• November 30, 2017

    Katten Muchin Adds Ex-Nixon Peabody Employment Partner

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP has picked up the leader of Nixon Peabody LLP’s health and welfare employee benefits team, bolstering its capabilities working with employers, insurance brokers and other clients in New York, Chicago and other cities on benefit plan design and operational compliance.

  • November 30, 2017

    JPML Open To Opioid MDL Despite Concerns About Size

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation seemed to lean toward centralizing litigation stemming from the country’s opioid crisis during arguments at the panel’s hearing in St. Louis on Thursday, but the judges repeatedly asked for guidance on how to work with the large variety of potential defendants and plaintiffs.

  • November 30, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Square Mile, American Realty, Goldman

    Square Mile is reportedly close to a deal to loan $250 million for a Manhattan office, retail and apartment project, American Realty Advisors is said to have sold a Chicago office tower for $80 million, and a Goldman Sachs venture has reportedly bought a San Diego business park for $45.7 million.

  • November 30, 2017

    Analytics Software Co. Raises $117M In Latest Funding Round

    Predictive analytics software firm Uptake Technologies Inc. brought in $117 million from investors during its latest funding round, the company said Thursday, as it looks to expand its global presence.

  • November 30, 2017

    Clarion Sells 13 Marriott Hotels To Skyline For $135M

    Canadian investment firm Skyline Investments Inc. has purchased 13 Courtyard by Marriott hotels located in Florida, Illinois and seven other states from Clarion Partners LLC for $135 million, according to an announcement on Thursday from Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP and a prior announcement from Skyline.

  • November 29, 2017

    T-Mobile Retailer Gets Initial OK On $1.1M OT Settlement

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday granted preliminary approval to a $1.1 million putative class action settlement with a large national T-Mobile retailer to resolve claims the company misclassified hundreds of store managers as exempt from overtime and then overworked them.

  • November 29, 2017

    Atty Slams Ocwen Bid To 'Fling Mud' At Him Over TCPA Deal

    Counsel for a class action alleging Florida-based Ocwen Loan Servicing unlawfully autodialed their cellphones urged an Illinois federal court to reject the company’s attempts to "fling mud" at him after it filed a bid for a hearing to determine whether he breached a confidentiality agreement. 

  • November 29, 2017

    Cell Tower Servicer Can’t Beat Workers’ Drive-Time Claims

    A cell-tower servicer and a class of its employees accusing the company of failing to properly compensate time spent driving to job sites will likely head to trial after an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday denied both sides’ bids for summary judgment, as well as the servicer’s motion to decertify the class.

  • November 29, 2017

    Northwestern Memorial Can't Escape Ex-Nurse's Age Bias Suit

    An Illinois federal judge refused Tuesday to grant summary judgment to a hospital that allegedly fired a nurse because of her age, saying the bias allegations create a viable factual possibility that age, rather than alleged unauthorized patient care, was the reason for the firing.

  • November 29, 2017

    7th Circ. Clears Prison Medical Contractor In Inmate's Suit

    The Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court decision Tuesday granting a quick win to prison contractor Advanced Correctional Healthcare, one of its doctors and a nurse in a suit brought by an inmate claiming his medical needs were ignored while at a county jail in Indiana.

  • November 29, 2017

    Ill. Worker Blasts Public Sector Union Fees At High Court

    An Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services worker urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn a 1977 ruling that affirmed the right of unions to extract fees from public sector workers, calling the ruling “offensive to the First Amendment.”

  • November 29, 2017

    Ex-Rep. Reynolds Loses New-Trial Bid In Tax-Filing Case

    Former U.S. Congressman Melvin Reynolds will appear for sentencing in March after an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday declined to retry him on four counts of failing to file federal income tax returns on more than $400,000, saying he found enough evidence during trial to convict.

  • November 29, 2017

    PetSmart Beats Fraud Claims Over Prescription Cat Food

    PetSmart Inc. and a pet food maker escaped claims that they tricked customers into buying prescription cat food, as an Illinois federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the companies were following U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines, not engaging in fraud.

  • November 29, 2017

    Uber Sued Over Alleged Hush Money To Hackers

    Ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday was hit with a putative class action in Illinois federal court over the company’s reported $100,000 payment to hackers who breached driver and user data last year.

  • November 29, 2017

    With Wave Of Suits, Chicago Turns Focus To Residents' Rights

    The city of Chicago is making an effort to bring more litigation on behalf of its residents against private companies, including Equifax and Uber over recently reported data breaches, part of a push under its new corporation counsel that could use the city's stringent consumer protection ordinance to reap significant spoils for the cash-strapped government.

  • November 28, 2017

    7th Circ. Upholds Hyatt's $9M Award In Contract Dispute

    The owners of a Los Angeles hotel lost another “pointless” round of litigation on Tuesday, after the Seventh Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that found a $9 million dollar arbitration award to Hyatt in a breach of contract dispute rested on rock-solid legal foundations.

  • November 28, 2017

    Firm Must Face Ex-Client's Suit Over Missed Deadline To Sue

    An Illinois federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Florida law firm must face a malpractice suit concerning its withdrawal from representation of a wrongful-death plaintiff that then missed a statute-of-limitations cutoff, saying the claims are good enough to pass initial hurdles.

  • November 28, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: HNA, Chet Balder, GID

    Chinese conglomerate HNA Group is reportedly considering selling some of its global real estate holdings, a venture led by real estate investor Chet Balder is said to have landed a $23 million loan for a Chicago-area office building, and a GID venture has reportedly scored a $45.4 million loan from Nationwide Mutual Insurance for a Florida multifamily property.

  • November 28, 2017

    Atty's Contact With Clerk Won't Sink $25M Yacht Deal

    An Illinois appellate court said a $25 million settlement of a lawsuit over a yachting accident should go forward despite improper communication between a court clerk and the injured man’s attorney while the case was on trial, saying Monday the attorney’s behavior isn’t enough to torpedo the deal.

  • November 28, 2017

    Longtime Rep. Gutiérrez To Retire, Help Rebuild Puerto Rico

    Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, D-Ill., a well-known immigration reform advocate, officially announced Tuesday that he won’t be seeking re-election, saying that he was leaving after Jesús "Chuy" García decided to run, and citing the need to rebuild Puerto Rico.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Trending In Telehealth: Behavioral Health Services

    Amy Lerman

    An increasing number of behavioral health care professionals are becoming more and more interested in using telehealth platforms to connect with their patients, and there is much new and updated guidance from states regarding the practice of providing such services in this space, says Amy Lerman of Epstein Becker & Green PC.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Beyond The Hurdles

    Ann Warren

    There are various barriers to corporate pro bono work, including lack of malpractice insurance coverage, limited resources, and the transactional nature of the majority of in-house legal work. But at the end of the day, we’ve overcome many of these barriers, says Ann Warren, associate general counsel of Duke Energy Corp.

  • Opinion

    Stacking The Deck Against Opioid Plaintiffs

    Max Kennerly

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the pharmaceutical lobby continue to file briefs with the purpose of making it impossible to sue drug manufacturers who have clearly broken federal law. If they succeed, states, individuals and health benefit plans may never get a fair day in court, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Pryor Reviews 'Scalia Speaks'

    Judge William Pryor

    Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Testing Judicial Control Over Attorney Conduct At Depositions

    Mark Shifton

    While few depositions feature such entertaining colloquies by counsel as are found in Corsini v. U-Haul, obstructive conduct at depositions continues to run rampant in many circles. And courts are increasingly open to taking a greater role in policing improper conduct, say Mark Shifton and Mila Shtelmakher of Seiger Gfeller Laurie LLP.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    The Inside Counsel Revolution

    Ben Heineman

    The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.

  • More Answers On Noncompetes From 7th Circ.

    Eric Amdursky

    The interpretation and enforcement of noncompete agreements in the context of a sale of a business are a frequent source of angst for both the buyer and seller. However, with its recent decision in E.T. Products v. D.E. Miller Holdings, the Seventh Circuit offered guidance on several important questions, say Eric Amdursky and Tyler Runge of O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.