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Illinois

  • December 10, 2018

    Architecture Firm To Arbitrate Dispute Over Hotel Plans

    A dispute between an architect and a property management company that allegedly tried to use its plans without paying for them is headed for arbitration after an Illinois federal court ruled Monday that an arbitration agreement in the contested contract is enforceable.

  • December 10, 2018

    Sweet Ending For Chocolatier As Box-Size Suit Is Tossed

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday tossed a proposed class of consumers’ second bite at Fannie May Confections Brands Inc., finding that the amended complaint accusing the confectioner of using deceptively large chocolate boxes failed to show a violation of federal slack-fill regulations.

  • December 10, 2018

    Physical Therapy Co. Wants Whistleblower, Atty Sanctioned

    An Illinois physical therapy provider has told a federal court it should sanction a whistleblower and her lawyer for padding with lies a "sexy" False Claims Act suit that accuses the company of fraudulently billing Medicare for thousands of individual therapy sessions that weren’t provided.

  • December 10, 2018

    Wilson, Buyers Go To Bat For Louisville Slugger Settlement

    Wilson Sporting Goods Co. has reached a deal to provide replacement baseball bats to settle a contentious proposed class action in Illinois federal court by buyers who alleged that Louisville Slugger Prime BBCOR bats were defective and that the company denied and discouraged warranty claims.

  • December 10, 2018

    Fashion Retailer To Pay $3.5M To Button Up EEOC Probe

    A retailer of women’s fashion and accessories has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle a systemic U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigation into the company’s handling of accommodations for pregnant employees and workers with disabilities, the agency announced Monday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Motorola Wins Bid To Send Two-Way Radio Suit To Illinois

    Motorola Solutions Inc. has won its bid to transfer from New Jersey to Illinois a federal antitrust lawsuit by Hytera Communications Corp. accusing the telecommunications giant of unlawfully monopolizing the land mobile radios market, with a judge finding that the claims arose in the Prairie State.

  • December 7, 2018

    CFPB Settles With State Farm Over Credit Reporting Errors

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Thursday settled claims that State Farm Bank FSB improperly obtained consumer reports and gave inaccurate information to credit-reporting agencies, ordering the federal savings association to implement corrective policies without any fines imposed — a move that's drawn the ire of consumer advocates.

  • December 7, 2018

    Customer Service Reps Sue Verizon Over Unpaid Work Hours

    Verizon was slapped with class claims in Pennsylvania federal court Friday alleging that the wireless giant failed to pay customer service representatives overtime wages for time spent reviewing emails and doing other work when they were formally off the clock.

  • December 7, 2018

    Kirkland & Ellis Chairman To Retire, Successor Named

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP's longtime chairman Jeffrey Hammes will retire in early 2020 and will be replaced by Jon Ballis, a Chicago-based private equity partner and member of the firm's global management executive committee, according to a Friday internal memo obtained by Law360.

  • December 7, 2018

    7th Circ. Tosses Contract Row Over Water-Damaged Sand

    A metal flow engineering company that tried holding a contractor accountable for delivering a damaged order of sand brought its lawsuit to court too late, the Seventh Circuit has held.

  • December 7, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Cahill, DLA, Brown

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Altice Europe NV sells a stake in a fiber-optic connection business for $2 billion, ResMed lands Propeller Health for $225 million, and Nexstar Media Group inks a $6.4 billion deal for Tribune Media Co.

  • December 7, 2018

    ​​​​​​​Dominion Must Produce Docs In Dealer Data Antitrust MDL

    Media company Dominion Enterprises Inc. must produce testimony documents in multidistrict litigation over Reynolds and Reynolds Co.'s and CDK Global's alleged monopoly over the auto dealer data management systems market, an Illinois federal judge ruled, finding the documents could implicate the companies in a price increase conspiracy and are relevant to the case.

  • December 7, 2018

    7th Circ. Won't Revive Containerboard Price-Fixing Claims

    A class of containerboard purchasers’ price-fixing claims against two manufacturers that remained in the suit after others settled were correctly tossed because the purchasers had insufficient evidence of a conspiracy, the Seventh Circuit said Friday.

  • December 7, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe

    Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe, a self-proclaimed "elder millennial," created a client management platform to streamline the firm's work in asbestos litigation that is now used across practice areas, making the firm's business more efficient and upping its ability to attract clients through innovative fee arrangements, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 7, 2018

    Del. Justices Uphold Fresenius' $4.3B Akorn Merger Drop

    Delaware's Supreme Court on Friday upheld a milestone Chancery Court finding that Fresenius Kabi AG had a right to terminate a $4.3 billion deal for generic-drug developer Akorn Inc., ruling less than two days after appeal arguments that Fresenius’ exit relied on defensible post-signing findings of material troubles at Akorn.

  • December 6, 2018

    Ill. Woman Gets 4 Years For $5M Ticket Fraud Scheme

    A Chicago woman who promised investors she could buy and resell big-time concert tickets at a profit was sentenced to four years in prison on Thursday, federal officials announced, as the only house she ever filled was her own with luxury items paid for by the $5 million she stole from her victims.

  • December 6, 2018

    Builder Stuck With Trimmed Fraud Suit Over Illinois Homes

    NVR Inc. can’t shake a proposed class action by Illinois homeowners who accuse the builder of installing lower-quality materials than advertised, according to an Illinois federal judge who found on Wednesday that the buyers' claims about cabinets and shingles were specific enough to survive dismissal.

  • December 6, 2018

    Virginia AG Joins Colleagues In Group Fighting Robocalls

    Virginia's attorney general announced Thursday that he is joining a bipartisan group of 40 attorneys general tasked with reviewing the technology being used by telecommunications companies to combat the widespread practice of robocalling.

  • December 6, 2018

    Chicago 'Bean' Artist Ends Copyright Fight Over NRA Video

    The artist behind Chicago’s “Bean” sculpture announced Thursday that the National Rifle Association had agreed to remove the statue from a video he called “propaganda,” ending a copyright lawsuit he filed against the group earlier this year.

  • December 6, 2018

    Ex-Sears CEO's Fund Submits $4.6B Ch. 11 Purchase Bid

    The hedge fund run by Sears Holding Corp. chairman and former CEO Eddie Lampert has said it will make a $4.6 billion offer to buy the bankrupt retail giant that the fund says would preserve about 500 stores and 50,000 jobs across the country.

Expert Analysis

  • Does A Civil Penalty Time Bar Apply In The Tax Context?

    Armando Gomez

    Next month the Seventh Circuit will hear arguments addressing whether the IRS has an unlimited period of time to assess penalties against alleged promoters of abusive tax shelters. Skadden attorneys, who filed an amicus brief on behalf of the American College of Tax Counsel, review the arguments on both sides of this pivotal case.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • 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.