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Illinois

  • June 12, 2018

    New Firm Ripped Off Lawyer's 'Sterling' Reputation: Suit

    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.

  • June 12, 2018

    Cell Tower Servicer's $333K Overtime Deal Gets Final OK

    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."

  • June 12, 2018

    EEOC Gets OK Of $4.4M Deal Ending Carpal Tunnel Test Row

    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.

  • June 12, 2018

    Pharma CEO Cops To $2M Drug Investment Fraud

    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.

  • June 12, 2018

    States, Schools Line Up Against PTAB's Immunity Waiver

    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. 

  • June 12, 2018

    Zimmer NexGen MDL Nears Finish With Confidential Deal

    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.

  • June 12, 2018

    DOL Inks $1.1M Deal With Union Fund Trustees In ERISA Suit

    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.

  • June 11, 2018

    Hospital System Pension Plan Members Urge OK Of $62M Deal

    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.

  • June 11, 2018

    Drug Cos. Unleash Opioid MDL Counterattacks

    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.

  • June 11, 2018

    KBR Withholding Key Employee Docs In FCA Row: Relators

    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.

  • June 11, 2018

    Jury Awards Dyson $16M Over Rival's False Vacuum Ads

    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.

  • June 11, 2018

    Woman Who Killed Husband Can't Seek Pension At High Court

    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.

  • June 11, 2018

    Appeals Court Revives Malpractice Suit Over Chicago Condos

    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.

  • June 11, 2018

    7th Circ. Won't Review STB Rail Merger Ruling

    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.

  • June 11, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: 601W, Rose Associates, FCP

    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.

  • June 11, 2018

    Panel Centralizes Zetia Antitrust MDL In Va.

    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. 

  • June 11, 2018

    Ex-United Airlines Worker Wins Benefits Fight With Cigna

    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.

  • June 11, 2018

    Justices Won't Take Up MLB Antitrust Exemption Challenges

    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.

  • June 11, 2018

    Werther’s Candy Maker Settles Suit Over Underfilled Bags

    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.

  • June 8, 2018

    ERISA Question May Kill States’ Retirement Savings Programs

    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?

Expert Analysis

  • Key Issues States Face In The Wake Of Sports Bet Ruling

    Jim Havel

    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.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 1

    John Villafranco

    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.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    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.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    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.

  • A Clearer Forecast On Cloud Computing Tax In Illinois

    Samantha Breslow

    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.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    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.

  • Employee Promotion Lessons From Hussain V. FedEx

    Jill Vorobiev

    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.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    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.

  • Banks Suing After Payment Card Breach Face Difficulty

    Donald Houser

    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.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    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.