• November 16, 2017

    Tech Co. Must Face Suit Over Patient Monitoring System

    Hospital technology company Draeger Inc. can't escape a suit brought by Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center that claims Draeger's patient monitoring system Rush purchased for $18 million in 2011 was ineffective and put patients at risk, an Illinois federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • November 16, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Firstbank, FPA Multifamily, Rosenstein

    Firstbank Florida has reportedly loaned $15.75 million for a Florida mixed-use project, an FPA Multifamily venture is said to have paid nearly $40 million for a Chicago-area apartment complex, and hedge fund manager Barry Rosenstein is reportedly listing a New York Hamptons home for $70 million.

  • November 16, 2017

    Ill. Parking Ticket Suit Has Expired, 7th Circ. Rules

    The Seventh Circuit agreed Thursday with a lower court's decision that the claims of class members are no longer tolled once a suit is dismissed with prejudice, confirming that an Illinois motorist's proposed privacy class action claims against a Chicago suburb were time-barred. 

  • November 16, 2017

    Armstrong Teasdale Sanctions Lifted In Fiat Hack Case

    Armstrong Teasdale attorneys for a proposed class of Jeep owners suing Fiat Chrysler over hacking concerns on Wednesday escaped sanctions that had been imposed on them for revealing confidential information, when the Illinois federal judge overseeing the suit found a magistrate judge lacked authority to level the penalties.

  • November 16, 2017

    Chicago's Suit Over Opioids Paused Ahead Of MDL Ruling

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday put a hold on the city of Chicago’s lawsuit against a group of pharmaceutical companies over their alleged misrepresentation of opioid painkillers' addictiveness, saying it should wait until a decision is made on whether to consolidate similar claims in multidistrict litigation.

  • November 16, 2017

    Class Attys In Uber Text Message Spat Seek $6.4M In Fees

    The attorneys representing a group of individuals who allegedly received unwanted text messages from Uber asked an Illinois federal court Wednesday for $6.35 million in fees after securing a $20 million settlement, saying the deal is an exceptional result that wouldn’t have happened without their efforts.

  • November 16, 2017

    Auxilium Not Liable For Man's Heart Attack, Ill. Jury Finds

    An Illinois federal jury said Thursday that Auxilium's Testim did not cause a man's heart attack, handing the drugmaker a victory in its first trial in the multidistrict litigation over testosterone replacement therapy drugs.

  • November 15, 2017

    Chicago Schools Can't Dodge Ex-Teacher's Discrimination Suit

    The Chicago Board of Education cannot escape a suit brought by a former Chicago Public Schools teacher who claims he was wrongfully terminated because of his age, disability and race, an Illinois federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • November 15, 2017

    Chicago Adviser Bilked Clients, In-Laws Out Of $5M, DOJ Says

    A Chicago investment adviser was charged Wednesday with stealing more than $5 million from clients, including his elderly in-laws, purchasing a luxury car and paying his mortgage while disguising his work in a Ponzi-style scheme, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. 

  • November 15, 2017

    BofA, Debt Collector Hit With TCPA Suit Over Robocalls

    Bank of America and a debt collector it uses have been hit with a putative class action in Illinois federal court claiming they violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by continuing to place autodialed, prerecorded calls to consumers' cellphones after the customers had asked them to stop.

  • November 15, 2017

    Trump Fires Another Warning Shot At Sanctuary Cities

    The Trump administration on Wednesday launched its latest salvo in its bid to challenge so-called sanctuary cities, sending warning letters to communities in states including California, Massachusetts and New York that it suspects are violating federal immigration law.

  • November 15, 2017

    Auxilium's First Testosterone Bellwether Heads To Jury

    Auxilium knew that its testosterone replacement therapy drug Testim was not approved for men whose low testosterone was caused by their age but it promoted the drug for them anyway, turning their lives into “a vast experiment,” attorneys for a Testim user told an Illinois federal jury Wednesday.

  • November 15, 2017

    Abbott Won't Face Autism Claim In Depakote Birth Defect Trial

    An Illinois federal judge blocked autism-related claims Wednesday from an upcoming trial over whether Abbott Laboratories' epilepsy drug Depakote caused birth defects, saying such claims weren't supported in expert testimony.

  • November 15, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Dwight Capital, Capital One, Levi's

    Dwight Capital is said to have leased 20,000 square feet in New York, Capital One reportedly plans to open a hybrid bank branch and coffee shop in Chicago, and Levi's is said to be taking 17,000 square feet in New York at a building owned by REIT Vornado.

  • November 14, 2017

    Depakote Judge Denies Abbott Bid To Restrict Exec Subpoena

    The Illinois federal judge overseeing the Depakote mass litigation has denied Abbott's request to severely restrict two subpoenas against a former Abbott executive, paving the way for in-person, multiple-day testimony in upcoming trials over allegedly Depakote-caused birth defects.

  • November 14, 2017

    Astellas Seeks Coverage Of DOJ Suit Over Alleged Fraud

    The Illinois-based parent company of pharmaceutical business Astellas Pharma US sued three of its insurers in Illinois federal court Monday, seeking coverage under a directors and officers policy of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Astellas US Holding Inc. seeking evidence of Medicare fraud through funding charities.

  • November 14, 2017

    7th Circ. Shuts Down Atty's 5th Appeal In $4M Junk Fax Case

    The Seventh Circuit cut off an attorney’s fifth appeal to the court following a $4.2 million judgment in a class action over unsolicited faxes Tuesday, saying the case has been held up long enough.

  • November 14, 2017

    Chicago Atty Sues Firm Over Termination While Pregnant

    A Chicago-based immigration attorney filed suit against her former employer, Katz Law Office Ltd. in Illinois federal court Monday, claiming she was wrongfully terminated from her job at the firm last year while six months pregnant.

  • November 14, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Trepp, Invesco, Magic Johnson

    Trepp has reportedly leased 25,000 square feet in New York, Invesco is said to have sold an Illinois apartment complex for $110.5 million, and a fund co-founded by former NBA star Magic Johnson has reportedly picked up a Florida building from SunTrust Bank for roughly $18 million.

  • November 14, 2017

    Walgreens Hit With Suit Over Sale Of J&J Talc Products

    A woman who says her daily use of talcum powder caused her 2014 cancer diagnosis sued Walgreen Co. in Illinois state court Monday, claiming the company worked with Johnson & Johnson to market and sell its talc products to consumers without warning them of the risks.

Expert Analysis

  • Why The Estoppel Rule For Duty-To-Defend Breaches Is Fair

    Stanley Nardoni

    Many commentators have criticized the fairness of the rule some states employ, holding an insurer that breaches its duty to defend a suit estopped from disputing coverage for any judgment or settlement reached in the action. However, the impact of seeking declaratory relief and the rule’s availability to insurers should not be forgotten when the rule’s merits are debated, says Stanley Nardoni of Reed Smith LLP.

  • States Vs. Uncle Sam: Federal Bonds As Unclaimed Property

    Brendan Ballard

    States are continuing to assert claims against the federal government over unredeemed federal savings bonds under their respective unclaimed property statutes. Billions of dollars are at stake, and recent decisions from the U.S. Court of Federal Claims appear to have breathed new life into the claims, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland.

  • The Psychology Of Hourly Fee Arrangements

    J.B. Heaton

    The range of possible and better fee agreements is wide. But such alternatives will become popular only if litigants confront the psychological tendencies shaping their existing fee arrangements, says J.B. Heaton, a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.

  • Investing In Urgent Care: Trends And Developments To Watch

    Bart Walker

    With the rise of narrow networks and increasing deductibles for health insurance plans, patients are paying more attention to the costs of specific providers and models of care, while insurers and plan sponsors continue looking for ways to drive patient volumes to lower-acuity and lower-cost settings. Urgent care providers have been a direct beneficiary of this shift, say attorneys with McGuireWoods LLP.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Authenticity Is Key

    Amy Rubenstein

    Three important lessons from the beginning of my practice have stuck with me. From these lessons, I discovered that I am at my best when I am authentic — and because I am who I am, clients, counsel and courts find me credible, says Amy Rubenstein of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • Escobar’s Materiality Standard: Circuit Developments

    Gerald Meyer

    Four decisions reconsidered on remand after the U.S. Supreme Court's Escobar ruling last year show how lower courts’ approaches to materiality have changed, says Gerald Meyer ​​of MoloLamken LLP.

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • Heller Sequels And 2nd Amendment, Still Undecided: Part 3

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In the final installment of this three-part series, attorney Robert W. Ludwig concludes his deep dive into the controversial history of Second Amendment jurisprudence.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.

  • A Look At Latest 7th Circ. Opinion In Sentinel Management

    Aaron Boschee

    In its fifth trip to the Seventh Circuit, the Sentinel Management Group’s bankruptcy case recently explored complex issues bankruptcy practitioners often encounter in large Chapter 11 cases with financial services debtors, says Aaron Boschee of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.