Illinois

  • October 26, 2021

    Penske Urges Judge To Prevent 'Chaos' In Pension Suit

    Penske urged an Illinois federal judge Tuesday to stop a pension fund from expelling its Dallas bargaining unit and forcing the company to incur millions in withdrawal liability, arguing any action by the fund would send already tense contract negotiations into "complete chaos."

  • October 26, 2021

    Chicago Workers Ask Ill. Judge To Block COVID Vax Mandates

    Chicago city workers suing the governor and the city over a mandate to get the COVID-19 vaccine were asked by an Illinois federal judge on Tuesday why reporting their inoculation status for this vaccine is different from other medical information workers are often required to disclose.

  • October 26, 2021

    NHL Fines Blackhawks $2M After Jenner & Block Investigation

    The National Hockey League fined the Chicago Blackhawks $2 million and the team's general managers stepped down Tuesday following the release of an investigation report by Jenner & Block LLP that found the team failed to "promptly and thoroughly investigate" a sexual assault allegation by a player against a former video coach.

  • October 26, 2021

    Cincinnati Sees Case Tossed After Evidence Was Scrapped

    An Illinois federal judge held that case dismissal was an appropriate sanction against Cincinnati Insurance Co., after its policyholder scrapped a machine that it claimed a Caterpillar unit broke when it caused a power surge.

  • October 26, 2021

    Tribune Can't Cut Cubs Sale Gains By $249M, Tax Court Says

    Tribune Media Co. can't reduce its gains from selling the Chicago Cubs by nearly $249 million because that money was equity and not debt, the U.S. Tax Court said Tuesday in a mixed ruling for the defunct media giant.

  • October 26, 2021

    Lawyer Who Missed Args Says Opposing Atty Misled 7th Circ.

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Tuesday ordered an attorney to show cause for why she shouldn't be disciplined for failing to appear at oral arguments the day before, but she says opposing counsel had agreed to convey details of the parties' settlement on behalf of both parties.

  • October 26, 2021

    Ill. Panel Wants Atty On Ice For 3 Years For Ditching IP Petition

    Illinois' attorney conduct watchdog recommended a three-year suspension Monday for a patent lawyer who abandoned a client's application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and failed to keep her updated on its status despite collecting related fees.

  • October 26, 2021

    Gilstrap Holds Top Spot For Pandemic-Era Jury Patent Trials

    Texas has seen the most patent jury trials during the COVID-19 pandemic, with Eastern District of Texas Judge Rodney Gilstrap holding the most trials since August of last year, according to a new report by Baker Botts LLP.

  • October 26, 2021

    Toyo Tire Seeks To Escape $110M Verdict In Defamation Fight

    Toyo Tire Corp. is fighting a $110 million judgment against it in a dispute with rival Atturo Tire Corp. over allegedly defamatory statements that Atturo infringed certain intellectual property rights, arguing that it at least should be able to get a new trial.

  • October 26, 2021

    Polish Airline Says Boeing's 737 Max Lies Cost It $250M

    LOT Polish Airlines sued Boeing in Washington federal court Monday alleging it lost $250 million after the American aerospace giant duped it into ordering defectively designed 737 Max jets that were grounded for more than 18 months after two deadly crashes exposed the jets' safety flaws.

  • October 26, 2021

    Hospital Workers Sue NorthShore Over Vax Mandate

    More than a dozen NorthShore University HealthSystem employees filed a potential class action in Illinois federal court Monday seeking to block the hospital system's vaccine mandate for its workers, alleging that they are being discriminated against for their religious objections to getting COVID-19 vaccines.

  • October 26, 2021

    Ill. High School Sex Abuse Suit Tossed As Too Late

    An Illinois appeals court has thrown out a suit alleging that a DuPage County high school teacher sexually abused a student before she was 18, finding that the student did not file suit within the state's two-year statute of limitations.

  • October 26, 2021

    Michael Best Taps 3 Attorneys For Chicago, Denver Offices

    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has added three corporate attorneys focused on startups and venture capital from McDonald Hopkins LLC, including a partner in Chicago, the firm said in a Tuesday announcement.

  • October 26, 2021

    TransUnion Inks 2 Deals Worth $2.4B Combined

    TransUnion unveiled a pair of deals Tuesday worth a combined $2.4 billion, including the sale of its health care data and analytics business and the acquisition of a cyber-protection provider.

  • October 25, 2021

    Walmart, Hotel Hit With Ill. Suits Over Workers' Finger Scans

    Walmart and the operators of a Marriott hotel are the latest to be hit with proposed class actions accusing them of unlawfully collecting and disclosing their Illinois employees' fingerprints for time-tracking purposes, as Illinois' appellate courts separately work to resolve vital questions over the scope of the state's unique biometric privacy law. 

  • October 25, 2021

    Navistar Will Pay $52M To Settle EPA Truck Engine Claims

    Navistar Inc. on Monday agreed to pay $52 million to settle the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's accusations that the trucking giant violated the Clean Air Act by selling heavy-duty diesel engines without the required certification that they met emissions standards.

  • October 25, 2021

    Insurer Must Defend Tenants In Fire Suit, Ill. Court Says

    An Illinois appellate court ruled that Auto-Owners Insurance Co. must defend the tenants of a rental property against a handyman's claims that they negligently caused a fire on the premises, finding that the tenants qualify as coinsureds under the landlord's policy.

  • October 25, 2021

    Ill. Counties Say 9th Circ. Ruling Helps Their ICE Contract Suit

    Two Illinois counties doubled down Monday on their bid to enjoin the state from enforcing a law blocking municipalities from detaining undocumented immigrants for civil violations, arguing that a Ninth Circuit decision striking California's similar law should help inform the court's decision.

  • October 25, 2021

    Massive Walgreens Worker Class Inks $13.75M 401(k) Deal

    A certified class of nearly 200,000 participants in a 401(k) plan asked an Illinois federal judge to greenlight their $13.75 million deal resolving claims that the pharmacy chain Walgreens cost workers $300 million by steering their retirement savings into mutual funds that brought subpar returns.

  • October 25, 2021

    Insurer Wants 7th Circ. To Free It From $6M Menard Payout

    An excess insurer urged the Seventh Circuit on Friday to revive its claim it owes no coverage for a $6 million settlement that Menard Inc. agreed to pay in a personal injury lawsuit, saying the home improvement chain had a duty to reasonably settle the case when a $2 million offer was on the table.

  • October 25, 2021

    White Stallion Energy Gets OK For $35M Coal Mines Sale

    A Delaware bankruptcy court judge on Monday gave Indiana coal producer White Stallion Energy the go-ahead to accept a $35 million credit bid for nearly all its assets after hearing it had reached a global settlement with its creditors.

  • October 25, 2021

    Boeing Says Ex-Exec's Charges Don't Prove Securities Fraud

    The Boeing Co. is urging an Illinois federal court to ignore a bid by shareholders to include an indictment in the 737 Max case against a former executive as evidence in a securities fraud suit, saying the motion was not authorized and mischaracterizes much of the indictment to make its argument.

  • October 25, 2021

    Federal Judges Face Stricter Trade Disclosures Under New Bill

    Newly proposed bipartisan legislation would hold federal judges to stricter stock trading disclosure requirements, requiring them to report any securities transactions of more than $1,000 for publication in a new online database, a group of lawmakers announced Monday.

  • October 25, 2021

    Pension Fund Fights Penske's Suit Over Ouster Of Workers

    A Penske employee pension plan on Monday encouraged an Illinois federal judge to toss what it called a premature lawsuit from the rental truck company seeking to block the expulsion of a bargaining unit amid contract negotiations, explaining it hasn't made an expulsion decision yet.

  • October 25, 2021

    Drink Maker Accused Of Overstating Health Benefits On Label

    An Illinois resident is alleging that the maker of an alcoholic kombucha and seltzer brand has misled customers into thinking the drinks are healthier than they actually are, according to a proposed federal class action.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Confronting Origination Credit: Why GCs Need To Speak Up

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    In order to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, in-house counsel should leverage their influence by talking to their outside firms about fair origination credit allocation, because many law firm compensation systems are still shrouded in mystery, and underrepresented attorneys often face entrenched inequities, says Michelle Banks at BarkerGilmore.

  • Financial Planning Tips For Retiring Law Firm Partners

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    As the pandemic accelerates retirement plans for many, Michael Delgass at Wealthspire Advisors outlines some financial considerations unique to law firm partners, including the need for adequate liquidity whether they have capital accounts or pension plans.

  • 4 Practical Pointers For Litigating A Design Patent Case

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    The recent Federal Circuit opinions in Campbell Soup v. Gamon Plus and the case of SurgiSil underscore the substantial differences between design patents and utility patents, but intellectual property litigators can better prepare themselves to dive into this area by keeping in mind a few critical recommendations, says Nathan Sabri at MoFo.

  • Preparing Remote Deposition Defenses For Corporate Entities

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    As remote depositions will remain common for the foreseeable future, attorneys defending a deposition notice or subpoena to a corporation should implement certain strategies to mitigate unique challenges, such as less planning time and increased difficulty of establishing rapport with witnesses, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • 7th Circ. Ruling Offers Arbitration Clarity For ERISA Claims

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    Although the Seventh Circuit recently decided a retirement plan arbitration provision was unenforceable in Smith v. Board of Directors of Triad Manufacturing, the ruling is the court’s first broad approval of the dispute-resolution method for Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims, and provides arbitration clause guidance for plans covered by the statute, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • Strategies To Counter Broad Approach To IPR Estoppel

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    Until the Federal Circuit resolves a recent district court split on the scope of inter partes review estoppel for nonpublication art, defendants should consider the likelihood of estoppel being applied broadly and try to persuade courts that the narrower approach is more in line with the Patent Act, say Asim Bhansali and Nicholas Roethlisberger at Kwun Bhansali.

  • Perspectives

    Why Law Schools Should Require Justice Reform Curriculum

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    Criminal defense attorney Donna Mulvihill Fehrmann argues that law schools have an obligation to address widespread racial and economic disparities in the U.S. legal system by mandating first-year coursework on criminal justice reform that educates on prosecutorial misconduct, wrongful convictions, defense 101 and more.

  • Nursing Homes May See Litigation Spike After 7th Circ. Ruling

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    The Seventh Circuit’s recent Federal Nursing Home Reform Act ruling in Talevski v. Health and Hospital Corp. opens skilled nursing facilities to federal litigation from private plaintiffs and could require exhaustion of administrative remedies before invoking state or federal court jurisdiction, say Randall Fearnow and Edward Holloran at Quarles & Brady.

  • Girardi Scandal Provides Important Ethics Lessons

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    The litigation and media maelstrom following allegations that famed plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi and his law firm misappropriated clients' funds provides myriad ethics and professional responsibility lessons for practitioners, especially with regard to misconduct reporting and liability insurance, says Elizabeth Tuttle Newman at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Opinion

    No Signs Of Turning, Tide Of Insurer COVID Wins Persists

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    The trend of COVID-19 business interruption decisions favoring insurers continues to hold strong — any commentary to the contrary is striking a narrative that is not borne out by reality, say attorneys at Dentons.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Jabil GC Talks Compliance Preparation

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    Tried-and-true compliance lessons from recent decades can be applied to companies’ environmental, social and governance efforts, especially with regard to employee training and consistent application of policies — two factors that can create a foundation for ESG criteria to flourish, says Robert Katz at Jabil.

  • 3 Ways CLOs Can Drive ESG Efforts

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    Chief legal officers are specially trained to see the legal industry's flaws, and they can leverage that perspective to push their companies toward effective environmental, social and governance engagement, says Mark Chandler at Stanford Law School.

  • ComEd Ruling Invites Plaintiffs To Bypass Filed Rate Doctrine

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    An Illinois federal court's recent ruling on a putative class action claim against Commonwealth Edison could encourage future plaintiffs to avoid dismissal by failing to mention in their complaints that they paid the rates listed in a public utility's filed tariff, says Tyson Covey at Duane Morris.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World

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    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

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    Embracing ESG: Baker Hughes CLO Talks Sustainability Team

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    For businesses focused on addressing environmental, social and governance considerations, a legal team that can coordinate sustainability efforts across the company can help to manage risk and compliance issues, anticipate and prepare for change, and identify new opportunities, says Regina Jones at Baker Hughes.

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