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Illinois

  • November 21, 2018

    DDB Wins $4B 10-Year Army Advertising Contract

    Advertising giant DDB’s Chicago-based unit won a $4 billion contract to provide advertising services for the U.S. Army, the U.S. Department of Defense has announced, after incumbent McCann’s protest over its exclusion from consideration for the deal was rejected.

  • November 20, 2018

    Debt Collector Wants Firm DQ'd In Injury Settlement Suit

    Debt collector The Rawlings Co. wants its opponent's legal team booted from a case in Illinois federal court in which Rawlings is accused of reneging on a legal agreement over its share of an injury recovery, saying Monday that the lawyer bringing the case is central to the underlying story of the collapsed agreement.

  • November 20, 2018

    Feds Want At Least 5 Yrs For Pharma CEO's $2M Drug Fraud

    An Illinois man who pocketed more than $2 million from investors in his Wisconsin pharmaceutical company by lying about his work on an experimental drug should spend at least five years in prison, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • November 20, 2018

    7th Circ. Rejects Atty’s Claim For Innocent Spouse Relief

    The Internal Revenue Service was not required to inform an attorney and school administrator of her right to request innocent spouse relief, the Seventh Circuit has ruled, backing a U.S. Tax Court decision to deny her relief from her tax attorney-husband’s liabilities.

  • November 20, 2018

    Cboe Says It Shouldn't Be Liable For VIX Manipulation

    Cboe Global Markets Inc. urged an Illinois federal court Monday to dismiss it from multidistrict litigation over alleged manipulation of the Chicago Board Options Exchange's volatility index, known as VIX, saying the role of overseeing exchanges falls to federal regulators.

  • November 20, 2018

    Ill. Justices Doubt Six Flags' View In Biometric Data Case

    The Illinois Supreme Court pushed back Tuesday on Six Flags Entertainment Corp.'s stance that actual harm is required to sue under the state’s biometric privacy law as several justices explored the extent to which the statute protects against the collection of such personal data without consent.

  • November 20, 2018

    Honigman Miller Adds Ex-FTC Official To Chicago Office

    The Chicago office of Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP has added an antitrust attorney previously with the Federal Trade Commission who has extensive experience with merger investigations and health care.

  • November 20, 2018

    Architects Scoff At Claim Five Guys Got OK To Share Designs

    Architecture firm Soos & Associates Inc. asked an Illinois federal court Monday to dismiss Five Guys' counterclaims in the firm's copyright infringement suit against the burger chain, saying its former client can’t plausibly argue the two agreed Five Guys could share Soos’ restaurant design plans with a competing architecture firm.

  • November 20, 2018

    Producer's $2.3M Exit From Poultry Price-Fix Suit OK'd

    Georgia-based Fieldale Farms has secured a $2.25 million exit from a class of food service distributors’ suit surrounding an alleged decadelong industry-wide plot by poultry producers to ratchet up chicken prices, after an Illinois federal judge gave final approval to the settlement.

  • November 19, 2018

    Ill. High Court Set To Shape Biometric Privacy Litigation

    Illinois' Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear oral arguments in a case that could shape future litigation under the state's biometric privacy law, following many lawsuits against companies over claims they unlawfully collected individuals' personal information without consent or disclosure.

  • November 19, 2018

    Spoofing Is Not Fraud, Ex-Merrill Lynch Traders Say

    Two former Merrill Lynch traders who were indicted this summer on allegations that they ran a yearslong scheme to "spoof" the precious metals futures market told an Illinois federal judge on Friday that the government’s case rests on the “fallacy” that spoofing is a form of fraud.

  • November 19, 2018

    State Farm RICO Suit Too Strong To Settle, Objector Says

    One State Farm policyholder has come forward to object to the $250 million settlement resolving a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit claiming the insurance giant rigged an Illinois Supreme Court election to escape a massive judgment, arguing the settlement sold short a strong case worth more than $7 billion.

  • November 19, 2018

    Hausfeld Atty Vies For Lead Counsel Spot In Ad Price-Fix MDL

    A Hausfeld LLP attorney has been floated as potential lead counsel to represent companies accusing the TV industry of fixing ad prices, as an Illinois federal court fields several motions for leadership roles in the recently centralized multidistrict litigation.

  • November 19, 2018

    Narrow 'Sex' Definition Puts Trans People At Risk, AGs Say

    A coalition of 20 attorneys general on Monday urged the U.S. departments of Education and Health and Human Services not to adopt a narrow definition of "sex" that they said would cause transgender and gender nonconforming individuals to be excluded from important federal civil rights protections.

  • November 19, 2018

    Sears Gets Go-Ahead For $90M Internal Debt Sale

    A New York bankruptcy court judge on Monday gave Sears permission to sell $900 million in internal debt after the retail giant and an objecting creditor said they had settled their differences about the proposal.

  • November 19, 2018

    Cboe Tries To Keep Lid On Discovery In VIX Manipulation MDL

    Cboe Global Markets Inc. is urging an Illinois federal court to deny Chicago Board Options Exchange investors a head start on discovery in multidistrict litigation over alleged manipulation of its volatility index, arguing that their discovery bid goes beyond their claim to need the names of traders who manipulated the index.

  • November 19, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, Habitat, TF Cornerstone

    A Blackstone Mortgage Trust entity has reportedly loaned $211.9 million for a Florida retail and residential project, a $200 million Habitat Co. Chicago mixed-use project is said to have received the green light, and TF Cornerstone has reportedly dropped $300 million on a development site near the location of the new New York City Amazon headquarters.

  • November 16, 2018

    Dem AG Gains May Spur State Financial Services Action

    Democrats have strengthened their presence in state-level law enforcement after flipping the attorney general's office in several state in the midterm elections, gains that some financial services experts say could make for a tougher enforcement landscape for banks and other financial services firms.

  • November 16, 2018

    12 AGs Call For End Of Policy Slowing Family Reunification

    Attorneys general from 12 states have urged the Trump administration to promptly reverse a policy that has allegedly impeded the release of unaccompanied immigrant children from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services custody to their family members or designated sponsors in the U.S.

  • November 16, 2018

    Advocate Health Reaches $1.5M Deal In Nurse Wage, OT Row

    Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp. has reached a $1.5 million deal to settle unpaid wage and overtime claims in a suit brought on behalf of hundreds of current and former emergency room nurses who worked at a Chicago hospital.

Expert Analysis

  • State Tax Codes Can Help Mitigate Poverty

    Misha Hill

    There are several tools at the disposal of state policymakers — particularly within their state tax codes — to help alleviate some of the financial pressure families face when living at or near the poverty level, say Aidan Davis and Misha Hill of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • More Automation Means Less Busy Work For Legal Teams

    Rebecca Yoder

    Legal departments have been slow to adopt artificial intelligence and automation solutions for the sort of mundane tasks attorneys dread. But such tools can make legal teams more efficient and accurate, allowing members to focus on big-picture challenges and mission-critical strategies, says Rebecca Yoder of Docusign Inc.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Illinois Tax Talk: The Franchise Tax

    Christopher Lutz

    Very few states employ a tax on paid-in capital in the manner Illinois does. In this edition of Illinois Tax Talk, Christopher Lutz of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd. discusses the Illinois franchise tax.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.