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  • September 20, 2018

    Lloyd's Coverage Of 'Body Broker' Cases Capped At $2M

    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.

  • September 20, 2018

    Chicago Alderman Sets Date To Plead To Bribery Charges

    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.

  • September 20, 2018

    Objector Atty's Offer To Quit Law In Ill. Awaits Ruling

    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.

  • September 20, 2018

    Chicago-Based Trading Co. To Pay $1.5M Over 'Spoofing' Claims

    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.

  • September 20, 2018

    Select Strategies Pays $78.4M For St. Louis Retail Portfolio

    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. 

  • September 20, 2018

    Chicago Train Subcontractor Says It's Owed $8M For Work

    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.

  • September 20, 2018

    Morgan Stanley Says Ex-Brokers Tried To Woo Clients To Stifel

    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.

  • September 19, 2018

    Millbank Tweed Project Finance Atty Joins Greenberg Traurig

    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.

  • September 19, 2018

    USCIS Vetting Policy Unfairly Targets Muslims, Immigrant Says

    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.

  • September 19, 2018

    No Need To Reconsider Immunity At PTAB, Fed. Circ. Hears

    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.

  • September 19, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Spotify, Carlyle, Sterling Bay

    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.

  • September 19, 2018

    Keep Haitians' Status Suit, 17 States Tell NY Court

    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.

  • September 19, 2018

    States Fight To Keep EPA In Suit Over Landfill Emissions

    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.

  • September 19, 2018

    Becton Can't Avoid Medical Supplies Antitrust Suit, Court Told

    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.

  • September 19, 2018

    Painters Union Dodges Suit Alleging Retaliation Conspiracy

    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.

  • September 18, 2018

    Firm Ducks Claims It Wanted Cut Of Suit It Didn't Work On

    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.

  • September 18, 2018

    7th Circ. Has Chance To Cut Off 'Mootness Fee' Merger Cases

    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.

  • September 18, 2018

    Allscripts Wants Suit Over Ransomware Attack Tossed

    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.

  • September 18, 2018

    Dunkin' Donuts Wants 'Fake Blueberry' Doughnut Suit Tossed

    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.

  • September 18, 2018

    Credit Report Schemers Won't Win $5.2M Ruling Appeal: FTC

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Illinois Tax Talk: The Roots Of The State Revenue System

    Christopher Lutz

    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.

  • TM Licensors Beware: Your Product Liability Risks May Vary

    Jordan Lewis

    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.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    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.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    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.

  • Assessing 'Concreteness' Under Spokeo In Northern Illinois

    Alex Egbert

    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.

  • 5 E-Discovery Hurdles For Government Agencies

    Amy Hilbert

    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.

  • 7th Circ. Focuses On Impossibility Preemption In Dolin V. GSK

    William Essig

    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.

  • Local Sugar Taxes May Be Headed For A Crash

    Carley Roberts

    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.

  • China Agritech May Cork Repeat TCPA Class Actions

    Ana Tagvoryan

    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.

  • Look Out, Tax Zapper Users: Feds Join State-Level Crackdown

    Matthew Lee

    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.