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  • Dunkin' Donuts Fights Franchisee's Discrimination Claim

    If you walked into one of Walid Elkhatib's Dunkin' Donuts franchises with a hankering for a bacon-filled breakfast sandwich, you'd be out of luck. The Chicago-area franchisee is an Arabic Muslim and refuses to carry pork products in his three stores...

  • Illinois Expands Damages in Wrongful Death Suits

    For in-house counsel concerned about managing their liability, Illinois' recent expansion of wrongful death damages may seem like a step in exactly the wrong direction. But fear not...

  • Wal-Mart Beats Druggist's Discrimination Claim

    While serving as a temporary pharmacist at the Wal-Mart pharmacy in Onalaska, Wis., in July 2005, pharmacist Neil Noesen denied service to customers seeking contraceptives and then refused to refer them to other staff members.

  • Companies Can Fire Employees They Deem Too Risky

    When Green Bay, Wis.-based trucking company Schneider National inducted Jerome Hoefner into the company's Million Mile Club in 2002, an award given to those who have driven 1 million miles without an accident, it seemed as though Hoefner's employment with Schneider was secure.

  • Court Tightens Reins on FMLA Policies

    When Alice Repa underwent surgery for a non-work related injury, she asked for a leave of absence to recuperate. Her employer--trucking company Roadway Express--approved her request. But in accord with its FMLA policies, the company required Repa to use her accrued sick days and paid-vacation time as part of the...

  • Illinois AG Sues Cell Phone Spammers

    When hundreds of Illinois residents received text messages asking them to sell their timeshare properties, they were at first puzzled. But their puzzlement quickly turned to anger when they realized their cell phone providers were charging them a fee for receiving the unsolicited messages. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan stepped...

  • Video Game Ban Runs Afoul of First Amendment

    When Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich proposed "The Safe Games Illinois Act" in 2004, he hailed the bill as "common-sense legislation" to protect children from video games with violent content. "There's a reason why we don't let kids smoke or drink alcohol or drive a car until they reach a certain...

  • Open-Source Providers Defeat Antitrust Claim

    A lot of powerful companies would like to stop the infectious spread of open-source software. Microsoft has attacked the General Public License (GPL), which allows people to freely download, modify and redistribute open-source software, since 2001; SCO continues to pursue multi-billion dollar claims against IBM, Red Hat and Novell for...

  • Illinois Redefines Statute of Limitations for Workers' Comp

    Workers with repetitive motion injuries get more time to file.

  • Conscience Clause Puts Walgreen's in a Tight Spot

    State law conflicts with governor's order about prescription contraceptives.

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