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  • January 14, 2021

    Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

    California restaurant owners say they shouldn't face fees for liquor licenses and health permits when state and county officials won't allow them to operate, the federal government can continue requiring in-person clinic visits to obtain abortion-inducing medication, and a cannabis farm is the latest to be hit with claims it fired workers who complained about workplace conditions amid the pandemic.

  • January 14, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Martorano, LXG, DR Horton

    Delaware investor Christopher Martorano has reportedly flipped four Florida gas stations for $15 million, LXG is said to have purchased a Chicago Holiday Inn and D.R. Horton has reportedly picked up 26.66 acres of land in Florida.

  • January 14, 2021

    Ill. House Declines To Decouple From Virus Aid Tax Provisions

    The Illinois governor's plan to decouple from federal pandemic aid provisions, including those that temporarily suspend the limitation on pass-through businesses' ability to use net operating losses to offset nonbusiness income, has failed to pass.

  • January 14, 2021

    Ill. Justices Urged To Toss Suit Over True-Crime Documentary

    An attorney accused of making false statements in a Showtime documentary about an infamous 1980s Chicago double murder urged the Illinois Supreme Court Thursday to find that an investigator waited too long to sue him and others over the film's allegedly defamatory content.

  • January 14, 2021

    Bennett Jones, Gowling Steer Cresco's $213M Pot Biz Buy

    Multistate cannabis heavyweight Cresco Labs said Thursday it will enter Florida with an all-stock purchase of medical marijuana company Bluma Wellness, a $213 million deal steered by Bennett Jones LLP and Gowling WLG.

  • January 14, 2021

    Justices Say Ch. 13 Doesn't Force Return Of Seized Property

    The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a series of lower court rulings Thursday in finding that the City of Chicago did not violate the automatic stay included in the bankruptcy code when it refused to return impounded vehicles owned by four Chapter 13 debtors.

  • January 13, 2021

    Tom Girardi's Brother Says Celeb Atty Mentally 'Incompetent'

    The brother of Tom Girardi said Wednesday that the celebrity attorney is "incompetent and unable to act for himself," telling a California bankruptcy court that he should be appointed his 81-year-old brother's guardian so he can assist with his mounting legal woes.

  • January 13, 2021

    $760M Motorola Walkie-Talkie Trade Secret Win Cut To $540M

    An Illinois federal judge has cut over $200 million from a Motorola unit's $760 million win in a trade secrets trial against Hytera Corp. linked to digital walkie-talkies, saying there was a partial double recovery.

  • January 13, 2021

    Hy-Vee Reaches Deal To End Consumers' Data Breach Suit

    Supermarket chain Hy-Vee and a group of consumers told an Illinois federal judge Tuesday they've struck a deal in a proposed class suit claiming the company left its systems unlawfully vulnerable to hackers and failed to prevent a data breach.

  • January 13, 2021

    Ill. Ford Seller Says 'All-Risk' Policy Must Include COVID-19

    An Illinois-based Ford dealership has hit Pennsylvania-based Erie Insurance Exchange with a proposed class action, alleging Wednesday that the carrier wrongfully denied coverage after the dealership suffered revenue loss from being forced to cut 75% of its capacity amid the pandemic.

  • January 13, 2021

    Mondelez Global Defends Firing Union Workers At 7th Circ.

    A Seventh Circuit judge said Wednesday that it seemed "pretty fishy" that snack food giant Mondelez Global promptly ended an inquiry into high overtime costs at a New Jersey plant shortly after terminating three union officials who had recently led a boycott and contract campaign against the company.

  • January 13, 2021

    FTC Probing Casey's $580M Bid For Gas Station Rival Bucky's

    The Federal Trade Commission wants more information about convenience store group Casey's $580 million plan to pick up rival gas station chain Bucky's and its fuel distributing owner, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

  • January 13, 2021

    Winery Asks 7th Circ. To Undo 'Cellar Lives Matter' Vest Ruling

    Constellation Brands Inc. urged the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday to reverse a finding that its winery unlawfully banned an employee from wearing a vest bearing the slogan "Cellar Lives Matter," arguing it was fulfilling its duty to protect its employees and public image.

  • January 12, 2021

    Baxter Dodges Investor Suit Over Forex Accounting, For Now

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday tossed a proposed securities class action against Baxter International, finding investors had failed to demonstrate that they were intentionally misled by the medical product maker and its executives.

  • January 12, 2021

    Ill. Court Reverses Deal Approval In $1.6M Malpractice Suit

    The Illinois Appellate Court found Monday that a lower court erred when it found that a law firm and a former client settled a malpractice suit in good faith, saying the deal left the client's potential recovery against non-settling defendants too wide open.

  • January 12, 2021

    Why This Chicago Firm Hired A Nonlawyer CEO

    Sara O'Reilly, the first nonlawyer to hold the position of chief executive officer at Chicago law firm Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd., likens her new role to that of an orchestra conductor.

  • January 12, 2021

    Tyson Settles Chicken Buyers' Price-Fixing Claims

    Tyson Foods, which is cooperating with the U.S. Department of Justice on a criminal investigation into potential price fixing in the broiler chicken industry, has settled claims from a group of buyers in a long-running private case with similar allegations.

  • January 12, 2021

    CFPB Can't Regulate Mortgage Relief Firms, 7th Circ. Told

    The principals of two now-defunct mortgage relief law firms accused of scamming struggling homeowners urged the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday to throw out a roughly $59 million judgment for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, saying the agency doesn't have the authority to regulate the practice of law.

  • January 12, 2021

    Linen Co. Pays $790K To End Ill. Hand Scan Privacy Suit

    An Illinois federal judge gave her early blessing Tuesday to a $790,000 settlement between a health care linen provider and a class of employees who accused the company of implementing time-tracking practices that violated their biometric privacy rights.

  • January 12, 2021

    22 AGs Back Planned Parenthood In 5th Circ. Abortion Suit

    Attorneys general from Massachusetts and 21 other jurisdictions on Tuesday backed a challenge by Whole Woman's Health and multiple Planned Parenthood affiliates to a 2017 Texas statute slated for rehearing before the Fifth Circuit, saying the law "unduly burdens" women seeking an abortion in the second trimester.

  • January 12, 2021

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    Surges in COVID-19 cases led to renewed restrictions in Delaware, Massachusetts and New York this past week, while the pandemic also steered new guidance for New Jersey public schools and a workforce development boost in Pennsylvania. 

  • January 12, 2021

    FCC Invalidates Chicago Satellite Dish Restrictions

    The Federal Communications Commission has nixed a Chicago ordinance that restricted satellite dish antennas that can be viewed from the street, following the 2018 preemption of a similar Philadelphia ordinance.

  • January 12, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, Trump Tower, Ocean Bank

    Blackstone has reportedly paid $21 million for a Florida development site, the Trump sign at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago could reportedly come down if the president is impeached for a second time and Ocean Bank is said to have sold a Miami parking lot for $14 million.

  • January 12, 2021

    Ex-Bryan Cave Litigator Joins Riley Safer In NY

    Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP poached a lending industry litigator from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP to join its commercial litigation team in New York, the firm announced Monday.

  • January 11, 2021

    Ex-FDA Chief Getting Biden Admin. Post, Opioid Atty Says

    A former U.S. Food and Drug Administration leader under two presidents is expected to be named soon to a full-time post in the Biden administration, a lawyer said Monday in multidistrict opioid litigation during a battle over the onetime FDA boss' testimony.

Expert Analysis

  • How Private Employers Can Limit Political Discord At Work

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    Lindsay Hedrick and Victoria Bliss at Jones Day examine the restrictions private employers can implement to prevent political expression from negatively affecting the workplace while maintaining compliance with the National Labor Relations Act and state laws.

  • 4 Enforcement Actions Highlight SEC's Focus On Earnings

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's four enforcement actions settled in the days before its fiscal year-end show the regulator is keeping an eye on issuers' earnings management and financial reporting, and demonstrate the dangers of fixating on analysts' earnings targets, says Lori Echavarria at WilmerHale.

  • Why Online Mediation May Be Here To Stay

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    Videoconferenced mediation offers several advantages and helps cases settle faster and more cordially, making it hard to imagine going back to logistically difficult in-person dispute resolution after COVID-19 restrictions are gone, says Sidney Kanazawa at ARC.

  • Series

    AGs In A Pandemic: Neronha Talks RI Criminal Justice

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    Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha describes the core principles guiding his state’s criminal justice approach in a way that balances public safety and public health during the pandemic.

  • Perspectives

    Barrett Should Be Questioned On Children's Access To Courts

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    At a time when children's lives are so threatened by avoidable climate change chaos, understanding U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's views on what standing future generations have to seek declaratory relief in Article III courts should be an essential part of her confirmation hearings, says Julia Olson at Our Children's Trust.

  • States' Evolving Patchwork Of Insurance Data Security Laws

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    With key differences in state approaches to insurance data security regulation beginning to emerge, even small and bank-affiliated insurance entities that are granted partial exemptions in some jurisdictions will likely have to develop information security programs eventually, say attorneys at McIntyre & Lemon.

  • Clients Have The Power To Promote Wellness At Law Firms

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    Law firm clients can play a role in lowering mental distress in the legal profession by seeking lawyer wellness data from firms and factoring those responses into outside counsel hiring decisions, says Jonathan Prokup at Cigna.

  • Opinion

    Appellate Courts Should Welcome Well-Crafted Amicus Briefs

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    A Seventh Circuit judge's recent order granting leave for three organizations to file amicus curiae briefs in Prairie Rivers Network v. Dynegy Midwest Generation is a reminder that relevant, nonduplicative amicus briefs can provide courts with helpful perspective, important facts and legal arguments, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate Advocacy.

  • University Sportsbook Deal Raises Compliance Concerns

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    Because state and gaming industry regulations and possible NCAA guidance could limit the viability of novel partnerships like the University of Colorado's corporate sponsorship agreement with PointsBet, athletic departments need to establish clear protocols to ensure integrity and adherence to sports-betting rules, say Christopher Conniff and Nicholas Macri at Ropes & Gray.

  • Series

    AGs In A Pandemic: Miller Talks Iowa Derecho

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    The intense, straight-line windstorm that devastated Iowa in August brought out scammers and charlatans, but state Attorney General Tom Miller says that the COVID-19 crisis had prepared his office's Consumer Protection Division to take swift action on price-gouging and other problems in the wake of the disaster.

  • What Hiring Law Firms Should Consider Instead Of Grades

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    With law schools forgoing traditional grading due to the pandemic, hiring firms that have heavily weighted first-year grades during the on-campus interview process should turn to metrics that allow a more holistic view of a candidate, says Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Schroeder Reviews 'Collegiality'

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    Mark Barringer's new book, "Collegiality and the Constitution," is an engaging, vibrant work of judicial history in Texas' Eastern District, and reveals an atmosphere of civility and respect among all those involved in the business of the court, says U.S. District Judge Robert W. Schroeder III.

  • A Primer On Objecting To Virtual OSHA Trials

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    Two recent federal court decisions highlight employer approaches for using the Sixth Amendment's confrontation clause to effectively oppose remote Occupational Safety and Health Administration proceedings where workplace conduct gives rise to criminal charges, says Benjamin Morrell at Fisher Phillips.

  • Perspectives

    States Shouldn't Hinder Local Gov'ts In COVID-19 Tenant Aid

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    In the face of increasing state preemption and absent other government intervention, states should explicitly allow city and county policymakers to help renters in order to avoid a pandemic-prompted eviction crisis, say Emily Benfer at Wake Forest University School of Law and Nestor Davidson at Fordham University School of Law.

  • Overcoming The Pandemic's Hurdles To Pro Bono Work

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    Sarah McLean at Shearman & Sterling looks at how attorneys and law firms can partner with nonprofits to leverage their collective resources, sharpen their legal skills and beat the unique pandemic-induced challenges to providing free legal services to low-income individuals.

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