In June 2012, D. Gideon Searle hired St. Louis-based Cellar to transport the couple's wine collection, held in a Des Plaines warehouse, in refrigerated carriers to a Naples, Fla., wine cellar. The wine to be transported was valued at $2 million.
Stepping in the shoes of their injured insured, Great Northern Insurance Co. filed suit against Cellar Advisors, a wine moving company hired to move a portion of a wealthy family's wine collection from Illinois to Florida in climate controlled containers. The Chicago Tribune notes that:
The CTA approved a $5.45 million settlement for the estate of a woman who was run over by a 152 Addison bus when she was trying to remove her bicycle from the front of the bus. The CTA approved the settlement because its bus driver was negligent when he failed to look in front of the bus for anyone, especially a passenger that had just alighted.
The Chicago Tribune reports that two mothers of children staying at two different Marriott hotels were bitten by bedbugs during recent stays. The lawsuit filed recently alleges that when the guests stayed at the hotel they slept on the beds and bedding provided by the hotel and awoke to bumps and bites all over her their “arms, hands, back, legs and scalp.” They were diagnosed as bedbug bites.
As the operator of a hotel, Marriott and its management owes their guests special duties, much like common carriers such as Amtrak. This special duty is a relic from early Anglo-law aimed at ensuring safety for travelers. Marriott, the lawsuit alleges, breached this special duty to its guests when it failed to provide guests with sanitary rooms, failed to inspect and exterminate rooms, and failed to recognize the signs of bed bug attacks.
Though most Chicagoans use the CTA day in and day out, there are occasionally tragic CTA accidents that may occur. Many of these accidents lead to a CTA injury lawsuit. In this case, a man was killed in a CTA accident on Chicago’s Loop while he was riding his motorcycle. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Chicago Police spokeswoman noted that "[t]he victim was riding a motorcycle northbound on Michigan Avenue when a CTA bus that was southbound struck him as it was making a left hand turn in the 600 block of South Michigan Avenue. CTA injury lawsuits are likely to become more frequent as many people turn to public transportation in Chicago’s increasingly aging system. There is no word whether the man’s surviving family has filed a CTA wrongful death lawsuit. The Tribune articles notes that the driver of the bus was cited for failing to yield right of way, indicating that the driver was negligent, creating liability for the CTA. Read more about the accident here.
Rishi Nair owns Nair Law LLC and practices as Of Counsel at Keener and Associates, P.C.