Illinois

  • December 11, 2017

    Mizuho Picks Off Lead Plaintiff In Mt. Gox Collapse Suit

    Japanese bank Mizuho Bank Ltd. on Monday won dismissal of claims brought by one of the named plaintiffs in a proposed class action over the collapse of bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, with an Illinois federal judge agreeing that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling bars him from joining the suit.

  • December 11, 2017

    Kirkland Wins As Top Fees Earner In Caesars Ch. 11

    An Illinois bankruptcy court on Friday gave final approval to nearly $148 million in fees to various law firms and consultancies as part of Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. Inc.'s Chapter 11 process, awarding the largest amount — approximately $77 million — to Kirkland & Ellis LLP for guiding the casino giant through its reorganization.

  • December 8, 2017

    The Law Firms Of The 2017 MVPs

    Law360's MVP award goes to attorneys who have distinguished themselves from their peers in litigation, deals and other complex matters. Find the MVPs at your firm here.

  • December 8, 2017

    Law360 MVP Awards Go To Top Attorneys From 78 Firms

    The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2017 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.

  • December 8, 2017

    Travelers Can't Ditch Defense Coverage Suit Over PCB Claims

    Travelers Indemnity Co. can’t shut down a potentially billion-dollar coverage dispute with Magnetek Inc. just because the plaintiff failed to add another company as a defendant, an Illinois federal court ruled Thursday, meaning the insurer will have to win on the merits to avoid being drawn into an underlying suit by Monsanto Co.

  • December 8, 2017

    Nucap Loses Bid To Depose Bosch Chairman In Brake IP Fight

    Nucap Industries Inc. can’t depose Robert Bosch GmbH’s chairman in a lawsuit over Bosch’s alleged theft of brake design components since there’s no evidence he’s involved in the issues at hand, an Illinois federal magistrate judge said Thursday.

  • December 8, 2017

    3 Attys OK'd To Lead Dairy Price-Fixing Class Action

    An Illinois federal judge has given three attorneys from Barrett Law Group PA, NastLaw LLC and Roberts Law Firm PA the green light to lead a consumer class action alleging that a now-canceled program to slaughter milk cows resulted in illegal price-fixing for dairy products.

  • December 8, 2017

    Ex-Air Force Worker Admits Giving Bidders Contract Info

    A former U.S. Air Force employee pled guilty Thursday in Illinois federal court to allegations he accepted meals and baseball tickets and passed on confidential project pricing information to companies bidding on contracts at his base, information the U.S. Department of Justice said was used to secure work.

  • December 8, 2017

    Mayors Urge FCC To Keep Net Neutrality Rules

    Nearly 60 elected municipal officials from coast to coast, including the mayors of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston, asked the Federal Communications Commission in a Thursday letter to preserve its Obama-era net neutrality rules.

  • December 8, 2017

    Dunkin’ Can't Escape Suit Over Faux Berry Doughnuts

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday allowed a Dunkin’ Donuts customer to go forward with his claim the chain duped him into buying an artificially flavored blueberry doughnut believing it contained real berries, saying if his claims are true it was a reasonable belief.

  • December 7, 2017

    Some State, Local Cellphone Taxes Could Top 40%: Report

    The taxes, fees and surcharges that are tacked onto monthly cellphone bills will hit record levels next year, the Tax Foundation said Thursday, as impending increases could push the tax bite on a typical family plan to as high as 40 percent of the total bill in some locations.

  • December 7, 2017

    VA Hospital Failed To Diagnose Heart Condition, Suit Says

    The spouse of a U.S. Marine Corps. veteran who died in the care of a Veterans Affairs medical facility hit the government with a lawsuit Wednesday in Illinois federal court, alleging physicians at the facility failed to adequately test and treat his deteriorating cardiovascular condition.

  • December 7, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: WeWork, Allegro, ShopOne

    WeWork is reportedly close to a deal to lease two floors in Chicago, Allegro Senior Living is said to have landed a $44.5 million loan for a senior living project in Florida, and ShopOne Centers REIT has reportedly picked up a New Jersey grocery-anchored shopping center for $26.5 million.

  • December 7, 2017

    Writer Says 'Gone Girl' Infringes Her Screenplay

    A Nevada writer on Wednesday filed suit in Illinois federal court against the writer of the bestselling thriller "Gone Girl" and the producers of the 2014 hit movie, saying the novel was ripped off of her own unproduced screenplay.

  • December 7, 2017

    7th Circ. Affirms AmEx’s ‘Flawed’ $6.7M Gift Card Deal

    The Seventh Circuit on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of an objection to American Express’ $6.7 million settlement ending claims that AmEx's prepaid gift cards don't work universally, finding that a district judge didn't abuse his discretion in approving it, even though it said the deal is “flawed” and consumers are getting meager recoveries.

  • December 7, 2017

    Jones Day Picks Up Dykema Cybersecurity Partner

    Jones Day has picked up a Dykema Gossett PLC partner for its cybersecurity and privacy practice in Chicago, citing his “deep experience in incidence response and European data privacy compliance.”

  • December 7, 2017

    Fed. Reform Means Scores Of Tax Decisions Await States

    A swift march toward tax reform by the U.S. Congress means state legislatures, which gavel in next month, will be faced with responding to a giant overhaul of the federal tax code.

  • December 6, 2017

    JPML Sends Opioid MDL To Northern Ohio

    The wave of lawsuits filed by local governments in the wake of the opioid addiction crisis will be centralized in the Northern District of Ohio, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation said Tuesday.

  • December 6, 2017

    Mandated Mental Health Exams Were Valid, 7th Circ. Says

    Mandatory mental health examinations for a former Illinois Department of Transportation employee were necessary for the safety of her coworkers and not discriminatory, a Seventh Circuit panel ruled on Wednesday, affirming a lower court’s decision.

  • December 6, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Morton Williams, CIM, Cornell Realty

    Morton Williams Supermarkets is reportedly leasing more than 29,000 square feet in New York, a CIM venture is said to have bought a Chicago apartment tower, and Cornell Realty Management has reportedly scored a $15 million bridge loan for a Brooklyn condo tower project.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 Months After TC Heartland, Adjusting To A New Landscape

    Nathan Speed

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s May 22, 2017, decision in TC Heartland, which overturned decades of accepted practice on how to evaluate the proper venue for patent litigation, has been lauded by some as ushering in a new era in patent litigation. Others — including some federal judges who have been applying TC Heartland — have found the decision to be much less significant, say Nathan Speed and Stuart Duncan Smith of Wolf Greenfield & Sacks PC.

  • 4 Data-Scraping Lessons From 7th Circ. Ruling

    Benjamin Byer

    Although the Seventh Circuit recently vacated a preliminary injunction that required two competing software companies to allow a third-party data scraper access to their sites and data, the case highlights the complex intersection of big data, copyright, antitrust and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, says Benjamin Byer of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Constance Baker Motley

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Illinois Biometrics Privacy Suits Bring Insurance Questions

    Jonathan Schwartz

    In the past two years, we witnessed a wave of putative class actions filed under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act, with the rate of filings increasing exponentially in recent months. Insurers should take note of their potential coverage obligations under various policies, say Jonathan Schwartz and Colin Willmott of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File

    Michael Errera

    Attorneys should follow seven key points to ensure that their discovery requests and pleadings are appropriately prepared to overcome common hurdles that may be encountered when requesting production of a personnel file, say Michael Errera and Paul Ferland of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.