• March 15, 2018

    Chicago Police Officer Says Gender Inspired Her Demotion

    A Chicago Police lieutenant with 28 years on the force sued the city of Chicago on Thursday, alleging she was demoted from her prestigious position commanding marine and helicopter units because she was targeted by a superior whom she claimed discriminated against her because of her sex.

  • March 15, 2018

    Feds Tell 7th Circ. House Rules Fair Game In Schock Case

    Prosecutors have urged the Seventh Circuit to reject ex-Rep. Aaron Schock's bid to shut down the government's fraud case against him on separation of powers grounds, setting up a showdown over whether "ambiguous" internal House rules can be used as a shield or a sword in government corruption cases.

  • March 15, 2018

    Pet Supply Co. Featured On CNBC Froze Him Out, Investor Says

    An investor in pet supply chain Bentley’s Pet Stuff, which was featured on CNBC’s reality show "The Profit," asked an Illinois judge on Wednesday to either appoint an outsider to value his interest or force the company’s dissolution, claiming its managing members had misappropriated company money and frozen him out.

  • March 15, 2018

    Ill. High Court Weighs If FOIA Spirit Violated By New Laws

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday heard twin arguments in consolidated cases against the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, which appellants say denied public records requests after stalling long enough for the legislature to pass narrow laws to prohibit the release of the information sought in the requests.

  • March 15, 2018

    Grad Students, Unions Tell Schools To Come To Table

    Graduate students at five schools and leaders of the Service Employees International Union, the United Automobile Workers and other national unions on Wednesday asked the schools’ presidents to negotiate union contracts with their graduate workers. 

  • March 15, 2018

    Plastic Packager Sues Supplier For $1.7M Over Leaky Bags

    Plastic packaging manufacturer Scholle IPN Packaging and its insurer hit its plastic film supplier with a $1.7 million lawsuit in Illinois federal court Thursday over claims that the film caused Scholle's packaging, used by a variety of companies including Coca-Cola, to leak soft drink syrup mix.

  • March 15, 2018

    Illinois Futures Trader Charged With Defrauding Investors

    An Illinois futures trader with a long history of run-ins with regulatory agencies has been arrested and charged with criminal fraud in Chicago federal court for allegedly scheming to rip off investors by lying about his brokerage business and creating false financial statements.

  • March 15, 2018

    GSK Says FDA Barred Warning Of Suicide Risks With Paxil

    GlaxoSmithKline on Wednesday urged the Seventh Circuit to toss a $3 million verdict in favor of the widow of a Reed Smith attorney who committed suicide after taking the generic of its antidepressant Paxil, saying the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had barred it from warning of the drug's suicide risks.

  • March 15, 2018

    Ex-McKinsey Consultant Gets 2 Years In Expense-Fraud Plot

    A former McKinsey & Co. Inc. director was sentenced to two years in prison Wednesday after admitting to a nearly $600,000 expense-fraud scheme he ran with a State Farm employee.

  • March 15, 2018

    Capgemini Workers Nab Class Cert. In Health Benefits Row

    An Illinois federal judge certified a class of current and former Indian national employees of Capgemini North America Inc. for most of their claims Wednesday in a lawsuit alleging the consulting firm cheated the workers out of health insurance benefits.

  • March 15, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: NYC Penthouse, L3, Industrial Property

    A Manhattan penthouse is reportedly under contract to sell for a whopping $180 million, L3 Capital has reportedly bought a Chicago property for $23 million, and Industrial Property Trust is said to be exploring a possible sale of a $3.3 billion portfolio that could be purchased by a private equity firm.

  • March 15, 2018

    Pa. Officials Follow Trump In Not Releasing Tax Returns

    Many state lawmakers have proposed legislation mandating that presidential candidates disclose their tax returns, but their states' own leaders sometimes keep that information secret, including three Republican candidates for Pennsylvania governor who recently said they will not release their returns.   

  • March 15, 2018

    Defective Boeing Plane Caused Flydubai Crash, Suit Says

    The Boeing Co. manufactured and delivered a commercial aircraft to Flydubai with a design defect that prevented the plane from landing properly, causing a crash that killed all 62 people on board, according to a suit filed in Illinois state court.

  • March 14, 2018

    Cook Co. Tax Assessor Looses On Campaign Donation Limits

    Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios on Tuesday lost a court challenge to the county’s campaign contribution limits after having been fined earlier this year for failing to return campaign contributions from property tax appeals lawyers whose donations exceeded the limits. 

  • March 14, 2018

    Ex-Local Teamsters Sue Over Required Pension Payments

    A former steward for a printing and graphics local union and other ousted Teamsters have sued their pension's trustees in Illinois federal court for allegedly requiring them, but not others in the union, to contribute to the faltering fund.

  • March 14, 2018

    Costco Nabs Quick Win In Employee's Age Bias Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday sided with retail giant Costco Wholesale Corp. in a case brought by an employee who alleged her supervisor repeatedly harassed her in the workplace due to her age and delayed answering her requests for time off for the same reason.

  • March 14, 2018

    Ill. Court Official Battles Bid For Quick Access To E-Filings

    An Illinois federal judge improperly interpreted the First Amendment when he ordered Cook County's Circuit Court clerk to make new electronically filed complaints immediately available to the public, the local court official told the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday.

  • March 14, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Fla. Apartments, Kendall, Kinsale

    A Miami apartment building has reportedly traded hands for $14.6 million, Kendall College is said to be looking to sublease nearly 170,000 square feet in Chicago and Kinsale Partners has reportedly bought a Florida office building for $14.75 million.

  • March 14, 2018

    Ill.'s Cook County Must Face Judge's Appropriations Suit

    Cook County, Illinois, will have to face a lawsuit over appropriations filed by its top judge, who is seeking to prevent 161 nonjudicial circuit court layoffs pegged for fiscal 2018, according to a ruling on Wednesday.

  • March 14, 2018

    Architects Rip Five Guys Damages Bid In Copyright Row

    An architecture firm blasted Five Guys in Illinois federal court Wednesday over the fast food chain’s bid to toss attorneys’ fees and damages from a copyright infringement suit, saying it was "hard to square” Five Guys’ argument about the date when the firm registered its copyright with the facts of the case.

Expert Analysis

  • Fate Of Public Union Agency Fees In Hands Of High Court

    Shannon Farmer

    During oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME, the U.S. Supreme Court justices peppered counsel on both sides with questions about the First Amendment and the possible impacts of eliminating union agency fees. Notably, Justice Neil Gorsuch, who is expected to cast the deciding vote, did not ask a single question, say attorneys with Ballard Spahr.

  • Strategies For FCRA Employment Class Actions: Part 2

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    James Boudreau

    The Fair Credit Reporting Act lends itself well to class litigation because it provides for statutory damages and attorneys' fees. In the final part of this article, James Boudreau and Christiana Signs of Greenberg Traurig LLP discuss several aspects of FCRA-related employment litigation including challenges connected to discovery, depositions and summary judgment.

  • Class Action Lawyers Behaving Badly

    Thomas Dickerson

    In prosecuting and defending class actions, a conservative, ethical and salutary approach should be taken by all parties. Unfortunately, a survey of recent cases reveals a wide range of problematic behavior by certain class action attorneys, which only lends credence to criticisms of the class action concept, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • Childproof Cannabis Packages Won’t Impress Jeff Sessions

    Neama Rahmani

    A group of cannabis-oriented businesses recently announced standards meant to "protect consumers and demonstrate to regulators, financial institutions and the public that they operate at the highest level of ethics and responsibility." But these measures, including labeling, child-resistant packaging and health warnings, are unlikely to convince the U.S. Justice Department, says Neama Rahmani of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

  • Jurisdiction Issues Dog Multistate Class Actions

    Michael Leffel

    Relying on the U.S. Supreme Court's 2017 Bristol-Myers Squibb ruling, the Northern District of Illinois recently rejected a putative nationwide class action in DeBernardis v. NBTY Inc. Federal appeals courts will likely soon weigh in on such attempts to preclude multistate class actions on jurisdictional grounds, say Michael Leffel and Aaron Wegrzyn of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Strategies For FCRA Employment Class Actions: Part 1

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    James Boudreau

    Employers’ increased use of various consumer reports coupled with the Fair Credit Reporting Act’s highly technical requirements has led to an uptick in employment-related FCRA class actions. In part 1 of this two-part article James Boudreau and Christiana Signs of Greenberg Traurig LLP discuss the most common types of claims in this area and response strategies.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration


    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.

  • No Relief For Whistleblowers In 7th Circ.

    Steven Pearlman

    A trifecta of recent decisions illustrate a trend of the Seventh Circuit rejecting whistleblower retaliation claims. These cases raise the bar for plaintiffs trying to establish that they engaged in protected activity, a welcome change for employer-defendants, say Steven Pearlman and Edward Young of Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • Avoid Getting A Plaintiff's Fingerprint Pointed At You

    Stephanie Sheridan

    Over the last year or so, what began as a handful of cases under the little-known lllinois Biometric Information Privacy Act has evolved into a wave of well over 30 cases against some of the world’s largest companies. However, a recent decision from the Illinois Court of Appeals could potentially stifle the growing momentum, say Stephanie Sheridan and Meegan Brooks of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.