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Illinois

  • September 12, 2018

    Barnes & Thornburg Hires Franchise Law Expert In Chicago

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP continued a trend of growth in its Chicago office with the recent addition of a former Cheng Cohen LLC franchise law specialist to the firm’s litigation department.

  • September 12, 2018

    McDonald’s Workers To Walk Out In 10-City #MeToo Strike

    McDonald’s workers active in the "Fight for $15" minimum wage protests said Wednesday they will walk off the job during the lunch shift in 10 cities on Sept. 18 in a #MeToo action demanding that the fast-food chain and franchisees protect women from sexual harassment in the workplace.

  • September 11, 2018

    How A 'Lost Generation' Of Associates Bounced Back

    Caught in a whirlwind of firm dissolutions and layoffs, thousands of associates were thrust into one of the worst job markets in history a decade ago. While some have rebounded, others are still feeling the lingering effects of the financial crisis on their careers.

  • September 11, 2018

    7th Circ. Puts Co. On Hook With Employer Test In Bias Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday reversed a lower court’s order handing a quick win to a company tasked with hiring and managing employees of an Illinois Holiday Inn franchise in a woman's retaliation lawsuit over civil rights and discrimination claims, saying the trial court improperly concluded the company didn’t count as her employer under the Civil Rights Act.

  • September 11, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, Ronald Haft, BMO Harris

    The Blackstone Group is reportedly buying a Queens apartment complex for nearly $500 million, real estate investor Ronald Haft is said to have paid $3,700 per square foot for a Miami Beach penthouse, and BMO Harris Bank is reportedly in talks to pre-lease as much as 500,000 square feet at a proposed Chicago tower.

  • September 11, 2018

    AutoZone Urges Judge To Toss Faulty Part Suit For Good

    AutoZone Inc. and S.A. Gear Inc. urged an Illinois federal judge to turn down a request from a proposed class of their customers to dismiss a suit over allegedly defective car parts on Monday, saying the customers are looking for a new judge after losing on class certification.

  • September 11, 2018

    $250M State Farm Deal Could Spur More Campaign Cash Suits

    The eye-popping $250 million that State Farm will pay to settle claims it rigged an Illinois judicial election to overturn a $1 billion class action verdict likely will spur copycat suits over judicial campaign donations and the blurry lines of influence they yield, experts say.

  • September 11, 2018

    Ill. Equipment Renter Asks Out Of Sham-Fee Suit Again

    A Chicago-based industrial construction equipment renter asked an Illinois federal judge on Tuesday to again toss a proposed class action that accused it of including misleading fees in its rental agreements, saying the company that launched the suit is trying to raise untimely claims.

  • September 11, 2018

    7th Circ. Says Insurer Doesn't Owe Plastics Co. $6.2M

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday declined to force an Illinois insurance company to come up with $6.2 million of the $7.2 million a plastics company was ordered to pay for a defective laminate covering that allegedly caused oil byproducts stored in containers to ignite, saying the plastics company never made the case that its product's failure and subsequent property damage hurt its customer's future profits.

  • September 10, 2018

    AbbVie Strikes Tentative Deal In Testosterone MDL

    AbbVie Inc., the last remaining company to face claims that it failed to warn patients about the hidden dangers of testosterone replacement therapy products, has reached a tentative deal to exit the multidistrict litigation, according to a Monday filing in Illinois federal court.

  • September 10, 2018

    Tribune Hit With $564M Stock-Drop Suit Over Sinclair Buyout

    A private equity firm hit Tribune Media with a putative class action in Illinois federal court Monday, claiming its top brass cost investors $564 million by failing to disclose that Sinclair Broadcasting had refused federal regulators’ request to divest certain television stations, causing a $3.9 billion merger to fall through.

  • September 10, 2018

    Costco Can't Dodge Title VII Verdict For EEOC At 7th Circ.

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday upheld a win for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in its Title VII suit alleging that Costco Wholesale Corp. failed to protect a female worker from a customer's harassment, also holding that the lower court should have considered back pay for her unpaid medical leave.

  • September 10, 2018

    Debt Collector Hit With Class Action For 'Deceptive' Notices

    A proposed class action in Illinois federal court has accused a Texas debt collector of illegally misleading consumers in recent collection notices citing nonexistent lenders, calling the alleged statements "false, deceptive and misleading."

  • September 10, 2018

    Can BigLaw Avoid Another Associate Purge?

    The legal industry has shown some caution in rebuilding its pool of associates after the dramatic layoffs of thousands during the last recession. But have firms done enough to survive the next?

  • September 10, 2018

    Lithium-Ion Power Developer Says Rival Breached NDA

    A company that helps computer centers stay online with uninterrupted power has filed suit in Illinois federal court against a former collaborator and now rival, accusing it of causing around $100 million in damages by improperly using and sharing its trade secrets."

  • September 10, 2018

    Court Urged To Deny Quick Win In Church Plan ERISA Suit

    A proposed class of participants in defined benefit pension plans sponsored by OSF HealthCare System has shot back at the Catholic Church-affiliated health care corporation’s bid for a quick win on claims in the suit accusing it of dodging pension obligations under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • September 10, 2018

    Man Accused Of Killing Mayer Brown Atty Faces 80 Counts

    An 80-count indictment against the man accused of fatally shooting Stephen Shapiro, the founder of Mayer Brown's Supreme Court practice, and threatening to kill the attorney's wife adds dozens of new charges including home invasion, residential burglary, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful restraint, according to state prosecutors.

  • September 7, 2018

    Measuring The Recession’s Toll On The Legal Industry

    For starting attorneys, the financial crisis casts a long shadow, even though the worst is past. Here’s our breakdown of the data showing its impact and where the industry’s headed.

  • September 7, 2018

    Too Small To Fail?

    It’s been almost 10 years since Lehman Brothers collapsed — kicking off a global recession and putting two Skadden partners on a path to building a firm that would weather the storm. Here's how upstarts and their larger rivals are positioning themselves for the next downturn.

  • September 7, 2018

    Chicago Health Workers Win $10M In Abuse Case

    A Chicago jury on Thursday awarded more than $10 million to seven health professionals at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, one of whom was violently assaulted in a locker room and the rest of whom were secretly videotaped in the same locker room.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • 'Ban The Box' Turns 20: Decoding The Current Framework

    Stephen Woods

    Twenty years ago, the first state "ban the box" law crystallized a movement that, in time, would yield similar background check restrictions across the U.S. The result is a crisscrossing jumble of requirements, putting employers in a difficult position when dealing with applicants in different jurisdictions, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • The State Of Play For Retaliation Claims

    Amy Strauss

    The number of retaliation charges received by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in recent years has steadily been increasing. It's clear that this issue is bubbling closer to the surface, and it may be even more challenging for employers than the underlying discrimination from which it usually springs, says Amy Strauss of Fisher Phillips.

  • Opinion

    Judges Shouldn't Force Attorneys On Absent Class Members

    J.B. Heaton

    U.S. District Judge Manish Shah of the Northern District of Illinois recently said he will consider lead firms’ willingness to put young and diverse attorneys in positions to take substantive roles in the multidistrict litigation he is overseeing. This is an improper use of judicial power, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Junior Creditors Could Share In 363 Bankruptcy Sales

    Charles Tabb

    In early July, the Seventh Circuit issued an important opinion in Illinois Department of Revenue v. Hanmi Bank, raising the possibility that out-of-the-money junior creditors might be entitled to share in the proceeds of a free-and-clear bankruptcy sale, even where the senior secured party is underwater, say Charles Tabb and Tamar Dolcourt of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Genetic Testing Cos. Must Examine Illinois Privacy Law

    Michelle Gillette

    The recent arrest of the Golden State Killer raises thorny issues of genetic privacy — and these questions will only become more difficult as the commercial genetic testing industry continues to grow. Compliance with the Illinois Genetic Information Privacy Act is critically important for companies doing business in this space, say Michelle Gillette and Josh Thomas Foust of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.