Illinois

  • February 01, 2021

    Reed Smith Adds Health Care Pro To Chicago Office

    Reed Smith announced Monday that it has hired an attorney who focuses his litigation and regulatory expertise in the health care space as a partner on the firm's managed care team in Chicago.

  • February 01, 2021

    Rival Firm Denies Poaching Girardi Keese Clients

    California plaintiffs firm Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo LLP has hit back against claims by the bankruptcy trustee for Girardi Keese that ACTS has been poaching the troubled firm's clients, calling those "fabricated allegations" counterproductive and warning failure to proceed cautiously could inject even more chaos into an already messy situation.

  • February 01, 2021

    FisherBroyles Adds 3 Faegre Drinker Partners In Chicago

    FisherBroyles LLP has nabbed three corporate partners from Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP's Chicago office, as the cloud-based law firm continues to bulk up during the coronavirus pandemic, it announced Monday.

  • January 29, 2021

    Enterprise Denied Again In Bid To Toss BIPA Claims

    An Illinois federal judge has again denied Enterprise's bid to toss an ex-Chicago employee's claims that it breached the state's Biometric Information Privacy Law, finding the rental giant's fears of a December ruling's broad impact on other businesses to be "overwrought."

  • January 29, 2021

    Medical Waste Disposer To Pay $600K Over Air Quality Claims

    The operator of a Utah medical waste incinerator on Friday agreed to pay a $600,000 penalty and spend $2 million on low-emission school buses to end allegations that it had violated limits on nitrogen oxides.

  • January 29, 2021

    Clearview AI Asks 7th Circ. To Undo BIPA Suit Remand

    Facial recognition technology company Clearview AI has asked the Seventh Circuit to rehear its challenge to a lower court's order sending three Illinois residents' biometric privacy suit back to state court, arguing a panel incorrectly found no federal standing for their claim.

  • January 29, 2021

    7th Circ. Tackles Numerosity Rule In OT Class Action

    Proposed class actions with fewer than 40 potential members, and with members who are not spread out geographically, might not satisfy Rule 23's numerosity requirement for certification, the Seventh Circuit has ruled, upholding a lower court's wage and hour decision.

  • January 29, 2021

    Chicago Can't Escape Suit Over $90M Fuel Contract

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday denied Chicago's bid to dismiss a complaint brought by a Florida fuel distributor who lost a bid for a roughly $90 million supply contract, but also refused to temporarily block the city from moving forward with a new distributor.

  • January 29, 2021

    Chicago Hotel Says Zurich Delayed Protest Damage Coverage

    The owner of popular Chicago hotel theWit has hit Zurich American Insurance Co. with a nearly $15 million lawsuit over the insurer's allegedly unlawful delay in covering damages the hotel suffered after becoming "the epicenter of protests and vandalism" following George Floyd's death.

  • January 29, 2021

    Health Hires: Sidley Austin And King & Spalding

    Sidley Austin LLP has picked up a group of health care transactional experts from McDermott Will & Emery LLP, King & Spalding LLP has expanded its New York presence with a new health care partner, and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has boosted its Washington office with an experienced life sciences attorney, headlining Law360's latest roundup of personnel moves in the health care and life sciences arena.

  • January 29, 2021

    Specter Of ERISA Woes Not Derailing Auto-IRA Programs

    Virginia may soon become the eighth state to direct a portion of private-sector employees' paychecks into individual retirement accounts unless they opt out, indicating that a pending Ninth Circuit challenge to the legality of auto-IRA programs under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act isn't slowing their spread.

  • January 29, 2021

    Eaton Getting Power Device Maker Tripp Lite For $1.65B

    Irish power management company Eaton Corp. PLC said Friday that it will fork over $1.65 billion to acquire U.S.-based Tripp Lite, which makes power protection devices and other electrical equipment for data centers and industrial, medical and communications markets.

  • January 29, 2021

    K&L Gates Adds New Banking, Finance Partner In Chicago

    K&L Gates LLP has hired a former Locke Lord LLP partner with extensive experience structuring a wide range of complex financing transactions, the firm announced.

  • January 28, 2021

    State Auto Seeks Win In Grocery Chain BIPA Coverage Fight

    State Automobile Mutual Insurance Co. asked an Illinois federal judge Thursday for a win in its coverage dispute with a grocer fighting an employee's biometric privacy suit, saying the claim isn't covered because the employee's data hasn't been published.

  • January 28, 2021

    Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

    The nation's high court has thrown out decisions allowing Texas to bar abortions throughout the pandemic, Airbnb says a dispute over canceled bookings during the COVID-19 pandemic belongs in arbitration, and Clorox has escaped claims it misled consumers into thinking its Splash-Less bleach can disinfect surfaces.

  • January 28, 2021

    Netflix Tells 7th Circ. To Keep Streaming Fee Suit In Fed. Court

    Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services told the Seventh Circuit that a lower court should not have sent a potential class action over Indiana streaming fees to state court because it lacked the authority to do so.

  • January 28, 2021

    7th Circ. Asked To Undo Easing Of Energy Efficiency Rules

    Advocacy groups have urged the Seventh Circuit to scrap two new rules from the U.S. Department of Energy that change conservation standards in a way that allows certain laundry machines to evade efficiency requirements and creates a workaround for shower water pressure restrictions.

  • January 28, 2021

    Ill. Justices To Weigh Workers' Comp Effect On BIPA

    The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether the state's workers' compensation law preempts claims for statutory damages under its biometric privacy statute.

  • January 28, 2021

    American Airlines Unit Wants Ill. Hand Scan Claim Arbitrated

    American Airlines unit Envoy Air urged an Illinois federal judge Wednesday to toss an employee's lawsuit over allegedly unlawful handprint scans, saying federal law and case precedent require the dispute to be resolved through arbitration.

  • January 28, 2021

    Neurologically Impaired Atty Hits Ill. Firm With Bias Suit

    A former nonequity partner with litigation boutique Swanson Martin & Bell LLP has accused the firm in Illinois federal court of firing him after he developed a degenerative neurological condition that affected his vision and that it coerced him into making "humiliating" phone calls to clients before he left.

  • January 28, 2021

    Robinhood Trading Blocks Draw Lawsuits And Lawmakers' Ire

    Online stock trading platform Robinhood was sued in at least seven federal courts on Thursday within hours of its decision to block users from buying shares of GameStop and other volatile stocks recently caught up in a trading frenzy.

  • January 27, 2021

    Cincinnati Insurance Beats Hotel's COVID-19 Coverage Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday freed Cincinnati Insurance Co. from having to cover a hotel company's pandemic-related losses, finding the hotel failed to allege that either COVID-19 or ensuing government shutdown orders caused physical damage to its property.

  • January 27, 2021

    Judge Won't Pause BIPA Violation Suit Coverage Dispute

    An Illinois federal judge has refused IT company Wynndalco Enterprises LLC's bid to halt a coverage dispute with Citizens Insurance Co. of America, which is seeking to avoid defending the company in biometric privacy litigation, finding there is no reason to stall the case.

  • January 27, 2021

    Voice Recognition Tech Co. Broke Ill. Privacy Law, Suit Says

    A software company that provides speech and voice recognition technology to companies like FedEx is accused in an Illinois state court lawsuit of violating Illinois' biometric privacy law by collecting customers' voiceprint biometrics without getting written permission and making required disclosures.

  • January 27, 2021

    7th Circ. Tosses Real Estate Co.'s Suit Over Pulled Funding

    The Seventh Circuit said Tuesday that a lower court correctly tossed a real estate developer's claim that an Illinois city violated its constitutional rights when it reversed a decision to give the company $2.5 million to redevelop a dilapidated building.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding 6 Common E-Discovery Production Pitfalls

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    Vanessa Barsanti and Sarah Mahoney at Redgrave explore how attorneys can prevent collateral discovery disputes by efficiently overseeing the electronic document review process and ensuring the integrity of the information provided to opposing counsel.

  • Series

    AGs In A Pandemic: Weiser Talks Colo. Health Orders

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    Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser explains how his office collaborated with local governments to enforce COVID-19 public health orders, and how moral suasion and education have limited the need for civil and criminal penalties against businesses.

  • Law Firm Biz Development Tips For The Pandemic Era

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    Jessica Starr and Monica Ulzheimer at Alston & Bird look at four areas where business development and other law firm administrative teams can take a leadership role in driving practice growth at a time when attorney interactions with clients and peers are limited.

  • Avatar IP Considerations For Music-Gaming Integration

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    Before integrating music into video games using reproductions of artists as avatars, game publishers and entertainers should make a concerted effort to obtain appropriate permissions or licenses to minimize the risk of intellectual property and likeness rights infringement, say attorneys at Covington.

  • 'Faithless Electors' Bring New Questions For States

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    With a razor-thin margin separating the presidential candidates, so-called faithless electors who cast their Electoral College ballots for someone other than the winner of the state's popular vote could prompt legal challenges, with no clear guidance for states that lack strong controls, say Simon Cataldo and Cory Liu at the Ashcroft Law Firm.

  • The Legal Implications Of Mobile Health Advancements

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    With the pandemic rapidly accelerating the timeline for the shift to remote and mobile health care, providers will need to keep a close eye on new privacy and cybersecurity risks, and on new potential to collect real-time information from patients, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Must Drop The Billable Hour To Improve Diversity

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    Implementing pay structures that compensate attorneys for achieving clients' goals rather than measuring success based on hours billed is a necessary first step to keeping underrepresented attorneys in BigLaw, says Elizabeth Korchin at Therium Capital.

  • The Post-Election State AG Enforcement Landscape

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    Election results so far have kept the number of Republican and Democratic state attorneys general even, and no matter the outcome of the presidential race, AGs will work across the aisle on important issues like health care, competition and the environment, says former Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan at Kirkland.

  • The Power Of Private Actions For Natural Resource Damages

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    As private actions seeking natural resource damages grow in popularity, responsible parties and property owners should be aware of their potential ability to recover damages with such claims, but also of their potential exposure to them, say Matthew Conley and Charles Dennen at Archer & Greiner.

  • 2 Rulings Guide On Out-Of-State Worker Jurisdiction Issues

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    An Illinois federal court’s recent decisions in Tekway v. Agarwal and Liqui-Box v. Scholle — permitting Illinois-based companies to sue former out-of-state employees in Chicago — demonstrate how employers can establish minimum contacts so lawsuits can be filed in their home jurisdictions, say Robert Duda and Terry Smith at Smith O'Callaghan.

  • 8 Tips For Effective Oral Advocacy In Virtual Court Hearings

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    Jim Lofton at Lofton Legally Speaking explains why tightly constructed arguments, the right camera angle and good online behavior are crucial to a powerful virtual courtroom presentation.

  • A GC's Blueprint For Improving Legal Industry Diversity

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    General counsel are in a unique position to ensure that their partner law firms are giving significant case assignments to underrepresented attorneys, and to help future generations of lawyers access meaningful opportunities early in their education or careers, says Laura Schumacher, chief legal officer at AbbVie.

  • State AGs Have A Decisive Role To Play In Election

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    As the U.S. braces for a turbulent election amid the COVID-19 pandemic, state attorneys general have the power to preserve the integrity of the election process, and they are well-equipped to meet this challenge head-on, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Perspectives

    Book Review: Did The High Court Cause Mass Incarceration?

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    William Pizzi's argument in "The Supreme Court's Role in Mass Incarceration" that the U.S. Supreme Court is responsible for the high rate of incarceration is compelling, but his criticism overlooks the positive dimensions of the criminal procedure decisions under Chief Justice Earl Warren, says U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman of the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

  • What A Trump Or Biden Win Will Mean For State AGs

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    The outcome of the presidential election will have significant consequences on cooperation between federal agencies and state attorneys general, but either way robust multistate investigations — especially in the consumer protection space — will continue, says Sean Riley at Cozen O'Connor.

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