Illinois

  • February 16, 2018

    Driver Exits Suit Over Drug-Fueled Crash Post-Settlement

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday affirmed two lower court opinions that allowed an intoxicated driver who caused a car crash that permanently injured a woman to settle with her and exit the suit, against the objections of a company whose truck driver was also involved in the accident.

  • February 16, 2018

    Driver Files Sex Harass Suit Against Trucking Companies

    Trucking companies American Driver Resource and Navistar International Corp. subjected a female driver to sexual harassment, used racial epithets in her presence and then ignored her when she complained, according a suit filed in Illinois federal court Friday.

  • February 16, 2018

    Fla. Software Co. Hit With TCPA Class Action Over Calls

    A software company that specializes in condominium and homeowners association communication platforms was hit with a putative class action in Illinois federal court Friday alleging the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by soliciting people to attend a conference.

  • February 16, 2018

    Ill. Court Affirms Transfer Of Suit Against Redbox Driver

    A pedestrian who was struck by the vehicle of a Redbox Automated Retail LLC employee failed Thursday to return her suit against the company to Cook County, Illinois, with an appellate court finding that the pedestrian's home county of Kane was a better fit for the case.

  • February 15, 2018

    Ill. Trader Accused Of Embezzling $2M In Cryptocurrency

    A Chicago man was charged with the city’s first criminal prosecution involving the cryptocurrency trading industry on Thursday, as 24-year-old trader Joseph Kim was charged with fraud for allegedly misappropriating $2 million in Bitcoin and Litecoin.

  • February 15, 2018

    SEC Nixes Sale Of Chicago Exchange To Chinese Investors

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday rejected the politically sensitive sale of the Chicago Stock Exchange to a group of Chinese investors, citing “unresolved questions” over the proposed ownership structure and concerns for the regulatory agency’s ability to maintain oversight of the exchange after the sale.

  • February 15, 2018

    Ill. Sheriff Must Face Immigrant's Wrongful Detention Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday allowed a Honduran native to move forward with his suit claiming a jail in Lake County wrongfully continued to detain him after his sister posted bond for him, and then retaliated to his complaints about that detention by transferring him to Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.

  • February 15, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Union Investment, ADME, Braintree

    Union Investment is reportedly buying a New York retail condo leased to Lexus for $88 million, A.D.M.E. Real Estate is said to have sold a Miami Beach assisted-living facility for nearly $18 million and mobile payment software firm Braintree is reportedly in talks with landlord Vornado Realty Trust for 40,000 additional square feet in Chicago.

  • February 15, 2018

    Immigration Debate Burns Out In Senate

    After months of wrangling, the Senate’s anticipated immigration debate turned into an utter bust on Thursday as the body voted down both bipartisan proposals and President Donald Trump’s effort.

  • February 15, 2018

    7th Circ. Imposes Sanctions In 'Frivolous' Wage Suit Appeal

    A construction contractor appealing the loss of an employee wage suit was met with sanctions from the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday and a stern rebuke over practically every facet of the appeal, from its "naked assertions" to the flouting of local rules mandating supporting documentation.

  • February 15, 2018

    Paris Survivor Blames Social Media Giants For ISIS Terror

    A woman who was injured in a November 2015 attack in Paris by members of the Islamic State group filed a lawsuit in Chicago federal court Thursday claiming Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc. and Google Inc. unlawfully provide the material support that allows the extremist group to organize and thrive.

  • February 15, 2018

    7th Circ. Halts Order For Instant Access To Cook County Suits

    One day after a federal judge refused to stay his order requiring the Cook County Circuit Court to make electronically filed suits immediately available to the public, the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday gave Clerk Dorothy Brown time to implement the necessary systems or craft an argument to bypass the order altogether.

  • February 15, 2018

    Senate Panel OKs Trump 7th Circ. Pick Over Dem Objections

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced one of President Donald Trump’s picks for the Seventh Circuit on Thursday, even as Democrats cried foul over the panel ignoring Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s objections to Gass Weber Mullins LLC partner Michael Brennan.

  • February 15, 2018

    Illinois Judge Guilty Of $1.4M Mortgage Scheme, Jury Says

    Chicago circuit court Judge Jessica Arong O’Brien is guilty of running a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme before she took the bench, an Illinois federal jury said Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells LLP.

  • February 14, 2018

    7th Circ. Wants Extra Briefing On Fees In TCPA Cruise Deal

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Wednesday sharply questioned the ripeness of an appeal claiming that an award of attorneys’ fees in a $56 million-plus settlement of a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action was potentially $3 million too high, and demanded supplemental briefing.

  • February 14, 2018

    AT&T Beats Consumers' Class Cert. Bid In Robocall Case

    A group of consumers suing telecom giant AT&T for robocalls the company allegedly made was denied class certification Wednesday after AT&T told the court late last year that it denies the bulk of the allegations made in the lawsuit.

  • February 14, 2018

    Judge Accused Of $1.4M Fraud Knew What To Say: Feds

    A Chicago circuit court judge had been an attorney and realtor for years when she allegedly orchestrated a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme involving two homes she owned, prosecutors told an Illinois federal jury Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: HNA, Estate Investment, CBRE

    An HNA affiliate has reportedly sold a Manhattan mansion for $90 million, Estate Investment Group is said to have bought a Florida site where it plans to build 200 residential units, and CBRE Global Investors has reportedly picked up an Illinois apartment building for $46.9 million.

  • February 14, 2018

    Zimmer Reaches Tentative Settlement In Knee-Implant MDL

    Zimmer Inc. and consumers in multidistrict litigation over alleged defects in NexGen knee implants told an Illinois federal judge this week that they’ve reached a settlement in principle to potentially end the nearly seven-year-old case.

Expert Analysis

  • Register Your California Cannabis Trademarks Now

    Joshua Cohen

    Any cannabis business that is holding its breath waiting for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to start registering cannabis-related trademarks should give up. But those located in states that have legalized recreational and/or medicinal cannabis should immediately seek state trademark registration where available, says Joshua Cohen, leader of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP's intellectual property group.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle LLP.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • Affirming The Joint Defense Privilege In Illinois

    Symone Shinton

    An Illinois appellate court has formally recognized that co-parties to a lawsuit who agree to share information pursuant to a common interest in defeating their opponent do not waive either attorney-client or work-product privileges when doing so. The decision clarifies exactly what the joint defense privilege is and, importantly, what it is not, says Symone Shinton of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • 'Throw' Your Mini-Opening To Get The Best Jury Possible

    Christina Marinakis

    In the hopes of piquing the interest of jurors and minimizing hardship requests, more and more judges are encouraging parties to make “mini-openings” prior to voir dire. You can use this as an opportunity to identify your worst jurors and get them removed from the panel — by previewing your case weaknesses and withholding your strengths, says Christina Marinakis of Litigation Insights.

  • Eminent Domain In The Wake Of Natural Disasters

    Briggs Stahl

    When states and municipalities rebuild permanent infrastructure following disasters, they may be able to reduce the damages caused by eminent domain by planning carefully. In particular, examining preventative solutions allows more time for planning and designing projects to reduce future damages to owners, says Briggs Stahl of RGL Forensics.

  • Your Case Was Remanded By The MDL Court — Now What?

    Brandon Cox

    Multidistrict litigation is an ever-expanding driver of product liability litigation, but when the MDL process runs its course there is often still a trial to be had, and there are strategic and practical decisions to consider once a case has been remanded. Brandon Cox and Charissa Walker of Tucker Ellis LLP offer tips on how to navigate the remand process.

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.