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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.