Illinois

  • February 23, 2018

    Illinois Software Exec Pleads Not Guilty In Spoofing Case

    The owner of an Illinois software firm pled not guilty Thursday to conspiracy and spoofing charges stemming from accusations he led efforts to carry out a futures trader’s plan to implement software allowing the trader to create false orders and manipulate the precious metals market.

  • February 23, 2018

    Up Next At The High Court: Antitrust Rule, Public Unions

    The U.S. Supreme Court is closing out its February oral argument session with a blockbuster docket, taking on a key doctrine of antitrust law in a case involving American Express Co. and pondering the fate of public sector unions.

  • February 23, 2018

    Endo, Auxilium And GSK Reach Deal In Testosterone MDL

    Drugmakers Endo, Auxilium and GlaxoSmithKline notified an Illinois federal judge on Friday of a tentative deal to settle their cases in the testosterone replacement therapy MDL, in which thousands of patients claim drugmakers failed to warn of risks of heart attack and other health conditions.

  • February 23, 2018

    Union Foes Angle For Knockout In 'Right To Work' Fight

    More than 40 years ago, the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation fell short of persuading the U.S. Supreme Court to let workers represented by public-sector unions withhold payment for that representation — one of its founding aims — in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. On Monday, the group gets another shot before a high court that many expect to rule in its favor.

  • February 23, 2018

    Unnamed Hastert Accuser May Ask For Closed Courtroom

    An unidentified man who says former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert sexually abused him may try to close the courtroom to protect his identity during a trial over claims the Illinois Republican failed to pay him promised hush money, his attorney said Friday. 

  • February 23, 2018

    Latham & Watkins Advises Hyatt On $1B Sale Of 3 Hotels

    Latham & Watkins LLP has guided Hyatt Hotels Corp. in the $1 billion sale of three hotels to real estate investment trust Host Hotels & Resorts Inc., the law firm said on Friday.

  • February 23, 2018

    NY, Others Back Chicago In Sanctuary City Battle With Feds

    New York, California, 13 other states and the District of Columbia urged an Illinois federal court Thursday to deny the federal government’s bid to toss Chicago’s lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s efforts to withhold federal public safety grant funds from so-called sanctuary cities, saying the move is unlawful.

  • February 22, 2018

    Ill. Executive Inspector General To Join Schiff Hardin

    Illinois’ Executive Inspector General Maggie Hickey will join Schiff Hardin LLP as a partner in its Chicago office in April, the firm announced Wednesday, and will lead and expand the firm’s white collar defense and government investigations practice group nationwide. 

  • February 22, 2018

    7th Circ. May Call On Indiana In Fantasy NCAA Athlete Row

    Two Seventh Circuit judges considering whether to revive a proposed class action against DraftKings and FanDuel over their use of college athletes’ likenesses said Thursday they likely need the state of Indiana to weigh in on whether exemptions in its right of publicity law cover fantasy sports sites.

  • February 22, 2018

    EEOC Says Ill. Meat Co. Biased Against African-Americans

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday slapped a Chicago meat producer with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court, saying for several years the company has been discriminating against African-Americans in its employment practices.

  • February 22, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Michael Dell, 601W, JDS

    Michael Dell is reportedly the mystery $100.47 million buyer of a Manhattan penthouse, developer 601W is said to have picked up a site in Chicago for $34 million, and a JDS Development venture has reportedly scored $91 million in financing for a New York condo project.

  • February 22, 2018

    GSK Has Duty To Warn About Generics, Widow Tells 7th Circ.

    The widow of a Reed Smith LLP partner who committed suicide after taking a generic version of GlaxoSmithKline LLC’s antidepressant Paxil urged the Seventh Circuit to preserve a verdict finding the company liable Wednesday, arguing GSK hasn’t shown it would have been barred from warning about the risks.

  • February 22, 2018

    JP Morgan Guides Sterling Bay’s $510M Warehouse Buy

    Chicago-based real estate developer and investor Sterling Bay purchased a 1.65 million square foot warehouse in Chicago that is currently home to Groupon, among others, in a $510 million deal that was advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, the company said on Thursday.

  • February 22, 2018

    $265K Deal Over Unpaid Call Center Work Gets Initial OK

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday gave the initial signoff to a $265,000 settlement in a class action over allegedly unpaid computer work at a Missouri-based health care company’s call centers, despite noting that the money going to the workers might not fully compensate them for their claims.

  • February 22, 2018

    7th Circ. Wants US Input On Ill. Nuke Subsidies

    The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday asked the U.S. government to weigh in on whether Illinois' plan to subsidize nuclear power plants usurps federal authority over wholesale electricity markets, a sign that the appeals court is still struggling to decide the issue.

  • February 21, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Green REIT, LA Mansion, The Vault

    Green Real Estate Investment Trust is reportedly close to a deal to lease out the top floor of a Dublin building, the Los Angeles mansion of the late Brad Grey is reportedly for sale and seeking $77.5 million, and co-working space provider the Vault is said to have leased more than 20,000 square feet in Chicago.

  • February 21, 2018

    Birth Defect Suit Against Motorla Revived By Ill. Panel

    An Illinois state appeals court on Tuesday revived a suit accusing Motorola Solutions Inc. of exposing workers in Arizona and Texas to toxic substances that purportedly caused their children’s birth defects and other health problems, saying the claims were properly alleged at this stage of the case.

  • February 21, 2018

    Sidley Austin Adds Ex-Winston & Strawn Global Finance Atty

    A financing specialist with experience working on bankruptcies and restructurings has left Winston & Strawn LLP to join Sidley Austin LLP as a partner in its Chicago office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • February 21, 2018

    From NJ To Texas: How The Courts Fared At The Fed. Circ.

    The differences between the Federal Circuit’s most-reversed and least-reversed district courts run far deeper than their success rates on appeal — a metric that can vary widely throughout the judiciary, according to Law360’s look at three years of Federal Circuit cases.

  • February 21, 2018

    7th Circ. Won't Revive Ex-Chicago Exchange Atty's Firing Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the dismissal of a suit against the Chicago Stock Exchange by a compliance lawyer who claims he was fired after reporting possibly illegal behavior, saying he didn't connect the dots between his firing, his internal report and his claimed Dodd-Frank protection.

Expert Analysis

  • The Continuing Evolution Of Personal Jurisdiction

    Kevin Penhallegon

    It was anticipated that last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Bristol-Myers Squibb would have immediate and significant impacts nationwide. Those impacts have been seen at the state level in recent months, as evidenced by several trial courts dismissing out-of-state plaintiffs’ claims where specific personal jurisdiction could not be established, says Kevin Penhallegon of Miles & Stockbridge PC.

  • Opinion

    ALI Insurance Restatement Oversteps Its Boundaries

    Phil Graham

    The American Law Institute's draft Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance may significantly influence the cost of liability insurance. If the restatement is approved, a small group of unelected people will be responsible for enacting far-reaching changes impacting the insurance industry, say Philip Graham and Cody Hagan of Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard PC.

  • Register Your California Cannabis Trademarks Now

    Joshua Cohen

    Any cannabis business that is holding its breath waiting for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to start registering cannabis-related trademarks should give up. But those located in states that have legalized recreational and/or medicinal cannabis should immediately seek state trademark registration where available, says Joshua Cohen, leader of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP's intellectual property group.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle LLP.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • Affirming The Joint Defense Privilege In Illinois

    Symone Shinton

    An Illinois appellate court has formally recognized that co-parties to a lawsuit who agree to share information pursuant to a common interest in defeating their opponent do not waive either attorney-client or work-product privileges when doing so. The decision clarifies exactly what the joint defense privilege is and, importantly, what it is not, says Symone Shinton of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • 'Throw' Your Mini-Opening To Get The Best Jury Possible

    Christina Marinakis

    In the hopes of piquing the interest of jurors and minimizing hardship requests, more and more judges are encouraging parties to make “mini-openings” prior to voir dire. You can use this as an opportunity to identify your worst jurors and get them removed from the panel — by previewing your case weaknesses and withholding your strengths, says Christina Marinakis of Litigation Insights.

  • Eminent Domain In The Wake Of Natural Disasters

    Briggs Stahl

    When states and municipalities rebuild permanent infrastructure following disasters, they may be able to reduce the damages caused by eminent domain by planning carefully. In particular, examining preventative solutions allows more time for planning and designing projects to reduce future damages to owners, says Briggs Stahl of RGL Forensics.