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Illinois

  • November 6, 2018

    Dems Pump Brakes On Trump Agenda With House Win

    Democrats won back the House on Tuesday night and with it divided the chambers of Congress, putting them in position to step up investigations into President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and to run interference on his conservative agenda.

  • November 6, 2018

    Kwame Raoul To Take Helm As Ill. Attorney General

    Illinois Democrat Kwame Raoul, a 14-year state senator, declared victory in the Prairie State's attorney general race on Tuesday after his Republican challenger, Meyer Capel PC associate Erika Harold, conceded defeat.

  • November 6, 2018

    Senate Republican Win Cements Trump's Judicial Makeover

    With Senate Republicans returning from a slew of victories at the ballot box, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell looks to continue a two-year project to remake the federal courts by confirming waves of conservative judges to the bench.

  • November 6, 2018

    Voting Machine Critics Tout Low-Tech Fix For Hacking Fears

    Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election pushed U.S. voting security into the spotlight, leaving officials scrambling to shore up the infrastructure before midterms. But efforts remained uneven two years later, with a number of states on Tuesday shirking the surprisingly low-tech fix touted by election-integrity experts: paper ballots.

  • November 6, 2018

    2 Commodities Traders Cop To $60M Spoofing Fraud

    Two commodity futures traders pled guilty to conspiracy to engage in wire fraud, commodities fraud and spoofing in Texas federal court over a scheme that distorted the commodities markets and caused other traders to lose more than $60 million, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday.

  • November 6, 2018

    Sears Creditors Seek Probe Of Claims Involving Ex-CEO

    Creditors of Sears Holdings Corp. filed papers Tuesday seeking to initiate a New York bankruptcy court investigation into claims that company Chairman and former CEO Eddie Lampert used his hedge fund to siphon value away from the retail giant through a series of insider transactions over the years at the expense of other stakeholders.

  • November 6, 2018

    Traders Ask 2nd Circ. To Take Up Libor Class Cert. Fight

    A group of exchange-based traders on Tuesday asked the Second Circuit to take up their midcase class certification fight in a suit claiming UBS AG and Rabobank deliberately modified their submissions in the Libor rate-setting process to manipulate the benchmark.

  • November 6, 2018

    Ill. Panel Clears Exxon In Plant Worker's Injury Suit

    An Illinois lower court correctly tossed a man's suit accusing Exxon Mobil Corp. of negligently overseeing maintenance at one of its plants because he failed to prove the company knew about his allegedly dangerous working condition, a state appeals panel has ruled.

  • November 6, 2018

    Dating App Owes For Canceled Subscriptions, Suit Says

    Coffee Meets Bagel Inc. has been hit with a proposed class action in Illinois state court accusing it of violating the state's Dating Referral Services Act and other laws by refusing to give refunds for canceled premium subscriptions.

  • November 6, 2018

    Fla. Tech Exec Dodges Prison After Obstructing SEC Probe

    An Illinois federal judge sentenced the former chief executive officer of a Florida technology company to six months probation Tuesday after he pled guilty to obstructing an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission into another company that acquired his business.

  • November 5, 2018

    Sears Gets $60M Floor Bid For Home Improvement Business

    Sears Holdings Corp. is seeking permission to auction off its home improvement business as part of its Chapter 11 restructuring process, saying in court papers filed over the weekend that it has a $60 million stalking horse offer from rival Service.com.

  • November 5, 2018

    Vet Products Co. To Pay $6.75M Over Unwanted Faxes

    Heska Corp. is set to pay nearly $7 million to settle a class action alleging the veterinary products company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending thousands of unwanted faxes, according to a preliminary settlement agreement filed Monday in Illinois federal court.

  • November 5, 2018

    Lender Says Mexican Property Developer Owes $95M

    Property developer ISLA Development LLC allegedly owes its lenders $95.8 million plus interest for unpaid mortgages that were taken out to buy parcels in Mexico, according to a complaint filed in Illinois federal court.

  • November 5, 2018

    7th Circ. Urged To Revive Comcast Ad Sale Antitrust Suit

    Advocates for strong application of antitrust laws have urged the Seventh Circuit to reverse the dismissal of a $75 million suit alleging that Comcast Corp. illegally monopolized the market for local television advertising, arguing that the lower court accepted Comcast’s justifications too easily.

  • November 5, 2018

    Chicago Rabbi Steered $35M RE Ponzi Scheme, Suit Says

    A suburban Chicago rabbi abused his standing in the local Jewish community by luring and defrauding investors of more than $35 million through shady real estate deals, according to a new Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit.

  • November 5, 2018

    Kids Drink Co. Must Face Conspiracy Claims In Investor Suit

    The owners of a children’s drink company must face conspiracy and fraudulent misrepresentation claims in an investor suit accusing them of mishandling investor loans and transferring assets to a new company to wipe out the debt, an Illinois federal judge ruled on Friday.

  • November 5, 2018

    Kraft Fights CFTC's Quick Win Bid In Wheat Futures Case

    Kraft Foods Group Inc. on Friday urged an Illinois federal judge not to hand regulators a quick win on claims that it broke wheat futures rules, saying it was told it had an exemption from the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

  • November 5, 2018

    7th Circ. Again Rejects CVS' Atty Fee Win Against EEOC

    A Seventh Circuit panel has preserved its rejection of an attorneys' fee award in favor of CVS Pharmacy Inc. against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a suit over the company’s severance agreements, saying that using a novel legal theory that was ultimately shot down did not make the suit frivolous.

  • November 2, 2018

    Ill. AG Hopefuls Say Consumer Advocacy Will Be Priority

    As they vie to fill the open seat left by departing Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, both the Democratic and Republican candidates told Law360 they want to continue Madigan’s 16-year legacy as a strong consumer advocate, focusing on technology and data privacy.

  • November 2, 2018

    NCAA Bears Blame In Ex-Player's CTE Death, Suit Claims

    The National Collegiate Athletics Association is facing a suit from an Illinois woman claiming the association failed to protect her deceased ex-husband from the brain damage he sustained playing football for Iowa State and Purdue University in the late 1980s.

Expert Analysis

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Illinois Tax Talk: Penalties In Chicago And Cook County

    Samantha Breslow

    Although the basis for relief from tax penalties is similar for Illinois, Cook County and Chicago, there are key differences in the procedure and requirements for seeking penalty abatement between the state and local levels, says Samantha Breslow of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.

  • How A Court's 'Pencil Color' Impacts Restrictive Covenants

    Christopher Hennessy

    Within the context of restrictive covenants in employment agreements, there are so-called red pencil and blue pencil states, with the color a reference to the doctrine courts apply in that state when enforcing such agreements. The difference is significant enough to make or break a restrictive covenant case, say Christopher Hennessy and Jeremy Glenn of Cozen O'Connor.

  • Why State Marijuana-Impaired Driving Laws Need Reform

    Ian Stewart

    Because current state laws relating to marijuana-impaired driving lack an objective impairment standard, only those who clearly demonstrate impaired driving are likely to be prosecuted and convicted, says Ian Stewart of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.

  • Why The 3rd Circ. Allowed Removal In Encompass

    Brittany Wakim

    The Third Circuit recently ruled in Encompass v. Stone Mansions that a defendant can remove a case to federal court on the basis of diversity jurisdiction before the plaintiff formally serves the forum state defendant. This may be the first appellate decision on this issue, says Brittany Wakim of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP.

  • Past Due Rent May Not Support A Claim For Eviction

    Jason Hirsh

    Lawyers counseling clients with respect to commercial real estate should be alarmed by 1002 E. 87th Street v. Midway, in which the Illinois Appellate Court recently held that a buyer of real estate cannot sue for rent owed prior to the real estate acquisition and that a claim for past due rent is not assignable, say Jason Hirsh and Jamie Burns of Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.