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Illinois

  • December 3, 2018

    High Court Declines To Hear Ex-NHL Player Opioid Death Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider a wrongful death lawsuit by the parents of a National Hockey League player alleging his fatal overdose was the result of the league's promotion of violence and downplaying of the risks of head trauma.

  • December 3, 2018

    Keep Claims Alive In Trade Secrets Suit, Storage Cos. Urge

    Two construction storage companies accusing three former employees of stealing private information and creating a competing business on company time urged an Illinois federal judge not to toss their case Friday, saying their claims satisfy the low threshold to proceed under trade secret law.

  • December 3, 2018

    Futures Exchange Takes CME Antitrust Fight To 7th Circ.

    U.S. Futures Exchange LLC is taking its antitrust suit against CME Group to the Seventh Circuit after an Illinois federal judge ruled that the Chicago Mercantile Exchange hadn't conspired to keep it from forming a rival exchange, determined not to let the decadelong battle end yet.

  • December 3, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: DLA Piper's Eric Falkenberry

    DLA Piper’s Eric Falkenberry quantifies litigation risk for buyers and sellers in the M&A arena, runs data boot camps for colleagues and helps dream up innovative new analytics tools, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 3, 2018

    Justices Kick Out Hacky Sack Champ's Suit Against Wendy's

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied for the second time a suit from the holder of the world record for most consecutive kicks of a footbag, or hacky sack, who had argued that Wendy’s International illegally used his name in promoting kids' meals.

  • December 3, 2018

    4 Firms Steer $6.4B Nexstar, Tribune Deal

    Nexstar Media Group Inc. unveiled a $6.4 billion deal, including debt, for Tribune Media Co. on Monday, in a tie-up guided by four firms that comes following weekend rumors that the media group had beat out a private equity firm to buy Tribune after regulatory woes derailed a different takeover bid earlier this year.

  • November 30, 2018

    The Data-Driven Lawyers Of 2018

    Big Data. Statistical Analysis. Insights. Innovation. These data-driven lawyers are making their mark on the legal industry and developing systems and practices that will change the way law is practiced in the 21st century.

  • November 30, 2018

    Twitter, BlackBerry Sued Over Multimedia Messaging Tech

    Twitter Inc. and BlackBerry Ltd. are offering multimedia messaging services with features that infringe a patent held by Rainey Circuit LLC, the Texas-based company has alleged in two separate federal lawsuits.

  • November 30, 2018

    No Fast Wins In Suit Over Sham Investment Fund Conversion

    A lawsuit over whether a Chicago law firm participated in a scheme to defraud a man of millions in sham film investments will head to trial Monday after an Illinois federal judge rejected the firm’s claim that he would be unable to sway a jury in his case.

  • November 30, 2018

    Ill. Supreme Court Rules Pension Changes Unconstitutional

    The Illinois Supreme Court has struck down portions of a state public pension law that excluded time spent working for a labor union from public employees' pension payout calculations, finding that the union work is a benefit protected by the Prairie State's constitution.

  • November 30, 2018

    Bus Co. Exec Gets Prison For Taking Contract Kickbacks

    A former executive for a suburban Chicago public bus service who pled guilty to accepting kickbacks in exchange for offering or extending contracts to technology support staff was sentenced Friday to one year and one day in prison.

  • November 30, 2018

    Ocwen Robocall Suit Gets New Interim Lead Counsel

    Burke Law Offices LLC and Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC have won the position of interim lead counsel in a proposed class action, currently stalled mid-settlement in Illinois federal court, against Ocwen Loan Servicing accusing the mortgage loan servicer of making millions of robocalls to customers without their permission.

  • November 30, 2018

    Becton Buyers' Antitrust Suit Killed Under Illinois Brick

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday axed three health care providers' proposed class suit alleging medical supply maker Becton Dickinson & Co. and others down the distribution chain illegally jacked up prices on syringes and catheters, finding the indirect buyers' claims barred by the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Illinois Brick ruling.

  • November 30, 2018

    Distributor Fights Subpoena Bid In Poultry Price-Fixing Suit

    Meat distributor Porky Products asked an Illinois federal judge Thursday not to force it to fulfill lengthy and expensive subpoenas from plaintiffs accusing more than a dozen poultry producers of colluding to keep prices high, saying it is too far down the supply chain and is a nonparty in the litigation.

  • November 30, 2018

    Chicago Education Board Beats 'Ghost Bus' Suit

    Chicago’s Board of Education and a slew of bus companies have won their bid to dismiss a suit brought by a former public schools’ director alleging the companies colluded on special-needs service contracts and billed the city for trips that never took place on "ghost buses" that never ran, all while the board was aware.

  • November 30, 2018

    Capital One Agrees To Decline $8.4M Won In Taxi Loan Suit

    Capital One Equipment Finance Corp. agreed to turn down a summary judgment award of $8.4 million in damages in its enforcement action against a group of taxi corporations that defaulted on their loans, filing a joint motion to vacate the order that cited continued negotiations in Illinois federal court Thursday.

  • November 29, 2018

    Transpo Cos. Must Both Cover $28M Crash Award: Ill. Justices

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday held that a trucking company must pay freight broker C.H. Robinson half of an over $28 million wrongful death judgment arising from a crash in which both companies were found vicariously liable for the negligence of a truck driver.

  • November 29, 2018

    7th Circ. Avoids DFS Legality, Ends Publicity Rights Suit

    The Seventh Circuit declined Thursday to determine whether daily fantasy sports violated Indiana criminal law, putting an end to a proposed class action of college athletes seeking to stop DraftKings and FanDuel from using their names, likenesses and statistics without permission.

  • November 29, 2018

    Liquidity Co. Wants Suit Over Defamatory Statements Revived

    A foreign exchange currency liquidity provider urged the Seventh Circuit on Thursday to revive its lawsuit accusing the National Futures Association of defaming it in documents outlining a disciplinary decision, saying it couldn’t have appealed that decision because it wasn’t part of the underlying action.

  • November 29, 2018

    5th Circ. Overturns Arbitration Ruling In One Tech Suit

    A Fifth Circuit panel has overturned a ruling forcing a proposed class action against One Technologies LP into arbitration, finding that the company's defense of the suit in court before compelling arbitration unfairly prejudiced the plaintiffs.

Expert Analysis

  • Sekura Case Expands Scope Of Illinois Biometric Privacy Law

    Greg Abrams

    An Illinois state appeals court's recent decision in Sekura v. Krishna Schaumburg Tan appears to break from multiple Biometric Information Privacy Act cases that had required plaintiffs to allege some harm beyond mere technical violations to qualify as “aggrieved,” say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

    Ali Zaidi

    Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • State Net

    How The States Fared In The Midterms

    Lou Cannon

    Lou Cannon, editorial adviser and columnist at LexisNexis State Net Capitol Journal, dissects the results of the governor’s races and state legislative chambers in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • Top 10 Snap Observations From The 2018 Midterm Elections

    Frank Donatelli

    The just-completed midterm elections could be called the “cafeteria midterms,” because there was something for everyone. The results offered both encouragement and warnings for Democrats and Republicans looking to 2020, says Frank Donatelli of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.

  • Pharmaceutical Warnings: A Changing Landscape

    Chris Essig

    Pharmaceutical warnings and the way they are regulated and litigated are evolving. Brand-name manufacturers face failure-to-warn suits for generic versions of their products, while generic companies may soon have to update warnings on drugs for which there are no longer brand-name versions, say Chris Essig and Schuyler Ferguson of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Bringing Alcoholic Beverage Coupons Into The Digital Age

    Alva Mather

    Laws on coupons and rebates for alcoholic beverages vary across the country. Ascertaining the legal status of digital coupons, which may not have been envisioned when a state's laws were written, creates additional wrinkles for companies, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper.