Illinois

  • November 25, 2020

    Hospital, Clinic Duel Over 7th Circ. Reach In Antitrust Suit

    An outpatient center told the Seventh Circuit Tuesday that the court doesn't have jurisdiction to revive its claims against a hospital chain it accuses of negotiating insurance contracts that cut competitors out of insurance networks, saying the matter must be sent back to the district court for a new summary judgment decision.

  • November 25, 2020

    Mattress Co. Loses Bid For COVID-19 Shutdown Coverage

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday tossed out a mattress company's lawsuit seeking coverage for losses it incurred through statewide COVID-19 shutdown orders but said the company can have another bite at the apple and replead its case.

  • November 25, 2020

    Facebook's $650M Biometric Privacy Deal Draws 1.5M Users

    More than 1.5 million Illinois Facebook users are seeking to claim a share of a proposed $650 million deal to resolve biometric privacy claims brought against the social media company in California federal court, according to a Wednesday filing by counsel for the parties, who had previously said that roughly 6 million consumers were eligible to participate in the settlement.

  • November 25, 2020

    Ill. Cab Biz Isn't Covered In Fatal Carjacking Suit, Insurer Says 

    A Pennsylvania insurer told an Illinois federal court Wednesday that it has no duty to defend a cab company in a suit by victims of a fatal crash involving a stolen taxi, saying its policy doesn't cover anything stemming from the violent carjacking that led to the accident.

  • November 25, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    Ahead of the long weekend, when Americans are most known for gathering and traveling, Thanksgiving-minded governors laid down more restrictions as COVID-19 cases continued surging over the past week.

  • November 25, 2020

    Chicago Union Reaches $3M Deal In Race Bias Suit

    A pipefitters' union struck a $3 million deal to end a long-running class action brought in Chicago federal court by Black workers who were allegedly boxed out of quality job opportunities.

  • November 24, 2020

    Telehealth Platform Can't Oust Medical Pot Co., Judge Says

    An Illinois federal judge said on Monday that a cannabis telehealth service could not evict a medical marijuana business from its platform even if some of the company's practices were questionable, saying there was no material violation of the pair's agreement.

  • November 24, 2020

    AT&T Hit With Lawsuit Over Long-Dead 'Cingular' Trademark

    After a loss at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board earlier this year, a company that wants to revive the brand name "Cingular" is suing AT&T Inc. for "deliberately obstructing" its right to reuse the old name.

  • November 24, 2020

    Cook County Escapes FCA Suit Over Grant Funds, For Now

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday dismissed Cook County from a False Claims Act suit brought by the government on behalf of a former public health employee alleging the county defrauded the U.S. of millions in federal grant funds, saying she hasn't offered necessary details about the scheme.

  • November 24, 2020

    Unions Tell NLRB That Inflatable Rat Display Is Free Speech

    A 12-foot-high inflatable rat with red eyes and fangs is to unions "what the American flag is to United States citizens," three Illinois-based labor federations told the National Labor Relations Board, claiming a member union's display outside an RV trade show was protected by the Constitution.

  • November 24, 2020

    Durbin Likely To Become Top Dem On Judiciary Committee

    Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is the leading contender to succeed California Sen. Dianne Feinstein as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he would bring a liberal track record and focus on immigration along with a history of crafting bipartisan compromises.

  • November 24, 2020

    Eversheds Sutherland Adds M&A Partner To Chicago Office

    Eversheds Sutherland has announced the hiring of a mergers and acquisitions attorney with an international practice as the sixth partner to join the firm's Chicago office since it planted a flag in the Windy City.

  • November 24, 2020

    NFL Retirement Plan Faces New Suit Over CBA Disability Cuts

    Three former NFL players hit the league's retirement and disability benefits plans with a proposed class action alleging the retirement plan unlawfully shifted benefits between the plans, a move that set up the league and the players union's controversial agreement to cut disability benefits for potentially hundreds of retired players in the labor agreement reached earlier this year. 

  • November 24, 2020

    Mallinckrodt Ch. 11 Pauses Express Scripts Antitrust Claims

    The court overseeing Mallinckrodt's bankruptcy proceedings has paused the city of Rockford, Illinois' separate antitrust case against Express Scripts for allegedly working with the troubled drug company to inflate prices of the hormone treatment Acthar.

  • November 24, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Lennar, Goldman Properties, Greenberg

    Lennar has reportedly paid $29 million for 43.7 acres in Florida, Goldman Properties is said to have dropped $5.2 million on two Miami properties, and investor Scott Greenberg is reportedly hoping to build a Chicago arena where as many as 80 people could gather to play virtual reality games.

  • November 24, 2020

    Cook County Courts Go Virtual As COVID-19 Surges In Ill.

    Cook County's chief judge has ordered all court matters must be held by videoconference save for "extraordinary or compelling circumstances" as Chicago and the Prairie State face a continued surge of coronavirus cases.

  • November 24, 2020

    Home Depot To Pay $17.5M To States Over 2014 Data Breach

    Home Depot Inc. has agreed to pay $17.5 million and improve its data security to resolve a multistate investigation into a 2014 breach that exposed the credit card information of 40 million of its customers nationwide.

  • November 24, 2020

    NHL Blocks Father's Suit Over Son's Brain Trauma Death

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday tossed out a father's lawsuit alleging the NHL's promotion of fights led to his son's eventual death, saying the Labor Management Relations Act preempts most of his claims and the remaining two should be litigated in state court.

  • November 23, 2020

    Teva's Bid To Duck MDL Trials Slammed As 'Fool's Errand'

    A group of drug buyers and states asked a Pennsylvania federal judge Friday to reject Teva Pharmaceutical's bid to scrap a bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over civil price-fixing claims to await the outcome of related criminal charges, calling the drugmaker's efforts to keep witnesses from overlapping a "fool's errand."

  • November 23, 2020

    Northrop Ex-Workers Get 2 Subclasses OK'd In ERISA Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday certified two subclasses of former Northrop Grumman employees in a class action accusing the company of violating ERISA by only telling certain laid-off workers about cash severance benefits.

  • November 23, 2020

    Abbott Labs Fights Amended ERISA Claims Over Stolen $245K

    Abbott Laboratories argued Friday that a former employee's amended claims still aren't enough to hold it liable for allegedly allowing an identity thief to steal $245,000 from her retirement account and urged an Illinois federal judge to permanently toss her claims.

  • November 23, 2020

    Car Dealer Asks Full DC Circ. To Rehear 'Scapegoating' Row

    An Illinois Cadillac dealer has asked the D.C. Circuit to reconsider a panel ruling that found the company violated labor law by firing two employees in retaliation for their unionizing, arguing the decision "irrevocably alters federal labor law" and conflicts with settled precedent.

  • November 23, 2020

    Comcast Gets Technician's Age Bias Suit Sent To Arbitration

    An Illinois federal judge ruled Monday that a former Comcast network technician must arbitrate an age bias suit claiming he was hit with bogus misconduct allegations and then fired, unswayed by his argument that he did not recall entering an arbitration pact with Comcast.

  • November 23, 2020

    Stericycle Investor Seeks Atty Sanction After Objector Claim

    A Stericycle shareholder appealing a 25% cut that Bernstein Litowitz received from representing investors in a $45 million settlement with the solid waste hauler is pressing the Seventh Circuit to reprimand a firm attorney, saying he called the shareholder's own lawyer a "notorious professional objector" despite knowing the allegation was baseless.

  • November 23, 2020

    Ticket Seller Asks Ill. Judge To Toss Finger Scan Privacy Suit

    Online ticket seller Vivid Seats argued Friday that an Illinois federal judge should toss accusations that it collected a former employee's biometric information without informed consent because his claims are time-barred and blocked by the state's workers' compensation laws.

Expert Analysis

  • Ethics Reminders As Employees Move To Or From Gov't

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    Many organizations are making plans for executives to go into government jobs, or for government officials to join a private sector team, but they must understand the many ethics rules that can put a damper on just how valuable the former employee or new hire can be, say Scott Thomas and Jennifer Carrier at Blank Rome.

  • Surveying Drug Pricing Reform: The Latest State Activity

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    Attorneys at Ropes & Gray explore four types of high-impact drug pricing initiatives at the state level — pricing transparency, pharmacy benefit manager controls, drug importation and value-based arrangements — examining how the current wave of reforms may affect drug companies' business operations.

  • Don't Fear IP-Antitrust 'Turducken' In Reverse-Payment Cases

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    Although some judges are apprehensive of a "turducken" analysis — a patent case stuffed inside a reverse-payment antitrust action — it is procedurally viable and may be a fair way to adjudicate the antitrust liability of generic companies settling Hatch-Waxman litigation, say attorneys at Katten.

  • A Key To Helping Clients Make Better Decisions During Crisis

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    As the pandemic brings a variety of legal stresses for businesses, lawyers must understand the emotional dynamic of a crisis and the particular energy it produces to effectively fulfill their role as advisers, say Meredith Parfet and Aaron Solomon at Ravenyard Group.

  • Where Data Privacy And CFPB Are Headed Under Biden

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    Data privacy is likely to be a key area of legislative and enforcement focus for President-elect Joe Biden, and consumer financial protection is expected to be an immediate priority due to the economic impact of the pandemic, with the most drastic shift likely to occur at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • 6 Best Practices For Banks Serving The Marijuana Industry

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    As more states legalize marijuana, financial institutions with marijuana-related business customers should implement robust and nuanced compliance programs, and those that do not want to serve the industry should have policies in place for determining whether existing customers are engaged in marijuana-related activities, say attorneys at Venable.

  • Avoiding Copyright Liability For Tattoo Depiction In Media

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    Two recent diverging copyright decisions concerning Take-Two video games' depiction of professional athletes' tattoos provide guidance on strategically using the implied license and fair use defenses when digital reproductions may infringe copyrighted tattoos, says Rowley Rice at Munger Tolles.

  • Ethics Considerations For Law Firms Implementing AI

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    Richard Finkelman and Yihua Astle at Berkeley Research Group discuss the ethical and bias concerns law firms must address when implementing artificial intelligence-powered applications for recruiting, conflict identification and client counseling.

  • 3rd Circ. Could Select Middle Path On Foreign Discovery Law

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    In a circuit split over whether a U.S. foreign discovery law may be used for private arbitration, the Third Circuit in Axion Holding Cyprus may choose a middle ground by finding that private arbitration under the U.K. Arbitration Act involves sufficient judicial oversight to make it subject to the statute, says Adrienne Koch at Katsky Korins.

  • Picking The Right Location And Tools For Virtual Courtrooms

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    Attorneys should consider the pros and cons of participating in virtual court proceedings from home versus their law firm offices, and whether they have the right audio, video and team communication tools for their particular setup, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Remedial Measure Evidence Use In IP Cases Needs Clarity

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    A tension in federal district and circuit courts over whether Federal Rule of Evidence 407, which prohibits post-injury remediation evidence, applies in the intellectual property context creates great uncertainty that courts should resolve with a bright-line rule, say Sharad Bijanki and Patrick Muffo at Seyfarth.

  • Beware Atty Ethics Rules When Reporting COVID-19 Fraud

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    Attorneys considering blowing the whistle on False Claims Act violations by recipients of COVID-19 relief may face a number of ethical constraints on their ability to disclose client information and file qui tam actions, say Breon Peace and Jennifer Kennedy Park at Cleary.

  • Looking For Judicial Activists? Check The Footnotes

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    U.S. Supreme Court nominees typically face intense questioning over potential judicial activism, but a better way to gauge judges' activist tendencies may be to look at the footnotes in their opinions, say Christopher Collier at Hawkins Parnell and Michael Arndt at Rohan Law.

  • Best Practices For Legal Technology Adoption

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    The pandemic has accelerated the need to improve the practice of law through technology, but law firms and in-house legal departments must first ensure they have employee buy-in and well-defined processes for new digital tools, say Dan Broderick at BlackBoiler and Daryl Shetterly at Orrick.

  • 8 Steps To Record Employment Decisions In Uncertain Times

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    In light of COVID-19 and an increased focus on social justice, companies that follow a consistent protocol for documenting employment decisions can decrease their risk of scrutiny and legal exposure, says Lauren Ziegler at McDermott.

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