• December 5, 2017

    Clinic Owner Gets 20 Months For $3.6M BCBS Fraud

    An owner of a group of clinics in the Chicago suburbs was sentenced to 20 months in prison Tuesday in Illinois federal court after admitting he defrauded Blue Cross Blue Shield by sending approximately $3.6 million in bills for unnecessary patient care or services that were never provided.

  • December 5, 2017

    Paint Giant Behr Sued Over 'Defective' Outdoor Stain

    An Illinois woman filed a putative class action on Monday against paint company Behr Process Corp., alleging that its product DeckOver, which promises to be a weather-resistant coating for wood and concrete, was falsely advertised and does not last for years, but actually fails within a matter of months.

  • December 5, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: SL Green, Randy Rissman, Florida Power

    A venture that includes real estate investment trust SL Green has reportedly landed a $195 million loan for a New York retail property, Tiger Electronics founder Randy Rissman is said to be nearing a deal to buy a Chicago office property and Florida Power & Light Co. has reportedly bought more than 1,300 acres of land in northern Florida.

  • December 4, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Feil, Denihan Hospitality, Omnicom

    Feil Organization has reportedly bought a New York property leased to multiple fitness studios from Acadia Realty Trust for $27 million, Denihan Hospitality is said to be seeking $80 million for a Chicago hotel, and advertising firm Omnicom has reportedly extended its lease for 200,000 square feet in New York for another 10 years.

  • December 4, 2017

    7th Circ. Won't Rehear Fannie, Freddie's Chicago Tax Row

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday refused to reconsider its October decision allowing local transfer taxes levied against mortgage backers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to go forward, reversing a district court decision deeming the taxes unconstitutional.

  • December 4, 2017

    Ill. Court OKs Paralyzed Patient’s $7.8M Med Mal Win

    A split Illinois appellate panel on Friday affirmed a $7.8 million jury verdict in favor of the family of a woman who became a paraplegic following a medical procedure, saying the evidence supported at least two of the family’s multiple theories of liability.

  • December 4, 2017

    American Airlines, Boeing, GE Hit With Suit Over Runway Fire

    A woman who was aboard an American Airlines flight when one of its engines caught fire while it was on a Chicago airport runway sued the airline and others in Cook County Court on Friday, alleging the companies should have done more to prevent the incident.

  • December 4, 2017

    Target, Kraft Needn't Share Docs In Parmesan Labeling Fight

    An Illinois federal judge won’t make Kraft Heinz, Target and other companies turn over information while he weighs claims they misled consumers by labeling cans containing Parmesan and fillers “100% grated Parmesan cheese,” saying the expense isn’t necessary at this point.

  • December 4, 2017

    Zurich Wants Quick Win On Tech Data's SEC Investigation

    Zurich American on Friday asked an Illinois federal court to toss a suit from a tech distributor for failing to reimburse the company for millions of dollars spent responding to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, saying investigations aren’t covered by the policy.

  • December 4, 2017

    Judge With Alzheimer's Who Let Clerk Hear Cases Pushed Out

    The Illinois Courts Commission on Friday retired a Cook County judge who revealed her Alzheimer's diagnosis after an incident in which she allowed her law clerk to don a judge’s robe and adjudicate several traffic cases, rejecting her argument that she was “effectively retired” and that such a removal action is unnecessary.

  • December 4, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Told It Oversimplified Touchless Payment Patent

    A company claiming that the Chicago transit system’s touchless payment system violates its patents on Friday asked the full Federal Circuit to reconsider a panel decision invalidating four of its patents as abstract, arguing that the court should clarify the abstractness standard under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling.

  • December 4, 2017

    Exchanges Set To Launch Bitcoin Futures Trading

    CBOE Global Markets Inc. said Monday it will begin trading bitcoin futures on its exchange Sunday, eight days before its rival CME Group Inc. does the same, following a recent green light for both venues by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

  • December 4, 2017

    7th Circ. Rejects Homeowners' Appeal Over Property Estimate

    Two Illinois women who spearheaded a campaign against township employees trespassing on private property can't pursue constitutional claims against the county of Winnebago for an alleged unfair spike to their property assessment, a Seventh Circuit panel ruled Friday.

  • December 4, 2017

    Ex-Pharma Staffing Exec Wants Out Of Noncompete Suit

    The former director of Medix Staffing Solutions Inc.’s pharmaceutical and biotechnology staffing division asked a Illinois federal judge on Friday to dismiss the staffing agency’s suit alleging he breached his employment contract by joining rival ProLink Staffing.

  • December 2, 2017

    Senate Passes $1.4 Trillion Tax Cut Legislation

    The U.S. Senate passed an expansive tax cut bill early Saturday that is projected to add more than $1 trillion to the deficit, after garnering enough support from faltering and fiscally conservative Republicans.

  • December 1, 2017

    Former Ill. Clerk Says She Was Fired For Reporting Tampering

    A former Lake County Circuit Court employee hit the county and her former superiors with a suit in her native Cook County Thursday, alleging her firing exactly a year ago was retaliation for blowing the whistle on her colleagues who tampered with evidence, tinkered with criminal case files, and even changed the undocumented immigration status of previously deported felons.

  • December 1, 2017

    Coach Ripped Off Pin, Patch Designs, Fashion Co. Says

    Eclectic fashion company Mokuyobi Threads LLC sued Coach Inc. in Illinois federal court Thursday, alleging that the luxury handbag maker stole its designs for pins and patches featured in a recent collection.

  • December 1, 2017

    SEC Deal Bars Ex-Mayor In Ill. From Muni Offerings

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday that a Chicago suburb's former mayor has agreed to be barred from participating in future municipal bond offerings to resolve claims that he steered a multimillion-dollar construction project to a contractor in exchange for a $75,000 bribe.

  • December 1, 2017

    Chief Cook County Judge Sues To Stop Court Layoffs

    Cook County’s top judge hit the county government with a state-court lawsuit on Thursday hoping to block the 161 layoffs that officials unanimously approved for the court system in the budget for the county’s next fiscal year.

  • December 1, 2017

    Noncompete Roundup: Developments You Might Have Missed

    Attorneys looking to stay abreast of the legal landscape surrounding noncompete agreements had their hands full over the last six months, with new legislation popping up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, court rulings coming down on LinkedIn solicitations and injunctions, and Illinois' attorney general setting her sights on noncompete pacts for low-wage workers. Here, experts identify developments from the second half of 2017 that lawyers who deal with restrictive covenants ought to have on their radar.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • 3 Key Insurance Takeaways From Old Republic V. Kenny

    Matthew Jacobs

    Last month, an Illinois federal court ruled in favor of coverage for a general contractor that had received certificates of insurance demonstrating that it was an additional insured under the subcontractor's policy. This ruling underscores several principles that general contractors should keep in mind regarding insurers' duties to defend and indemnify, say Matthew Jacobs and Sati Harutyunyan of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • Trump’s Tweets Stymie Trans Military Ban In Lower Courts

    Bryan Jacoutot

    Last week, a D.C. federal judge halted much of President Donald Trump’s controversial ban on transgender military service, which he first announced via Twitter. The use of the president’s own (albeit, unofficial) statements against him marks an emerging theme in litigation challenging the president’s agenda, says Bryan Jacoutot of Taylor English.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.

  • Stats On How TC Heartland Is Affecting Patent Litigants

    Chase Perry

    When the U.S. Supreme Court decided the now-famous TC Heartland case in May 2017, a robust discussion began regarding how significant its effects would be. Chase Perry of Ankura examined statistics from recent months in search of changes in case filing patterns and patent holder success metrics.

  • Getting Real About Artificial Intelligence At Law Firms

    Mark Williamson

    Artificial intelligence needs to be legally defensible in order to be useful to law firms. There are requirements for making this happen, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer of Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.