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Illinois

  • August 16, 2018

    UChicago Workers' Attys Seek $1.95M In Fees In ERISA Row

    Attorneys for a class of University of Chicago workers asked an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday to sign off on a request for $1.95 million in attorneys’ fees and grant final approval to a $6.5 million settlement that would lay to rest allegations the university mismanaged workers’ retirement savings.

  • August 16, 2018

    EOIR Adds 23 New Judges To Combat Case Backlog

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced Thursday that it has appointed 23 new immigration judges, bringing the total count to 351 nationwide, amid the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to reduce the significant backlog of open cases.

  • August 16, 2018

    Real Estate Investment Co. A $135M Ponzi Scheme, SEC Says

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against real estate investment firm Equitybuild Inc. and its father-son owners on Wednesday, accusing them of running a $135 million Ponzi scheme that ensnared about 900 investors with promises of double-digit returns.

  • August 16, 2018

    DHS Memo Justifies Ending DACA, Trump Tells 2nd Circ.

    The Trump administration urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to toss challenges by immigrants and an advocacy group to its decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, arguing that a recent Department of Homeland Security memorandum shows the decision was well thought out and not rash.

  • August 16, 2018

    A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

    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 Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • August 16, 2018

    Mayer Brown Partner's Brother-In-Law Charged With Murder

    Mayer Brown LLP appellate practice leader Stephen Shapiro's brother-in-law had been receiving financial assistance from Shapiro's wife Joan for several months and was told "she would no longer just give him money" in the days before he fatally shot Shapiro and tried to kill her, a state prosecutor told an Illinois state court judge Thursday.

  • August 15, 2018

    Atty Asks Ill. Justices To Disbar Him For Faking $4M Deal

    An Illinois attorney who’s accused of lying to clients for years about the status of their lawsuits, including when his law license was already suspended, has asked to be disbarred by the state’s Supreme Court.

  • August 15, 2018

    CDK Doesn't Need To Produce FTC Docs In Dealer Data MDL

    An Illinois federal judge said Tuesday he will not require software company CDK Global LLC to turn over all 1.6 million documents it produced as part of a Federal Trade Commission investigation as the company fights claims it monopolized the car dealership data market in multidistrict litigation.

  • August 15, 2018

    Unions Want Trump NLRB Appointees Out Of McDonald's Row

    The Fight for $15 organizing group told the National Labor Relations Board that two Trump administration appointees to the board should bow out of the closely watched McDonald's joint-employer dispute because they previously worked for law firms with ties to the fast-food chain.

  • August 15, 2018

    'Star Wars' Book Dealer Sued Over Translation Credit Error

    Book distributor Readerlink Distribution Services LLC got hit with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Tuesday by a woman who says it is selling a "Star Wars" book that misattributes its shoddy Spanish translation to her and hasn't destroyed the books despite indicating several times it would.

  • August 15, 2018

    Pipeline Operator Seeks Easements For $220M Project

    Spire STL Pipeline LLC filed a complaint in Illinois federal court against various property owners and mortgage holders on Wednesday, asking the court to grant it easements to allow construction on its 65-mile natural gas pipeline for the St. Louis market that is expected to cost $220 million.

  • August 15, 2018

    DOJ Says 7th Circ. Must Scrap Opinion In Sanctuary City Row

    The Trump administration asked the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to vacate its opinion upholding a preliminary injunction won by the city of Chicago against new conditions the federal government attached to a public safety grant, saying the court's expected dismissal of the government's appeal means the opinion should be tossed.

  • August 15, 2018

    Dish Says $280M Telemarketing Penalty ‘Legally Indefensible’

    Dish Network continues to urge the Seventh Circuit to upend a $280 million judgment won by state and federal regulators over violations of do-not-call laws, arguing in a recent brief that government officials can’t defend a decision “premised on basic legal errors.”

  • August 15, 2018

    Cabot Inks $1.6B Cash-And-Stock Deal For Chemicals Co.

    Semiconductor industry supplier Cabot Microelectronics Corp. has agreed to buy Fort Worth, Texas-based specialty chemicals company KMG Chemicals Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal that boasts an enterprise value of roughly $1.6 billion, the companies announced Wednesday.

  • August 14, 2018

    Gerber Can't Dodge Consumer Class Action Over Formula

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday refused to toss claims Nestle and Gerber Products Co. falsely advertised that their infant formula prevents babies from developing allergies, finding the proposed class action cited specific misrepresentations by the companies.

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results.

  • August 14, 2018

    Ill. Appellate Judge Reprimanded For Pushing Speaking Gigs

    The Illinois Courts Commission on Monday reprimanded a state appellate judge for using official judicial letterhead to pitch himself as a paid speaker, including offering to explain medical malpractice protections to hospitals and doctors, finding he brought the court into disrepute.

  • August 14, 2018

    Chicago Law Firm Wants Ex-Atty's Exit Pay Claim Arbitrated

    Chicago law firm Williams Montgomery & John Ltd. sought to get a suit brought by a former employee and shareholder tossed from Illinois federal court, arguing that his claim that the firm failed to pay him $150,000 in benefits belongs in arbitration.

  • August 14, 2018

    Union Wants Quick Win On Mondelez Workweek Arbitration

    A machinists union has asked an Illinois federal court to enforce an arbitration award in a dispute with Mondelez Global LLC and reject the food distributor’s arguments that a provision for voluntary seven-day workweeks in their collective bargaining agreement violates state law.

  • August 14, 2018

    Chicago Rejects Thousands Of Airbnb Registration Requests

    Chicago has sent out 2,400 notices to Airbnb hosts shooting down their efforts to register with the city, as required by its short-term rental ordinance, because of incomplete information and ordering them to remove their listings from the home-sharing site, an official confirmed Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Illinois Tax Talk: Penalty Application And Abatement

    Samantha Breslow

    When faced with an audit, taxpayers should become familiar with the potential penalties that may result from underpayment or missed filing deadlines, the legal basis for relief and the process and requirements for seeking penalty abatement, says Samantha Breslow of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.

  • Rebuttal

    Judges Can Demand Diversity In Rule 23(g) Applications

    Kellie Lerner

    A recent Law360 guest op-ed criticized the judge in the Chicago Board Options Exchange antitrust litigation for requesting more diversity in plaintiffs’ lead counsel applications. The author’s argument misinterprets the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and reinforces archaic misconceptions about women and minorities in the courtroom, say Kellie Lerner and Chelsea Walcker of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • San Francisco Follows Chicago With Privacy Plan

    Xiaoyan Zhang

    San Francisco is the second major city to take expansive action to protect residents from the misuse and misappropriation of their personal data by corporations for profit. However, this proposed policy initiative differs from Chicago's proposed ordinance in at least three major ways, say Xiaoyan Zhang and Ariana Goodell of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Opinion

    A Right To Carry Everywhere, On A Road To Nowhere

    Robert W. Ludwig

    On July 24, a Ninth Circuit panel applied textualist reasoning in Young v. Hawaii to secure a right for individuals to carry firearms in public. To end the gun epidemic — demonstrated in Chicago recently with 74 people shot in one weekend — it’s past time to turn a spotlight on the root cause: legal carelessness and oversights of text, says Robert W. Ludwig of the American Enlightenment Project.

  • 2nd Circ. Adds To Authority On Securities Law Preclusion

    Anthony Antonelli

    With its recent decision in Rayner v. E-Trade Financial — which unanimously affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action asserting state law best execution violations — the Second Circuit made a significant contribution to a collection of circuit court opinions on the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.