• March 12, 2018

    Cert. Granted In Cirque du Soleil US TCPA Junk Fax Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday certified a narrowed class of Illinois residents alleging Cirque du Soleil sent them faxes about discount show tickets in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, saying that a recent Supreme Court ruling prevents it from exercising personal jurisdiction over Cirque du Soleil over non-Illinois-resident class members. 

  • March 12, 2018

    Home Depot Ducks 4x4 Wood Board Labeling Class Action

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday shot down a proposed class action against hardware chain Home Depot over claims it shorted customers who bought lumber, finding that the use of “4x4” on labels was literally true because it didn’t include inch-mark symbols after each number.

  • March 12, 2018

    7th Circ. Kicks Out Suit Over Wendy's Hacky Sack Promotion

    The Seventh Circuit said Friday that the holder of a Guinness record related to footbags — commonly known as hacky sacks — had no legitimate claim that he was harmed when Wendy’s International Inc. ran a meal promotion encouraging customers to beat Guinness World Records Ltd. footbag records.

  • March 12, 2018

    Ill. Clerk Wants Staffers Charged, Says They Lied To DOJ

    Cook County, Illinois, Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown has told a newspaper she wants federal investigators to prosecute current and former employees of her office whom she suspects of lying to the U.S. Department of Justice as part of a federal investigation into hiring practices in her office.

  • March 12, 2018

    DOJ Blasts Blagojevich's Second High Court Bid For Relief

    Federal prosecutors on Monday urged the nation’s high court to reject former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s second bid to either nix or shorten his 14-year prison sentence after being found guilty of public corruption, saying his latest attempt “greatly overstates” the extent to which federal case law conflicts on the legality of accepting campaign donations in exchange for official action.

  • March 12, 2018

    Chicago's 'Fear Index' Stained By Manipulation, Investors Say

    A group of investors led by a Chicago trading firm on Friday alleged that a slew of unknown traders have spent years manipulating the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index by exploiting alleged weaknesses in the way the exchange calculates settlement prices on VIX futures and options.

  • March 12, 2018

    Enviros Threaten To Sue EPA Over Sulfur Dioxide Pollution

    Three environmental groups threatened Monday to haul the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency into court, accusing the agency of dragging its feet on state plans for cleaning up sulfur dioxide pollution in Illinois, Florida and other locations.

  • March 12, 2018

    Advisory Services Firm Aims To Exit Health Plan Co.'s Suit

    An advisory services firm accused of being part of a plot to defraud Black Wolf Consulting LLC by misappropriating money meant for employee benefit plans urged an Illinois federal judge on Friday to toss the suit, saying there was a stay order in a separate case involving the U.S. Department of Labor that would bar the present suit.

  • March 9, 2018

    Why The ‘Blue Slip’ Battles Are Becoming White Hot

    It’s more of a norm than a rule. Its use has shifted over time, often with political winds. But the once-obscure Senate tradition is now front and center in the boiling debate over the future of the judiciary.

  • March 9, 2018

    Senior Judges Fill The Void Left By Rampant Vacancies

    More federal judges are skipping the golf course to head back to the courtroom upon taking senior status, and they're playing an increasingly vital role in a strained system.

  • March 9, 2018

    Walgreens Must Face Bulk Of Suit Over Rx Club Prices

    Walgreen Co. will have to face the bulk of a proposed consumer class action alleging the company charged insured consumers more than the uninsured members of its prescription drug club, an Illinois federal judge ruled Friday, finding the shoppers had sufficiently supported their claims the chain incorrectly reported prices.

  • March 9, 2018

    How Far Right Can The President Pull The Courts?

    Although President Donald Trump set a record with the number of circuit judges he named during his first year, experts say that's not the whole story. Here’s our data-driven look at what the White House faces in its quest to reshape the appeals courts.

  • March 12, 2018

    CORRECTED: Intervenor In Cable Packaging Suit Sanctioned Over Lies

    After granting preliminary approval earlier this week to a class action settlement over allegedly misleading cable packaging, a Cook County judge on Friday granted the parties' joint motion for sanctions against a man who tried intervening to stop the deal, finding he'd lied about having purchased a cable in the first place. Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly identified an attorney class counsel will seek to bring sanctions against. The error has been corrected

  • March 9, 2018

    Facebook Biometric Privacy Ruling Offers Plaintiffs On-Ramp

    A California federal court last week refused to find that real-world harm was required for Facebook users and non-users to move forward with their claims under Illinois' unique biometric privacy law, backing a lower threshold for entry and giving plaintiffs at least a short-term boost, attorneys say.

  • March 9, 2018

    Ill. Atty Stole $200K From Clients, Regulator Says

    A complaint has been filed against an attorney with the Illinois Attorney Registration and Discipline Commission alleging he embezzled over $200,000 of client money from accounts he controlled, including settlement money he allegedly never told the client about.

  • March 9, 2018

    Atty Sues Ex-Client For 'Malicious' Yelp Review, Complaints

    A Chicago lawyer on Thursday sued in federal court a onetime client for what the attorney called “false and malicious” online reviews and other allegedly defamatory statements made to the state disciplinary authorities about a prolonged fee fight.

  • March 9, 2018

    How Law Firms Can Be More Efficient And Drive Profit

    The average lawyer spends approximately two-thirds of their day on nonbillable tasks, a bleak picture of efficiency in today’s law firms offered up Friday by a speaker at the American Bar Association TechShow in Chicago.

  • March 9, 2018

    Health Hires: Aronberg, Bracewell, Miles, Polsinelli, Sidley

    Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa, Bracewell LLP, Miles & Stockbridge PC, Polsinelli PC and Sidley Austin LLP are among the firms that have seen their life sciences and health teams grow in the last few weeks.

  • March 9, 2018

    Redbox's Filing Delay Dooms Injunction Bid In TM Suit

    An Illinois federal judge refused to grant Redbox's bid for a preliminary injunction in its suit against rival DVD rental kiosk company DVDXpress, finding that Redbox's delay in suing its competitor over alleged trademark infringement and false advertising undermines its claims that it experienced "irreparable harm." 

  • March 9, 2018

    Ill. Domino's Drivers Granted Class Cert. In Wage Suit

    A Chicago federal judge on Thursday granted conditional class certification in a collective action accusing two Illinois Domino’s Pizza franchisers of underpaying their delivery drivers, saying the employee who filed suit made the “modest factual showing” necessary to show she and other drivers worked under a common unlawful policy.

Expert Analysis

  • The Bankruptcy Eligibility Of Quasi-Government Entities

    James Heiser

    In cases where a not-for-profit corporation is closely related to or controlled by a governmental unit, a creditor may challenge the corporation’s eligibility to file for bankruptcy. An Illinois bankruptcy judge's decision in Lombard Public Facilities is a reminder that eligibility is a fact-specific inquiry, say attorneys with Chapman and Cutler LLP.

  • Tackling NFL Trademarks: IP Fights Since Last Super Bowl

    David Kluft

    In case someone at the Super Bowl party you attend wants to talk about legal issues, here are some recent NFL-related intellectual property disputes to discuss, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • No Consensus On Conspiracy Theory Of Personal Jurisdiction

    Jack Figura

    Courts are divided — and the U.S. Supreme Court has yet to rule — on whether the conspiracy theory of personal jurisdiction is proper under due process requirements. But it is reasonable to expect that sooner or later the high court will narrow the permissible reach of this theory, says John P. “Jack” Figura of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Recent Illinois Verdicts Reinforce Potency Of Remittitur

    Agelo Reppas

    As tort defendants and their insurers continue to face enormous exposure in catastrophic personal injury cases, they are recognizing that post-trial proceedings are critical to the success of any future appeal, as they represent a defendant’s lone opportunity to challenge a verdict as excessive in the court in which it was rendered, says Agelo Reppas of BatesCarey LLP.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Lessons For Data Breach Lawyers From Product Liability

    Michael Ruttinger

    Lawyers in data breach litigation can learn from their contemporaries in more established fields such as product liability, where the law has developed well-established approaches to many of the same issues that will arise in the merits stage of data breach cases, says Michael Ruttinger of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.