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Illinois

  • September 18, 2018

    Firm Ducks Claims It Wanted Cut Of Suit It Didn't Work On

    A New York federal judge has thrown out a suit against patent law firm Niro Law Group LLC by a former client that accused the firm of attempting to collect a portion of a settlement in a suit Niro did not work on, ruling that the suit was filed in the wrong state.

  • September 18, 2018

    7th Circ. Has Chance To Cut Off 'Mootness Fee' Merger Cases

    Against a backdrop of near-constant shareholder litigation challenging mergers, the Seventh Circuit is the first federal circuit that’s been asked to stop a burgeoning litigation strategy among plaintiffs attorneys that some view as extortion of the merging companies and their shareholders.

  • September 18, 2018

    Allscripts Wants Suit Over Ransomware Attack Tossed

    Electronic health record software giant Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. has asked an Illinois federal judge to toss a proposed class action over a ransomware attack that allegedly put its health care clients and their patients at risk, saying the lawsuit lobs faulty claims at the wrong entity in the wrong forum.

  • September 18, 2018

    Dunkin' Donuts Wants 'Fake Blueberry' Doughnut Suit Tossed

    Dunkin' Donuts on Monday asked an Illinois federal judge to toss a suit alleging that the chain misled customers about its artificially flavored blueberry doughnuts, saying the customer leading the suit can't prove he overpaid for his sweet treat.

  • September 18, 2018

    Credit Report Schemers Won't Win $5.2M Ruling Appeal: FTC

    The Federal Trade Commission blasted a request that an Illinois federal court hold off on enforcing a permanent injunction against a business and its owner while they appeal a $5.2 million judgment over claims that they tricked consumers into enrolling in costly credit monitoring, arguing that their challenge likely won’t succeed.

  • September 18, 2018

    WeWork Reaches Deal With NY, Ill. To Curb Noncompetes

    Shared workspace provider WeWork Cos. Inc. has agreed to curtail its use of noncompete agreements, with some workers receiving full releases from agreements they signed and others having the terms of their noncompetes streamlined, the attorneys general of New York and Illinois announced Tuesday.

  • September 18, 2018

    SEC Settles With Alleged Chicago Penny Stock Fraudster

    A Chicago-area wellness company executive reached a deal to settle claims from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission he manipulated his company’s penny stock offerings, agreeing to pay a yet-to-be-determined penalty, the agency said Tuesday.

  • September 17, 2018

    Judge Boots $1.6M Neiman Marcus Breach Deal And Class

    An Illinois federal judge Monday decertified a consumer class and declined final approval of its $1.6 million deal with Neiman Marcus Group LLC that would have ended an action over credit card data that was exposed in a 2013 breach, finding conflicts between class members.

  • September 17, 2018

    Claim Juror Fears Led To Bias Can't Undo Playboy TM Win

    An Illinois appellate court on Friday upheld a $6.6 million verdict that saw trebled damages for Playboy Enterprises International Inc. after a trial over a licensing dispute between the brand and an energy drink maker, saying the lower court didn’t need to flesh out jurors’ fear of certain men in the courtroom to ensure an untainted decision would be reached.

  • September 17, 2018

    Chicken Price-Fixing Suit Gets Plucked From Kan.

    A major cooperative food wholesaler will have to litigate its price-fixing allegations against Tyson, Perdue and several other broiler chicken producers alongside the roughly 20 other lawsuits currently pending against the companies in Illinois after a federal judge agreed to allow the defendants to fly the Kansas coop.

  • September 17, 2018

    Claire's Strikes Deal With Oaktree Over Contested Ch. 11

    After several hours of negotiations, Claire's was able to avoid what was likely to be a highly contentious confirmation hearing for the accessory retailer's Chapter 11 restructuring plan after settling with second-lien creditors now set to recover millions more under the plan.

  • September 17, 2018

    Wachtell Steers Chemical Co. Univar In $2B Nexeo Buy

    Univar Inc., led by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, said Monday it will snap up private equity-backed chemicals and plastics distributor Nexeo Solutions Inc. in a $2 billion — including debt — deal in the latest chemicals industry tie-up.

  • September 17, 2018

    Ulta Shoppers Say Risk Of Buying Used Makeup Justifies Suit

    A proposed class of Ulta Beauty Inc. customers told an Illinois federal judge to reject the makeup retailer’s bid to dismiss their claims the company sold used products, arguing in part that misleading customers about what they were buying is enough to establish standing.

  • September 17, 2018

    Homeland Wants Out Of HCSC's Antitrust MDL Costs

    Homeland Insurance Co. of New York asked an Illinois federal judge to find the company not liable for antitrust claims against Health Care Service Corp. centralized in multidistrict litigation, arguing that a prior suit over similar claims means no coverage for the new ones.

  • September 17, 2018

    Exelon Says 7th Circ. Ruling Dooms NY Nuke Subsidy Fight

    The Seventh Circuit's recent ruling that subsidies offered by Illinois to prop up struggling nuclear power plants are lawful backs the argument that New York's similar nuclear subsidy program passes legal muster, a lawyer for Exelon Corp. told the Second Circuit on Friday.

  • September 17, 2018

    Crowne Plaza Owes For Irma Responder Bookings, Suit Says

    The owner of a Houston Crowne Plaza hotel got slapped with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Friday by a company that says it's owed $174,000 for helping to book American Red Cross personnel for stays during Hurricane Irma that netted the hotel $4.5 million.

  • September 17, 2018

    CFTC Seeks Quick Win For 2 Claims In Kraft Wheat Case

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission on Friday asked an Illinois federal court for a quick win on two claims in its suit against Kraft Foods Group Inc. alleging that the food conglomerate manipulated the price of wheat commodities and futures.

  • September 17, 2018

    Investcorp Drops $300M On Multistate Warehouse Portfolio

    Investcorp on Monday said it paid roughly $300 million for its largest-ever acquisition of a U.S. warehouse portfolio that includes properties in Texas, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Illinois, the ninth deal of its kind for the investment manager in the past three years.

  • September 14, 2018

    Protect Litigant Privacy In E-Filing Access, 7th Circ. Urged

    The Seventh Circuit wrestled Friday over whether to reverse a lower court's order that forced Cook County’s court clerk to make electronically filed complaints "immediately and contemporaneously" available to reporters, asking how to define that phrase when the court operates on business hours and the federal appeals system works like Cook County’s with respect to processing documents.

  • September 14, 2018

    Attys Scrap Over $9M Fee Lot In Revised Pella Class Deal

    Attorneys representing current and former participants in a class action accusing Pella Corp. of selling leaky windows urged an Illinois federal judge Friday to approve their respective bids for a cut of $9 million in fees for work they put into reaching a nearly $26 million deal in the suit, which has been pending in Illinois federal court for about 12 years.

Expert Analysis

  • Past Due Rent May Not Support A Claim For Eviction

    Jason Hirsh

    Lawyers counseling clients with respect to commercial real estate should be alarmed by 1002 E. 87th Street v. Midway, in which the Illinois Appellate Court recently held that a buyer of real estate cannot sue for rent owed prior to the real estate acquisition and that a claim for past due rent is not assignable, say Jason Hirsh and Jamie Burns of Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.

  • Federal Criminal Liability Confusion Under CFAA

    Jonathan Etra

    Two recent federal court decisions — Hamilton Group Funding v. Basel in the Southern District of Florida and Hill v. Lynn in the Northern District of Illinois — confirm just how broad and unpredictable the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act can be, say Jonathan Etra and Christopher Cavallo of Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • Illinois Tax Talk: The Roots Of The State Revenue System

    Christopher Lutz

    In this edition of Illinois Tax Talk, Christopher Lutz of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd. discusses the state constitutional framework for Illinois' taxing system, including the taxing power of home rule units and the exclusive power of Illinois' General Assembly to raise revenue.

  • TM Licensors Beware: Your Product Liability Risks May Vary

    Jordan Lewis

    Trademark licensing has exploded in popularity, with everyone from soft drink companies to Ivanka Trump getting into the game. But licensors who attach their name to products over which they lack manufacturing control take a legal risk, and courts' differing views on licensor liability for defective products create a risk of forum shopping by plaintiffs, says Jordan Lewis of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.