• December 13, 2017

    Medicaid Providers Not Paying For Long-Term Care, Suit Says

    An Illinois-based network of nursing homes slapped the state with a class action lawsuit on Tuesday, saying its Department of Healthcare and Family Services and several other state Medicaid contractors are not providing adequate benefits to patients receiving long-term care.

  • December 13, 2017

    Ill. Nuke Plant Subsidies Do Step On FERC, 7th Circ. Told

    A coalition of power producers on Tuesday told the Seventh Circuit that the effort by Illinois to prop up two struggling Exelon Corp. nuclear power plants is an overreach of authority reserved for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, adding that Supreme Court precedent showed the state went too far.

  • December 13, 2017

    No Coverage For Ex-CEO Of Pot Grower, Insurer Says

    Landmark American Insurance Co. asked an Illinois federal judge Wednesday to absolve it of any responsibility to defend a medical marijuana grower’s ex-CEO in a $5 million dispute between him and the enterprise, saying some of the counterclaims in the underlying matter are excluded from coverage.

  • December 13, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: CubeSmart, Visual Arts School, US Bank

    CubeSmart is said to have picked up a self-storage building in Florida for $17.75 million, the School of Visual Arts has reportedly renewed its 80,000-square-foot New York lease and US Bank is said to have taken control of an Illinois building following a foreclosure suit filed against owner Lexington Realty Trust nearly a year ago.

  • December 12, 2017

    Dollar General's Bid For Job Data Denied In EEOC Case

    An Illinois federal judge largely denied Dollar General's bid to force the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to provide more evidence that the discount chain's background checks have a disparate impact on black applicants, saying the agency had already conducted a study on their effect.

  • December 12, 2017

    Insurer Refuses To Cover Ill. Town In Red-Light Camera Suit

    Georgia-based Catlin Indemnity Co. sued the Village of Crestwood in Illinois federal court Monday, saying it shouldn't have to cover the town in an underlying suit over the alleged illegal use of one red-light camera because the suit falls under a law enforcement exclusion in the policy.

  • December 12, 2017

    Hastert Barred From Internet For 2 Years During Probation

    Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert can’t use the internet or have contact with anyone under 18 except under certain conditions over the next two years, according to a list of new conditions imposed on the politician for his post-prison release Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    7th Circ. Tosses Ex-Morgan Stanley Worker’s Sex Bias Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court’s decision tossing litigation accusing a Morgan Stanley unit of firing an employee because of her sex and allowing coworkers to mistreat her, concluding that her discrimination claim is speculative and she didn’t sufficiently show a hostile work environment.

  • December 12, 2017

    Ill. Doctor Gets 14 Mos. For Illegal Drug Distribution

    An Illinois doctor who pled guilty last year to several counts of illegally distributing hydrocodone was sentenced Monday to 14 months in prison.

  • December 12, 2017

    Onetime Fund Manager Stole $10M From Investors, Feds Say

    A sometime TV pundit who held himself out as an investment manager after regulators stripped him of his registrations and the state of Illinois barred him from dealing in securities was charged with defrauding investors out of $10 million, according to an indictment unsealed Monday.

  • December 12, 2017

    7th Circ. Absolves Insurer Of Accident Coverage

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday said a construction company’s insurer doesn’t owe a defense against allegations that a company truck hit and injured a woman because the driver didn’t report the accident to the insurer in a timely manner.

  • December 11, 2017

    Ill. Firm Must Face Privacy Claims Over Deposition Disclosure

    An Illinois appeals court on Friday partially reversed and remanded a privacy lawsuit against Illinois firm Williams McCarthy LLP, whose lawyer was sued for improperly revealing the mental health status of a woman who claimed she was wrongfully excluded from a trust.

  • December 11, 2017

    What Your Colleagues Think Of Litigation Finance

    We asked, and you answered. Here are the results of Law360’s inaugural survey on third-party legal funding.

  • December 11, 2017

    Has Litigation Finance Shed Its Stigma?

    Once a taboo topic in the halls of BigLaw, litigation finance is winning over converts. And the peer pressure is building for rival law firms to join the bandwagon.

  • December 11, 2017

    Why Investors Are Taking The Leap To 3rd-Party Funding

    They often don’t know exactly what they’re buying, and there’s an ever-present chance they could come up empty in a given case. Here’s why investors are flocking to litigation finance anyway.

  • December 11, 2017

    Dog Groomer Can't Duck Fraud Claims In Trademark Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday said a dog groomer cannot dodge consumer fraud claims brought by a grooming business accusing him of unlawfully listing his number next to its advertisements, but he held on to the groomer's counterclaim that a once-contractual partnership between him and the company owners was unlawfully broken.

  • December 11, 2017

    Ill. Appeals Court Upends $5M Construction-Injury Deal

    An Illinois appeals panel on Friday reversed a trial court’s good-faith finding and ordered a new trial over contributions to a man’s $5 million settlement for injuries he suffered at a Walmart construction site, finding neither the judge nor the jury had enough information to determine whether each settling party is paying its proper portion of the deal.

  • December 11, 2017

    Ill. Appeals Court Revives Claim Over Spinal Surgery

    An Illinois appeals court on Friday reversed and remanded a trial court’s decision to dismiss medical negligence allegations against hospital staffers in a suit brought by a woman who suffered major arterial damage after spinal surgery, finding that the claims were not time-barred.

  • December 11, 2017

    Endo Escapes Faulty Pelvic Mesh Suit On Appeal

    An Illinois appeals court on Friday tossed a suit accusing Endo Pharmaceuticals and its subsidiary American Medical Systems Inc. of manufacturing faulty pelvic mesh products, finding the suit doesn’t belong in an Illinois court.

  • December 11, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Jubao Xie, Marc Realty, Lennar Homes

    Chinese developer Jubao Xie is reportedly looking to sell the world's tallest Holiday Inn which is located in New York, Marc Realty Capital is said to be close to paying $100 million for 488 condos in Chicago, and Lennar Homes has reportedly dropped more than $7.5 million on a Florida development site.

Expert Analysis

  • How DOE's 'Grid Resiliency' Policy May Impact Gas Markets

    Chip Moldenhauer

    At the behest of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is soon expected to release an interim rule that subsidizes power plants that hold 90 days of fuel supply on site — i.e., coal-fired and nuclear plants — and effectively penalizes gas-fired plants. But FERC has an opportunity to mitigate the threat to gas-fired generators, says Chip Moldenhaeur of LawIQ.

  • The Intersection Of Arbitration And Choice-Of-Law Clauses

    Rachel Mongiello

    Clients on the verge of litigation with a contractual counterparty often furnish their attorneys with the negotiated contract containing a mandatory arbitration provision and choice-of-law clause. But an often overlooked question is whether the Federal Arbitration Act or the parties’ chosen law governs the arbitration itself, says Rachel Mongiello of Cole Schotz PC.

  • MDL Hearing Signals A New Phase For Opioid Suits

    Adam Fleischer

    On Nov. 30, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heard argument in over 100 government lawsuits seeking damages from pharmaceutical companies for the opioid epidemic. Whether these cases get consolidated and, if so, in which court, may have far-reaching implications, say Adam Fleischer and Kevin Harris of BatesCarey LLP.

  • Insights On Article III Standing Under Ill. Biometrics Law

    Molly DiRago

    Last week the Second Circuit, in Santana v. Take-Two Interactive Software, affirmed the lower court’s decision that the plaintiffs lacked Article III standing to assert a claim under Illinois’ Biometric Information Protection Act, creating an apparent divide between plaintiffs who have voluntarily provided their biometric data and those who have not, say Molly DiRago and Mark Mao of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • Why Asking About Salary History Is Risky Anywhere

    Joseph Kroeger

    Recently there has been significant attention around new laws and ordinances that prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their salary history in various U.S. states and cities. But are employers outside of these jurisdictions free to ask for salary history information of applicants without risk? Hardly, say Joseph Kroeger and Audrey Roberts of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • Dissecting NAIC's Insurance Data Security Model Law

    Lawrence Hamilton

    On the heels of the new Insurance Data Security Model Law recently adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, members of Mayer Brown explain the new law, its substantive requirements, and the takeaways for the insurance industry.

  • The Broad Reach Of Medicare Act’s Preemption Provision

    Jeffrey Bushofsky

    When defending claims involving Medicare, it is important to consider whether they may be preempted by state or local laws. An Illinois federal court's recent decision in Mayberry v. Walgreens highlights just how far Medicare preemption can reach, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • 5 Ways Retailers Can Avoid Holiday Employment Headaches

    John Richards

    During the holiday season, employees are more likely to request time off or call in sick. For retailers, however, this time of year typically means increased customer demand, staffing challenges and potential for more wage and hour exposure. Given these issues, attorneys at Greenberg Traurig LLP offer a few tips for retailers to keep in mind.