• March 1, 2018

    DePaul Law Prof Says Fighting Racism Hurt His Career

    A DePaul University College of Law professor who is facing termination from the school hit DePaul with a civil rights lawsuit Wednesday, detailing allegations that DePaul's law school is a hostile and racist environment for himself and other faculty of color as well as for black students.

  • March 1, 2018

    Pensioners Seek Class OK In Church Plan ERISA Suit

    A group of participants in defined benefit pension plans sponsored by OSF HealthCare System on Wednesday urged an Illinois federal court to certify its class action accusing the Catholic Church-affiliated health care corporation of dodging pension obligations under ERISA.

  • March 1, 2018

    Insurer Has Duty To Defend Duracell Battery Row, Suit Says

    Online retailer Chicago Import Inc. hit its insurance company and Duracell with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court Thursday asking a judge to declare that the insurer must defend Chicago Import in a trademark infringement row the nation's largest battery brand has launched over its product's packaging.

  • March 1, 2018

    Univ. Of Phoenix, Others Hit With TCPA Autodialing Suit

    An Illinois man hit three colleges including the University of Phoenix with separate putative class actions in Illinois federal court Wednesday, alleging the schools engaged in aggressive telemarketing practices by using predictive dialers to contact him several times to advertise their programs and services in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • March 1, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Spencer Equity, Kushner, Capital One

    Spencer Equity is reportedly buying a Coney Island residential building with a retail component for $50 million, Kushner Cos. is said to have landed a $184 million loan from REIT Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance for a Chicago tower and Capital One has reportedly loaned $66 million for a Seattle-area multifamily construction project.

  • March 1, 2018

    Consumer Class A New Liability For Sex Abuse Enablers

    A new class action against a renowned Illinois volleyball coach over claims he and his gym concealed allegations he sexually abused players is using a novel consumer protection approach to find relief for victims, which could lead to massive liabilities for other organizations caught up in similar scandals.

  • March 1, 2018

    Class Attys In Uber Text Message Spat Get $6.3M In Fees

    The attorneys representing individuals who allegedly received unwanted text messages from Uber scored most of the fees they sought Wednesday after securing a $20 million settlement, with an Illinois federal judge awarding them roughly $6.31 million for working on a matter he said involved “real and significant risk” for counsel.

  • March 1, 2018

    Chocolate-Maker Slips Lawsuit Over 'Underfilled' Boxes

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday tossed a putative class action alleging that Fannie May Confections Brands Inc. deceived customers by selling its chocolates in overly large boxes, saying the lawsuit failed to allege a violation of federal labeling requirements so the case could proceed.

  • March 1, 2018

    Barnes & Thornburg Adds IP, Corporate Attys In Chicago

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP has announced the addition of three attorneys from McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Perkins Coie LLP to its Chicago office’s intellectual property and corporate practices.

  • February 28, 2018

    Justices Hone Creditors' Ability To Ax Pre-Bankruptcy Deals

    The U.S. Supreme Court has opened the door for creditors to claw back more funds in bankruptcy by rejecting the notion that a securities transaction can be insulated from avoidance actions as long as it involved a financial institution, even as just a conduit in a deal, experts say.

  • February 28, 2018

    $10K Was 'Going Rate' For Job In Ill. Court Office, Suit Says

    A $10,000 contribution was the "going rate" for a job in Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown's office, according to documents filed Tuesday in a case stemming from a government investigation into hiring practices within the office.

  • February 28, 2018

    American Airlines, Boeing Sued For Chaotic Plane Escape

    An Indiana woman who was a passenger aboard an American Airlines flight when one of the plane’s engines caught fire while it was on a Chicago airport runway sued the airline and plane manufacturer Boeing Co. in Cook County Circuit Court Wednesday, alleging the flight attendants made an already chaotic situation worse.

  • February 28, 2018

    Reed Smith Nabs Employment Pro From Sheppard Mullin

    Reed Smith LLP has added a former Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP employment attorney to its ranks as a partner in Chicago, the firm has announced.

  • February 28, 2018

    Worker Says Co. Fired Him For Reporting Drug Demands

    A former CDW Government LLC employee hit the company with a lawsuit in Illinois state court Tuesday over allegations he was fired for reporting that his supervisor repeatedly asked him to share the medications doctors prescribed him after surgery.

  • February 28, 2018

    Boeing Must Produce $16B Iran Air Sale Docs In Terror Case

    The Boeing Co. must hand over documents on its planned $16 billion aircraft sale to Iran Air to victims of a terror attack in Israel who are seeking to enforce a $67 million judgment related to Iran’s support for that attack, an Illinois federal judge ruled.

  • February 27, 2018

    Irish 'Banks' Sued Over Failed Chicago Spire Project

    The bitter fight over the long-stalled Chicago Spire took another turn on Tuesday, as the real estate magnate who broke ground on the tower but then lost control of it sued two “bad banks” set up by the Irish government for $1.2 billion, blaming their “malicious conduct” for killing the grandiose project.

  • February 27, 2018

    7th Circ. Bars Atty Facing SEC Charges In Immigrant Appeal

    The Seventh Circuit has disqualified a Chicago-based immigration law firm from representing a rejected EB-5 visa applicant, because the firm’s principal is fighting off a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit for allegedly mishandling that applicant's and others’ EB-5 investment funds.

  • February 27, 2018

    Ill. Dems Want To Lower Threshold For 'Home Rule' Towns

    A group of Democratic Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday announced they would push to amend the state’s constitution in order to lower the population threshold of so-called “home rule” communities from 25,000 to 5,000 so that nearly 170 more municipalities in Illinois would be able to determine more or their own laws beyond state statutes.

  • February 27, 2018

    Convicted Ill. Judge Asked Why She Deserves Law License

    Cook County Judge Jessica Arong O'Brien has until the first week of April to explain why she should not be suspended from the bar after being convicted of running a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme before she took the bench, the Illinois Supreme Court said Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2018

    Allstate Must Face Investor Claims Over Shoddy Underwriting

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday rejected The Allstate Corp.’s bid to dismiss a proposed class action accusing it of unlawfully concealing its lowered underwriting standards as the reason for a spike in auto insurance claims, saying the plaintiffs cited enough allegedly misleading statements to allow their case to proceed.

Expert Analysis

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Biometrics In The Workplace: Best Practices For Compliance

    Thomas Mandler

    Biometric technology may provide higher security and greater efficiencies for employers, but with new technology comes new risks and a patchwork of new legal frameworks to be followed, say attorneys with Akerman LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Does The Path To The Right Venue Have To Be Narrow?

    Sue Robinson

    If you juxtapose the “narrow interpretation” language of the post-TC Heartland decisions with the actual contexts in which the Supreme Court uttered such dicta, it should not be a foregone conclusion that the court meant to eschew all contemporary insights when interpreting the patent venue statute, says Sue Robinson, an attorney at Farnan LLP and former Delaware federal judge.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.