursed by government checks into collective representation [syndicated]. Earlier here. More: Ilya Shapiro, Michael Greve.

    More: Reports on the oral argument from Ilya Shapiro, Cato, and from Reuters.

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