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Illinois

  • October 19, 2018

    Ex-Fed. Prosecutor Joins Reed Smith's Compliance Practice

    Reed Smith LLP has added a former federal white collar crime prosecutor to its global regulatory enforcement practice in Chicago, the firm has announced.

  • October 19, 2018

    Atty Banned From USPTO Accused Of Scamming Authors

    Twenty aspiring authors have filed suit in Illinois state court against an attorney banned from practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for running an “invention promotion” scheme, saying that after he was blocked from the USPTO he adapted the scheme for the publishing industry, taking money to promote and publish books and never following through.

  • October 19, 2018

    Fired Tool Co. Atty Fights To Keep ADA, ERISA Claims

    A former attorney for manufacturer Illinois Tool Works Inc. urged an Illinois federal judge not to trim a lawsuit accusing his ex-employer of retaliating against him and firing him after he fell ill, saying his complaint adequately backs up claims of Americans with Disabilities Act and Employee Retirement Income Security Act violations.

  • October 19, 2018

    Motorola Says AIG Unit Must Cover Birth Defect Settlement

    Motorola Solutions Inc. sued an AIG subsidiary Thursday in Illinois federal court, saying the insurer used "false and frivolous" reasons to deny coverage for a $28 million legal settlement reached over birth defects in some children of its workers.

  • October 18, 2018

    Chicago Bank Accused Of Role In Va. Ponzi Scheme

    Two investors hit a Chicago bank Tuesday with a proposed class action in Illinois state court, claiming it played a role in a Ponzi scheme that caused them and other investors to lose more than $7 million.

  • October 18, 2018

    Vitamin Distributor Can't Dodge $9M Default: Ill. High Court

    An Illinois man doesn't have to prove a Chinese vitamin manufacturer folded or went bankrupt before he can go after a U.S. distributor to enforce a $9 million default judgment, the Illinois Supreme Court held Thursday.

  • October 18, 2018

    Ill. Justices Find Homeowners’ Faulty Insurance Suit Untimely

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a couple's complaint alleging a homeowners insurance agent is to blame for their policy not covering cyberbullying claims against their son, saying the action is time-barred because it was filed more than two years after the allegedly deficient policy was issued.

  • October 18, 2018

    Ill. High Court Says Ameren Can Take Land For Power Line

    The Illinois Supreme Court sided Thursday with electric utility Ameren Corp. in its fight to take land from 35 property owners for a new power line, reversing a lower court’s ruling that a state eminent domain statute was unconstitutional.

  • October 18, 2018

    Ill. Class Sues Power Retailer Over 'Bait & Switch' Pricing

    A new proposed class action in Illinois federal court takes aim at Sperian Energy Corp., accusing the retail electric supplier of a classic “bait and switch” scheme that fleeced consumers.

  • October 18, 2018

    Reed Smith Adds Faegre Labor Pro In Chicago

    Reed Smith LLP has continued to build out its Chicago labor and employment practice with the addition of a new partner from Faegre Baker Daniels LLP who has spent much of his legal career advising employers on union-related issues, the firm has announced.

  • October 18, 2018

    Four Seasons' Win Sticks In Suit Over Shatter-Prone Doors

    A woman who was injured at a Four Seasons hotel by a shower-area glass door that shattered was not prejudiced by her inability to tell a jury about the hotel's alleged safety violations and therefore cannot receive a new trial, an Illinois federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?

  • October 17, 2018

    Katten, GrayRobinson Steer $275M Baggage Delivery Co. Deal

    Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP led parking, ground transportation and event logistics company SP Plus in its $275 million purchase of airline baggage delivery service Baggage Airline Guest Services, which was guided by GrayRobinson PA, the companies said Wednesday.

  • October 17, 2018

    7th Circ. Upholds Conviction For Doc Who Ripped Off Insurers

    The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday said there’s “ample evidence” to support a jury’s finding that a Chicago dermatologist committed fraud by passing off cosmetic procedures as pre-cancer treatment to insurance companies.

  • October 17, 2018

    Class Claims Too Late In United Back Pay Row, Union Says

    Only the two United Airlines pilot instructors whose claims were revived in a suit alleging improper back pay disbursement can proceed in the case because the window for representing a class on the allegation has shut, an international pilots' union said Wednesday.

  • October 17, 2018

    Redo Bid On Ill. Hospital's Med Mal Win Has 'No Merit': Panel

    An Illinois woman's bid to either reverse a jury's finding for a hospital and doctor or receive an entirely new trial over claims they failed to treat her husband's chest pain more seriously has "no merit," a state appeals court has ruled.

  • October 17, 2018

    Lieff Cabraser, Others Want $90M In State Farm Judge Case

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP, Clifford Law Offices PC and several other firms have asked for $90 million in fees and expenses for their work representing a class of State Farm customers who settled claims the insurance giant rigged an Illinois judicial election for $250 million.

  • October 17, 2018

    Hertz Says Consumer's Robocalls Suit Too Narrow For Class

    The Hertz Corp. has asked an Illinois federal judge to dismiss a consumer's proposed class action alleging invasion of privacy based on robocalls the company made to him when his mother kept a car weeks past due, saying the circumstances are too specific to represent a group.

  • October 17, 2018

    ABA Says Attys Must Inform Clients After A Data Breach

    The American Bar Association unveiled ethics requirements Wednesday that say attorneys should notify current clients in the event of a data breach and to keep clients updated on the findings of any investigation into the breach.

  • October 16, 2018

    United Pilots Win Cert. Over Military Benefits Denial

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday granted certification to pilots accusing United Airlines and Continental Airlines of denying sick and vacation time, as well as full pension payments, to employees on military leave, saying that after the airlines merged, some pilots were allegedly treated differently and that could be enough to prove a violation of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. 

Expert Analysis

  • Illinois Tax Talk: The Roots Of The State Revenue System

    Christopher Lutz

    In this edition of Illinois Tax Talk, Christopher Lutz of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd. discusses the state constitutional framework for Illinois' taxing system, including the taxing power of home rule units and the exclusive power of Illinois' General Assembly to raise revenue.

  • TM Licensors Beware: Your Product Liability Risks May Vary

    Jordan Lewis

    Trademark licensing has exploded in popularity, with everyone from soft drink companies to Ivanka Trump getting into the game. But licensors who attach their name to products over which they lack manufacturing control take a legal risk, and courts' differing views on licensor liability for defective products create a risk of forum shopping by plaintiffs, says Jordan Lewis of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • Assessing 'Concreteness' Under Spokeo In Northern Illinois

    Alex Egbert

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Spokeo decision left lower courts to flesh out history's and Congress' “important roles” when developing a workable legal standard for deciding whether an intangible injury is sufficiently “concrete.” Not surprisingly, the Northern District of Illinois “concreteness” determinations relying on Congress’ role tend to be ad hoc, say Alex Egbert and Tony Hopp of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • 5 E-Discovery Hurdles For Government Agencies

    Amy Hilbert

    Electronic discovery is a challenging process for even the most experienced law firms and corporations, but the challenges faced by government agencies may be even more daunting, says Amy Hilbert of Casepoint LLC.

  • 7th Circ. Focuses On Impossibility Preemption In Dolin V. GSK

    William Essig

    The Seventh Circuit’s recent opinion in Dolin v. GlaxoSmithKline largely focused on GSK's argument that federal law preempted any suicidality warning requested by the plaintiff, and notably did not address innovator liability issues relating to Illinois law, says William Essig of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.

  • Local Sugar Taxes May Be Headed For A Crash

    Carley Roberts

    California is the latest to join a list of states in banning local taxes targeted at sweetened beverages or similar sugar taxes. The recent popularity of these taxes at the local level not only has the beverage and retail industry fired up over the compliance issues, but citizens are beginning to recognize the paternalistic nature of these taxes and their regressive effects on communities, say attorneys at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLC.

  • China Agritech May Cork Repeat TCPA Class Actions

    Ana Tagvoryan

    In Practice Management Support Services v. Cirque du Soleil, an Illinois federal court recently decertified a putative class action alleging Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations. The ruling is an indicator that, following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in China Agritech v. Resh, courts are starting to rein in abuses of equitable tolling to plug up such interminable class action exposure, say attorneys with Blank Rome LLP.

  • Look Out, Tax Zapper Users: Feds Join State-Level Crackdown

    Matthew Lee

    Two weeks ago federal prosecutors announced criminal tax charges against the owners of five Chicago-area restaurants as part of an ongoing federal investigation into the underreporting of gross receipts using sales suppression software. These cases are significant not only as the first federal charges against business owners in many years but also because they appear to be part of a larger investigation of Chicago-area businesses that use zappers, says Matthew Lee of Fox Rothschild LLP.