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  • June 14, 2018

    7th Circ. Denies DOJ Bid For Urgency In Sanctuary City Row

    The U.S. Department of Justice urged the Seventh Circuit on Thursday to rule by Monday on the agency’s pending bid to stay a nationwide injunction of a prohibition on releasing public safety funds to so-called sanctuary cities, but the court responded hours later denying the request.

  • June 14, 2018

    Casino Ch. 7 Trustee Wins Bid To Capture CEO’s Assets

    An Illinois federal judge agreed Wednesday to compel the turnover of assets from the deceased chief executive of a Chicagoland casino to its bankruptcy trustee, ruling that the CEO had fraudulently transferred them to his wife.

  • June 14, 2018

    Chicago Alderman Can't Dodge Bribery, Extortion Charges

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday rejected a Chicago alderman’s bid to either dismiss or sever bribery and extortion charges from the government’s 15-count case accusing him of engaging in pay-to-play schemes with his constituents in the city’s 20th ward.

  • June 14, 2018

    Plaintiffs Want AbbVie Fined $500K In Testosterone Row

    Counsel for AndroGel users suing AbbVie Inc. in a multidistrict litigation over injuries allegedly caused by testosterone replacement therapy drugs asked an Illinois federal judge to slap the company with nearly $500,000 in sanctions Wednesday, claiming AbbVie misused a records-collecting process to challenge nearly 1,000 suits.

  • June 14, 2018

    7th Circ. Won't Revive Deutsche Bank Tax Shelter Suit

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's decision to toss a former Deutsche Bank AG client's lawsuit accusing the bank and other financial advisers of breaching their fiduciary duties by advising him to set up an illegal tax shelter, finding he waited too long to sue.

  • June 14, 2018

    PPM America’s PE Biz Closes Seventh Fund With $648M

    The private equity unit of PPM America Inc. has closed its seventh co-investment fund with $648 million in commitments that will be used to continue to focus on North American middle market buyout and growth opportunities, the company said on Thursday.

  • June 14, 2018

    AbbVie Wins 5th Bellwether In Testosterone MDL

    An Illinois federal jury found for AbbVie Inc. on Thursday in a trial over claims its drug AndroGel caused a man’s deep vein thrombosis, handing the company a win in the fifth bellwether trial in the testosterone replacement therapy multidistrict litigation.

  • June 14, 2018

    US Doesn't Owe ACA Money To Insurers, Fed. Circ. Rules

    Health insurance companies are not entitled to billions of dollars in Affordable Care Act funding that Congress has withheld, the Federal Circuit ruled Thursday.

  • June 13, 2018

    Software Co. Says $514.16 Fee Row Belongs In Fed. Court

    A software company accused of conspiring with competitors to fix prices charged to bankruptcy trustees urged an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday to retain jurisdiction over the suit, arguing that the opposing counsel is seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees in a dispute triggered by a $514.16 deduction.

  • June 13, 2018

    Ill. Steel Maker Sued Over Biometric Employee Tracking

    A former employee at steel maker A. Finkl & Sons Co. hit the company with a proposed class action on Wednesday over its employee timekeeping system that uses handprints to track when workers begin and end their days.

  • June 13, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Hana, GW Properties, Vincent Viola

    A Hana Asset Management venture has reportedly picked up a Silicon Valley campus leased to eBay for $132.5 million, a GW Properties venture is said to have bought a Chicago gas station and garage for $10.4 million and plans to build retail there, and Vincent Viola's $80 million New York mansion sale has reportedly fallen through.

  • June 13, 2018

    PayPal Wins Bid To Force Charity Class Suit Into Arbitration

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday sent a proposed class action over how PayPal distributes charitable donations into arbitration, ruling the charities can't escape an arbitration provision in the payment website’s user agreement.

  • June 13, 2018

    Contract Claims Against Tobacco Co. Preempted, Judge Says

    U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. on Wednesday ducked claims from three former employees that it breached their union contract and intentionally caused them stress leading up to their termination after an Illinois federal judge said the Labor Management Relations Act preempts their claims.

  • June 13, 2018

    Nursing Home Buyer's Quick Win Nixed In Liability Suit

    An Illinois appeals panel on Tuesday reversed a nursing home buyer's quick win over the administrator of a woman's estate who claimed it should be on the hook for a $1.5 million default judgment entered in a medical negligence suit against the property's previous owner while it was going through foreclosure proceedings.

  • June 13, 2018

    UnitedHealthcare Beats FCA Suit Over In-Home Exams

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday threw out a False Claims Act lawsuit against UnitedHealthcare Insurance Co. over in-home physical exams it offers to beneficiaries who have their insurance covered by Medicare, saying the suit doesn’t describe a fraud.

  • June 13, 2018

    Attys Must Face Malpractice Row Over $32M Award In Ill. Court

    An Illinois trucking company suing its former lawyers after getting hit with a $32 million jury verdict in a personal injury case can keep its malpractice case in its home-state court, a federal judge in Chicago said Tuesday.

  • June 13, 2018

    Immigration Atty Urges Court To Rethink DQ In EB-5 Suit

    A Chicago-based immigration attorney accused by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of pocketing money from foreign investors seeking EB-5 visas urged an Illinois federal court Tuesday to rethink a decision barring him from representing several supplemental defendants in the case, rebutting contentions that there is a conflict of interest.

  • June 12, 2018

    SuperValu Fights Quick Win Bid On Medicare, Medicaid Claims

    Retailers led by SuperValu Inc. blasted whistleblowers' attempted quick win on certain Medicare and Medicaid allegations concerning alleged overbilling of the federal government for medication, arguing that Seventh Circuit precedent does not say the government should have gotten the discounted prices the companies offered cash customers.

  • June 12, 2018

    Ill. Doctor Beats Stroke Patient's Negligence Suit

    A doctor preparing to treat a woman who suffered a stroke had no responsibility to order a special procedure be performed on the patient while she awaited transfer from another hospital, an Illinois appeals court said Monday, upholding the dismissal of the patient's negligence suit.

  • June 12, 2018

    Sens. Accuse DOI Of Delaying, Politicizing Federal Grants

    A group of 12 mostly Democratic senators on Tuesday accused the U.S. Department of the Interior of dragging its feet on issuing federal grants and questioned whether it was politicizing the process for reviewing them.

Expert Analysis

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • Getting The Snaps And Tweets Into Evidence

    Matthew Hamilton

    Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.

  • States Need Realistic Expectations For Sports Betting

    A.G. Burnett

    In the run-up to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, many state officials viewed legalized sports betting as the answer to their budgetary problems. But states will soon learn, if they haven’t already, that sports betting is a complicated and low-margin business. Nevada’s results are sobering, say A.G. Burnett and Rick Trachok of McDonald Carano LLP. 

  • Keys To Protecting Communications With Litigation Funders

    Alan Guy

    As different jurisdictions impose their own disclosure requirements regarding commercial litigation finance, there can be no “one size fits all” approach to ensuring confidentiality. But litigants, lawyers and litigation funders may be able to decrease disclosure risks through a handful of best practices, says Alan Guy of Vannin Capital.

  • Illinois’ Unique Lease Tax Leaves Lessors Liable

    David Machemer

    While most jurisdictions impose sales tax on lease receipts collected from the equipment lessee, Illinois differs by treating the lessor as the user of the equipment and consequently responsible for Illinois use tax. This presents some unique challenges for lessors, says David Machemer of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.

  • Should Sovereign Immunity Shield IRS In Section 544 Suits?

    Scott Grossman

    A bankruptcy judge for the Eastern District of Michigan ruled in April that sovereign immunity does not bar a fraudulent transfer suit against the IRS. In doing so, she noted a split between the Seventh and Ninth Circuits and elected to follow the Ninth. With the IRS continuing to raise this defense to Section 544 fraudulent transfer claims, it is possible the Supreme Court will be called upon, says Scott Grossman of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 3

    John Villafranco

    Companies take part in National Advertising Division proceedings as a form of industry self-regulation — and as an alternative to potentially costly litigation. Analysis of which plaintiffs firms are filing lawsuits after NAD rulings, and whether NAD decisions have any impact on federal courts, supports the conclusion that NAD participation has little correlation with consumer class actions, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 2

    John Villafranco

    Are plaintiffs lawyers scouring National Advertising Division rulings for litigation targets? An analysis of the timing of class actions in relation to NAD decisions suggests that the risk of being subject to a follow-on consumer class action after participation in an NAD proceeding that results in an adverse decision is low, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.