Illinois

  • February 24, 2017

    Ceva Sues Chinese Airline For $2M Over Lost Cargo

    China Airlines' cargo division is facing two lawsuits filed last week alleging it was negligent in shipping $2 million worth of biotech materials that were damaged during their trip from Chicago to Shanghai in February 2015.

  • February 24, 2017

    Hernia Patch Death Suit Tossed For Lack Of Experts

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday tossed a wrongful death suit brought by siblings who claimed their mother’s death from sepsis was caused by an allegedly defective C.R. Bard hernia patch, finding that one expert’s opinion wasn’t reliable and that they hadn’t shown another was qualified.

  • February 24, 2017

    ERISA Applies To Religious Hospitals, Workers Tell Justices

    Former employees of religious hospital systems have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold circuit court rulings that their former employers are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, arguing that the businesses are run as hospitals not churches, so they don’t qualify for a religious exemption.

  • February 24, 2017

    Sidley Austin Fraud Suit Heads To Arbitration

    A lawsuit claiming that a Sidley Austin LLP partner conspired to defraud a wealthy client into making a bad $6 million investment is heading to arbitration instead of being decided by a jury, according to a filing made available in Cook County Circuit Court this week.

  • February 24, 2017

    College Football Conference, NCAA Hit With Concussion Suit

    Two former Purdue University football players on Thursday hit the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Big Ten Conference with a proposed class action alleging the organizations didn’t tell them about the risks of repeated head trauma from which they now suffer.

  • February 24, 2017

    Miscimarra Dissent Slams NLRB Union Election Rule

    National Labor Relations Board member Phil Miscimarra assailed the board’s nearly 2-year-old rule revamping the union election process as too preoccupied with speed, penning a lengthy dissent Thursday to the board's refusal to delay an election at a food importer's Illinois facility.

  • February 24, 2017

    7th Circ. Skeptical That Wis. Voter Laws Discriminate

    During oral arguments in the state of Wisconsin's appeal in two cases challenging its voting laws Friday, multiple Seventh Circuit judges seemed skeptical of a lower court's finding that the laws purposefully discriminate against minority voters.

  • February 23, 2017

    Navistar Can't Get 3rd-Party Docs In EPA Clean Air Row

    An Illinois federal judge ruled Wednesday that Navistar Inc. could not get confidential business information from third-party heavy-duty diesel engine manufacturers in its defense against EPA claims that it put diesel engines on the market that were not compliant with the Clean Air Act.

  • February 23, 2017

    Two Labor Attorneys Join SmithAmundsen In Chicago

    SmithAmundsen LLC has hired two employment attorneys from Litchfield Cavo LLP whose clients include those in the automotive, security, health care, hospitality and construction industries, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • February 23, 2017

    Ill. Law Firm Ex-Clients Can't Arbitrate Privacy Row As Class

    A pair of former clients of Illinois law firm Johnson & Bell Ltd. can’t arbitrate their claim the firm put their confidential data at risk on behalf of a putative class of Johnson & Bell clients, an Illinois federal judge said Wednesday.

  • February 23, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, Lexington, Pace Editions

    A Blackstone venture has reportedly sold a New York building for $52 million, Lexington Realty is said to have bought an Illinois cold storage facility for nearly $53 million and fine art publisher Pace Editions is said to be staying put in its 33,250 square feet in New York.

  • February 23, 2017

    Ill. State Worker Union Members Approve Strike If Needed

    Illinois' largest public employee union on Thursday announced that its voting members overwhelmingly authorized a strike, should the bargaining committee of AFSCME Council 31 decide to call one in its months-long struggle with Gov. Bruce Rauner over a new contract.

  • February 23, 2017

    Jones Day Adds Employee Benefits Partner From Kirkland

    Jones Day announced Wednesday that it's snagged a partner from Kirkland & Ellis to help lead its Chicago office’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice.

  • February 22, 2017

    Sheppard Mullin Adds Litigation Partner From BakerHostetler

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has added William "Bill" Kane as a partner in the firm's business trial practice group in its Chicago office, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    Comcast Cable Ad Antitrust Suit Trimmed

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday trimmed an antitrust suit brought against Comcast Corp., accusing it of monopolizing the $5.4 billion market for local television advertising.

  • February 22, 2017

    T-Mobile Retailer Calls Wage Suit Request 'Tree Without Roots'

    A T-Mobile retailer shot back Tuesday at a move to compel it to produce information that two former sales representatives said was relevant to their discovery requests in a proposed wage class action, calling the move a fishing expedition.

  • February 22, 2017

    Sixth Person Admits To $8M MillerCoors Fraud

    A vendor for MillerCoors LLC marketing events charged with defrauding the beer giant out of more than $8 million became the sixth person indicted in the scheme to plead guilty Tuesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    AbbVie Wants Out Of Testosterone MDL Before Bellwethers

    AbbVie Inc. and Abbott Laboratories have asked an Illinois federal judge to let them out of a massive multidistrict litigation over the marketing and sale of testosterone gel products, arguing the consumers haven’t shown a connection between the drug and the alleged increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

  • February 22, 2017

    Baxter, Hospira Call Saline Price-Fixing Claims Illogical

    Baxter International Inc. and Hospira Inc. have each asked an Illinois federal court to dismiss an Alabama health care provider’s proposed antitrust class action alleging they conspired to fix the price of intravenous saline solution by using recalls to stage a shortage, with the former calling the allegations “pure fantasy.”

  • February 21, 2017

    Feds Seek 15 Mos. For Ill. Clerk Who Lied In Pay-To-Play Probe

    The federal government on Friday recommended that a former employee of an Illinois court clerk's office serve a 15-month prison sentence for lying under oath about allegations of pay-to-play hiring.

Expert Analysis

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • How States Might Challenge The OCC's Fintech Charter

    Brian G. Barrett

    Some state banking regulators see the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's plan to create a new charter for financial technology companies as a direct threat to their existing authority. Litigation challenging the preemptive effect of the fintech charter would likely involve an interpretation of the limitations on the OCC’s statutory preemptive power, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • When You Find Human Remains On Your Construction Site

    Richard S. Reizen

    Contractors often stumble upon artifacts, ancient burial grounds, cemeteries and human remains while in the midst of a construction project. The most important immediate action is to stop work, contact the authorities and preserve the remains and artifacts, say Richard Reizen and Daniel Crowley of Gould & Ratner LLP.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Civil Litigation Outlook For 2017

    Reid Schar

    Several areas of civil litigation appear poised for growth this year, including securities class action activity, which could outpace even the significant 2016 levels, and trade secret litigation, which could see further growth in the coming year under the Defend Trade Secrets Act. Meanwhile, as companies increasingly face the specter of data breaches, several developments in 2017 could bring greater clarity to this area of the law... (continued)

  • Legal Pot Industry Bugged By Lack Of Pesticide Guidance

    Telisport W. Putsavage

    Marijuana cultivation suffers from the same pest and disease pressure as any large commercial greenhouse operation. However, the circumstance unique to this setting is that any use of a pesticide in the cultivation of marijuana is a violation of federal law, says Telisport Putsavage of Putsavage PLLC.

  • Illinois Biometrics Legislation Sets Trend

    Kathryn E. Deal

    Litigation under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act has included putative class actions against corporate defendants ranging from some of the largest social media and technology companies to a daycare center. Now the Connecticut, New Hampshire, Washington and Alaska legislatures have also proposed bills that would regulate the collection, retention and use of biometric data, say attorneys with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • Debating Anti-Rebate And Inducement Laws In Washington

    Shawn Hanson

    Last month, the Washington state Senate introduced a bill that would amend its anti-rebate and inducement laws to allow insurers to offer free goods and services. Supporters argue that Washington is the only state in the country to force consumers to pay for technology that is free everywhere else, while opponents have expressed concern for fair competition, say Shawn Hanson and Crystal Roberts of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Trump’s Enviro Law Impact May Not Be What Many Anticipate

    Lester Sotsky

    Many posit a material decline in environmental enforcement and a retrenchment or reversal of environmental regulatory initiatives in the new Trump administration. We expect three concrete areas where activism and activity will be on the rise during this time, targeting a variety of environmental, public health and liability issues of considerable potential consequences, say Lester Sotsky and Andy Wang of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.