Illinois

  • May 18, 2018

    Illinois Bell Wants Old Claims From Telecom's Suit Nixed

    Illinois Bell and other Bell affiliates urged a Missouri federal judge Thursday to drop claims that they owe Level 3 Communications LLC more than $24 million in their dispute over the price charged for essential telecommunications wires, arguing the claims are too old.

  • May 18, 2018

    EEOC Loses Trial Over Rent-A-Center Firing Of Trans Worker

    An Illinois federal jury found Friday that Rent-A-Center East Inc. didn’t illegally fire a transgender employee after she told the company she was transitioning, dealing a loss to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and its argument that the termination flouted federal anti-discrimination law.

  • May 18, 2018

    No DQ For Judge In Suit Against Alma Mater, 7th Circ. Says

    An Illinois federal judge who graduated from Bradley University and spoke about his “love affair” with the school was not required to recuse himself from an employment discrimination suit against it, the Seventh Circuit said in an opinion Friday.

  • May 18, 2018

    2 Men Settle SEC's Life Time Fitness Insider Trading Claims

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked an Illinois federal judge Thursday to sign off on settlements it reached with two men facing parallel criminal charges over alleged insider trading that occurred ahead of Life Time Fitness Inc.’s $2.8 billion private equity buyout in 2015.

  • May 18, 2018

    Chicago Wine Bar Denies 'Copycatting' NYC Restaurant Group

    Two former employees of a New York group of Italian restaurants and wine bars that is suing them for trademark claims under the Lanham Act have urged an Illinois federal court not to close their new Chicago wine bar, arguing the startup’s design and menu are not "copycat" versions that violate the group’s trade dress.

  • May 18, 2018

    REIT InvenTrust Scoops Up Fla. Retail Center For $88M

    Illinois-based real estate investment trust InvenTrust Properties Corp. said on Thursday that it has acquired a 120,000-square-foot retail center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for $88 million from Menin Development Inc.

  • May 18, 2018

    FCC's O'Rielly Rebukes Rumors Of Sinclair-Tribune Benefits

    In no uncertain terms, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly rebuked rumblings that the agency has been taking action to singularly enable Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion proposed acquisition of Tribune Media Co., writing in a Friday blog post that such suggestions are a “misguided fantasy” and a “rhetorical tool” to cause divisions.

  • May 18, 2018

    Motorola Can't Examine Computers In Trade Secret Row

    An Illinois federal magistrate judge rejected Motorola’s bid to examine the computers of workers at a Chinese radio manufacturer in a trade secret battle, saying the discovery had gone far afield of the statutes of limitation question it was meant to address.

  • May 18, 2018

    Nissan Must Face 5-State Shattering-Sunroof Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday rejected an effort by Nissan North America Inc. to partly dismiss a suit that accuses the automaker of violating five states’ consumer protection laws by selling vehicles with defective panoramic sunroofs, saying the latest version of the suit passes muster under the laws of Illinois, California and Colorado.

  • May 17, 2018

    Adviser Gets 5 Years For $6.5M 'European Investment' Scam

    An investment adviser who pled guilty last year to stealing and misappropriating $6.5 million from clients and family members was sentenced Wednesday to more than five years in prison.

  • May 17, 2018

    Kraft Unit Must Pay Tax On $934M Interest, NJ Panel Says

    A Kraft Foods Inc. subsidiary was not entitled to deduct from its taxable income over two years about $934 million in interest payments it made to its Chicago-based parent company, a New Jersey state appeals court said Thursday in upholding a decision in favor of state tax regulators.

  • May 17, 2018

    Cozen Adds Lewis Brisbois Partner To Insurance Practice

    Cozen O’Connor on Thursday announced that a former Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP partner has joined its global insurance practice, bringing 15 years of experience as a litigator and mediator to the firm.

  • May 17, 2018

    Osco Drug Sued Over 20 Faxes A Day Promoting Drug Refills

    Osco Drug’s parent company got slapped with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Thursday by a pain management doctor who says the company sends an average of 20 unauthorized faxes a day encouraging his employer’s physicians to write their patients new prescriptions for controlled substances, including opioids, that they intended to fill only once.

  • May 17, 2018

    St. Roch Market Biz Fights New Orleans Over TM Use

    The operator of New Orleans’ historic St. Roch Market has asked a Louisiana federal court to reject the city's bid to stop it from using the service mark outside the city, such as in Miami and Chicago, arguing New Orleans has never used the mark in commerce but only leases the building with the market’s name.

  • May 17, 2018

    Live Nation To Partner On Chicago Entertainment Venues

    Sterling Bay said Thursday that Live Nation Entertainment will invest in and co-own up to five entertainment venues in the Chicago commercial real estate investment and development firm’s latest project — a Windy City recreation and event district known as Lincoln Yards.

  • May 17, 2018

    A Chat With Perkins Practice Management Chief Toby Brown

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Toby Brown, chief practice management officer at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • May 16, 2018

    Church & Dwight To Face Trimmed Supplement Labeling Row

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday trimmed a proposed class action alleging consumer goods company Church & Dwight Co. Inc. misrepresented that one of its supplements contains the recommended amount of folate rather than potentially dangerous amounts of it.

  • May 16, 2018

    Ill. Jury Finds For AbbVie In AndroGel Bellwether Trial

    An Illinois federal jury on Tuesday sided with AbbVie Inc. in the fifth bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over its testosterone replacement therapy drug AndroGel, finding that the drug didn't cause an Arizona man to develop blood clots in his lungs.

  • May 16, 2018

    Swarovski Battles Online Counterfeiting With $22M TM Suit

    International crystal and jewelry maker Swarovski Aktiengesellschaft and its North American component filed a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Wednesday asking a judge to help it combat a host of alleged counterfeiters it says are infringing its trademarks and faking its products.

  • May 16, 2018

    Maker Of Anti-Clot Device Must Face Suit Over Pierced Vein

    The maker of a medical instrument designed to prevent blood clots will have to face most of a man's lawsuit saying its product perforated a major vein, after an Illinois federal judge ruled the man's suit meets the minimal pleading requirements to bring all but two of his claims.

Expert Analysis

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 3

    John Villafranco

    Companies take part in National Advertising Division proceedings as a form of industry self-regulation — and as an alternative to potentially costly litigation. Analysis of which plaintiffs firms are filing lawsuits after NAD rulings, and whether NAD decisions have any impact on federal courts, supports the conclusion that NAD participation has little correlation with consumer class actions, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 2

    John Villafranco

    Are plaintiffs lawyers scouring National Advertising Division rulings for litigation targets? An analysis of the timing of class actions in relation to NAD decisions suggests that the risk of being subject to a follow-on consumer class action after participation in an NAD proceeding that results in an adverse decision is low, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Key Issues States Face In The Wake Of Sports Bet Ruling

    Jim Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 1

    John Villafranco

    When an advertiser voluntarily participates in industry self-regulation before the National Advertising Division, it does so expecting to avoid litigation. Yet there is a consistent concern among advertisers that NAD participation may make consumer class action litigation more, rather than less, likely. Attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP examine whether NAD decisions actually provide fodder for class actions.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • A Clearer Forecast On Cloud Computing Tax In Illinois

    Samantha Breslow

    Determining whether computer software is taxable is no easy task, especially in light of the changing technological landscape. However, in several nonbinding letters, the Illinois Department of Revenue has recently provided clarification on several key issues, including the taxability of cloud computing, says Samantha Breslow of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • Employee Promotion Lessons From Hussain V. FedEx

    Jill Vorobiev

    While Federal Express succeeded at summary judgment and juries twice found in its favor in Hussain v. FedEx, the path to its recent victory was a long and likely costly one. Employers seeking to mitigate the risk of similar promotion-related discrimination claims should bear in mind the factors that led the Seventh Circuit to reverse the district court's summary judgment, say Jill Vorobiev and Adam Weiner of Reed Smith LLP.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.