• October 17, 2017

    7th Circ. Upholds Four-Year Sentence For Defrauding Seniors

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Tuesday refused to overturn a sentencing order against a California man convicted of defrauding investors — including Illinois residents — of nearly $1 million in a retirement savings scheme between 2009 and 2012.

  • October 17, 2017

    States Sue Trump Admin. Over Immigration Records Request

    Nine states and the District of Columbia sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Massachusetts federal court on Tuesday, claiming it had failed to respond to a records request regarding detentions and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program within the proper time frame.

  • October 17, 2017

    Chicago Law Firm Brings Proposed Class Action Over Faxes

    Two New Jersey companies violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited faxes to Chicago personal injury firm Grazian & Volpe PC, the practice alleged in a proposed class action filed in Illinois federal court Monday.

  • October 17, 2017

    Shell’s $5M Spill Settlement A ‘Slap In The Face,’ Court Told

    Residents of an Illinois village allegedly contaminated by benzene spills from the Wood River Refinery have raised objections to a proposed $5 million settlement that would end a class action against refinery operator Shell Oil in Illinois federal court, calling the deal a “slap in the face.”

  • October 17, 2017

    PE Firm Was Behind 'Blatant' $100M Fraud, Insurer Says

    Insurer Confie Seguros Holding II Co. is urging an Illinois federal court to greenlight its securities fraud suit against the owners of an auto insurance network, brushing aside motions to dismiss and calling the $100 million scheme “so blatant” that Hollywood would reject it as "too outrageous" if it were a movie script. 

  • October 17, 2017

    Int'l Paper, Others Get OK For $354M Deal In Antitrust Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday signed off on a settlement that could see International Paper Co. and two other companies paying out up to $354 million to resolve claims that they colluded to suppress production of containerboard to drive up prices.

  • October 16, 2017

    Schlafly Family TM Drama Continues As Counterclaims Axed

    A possibly unauthorized spinoff organization controlled by some of the late conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly’s loyalists cannot countersue those who control Schlafly’s original group, the Eagle Forum, who sued alleged interloper Phyllis Schlafly’s American Eagles last year shortly before Schlafly’s death in the wake of a family squabble over Donald Trump.

  • October 16, 2017

    Fox, Cook County Face Claims Filming Hurt Youth Detainees

    Twentieth Century Fox and Cook County couldn't escape claims Monday that they unfairly profited from the use of the county's juvenile detention center to film parts of the Fox TV show “Empire,” putting the facility on lockdown so the center’s detainees could not participate in the activities meant to rehabilitate them.

  • October 16, 2017

    15 AGs Say Transgender Military Ban Is 'Unconstitutional'

    A D.C. federal court should halt the Trump administration’s plan to reinstate an unconstitutional ban against transgender members of the military, as it would discriminate against capable recruits without providing any proven benefits to the armed forces, 15 state attorneys general argued Monday.

  • October 16, 2017

    Jeep Drivers Fight For Class Cert. In Hacking Suit

    Consumers claiming some Jeep vehicles are susceptible to hacking asked an Illinois federal court Friday to certify a class of 1.4 million car owners, even as Fiat Chrysler made a bid for a quick win in the case on the grounds that potential vulnerabilities are no basis for legal liability.

  • October 16, 2017

    Cookie Buyers Can't Push Label Fraud Claims Nationwide

    An Illinois federal judge Thursday trimmed back a putative class action against a cookie maker, saying the consumers can’t press their allegations of nutritional label fraud nationwide.

  • October 16, 2017

    Ford Workers Want EEOC Deal Delayed In Harassment Row

    Ford workers suing over alleged sexual harassment at two of the automaker’s Chicago plants asked an Illinois federal judge on Monday to block Ford from sending out notices of its settlement of similar claims by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, arguing the deal undercuts the workers' case.

  • October 16, 2017

    Congress Working To Raise Bank Rules Threshold, Cohn Says

    Congress could move to decrease the number of U.S. banks subjected to heightened capital requirements and other regulations as early as this year, a top economics adviser to President Donald Trump said Monday.

  • October 13, 2017

    'Game Of Loans' FTC Push Targets Student Debt Relief Scams

    The Federal Trade Commission, in concert with the attorneys general of Illinois and 10 other states, announced Friday "Operation Game of Loans," which seeks to target boutique operations that allegedly scam those seeking student debt relief by charging hundreds for document preparation services that customers could do themselves.

  • October 13, 2017

    Carmen Electra, Models Sue Strip Club For Using Their Photos

    A group of 30 models, including former Baywatch and Playboy star Carmen Electra, hit Chicago strip club Atlantis Gentlemen’s Club with a false advertising and defamation suit in Illinois federal court Thursday, saying none of them ever gave their permission to Atlantis to use their likenesses in advertising for the club on social media.

  • October 13, 2017

    19 AGs Sue Trump Over Halted ACA Subsidies

    Eighteen states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration late Friday over its decision to halt billions of dollars in Affordable Care Act subsidies, saying the sudden move wasn’t explained properly and unconstitutionally disregarded mandatory spending.

  • October 13, 2017

    Ill. Judge Blocks New Grant Terms Targeting Sanctuary Cities

    An Illinois federal judge allowed a nationwide injunction against new terms attached to a federal public safety grant to go forward Friday, saying the terms targeting so-called sanctuary cities are likely unconstitutional and must be barred while the U.S. Department of Justice appeals.

  • October 13, 2017

    Patent Litigator Goes After Wearables For Seniors

    Frequent patent-litigation plaintiff SportBrain sued Reemo Health LLC in Illinois federal court on Friday over Reemo's wearable devices and smart tech for seniors, saying they infringe a SportBrain patent covering the capture of personal data in mobile devices.

  • October 13, 2017

    7th Circ. References Sherlock Holmes In Deportation Case

    The Seventh Circuit on Thursday referenced a foe of Sherlock Holmes in determining that a Mexican native may not be deemed deportable for his conviction of an Illinois weapons possession law, as it is not equivalent to a federal aggravated felony.

  • October 13, 2017

    Cook County Not Paying Property Tax Refunds, Class Claims

    The treasurer of Cook County, Illinois, has been hit with a proposed class action in state court over the office’s alleged failure to pay out refunds won by Chicago-area residents who appealed their properties' valuations for property tax purposes.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    The new book "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons" is a lively tour of colorful incidents and personalities that have populated the U.S. Supreme Court for the past 23 decades. Do authors Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of their examples are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • Sham Affidavits In Medical Product Liability: Part 1

    James Beck

    In the 20 years since the U.S. Supreme Court endorsed the sham affidavit doctrine — precluding creation of “genuine” factual issues by witnesses contradicting their own previous testimony — it has been important in many medical product liability cases, and practitioners should be aware of significant examples, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • The New Wave Of Employee Biometrics Class Actions

    Steven Pearlman

    At least 26 employment class actions alleging violations of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act have been filed in Illinois state court from July to October 2017. Attorneys with Proskauer Rose LLP discuss employers’ obligations under BIPA, the substantial damages the statute enables employees to recover on a classwide basis, and potential defenses that employer-defendants are likely developing.

  • 4 Ways To Stay Ahead Of Overtime Issues

    Todd Shadle

    As was demonstrated by the Seventh Circuit's recent decision in Allen v. City of Chicago, in order to decrease exposure to Fair Labor Standards Act violations it is important for employers to have overtime and overtime-reporting policies in place, as well as training on those policies and measures to ensure that they are being followed, says Todd Shadle of Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC.

  • Adapting To Equal Pay Laws In Flux

    Charles Thompson

    New legislation aimed at closing the pay gap between men and women may undo business practices that, even if benevolently motivated, result in disparate pay. Despite this laudable objective, these laws create a litany of challenges for employers and may necessitate a wholesale revision of policies and practices related to employee compensation, says Charles Thompson of Polsinelli.

  • Evaluating 'Loser Pays' Clauses In Arbitration Agreements

    Brian Laliberte

    Several recent judicial decisions have considered the validity of “loser pays” and cost-shifting clauses in arbitration agreements. The most compelling arguments have invoked unconscionability and overriding public policy considerations, but even where courts have rejected those arguments, their decisions reveal how to successfully attack such clauses, says Brian Laliberte of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • 3 Strategies I Learned From LegalZoom

    Jeff Unger

    Critics of legal tech companies will often say, “Trust a reputable attorney that understands you, your situation and the law.” As an attorney, I wholeheartedly agree. But from the consumer’s perspective, the message seems out of touch with the digital age, says Jeff Unger, founder of the law firm eMinutes.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.