A split Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday that a provision in Wisconsin's right-to-work law that allows employees to revoke with just 30 days notice their authorization to automatically deduct union dues from their paychecks is preempted by federal labor law, citing U.S. Supreme Court precedent and preemption principles.
An Illinois federal judge ruled Thursday that “ugg” is not a generic word for a kind of sheepskin boot, meaning the U.S. owner of the popular Uggs brand can sue a rival for using the name.
Baum Development is reportedly seeking $75 million for a Chicago office property, Lutheran Social Services of New York is said to have leased 11,366 square feet in New York, and a Related Group venture has reportedly sold 11,000 square feet of retail space in Miami for $13.8 million.
The Seventh Circuit has upheld a lower court's tossing of a malpractice suit filed by the owner of commodity pool operator Chicago Trading Managers LLC against the now-defunct Henderson & Lyman law firm of Chicago, finding he did not have an attorney-client relationship with the firm as the law requires for such a claim.
An Illinois federal judge Wednesday shot down an attempt by Riddell Inc. to have a design patent held by the maker of Schutt Sports football helmets declared invalid, saying Riddell had not backed its claim Schutt got the patent by deliberately withholding information.
The Seventh Circuit declined to revive a lawsuit challenging Illinois’ campaign finance law filed by a conservative political action committee, saying Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly allowed differences in donation limits between groups and individuals under the First Amendment.
An Illinois state appeals court won't order a new trial against medical practitioners who allegedly failed to diagnose a man's heart disease, saying that although surviving family members sought millions for grief and sorrow, their jury tactics let a hospital group sow doubt by suggesting the man was nonetheless likely to die before his wife and children did.
An artisanal butter maker asked the Seventh Circuit on Thursday to reverse Wisconsin's quick win in the creamery's challenge to the state's butter grading law, saying the lower court incorrectly tossed its argument that the grading is unconstitutionally based on arbitrary government preferences like taste and serves no informational purpose to consumers.
Two new proposed class actions accuse fast-food chain Wendy’s International LLC and plastics giant Amcor Ltd. of illegally making employees clock in and out of work with their fingerprints, marking the latest in a wave of suits under Illinois’ biometric privacy law.
The Seventh Circuit on Thursday upheld subsidies offered by Illinois to prop up struggling nuclear power plants, rejecting arguments that the so-called zero-emission credits are preempted by the Federal Power Act and usurp the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s exclusive jurisdiction over wholesale electricity markets.
An Illinois federal judge threw out a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act suit and ordered the attorneys who filed it to explain why they should not be sanctioned for failing to mention a Seventh Circuit ruling that directly contravened the claims, calling the omission “egregious.”
Medline Industries Inc. in its patent infringement suit against C.R. Bard Inc. dodged counterclaims that its attorneys acted inequitably during prosecution of the patents at issue after an Illinois federal judge ruled Tuesday that documents Bard called false were not, and the company didn’t prove Medline’s attorneys intended to defraud the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
A class of people who say they received unwanted telemarketing calls after they purchased children’s slippers online asked an Illinois federal judge to sign off on a $3.3 million settlement Tuesday, saying the hard-fought case has reached its conclusion.
More than 6,500 previously hard-to-reach class members in multidistrict litigation over concussions in student-athletes will soon learn about a $75 million deal with the NCAA, finally bringing to an end the direct notice portion of the case, an attorney for the college sports governing body told an Illinois federal judge Wednesday.
Classes on blockchain and artificial intelligence. Crash courses in business and financial markets. These are a few ways law schools are preparing students for a job market that is struggling in the wake of the recession.
Schiff Hardin LLP on Monday announced the pickup of an experienced labor, employment and benefits litigator from Winston & Strawn LLP, who will be a new partner for its Chicago office and will deepen the bench of attorneys in the firm’s workplace investigations practice.
An Illinois lawyer has been hit with a disciplinary complaint accusing him of creating a conflict of interest in a deal with a client in which he got partial ownership of carbon deposits on the client's property.
A New York federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Chicago investment fund and its affiliates can’t go after Wells Fargo for more than $100 million in losses they said the bank caused by forcing them to dump their portfolios in the wake of a February financial market flare-up that’s been nicknamed “Vol-mageddon.”
Xavian Insurance Company hit Boeing and its subsidiary Boeing Capital Corp. with a trade secrets lawsuit in Illinois federal court on Tuesday, accusing them of copying plans for an insurance-backed guarantee on financing for the purchase of commercial aircraft and launching their own.
A proposed class of participants in defined benefit pension plans sponsored by OSF HealthCare System is fighting the corporation’s contention that its quick win bid in an Illinois federal court suit is bolstered by a Missouri federal court decision that tossed a related case regarding so-called church plans.
While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.
In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.
When faced with an audit, taxpayers should become familiar with the potential penalties that may result from underpayment or missed filing deadlines, the legal basis for relief and the process and requirements for seeking penalty abatement, says Samantha Breslow of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.
A recent Law360 guest op-ed criticized the judge in the Chicago Board Options Exchange antitrust litigation for requesting more diversity in plaintiffs’ lead counsel applications. The author’s argument misinterprets the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and reinforces archaic misconceptions about women and minorities in the courtroom, say Kellie Lerner and Chelsea Walcker of Robins Kaplan LLP.
San Francisco is the second major city to take expansive action to protect residents from the misuse and misappropriation of their personal data by corporations for profit. However, this proposed policy initiative differs from Chicago's proposed ordinance in at least three major ways, say Xiaoyan Zhang and Ariana Goodell of Reed Smith LLP.
Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.
On July 24, a Ninth Circuit panel applied textualist reasoning in Young v. Hawaii to secure a right for individuals to carry firearms in public. To end the gun epidemic — demonstrated in Chicago recently with 74 people shot in one weekend — it’s past time to turn a spotlight on the root cause: legal carelessness and oversights of text, says Robert W. Ludwig of the American Enlightenment Project.
With its recent decision in Rayner v. E-Trade Financial — which unanimously affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action asserting state law best execution violations — the Second Circuit made a significant contribution to a collection of circuit court opinions on the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act, say attorneys with Paul Hastings LLP.
It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.