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Illinois

  • December 5, 2018

    Chicago Jury Awards $21.5M Over 6-Year-Old's Drowning

    A Chicago jury awarded $21.5 million on Tuesday to the estate of a 6-year-old boy who drowned while unsupervised in a pool at his day camp program. 

  • December 5, 2018

    Cboe Investors Just Want Names In VIX Manipulation MDL

    Chicago Board Options Exchange investors continued to urge an Illinois federal court to approve expedited discovery in multidistrict litigation against Cboe Global Markets Inc. and related entities over alleged manipulation of its volatility index, claiming they are missing data that would help them identify the manipulators.

  • December 5, 2018

    Clark Hill Adds Chicago Election Lawyer To Gov't Group

    Clark Hill PLC has added Illinois election attorney John Fogarty, who also serves as the Illinois Republican Party's general counsel, as senior counsel in its Chicago office, the firm announced.

  • December 5, 2018

    Fresenius Hits Akorn 'Disaster' In $4B Del. Merger Appeal

    Fresenius Kabi AG branded estranged merger partner Akorn Inc. “a disaster” Wednesday during a Delaware Supreme Court defense of an unprecedented Chancery Court ruling upholding termination of their $4.3 billion merger based on Akorn's alleged regulatory violations and poor performance post-signing.

  • December 5, 2018

    Gov't, Ill. Ask For Approval On Phillips 66 Refinery Deal

    The federal government and Illinois on Tuesday asked a federal court to sign off on a consent decree they proposed with Phillips 66 and WRB Refining LP that requires emissions reductions at the Wood River Refinery, addresses lead paint issues and assesses a $475,000 penalty.

  • December 5, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Kilpatrick Townsend's Kate Gaudry

    Kilpatrick Townsend’s Kate Gaudry has used data analytics to supercharge her patent prosecution practice, uncover winning strategies for portfolio management and expose a secretive U.S. Patent and Trademark Office program, earning her a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Objector Atty Targeted With RICO Suit Says Edelson Set Trap

    A Texas attorney facing a lawsuit filed by Edelson PC in Illinois federal court over claims that he uses the class action objection process to extort class counsel slapped the plaintiffs’ firm with counterclaims Monday, accusing Edelson of running its own fraudulent scheme.

  • December 4, 2018

    Pain Doc’s ‘Fame’ Questioned In TM Suit Over Same Name

    A doctor accused of running a pill mill told an Illinois federal court Monday that a same-named pain doctor isn’t “famous” enough to maintain claims for unfair competition alleging his business suffered due to confusion after the indictment.

  • December 4, 2018

    Derivative Suit Over Allstate Claims Surge Put On Hold

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday pressed pause on a derivative suit accusing several Allstate Insurance Corp. executives of conspiring to lie about why insurance claims had increased, saying two similar proceedings in state court should play out first.

  • December 4, 2018

    Co. Challenges Gov't Co-Contractor's Bid To Toss Breach Suit

    A Middle Eastern transportation service provider urged an Illinois federal judge Tuesday not to toss its lawsuit accusing its co-contractor of violating their agreement over exclusive land and air services, saying its claims show a breach occurred.

  • December 4, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Littler's Scott Forman

    Littler Mendelson PC shareholder Scott Forman's innovative case management platform helps his firm analyze litigation data, craft defense strategies, predict outcomes and greatly reduce client costs, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 4, 2018

    Crypto Platform ErisX Snags $28M In Latest Funding Round

    Cryptocurrency trading platform ErisX on Tuesday said its most recent funding round brought in upward of $27.5 million from investors including Fidelity Investments and Nasdaq Ventures, as ErisX looks to enhance its profile in the digital asset market.

  • December 4, 2018

    7th Circ. Revives Suit Over Defective Sports Tech

    A Seventh Circuit panel has salvaged a suit by a sports electronics company alleging its supplier sold it defective parts, saying that while five of the seven claims were rightfully barred, the fraud claims can proceed.

  • December 3, 2018

    Marriott Hit With Multiple Suits After Massive Data Breach

    Marriott International Inc. has been hit with at least a dozen putative class actions in U.S. federal and Canadian courts by customers who said their privacy was violated by a massive data breach affecting 500 million guests and by a shareholder who alleged the company falsely inflated its cybersecurity bona fides.

  • December 3, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Dave & Buster's, Fla. Land Deal, Midtown

    Dave & Buster's is reportedly eyeing a move to 40,000 square feet in a Chicago mall, 3.2 acres of Florida land that could support a movie theater as well as retail and residential space has traded hands for $23.5 million, and a Midtown Equities venture is said to have landed a $124 million loan for a New York City building.

  • December 3, 2018

    GreatBanc, Homebuilder Sued Over Employee Stock Deals

    GreatBanc Trust Co. and a Missouri-based homebuilder have been hit with a proposed class action in Illinois federal court accusing them of flouting the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by engaging in two prohibited transactions involving the homebuilder’s employee stock ownership plan.

  • December 3, 2018

    High Court Declines To Hear Ex-NHL Player Opioid Death Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider a wrongful death lawsuit by the parents of a National Hockey League player alleging his fatal overdose was the result of the league's promotion of violence and downplaying of the risks of head trauma.

  • December 3, 2018

    Keep Claims Alive In Trade Secrets Suit, Storage Cos. Urge

    Two construction storage companies accusing three former employees of stealing private information and creating a competing business on company time urged an Illinois federal judge not to toss their case Friday, saying their claims satisfy the low threshold to proceed under trade secret law.

  • December 3, 2018

    Futures Exchange Takes CME Antitrust Fight To 7th Circ.

    U.S. Futures Exchange LLC is taking its antitrust suit against CME Group to the Seventh Circuit after an Illinois federal judge ruled that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange hadn't conspired to keep it from forming a rival exchange, determined not to let the decadelong battle end yet.

  • December 3, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: DLA Piper's Eric Falkenberry

    DLA Piper’s Eric Falkenberry quantifies litigation risk for buyers and sellers in the M&A arena, runs data boot camps for colleagues and helps dream up innovative new analytics tools, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Uncertain Future Of Illinois' Biometric Privacy Law

    Richard Darke

    The Illinois Legislature was at the forefront of protecting biometric information from unauthorized disclosure. A decade later, the exact scope of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act is about to be decided by the state high court in Rosenbach v. Six Flags, says Richard Darke of Duane Morris LLP.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

    Jessica Cox

    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • A Multistate Perspective On Taxation Of Digital Products

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    While most states have addressed the taxability of canned and custom software, these two concepts already appear antiquated. Now, with electronically delivered and remotely accessible software, the guidance among states has begun to diverge substantially, says Christopher Lutz of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • A Year-End Refresher On Laws Banning Pay History Inquiries

    Amy Traub

    A recent wave of state and local legislation aims to correct the disparate impact of a seemingly innocuous interviewing practice — asking a candidate about his or her salary history, say Amy Traub and Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo of BakerHostetler.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • State Net

    Voters, Courts Slowly Take Lawmakers' Redistricting Power

    Rich Ehisen

    Thanks to the passage of ballot measures in this month's elections, Missouri, Colorado and Michigan have joined 13 other states that use independent commissions or other bipartisan or nonpartisan means to create legislative or congressional districts, or both, to combat gerrymandering, says Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Spoofing Charges Don't Readily Translate To Private Actions

    Laura Brookover

    Private plaintiffs have filed putative class actions in Chicago and New York on the heels of government enforcement efforts against spoofing. But actions like these are largely untested, and two threshold hurdles for these new cases are apparent, says Laura Brookover of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • State Trust Taxes Ripe For Constitutional Challenges

    Toni Ann Kruse

    Fielding v. Commissioner of Revenue is the most recent in a series of cases that have used the U.S. Constitution to curtail the ability of states to impose their income taxes on nongrantor irrevocable trusts. Toni Ann Kruse and Melissa Price of McDermott Will & Emery LLP discuss the implications of this trend.