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Landmark Mental Health Ruling Finds Top Insurer Illegally Denied Patients Coverage

Mental health patients in the U.S. scored major victory when a federal judge issued a landmark ruling against the nation’s largest health insurer, finding that it has been illegally denying coverage to policyholders seeking treatment for mental health and substance abuse. United Behavioral Health, a unit of UnitedHealthcare, “deviated” from national health care standards by implementing cost-cutting policies that effectively deprived mental health patients of access to critical, life-saving treatments, U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero found. He also suggested that the company was more intent on feeding its bottom line than providing adequate and appropriate coverage to mental health ... Read More

Electrocution death lawsuit reinstated against farm company

It had been a rainy weekend that preceded that day in July 2011, when 14-year-old best friends Hannah Kendall and Jade Garza gathered in the early morning in Whiteside County, Illinois, to pull tassels from the tops of corn plants. It was exhaustive work that many kids in this Midwesterner town did to earn money during the summer. But on July 25, about four hours into the workday, a jolt from an electrified center pivot irrigator – the kind of machinery with sweeping metal arms that waters farm fields – struck Hannah and Jade dead. The irrigator had apparently been ... Read More

‘Powerful’ youth volleyball coach faces sexual assault class action

An Aurora, Illinois man dubbed “the most powerful coach in youth volleyball,” by sports network ESPN is now the center of a potential multimillion-dollar class action lawsuit alleging the coach raped and sexually abused underaged players, the Cook County Record reported. The club volleyball program he was affiliated with is also named in the lawsuit for not protecting athletes from the coach. U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly, green-lighted the request from plaintiff Laura Mullen to certify the class against coach Rick Butler, the Great Lakes Volleyball Center, and Butler’s Sports Performance Volleyball Club. The class could grow into the ... Read More

Deadly Wrong-Way Tractor-Trailer Crash Prompts Lawsuit

The widow of an Illinois man who was killed Dec. 5 when a tractor-trailer collided head-on with the school bus he was riding in has filed a wrongful death complaint against the trucking company and its owner. Kathleen Crabtree filed the lawsuit in McLean (Illinois) County Circuit Court, alleging the tractor-trailer driver Ryan Hute was driving his truck negligently and recklessly the wrong way on I-74 near Bloomington, Indiana, Dec. 5 when he collided head-on with a school bus carrying the Normal West High school girls’ junior varsity basketball team. The crash killed Ms. Crabtree’s husband, Charles Crabtree, 72, who ... Read More

Couple sues companies for failing to warn about asbestos risks

A Belleville, Illinois couple are suing dozens of companies that used products that contained asbestos alleging that exposure to the carcinogenic material caused one of them to develop terminal cancer. The companies were negligent for failing to warn about the health risks associated with asbestos, the suit claims. Georgann Keener and her husband Richard filed the lawsuit in St. Clair (Illinois) County Circuit Court in December against several companies that Mrs. Keener had worked for beginning in 1972. Her lawsuit claims that she was exposed to and inhaled microscopic asbestos fibers that emanated from some of the products that were ... Read More

Lion Air co-pilot’s family sues Boeing over ‘avoidable tragedy’

The family of the co-pilot of Lion Air Flight 610 that plunged into the Java Sea between the Indonesian Islands in October killing all 189 people on board, is suing Boeing in Illinois state court. The lawsuit alleges the Boeing 737 Max 8’s sensors were defective and caused the plane to crash, according to Law360. The plane was new and had been delivered to Lion Air in Indonesia in August. On Oct. 29, 2018, not long before takeoff, the pilot radioed air control and requested permission to return to the airport because he was having difficulty controlling the aircraft. Ten ... Read More

Family settles wrongful death case with trucking company, driver

The family of a Missouri Southern State University student who was killed in a multivehicle crash in Illinois has settled a lawsuit with the driver of the tractor trailer who caused the accident and trucking company he worked for, according to the Madison-St. Clair Record. Vivian Vu, a 19-year-old international studies sophomore, was traveling home from a Model United Nations Conference in Chicago Nov. 21, 2017, with five other students and the faculty sponsor when a 2016 Casadia Freightliner semitrailer truck driven by Mohamed Yussuf Jama stuck seven vehicles in a construction zone on Interstate 55 near Hamel, Illinois. Jama ... Read More

California Romaine Grower Linked to E.Coli Outbreak Recalls Other Produce  

A California farm linked to the E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce that triggered a massive nationwide recall is now recalling other types of produce as a precaution. Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. of Santa Maria, California, said the new recalls include red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, and cauliflower harvested on Nov. 27 through Nov. 30, 2018. Although none of the produce has tested positive for the E. coli strain associated with the outbreak (E. coli O157:H7) and no illnesses have been reported, the company says it’s voluntarily recalling the extra produce out of an abundance of caution. The recalled cauliflower was ... Read More

Lawsuit knocks Kellogg for not disclosing its breakfast foods contain glyphosate

California resident Mason Kein is leading a group of angry consumers in a proposed class action lawsuit against Kellogg Co. for selling breakfast foods without revealing that they contain a possible cancer-causing chemical. Kein told the Southern District of California that testing by the nonprofit Environmental Working Group revealed that Kellogg Co.’s strawberry Nutrigrain Soft Baked Breakfast Bars and Cracklin’ Oat Bran cereal contain the herbicide glyphosate, a chemical deemed a “probable carcinogen” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Glyphosate is the same chemical found in Monsanto’s Roundup, the controversial weed killer that was ... Read More

Contractor Caused Deadly Gas Explosion in Canton, Illinois, NTSB Finds

A contractor drilling cable lines damaged a gas pipe, triggering an explosion in downtown Canton, Illinois, two years ago that killed one man and injured nearly a dozen others, federal investigators determined. The National Transportation Safety Board’s report on the Nov. 16, 2016, gas explosion pinned blame on Sure Shot Communications of Brimfield, Illinois, but also found the utility company Ameren failed to adequately evacuate the affected area once the breach was discovered. According to the Peoria Journal Star, Sure Shot violated a state law when it failed to excavate a concrete sidewalk atop the gas line before drilling. Illinois ... Read More