• November 20, 2017

    Abbvie Says Medical Mutual Being 'Cagey' In Androgel MDL

    Medical Mutual of Ohio is refusing to answer AbbVie Inc.'s request for more detail on the basic premise behind its potential class action accusing AbbVie of fraudulently marketing its testosterone replacement therapy drug Androgel, the drugmaker told an Illinois federal court Monday.

  • November 20, 2017

    American Airlines Looks To Ditch Toxic Uniforms Suit

    American Airlines asked an Illinois federal court Friday to toss a proposed class action over a new batch of chemically treated uniforms that’s allegedly led to a “cascade of health problems” among flight attendants and pilots, saying the tort claims are clearly preempted by workers’ compensation laws.

  • November 20, 2017

    Wilson Can't Duck Youth Baseball Bat Labeling Suit

    An Illinois federal judge mostly rejected a bid by Wilson Sporting Goods Co. to duck a proposed class action alleging the company misled consumers by falsely representing its premium DeMarini baseball bats as compliant with key youth sports standards, but tossed certain Illinois consumer protection and express warranty claims.

  • November 17, 2017

    Judge Won't Rethink Injunction In Sanctuary City Funds Row

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday shot down Chicago’s bid to reconsider an order that partially denied the city's request for an injunction against anti-sanctuary city conditions for certain grants, unmoved by a new letter to a city official from the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • November 17, 2017

    7th Circ. Backs Toss Of Rail Workers' Rule Change Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Friday affirmed a lower court's decision to dismiss a suit brought by the union representing Union Pacific Railroad Co. workers and send the dispute over the railroad's modification of disciplinary rules to arbitration instead.

  • November 17, 2017

    Ch. 7 Trustee Accuses Chicago Cab Co. Of Stashing Assets

    Insiders of a now-bankrupt Chicago cab company offloaded its revenue stream to another entity in anticipation of a $26 million personal injury judgment, and also misappropriated $160 million in profits from medallion transactions using the cab company’s money, according to a new suit by a bankruptcy trustee on Thursday.

  • November 17, 2017

    Kraft Sues Mexican Distributor Over $2M In Late Payments

    The exporting arm of packaged food giant Kraft Inc. filed suit against Mexican distributor Kbasa SA de CV on Thursday, alleging Kbasa has failed to pay more than $2 million it owes Kraft for products the company bought.

  • November 17, 2017

    15 States Tell 4th Circ. Travel Ban 'Imperiling' Industries

    Fifteen states and the District of Columbia urged the Fourth Circuit to preserve a Maryland federal court’s block on President Donald Trump’s travel ban preventing nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., saying the restrictions hurt tourism and recruitment of international talent.

  • November 17, 2017

    Health Hires: Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, Morgan Lewis

    The last several weeks have seen the health and life sciences teams at Hogan Lovells, Jones Day, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP and Berkeley Research Group LLC grow, with newcomers from the ranks of Medtronic Inc., BakerHostetler, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General and elsewhere.

  • 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

    SALT Deduction Debate Stokes Fight Over Fairness

    The highly emotional and largely partisan battle over the deductibility of state and local taxes is not only dividing lawmakers and citizens, it is also pitting states against one another in a fight over the fairness of repealing the tax benefit.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Technology Assisted Review Can Work For Small Cases


    For as long as e-discovery lawyers have been using technology assisted review, a belief has persisted that it cannot be used economically or effectively in small cases. But TAR can be highly effective in small cases, typically reducing the time and cost of a review project by 60 to 80 percent, say John Tredennick, Thomas Gricks III and Andrew Bye of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • Nowhere To Run For Treadmill Co. On Class Certification

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    After a federal judge in Illinois granted class certification to purchasers of treadmills featuring allegedly defective heart rate monitors earlier this year, the manufacturer asked the judge to reconsider. Recently, the judge declined to do so. This case is a reminder of the Rule 23 factors courts consider in deciding whether to certify a class, says Allison Semaya of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • New Sedona Principles Stress Information Governance

    Saffa Sleet

    The Sedona Conference Working Group's updated Sedona Principles provides a timely reminder that the legal industry needs to be thinking more seriously about the interconnectedness between e-discovery and information governance, says Saffa Sleet of FTI Consulting Inc.

  • TC Heartland And Its Aftermath: A Litigant’s View

    James Dabney

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in TC Heartland is rightly treated as having changed patent venue law, as illustrated by the Federal Circuit's recent Cray decision, says James Dabney, co-head of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP’s intellectual property practice group and counsel for TC Heartland.

  • Opinion

    For More Value And Diversity In Outside Counsel, Go Small

    Sara Kropf

    Albert Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” That maxim applies to large companies that seek more value and diversity from their outside counsel by expecting big firms to change. There’s a simple solution to this problem, according to attorneys Margaret Cassidy, Sara Kropf and Ellen D. Marcus.

  • Lessons For Employers Facing EEOC And Private Litigation

    Rachel Cowen

    The Seventh Circuit's recent decision in U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Union Pacific Railroad may lead employers to assume that they will now be exposed to simultaneous legal battles with both the government and private litigants. But the sky is not really falling, say Rachel Cowen and Brian Mead of DLA Piper LLP.

  • Locating Burden Of Proof When Patent Venue Is Challenged

    Duane-David Hough

    When venue is challenged, who bears the burden of proof in patent cases? It turns out the courts are sharply divided on this important issue, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Why A Subway Sandwich Class Settlement Didn't Measure Up

    Gerald Maatman Jr.

    The Seventh Circuit recently rejected a class action settlement involving Subway sandwich purchasers who sued for alleged consumer fraud, calling the settlement "worthless" in terms of alleged relief to the class. Companies defending such litigation cannot expect to "buy peace" by simply paying off plaintiffs lawyers, say Gerald Maatman Jr. and John Marrese of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • It's On Plaintiffs To Prove No Scientific Substantiation

    Brett Taylor

    Historically, plaintiffs rest false advertising claims upon allegations that marketing claims are unsubstantiated and not supported by reliable scientific evidence. But two recent decisions out of California suggest courts may not recognize a private right of action for false advertising claims arising out of alleged improper scientific substantiation, say Brett Taylor and Amy Alderfer of Cozen O'Connor.