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Illinois

  • September 12, 2008

    Ill. CON Laws Threaten Competition: DOJ, FTC

    The U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission on Friday issued a joint statement decrying Illinois' certificate-of-need laws as threats to innovation, consumer choice and the control of health care costs.

  • September 11, 2008

    CPSC Clarifies Extent Of Bassinet Recall

    Two weeks after the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 900,000 baby bassinets in connection with two infant fatalities, regulators alerted the public Thursday that the recall included bassinets made by Simplicity Inc. that appear under different logos.

  • September 11, 2008

    Trustee Gets Feathers Ruffled Over Asarco Bid

    The U.S. trustee overseeing the Asarco LLC bankruptcy case has objected to the mining company's motion to have its disclosure statement approved, contending that the bid fails to properly include him in the process.

  • September 10, 2008

    Asarco Adds Settlement Package To Ch. 11 Plan

    Asarco LLC has tacked a range of environmental settlements with various federal and state agencies on to its Chapter 11 reorganization plan as the bankrupt mining company seeks to escape court protection once and for all.

  • September 10, 2008

    Judge Nixes Ill. City's Polluted Harbor Suit

    A federal judge has tossed a suit alleging several companies are liable for the cleanup of toxic chemicals in Illinois' Waukegan Harbor because the statute of limitations has expired.

  • September 9, 2008

    Cement Cos. Settle With EPA, DOJ Over Emissions

    Two companies that own and run a cement manufacturing facility in Illinois have agreed to pay an $800,000 civil penalty and install state-of-the-art pollution controls to reduce harmful air emissions.

  • September 9, 2008

    Motorola Sues RIM For Swiping Employees, Secrets

    In a move that could stoke the flames of the multipronged patent war between Motorola Inc. and BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd., Motorola has sued its competitor for allegedly trying to poach its employees and steal trade secrets.

  • September 9, 2008

    Ex-Fish Partner Sues Sony, Others Over GPS Patents

    A former Fish & Richardson PC partner who recently settled litigation with the firm over his patent portfolio has sued several electronics makers including Sony Electronics Inc. over patents related to global positioning systems.

  • September 9, 2008

    7th Circ. Defines Accounting Burden In Trademark Tiff

    The Lanham Act allows a prevailing plaintiff in a trademark dispute to recover an infringing defendant's profits without having to prove what portion of those profits was gained from lawful business and what portion came from infringing uses of the plaintiff's trademark, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Monday in a suit between competing gaming companies.

  • September 8, 2008

    Ohio Puts Great Lakes Water Rights On The Ballot

    Ohio voters will have the chance to vote on a proposed amendment aimed at guarding private property owners' rights under the multistate collective legislation known as the Great Lakes Basin Compact, which aims to prevent diversions from the five lakes.

  • September 5, 2008

    Pregnancy Test Patent Nixed In 10-Year Fight

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled invalid claims of a patent that Syntron Bioresearch Inc. was accused of infringing in a 10-year legal battle.

  • September 5, 2008

    8th Circ. Says Bankruptcy Law Unconstitutional

    Bankruptcy lawyers practicing in the Eighth Circuit are free to advise their clients to take on more debt in contemplation of a bankruptcy filing, now that an appeals court has ruled that a section of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 is unconstitutional as applied to attorney conduct.

  • September 4, 2008

    7th Circ. Affirms Ruling In Favor Of Exelon Union

    A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that a labor union can represent retirees in an arbitration dispute with electric utility Exelon Corp. over medical benefits.

  • September 4, 2008

    TransUnion Consumer Privacy Saga Nearing Its End

    Time is running out for consumers to participate in a wide-ranging class action settlement proposed by TransUnion Corp., with the credit bureau seeking to finally put behind it the long-standing litigation over whether it illegally peddled consumer information.

  • September 2, 2008

    Skycaps Seek Class Status In Jet Blue Bag Fee Suit

    A group of skycaps has requested certification of two overlapping classes in its suit against Jet Blue Airways Corp. over the airline's 2006 decision to charge a fee for bag-checking service.

  • August 29, 2008

    CORRECTED: Verizon May Have Underpaid Retirees: Judge

    A judge has ruled that Verizon Communications Inc. may have incorrectly calculated the benefits given to some of its former employees, a decision that could make the company liable for billions in damages.

  • August 29, 2008

    Class Denied Certification In EMC Sex Bias Suit

    A judge has denied class certification to a group of current and former female employees at computer software producer EMC Corp. who claimed that the company's lax attitude toward sexual discrimination, harassment and retaliation made gender bias a “de facto company policy and standard operating procedure.”

  • August 29, 2008

    Antitrust Cases Against Oil-Filter-Makers Sent To MDL

    Plaintiffs in a slew of antitrust class actions against the makers of automotive filters will continue the fight in Illinois federal court, where several cases were transferred Tuesday for inclusion in new multidistrict litigation.

  • August 29, 2008

    Charter Communications Hit With Overtime Suit

    Charter Communications Inc., the country's third-largest cable operator, has been hit with a proposed class action accusing it of failing to pay proper wages and overtime in violation of the laws of the 29 states where the company operates.

  • October 24, 2008

    Counting The True Cost Of A Nuisance Settlement

    Companies defending against patent infringement charges are paying more money than ever to settle cases early on, even when they view them as virtually meritless, according to attorneys familiar with the issue.