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Illinois

  • October 16, 2018

    National Security Prosecutor Returns To DLA Piper As Partner

    DLA Piper has added a former federal prosecutor who focused on cybercrime, terrorism and trade sanctions back to the roster in its Chicago office, this time as a partner, the firm announced.

  • October 16, 2018

    Purina, Attys Sanctioned For 'Gamesmanship' In Cat Litter Suit

    An Illinois federal judge has sanctioned lawyers for Nestle Purina Petcare Co. for “gamesmanship” during the deposition of a key witness in its cat litter patent fight against a competitor.

  • October 16, 2018

    The Path To Becoming A Supreme Court Advocate

    A look at the careers of attorneys who have dominated oral advocacy at the U.S. Supreme Court over the last decade shows a similar path for men and women, with a few key differences. Here’s how the top 10 male and female advocates stack up. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 16, 2018

    Holding Co. Wants $437K Fees Cemented In Arbitration Row

    A Bermuda holdings company urged an Illinois federal judge to disregard the state's bid to either toss or pause a request by the company to confirm an arbitration award that includes $437,000 in attorneys' fees, saying the state is mistaking its action for a lawsuit.

  • October 16, 2018

    EPA Missing Deadlines On SO2 Enforcement, Enviros Say

    A trio of environmental groups have filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency saying it failed to take action on state plans to reduce sulfur dioxide pollution to levels that would comply with National Ambient Air Quality Standards set in 2010.

  • October 15, 2018

    Ill. Health Insurance Nonprofits Sue Over Opioid Crisis

    Two Illinois nonprofits that provide municipalities with workers’ compensation and employee health insurance on Monday hit opioid makers and distributors with a suit they called the first of its kind in the state over the costs of the opioid epidemic.

  • October 15, 2018

    Chicago Restaurant Group Settles EEOC's Sex Bias Suit

    A Chicago Italian restaurant group agreed on Monday to develop new polices and pay $160,000 to end litigation over the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s claims that it subjects its female employees to sexual harassment at work.

  • October 15, 2018

    Gender Disparity At The High Court: How Top Law Firms Measure Up

    For the women at elite law firms, an enduring gender gap among advocates can create a high hurdle for their high court ambitions. Here, Law360 looks at the law firms where women score Supreme Court arguments, and where they don’t. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 15, 2018

    Sears Authorized To Tap DIP Loan In 1st Day Of Ch. 11

    Sears Holdings Corp. accomplished an early set of goals Monday shortly after announcing it had filed for bankruptcy to reshape its physical footprint and reduce a debt load of more than $11 billion, receiving court permission to access $300 million in new financing from its existing lenders.

  • October 15, 2018

    Railroads Dispute Damages In Wis. Superfund Cleanup Fight

    A dispute over which railroad should pay the other for its $5.25 million contribution to the cleanup of a Superfund site near Ashland, Wisconsin, turned into a disagreement Friday over how to address damages and fees after their Illinois federal judge closed their case. 

  • October 15, 2018

    Abbott Says Former Exec Stole Marketing 'Playbook'

    Abbott Laboratories on Monday accused a former manager of developing the health care giant’s “playbook” for chronic pain therapy marketing while knowing he would leave for a competitor, and is now suing to block him from working for Nevro Corp.

  • October 15, 2018

    7th Circ. Revives Sex Harassment Witness' Firing Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday revived a retaliation suit accusing medical equipment manufacturer Stryker of illegally firing an employee because she reported the sexual harassment of a colleague, saying there was enough evidence for a jury to decide whether her complaint led to her ouster.

  • October 15, 2018

    Renco Pushes For Arbitration In Pension Liability Fight

    The Renco Group Inc. has told an Illinois federal judge that a pension fund’s $10 million Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit should be dismissed, arguing that ERISA mandates that the withdrawal liability dispute be hashed out in arbitration.

  • October 15, 2018

    Energy Drink Falsely Touts Nutritional Supplements, Suit Says

    A consumer has launched a putative class action against energy drink maker Vital Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Illinois federal court, alleging the company’s Bang energy drinks contain none or only small amounts of the nutritional supplement ingredients claimed on the label.

  • October 15, 2018

    Shuttered Grocer Sues Union Over $9M Pension Payment

    A defunct Chicago-area grocery chain owned by Safeway Inc. has sued its union in Illinois federal court, saying the workers won’t write off $9 million in pension fund payments the company made before going under.

  • October 15, 2018

    Chicago Suburb Says Utilities Should Fund Hazard Study

    A Chicago suburb told an Illinois federal court that enough evidence had accumulated to force Northern Illinois Gas Co. and Commonwealth Edison Co. to fund a study into the dangers allegedly posed by their abandoned pipelines leaking hazardous waste into the environment.

  • October 15, 2018

    Sears Files Ch. 11 In NY With Sale, Store Closing Plans

    Hours away from a major default and facing pressure to liquidate, Sears Holdings Corp. took its long-struggling retail chain into bankruptcy court early Monday with more than $11 billion in debt and plans to sell assets.

  • October 12, 2018

    Will The Future Of The Supreme Court Bar Be Female?

    While women have made significant inroads into the elite world of U.S. Supreme Court advocacy, last term the number of women arguing at the court hit a decade low. Was it an off year? Or a sign of progress stalled? (This article is the first in a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 12, 2018

    Supreme Court Women: A Vet & 1st-Timer Talk Gender Disparity

    In exclusive on-camera interviews with Law360, the most prolific female U.S. Supreme Court advocate of the past decade and a first-timer reflect on the status of women in a field still dominated by men. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 12, 2018

    Ill. Lawyer's $25M Deal Was Misleading, Commission Says

    An Illinois lawyer who settled a quadriplegic man's personal injury suit for $25 million charged his client dishonest fees and improperly withheld details he learned about a jury note before accepting the deal minutes later, according to a complaint made public Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Illinois Tax Talk: The Franchise Tax

    Christopher Lutz

    Very few states employ a tax on paid-in capital in the manner Illinois does. In this edition of Illinois Tax Talk, Christopher Lutz of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd. discusses the Illinois franchise tax.