• 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.   

  • March 15, 2018

    Defective Boeing Plane Caused Flydubai Crash, Suit Says

    The Boeing Co. manufactured and delivered a commercial aircraft to Flydubai with a design defect that prevented the plane from landing properly, causing a crash that killed all 62 people on board, according to a suit filed in Illinois state court.

  • March 14, 2018

    Cook Co. Tax Assessor Looses On Campaign Donation Limits

    Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios on Tuesday lost a court challenge to the county’s campaign contribution limits after having been fined earlier this year for failing to return campaign contributions from property tax appeals lawyers whose donations exceeded the limits. 

  • March 14, 2018

    Ex-Local Teamsters Sue Over Required Pension Payments

    A former steward for a printing and graphics local union and other ousted Teamsters have sued their pension's trustees in Illinois federal court for allegedly requiring them, but not others in the union, to contribute to the faltering fund.

  • March 14, 2018

    Costco Nabs Quick Win In Employee's Age Bias Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday sided with retail giant Costco Wholesale Corp. in a case brought by an employee who alleged her supervisor repeatedly harassed her in the workplace due to her age and delayed answering her requests for time off for the same reason.

  • March 14, 2018

    Ill. Court Official Battles Bid For Quick Access To E-Filings

    An Illinois federal judge improperly interpreted the First Amendment when he ordered Cook County's Circuit Court clerk to make new electronically filed complaints immediately available to the public, the local court official told the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday.

  • March 14, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Fla. Apartments, Kendall, Kinsale

    A Miami apartment building has reportedly traded hands for $14.6 million, Kendall College is said to be looking to sublease nearly 170,000 square feet in Chicago and Kinsale Partners has reportedly bought a Florida office building for $14.75 million.

  • March 14, 2018

    Ill.'s Cook County Must Face Judge's Appropriations Suit

    Cook County, Illinois, will have to face a lawsuit over appropriations filed by its top judge, who is seeking to prevent 161 nonjudicial circuit court layoffs pegged for fiscal 2018, according to a ruling on Wednesday.

  • March 14, 2018

    Architects Rip Five Guys Damages Bid In Copyright Row

    An architecture firm blasted Five Guys in Illinois federal court Wednesday over the fast food chain’s bid to toss attorneys’ fees and damages from a copyright infringement suit, saying it was "hard to square” Five Guys’ argument about the date when the firm registered its copyright with the facts of the case.

  • March 14, 2018

    Ex-Sidley Atty Takes Fight Against Solitary To High Court

     A Chicago attorney who left BigLaw to advocate for prisoners’ rights has a chance to argue for serious changes to the way solitary confinement is used in this country through a pair of cases sent to the U.S. Supreme Court this week.

  • March 14, 2018

    SEC Receiver, Law Firm Defeat Advisory Clients' Challenge

    The law firm Barnes & Thornburg LLP and its partner Leslie Weiss triumphed over a challenge to her receivership of a financial advisory firm in Chicago federal court on Wednesday, with the judge saying the case was built on “pure speculation” of malicious motives by Weiss and her team.

  • March 14, 2018

    Injured Man Wins $37.5M In Dram Shop Suit Against Club

    A truck driver who became completely disabled and whose wife died in a drunken driving crash won a $37.5 million judgment Tuesday in Illinois state court in a dram shop lawsuit against the strip club that served the drunken driver, the man’s lawyers said.

  • March 14, 2018

    AGs Urge Congress To Save Immigrants' Protected Status

    A coalition of 19 state attorneys general urged congressional leaders Tuesday to pass legislation allowing immigrants with temporary protected status from El Salvador and Haiti to remain in the United States, saying that conditions in those countries remain "too dangerous" for them to return.

  • March 13, 2018

    7th Circ. Revives TCPA Suit Against Text Message Marketer

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Monday revived a man’s suit accusing a company of sending him unsolicited text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, finding that he should have had a chance to conduct discovery before the lower court ruled against him.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • Affirming The Joint Defense Privilege In Illinois

    Symone Shinton

    An Illinois appellate court has formally recognized that co-parties to a lawsuit who agree to share information pursuant to a common interest in defeating their opponent do not waive either attorney-client or work-product privileges when doing so. The decision clarifies exactly what the joint defense privilege is and, importantly, what it is not, says Symone Shinton of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • 'Throw' Your Mini-Opening To Get The Best Jury Possible

    Christina Marinakis

    In the hopes of piquing the interest of jurors and minimizing hardship requests, more and more judges are encouraging parties to make “mini-openings” prior to voir dire. You can use this as an opportunity to identify your worst jurors and get them removed from the panel — by previewing your case weaknesses and withholding your strengths, says Christina Marinakis of Litigation Insights.

  • Eminent Domain In The Wake Of Natural Disasters

    Briggs Stahl

    When states and municipalities rebuild permanent infrastructure following disasters, they may be able to reduce the damages caused by eminent domain by planning carefully. In particular, examining preventative solutions allows more time for planning and designing projects to reduce future damages to owners, says Briggs Stahl of RGL Forensics.

  • Your Case Was Remanded By The MDL Court — Now What?

    Brandon Cox

    Multidistrict litigation is an ever-expanding driver of product liability litigation, but when the MDL process runs its course there is often still a trial to be had, and there are strategic and practical decisions to consider once a case has been remanded. Brandon Cox and Charissa Walker of Tucker Ellis LLP offer tips on how to navigate the remand process.