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Illinois

  • June 9, 2009

    IP Pro Joins Husch Blackwell From Winston & Strawn

    Patent litigator Don J. Mizerk has joined Husch Blackwell Sanders Welsh & Katz in Chicago after more than a decade at Winston & Strawn LLP in order to expand his practice representing generic drug companies.

  • June 8, 2009

    Families Settle Over Fatal Rita Bus Blaze For $80M

    The families of 23 nursing home residents who died aboard a chartered bus that burst into flames while fleeing Hurricane Rita in September 2005 have reached an $80 million settlement with a slew of companies accused of liability for a design defect that allegedly caused the blaze.

  • June 9, 2009

    Troutman Sanders Adds Life Sciences To IP Practice

    Two attorneys specializing in life sciences from Chicago-based Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP have jumped to Troutman Sanders LLP, marking the addition of that specialty to Troutman Sanders' intellectual property group.

  • June 5, 2009

    LML Hits 6 More Banks With Check-Debit Patent

    Continuing to assert its check-processing patent, LML Patent Corp. has accused half a dozen banks, including First Banks Inc. and American Bank of Texas, of infringing a patent covering payment services that convert paper checks into electronic transactions.

  • June 4, 2009

    Tyson Cries Foul Over Okla. Pollution Deal

    Tyson Foods Inc. and a clutch of other poultry companies accused of polluting Oklahoma’s Illinois River are in an uproar over the state’s allegedly lax settlement with a smaller poultry grower.

  • June 5, 2009

    McDermott Woos Back IP Counsel From Tech Co.

    A top intellectual property counsel at NextWave Wireless Inc. has moved back to McDermott Will & Emery as a partner in the firm's intellectual property, media and technology department.

  • June 3, 2009

    La. College's $103M Katrina Coverage Suit Survives

    A federal judge has refused an excess insurer’s bid to dismiss claims brought by a Louisiana liberal arts college seeking to force its insurers to cover $103 million in Hurricane Katrina damage.

  • June 3, 2009

    Schering Contractors' Trade Secrets Spat Revived

    A federal appeals court has remanded a trade secrets dispute between Schering-Plough Corp. contractors Synygy Inc. and ZS Associates Inc., ordering the trial court to reconsider its ruling that India, not the U.S., is the correct forum for the lawsuit.

  • June 3, 2009

    Forge Must Foot Defense Bill In EEOC Case: 7th Circ.

    A federal appeals court has ruled that Forge Industrial Staffing Inc. can’t obtain coverage for counsel selected without the approval of its insurer, National Casualty Corp., to defend discrimination claims before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

  • June 2, 2009

    Late Plaintiffs Cut From OT Class Action Against RGIS

    A judge has agreed to drop certain late-filing opt-in plaintiffs from an employment class action against leading retail inventory and data collection firm RGIS LLC alleging that the company fails to pay workers for time spent traveling to job sites or donning equipment.

  • June 1, 2009

    Retirees Win Class Cert. In Bemis ERISA Suit

    A judge has certified a class of retirees alleging Bemis Co. Inc. breached a plant-closing deal by reducing health benefits, rejecting the packaging company's contention that the agreement didn't apply to workers who retired before its effective date.

  • June 1, 2009

    Illinois Law Passed In Response To Crestwood Scandal

    Responding to revelations that millions of gallons of toxic water were knowingly pumped into citizens' homes in the Village of Crestwood, Ill., the state General Assembly has passed legislation requiring all users to be promptly notified when drinking water is contaminated.

  • June 2, 2009

    Transport Co., Insurer Dodge Liability In Chemical Suit

    A federal appeals court has ruled that a transport company and its liability insurer cannot be held liable for negligence in a personal injury lawsuit brought by dock workers who suffered injuries after unloading a tractor-trailer that was tainted with the hazardous chemical sodium pentachlorophenlate.

  • June 1, 2009

    Final OK Sought For $2M Deal In ACE Securities MDL

    Plaintiffs have sought final court approval of a nearly $2 million settlement in multidistrict class action securities litigation accusing insurer ACE Ltd. of failing to disclose its participation in contingent commission kickbacks and bid-rigging schemes.

  • May 29, 2009

    Size Complicates GM's Bankruptcy

    It appears more and more likely that General Motors Corp. will follow Chrysler LLC into Chapter 11 on Monday. While the mechanics of the proceedings — intense negotiations with bondholders, big givebacks from workers and a 363 sale — may not be so different, the scale of a GM bankruptcy would dwarf the Chrysler filing and create far greater complications.

  • May 29, 2009

    Emerisque Bid For Hartmarx Assets Too Low: Lenders

    Wachovia Capital Finance Corp. filed an objection Friday to a bid by Emerisque Brands UK Ltd. and SKNL North America BV to purchase Hartmarx Corp.'s assets, arguing that the offer falls far short of covering the bankrupt suit maker's outstanding debt.

  • May 29, 2009

    US Advises Against Cert For NFL Antitrust Suit

    The U.S. solicitor general has advised the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear a case over whether the National Football League's exclusive licensing agreement with Reebok International Ltd. for NFL headwear violates federal antitrust laws.

  • May 29, 2009

    Chrysler Resolves Lemon Law, Workers' Comp Issues

    The state of Ohio has withdrawn its objection to Chrysler LLC's proposed $2 billion sale to Fiat SpA after winning assurances that the state's lemon law would not be disregarded in the asset sale, officials said.

  • June 9, 2009

    Q&A With McDermott's Michael Pope

    Still on the rise, consumer fraud cases are often based on 40-year-old state statutes that contain statements of such generality that lawyers can apply them to virtually any set of facts against a business entity, says Michael Pope, head of McDermott Will & Emery LLP's international product liability practice group.

  • June 10, 2009

    Q&A With Seyfarth's Philip Comella

    Although it is fashionable to predict a flood of global warming mass tort actions, it is more likely the next wave of litigation will be in the areas of greenhouse gas emission reporting laws, "greenwashing," environmental credit abuse or toxic torts related to permitted air emissions, says Philip Comella, chair of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's environmental, safety & toxic torts practice group.