Illinois

  • February 09, 2021

    Norfolk Southern Gets Arbitration In Attendance Policy Fight

    A disagreement over changes Norfolk Southern Railway Co. made to its attendance policy must play out in a grievance and arbitration process instead of in court, an Illinois federal judge ruled Tuesday, saying the dispute qualifies as minor under the Railway Labor Act.

  • February 09, 2021

    NY AG Wants Feds To Ensure Baby Food Safety As Suits Grow

    The New York attorney general on Tuesday called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take action on a congressional report revealing high levels of toxins in major baby food brands, saying safety shouldn't be controversial as lawsuits against baby food makers begin to mount.

  • February 09, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Industrious, Coghill Family, Orix

    Coworking company Industrious has reportedly preleased 41,000 square feet in Miami, the Coghill family could get close to $10 million with the sale of an Illinois golf course and Orix Real Estate Capital has reportedly loaned $7.15 million for a Florida apartment complex.

  • February 09, 2021

    Full 7th Circ. Revisits Church Carveout To Bias Law

    Seventh Circuit judges pressed the Archdiocese of Chicago on Tuesday to address its "robust position" that the ministerial exception bars all claims arising out of employment discrimination statutes as the full court considers whether it precludes a former church music director's claims that he was harassed for being gay and overweight.

  • February 09, 2021

    DOJ Asks Trump-Appointed US Attorneys To Step Down

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday asked for the resignations of U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Donald Trump, a DOJ official confirmed, though at least one will be spared as the department looks to protect politically sensitive investigations.

  • February 09, 2021

    Abbott Labs Ducks Ex-Worker's ERISA Suit Over Stolen $245K

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday tossed out a former Abbott Laboratories employee's amended accusation that the company unlawfully allowed an identity thief to steal $245,000 from her retirement account, but gave her one more chance to replead her claims.

  • February 09, 2021

    Consumers Say High Court Order Doesn't Affect Grubhub Suit

    A proposed class of consumers urged an Illinois federal court not to toss its suit against Grubhub Inc. on Monday, arguing that the food delivery service wrongly claimed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act was unconstitutional when it allegedly made illegal autodialed calls.

  • February 09, 2021

    COVID Construction Files: JDL's Chicago Development

    Parties working on JDL Development's One Chicago project have realized new efficiencies when it comes to virtual collaboration amid the pandemic, and construction has stayed on schedule. In part three of the COVID Construction Files series, Law360 outlines how the two-tower project — Illinois’ tallest under construction — hasn't missed a beat.

  • February 09, 2021

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    States made strides in the past week to expand COVID-19 vaccination access to a wider swath of the public, resulting in more community vaccination sites in California, an enhanced mobile immunization effort in rural Texas and a program in Florida designed to make homebound Holocaust survivors eligible for vaccine delivery.

  • February 09, 2021

    NLRB Acting Prosecutor Moves To End Suits Against 'Scabby'

    The National Labor Relations Board's new acting prosecutor is moving to end high-profile litigation that former general counsel Peter Robb filed to block unions from deploying inflatable rats and erecting large banners in some protests.

  • February 08, 2021

    Ill. Agency Escapes Several Claims In Ex-Worker's Bias Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday tossed a number of claims from a former state worker's compensation commission employee's discrimination suit, saying she can replead her race bias allegations but must exhaust administrative remedies for her retaliation and age bias claims.

  • February 08, 2021

    Fed. Circ. Clears Facebook's Alice Win Over Internet Chat IP

    Facebook notched a win in its infringement fight with a Chicago patent holder on Monday when the Federal Circuit unanimously upheld a California judge's decision to scratch Windy City Innovations' internet chat patent as too abstract.

  • February 08, 2021

    Whistleblower Gets $3.6M In FCA Deal With Roche, Humana

    A former Roche Diagnostics Corp. employee is set to get a $3.6 million cut of a $12.5 million settlement to resolve her False Claims Act claims that the company had an illegal arrangement to get its diabetes medication back on Humana's Medicare Advantage formulary.

  • February 08, 2021

    Court Must Weigh If Ill. Wage Law Provides For Atty Fees

    An Illinois appellate court on Friday held that a former police officer isn't entitled to attorney fees under the settlement reached in his wage suit with a Chicago-area village, instructing the circuit court to consider on remand whether he can recover the fees under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.

  • February 08, 2021

    FERC Botched Grid Project Payment Plan, DC Circ. Told

    Federal energy regulators wrongfully dictated a Midwest regional grid operator's method for divvying up the costs of interregional low-voltage electric transmission projects by arbitrarily selecting a method used for high-voltage lines, a group of utilities told the D.C. Circuit.

  • February 08, 2021

    Morgan Lewis Picks Up Former Sidley Partner In Chicago

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has hired the former co-leader of Sidley Austin LLP's global finance group, who specializes in representing commercial and investment banks and hedge funds in a variety of lending transactions.

  • February 05, 2021

    Ill. Judge Sends Amazon Voiceprint Claims To Arbitration

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday granted Amazon's bid to send two customers' biometric privacy claims over the company's Alexa device to arbitration but said he needs more information before he can decide whether to treat a minor's claim the same way.

  • February 05, 2021

    Fifth Third Says Real Estate Borrowers Owe $3M

    Fifth Third Bank has filed suit in Illinois federal court against a group of real estate entities and professionals, claiming they owe at least $3.2 million on a $34.8 million loan they have struggled to repay.

  • February 05, 2021

    Insurer Says It Lost $3M Because RSM Audit Missed Fraud

    Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co. said in an Illinois state court suit that consulting firm RSM US LLP should be on the hook after the insurer paid $3 million to cover damages its insured incurred after RSM failed to detect management-level fraud during an audit.

  • February 05, 2021

    J&J Wins Settlement In Counterfeit Device Row

    Johnson & Johnson is set to get at least $6 million as part of a deal to resolve its suit alleging a medical device company sold counterfeit J&J surgical clips and other products.

  • February 05, 2021

    Fogo De Chao Gets Illegal Tip Pool Claims Moved To Texas

    Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao persuaded a Pennsylvania federal judge to transfer a proposed class action to Texas so the chain can face allegations it forced workers across 49 locations to participate in an illegal tip pool in the state where it is headquartered.

  • February 05, 2021

    Law360's Tort Report: Record $205M Birth Injury Award Nixed

    A client-poaching suit filed by a leading Massachusetts injury firm and the overturning of a record $205 million jury verdict in a suit accusing a Johns Hopkins hospital of causing a baby's brain damage lead Law360's Tort Report, which compiles recent personal injury and medical malpractice news that may have flown under the radar.

  • February 05, 2021

    No Evidence Power Auction Was Tainted, FERC Tells DC Circ.

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has told the D.C. Circuit that despite a major rate spike, a wholesale electricity auction conducted by regional grid operator Midcontinent Independent Systems Operator followed established procedures, rebutting allegations of market manipulation from Public Citizen.

  • February 05, 2021

    ComEd Wants Out Of Customer Suits Over Bribery Scheme

    Commonwealth Edison Co. urged an Illinois federal judge Thursday to toss a putative class action alleging customers paid higher electric bills after the utility bribed public officials to ensure favorable regulation, saying the court can't entertain a suit seeking damages arising from rates approved by state regulators.

  • February 05, 2021

    Girardi's Companies Default In Suit Over Boeing Settlements

    A Chicago federal judge on Friday held in default two companies owned by Girardi Keese founder Tom Girardi and his estranged wife, reality show star Erika Jayne, after they failed to respond to a December complaint alleging they wrongfully took millions of dollars from a plane crash settlement.

Expert Analysis

  • A Law Firm's Guide To Producing A Podcast

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    Courtney Hudson and Megan Senese at Pillsbury offer tips on how law firms can utilize podcasts to deliver important legal insights to clients in a COVID-19 world, and how to make the process stress-free for participating lawyers and guests.

  • Actions Cos. Can Take Now To Address Microplastics Risk

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    Recent reports on the prevalence of microplastics in the environment underscore potential liabilities companies may face in relation to this emerging contaminant, and the importance of acting now to manage risks while the science and regulations are still evolving, say Shannon Broome and Dan Grucza at Hunton and David Gratson at Environmental Standards.

  • 5 Article III Takeaways From 7th Circ.'s FDCPA Ruling Frenzy

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    The Seventh Circuit's five recent rapid-fire decisions on plaintiffs' standing in Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases highlight the importance of scrutinizing alleged injuries, and go a long way in clarifying the Article III analysis in similar statutory-based putative class actions, say Thomas Shriner and Aaron Wegrzyn at Foley & Lardner.

  • Texas Bankruptcy Ruling May Weaken Rent Abatement Args

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    A recent Texas bankruptcy court's decision denying pandemic-related rent abatement for CEC Entertainment's Chuck E. Cheese restaurants may weaken tenants' arguments regarding force majeure and frustration in similar cases, say attorneys at Cleary Gottlieb.

  • 2020 Privacy Law Trends And How They Affect Compliance

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    As you develop your 2021 privacy compliance toolkit, think about recent legal developments and take advantage of holistic steps to get prepared for an active year of privacy and data security enforcement, says Liisa Thomas, leader of Sheppard Mullin's privacy practice.

  • 5 Important E-Discovery Trends And Developments In 2020

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    The rapid adoption of varied remote communication and collaboration tools during the pandemic created new information preservation and privilege considerations this year, while courts and regulators offered some guidance on technology-assisted review and the movement of data across borders, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper and Boehringer Ingelheim.

  • Perspectives

    Judges On Race: The Path To A More Diverse Bench

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    To close the diversity gap between the judiciary and the litigants that regularly appear in criminal courts, institutions including police departments, prosecutor offices and defense law firms must be committed to advancing Black and Latino men, says New York Supreme Court Justice Erika Edwards.

  • 5 Key Differences In EU And US Breach Notification Regimes

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    As they determine their approaches to data breach notification and investigation, companies and regulators would do well to recognize the crucial distinctions between the EU's wide-reaching General Data Protection Regulation and U.S. states' individual laws, say attorneys at Alston & Bird.

  • What To Know About 2020's Top Wage And Hour Law Updates

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    This year, employers gained clarity in some areas of wage and hour law with U.S. Department of Labor guidance addressing compensation for remote employees and the fluctuating workweek pay structure, but issues like the joint employer standard remain murky heading into 2021, say Kathleen Caminiti and Sheila Willis at Fisher Phillips.

  • Class Certification Obstacles In Suits Over Connected Devices

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    Vulnerabilities in connected devices like those recently reported by Google may lead to litigation, but two decades of data security lawsuits suggest that internet of things plaintiffs may have problems achieving class certification, say Mark Raffman and Katie Kissinger at Goodwin.

  • The Future Of Drug Decriminalization After Oregon

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    Advocates intend to use Oregon's new law decriminalizing personal possession of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines to achieve similar reforms elsewhere, but unlike marijuana reform, the broader drug decriminalization movement may not prove as popular with other states, says Tom Firestone at Baker McKenzie.

  • Tips For Identifying A Culturally Competent Mediator

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    Attorneys can pick open-minded neutrals by taking a client's race, gender, sexual orientation and nationality into account, and by ensuring the mediator is able to communicate effectively across cultures, says Anelise Codrington at Swift Currie.

  • Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2020: Part 1

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    This year brought significant developments in U.S. and international trade secret law, including the Defend Trade Secrets Act's new extraterritorial application, a trade deal that better aligns Chinese enforcement with U.S. law, and appellate decisions redefining the contours of misappropriation claims, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Opinion

    In-Person Sales Bans For Competitive Energy Cos. Are Unfair

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    State utility regulators should end the double standard that restricts competitive energy suppliers' ability to conduct in-person sales and marketing during the pandemic while other businesses have resumed such activities, says Karen Moury at Eckert Seamans.

  • 2 Decisions Reveal New Tool For TCPA Defense Litigators

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    Recent rulings from Ohio and Louisiana federal courts holding that the U.S. Supreme Court's severance of an unconstitutional amendment to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act cannot be applied retroactively expose a new weakness in TCPA class actions and could open the way for a circuit split on the issue, says Myriah Jaworski at Beckage PLLC.

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