Illinois

  • January 13, 2017

    Bayer Gets Freebie As Atty Neglect Sinks Yasmin Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Friday threw out one of the many cases alleging Bayer Corp.’s birth control pill Yasmin causes blood clots because the attorneys running the case admittedly did "mostly nothing" for a year and a half.

  • January 13, 2017

    Student-Athlete Attys Seek $15M In NCAA Concussion Deal

    Attorneys for a class of student-athletes in multidistrict litigation with the NCAA over concussion-related health concerns are seeking $15 million in fees on the heels of early approval of a $75 million settlement, according to a request filed in Illinois federal court on Friday.

  • January 13, 2017

    J&J Seeks OK Of $5M Baby-Product False Ad Settlement

    After six years of litigation, Johnson & Johnson on Friday asked an Illinois federal judge to approve a $5 million settlement for claims brought against it by a class of consumers over bedtime bath products they say are not "clinically proven" to help babies sleep better, as advertised.

  • January 13, 2017

    Reed Smith Adds Ex-McDermott Litigation Pro In Chicago

    Reed Smith LLP is expanding its health care law expertise with the addition of a partner, who joined Reed Smith's Chicago office from McDermott Will & Emery LLP, where he was also a partner, the firm announced.

  • January 13, 2017

    Chicago Atty Sues Over Police Use Of Phone Tracking Tech

    The city of Chicago and several of its top police officials are the subject of a putative class action filed in Illinois federal court on Thursday claiming that the city violated its residents’ constitutional rights through police use of cell site simulators to search, track and eavesdrop on private cellphones.

  • January 13, 2017

    Hospital, Fed. Gov't Settle Baby Med Mal Suit For $600K

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday signed off on a $600,000 settlement to resolve claims a Chicago hospital and doctors from a federally funded health care provider botched a delivery causing a baby's shoulder injury.

  • January 13, 2017

    High Court Will Resolve Class Action Waiver Battle

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to consider whether the National Labor Relations Board is correct in its interpretation that arbitration agreements are illegal under federal labor law if they contain class action waivers, setting the stage for a showdown on an issue that has divided circuit courts.

  • January 13, 2017

    Caesars Settles Last Objection To Ch. 11 Plan

    Caesars told an Illinois federal judge Friday morning that it has struck an agreement with the U.S. trustee, the sole remaining objector to the company’s Chapter 11 reorganization plan, that should see the plan ratified ahead of a planned confirmation hearing next Tuesday.

  • January 12, 2017

    Investors Accuse Trading Co. Execs Of Rampant Misbehavior

    Five former executives of the parent company of the now-defunct online stock trading company Ditto Trade Inc. were hit with a shareholder complaint on Thursday, accusing the five of essentially using the company as a personal bank account, among other things, in the wake of investigations from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

  • January 12, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Wells Fargo, Jia Shu Xu, JMB Realty

    Wells Fargo is reportedly in talks to upsize its lease at a New York tower owned by real estate investment trusts Vornado and SL Green to 40,000 square feet, Jia Shu Xu is looking to get $60 million for a Queens development site, and JMB Realty is said to be in talks to add a food court to a Chicago mall.

  • January 12, 2017

    Feds Want Leader Of $11M Fraud Jailed Ahead Of Sentencing

    Federal prosecutors told an Illinois federal judge Thursday that the convicted ringleader of an $11 million investment scheme can’t be trusted to remain free ahead of his sentencing in April, saying they fear he could flee the country using money collected from another suspected venture. 

  • January 12, 2017

    Chase Not Liable For Couple's Divorce After Mortgage Scrap

    A Seventh Circuit panel rejected an Indiana couple’s efforts to pin the dissolution of their marriage on alleged errors J.P. Morgan Chase Bank NA made with their mortgage Wednesday, finding that a divorce can’t be clearly tied to the bank’s performance as a mortgage servicer.

  • January 12, 2017

    Hospital Tax Exemptions Unconstitutional, Ill. Justices Told

    The tax-exempt status of Illinois' 156 not-for-profit hospitals may be in jeopardy if the Illinois Supreme Court rules in favor of local officials who contend that a 2012 law allowing these hospitals to skip paying property taxes is unconstitutional.

  • January 12, 2017

    Judge To Hear Arguments Over NCAA Sit-Out Transfer Rule

    An Indiana federal judge on Tuesday granted the NCAA's request for oral arguments on its bid to dismiss antitrust claims by a former Northern Illinois University football player challenging a rule that restricts student-athletes from transferring schools by requiring them to sit out a year.

  • January 12, 2017

    Enviros, Chicago Settle Pollution Suit On Eve Of Trial

    The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has reached an eleventh-hour settlement with environmental groups over allegations of excessive phosphorus pollution, according to court documents filed Wednesday, resolving the need for a trial that was scheduled to begin next week.

  • January 12, 2017

    Railroad Stock Options Are Taxable, IRS Tells 7th Circ.

    The Internal Revenue Service on Wednesday told the Seventh Circuit not to revive a bid from three Canadian National Railway Co. subsidiaries for a $13.3 million refund for taxes paid on employee stock options, saying that the shares are taxable compensation under the Railroad Retirement Tax Act.

  • January 11, 2017

    PF Chang's Says 7th Circ. Ruling Doesn't Save Breach Suit

    P.F. Chang's China Bistro on Wednesday urged an Illinois federal court to refrain from allowing discovery to begin in a putative data breach class action that the Seventh Circuit revived last year, arguing that dismissal was still warranted even though the appellate court found the plaintiffs had standing to sue.

  • January 11, 2017

    Illinois Constitution Bests 1st Amendment, Protesters Say

    Counsel for 92 protesters arrested in the Occupy Chicago rallies of 2011 told the Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday that the state's constitution has broader protections for the freedom of assembly than even the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

  • January 11, 2017

    CFTC Hits JPMorgan With $900K Penalty Over Clearing Fees

    The U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission announced Wednesday that it has penalized J.P. Morgan’s securities division for failing to ensure customers weren’t being overbilled for clearinghouse fees on orders placed on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and other exchanges.

  • January 11, 2017

    EEOC Appoints New Litigation Chief In Chicago

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday announced that it has replaced the top litigator in the Chicago region for the first time in decades, tapping a longtime employee and former supervisor of trials to head an office that oversees EEOC attorneys across six states.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • What Trump High Court Candidates Say About 1st Amendment

    Gayle C. Sproul

    As media advocates, we wondered how President-elect Donald Trump's soon-to-be-announced U.S. Supreme Court nominee might react to Trump’s vow to shred the hard-won protections now embedded in the law of libel. We found that none of the opinions from judges on his shortlist hint at any inclination to depart from these established rules, say Gayle Sproul and Max Mishkin of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP.

  • Examining Preponderance-Of-Evidence Standard At 7th Circ.

    Cinthia Granados Motley

    In Ramirez v. T&H Lemont, the Seventh Circuit recently reasoned that when sanctioning a party’s misconduct under inherent authority or Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37, a preponderance of evidence is sufficient. The decision will no doubt extend beyond the requisite proof for discovery-related sanctions and misconduct and provide guidance on the applicable burden of proof in other contexts, say attorneys at Sedgwick LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • State Attorneys General Play Growing Data Privacy Role

    Jasen Eige

    State attorneys general play an active role in data privacy and security, bringing evolving state laws and broad consumer protection authority to bear on changing technologies and threats. Private sector custodians of personal data such as retailers, financial institutions, technology companies and health systems must understand the role of state attorneys general before a crisis occurs, say Jasen Eige and Kassie Schroth of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • Door Closing On 'Unavailability' Insurance Exception: Part 2

    Scott M. Seaman

    Historically, decisions applying New Jersey law have applied the "unavailability of insurance" exception in the context of some asbestos and environmental coverage claims, but the already narrow exception may potentially be further limited in the near future, says Scott Seaman of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

  • Top 5 Drug And Device Developments Of 2016

    Christine Kain

    This is a moment to reflect on some of the past year’s biggest developments in drug and device litigation. From video streaming of witness testimony to exclusion of plaintiff experts on scientific grounds, 2016 saw many significant decisions that may impact future cases, say Christine Kain, Patrick Reilly and Joseph Price of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • In Congress: Obamacare, The Cabinet

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    Republican leaders in Congress plan to take the initial steps toward repealing and replacing Obamacare this week, hoping to deliver on the campaign promises made by most Republicans over the past six years and by President-elect Trump during the 2016 election cycle, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • The Sky's The Limit For Public-Private Aerial Transit

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    Aerial tramways have been used in a number of U.S. cities for public transport in recent years. Now, aerial gondola lifts are being considered for moving commuters and tourists in New York City, Miami, Philadelphia, Chicago and elsewhere, and the public-private partnership model is emerging as a favored way of delivering and maintaining these green and cost-efficient systems, says Frank Rapoport of Peckar & Abramson PC.