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Illinois

  • May 31, 2018

    17 AGs Blast HHS Rollback Of Nursing Home Protections

    A coalition of 17 state attorneys general told the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that its potential rollback of regulations for skilled nursing facilities will not only threaten the well-being of their residents, but also impede the investigation and prosecution of suspected crimes.

  • May 30, 2018

    Business Owners Ran $25M Tech Support Scam, DOJ Says

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced charges Wednesday against two Florida businessmen who allegedly used companies they owned in Florida and Costa Rica to run a $25 million tech support scam that victimized more than 40,000 people in several countries.

  • May 30, 2018

    Insurers Must Face Coverage Suit Over DOJ Response

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday refused to dismiss three insurers from policyholder Astellas’s suit over coverage for the pharma company’s response to a U.S. Department of Justice subpoena linked to possible Medicare fraud, saying the insurers haven't made a strong case that subpoenas aren't covered under policy language.

  • May 30, 2018

    7th Circ. Keeps Indictment Against Ex-Rep. Aaron Schock

    The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday rejected former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's bid to dismiss his federal indictment on charges he misused public funding to cover interior decorating and travel costs, saying the Constitution's rulemaking clause does not protect him from prosecution.

  • May 30, 2018

    Fox Rothschild Announces Merger With Shaw Fishman

    Philadelphia-headquartered Fox Rothschild LLP has agreed to merge with Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC, a 23-attorney firm with focuses in commercial bankruptcy & restructuring, commercial litigation and real estate, according to statements released Wednesday.

  • May 30, 2018

    No Proof Class Faced Same Software Problems, 7th Circ. Told

    A company that makes computer repair software on Wednesday asked the Seventh Circuit to throw out the certification of a class of consumers who claim the software is worthless, arguing there are too many differences between the class members for them to proceed as a group.

  • May 30, 2018

    Rival Rigged Vacuum Test To Support Ad, Dyson Tells Jury

    The tests that vacuum manufacturer SharkNinja Operating LLC claimed to be independent while advertising a product to compete with Dyson Inc.’s best-performing vacuum cleaner were actually conducted at the company’s direction and not independent at all, counsel for Dyson told an Illinois federal jury Wednesday.

  • May 30, 2018

    Enviros Say Retired Plant Leaching Coal Ash Into River

    An environmental group on Wednesday filed suit in Illinois federal court against Dynegy Midwest Generation LLC, alleging the retired coal plant it owns has allowed pollutants in coal ash to seep into a nearby river in violation of its Clean Water Act permit.

  • May 30, 2018

    GSK, Reed Smith Atty's Widow Spar Over Case's Fiscal Impact

    Judges on a Seventh Circuit panel considering GlaxoSmithKline’s appeal after it was sued by the widow of a Reed Smith LLP attorney who committed suicide while taking a generic form of Paxil had questions about the case’s implications for the economy as a whole during oral arguments Wednesday.

  • May 30, 2018

    Jones Day Nabs Ex-Assistant US Atty For White Collar Team

    Jones Day has hired a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois to work in Chicago with its white collar defense and investigations team, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • May 29, 2018

    Jury Impaneled In Dyson False Ad Suit Ahead Of Trial Kickoff

    An Illinois federal judge impaneled a jury on Tuesday, one day before opening statements kick off a trial to determine whether SharkNinja promoted its product’s quality at the false expense of competitor Dyson Inc.

  • May 29, 2018

    Suits Show Conflict Even At BigLaw's Best Places For Women

    Women have been gaining ground at Ogletree Deakins and Morrison & Foerster, but gender discrimination lawsuits against these firms and others suggest that expanding women's representation doesn’t necessarily lead to equal treatment.

  • May 29, 2018

    Reform Or Retreat? UK Firms Eye Next Steps On Pay Data

    U.K. law firms have come up with numerous approaches to a new requirement for disclosing gender pay gap information, and the ensuing PR storm is pushing them in conflicting directions.

  • May 29, 2018

    How Women Are Changing The Law Firms They Lead

    Female law firm leaders have scraped their way to the top. Now they want to pull up other women, too. And this may be their toughest challenge yet.

  • May 29, 2018

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Our latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that women remain underrepresented in the legal profession, particularly at the top levels of most — but not all — law firms. Here are this year’s Ceiling Smashers, our annual ranking of the firms with the most women in the equity tier.

  • May 29, 2018

    Chicago Cubs Seek Texts From Scout In Firing Suit

    The Chicago Cubs have asked a California federal judge to force a former scout to hand over text messages they say will shed light on his case over being fired, allegedly due to missing work for disability-related surgery, just weeks before a trial is set to start.

  • May 29, 2018

    Software Exec Says Spoofing Charges Stretch Law Too Far

    The owner of a software development company accused of creating technology to enable “flash crash” trader Navinder Sarao’s spoofing said Tuesday that prosecutors had stretched the anti-spoofing statute too far to ensnare him, arguing he had nothing to do with how Sarao used the program.

  • May 29, 2018

    US Says Ill. Nuke Subsidy Plan Doesn't Preempt Federal Law

    The U.S. government told the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday that Illinois' plan to subsidize nuclear power plants doesn't usurp federal authority over wholesale electricity markets, and that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is well positioned to address any conflicts between state and federal electricity policies.

  • May 29, 2018

    Texas Atty Drops United From Airport Shoving Suit

    A Houston attorney who sued United Airlines in June 2017 after he was allegedly pushed by a member of the airline's staff has dropped United and one employee from the litigation, though claims remain against the staffer he says shoved him.

  • May 29, 2018

    8 Supreme Court Blockbusters Awaiting Decisions

    With the end of the U.S. Supreme Court's historic term just a month away, there are still a number of controversial cases awaiting decisions, touching on hot-button issues ranging from LGBT rights to public-sector unions. Here, Law360 breaks down the big-ticket items for which court watchers are eagerly on the lookout.

Expert Analysis

  • Preempting Preemption: Device Cases After Shuker — Part 1

    Kip Petroff

    Device companies defend their products by pointing to surgeons’ off-label uses, as if that shields companies from product liability. But courts are increasingly looking carefully at the facts surrounding allegations of noncompliance with the conditions companies agreed to when obtaining premarket approval, say Kip Petroff and Caio Formenti of the Law Office of Kip Petroff.

  • Why Bankruptcy Lawyer's Trade Secret Cases Failed

    James Morsch

    Peter Francis Geraci — owner of a large consumer bankruptcy firm based in Chicago — recently lost two trade secret cases, illustrating just how difficult it can be to win a lawsuit for misappropriation against individuals employed by a rival, says James Morsch of Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP.

  • Navigating The Circuit Split Over Reasonable ADA Leave

    Allison Oasis Kahn

    The U.S. Supreme Court recently denied the petition for certiorari in Severson v. Heartland Woodcraft, where the Seventh Circuit put significant restrictions on the length of leave considered reasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Given the inconsistent approaches among various courts, employers may find it challenging to create and follow best practices, says Allison Oasis Kahn of Carlton Fields.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.

  • Roundup

    Dissolving Practice

    Dissolving Practice

    In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: How To Fix A Dysfunctional Law Firm

    Larry Richard

    I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.

  • Chicago Tax Revenue Scheme May Not Be Bankruptcy-Proof

    Raphael Janove

    Chicago has securitized its sales tax revenue to take advantage of the bankruptcy-remote mechanism and lower interest rates. However, an analysis of the transfer shows it may be classified as a financing, not a true sale, and may not be as bankruptcy-proof as hoped, says Raphael Janove of Eimer Stahl LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: Partner Agreement Clauses That Can Help

    ​​​​​Leslie Corwin

    Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say ​​​​​Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.

  • Series

    Dissolving Practice: The Unfinished Business Doctrine

    Thomas Rutledge

    There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.