• December 4, 2017

    Exchanges Set To Launch Bitcoin Futures Trading

    CBOE Global Markets Inc. said Monday it will begin trading bitcoin futures on its exchange Sunday, eight days before its rival CME Group Inc. does the same, following a recent green light for both venues by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

  • December 4, 2017

    7th Circ. Rejects Homeowners' Appeal Over Property Estimate

    Two Illinois women who spearheaded a campaign against township employees trespassing on private property can't pursue constitutional claims against the county of Winnebago for an alleged unfair spike to their property assessment, a Seventh Circuit panel ruled Friday.

  • December 4, 2017

    Ex-Pharma Staffing Exec Wants Out Of Noncompete Suit

    The former director of Medix Staffing Solutions Inc.’s pharmaceutical and biotechnology staffing division asked a Illinois federal judge on Friday to dismiss the staffing agency’s suit alleging he breached his employment contract by joining rival ProLink Staffing.

  • December 2, 2017

    Senate Passes $1.4 Trillion Tax Cut Legislation

    The U.S. Senate passed an expansive tax cut bill early Saturday that is projected to add more than $1 trillion to the deficit, after garnering enough support from faltering and fiscally conservative Republicans.

  • December 1, 2017

    Former Ill. Clerk Says She Was Fired For Reporting Tampering

    A former Lake County Circuit Court employee hit the county and her former superiors with a suit in her native Cook County Thursday, alleging her firing exactly a year ago was retaliation for blowing the whistle on her colleagues who tampered with evidence, tinkered with criminal case files, and even changed the undocumented immigration status of previously deported felons.

  • December 1, 2017

    Coach Ripped Off Pin, Patch Designs, Fashion Co. Says

    Eclectic fashion company Mokuyobi Threads LLC sued Coach Inc. in Illinois federal court Thursday, alleging that the luxury handbag maker stole its designs for pins and patches featured in a recent collection.

  • December 1, 2017

    SEC Deal Bars Ex-Mayor In Ill. From Muni Offerings

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday that a Chicago suburb's former mayor has agreed to be barred from participating in future municipal bond offerings to resolve claims that he steered a multimillion-dollar construction project to a contractor in exchange for a $75,000 bribe.

  • December 1, 2017

    Chief Cook County Judge Sues To Stop Court Layoffs

    Cook County’s top judge hit the county government with a state-court lawsuit on Thursday hoping to block the 161 layoffs that officials unanimously approved for the court system in the budget for the county’s next fiscal year.

  • December 1, 2017

    Noncompete Roundup: Developments You Might Have Missed

    Attorneys looking to stay abreast of the legal landscape surrounding noncompete agreements had their hands full over the last six months, with new legislation popping up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, court rulings coming down on LinkedIn solicitations and injunctions, and Illinois' attorney general setting her sights on noncompete pacts for low-wage workers. Here, experts identify developments from the second half of 2017 that lawyers who deal with restrictive covenants ought to have on their radar.

  • December 1, 2017

    Media Co. Hit With Suit Over Scanning Workers' Fingerprints

    Multimedia Sales & Marketing Inc. has been slapped with a proposed class action in Illinois court alleging the company has been requiring its employees to clock in and out of work by scanning their fingerprints without their prior approval, in violation of the state's Biometric Privacy Act.

  • December 1, 2017

    Nutmeg Group Says SEC Disgorgement Demand Is A Penalty

    The father and son who ran defunct investment advisory outfit The Nutmeg Group LLC asked an Illinois federal judge on Thursday to toss disgorgement claims against them in a suit brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleging improper asset transfers, saying the SEC’s demand is really an illegal penalty.

  • December 1, 2017

    Ill. Agency's Win In Pay Discrimination Suit Backed At 7th Circ.

    A female employee of the Illinois Department of Human Services was not unfairly discriminated against despite receiving less pay while doing twice the work of a male colleague, the Seventh Circuit ruled on Thursday, finding the discrepancy was caused mainly by budget cuts and the two workers’ previous salaries.

  • December 1, 2017

    Senate GOP Reaches SALT, Pass-Through Tax Rate Deals

    The Senate’s $1.4 trillion tax cut bill appeared to be nearing final passage in the chamber Friday after agreements were reached to increase the tax benefit for pass-through businesses and permit a deduction for state and local property taxes.

  • November 30, 2017

    Underwriters Say They Don't Owe For Ill. Sexual Assault Suit

    Insurance underwriters in the U.K. sought a declaration Wednesday in Illinois federal court that they don't have to cover a suit from a woman who says she was sexually assaulted at a horse farm when she was 13, claiming the man she accused of the assault was not "acting within the scope of his duties" when the alleged assault occurred.

  • November 30, 2017

    Mondelez Sues Union Over 7-Day Workweek Arbitration

    Food giant Mondelez Global LLC sued one of its unions in Illinois federal court Wednesday, seeking to vacate an arbitration decision in the union’s favor that allowed employees at Mondelez’s Naperville, Illinois, plant to continue voluntarily working seven days in a row without a break, despite an Illinois state law prohibiting it.

  • November 30, 2017

    Facebook Biometric Data Row May Hinge On 'Right To Say No'

    A California federal judge Thursday seemed poised to preserve a proposed class action over Facebook’s collection of biometric data, saying that the social media giant may have violated users’ statutory “right to say no” and that he was unconvinced the U.S. Supreme Court’s Spokeo decision required that they allege real-world harm.

  • November 30, 2017

    Loss Of SALT Deduction Would Hurt Home Values: Realtors

    New research by the country’s largest real estate industry group showed that the impact of eliminating or capping deductions for state and local income, property and sales taxes, as envisioned in legislation making its way through Congress, could be worse than originally expected.

  • November 30, 2017

    Ill. High Court Says UChicago Must Face Wrongful Death Suit

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed an appellate court’s finding that a woman could add a wrongful death claim to her suit against University of Chicago medical providers among others after her mother passed away from lymphoma, finding that it was not time-barred.

  • November 30, 2017

    JPML Judges Say Atlanta Best Site For Equifax MDL

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will likely centralize litigation over the Equifax data breach in Atlanta, with several judges on the panel saying Thursday that keeping the cases near the credit reporting company’s headquarters makes the most sense.

  • November 30, 2017

    Citibank Loses $1.6M Tax Refund Feud At Ill. High Court

    Citibank NA’s effort to claim a $1.6 million tax refund in Illinois was thwarted Thursday after the state Supreme Court unanimously reversed two lower court decisions, saying only the entity that actually remits a tax is eligible to claim a refund.

Expert Analysis

  • Perception Vs. Reality At Trial

    Martha Luring

    The long litigation life cycle for large, complex civil lawsuits provides ample time for clients and counsel to form strong opinions — often negative when based on adversarial exchanges — about the opposing trial team, their witnesses and their experts. Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting shares some common perceptions not always shared by jurors.

  • Proportionality, Not Perfection, Is What Matters

    John Rosenthal

    A few jurists and commentators have recently caused a stir in the e-discovery community by arguing that litigants should avoid using keyword searches to filter or cull a document population before using predictive coding. This “no-cull” rationale undermines the principle of proportionality at the heart of the recent changes to Federal Rule 26, say John Rosenthal and Jason Moore of Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Illinois Case Holds A Warning For Animal Food Cos.

    Carolyn Davis

    The Southern District of Illinois recently greenlighted claims against the manufacturer and distributor of fish feed that allegedly caused the death of a largemouth bass population. Producers and sellers of animal foods should note that their products might be subject to similar legal scrutiny to food intended for human consumption, says Carolyn Davis of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Make Way For The 'Unicorns'

    Lucy Endel Bassli

    By "unicorn" I don’t mean the next great tech startup with a valuation of $1 billion. I mean the new breed of lawyers realizing that there are better ways to get their day jobs done, says Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel leading the legal operations and contracting functions at Microsoft Corp.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McConnell Reviews 'Unequal'

    Judge John McConnell

    As widespread claims of sexual misconduct continue to surface in the entertainment industry and beyond, a discussion of how judges treat workplace discrimination cases may be particularly timely. Here, U.S. District Judge John McConnell reviews the book "Unequal: How America’s Courts Undermine Discrimination Law," by professors Sandra Sperino and Suja Thomas.

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Can You Practice In Your State?

    Eve Runyon

    The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.