• March 16, 2018

    Hartford Needn't Indemnify Trucking Co. For Workplace Death

    A Virginia federal judge on Friday ruled Hartford Underwriters Insurance Co. doesn’t have to pay any benefits on a workers' compensation claim made by the widow of a trucking company employee who died as the result of a workplace accident, handing the insurer a quick win in the case.

  • March 16, 2018

    Ill. Lottery Manipulation Suit Will Stay In Federal Court

    Consumers and retailers suing Illinois' former lottery manager for allegedly misrepresenting the odds of winning scratch-off games cannot return to state court, as federal jurisdiction applies even if they have no injury to sue over under the Spokeo standard, a judge found Friday.

  • March 16, 2018

    Morningstar, Prudential Flee RICO Claim Over Robo-Adviser

    Morningstar Inc. and two Prudential Financial Inc. retirement-focused subsidiaries escaped a racketeering suit claiming the three colluded to steer investors toward high-cost investment options with a robo-adviser, after an Illinois federal judge Friday said a plan participant who is lobbing those claims failed to allege that the companies were running an unlawful enterprise.

  • March 16, 2018

    Ill. Atty Beats Malpractice Suit In Domino's Franchise Row

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday tossed a lawsuit accusing an attorney of malpractice for representing both a Domino’s Pizza franchise co-owner and his business partner in the sale of their restaurant, ruling that the suing co-owner should have provided an expert opinion about the alleged conflict of interest.

  • March 16, 2018

    Ill. Judge Says He'll Stay Out Of Okla. Arbitration Dispute

    A Chicago federal judge on Friday tossed a bid from Illinois-based PCH Lab Services LLC to force arbitration in an Oklahoma hospital's case accusing the company of financial scheming, saying the Oklahoma state court that has been hearing this dispute for months is "perfectly capable" of resolving the issue.

  • March 16, 2018

    Chicago Pol Says No Evidence Supporting Bribery Charges

    A Chicago alderman accused of accepting bribes asked an Illinois federal judge to dismiss some of the charges Friday, arguing that the government’s witnesses have not established the payments were bribes or extortion.

  • March 16, 2018

    Kraft Knocks CFTC Bid To Funnel Depos From Investor Suit

    Kraft Foods Group Inc. on Thursday lambasted the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's bid for future deposition transcripts from a separate investor suit that similarly alleges that the food conglomerate manipulated the wheat market, saying the request is an attempt to bolster the agency's trial arguments with evidence it failed to collect itself.

  • March 16, 2018

    A Chat With Littler Info Chief Durgesh Sharma

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Durgesh Sharma, CIO at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • 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.   

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Why Machine Learning Should Matter To Lawyers

    Dan Puterbaugh

    Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.

  • The Continuing Evolution Of Personal Jurisdiction

    Kevin Penhallegon

    It was anticipated that last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Bristol-Myers Squibb would have immediate and significant impacts nationwide. Those impacts have been seen at the state level in recent months, as evidenced by several trial courts dismissing out-of-state plaintiffs’ claims where specific personal jurisdiction could not be established, says Kevin Penhallegon of Miles & Stockbridge PC.

  • Opinion

    ALI Insurance Restatement Oversteps Its Boundaries

    Phil Graham

    The American Law Institute's draft Restatement of the Law of Liability Insurance may significantly influence the cost of liability insurance. If the restatement is approved, a small group of unelected people will be responsible for enacting far-reaching changes impacting the insurance industry, say Philip Graham and Cody Hagan of Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard PC.

  • Register Your California Cannabis Trademarks Now

    Joshua Cohen

    Any cannabis business that is holding its breath waiting for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to start registering cannabis-related trademarks should give up. But those located in states that have legalized recreational and/or medicinal cannabis should immediately seek state trademark registration where available, says Joshua Cohen, leader of Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP's intellectual property group.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle PC.