Illinois

  • August 16, 2017

    Syl Johnson Asks 7th Circ. To Rethink 'Different Strokes' Suit

    Soul singer Syl Johnson asked the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to rehear en banc a ruling dismissing his suit claiming that music's biggest recording labels sampled his song "Different Strokes" without getting his permission or paying him royalties. 

  • August 16, 2017

    American Airlines Must Face Flight Attendants' Benefits Suit

    An Illinois federal judge said Wednesday that American Airlines must face a proposed class action alleging it wrongfully downgraded former flight attendants’ travel benefits, saying there’s enough meat on their breach of contract and other claims to move forward in the litigation.

  • August 16, 2017

    Mizuho Says High Court Ruling Winnows Mt. Gox Claims

    A Japanese bank being sued over the collapse of the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange told an Illinois federal court Tuesday that it should dismiss claims brought by California and Pennsylvania residents in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting trial courts’ jurisdiction over claims involving out-of-state parties.

  • August 16, 2017

    EB-5 Investor Not Worried About Atty Trading With His Cash

    An Iranian man who invested with an immigration attorney accused of using the EB-5 visa program to defraud more than 200 people told an Illinois federal judge Wednesday he was not concerned by claims the attorney may have used his money to trade securities.

  • August 16, 2017

    Ex-US Atty Joins King & Spalding To Start Chicago Office

    After receiving a “tsunami of interest” from firms in the area, former U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon said Wednesday that he has opted to return to King & Spalding LLP and help the firm open a new office in Chicago.

  • August 16, 2017

    Attempt To Sue Ill. McDonald's Over New Soda Tax Fizzles

    An Illinois judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit filed last week claiming dozens of Chicago-area McDonald’s “double taxed” patrons for sodas after the rollout of the penny-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages in Cook County in early August.

  • August 16, 2017

    Ill. Judge Tosses Quaker Oats 'Natural' Ad Row

    An Illinois federal judge axed a proposed class action alleging that Quaker Oats Co.’s use of “100% Natural” claims on its oatmeal is misleading since it doesn’t disclose the presence of an herbicide, finding that the consumers couldn’t challenge the labeling under state law.

  • August 16, 2017

    Steel Dynamics Settles 'Very Low'-Strength Antitrust Claims

    Indirect steel purchasers alleging a price-fixing conspiracy among U.S. Steel, ArcelorMittal SA and other producers asked an Illinois federal court Tuesday to approve a nearly $1 million settlement with defendant Steel Dynamics, while acknowledging their case’s strength is “very low” because the claims were recently tossed.

  • August 16, 2017

    Consumers Win Cert. In Telemarketer TCPA Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday certified a class of consumers who claim they received unwanted calls from a telemarketing company in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, finding that a class action was the best way for the case to proceed.

  • August 16, 2017

    Dallas Trial Firm Asks 7th Circ. To Toss Asbestos RICO Suit

    A Texas law firm on Tuesday urged the Seventh Circuit to throw out an engineered products company's claims that the law firm withheld evidence about its clients’ asbestos exposure in violation of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and caused the company various state-court losses.

  • August 16, 2017

    Ares Injects $1.45B Into DuPage Medical Group

    DuPage Medical Group Ltd. has received a $1.45 billion investment from private equity firm Ares Management LP as the Chicago-area physicians group seeks to expand its business in all areas, according to a Wednesday statement.

  • August 15, 2017

    Chicago-Area Retailers Ask Appeals Court To Block Soda Tax

    A group of Chicago-area store owners Monday urged a state appeals court to block Cook County's controversial penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages, pointing to recently filed class action lawsuits and warnings from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as support for the emergency motion.

  • August 15, 2017

    White Male Atty Suffered No Disparate Impact, Judge Finds

    A month after an Illinois federal jury found that the Cook County Public Defender’s Office did not discriminate against a white male attorney in the promotions process, the judge in the case ruled Monday that the man had suffered no disparate impact.

  • August 15, 2017

    7th Circ. Declines To Limit EEOC’s Investigative Power

    The Seventh Circuit ruled Tuesday that the termination of a private lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad Co. didn't bar the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from investigating the allegations, finding the EEOC was the “master of its case” and could separately ensure the complaint wasn’t indicative of companywide discrimination.

  • August 15, 2017

    Ill. Atty Allegedly Made Fake Dating Profile For Opponent

    An Illinois lawyer ginned up a bogus Match.com dating profile for another lawyer and signed her up as a member of weight loss and pig farming organizations, according to a recent misconduct complaint.

  • August 15, 2017

    Saudi Bank, HSBC Largely Dodge 2005 Jordan Bombing Suit

    A federal judge in Chicago on Monday dismissed a case against a Saudi bank alleging that it helped fund a 2005 terror attack in Jordan while allowing some claims to move forward against HSBC Holdings PLC’s North American and U.S. units.

  • August 15, 2017

    CFPB Says Tribal Online Lender Case Belongs In Illinois

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau urged an Illinois federal judge Monday not to transfer a suit claiming four Native American tribe-owned companies charged excessively high interest for online loans, saying there’s much more reason to keep the suit in Illinois than to move it to the companies’ preferred Kansas venue.

  • August 15, 2017

    Web-Enabled Vibrator Class Action Ends With $3.75M Deal

    An Illinois federal judge signed off on a $3.75 million settlement in a class action involving web-enabled vibrators Tuesday, ending claims the company that sold them collected data on their customers’ usage of the sex toys.

  • August 15, 2017

    Settlement In Place For Herbal Supplement MDL Cases

    All the plaintiffs involved in the multidistrict litigation over the contents of herbal supplements sold at Target, Walgreens and Walmart stores are on board for a settlement that would end their claims, attorneys for the plaintiffs said Tuesday.

  • August 15, 2017

    Ill. Atty Can't Escape $5.3M PNC Bank Suit, Judge Says

    A name partner at Chicago-based Brown Udell Pomerantz & Delrahim Ltd. on Monday lost his bid to shut down a suit by PNC Bank NA in Illinois federal court alleging that he hid assets in shell companies to avoid paying a $5.3 million judgment over a defaulted loan.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • When Are Appellate Time Limits Jurisdictional?

    Eric Miller

    During its upcoming term, in Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, the U.S. Supreme Court will examine Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(a)(5), which limits the authority of a district court to extend the time for filing a notice of appeal. The court’s decision should further clarify the distinction between jurisdictional and nonjurisdictional time limits, says Eric Miller, chairman of the appellate practice at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • No Refuge For DOJ In Chicago Sanctuary City Litigation

    Harold Krent

    The political connotations in the city of Chicago’s suit challenging the U.S. Department of Justice's decision to impose new conditions on the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program are clear. However, the case also raises profound legal questions that transcend the money that would otherwise be distributed to Chicago under the program, says Harold Krent, dean and professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • Zero Emissions Credit Litigation: The Road Ahead

    Gordon Coffee

    Last month, federal courts dismissed challenges to zero emissions credit programs in Illinois and New York. But as the plaintiffs appeal, an issue with broad consequences for the energy industry looms: whether anyone other than the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can ask a federal court to declare that state programs affecting wholesale energy markets are preempted, say Gordon Coffee and Tyson Smith of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Series

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • The Great Class Action Ascertainability Debate

    Amanda Lawrence

    In recent years, courts have divided sharply over whether or not Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure creates an implicit requirement that a class must be ascertainable in order to be certified. Amanda Lawrence and Michael Rome of Buckley Sandler LLP discuss the circuit split over whether and to what extent ascertainability is required, and implications of the circuit split for class action litigants.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

  • The Spoofing Statute Is Here To Stay

    Clifford Histed

    With the Seventh Circuit’s recent affirmation of spoofing and fraud convictions against Michael Coscia in the first criminal prosecution under the spoofing statute, traders should keep in mind the different pieces of evidence that the government used to assemble the puzzle for the jury, say Clifford Histed and Gilbert Perales of K&L Gates LLP.