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Illinois

  • May 4, 2018

    Excess Insurer Prevails In Fight Over $2.3M Crash Judgment

    Excess insurer Landmark American Insurance Co. is not liable for any part of a $2.3 million judgment against Deerfield Construction Inc. in a lawsuit alleging the builder's employee caused a crash that injured another driver, an Illinois federal judge ruled Thursday, finding that Deerfield failed to provide prompt notice of the claim to Landmark.

  • May 4, 2018

    Nixon Peabody Nabs Labor, Real Estate Attys In LA, Chicago

    Nixon Peabody LLP has announced two lateral hires: a real estate partner in Chicago from Holland & Knight LLP and a labor and employment partner in Los Angeles from Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP.

  • May 4, 2018

    Chicago Judges 'Under Siege' Amid Wave Of Vacancies

    The Northern District of Illinois, one of the country's busiest courts, is dealing with a surge of judicial vacancies that is expected to grow over the next year, and with no current nominees to fill the spots, the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better, experts told Law360.

  • May 4, 2018

    7th Circ. Axes Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Shareholder Suit

    Two Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shareholders who accused the Federal Housing Finance Agency and the U.S. Department of the Treasury of siphoning the companies’ profits into government coffers can’t revive their claims, the Seventh Circuit said on Thursday, finding that the two agencies had the statutory authority to do so.

  • May 4, 2018

    K&L Gates Snags M&A Attys From Nixon Peabody, Clark Hill

    K&L Gates on Tuesday announced that it has hired two partners from Nixon Peabody LLP and Clark Hill PLC to work in its Los Angeles and Chicago offices, in a continued effort to bolster its mergers and acquisitions and corporate practice.

  • May 3, 2018

    No Defense Owed To Lawyer In Malpractice Row, Insurer Says

    Allied World Surplus Lines Insurance Co. on Thursday asked an Illinois federal judge to declare it has no duty to defend a lawyer and his firm in an underlying state court suit accusing the lawyer of malpractice over arbitration work he performed for a restaurateur client.

  • May 3, 2018

    Ill. Hotel’s Dismissal From Rape Case Reversed By Panel

    An Illinois appellate panel reversed a lower court's ruling that let a hotel out of a case brought by a woman who claimed she was raped by a hotel security guard while unconscious.

  • May 3, 2018

    Calling App Maker Faces TCPA Suit Over Spam Texts

    A consumer on Wednesday hit the maker of international calling app Boss Revolution with a putative class action in Illinois federal court, seeking to hold it liable for an avalanche of unsolicited marketing texts that violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • May 3, 2018

    Chocolatier Fights Second Attempt At Suit Over Box Fullness

    Two months after Fannie May Confections Brands Inc. escaped a putative class action alleging the company deceptively sells its chocolates in overly large boxes, the chocolatier asked an Illinois federal judge on Thursday to toss a second attempt at the suit.

  • May 3, 2018

    States, Auto Groups Weigh In On Fuel Economy Penalties

    A group of states and an environmental organization on Wednesday asked the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration not to block an increase in penalties for automakers that don’t meet fuel efficiency standards, while industry groups backed the agency’s decision to nix the increase.

  • May 3, 2018

    Full 7th Circ. Asked To Rethink Sanctuary City Ruling Stay

    The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the full Seventh Circuit to consider its partial bid to limit the scope of a nationwide injunction barring it from putting immigration-related conditions on so-called sanctuary cities that apply for a federal public safety grant. 

  • May 3, 2018

    PTAB Upholds Soup Rack IP Claims Contested By Campbell

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday upheld part of a display rack patent that was challenged by Campbell Soup Co., setting the stage for an infringement case against the soup maker to resume in Illinois federal court.

  • May 3, 2018

    Air India Mishandles Luggage, Passenger's Suit Says

    Air India got slapped with a proposed class action in Illinois state court Wednesday over claims that it mishandles passengers' luggage at Chicago's O’Hare International Airport.

  • May 3, 2018

    Ex-NFL Player Must Face Insurance Fraud Suit, 9th Circ. Says

    A Ninth Circuit panel has revived an insurance company’s suit that claims a former Chicago Bears football player and “Survivor” contestant fraudulently made a workers’ compensation claim, reversing a lower court’s decision that the dispute belonged before a California administrative board.

  • May 2, 2018

    7th Circ. Won't Release Collector From Debt Dispute Suits

    The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday rejected debt collector Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC’s bid to overturn several lower court orders declining to dismiss consumers’ lawsuits accusing the company of incorrectly and unlawfully reporting their debts as undisputed in violation of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

  • May 2, 2018

    Anti-China Bias Merits New IP Trial, French Press Co. Says

    A manufacturer hit with a $2 million jury verdict for infringing Bodum's trade dress for its Chambord French press asked an Illinois federal court Tuesday for a new trial, claiming that the jury was biased because its coffee press is made in China.

  • May 2, 2018

    Ex-KFC La. Site Buyer Wants Cleanup Suit To Stay Out Of Ill.

    The holding company used in the purchase of a former KFC restaurant site in the Louisiana town of Metairie urged a Louisiana federal judge Tuesday not to move to Illinois a lawsuit alleging that the company failed to clean up property pollution, arguing that its environmental consultant has no right to push for a change of venue.

  • May 2, 2018

    CenturyLink Accuses Telecom Co. Of Bogus Billing

    Internet, television and telephone service provider CenturyLink hit a telephone routing company with a suit in Illinois federal court Tuesday for allegedly overcharging by millions of dollars for services it wasn’t allowed to bill for or didn’t provide at all.

  • May 2, 2018

    Ill. AG Sues 2 Women Over Sham Immigration Services

    Two women who allegedly scammed Illinois residents seeking immigration help out of thousands of dollars have been hit with lawsuits by state Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

  • May 2, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Knoll, Ben Shaoul, Centennial Bank

    Furniture maker Knoll will reportedly be the anchor tenant at a new 70,000-square-foot Chicago building, developer Ben Shaoul is reportedly selling a New York residential property for roughly $85 million, and Centennial Bank is said to have loaned $10 million for a Florida 24 Hour Fitness and gas station construction project.

Expert Analysis

  • A Shift On Employee Title VII Protections At 6th Circ.

    Michael Pepperman

    While the Sixth Circuit held in 2006 that Title VII didn't cover sexual orientation discrimination, the court's recent decision in U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes is part of the current trend of courts broadly construing the meaning of “sex discrimination” and increasing workplace protections under federal law for LGBT employees, say attorneys with Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.

  • Top Tax Changes For Law Firms: What Lawyers Need To Know

    Evan Morgan

    For law firms structured as corporations, a lower maximum corporate tax rate and repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax are good news. But many law firms are pass-through entities, so deduction limitations mean they'll see less benefit from the new tax law, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Are Headwinds Hampering Delaware's Blockchain Initiative?

    G. Thomas Stromberg

    Despite the current cryptocurrency fervor, it remains to be seen exactly how, and how quickly, blockchain technology will be adopted by the broader corporate community, and whether Delaware will continue to lead the charge, say attorneys with Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Price Tag, You’re Not It: 4 New Pricing Claims

    Stephanie Sheridan

    As more pricing litigation is filed, we are seeing deviation from traditional claims related to discounts from a notional "original price." While reference price litigation has certainly not gone away, several new types of pricing claims have emerged, making it clear that pricing is a hot issue for the plaintiffs bar, say Stephanie Sheridan and Meegan Brooks of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • How To Interpret A Contract? Ask Those Who’d Sign It

    Omri Ben-Shahar

    Surveys are an accepted method of evaluating consumer perceptions in a wide range of cases. However, when it comes to contracts, it is often the judge or jury who must interpret the text. We suggest surveying consumers to determine which meaning of a disputed term is embraced by a clear majority, say professors at the University of Chicago and consultants at Analysis Group.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • How State AGs Can Fight Student Loan Crisis The Right Way

    Douglas Gansler

    For both consumer protection and political reasons, state attorneys general desperately want to assist constituents who have taken out federal student loans and are now struggling with repayment. However, state AGs will undoubtedly fail in the courtroom if they attempt to do so through litigation, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Betting On Change: States Plan For Sports Gambling Decision

    Aaron Swerdlow

    If New Jersey wins its sports betting case at the U.S. Supreme Court, expect many states to implement new legislation legalizing sports betting and industry regulation. If New Jersey does not win, it will anger many state legislators that were preparing to implement their own legislation, says Aaron Swerdlow of Gerard Fox Law PC.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.