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  • July 30, 2018

    States Sue To Block Federal 3D Gun Printing Settlement

    Eight states and Washington, D.C., sued the Trump administration in Washington federal court Monday, seeking to block a recent settlement allowing a defense firm to publicly post 3D printing plans for guns online, saying the deal would wrongly allow “dangerous criminals” to effectively access untraceable weapons.

  • July 30, 2018

    Ill. Court Affirms Builder's Win In Injured Worker's Suit

    A contractor leading a warehouse construction project isn’t responsible for injuries suffered by a subcontracted worker who fell through a roof because it didn’t tell the roofing contractor how to do its work, an Illinois appeals court said Friday.

  • July 30, 2018

    US Foods To Buy 5 SGA Food Distribution Cos. For $1.8B

    US Foods Holding Corp. said Monday it will buy five food distributors from Services Group of America for $1.8 billion in cash in a deal that will see the company expand its presence in the Northwest. 

  • July 30, 2018

    Gov't Must Pay $31M In Kidney Failure Suit, Judge Says

    An Illinois federal judge has refused to lower her just more than $31 million verdict in favor of a kidney disease patient suing the United States for malpractice while he was in a federally funded clinic, finding the case was hardly comparable to others the government cited on appeal as being similar but lower in dollar award.

  • July 30, 2018

    Peerless Network Nabs $48.5M from Verizon Unit In Fee Row

    An Illinois federal judge ordered Verizon to pay telecommunications carrier Peerless Network Inc. more than $48 million to resolve a long-running dispute over fees for connecting long-distance calls after finding Verizon had improperly withheld payments.

  • July 30, 2018

    Sinclair, Tribune Fixed TV Ad Prices, Law Firm's Suit Says

    Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co. have been colluding to fix prices for commercials played on broadcast television stations since 2016 amid a slump in U.S. advertising spending, a law firm alleged in Maryland federal court Friday.

  • July 30, 2018

    Morgan Lewis Nabs 7-Partner IP Team From McDermott

    A seven-member intellectual property team has joined Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP as partners, jumping off from McDermott Will & Emery LLP, the attorneys' new firm announced Monday.

  • July 27, 2018

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    The 168 attorneys selected as Law360's 2018 Rising Stars are lawyers whose accomplishments belie their age. From guiding eye-popping deals to handling bet-the-company litigation, these elite attorneys under 40 are leading the pack.

  • July 27, 2018

    7th Circ. OKs Attys Fee Cut For 'Paucity' Of Work In TCPA Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Friday upheld a district court’s decision to slash attorneys' fees in a settlement for a putative Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action, saying it got it right “given the paucity of effort expended” by counsel compared to the fee request.

  • July 27, 2018

    Ill. Strip Club Is A 'Chronic' TM Infringer, Models Say

    A group of professional models sued an Illinois gentleman’s club in Chicago federal court Friday, saying the company is an "unapologetic, chronic and habitual" trademark infringer that is using their images and likenesses to promote its business online without their permission.

  • July 27, 2018

    Individualized Claims Thwart Testosterone RICO MDL

    An Illinois federal judge rejected a bid to certify a class of third-party payors bringing Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims against AbbVie Inc., Eli Lilly & Co. and other makers of testosterone replacement therapy products, saying the allegations are too individualized to proceed as a whole.

  • July 27, 2018

    Riddell Scores On Most Claims In Helmet Patent Row

    An Illinois federal court on Thursday handed Riddell a win on nearly all of its claims under one of its patents in an infringement suit against rival helmet maker Schutt Sports, while putting a number of issues, including Riddell’s entitlement to lost profits, up for trial in the more than two-year-old case that centers on football helmet design.

  • July 27, 2018

    Expedia Sued For Misdated Event Listings For Hotel Bookings

    Expedia Inc. and its event trip-planning affiliate EventBlocks Inc. have been hit with a proposed class action in Illinois state court over claims that the affiliate website’s incorrect dates cause consumers to book often nonrefundable hotel rooms for events they wind up missing.

  • July 27, 2018

    Immigration Info Law Unconstitutional In Sanctuary City Row

    In a ruling Friday in favor of the city of Chicago in its suit against the Trump administration’s attempts to add new, immigration-focused conditions on a federal grant, an Illinois judge said a federal law covering local governments’ sharing of information with federal immigration authorities is unconstitutional.

  • July 27, 2018

    Insurer Can Bring Suit Over Construction Accident Defense

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday allowed Scottsdale Insurance Co. to go forward with its suit saying it does not have a duty to defend construction companies being sued in state court over a worker’s fatal accident under a policy exclusion — but tossed as premature the insurer's claims that it doesn’t have to indemnify the companies.

  • July 27, 2018

    AbbVie Investors Sue Over 1-Day $100M Stock Drop

    A proposed class of AbbVie Inc. investors filed a stock drop suit against the pharmaceutical company in Illinois federal court Thursday, saying a corrective disclosure related to the company’s May stock buyback efforts led to a collective $100 million loss in value for the shareholders.

  • July 26, 2018

    Victim In Chicago Police Beating Case Gets $310K In Fees

    An Illinois federal judge awarded $310,000 in fee recoveries Wednesday to a man who successfully sued Chicago police after an encounter that left him in an intensive care unit, though the judge imposed a haircut because he said there were too many lawyers representing the man at trial.

  • July 26, 2018

    Drugmaker Put 'Misbranded' Medicines On Market, Feds Say

    The U.S. government hit a Chicago-based medicine and supplement maker with a lawsuit in federal court Thursday over claims that the company is illegally selling “adulterated,” “misbranded” and unapproved dietary supplements and medicines for ailments such as HIV and Alzheimer’s disease.

  • July 26, 2018

    Ditka's Restaurant In Chicago Accused Of ADA Violations

    Mike Ditka's Restaurant, the popular Chicago eatery named after the NFL coach who in 1985 led the Bears to a Super Bowl championship, got hit Thursday in Illinois federal court with an Americans with Disabilities Act suit filed by an ADA "tester" who says Ditka’s accommodations discriminate against the disabled.

  • July 26, 2018

    7th Circ. Appeal Of Uber TCPA Deal In 'Bad Faith,' Attys Say

    Counsel for a proposed class of drivers and riders who settled a suit against Uber Technologies Inc. over unsolicited texts for $20 million urged the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to reject an objection to the deal, arguing that the challenge to roughly $6.31 million in attorneys' fees awarded as part of the agreement had been made in "bad faith."

Expert Analysis

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Curious Case Of The Class Cert. Evidentiary Standard: Part 2

    Robert Sparkes

    The majority of circuit courts that have addressed the issue have made clear that district courts should not consider inadmissible evidence when evaluating motions for class certification. In the final part of this series, Robert Sparkes of K&L Gates LLP​​​​​​​ presents a critique of the minority viewpoint as recently adopted by the Ninth Circuit in Sali v. Corona Regional Medical Center.

  • Illinois Tax Talk: Situs Rules For Retailers’ Occupation Tax

    Christopher Lutz

    Like many other states, Illinois localities may impose a local option tax in addition to the state retailers’ occupation tax. Unlike many other states, however, Illinois localities use a unique sourcing methodology. Christopher Lutz of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd. discusses the details.

  • Curious Case Of The Class Cert. Evidentiary Standard: Part 1

    Robert Sparkes

    Can courts consider only admissible evidence at the class certification stage, or are motions for class certification governed by looser evidentiary standards? Robert Sparkes of K&L Gates LLP​​​​​​​ discusses the divergent decisions from the U.S. circuit courts of appeals addressing this issue, both in the context of expert and nonexpert evidence.

  • From The 1st Billboards To '3 Billboards': A Legal Evolution

    Karina Saranovic

    During movie awards season this year, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" highlighted the power of a communication medium that some believe has been unduly muzzled over time through regulation and legal challenges, says Karina Saranovic of Delman Vukmanovic LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Opinion

    The Fight Against NPEs, 1 Year After TC Heartland

    Rachel Wolbers

    As the data shows, the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision last year marked a major milestone in addressing extreme forum selection in patent law, and to some extent the threat of nonpracticing entity litigation abuse faced by startups. But other NPE problems need fixing, say Rachel Wolbers of Engine and Jonathan Stroud of Unified Patents Inc.

  • How Courts Apply Contact-Sports Exception To Nonplayers

    Amy Crouch

    Established case law holds that a sports participant has no claim against another participant for injuries sustained during play, unless the co-participant intentionally or recklessly injured the other. In the context of concussion-based litigation, courts have grappled with how to apply that standard to entities far removed from the field of play, say Amy Crouch and Kerensa Cassis of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • The Latest On State-Level Noncompete Reform

    Kevin Burns

    Since the White House’s “call to action” for state restrictive covenant reform, over a dozen states have proposed and enacted laws reforming their use by employers. As more and more states answer the “call” and alter an already inconsistent legal landscape, employers that use these types of agreements should review them to ensure compliance, say Kevin Burns and Brian Ellixson of Fisher Phillips.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.