Illinois

  • June 02, 2023

    Ill. Judge Mulls Redo Of First BIPA Trial, Prejudgment Interest

    An Illinois federal judge warned BNSF Railway on Friday that if he favors its bid for a new damages trial and throws out the $228 million verdict in the first case under Illinois' biometric privacy law to go before a jury last year, evidence it persuaded him to exclude from the first go-round on the company's finances could come into play.

  • June 02, 2023

    Ill. Judge Orders Arbitration Over Bitcoin Mining Dispute

    A federal judge in Chicago is forcing fintech investment company Faes & Co. to arbitrate its allegations that a bitcoin miner it hired in October 2021 is no longer generating the valuable cryptocurrency, saying Faes tacitly agreed to a contract with a broad arbitration clause.

  • June 02, 2023

    Hershey, Ex-Worker Settle Protective Gear Pay Dispute

    Hershey and a former employee signaled Friday that they've settled their dispute in a case accusing the candy company of failing to properly pay certain workers to put on and remove protective gear, prompting an Illinois federal judge to dismiss the case.

  • June 02, 2023

    Housing Groups Sue Over Chicago Fire's $23M Land Lease

    Several advocacy groups have sued the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Chicago Housing Authority in federal court over a $23 million deal to lease 23 acres of public land to the Chicago Fire Football Club for the construction of a training facility.

  • June 02, 2023

    7th Circ. Affirms End Of Hospitals' $85M COVID Coverage Bid

    A Wisconsin-based health care network cannot get full coverage for $85 million in losses it incurred responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seventh Circuit ruled Friday, rejecting the network's argument that its policy's additional coverage section created ambiguity in a general coverage provision.

  • June 02, 2023

    7th Circ. Blasts Atty's 'Frivolous' Bribery Case Appeal

    The Seventh Circuit has put a lawyer on notice for filing a "frivolous" appeal on behalf of a sweepstakes gaming business owner facing bribery charges, ruling that the entrepreneur can't invoke constitutional immunity in the matter and ordering the attorney to tell the court why he shouldn't face discipline.

  • June 02, 2023

    GM Must Face Fraud, Omission Claims In 'Flex Fuel' Suit

    An Illinois federal judge held Friday that GM must face two claims in a potential class action alleging the company duped buyers by failing to tell them upfront that "flex fuel" cars can be damaged by excessive use of ethanol-based fuel, allowing the drivers' deceptive omission and fraudulent concealment allegations to move forward.

  • June 02, 2023

    Chicago Tortilla Maker Sued Over Pay And Privacy Violations

    A deliveryman has hit a longtime Chicago-based tortilla manufacturer with a proposed class and collective action, claiming it fails to pay drivers the correct minimum and overtime wages, and has also illegally collected and stored its employees' biometric data without their consent.

  • June 02, 2023

    AGs Cut $102M Deal With Indivior In Suboxone Antitrust Case

    More than three dozen state-level enforcers reached a $102.5 million deal on Friday with Indivior Inc. to resolve claims that the drugmaker monopolized the market for the opioid addiction treatment Suboxone ahead of a looming September trial.

  • June 02, 2023

    'Incomplete Draft' Revives Ill. Country Club's Foreign Hire Bid

    An Illinois country club received another chance at temporarily hiring foreign employees to do nonagricultural work after a U.S. Department of Labor appellate board ruled that a department officer's final determination, which denied the club's hiring bid, was an incomplete draft.

  • June 01, 2023

    Thomas Burnishes False Claims Act Crown With 9-0 Decree

    Justice Clarence Thomas rallied the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to crush a corporate crusade against False Claims Act cases targeting improper yet "objectively reasonable" billing, and the resounding ruling cemented his status as the high court's king of FCA interpretation.

  • June 01, 2023

    Man Accused Of Bribing Ill. Lawmaker Can't Dodge Charges

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss an indictment charging a gaming company owner with bribing state legislators to advance sweepstakes gaming legislation, saying his attempt to escape the charges by invoking a constitutional clause protecting federal legislators "doesn't get off the ground."

  • June 01, 2023

    Thompson Coburn Adds Employment Partner In Chicago

    Thompson Coburn LLP has added an employment and immigration partner from Polsinelli PC to its Chicago office, bringing on an attorney who says his personal experience as a first-generation American greatly influences his work.

  • June 01, 2023

    Real Estate Rumors: BofA, Sotheby's, Angelo Gordon

    Bank of America has reportedly paid $55.5 million for an Illinois industrial property, Sotheby's is said to be moving its headquarters to Madison Avenue in New York, and Angelo Gordon has reportedly paid $72.1 million for a Twin Cities-area printing facility.

  • June 01, 2023

    United Airlines' Website Inhibits Legally Blind, Suit Says

    United Airlines got hit Wednesday with proposed class action claims in Illinois federal court by a customer who says the airline has unlawfully failed to develop and operate a website that is accessible for legally blind customers.

  • June 01, 2023

    DC Judge Rips Crowell Attys Over Walgreens-Humana Fight

    A D.C. federal judge tore into attorneys from Crowell & Moring LLP at a Thursday hearing, saying she was deeply troubled by Walgreens' claims that Crowell attorneys advised the pharmacy chain on its drug pricing policies, then turned around and persuaded Humana to sue Walgreens over those same policies years later.

  • June 01, 2023

    RKF Global Says Client Owes $500K In Fees For Iraq Project

    A developer building a self-contained city in the Anbar region of Iraq is on the hook for roughly $527,000 in attorney fees for legal work associated with the project, Illinois law firm RKF Global said in a state court lawsuit.   

  • June 01, 2023

    Walmart Toxic Baby Food Claims Not Covered, Insurer Says

    A Nationwide unit should have no duty to defend Walmart as an additional insured in multiple suits accusing the retail giant of selling baby food products with dangerous levels of heavy metals, the insurer told an Illinois federal court.

  • May 31, 2023

    Abbott Says Ex-Nutrition Scientist Is Peddling Trade Secrets

    Abbott Laboratories has accused a former nutrition scientist of taking thousands of confidential documents with him when he left the company, claiming that he's now hawking those trade secrets to Abbott's competitors, according to a suit filed in Illinois federal court.

  • May 31, 2023

    Crowell & Moring Barred From Humana Case, Walgreens Says

    Crowell & Moring LLP has a conflict under D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct in representing Humana in Walgreens' challenge to the insurer's $642 million arbitration win against the pharmacy chain, Walgreens told a D.C. federal judge Wednesday, saying the firm's professional judgment might be compromised by its own interests.

  • May 31, 2023

    Boeing Can't Cut Ethiopian Air Families' Preimpact Damages

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday cleared a path for the families of victims of the 2019 Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crash to potentially recover, at an upcoming trial against Boeing, damages for pain and suffering that passengers experienced before impact.

  • May 31, 2023

    T-Mobile Gets Last Claim In Fake Ringtone Suit Dropped

    An Illinois federal judge dismissed a group of local carriers' last remaining claim of civil conspiracy in a longstanding suit accusing T-Mobile of using fake ringtones to trick customers into thinking dropped calls were their fault.

  • May 31, 2023

    7th Circ. Considers Trial Over PayPal Arbitration Acceptance

    The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday seemed unsure whether it should send a woman's lawsuit challenging the way PayPal distributes charitable donations back for a trial over whether she agreed to arbitrate her disputes, signaling that both she and PayPal lack details that would have helped resolve the issue.

  • May 31, 2023

    IT School Can't Shake Feds' VA Tuition Swindle Suit

    An operator of information technology schools cannot avoid a federal lawsuit accusing it of cheating the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs out of millions of dollars by inflating reimbursements for students who are veterans because the government has explained its reason for the suit's timing, a Michigan federal judge said Tuesday.

  • May 31, 2023

    Caesars Sportsbook Parent Wants 'Free Bet' Suit In Arbitration

    The parent company of sports-betting website Caesars Sportsbook has asked an Illinois federal judge to dismiss or compel arbitration in a proposed class action brought by a woman who says the company engaged in deceptive advertising by offering a "free" bet that was not actually free.

Expert Analysis

  • Perspectives

    How Attorneys Can Help Combat Anti-Asian Hate

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    Amid an exponential increase in violence against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, unique obstacles stand in the way of accountability and justice — but lawyers can effect powerful change by raising awareness, offering legal representation, advocating for victims’ rights and more, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • Opinion

    Congress Needs To Enact A Federal Anti-SLAPP Statute

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    Although many states have passed statutes meant to prevent individuals or entities from filing strategic lawsuits against public participation, other states have not, so it's time for Congress to enact a federal statute to ensure that free speech and petitioning rights are uniformly protected nationwide in federal court, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Financial Industry Must Beware Rising BIPA Litigation Tide

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    As Biometric Information Privacy Act litigation engulfs more financial institutions, it’s important that they evaluate their practices for collecting biometric data, and to consider whether their vendors should comply with BIPA’s requirements, and even some related California laws, say attorneys at Katten.

  • New FTC Policy On Biometric Information Creates New Risks

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    In the absence of a comprehensive national data privacy regime, a new Federal Trade Commission policy shows the agency’s willingness to take action against companies using biometrics in ways the FTC deems unfair, but the guidance creates more questions than answers, and some of it appears unrealistic, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Looking For Plausibility In FTC's Amgen Merger Challenge

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    The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to block Amgen's acquisition of Horizon, alleging that, if consummated, the deal would violate Section 7 of the Clayton Act — but this may be the first merger complaint in a generation that could be dismissed for failing to state a claim, say William MacLeod and David Evans at Kelley Drye.

  • Some Client Speculations On AI And The Law Firm Biz Model

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    Generative artificial intelligence technologies will put pressure on the business of law as it is structured currently, but clients may end up with more price certainty for legal services, and lawyers may spend more time being lawyers, says Jonathan Cole at Melody Capital.

  • ​​​​​​​BIPA Ruling Furthers Mixed Signals On Insurance Coverage

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    A recent Illinois appellate ruling in Remprex provides another perspective on the issue of insurance coverage for Biometric Information Privacy Act lawsuits, but its reach will be limited, as it did not cover the three exceptions that have been the focus of related federal court decisions, says Charles Insler at HeplerBroom.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Approaching Digital Assets In Discovery

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    The booming growth of cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens has made digital assets relevant in many legal disputes but also poses several challenges for discovery, so lawyers must garner an understanding of the technology behind these assets, the way they function, and how they're held, says Brett Sager at Ehrenstein Sager.

  • Opinion

    High Court's Ethics Statement Places Justices Above The Law

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    The U.S. Supreme Court justices' disappointing statement on the court's ethics principles and practices reveals that not only are they satisfied with a status quo in which they are bound by fewer ethics rules than other federal judges, but also that they've twisted the few rules that do apply to them, says David Janovsky at the Project on Government Oversight.

  • Opinion

    Time For Law Schools To Rethink Unsung Role Of Adjuncts

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    As law schools prepare for the fall 2023 semester, administrators should reevaluate the role of the underappreciated, indispensable adjunct, and consider 16 concrete actions to improve the adjuncts' teaching experience, overall happiness and feeling of belonging, say T. Markus Funk at Perkins Coie, Andrew Boutros at Dechert and Eugene Volokh at UCLA.

  • What The Justices' Questions Signify For FCA Compliance

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    Whatever the outcome of two False Claims Act cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices' questions during recent oral arguments indicate that government contractors should take certain steps to ensure their compliance programs are demonstrably active and adaptable, say Holly Butler and Rebecca Fallk at Miles & Stockbridge.

  • Tips For In-House Legal Leaders In A Challenging Economy

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    Amid today's economic and geopolitical uncertainty, in-house legal teams are running lean and facing increased scrutiny and unique issues, but can step up and find innovative ways to manage outcomes and capitalize on good business opportunities, says Tim Parilla at LinkSquares.

  • Beware Patchwork Of State NIL Laws For Student-Athletes

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    With each U.S. state at a different stage of engaging with name, image and likeness laws for collegiate and high school student-athletes, the NIL world is as much a minefield for attorneys as it is for the players themselves — and counsel must remain on red alert for any and all legislative changes, say Lauren Bernstein and Dan Lust at Moritt Hock.

  • What Associates Need To Know Before Switching Law Firms

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    The days of staying at the same firm for the duration of one's career are mostly a thing of the past as lateral moves by lawyers are commonplace, but there are several obstacles that associates should consider before making a move, say attorneys at HWG.

  • The Latest Legal Trends In The Food And Beverage Industry

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    The food and beverage-related litigation and legislation introduced in the first months of 2023, which centered on questions of product labeling and allegations of chemical contamination, illustrate why manufacturers should stay abreast of regulatory developments and trends in consumer concerns, say attorneys at Harris Beach.

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