• March 7, 2018

    Retrial Begins In Original Testosterone MDL Bellwether

    Attorneys for a man who had a heart attack while taking AbbVie Inc.’s testosterone replacement therapy product AndroGel opened the retrial of the man’s claims against the pharmaceutical company Wednesday, telling an Illinois federal jury AbbVie didn’t tell his doctor about the drug’s risks.

  • March 7, 2018

    Logitech Escapes Nationwide Class Claims In Cameras Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday dismissed allegations on behalf of a proposed class of nationwide consumers who allegedly bought faulty security cameras from Logitech Inc., saying the court lacked jurisdiction based on last year's landmark Bristol-Myers Squib ruling, but kept alive statewide claims.

  • March 7, 2018

    7th Circ. Says Ill. Man Can't Withdraw Tax Evasion Plea

    An Illinois man lost a bid to withdraw his guilty plea for wire fraud and tax evasion after the Seventh Circuit ruled on Wednesday that his attorney had made reasonably strategic decisions in representing him.

  • March 7, 2018

    Ill. Legislators Prod Gov. On Easing Tax Overhaul's Burden

    Illinois Democratic federal lawmakers led by U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin sent a letter to the state's Republican governor on Tuesday asking how he plans to allay the federal tax overhaul's negative impact on Illinois taxpayers.

  • March 7, 2018

    Dem AGs Knock DOL's 'Association Health Plans' Rule

    A coalition of 17 attorneys general from mostly left-leaning states and D.C. submitted joint comments to the U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday, saying a proposed rule allowing employers to more easily form so-called association health plans would remove important consumer protections and invite fraud. 

  • March 7, 2018

    Kombucha Maker Overstates Probiotic Bacteria, Suit Says

    A kombucha maker was hit with a proposed class action Tuesday in Illinois state court accusing the company of making its fermented teas with “far less” than the billions of beneficial probiotic bacteria it advertises are in each bottle.

  • March 7, 2018

    Doctor Certification Org Fights New Antitrust Claims

    A nonprofit organization that oversees a group of medical specialty certification boards on Tuesday urged an Illinois federal judge to again toss a suit alleging it violated antitrust laws by partnering with hospitals and insurers to ensure doctors are certified by its members, arguing that the suit did not show it exercised control over the health care entities.

  • March 6, 2018

    United Beats Suit Over Lost Senior Fare Discounts

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday handed United Airlines a win in a proposed class action that alleged the airline breached a contract with lifetime members of a senior citizen discount program when it scrapped the program, saying the lead plaintiff hadn’t shown he’d been damaged.

  • March 6, 2018

    Fund Admin’s Poaching Suit Narrowed To Lone Exec

    A fund administrator’s poaching suit must proceed solely against a former executive it claims spurred an exodus of executives and their clients, after an Illinois federal judge on Monday tossed computer fraud and trade secrets claims against him and dismissed other executives and a rival fund.

  • March 6, 2018

    Monster HDMI Cable Packaging Settlement Gets Initial OK

    An Illinois state judge on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a proposed class settlement with Monster Inc. and Best Buy in a suit accusing the two of selling various HDMI cables in packaging that misleads consumers into thinking they need more powerful, and thus more expensive, cables than necessary to transmit a signal to their high-definition televisions.

  • March 6, 2018

    First Farmers Ex-CEO Gets 25 Years For $179M Fraud

    The former CEO of First Farmers Financial, who admitted to running a $179 million scheme through the sale of loans he falsely claimed had U.S. Department of Agriculture backing, was sentenced to 25 years in prison Tuesday.

  • March 6, 2018

    Fraud Conviction Stands Despite Lack Of Trial ID: 7th Circ.

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday ruled that an Illinois federal court did not err when it allowed a jury to convict a woman of health care fraud and enhanced her sentence without asking any of the witnesses in the trial to identify her in the courtroom.

  • March 6, 2018

    Enclarity Can't Shake TCPA Suit Over Info Verification Fax

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday refused to nix a putative class action accusing Enclarity Inc. of unlawfully sending out faxes seeking to verify contact information, rejecting the health care information technology provider's contention that the communications at the heart of the dispute couldn't be considered advertisements under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • March 6, 2018

    Goldman Prepares To Exit Stake In TransUnion

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. will exit its stake in TransUnion as part of a secondary offering revealed Tuesday by the credit reporting giant, through which selling stockholders will unload 19.9 million shares and potentially net about $1.1 billion.

  • March 6, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Clears McDonald’s In Credit Card Patent Row

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday upheld a decision that McDonald’s Corp. doesn’t infringe digital rights management patents by accepting credit cards for payment, ruling that the fast food giant did not benefit from every element of the patent, as required by a recent ruling.

  • March 6, 2018

    Former App Vendor Outruns Most Of Data Collection Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday dismissed without prejudice a large part of a class action against Kiip Inc. over data collection by an app the company had been in charge of the advertising backend for, Runkeeper, saying any location data collected is not “content” under the relevant law.

  • March 5, 2018

    Ford Sexual Harassment Victims Ask Ill. Lawmakers For Help

    A group of women who allege they've suffered all manner of sexual harassment at their jobs in Chicago's two Ford plants took their complaints to a task force composed of Illinois state senators and others Monday, urging lawmakers to pass legislation they believe will help their case and prevent abuse from happening to others in the future.

  • March 5, 2018

    Applebee's Franchisee Reveals Payment Card Data Breach

    Diners who used their payment cards at more than 160 Applebee's restaurants in Illinois, Texas, Florida and a dozen other states late last year may have had their personal information compromised in a recently discovered data breach, the franchisee that operates the affected locations said Friday.

  • March 5, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: JPMorgan, JDL, Boca Raton

    JPMorgan is reportedly on the hunt for another 100,000 square feet of air rights in New York, a JDL Development venture could get $211 million for a Chicago apartment tower, and the city of Boca Raton, Florida, is said to have bought a foreclosed golf course from Wells Fargo for $24 million.

  • March 5, 2018

    BNSF Can't Escape Obese Man's Disability Bias Claim

    BNSF Railway Co. regarded an applicant for an equipment operator job as a “ticking time bomb” when it denied him a job over concerns his obesity would cause an accident, an Illinois federal judge said Monday in an order denying the company’s bid for a quick win in the applicant's discrimination suit.

Expert Analysis

  • Assessing Leave Of Absence Accommodations Under ADA

    Colleen Coveney

    Even though the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has long stated that in certain circumstances a leave of absence can constitute a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act, many courts have disagreed. The Seventh Circuit's recent decision in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft highlights the ongoing conflict, says Colleen Coveney of Katz Marshall & Banks LLP.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • Ruling On Short Sandwiches May Cast A Long Shadow

    J. Philip Calabrese

    One of 2017's most significant product liability rulings may have been the Seventh Circuit's reversal of a settlement over Subway sandwiches that provided "no meaningful relief" to class members. The decision suggests that defendants will have to do more to settle product claims than simply write a check, says J. Philip Calabrese of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.

  • What It Means If States Can Set Medicaid Work Requirements

    Caroline Brown

    In a long-anticipated move, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that it will allow states to implement Medicaid work requirements, representing a major shift in the agency's policy. However, the move will only impact a small percentage of the Medicaid population, say Caroline Brown and Philip Peisch of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • America's Shifting Views On Marijuana Post-Cole Memo

    Jonathan Robbins

    Although Attorney General Jeff Sessions' rescission of the Cole memo does not change federal law, negative response to the rescission across the cannabis sector and political landscape was strong, swift and bipartisan, which may lead to congressional action in the future, say Jonathan Robbins and Joshua Mandell of Akerman LLP.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • LGBTQ Protections And Best Practices Under Title VII

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Darrell VanDeusen

    Over the past two years there has been a seismic shift in the view that sexual orientation and gender identity claims do not fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Darrell VanDeusen and Alexander Berg of Kollman & Saucier PA analyze how the developing law protects LGBTQ employees at the federal level and provide employer guidance on related issues in the workplace.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.