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  • November 28, 2018

    Drug Wholesaler Must Cough Up $5.7M For Junk Faxes

    An Illinois federal judge has ordered a pharmaceutical wholesaler to fork over $5.7 million to a class of medical professionals who said they received unwanted faxes promoting the company’s medication dispensing program, casting aside the company’s argument that individual claims must be sorted out.

  • November 28, 2018

    Chicago Pol Forgoes Plea Deal In Bribery Case, Opts For Trial

    Chicago Alderman Willie Cochran is set for a June trial on federal corruption charges that include bribery and extortion after he cited “broken down” plea negotiations during a Wednesday hearing.

  • November 27, 2018

    7th Circ. Upholds Dismissal Of Ex-Tribal Agency Worker's Suit

    The Seventh Circuit upheld on Monday a lower court's dismissal of a former Oneida Nation of Wisconsin housing authority employee's suit alleging she was fired for reporting funding misuse because the suit names various employees of the agency instead of the agency itself.

  • November 27, 2018

    Kolcraft Fights To Keep $3.2M Playpen Verdict Against Chicco

    Kolcraft Enterprises has slammed Chicco USA Inc.'s attempt to get a new trial in Illinois federal court and avoid a $3.2 million decision over a playpen patent, calling Chicco's motion a "kitchen sink assault" that largely reiterates arguments the court has already rejected.

  • November 27, 2018

    Sears Gets OK For $2B In DIP Financing

    A New York bankruptcy judge Tuesday gave Sears Holding Corp. permission to take out more than $2 billion in debtor-in-place financing after last-minute talks and bidding cleared up creditor objections to a portion of the financing agreement.

  • November 27, 2018

    Fox Sports Used 'Super Bowl Shuffle' Clips Without OK: Suit

    The Chicago-based record label that owns the copyrights to the well known "Super Bowl Shuffle" song has hit Fox Sports and several affiliates with a $1 million suit in Illinois federal court, claiming the network used portions of the music and video without permission.

  • November 27, 2018

    Hertz Can’t Shut The Door On Robocall Suit, Consumer Says

    A proposed class of consumers slammed an attempt by The Hertz Corp. to escape a suit accusing it of repeatedly making unwanted robocalls, telling an Illinois federal court Monday that their amended complaint resolves Hertz’s claim that the class was inadequate.

  • November 27, 2018

    Nielsen Says Copycat Investor Suit Belongs In NY

    Nielsen Holdings PLC asked an Illinois federal judge on Monday to transfer a putative class action suit to New York’s Southern District, saying the suit belongs in the same venue as “substantively identical” and earlier-filed suits over the company's liability for sharp drops in its stock price.

  • November 27, 2018

    Monroe Capital Secures $1.33B For 3rd Private Credit Fund

    Chicago-based specialty lender Monroe Capital LLC has wrapped up its latest private credit fund after collecting $1.33 billion from limited partners, marking the largest fundraise in firm history, according to a Tuesday statement.

  • November 26, 2018

    Ill. Senator's Caucus Ouster Was Protected, 7th Circ. Says

    An Illinois Republican state senator accused of unconstitutionally cutting off a fellow senator’s resources after the colleague announced his bid for governor is protected by legislative immunity in the colleague’s First Amendment suit, the Seventh Circuit said Monday.

  • November 26, 2018

    Denial Of $30M Attorneys' Fee Claim In Tribune Ch. 11 Tossed

    A Delaware federal judge on Monday overturned a 2015 bankruptcy court order denying Wilmington Trust Co.’s $30 million unsecured claim for post-petition attorneys’ fees in the Tribune Media Co. Chapter 11 that was confirmed in 2012.

  • November 26, 2018

    Dignity-Catholic Health Merger Wins OK From Calif. AG

    California's attorney general has given a conditional green light to the merger of Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives, agreeing to the deal if several measures are taken to help ensure access to medical care, including for the homeless.

  • November 26, 2018

    Discovery Sanction 'Draconian,' Insurer Says In Contract Row

    An Illinois-based commercial insurance premium finance company on Friday objected to what it called a judge's "draconian" sanction recommendation for missing certain discovery deadlines, saying it could result in tens of millions of dollars awarded for its adversary's shaky counterclaims in their contract dispute.

  • November 26, 2018

    Neal Gerber Nabs Ex-Kirkland IP Pro In Chicago

    Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP has hired a former Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner with 10 years of experience in intellectual property litigation as a partner in its Chicago office, the firm has announced.

  • November 21, 2018

    Law360 MVP Awards Go To Top Attorneys From 71 Firms

    The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2018 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.

  • November 21, 2018

    7th Circ. Won't Rehear Wis. Union Dues Provision Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday declined to rehear the state of Wisconsin’s challenge to a court’s holding that its law governing union dues deduction authorization is blocked by federal labor relations law.

  • November 21, 2018

    CDK Balks At Doc Request In Dealership Data Antitrust MDL

    CDK Global LLC called a request for discovery “abusive” and a “scorched-earth approach” in the multidistrict litigation accusing the seller of dealer management systems of conspiring with a rival to monopolize the market for car dealership data, telling an Illinois federal court Tuesday it should not have to respond to the request.

  • November 21, 2018

    7th Circ. Boots Jones Motor Truckers' Misclassification Suit

    A Seventh Circuit panel has tossed a proposed class action that claimed Jones Motor Co. Inc. denied workers’ compensation benefits to a group of truckers by misclassifying them as independent contractors, saying the case does not belong in federal court.

  • November 21, 2018

    Motorola, Hytera Get Mixed ITC Ruling In Radio Patent Fight

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has shielded Hytera Communications Corp. Ltd.'s line of redesigned two-way radio systems from import restrictions, but maintained a trade block on the original design of those products for ripping off Chicago-based Motorola Solutions Inc.'s intellectual property.

  • November 21, 2018

    3 Firms Vie To Lead Class Suit Over Alleged AbbVie Kickbacks

    Three law firms representing investors suing AbbVie Inc. in a proposed class action over its allegedly illegal strategy to market its blockbuster drug Humira have each asked an Illinois federal judge to appoint it as lead counsel in the case.

Expert Analysis

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In A Divided Post-Election Congress

    Evan Migdail

    The outcome of next week's election remains uncertain, but it is possible to predict some of the policy changes and legislative initiatives likely to arise during lame duck and 116th congressional sessions if Democrats regain a majority in the House of Representatives, say Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP.

  • How The FAA Reauthorization Law Supports Airport Leasing

    John Schmidt

    Provisions in the recently passed Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization significantly enhance the ability of U.S. public entities to obtain the operational and financial benefits of private airport management by leasing airports to private airport operators, says John Schmidt of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Brown Reviews 'Dangerous Leaders'

    Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown

    Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.

  • Breaking The Rules: 3 Ways To 'Lead' A Direct Examination

    Matthew Menchel

    Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • Emerging Trends In State And Local Equal Pay Efforts

    Brian Murphy

    In the face of relative inaction by the federal government, state and local governments are increasingly combating the gender pay gap with various legislative efforts. Employers must be cognizant not only of laws existing in their jurisdictions, but also of those in others, say Brian Murphy and Jonathan Stoler of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • EPA's New Approach To Interstate Air Pollution Under CAA

    Norman Fichthorn

    Over the last two decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to address interstate air pollution under the Clean Air Act have yielded a series of complex federal regulatory programs. However, it's now signaling a method that involves greater deference to states’ analyses and determinations, says Norman Fichthorn of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • EEOC's Costco Case Sheds Light On Title VII Liability

     Laura Bacon

    The Seventh Circuit recently affirmed a finding of employer liability under Title VII for a hostile work environment caused by a retail customer. The decision in U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Costco Wholesale is important for employers with customer-facing operations, but its reach extends further, say Laura Bacon and Brittany Bogaerts of Nixon Peabody LLP.