An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday ruled that a Lloyd’s of London underwriter has no further duty to defend a policyholder facing 10 suits over its alleged practice of cutting up and selling donated cadavers, holding that all the suits constitute a single claim and the insurer has already paid out more than the $2 million per-claim limit.
A Chicago alderman charged with accepting bribes and using a ward bank account as a personal piggy bank plans to plead guilty at the end of November, according to a judge’s order entered Thursday.
An Illinois federal judge said Thursday she will decide in October whether to enter judgment against a Texas attorney accused of running an extortion scheme through objections to class action settlements after he offered to stop practicing law in Illinois to end Edelson PC’s suit, a move Edelson opposes.
Chicago-based Geneva Trading USA LLC has agreed to shell out $1.5 million to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to settle allegations that three of its traders used the disruptive practice of "spoofing" to manipulate the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, according to an order the agency filed Thursday.
Real estate investor Select Strategies Realty said Thursday it has scooped up seven retail properties in the St. Louis metropolitan area in a $78.4 million deal, adding a portfolio spanning 1.1 million square feet with big-name tenants including Home Depot Inc., Dick’s Sporting Goods and Burlington Coat Factory.
An engineering subcontractor for a Chicago L train renovation project slapped general contractor Ragnar Benson Construction LLC with an $8 million lawsuit in Illinois federal court Wednesday, alleging the construction firm prevented the engineering company from altering the subcontract to account for excusable delays and withheld payment for services already rendered.
Morgan Stanley alleged Wednesday in Illinois federal court that six financial advisers who previously managed $660 million for the bank attempted to take confidential information and clients when they left for competitor Stifel Nicolaus & Co.
A former Millbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP senior associate has jumped to Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Chicago office, where she’ll join the institutional private placement finance team, the firm has announced.
An Indonesian citizen told an Illinois federal court Wednesday that the federal government is deliberately dragging its feet while processing his work authorization application as part of an opaque U.S. Department of Homeland Security program that allegedly delays application decisions for Muslim visa petitioners.
Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and other generic-drug companies challenging Allergan PLC patents for dry-eye medication Restasis urged the full Federal Circuit on Tuesday not to reconsider an earlier decision that tribal sovereign immunity doesn’t apply in reviews at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.
Spotify has reportedly subleased 85,666 square feet in Manhattan from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a Carlyle venture is said to have sold three Florida self-storage buildings for $100 million and Sterling Bay has reportedly dropped roughly $20 million on a Chicago Fulton Market building.
A group of 17 states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief in New York federal court Wednesday backing a legal challenge to a decision by President Donald Trump and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to end temporary protected status for Haitians.
A group of states on Tuesday asked a California federal judge not to dismiss their lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the Clean Air Act by failing to impose Obama-era regulations limiting emissions from municipal landfills.
A proposed class of health care providers struck back Tuesday at Becton Dickinson & Co.’s bid to escape their suit accusing the medical supply manufacturer of suppressing competition in the market, saying the providers don’t have to be direct purchasers to bring antitrust claims.
An Illinois affiliate of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades escaped a previously trimmed lawsuit accusing it of engaging in a retaliatory conspiracy against two painters for reporting allegedly corrupt union leadership, after a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the painters’ remaining claims are either time-barred or belong before the state's labor relations board.
A New York federal judge has thrown out a suit against patent law firm Niro Law Group LLC by a former client that accused the firm of attempting to collect a portion of a settlement in a suit Niro did not work on, ruling that the suit was filed in the wrong state.
Against a backdrop of near-constant shareholder litigation challenging mergers, the Seventh Circuit is the first federal circuit that’s been asked to stop a burgeoning litigation strategy among plaintiffs attorneys that some view as extortion of the merging companies and their shareholders.
Electronic health record software giant Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. has asked an Illinois federal judge to toss a proposed class action over a ransomware attack that allegedly put its health care clients and their patients at risk, saying the lawsuit lobs faulty claims at the wrong entity in the wrong forum.
Dunkin' Donuts on Monday asked an Illinois federal judge to toss a suit alleging that the chain misled customers about its artificially flavored blueberry doughnuts, saying the customer leading the suit can't prove he overpaid for his sweet treat.
The Federal Trade Commission blasted a request that an Illinois federal court hold off on enforcing a permanent injunction against a business and its owner while they appeal a $5.2 million judgment over claims that they tricked consumers into enrolling in costly credit monitoring, arguing that their challenge likely won’t succeed.
In this edition of Illinois Tax Talk, Christopher Lutz of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd. discusses the state constitutional framework for Illinois' taxing system, including the taxing power of home rule units and the exclusive power of Illinois' General Assembly to raise revenue.
Trademark licensing has exploded in popularity, with everyone from soft drink companies to Ivanka Trump getting into the game. But licensors who attach their name to products over which they lack manufacturing control take a legal risk, and courts' differing views on licensor liability for defective products create a risk of forum shopping by plaintiffs, says Jordan Lewis of Tucker Ellis LLP.
A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.
Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.
The U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision left lower courts to flesh out history's and Congress' “important roles” when developing a workable legal standard for deciding whether an intangible injury is sufficiently “concrete.” Not surprisingly, the Northern District of Illinois “concreteness” determinations relying on Congress’ role tend to be ad hoc, say Alex Egbert and Tony Hopp of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
Electronic discovery is a challenging process for even the most experienced law firms and corporations, but the challenges faced by government agencies may be even more daunting, says Amy Hilbert of Casepoint LLC.
The Seventh Circuit’s recent opinion in Dolin v. GlaxoSmithKline largely focused on GSK's argument that federal law preempted any suicidality warning requested by the plaintiff, and notably did not address innovator liability issues relating to Illinois law, says William Essig of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
California is the latest to join a list of states in banning local taxes targeted at sweetened beverages or similar sugar taxes. The recent popularity of these taxes at the local level not only has the beverage and retail industry fired up over the compliance issues, but citizens are beginning to recognize the paternalistic nature of these taxes and their regressive effects on communities, say attorneys at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLC.
In Practice Management Support Services v. Cirque du Soleil, an Illinois federal court recently decertified a putative class action alleging Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations. The ruling is an indicator that, following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in China Agritech v. Resh, courts are starting to rein in abuses of equitable tolling to plug up such interminable class action exposure, say attorneys with Blank Rome LLP.
Two weeks ago federal prosecutors announced criminal tax charges against the owners of five Chicago-area restaurants as part of an ongoing federal investigation into the underreporting of gross receipts using sales suppression software. These cases are significant not only as the first federal charges against business owners in many years but also because they appear to be part of a larger investigation of Chicago-area businesses that use zappers, says Matthew Lee of Fox Rothschild LLP.