The attorneys representing individuals who allegedly received unwanted text messages from Uber scored most of the fees they sought Wednesday after securing a $20 million settlement, with an Illinois federal judge awarding them roughly $6.31 million for working on a matter he said involved “real and significant risk” for counsel.
An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday tossed a putative class action alleging that Fannie May Confections Brands Inc. deceived customers by selling its chocolates in overly large boxes, saying the lawsuit failed to allege a violation of federal labeling requirements so the case could proceed.
Barnes & Thornburg LLP has announced the addition of three attorneys from McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Perkins Coie LLP to its Chicago office’s intellectual property and corporate practices.
The U.S. Supreme Court has opened the door for creditors to claw back more funds in bankruptcy by rejecting the notion that a securities transaction can be insulated from avoidance actions as long as it involved a financial institution, even as just a conduit in a deal, experts say.
A $10,000 contribution was the "going rate" for a job in Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown's office, according to documents filed Tuesday in a case stemming from a government investigation into hiring practices within the office.
An Indiana woman who was a passenger aboard an American Airlines flight when one of the plane’s engines caught fire while it was on a Chicago airport runway sued the airline and plane manufacturer Boeing Co. in Cook County Circuit Court Wednesday, alleging the flight attendants made an already chaotic situation worse.
Reed Smith LLP has added a former Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP employment attorney to its ranks as a partner in Chicago, the firm has announced.
A former CDW Government LLC employee hit the company with a lawsuit in Illinois state court Tuesday over allegations he was fired for reporting that his supervisor repeatedly asked him to share the medications doctors prescribed him after surgery.
The Boeing Co. must hand over documents on its planned $16 billion aircraft sale to Iran Air to victims of a terror attack in Israel who are seeking to enforce a $67 million judgment related to Iran’s support for that attack, an Illinois federal judge ruled.
The bitter fight over the long-stalled Chicago Spire took another turn on Tuesday, as the real estate magnate who broke ground on the tower but then lost control of it sued two “bad banks” set up by the Irish government for $1.2 billion, blaming their “malicious conduct” for killing the grandiose project.
The Seventh Circuit has disqualified a Chicago-based immigration law firm from representing a rejected EB-5 visa applicant, because the firm’s principal is fighting off a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit for allegedly mishandling that applicant's and others’ EB-5 investment funds.
A group of Democratic Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday announced they would push to amend the state’s constitution in order to lower the population threshold of so-called “home rule” communities from 25,000 to 5,000 so that nearly 170 more municipalities in Illinois would be able to determine more or their own laws beyond state statutes.
Cook County Judge Jessica Arong O'Brien has until the first week of April to explain why she should not be suspended from the bar after being convicted of running a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme before she took the bench, the Illinois Supreme Court said Tuesday.
An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday rejected The Allstate Corp.’s bid to dismiss a proposed class action accusing it of unlawfully concealing its lowered underwriting standards as the reason for a spike in auto insurance claims, saying the plaintiffs cited enough allegedly misleading statements to allow their case to proceed.
The Democratic attorneys general of seven states urged the Federal Communications Commission in comments filed Monday not to relax the nationwide television audience cap, pointing specifically to Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s proposed $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media Co., and warning of “excessive consolidation.”
The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday said a Chicago-area man convicted for his role in a $1.6 million automobile loan fraud scheme will not be able to reduce his nine-year prison sentence, rejecting arguments that an Illinois federal judge improperly classified him as a manager or supervisor of the plot.
The coach and owner of a prestigious volleyball club was hit with a proposed class action in Illinois federal court on Tuesday, accusing him of concealing from parents and potential players allegations that he sexually abused several underage women.
An Illinois appellate court declined Monday to revive a suit alleging that a family medicine doctor failed to diagnose a teen’s life-threatening kidney disease and allowed the condition to worsen to the point where the boy needed a transplant, finding the jury's verdict in favor of the doctor was reasonable based on the evidence.
The Federal Trade Commission traded barbs Monday with Lifewatch Inc. and other companies it alleges misled consumers about medical alert devices and monitoring services, with the agency saying the evidence shows the defendants duped elderly and disabled people and the businesses countering that questions about the allegations remain.
An Illinois federal judge on Monday granted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security a quick win in a Filipino man's lawsuit accusing the Transportation Security Administration of exercising race and national origin bias in reviewing and demoting him, saying the evidence he presented doesn't constitute adverse employment actions taken against him.
John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limits deductions on state and local income, sales and property taxes up to $10,000 per year. This new limitation may provide certain sports teams, particularly those in states like Texas and Florida, an advantage in attracting and signing talent, say Michael Rueda and David Lehn of Withers Bergman LLP.
Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.
In an effort to study jurors' attitudes toward foreign witnesses, a representative sample of over 1,000 jury eligibles across the U.S. were surveyed over the course of several years. The results revealed two important findings, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.
For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.
As the U.S. shifts from a fee-for-service to a value-based health care system, telemedicine is viewed by many as the solution for achieving access to care and cost-efficiency. Kristi Kung and Matthew Shatzkes of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP look back on some of the telemedicine-related legal and regulatory changes that occurred in 2017 and discuss potential areas of interest in 2018.
Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.
In Bellevue v. Universal Health Services of Hartgrove, the Seventh Circuit recently ruled that a qui tam relator’s allegations were substantially similar to publicly disclosed allegations — meaning the suit was precluded by the public disclosure bar, though the relator’s allegations concerned a different time period. This could have major implications for False Claims Act cases, say Gerald Meyer and Emily Damrau of Molo Lamken LLP.
The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.
Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.