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Illinois

  • October 22, 2018

    Food Co. Rival Lifted 'Puffs' TM To Compete, Jury Told

    El-Greg Inc. has been unfairly competing in the food industry for years by selling stuffed dough products that infringe a decades-old trademark on Pizza Puffs and has breached an earlier agreement saying it would stop, Illinois Tamale Co. told a federal jury on Monday.

  • October 22, 2018

    Agents Get Upper Hand In Negligence Suits With Ill. Ruling

    A split Illinois Supreme Court recently held that the two-year statute of limitations for negligence claims against insurance agents generally begins to run on the date a policy is issued, a decision that sharply limits policyholders’ ability to sue over agents’ alleged failure to secure requested coverage.

  • October 22, 2018

    Suit Alleging Retaliation Over 'Spoofing' Scheme Gets Tossed

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday dismissed a suit brought by a businessman whose former partner allegedly fired him and then threatened him into staying silent about a "spoofing" scheme, saying the business dispute doesn’t seem to have violated federal law.

  • October 22, 2018

    Investors Hit PE-Backed Camping World With Stock-Drop Suit

    Camping World and its directors misled investors about its financial performance and the success of a recent acquisition, paving the way for an insider selling scheme at the reality star-helmed recreational vehicle retailer ahead of a stock drop, according to a proposed class action filed in Illinois federal court Friday.

  • October 22, 2018

    Housekeeping Co. Hit With Privacy Suit Over Fingerprinting

    A Pennsylvania-based hospital housekeeping company has been slapped with a proposed class action alleging that its fingerprint scanning method for employee timekeeping violates an Illinois state privacy law because it unlawfully collects, records and stores biometric data.

  • October 22, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: AvalonBay, Kramer, Commerz Real

    Real estate investment trust AvalonBay Communities has reportedly paid nearly $103 million for two Florida apartment buildings, Broadway producer Terry Allen Kramer is said to be seeking $135 million for her Florida mansion, and a Commerz Real venture is reportedly in talks to pay nearly $200 million for a Chicago building.

  • October 22, 2018

    Chicago Short-Rental Regs Unconstitutional, 7th Circ. Hears

    Chicago’s rules imposing fees and registration requirements on short-term rentals through sites like Airbnb unconstitutionally compel speech on the part of hosts, an advocacy group told the Seventh Circuit on Monday.

  • October 22, 2018

    Illinois Physical Therapy Co. Can't Duck FCA Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday declined to dismiss a whistleblower’s False Claims Act suit accusing a physical therapy provider of billing Medicare for thousands of individual physical therapy services that were not actually provided, saying the whistleblower’s claims of fraud were sufficiently detailed.

  • October 22, 2018

    David Boies Adds Muscle To Posner-Backed Pro Se Case

    David Boies, chairman of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, is the latest big name to sign on to the U.S. Supreme Court case of a pro se litigant whose challenge to a decision not to allow him to amend his complaint has also attracted help from former Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner.

  • October 22, 2018

    Tower Research Capital Hit With Futures Manipulation Suit

    Tower Research Capital LLC and three of its traders allegedly manipulated futures contract prices between 2012 and 2014, benefiting themselves while harming investors, a proposed class alleged Friday in Illinois federal court.

  • October 19, 2018

    Pharma Co. Wants Sex Drug Marketing Case Axed

    Innovus Pharmaceuticals Inc. urged an Illinois federal judge Thursday to toss a $5 million false advertising lawsuit brought by the developer of a sexual dysfunction drug who claims advertisements using his likeness harmed his reputation, arguing the accusations have no merit.

  • October 19, 2018

    Worker Fired For Telling AG About Cooked Books, Suit Says

    A Chicago-based property management company retaliated against and fired an employee after he reported the company to both state and in-house officials for allegedly cooking its books to inflate its performance and lure more clients, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.

  • October 19, 2018

    Ex-Fed. Prosecutor Joins Reed Smith's Compliance Practice

    Reed Smith LLP has added a former federal white collar crime prosecutor to its global regulatory enforcement practice in Chicago, the firm has announced.

  • October 19, 2018

    Atty Banned From USPTO Accused Of Scamming Authors

    Twenty aspiring authors have filed suit in Illinois state court against an attorney banned from practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for running an “invention promotion” scheme, saying that after he was blocked from the USPTO he adapted the scheme for the publishing industry, taking money to promote and publish books and never following through.

  • October 19, 2018

    Fired Tool Co. Atty Fights To Keep ADA, ERISA Claims

    A former attorney for manufacturer Illinois Tool Works Inc. urged an Illinois federal judge not to trim a lawsuit accusing his ex-employer of retaliating against him and firing him after he fell ill, saying his complaint adequately backs up claims of Americans with Disabilities Act and Employee Retirement Income Security Act violations.

  • October 19, 2018

    Motorola Says AIG Unit Must Cover Birth Defect Settlement

    Motorola Solutions Inc. sued an AIG subsidiary Thursday in Illinois federal court, saying the insurer used "false and frivolous" reasons to deny coverage for a $28 million legal settlement reached over birth defects in some children of its workers.

  • October 18, 2018

    Chicago Bank Accused Of Role In Va. Ponzi Scheme

    Two investors hit a Chicago bank Tuesday with a proposed class action in Illinois state court, claiming it played a role in a Ponzi scheme that caused them and other investors to lose more than $7 million.

  • October 18, 2018

    Vitamin Distributor Can't Dodge $9M Default: Ill. High Court

    An Illinois man doesn't have to prove a Chinese vitamin manufacturer folded or went bankrupt before he can go after a U.S. distributor to enforce a $9 million default judgment, the Illinois Supreme Court held Thursday.

  • October 18, 2018

    Ill. Justices Find Homeowners’ Faulty Insurance Suit Untimely

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a couple's complaint alleging a homeowners insurance agent is to blame for their policy not covering cyberbullying claims against their son, saying the action is time-barred because it was filed more than two years after the allegedly deficient policy was issued.

  • October 18, 2018

    Ill. High Court Says Ameren Can Take Land For Power Line

    The Illinois Supreme Court sided Thursday with electric utility Ameren Corp. in its fight to take land from 35 property owners for a new power line, reversing a lower court’s ruling that a state eminent domain statute was unconstitutional.

Expert Analysis

  • Emerging Trends In State And Local Equal Pay Efforts

    Brian Murphy

    In the face of relative inaction by the federal government, state and local governments are increasingly combating the gender pay gap with various legislative efforts. Employers must be cognizant not only of laws existing in their jurisdictions, but also of those in others, say Brian Murphy and Jonathan Stoler of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • EPA's New Approach To Interstate Air Pollution Under CAA

    Norman Fichthorn

    Over the last two decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to address interstate air pollution under the Clean Air Act have yielded a series of complex federal regulatory programs. However, it's now signaling a method that involves greater deference to states’ analyses and determinations, says Norman Fichthorn of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • EEOC's Costco Case Sheds Light On Title VII Liability

     Laura Bacon

    The Seventh Circuit recently affirmed a finding of employer liability under Title VII for a hostile work environment caused by a retail customer. The decision in U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Costco Wholesale is important for employers with customer-facing operations, but its reach extends further, say Laura Bacon and Brittany Bogaerts of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • State Tax Codes Can Help Mitigate Poverty

    Misha Hill

    There are several tools at the disposal of state policymakers — particularly within their state tax codes — to help alleviate some of the financial pressure families face when living at or near the poverty level, say Aidan Davis and Misha Hill of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • More Automation Means Less Busy Work For Legal Teams

    Rebecca Yoder

    Legal departments have been slow to adopt artificial intelligence and automation solutions for the sort of mundane tasks attorneys dread. But such tools can make legal teams more efficient and accurate, allowing members to focus on big-picture challenges and mission-critical strategies, says Rebecca Yoder of Docusign Inc.