• March 1, 2018

    Class Attys In Uber Text Message Spat Get $6.3M In Fees

    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.

  • March 1, 2018

    Chocolate-Maker Slips Lawsuit Over 'Underfilled' Boxes

    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.

  • March 1, 2018

    Barnes & Thornburg Adds IP, Corporate Attys In Chicago

    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.

  • February 28, 2018

    Justices Hone Creditors' Ability To Ax Pre-Bankruptcy Deals

    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.

  • February 28, 2018

    $10K Was 'Going Rate' For Job In Ill. Court Office, Suit Says

    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.

  • February 28, 2018

    American Airlines, Boeing Sued For Chaotic Plane Escape

    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.

  • February 28, 2018

    Reed Smith Nabs Employment Pro From Sheppard Mullin

    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.

  • February 28, 2018

    Worker Says Co. Fired Him For Reporting Drug Demands

    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.

  • February 28, 2018

    Boeing Must Produce $16B Iran Air Sale Docs In Terror Case

    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.

  • February 27, 2018

    Irish 'Banks' Sued Over Failed Chicago Spire Project

    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.

  • February 27, 2018

    7th Circ. Bars Atty Facing SEC Charges In Immigrant Appeal

    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.

  • February 27, 2018

    Ill. Dems Want To Lower Threshold For 'Home Rule' Towns

    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.

  • February 27, 2018

    Convicted Ill. Judge Asked Why She Deserves Law License

    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.

  • February 27, 2018

    Allstate Must Face Investor Claims Over Shoddy Underwriting

    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.

  • February 27, 2018

    Dem AGs Oppose FCC Lifting Television Reach Limits

    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.”

  • February 27, 2018

    Auto Loan Fraudster Can’t Reduce Jail Time, 7th Circ. Says

    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.

  • February 27, 2018

    Elite Volleyball Coach Faces Suit Over Alleged Abuse

    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.

  • February 27, 2018

    Ill. Court Affirms Win For Doc In Kidney Failure Trial

    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.

  • February 27, 2018

    FTC Says Robocalls Misled Consumers As Cos. Return Fire

    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.

  • February 27, 2018

    TSA Dodges Race Bias Claims In Demoted Officer's Suit

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    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.

  • 4 Ways Tax Reform May Affect The Sports World

    Michael Rueda

    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.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    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.

  • Diagnosing Juror Bias Against Foreign Witnesses

    Christina Marinakis

    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.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    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.

  • Telehealth In 2017: What Changed And What's Ahead

    Kristi Kung

    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.

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court


    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.

  • Revisiting The FCA Public Disclosure Bar, Post-Bellevue

    Gerald Meyer

    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.

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    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.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    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.