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Illinois

  • June 20, 2018

    Comcast Unit Can't Arbitrate Class Action Over Robocalls

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday rejected a Comcast subsidiary’s bid to arbitrate a man’s proposed class action accusing the company of auto-dialing customers looking for other people, saying his claims fall outside the service agreement Comcast is trying to hold him to.

  • June 20, 2018

    Arena Football Union Sues Over Award For Injured Player

    The Arena Football League's players' union sued the league on Tuesday in Illinois federal court, seeking a court order that the defendant comply with an arbitration award in favor of an injured player whose medical costs and two-thirds pay rate under a collective bargaining agreement stopped being covered.

  • June 20, 2018

    Comcast Opened Xfinity Accounts Without OK, Customers Say

    A proposed class of Comcast Corp. customers slapped the company with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Tuesday claiming it shared their personal data with a subsidiary to help launch its Xfinity Mobile service, which led to unauthorized parties using that data to order cellphones and shoulder the customers with the charges.

  • June 20, 2018

    Definition Of 'New' Preserves TransUnion Suit Against Equifax

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday kept alive TransUnion’s suit alleging that fellow credit report giant Equifax underpaid for using TransUnion’s credit monitoring services for victims of last summer’s massive data breach, finding that the headline-grabbing hack occurred before the two firms’ breach-related discount rate kicked in.

  • June 20, 2018

    Ill. Board Wants Convicted Judge Removed From Bench

    The Illinois board monitoring the conduct of the state’s judges has filed a formal complaint seeking the removal of a Cook County, Illinois, judge convicted in a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme, saying her failure to resign has harmed the state’s judicial system.

  • June 20, 2018

    AT&T, Illinois Bell Dropped From Robocall TCPA Suit

    An AT&T affiliate and the Illinois Bell Telephone Co. have been dropped from an AT&T customer's proposed federal class action over unsolicited phone calls, leaving a third-party contractor that purportedly placed calls for the telecommunications giant to face claims it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • June 20, 2018

    Cruise Co. Free To Fight Any Claims In $76M Robocall Deal

    The settlement in a robocall class action against a cruise marketing company that could allow call recipients to collect up to $76 million did not put a cap on the number of claimed calls the company could challenge, an Illinois federal judge said Tuesday.

  • June 19, 2018

    NLRB Wants To Tackle Union Group's Class Waiver Questions

    The National Labor Relations Board urged the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday to remand a Hobby Lobby appeal over whether its arbitration agreements pass legal muster, saying that while the blockbuster Epic Systems ruling wiped out the board's initial rationale, numerous unanswered questions remain. 

  • June 19, 2018

    Drinker Biddle Adds IP Pro From Kirkland In Chicago

    Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has expanded its intellectual property team with a seasoned patent litigator in Chicago from Kirkland & Ellis LLP who has handled complex cases involving data, gaming technology, medical devices and telecommunications, among other industries, the firm announced Monday.

  • June 19, 2018

    Ex-IT Firm CFO To Pay $1.6M In SEC Judgment Over Fraud

    A former executive at an Illinois information technology company has agreed to pay more than $1.6 million to resolve the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s claims he embezzled millions and filed false financial disclosures to cover it up, the commission said in a court filing Tuesday.

  • June 19, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Beacon, Grand Peaks, Isaac Schwartz

    Beacon Capital is reportedly close to a deal to buy a Chicago office tower for $182 million, Grand Peaks Properties is said to have dropped $65.6 million on a Florida apartment complex, and developer Isaac Schwartz has reportedly landed a $55 million loan for a Brooklyn residential and retail project.

  • June 19, 2018

    Former Top Attys, State AGs Condemn Family Separations

    A flood of condemnation over the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” immigration policy that’s left nearly 2,000 children separated from their parents at the border poured in on Monday and Tuesday from former U.S. attorneys and state attorneys general who called for an end to the “cruel and illegal attack” on immigrant families.

  • June 19, 2018

    White & Case Opens Chicago Office With Trio, 100-Atty Plan

    Global law firm White & Case LLP has opened an office in Chicago with three partners and aggressive plans to grow the office to 100 lawyers within a few years, the firm announced Monday.

  • June 19, 2018

    NRA Video Used Chicago 'Bean' Without Permission: Sculptor

    The artist behind Chicago's famous "Cloud Gate" sculpture, nicknamed "The Bean," slapped the National Rifle Association of America with copyright infringement claims in Illinois federal court Tuesday, saying the gun-rights advocacy organization featured his work in a video promoting fear and political warfare without his permission and has refused to remove it.

  • June 19, 2018

    Patients Want New Reps In Hospital Price Hike Row

    Hospital patients in an antitrust suit alleging NorthShore University Health System harmed the market for acute-care inpatient services asked an Illinois federal judge to add new proposed class representatives to their case on Monday, saying the substitute plaintiffs better fit the suit’s claims in the wake of the first class being decertified. 

  • June 19, 2018

    Abbott Escapes Ill. Suit Over Defibrillator Battery Life

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday tossed a proposed class action against Abbott Laboratories over its alleged failure to properly alert the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to battery problems in some implantable defibrillators, saying the class hadn't shown why its suit should proceed in Illinois.

  • June 19, 2018

    A Chat With Holland & Knight CFO Mia Stutzman

    In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Mia Stutzman, chief financial officer at Holland & Knight LLP.

  • June 18, 2018

    GCs Tackle Law Firm Culture In Diversity Push

    Following an American Bar Association pledge, in-house attorneys are taking a harder line in demanding diversity from their outside counsel, and they're seeking to play a larger role in the workings of the law firms they hire.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Hurdles Facing BigLaw’s Minority Women

    We asked BigLaw for data on female minority lawyers for the first time this year, and the results show an industry that is failing to attract and retain them. Here’s a look at the challenges facing these attorneys — and how a few firms are defying the norm.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.

Expert Analysis

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Scrutinizing Noncash Settlements In Consumer Class Actions

    Thomas Dickerson

    In consumer class action settlements, cash provides the class and the court evaluating a proposed settlement with a quantitatively measurable benefit. Noncash settlements require heightened scrutiny by the court, since they are generally worth less to consumers than cash, and may benefit defendants and class counsel more than class members, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • Streaming In Chicago? There's A Court-Approved Tax On That

    Todd Lard

    Labell v. City of Chicago is the main case contesting the Chicago amusement tax’s application to streaming services. Todd Lard and Charles Capouet of Eversheds Sutherland LLP analyze the Cook County Circuit Court decision and discuss the plaintiffs' options on appeal.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb: 1 Year Later

    Adam Pollet

    In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California — limiting where plaintiffs can bring claims and curbing forum-shopping in mass tort litigation — courts have grappled with questions that the ruling did not address, and defendants have pursued jurisdictional defenses in class actions and federal cases that were not previously available, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Insights From State AG Coordinated Opioid Investigation

    Richard Lawson

    Much ink has been and will be spilled over the merits and complexities of the lawsuits brought against opioid manufacturers by 23 state attorneys general. However, for any company engaged in a consumer-facing industry, the progress of the recent multistate investigation offers lessons on what to expect when subject to this type of inquiry, says Richard Lawson of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Options For Failing Marijuana Cos. And Their Creditors

    Brett Theisen

    In the marijuana industry, there is ambiguity surrounding failing businesses because the product remains illegal under federal law. Brett Theisen of Gibbons PC identifies the credit risks associated with lending to, or working with, a marijuana business and highlights key state law solutions for both debtors and creditors.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Curious Case Of The Class Cert. Evidentiary Standard: Part 2

    Robert Sparkes

    The majority of circuit courts that have addressed the issue have made clear that district courts should not consider inadmissible evidence when evaluating motions for class certification. In the final part of this series, Robert Sparkes of K&L Gates LLP​​​​​​​ presents a critique of the minority viewpoint as recently adopted by the Ninth Circuit in Sali v. Corona Regional Medical Center.