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  • September 7, 2018

    Atty Referral Co. Owner Accused Of Paying Cops For Leads

    The owner of an Illinois attorney referral business was indicted Thursday on federal bribery charges alongside two Chicago police officers whom he's accused of paying to give him nonpublic information on car crashes as leads for cases.

  • September 7, 2018

    Honigman Adds 2 IP Partners From Kirkland, Harness Dickey

    Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP is continuing to ramp up its intellectual property team with the addition of partners Dennis Abdelnour and Scott Barnett, who both have experience litigating complex patent cases before the Federal Circuit and the International Trade Commission.

  • September 7, 2018

    Staffing Companies Beat RICO, Wage Class Action

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday tossed civil RICO claims against a group of staffing companies that had been lodged by a proposed class of immigrant laborers who accused the companies of engaging in an elaborate scheme designed to steal wages from them.

  • September 7, 2018

    State Farm Deal Takes Spotlight Off Judicial 'Dark Money'

    Judicial ethics experts are lamenting the last-minute $250 million settlement of a case accusing State Farm of rigging an Illinois Supreme Court election, calling it a missed opportunity for a public airing of the river of “dark” campaign money flowing into judicial races.

  • September 7, 2018

    Pipe Giant Tops 3 IPO Launches Surpassing $1B Combined

    Pipe giant Zekelman Industries Inc. set pricing terms for an initial public offering estimated to raise $752 million on Friday, representing the largest deal among three companies that formally launched IPOs expected to surpass $1 billion in combined proceeds.

  • September 7, 2018

    States Back Tribe, Allergan Fed. Circ. Bid For PTAB Immunity

    Seven states and two state universities urged the full Federal Circuit Friday to rehear a decision that tribal sovereign immunity doesn’t apply in reviews at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, saying the holding misreads the law and could subject patents owned by states to PTAB review.

  • September 7, 2018

    Ill. Appeals Court Reverses Mechanic's $4.6M Asbestos Win

    An Illinois appeals court overturned a $4.6 million verdict awarded to a mechanic who developed lung cancer from inhaling asbestos in the 1960s, saying the company that made welding rods containing asbestos didn’t know then that the rods could release the carcinogen.

  • September 7, 2018

    Restore Class In Auto Loan Interest Suit, 7th Circ. Urged

    Several used-car dealerships asked the Seventh Circuit on Friday to overturn an order decertifying their class action accusing Indiana-based lender NextGear Capital Inc. of charging customers interest before distributing any money, saying the lower court incorrectly held that contract ambiguities can't be resolved on a class-wide basis.

  • September 7, 2018

    7th Circ. Refuses To Grant Atty's Bid To Pull Out Of Bar

    The Seventh Circuit on Friday declined to revive a suspended attorney’s suit arguing that he should be allowed to withdraw from the district court bar before being reinstated, saying that the court did not allow for strategic withdrawals.

  • September 7, 2018

    Allstate Hit With Another Suit Over Underwriting Practices

    A pension fund hit The Allstate Corp. with a new investor suit in Illinois federal court Thursday for allegedly concealing that its lowered underwriting standards was the reason for a spike in auto insurance claims.

  • September 7, 2018

    Auto-Franchise Atty Joins Quarles & Brady In Chicago

    Quarles & Brady LLP has announced it picked up an automotive franchising expert from Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP to join the firm’s Chicago office as partner.

  • September 6, 2018

    Ill. Atty Accused Of Making Bogus Claims In Court Filings

    An Illinois attorney has been recommended for discipline for allegedly refusing to withdraw from a suit despite the client’s wishes, disclosing details from a client’s counseling sessions and filing multiple documents baselessly accusing an opposing attorney of attempting to extort money from his client, the last of which had previously earned him a $50,000 sanction.

  • September 6, 2018

    Reed Smith Widow Wants Full 7th Circ. To Consider GSK Suit

    The Seventh Circuit panel that overturned a $3 million verdict against GlaxoSmithKline for not including a suicide warning on its Paxil drug committed a “grave error” by ignoring some pieces of evidence and taking others completely out of context, the widow suing the pharmaceutical giant said Wednesday in a rehearing request.

  • September 6, 2018

    State AGs At Odds Over Google Privacy Pact At High Court

    Attorneys general from California, Massachusetts, Illinois, New York and several other states urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold an $8.5 million privacy settlement requiring Google to pay millions to third parties and nothing to class members, going against 19 fellow state attorneys general who in July stumped for the opposite result.

  • September 6, 2018

    Claire's Ch. 11 Plan Faces Objections, Remains Open To Bids

    Fashion accessory retailer Claire’s Inc. remained open for bids in Delaware Bankruptcy Court Thursday after reporting that it had received no offers to compete with its initial buyer proposal before the company’s original Aug. 31 deadline.

  • September 6, 2018

    7th Circ. Won't Save Antitrust Claims Against Steel Giants

    The Seventh Circuit on Thursday found that antitrust claims levied against major steel producers, including U.S. Steel, ArcelorMittal USA and Commercial Metals Inc., by a proposed class of indirect purchasers alleging a price-fixing conspiracy were filed outside the limitations period, upholding the claims’ dismissal by an Illinois federal judge.

  • September 6, 2018

    Chicago IP Firm Wants Ex-Partner's Defamation Suit Tossed

    The founder of a Chicago intellectual property firm asked an Illinois state court judge on Tuesday to throw out a defamation suit filed by a former partner, saying the comments the firm made to its clients about the partner after terminating him are true.

  • September 6, 2018

    NuWave Denied Defense Of W.Va.'s Deceptive Marketing Suit

    A Cincinnati Insurance Co. unit doesn’t have to cover NuWave LLC’s costs to defend the state of West Virginia’s lawsuit alleging the cookware company engaged in deceptive and coercive marketing tactics, an Illinois federal judge ruled Wednesday, finding that the underlying action doesn’t allege any potentially covered claims for privacy violations.

  • September 6, 2018

    American Airlines Slips Out Of Toxic Uniforms Suit

    An Illinois federal judge let American Airlines loose from a proposed class action over a batch of uniforms that allegedly caused health problems among flight attendants and pilots, saying the employees' claims are barred by state worker compensation laws.

  • September 6, 2018

    State AGs Join Fight Over DOI Flip On Migratory Bird Kills

    Democratic attorneys general from eight states sued the U.S. Department of the Interior in New York federal court seeking to undo its decision not to criminally prosecute individuals and companies for accidentally killing or injuring migratory birds, joining environmental groups that have already challenged the policy about-face.

Expert Analysis

  • How New Credit Freeze Law May Affect Data Breach Cases

    Robert Kriss

    Congress recently enacted a law that enables consumers to freeze their credit reports to prevent identity theft at no cost, which could have significant implications for whether data breach class actions will be certified and, if they are, the amount of potential damages, say Robert Kriss and Corwin Carr of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Illinois Tax Talk: Alternative Apportionment

    Christopher Lutz

    Although case law on the subject is relatively scant, alternative apportionment remains an important means of reaching a fair corporate income tax liability in Illinois, says Christopher Lutz of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • Federal Inaction And State Activity: Student Loan Edition

    David Gettings

    As a result of waning federal involvement, states have increased their roles in the regulation and litigation of private student loans, and servicers and lenders now confront an amorphous environment policed by a diverse cast. And with student loan defaults rising, state enforcement activities may not be the only increase in litigation the industry sees, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Spokeo Strikes Again: Why Challenges To Standing Are Key

    David Anthony

    In Dutta v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed the district court’s decision granting summary judgment to State Farm in a putative Fair Credit Reporting Act class action. The decision presents another helpful application of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2016 Spokeo opinion, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Website Accessibility Suits Threaten Omnichannel Sales

    Alan Behr

    Retailers and others with consumer websites that support physical sales facilities are being hit with lawsuits claiming that their websites exclude the visually impaired in violation of federal law. But thus far, federal courts have disagreed on whether a website is a “place of public accommodation,” say Alan Behr and Rachel Bandli at Phillips Nizer LLP.

  • Innovator Liability Flunks The Dormant Commerce Clause

    Richard Dean

    Two circuit court decisions issued in May invoked the dormant commerce clause to strike down enforcement of state laws beyond state borders. It is not surprising that there is also a dormant commerce clause argument in regard to innovator liability, says Richard Dean of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Bristol-Myers Unlikely To Shake Up Class Action Landscape

    Alec Schultz

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s Bristol-Myers opinion last year set a high jurisdictional bar for some mass tort claims. Now plaintiffs lawyers fear — and defense lawyers hope — that courts will apply the same reasoning to stifle nationwide class actions. But the effect of this ruling on national class actions is likely to be minimal, say Alec Schultz and Aaron Brownell of Léon Cosgrove LLP.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.