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Illinois

  • August 24, 2018

    Judge Doubles Jury Award To $4M In French Press IP Fight

    An Illinois federal judge has doubled a $2 million jury award against a manufacturer found to have infringed Bodum USA Inc.'s trade dress for its Chambord French press, finding the enhanced award necessary to fairly compensate the company.

  • August 23, 2018

    Fish Feed Maker Wants Quick Win In Suit Over Dead Bass

    Texas Farm Products Co. asked an Illinois federal judge for summary judgment Thursday in a fish farm’s lawsuit accusing it and Purina Animal Nutrition LLC of making and selling food that killed thousands of bass, saying the farm hasn’t raised any “triable issues of fact” against the company.

  • August 23, 2018

    Financial Advisers Sued By Victims Of $100M Loan Scheme

    Victims of Future Income Payments LLC’s $100 million predatory lending scheme filed five lawsuits Thursday in New Jersey, Texas, Illinois, California and Florida against financial advisers and insurance agents who they say recommended they invest all of their savings into FIP.

  • August 23, 2018

    Investor Sues To Block $4.9B Kapstone-WestRock Merger

    A KapStone Paper and Packaging investor is asking the Delaware federal court to block the company's $4.9 billion merger with paper and packaging giant WestRock Co. claiming not enough information about the transaction has been provided to shareholders.

  • August 23, 2018

    White & Case Adds Another Equity, M&A Partner in Chicago

    In White & Case LLP's continued effort to beef up its Windy City presence, it has added a partner to the firm's global mergers & acquisitions practice and private equity industry group in Chicago, the firm announced.

  • August 23, 2018

    TV Giants Push To Combine Ad Price-Fixing Suits

    Tribune Media, Sinclair Broadcast and other media giants accused of colluding to fix prices for TV ads have backed efforts to centralize the growing wave of proposed class actions in Illinois federal court.

  • August 23, 2018

    Sweetener Co. Altered Data To Avoid Exec Awards, Suit Says

    A Chicago-based sweetener maker changed internal data to make it look like the company missed its sales target during a three-year incentive-award program so it wouldn’t have to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits to some of its top executives, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Illinois state court.

  • August 22, 2018

    State Farm Loses Experts In Suit Alleging Plot To Elect Judge

    An Illinois federal judge Tuesday blocked State Farm from presenting testimony from several experts, including a former state appellate judge, as it defends against a class action accusing it of orchestrating a scheme to elect an Illinois Supreme Court justice to help overturn a $1.05 billion judgment.

  • August 22, 2018

    Software Exec Must Face Spoofing Charges For Use Of Tech

    An Illinois federal judge rejected a software development company owner’s bid to dodge spoofing conspiracy charges over technology that enabled “flash crash” trader Navinder Sarao’s criminal securities transactions, saying his argument of little involvement or knowledge “is basically a closing argument or an opening statement.”

  • August 22, 2018

    Ex-ABA Employee Accused Of Stealing $1.3M In Cellphones

    A former American Bar Association finance administrator has been arrested on felony theft charges alleging she stole nearly 2,000 cellphones and 10 iPads worth nearly $1.3 million that she ordered in the name of the association during an eight-year period, according to a filing by prosecutors.

  • August 22, 2018

    Chicago Tells 7th Circ. To Uphold Sanctuary Grants Injunction

    The city of Chicago has urged the Seventh Circuit not to throw out its decision upholding a preliminary injunction on new conditions attached by the Trump administration to a public safety grant, arguing that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling the administration cited was inapplicable.

  • August 22, 2018

    Pfizer Chips Away At State Claims In Lipitor Antitrust MDL

    A New Jersey federal judge has found that state antitrust claims against Pfizer Inc. and Ranbaxy Inc. tied to sales of the blockbuster cholesterol medication Lipitor aren’t preempted by federal patent law, but that several antitrust and consumer protection claims can be cut on other grounds.

  • August 22, 2018

    Opioid Cos. Slammed With More Suits Over High Health Costs

    Opioid makers and distributors, including Purdue Pharma and McKesson Corp., on Tuesday were hit with proposed class actions in federal courts in eight states alleging that they caused health insurance premiums to soar by fueling the "deadliest drug crisis in American history.” 

  • August 22, 2018

    Wind Co. Claims Treasury Underpaid $4M From Grant Program

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury improperly calculated an award under an investment tax credit grant program, paying almost $4 million less for a Michigan wind project that cost almost a quarter of a billion dollars, a wind company alleged in a suit filed Wednesday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

  • August 22, 2018

    7th Circ. Says BIA Must Rehear Immigrant's Torture Claims

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday gave a Mexican immigrant a second chance to block his deportation, finding that the Board of Immigration Appeals did not give enough explanation for disregarding his fears of torture at the hands of the Mexican drug cartel.

  • August 22, 2018

    Reed Smith Atty's Widow Loses $3M GSK Verdict On Appeal

    The Seventh Circuit ruled in favor of GlaxoSmithKline on Wednesday in the drug company's appeal of a $3 million jury award to the widow of a Reed Smith LLP partner who committed suicide while taking a generic version of Paxil, saying federal law barred the pharmaceutical company from adding a warning about the risk of suicide in adults.

  • August 22, 2018

    Federal Bench Nominees Duck Questions On Roe, Immigration

    Nominees for the federal bench, including a candidate for the Eighth Circuit, punted on questions related to loaded political issues at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday morning, as senators grilled them on their positions on fraught topics such as immigration and abortion rights.

  • August 22, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Arnold Kozys, DRA, Rosenberg & Estis

    A venture including Arka Express CEO Arnold Kozys has reportedly bought the former Chicago Sears headquarters and contiguous properties for $3.25 million, DRA Advisors is said to have leased 25,000 square feet in Florida to a hotel marketing firm, and Rosenberg & Estis has reportedly taken an extra 16,456 square feet in New York.

  • August 21, 2018

    Judge Revives Pregnancy Bias Suit Despite 'Dubious' Defense

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday lifted a default judgment she entered against a law firm accused of firing an attorney the day she disclosed her pregnancy and asked for maternity leave, despite telling its counsel that she is “dubious” about the firm’s claim that the attorney is asking for relief she can't receive.

  • August 21, 2018

    17 AGs Say HUD Shouldn't Change Disparate Impact Rule

    A coalition of state attorneys general has urged the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to leave alone its Obama-era rule on disparate impact liability under the Fair Housing Act, saying it’s already consistent with U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

Expert Analysis

  • New Support For Insureds Facing Government Subpoenas

    Caroline Meneau

    A recent decision from the Northern District of Illinois highlights the continued litigation around the scope of directors and officers liability insurance coverage for government investigations. Astellas v. Starr is a win for policyholders, reasoning that compliance with a government subpoena is essentially mandatory, say Caroline Meneau and Brian Scarbrough of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • A Midyear Review Of State Attorney General Enforcement

    Joe Jacquot

    While appealing to voters this election season, attorney general candidates will inevitably target industries with promises of using their state enforcement powers. AGs are also increasingly defining themselves publicly by reacting to the federal government, whether by filing a lawsuit against the president or opposing congressional acts, says Joe Jacquot of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Illinois Tax Talk: Substantially Similar To South Dakota?

    Christopher Lutz

    In this edition of Illinois Tax Talk, Chris Lutz and Samantha Breslow of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd. discuss Illinois' retail nexus statute and regulations in light of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Update On DTSA And Trade Secret Damages

    Daniel McGavock

    Since the Defend Trade Secrets Act became law two years ago, there have been more than 800 related cases filed in federal district courts. Consultants at Charles River Associates provide a brief update on DTSA lawsuits and discuss two recent appellate decisions relating to damages that trade secrets litigators need to be aware of.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.