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  • December 18, 2018

    Facebook Row Fair Game For Ill. Privacy Law, 9th Circ. Told

    Several privacy groups are pushing the Ninth Circuit to uphold a ruling that certified a class of Illinois users who claim that Facebook's face-scanning practices violate the state’s biometric privacy law, arguing Monday that requiring consumers to prove actual damages rather than allowing them to rely solely on statutory violations would "gut" the robust privacy statute.

  • December 18, 2018

    DOJ Aims Torpedo At 11 FCA Kickback Suits

    In a striking development, the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking to terminate 11 False Claims Act cases involving a new theory that patient assistance services supplied by drugmakers are unlawful kickbacks.

  • December 18, 2018

    7th Circ. Nixes AIG's Win In Med Mal Deal Coverage Row

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday revived a dispute over whether AIG Specialty Casualty Insurance Co. should cover an Indiana medical insurer's post-verdict medical malpractice settlement, saying questions remain as to whether the insurer's initial refusal to settle was a wrongful act excluded from the policy.

  • December 18, 2018

    Gov't Defends Census Citizenship Question Before High Court

    The Department of Commerce on Monday told the U.S. Supreme Court that a lower court had improperly challenged an agency action by ordering extra-record discovery, including the deposition of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in a suit over the inclusion of a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census.

  • December 18, 2018

    Sen. Warren Wants HHS To Make, Sell Generic Drugs

    U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on Tuesday introduced a bill that would allow the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to make and sell some generic drugs, particularly insulin, in the hopes of making them affordable for consumers.

  • December 18, 2018

    Chamber, Legal Group Back Comcast In Antitrust Ad Row

    Comcast Corp. has received support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the right-leaning Washington Legal Foundation in its Seventh Circuit fight against a $75 million antitrust suit over ad sales, with both organizations arguing the cable provider's actions only demonstrate rational business decisions.

  • December 18, 2018

    Class Objector Loses Bid To Unseal Target's Supplement Deal

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday refused to unseal a trio of consumer class action settlements with Target Corp. and others over the alleged mislabeling of diet supplements, telling a class action objector to confer with the parties about what should be public.

  • December 18, 2018

    Uber Gets Partial Win In Wheelchair Discrimination Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday partially dismissed discrimination claims against Uber by a nonprofit for people with disabilities and three of its volunteers, finding no proof of direct discrimination but rejecting Uber’s argument that because the volunteers never tried to ride they can’t claim injury.

  • December 18, 2018

    Sears Gets Approval For $60M Home Improvement Biz Sale

    Sears Holding Corp. on Tuesday won approval from a New York bankruptcy judge for the sale of its home improvement business for $60 million, while telling the judge it is going ahead with the sale of the rest of its assets without a stalking horse bidder.

  • December 17, 2018

    Ill. State's Atty Endured Racial Harassment Before Firing: Suit

    A former assistant Cook County state’s attorney claimed in Illinois federal court Monday that he endured illegitimate demotions and years of racial harassment from colleagues before the prosecutor’s office ultimately fired him.

  • December 17, 2018

    Steel Co. Should Have Addressed Foreign Ties, GAO Says

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office backed the U.S. Air Force’s decision to terminate Finkl Steel’s up-to $419.6 million warhead contract, saying in a decision made public Monday the steelmaker should have addressed concerns related to its foreign ownership.

  • December 17, 2018

    Jury Award Cut By $40K In Pizza Puffs Trademark Dispute

    An Illinois federal judge knocked $40,000 off a jury award that favored Illinois Tamale Co. in its suit alleging a Chicago-based competitor infringed its Pizza Puffs trademark, deciding the suit could have been brought sooner.

  • December 17, 2018

    The Verdicts That Left A Mark In 2018

    Trial watchers saw plenty of drama in 2018, from the latest mega-million matchup between Apple and its longtime patent nemesis in Texas to a nationwide series of back-and-forths between Johnson & Johnson and plaintiffs alleging its baby powder causes cancer, which ultimately led to billions of dollars in damages against the pharmaceutical giant. Here are a few of the biggest and most interesting verdicts from the year that was.

  • December 17, 2018

    Boeing Values Embraer Unit At $5.25B In Sweetened JV Deal

    The Boeing Co. and Embraer SA on Monday said they approved the terms of a joint venture that will manage the Brazilian plane maker's commercial aircraft and services operations, which are now valued at roughly $5.25 billion.  

  • December 17, 2018

    Health Care Co. Hid $1B Tax Debt Before Merger: Investors

    A pair of pension funds investing in health care company Centene sued the company Friday, claiming it concealed financial problems with its $6.8 billion acquisition of Health Net, including Health Net’s liability for over $1 billion in California taxes.

  • December 17, 2018

    Investors Sue Over Fake Crypto Investment Club Scheme

    A cryptocurrency investment club operated by a father and son team sold fake digital assets and then used the proceeds for their own personal exploits, according to four investors who claim they were scammed out of tens of thousands of dollars in a suit filed in Illinois federal court Friday.

  • December 17, 2018

    Three Sens. Target GILTI, Ask GM To Halt Stock Buybacks

    Three senators from states affected by General Motors’ recent decision to shutter manufacturing plants have asked the company to demonstrate how it has benefited from the federal tax overhaul's global intangible low-taxed income provision and to cancel planned stock buybacks.

  • December 17, 2018

    Scientific Games To Pay Shuffle Tech $151M In Post-Trial Deal

    About four months after getting dealt a $105 million verdict with trebled damages, Scientific Games Corp. has agreed to pay Shuffle Tech LLC $151 million to settle claims it used sham patent litigation to keep control of the automatic card shuffler market.

  • December 14, 2018

    Airline May Face Sanctions For Withholding Docs In Site Fight

    A Canadian budget airline should be punished with sanctions, including dismissal of its complaint, for failure to produce crucial documents in its cybersquatting suit against a web design company, a travel consultancy and their shared director, the defendants told an Illinois federal court on Thursday.

  • December 14, 2018

    Family Of Vet Who Died Jumping From Ambulance Wins $7M

    An Illinois jury has awarded the family of a Vietnam veteran $7 million in damages after finding that nurses and paramedics failed to prevent him from jumping out of a moving ambulance while he was having a psychotic episode likely caused by post-traumatic stress disorder.

Expert Analysis

  • New Reimbursement Obligations For Ill. Employers In 2019

    Christopher Hennessy

    Under an amendment to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, starting in 2019 employers in the state must meet new employee reimbursement requirements. There are a number of proactive steps companies can take now to mitigate against violations, say Christopher Hennessy and Jeremy Glenn of Cozen O'Connor.

  • Opinion

    State AGs Can Lead The Fight For Online Privacy Protection

    James Steyer

    The record $5 million settlement between Oath and the New York attorney general's office this month is more than just a win for children illegally targeted by advertising — it demonstrates how the government can protect our privacy and safety online, says James Steyer, a civil rights attorney and founder of Common Sense Media.

  • Ripe For High Court: Article III Standing In Data Breach Cases

    Ken Kronstadt

    Following Spokeo v. Robins, divergent court decisions have created uncertainty over insurance coverage for data breaches when customers' information is exposed but not misused. The matter of Zappos could provide the U.S. Supreme Court with an opportunity to resolve the split of authority, says Ken Kronstadt of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • State Net

    New Year, New Opportunities For State Governments

    Lou Cannon

    While gridlock may prevail between the Democratic House and GOP Senate in Washington next year, it will be another story at the state level. For the first time since 1914, a single political party will control both chambers of every legislature except one, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Aviation Watch: Behind The Lion Air Flight 610 Tragedy

    Alan Hoffman

    On Oct. 29, a Lion Air Boeing 737 MAX-8 crashed near Jakarta, Indonesia. With questions being raised about both the plane's stall protection system and the airline's poor maintenance record, litigation will likely pit the manufacturer against its customer, creating a target-rich environment for plaintiffs, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff learned more.

  • Contract Provisions Can Indemnify A Contractor's Negligence

    Keith Broll

    Recent case law shows that some indemnity provisions are enforceable even if a contractor is found to have been negligent or at fault. Contractors should carefully consider any language that may contractually shift liability for their own negligence to other parties, says Keith Broll of Becker & Poliakoff PA.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.