A pair of Illinois attorneys are battling over who can rightly use “Sterling" in their law firm name, with the fight escalating to a trademark suit filed in Illinois federal court on Tuesday.
An Illinois federal judge gave final approval Tuesday to a $333,000 settlement between a cell tower servicer and a class of employees who accused the company of failing to pay them overtime for the time they spent driving between jobs, calling it a "very good settlement" to "a hard fought case."
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission won an Illinois federal judge's approval Monday of a $4.4 million settlement with Amsted Rail Co. Inc. to end a disability bias suit alleging the steel castings manufacturer illegally rejected job applicants based on a medical test for carpal tunnel syndrome.
An Illinois man accused of pocketing about $2 million from investors in his Wisconsin pharmaceutical company by lying about his work surrounding an experimental drug pled guilty to a single count of wire fraud Tuesday.
States and public universities have urged the Federal Circuit to overturn a decision finding the University of Minnesota exposed its patents to challenge at the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board when it filed infringement lawsuits in district court, a decision the schools said could harm innovation.
Counsel for a group of consumers who claim Zimmer Inc.’s NexGen knee implants failed as a result of flawed design told the Illinois federal judge overseeing their multidistrict litigation Tuesday that they have agreed on terms for a final confidential settlement.
An Illinois federal judge has approved a $1.1 million consent agreement between the trustees of an independent union's benefits fund and the U.S. Department of Labor in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit accusing the fiduciaries of allowing the plan to pay unreasonable administrative fees.
Participants of Hospital Sisters Health System Inc.'s employee retirement plan urged an Illinois federal judge Friday to approve a $62.5 million settlement of their claims that Sisters improperly used the Employee Retirement Income Security Act's church exemption to shortchange them by $514 million.
Drug manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies are launching counterattacks in multidistrict litigation over the devastating opioid crisis, according to newly filed documents that contain aggressive and wide-ranging assaults on bellwether suits in the historic MDL. Here, Law360 summarizes test cases filed by local governments and the drug companies’ attacks on them.
Defense contractor KBR Inc. should be ordered to add nine employees to its document and information search in a False Claims Act suit alleging that it bought excess supplies under a Middle East logistics contract, a pair of former employees told an Illinois federal court Friday.
An Illinois federal jury awarded Dyson Inc. more than $16 million in damages Monday after finding rival SharkNinja Operating LLC falsely advertised its Rotator Powered Lift-Away as a better product than Dyson's best-performing machine at the time.
A woman who killed her husband and was found not guilty by reason of insanity won't have her arguments that an Illinois statute barring her from collecting his pension benefits is preempted by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
An Illinois appeals court revived a developer's malpractice suit claiming his attorney botched legal documents necessary to preserve its rights to build condos and assign parking spaces in Chicago's Loop, ruling that the developer had filed its suit in time.
The Seventh Circuit on Monday found that a Chicago suburb had not provided the proof it would need to overturn the Surface Transportation Board's decision saying Canadian National Railway Co. does not have to build a $47 million flyover train crossing in the village.
Developer 601W has reportedly scored another $48 million in financing for a Chicago tower, real estate firm Rose Associates is said to have reached a deal to sublease 24,650 square feet in New York and Federal Capital Partners has reportedly picked up an Orlando apartment complex for $23.6 million.
The judicial panel overseeing multiple suits accusing Merck & Co. Inc. of conspiring with generic-drug makers to delay the entry of rivals to its cholesterol drug Zetia have centralized the cases in Virginia.
Two Cigna Corp. units improperly denied disability benefits to a former United Airlines Inc. flight attendant by relying on reports from doctors who failed to properly consider how her lupus would affect her ability to work, a Michigan federal judge ruled Friday.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it will not hear a wage suppression case brought by scouts against Major League Baseball or litigation over a contract dispute between Wrigley Field-area rooftop owners and the Chicago Cubs, deciding not to review the league's oft-criticized antitrust exemption.
A New York federal judge on Friday dismissed a proposed class action alleging the maker of Werther’s Original sugar-free chew caramels purposefully underfills the packages of candies, saying the parties had reached an undisclosed settlement.
Lawmakers in five states say their recently enacted auto-IRA programs, which funnel a portion of all private-sector workers' paychecks into individual retirement accounts unless they opt out, will extinguish their state's retirement-savings crisis — but will the programs buckle under accusations that they violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act?
While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.
When an advertiser voluntarily participates in industry self-regulation before the National Advertising Division, it does so expecting to avoid litigation. Yet there is a consistent concern among advertisers that NAD participation may make consumer class action litigation more, rather than less, likely. Attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP examine whether NAD decisions actually provide fodder for class actions.
On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.
In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.
Determining whether computer software is taxable is no easy task, especially in light of the changing technological landscape. However, in several nonbinding letters, the Illinois Department of Revenue has recently provided clarification on several key issues, including the taxability of cloud computing, says Samantha Breslow of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.
In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.
While Federal Express succeeded at summary judgment and juries twice found in its favor in Hussain v. FedEx, the path to its recent victory was a long and likely costly one. Employers seeking to mitigate the risk of similar promotion-related discrimination claims should bear in mind the factors that led the Seventh Circuit to reverse the district court's summary judgment, say Jill Vorobiev and Adam Weiner of Reed Smith LLP.
After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.
The Seventh Circuit's decision last month in Community Bank of Trenton v. Schnuck may stem the growing tide of financial institution litigation against merchants who fall victim to cyberattacks, say Donald Houser and Ashley Miller of Alston & Bird LLP.
Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.