A trio of jail guards says being white men was the real reason they were fired by prison administrators following a violent encounter with an inmate, according to a bias suit in Illinois federal court.
Enterprise on Thursday asked an Illinois federal judge to reconsider a holding that an ex-employee at its Chicago facility car rental facility could go after its parent company for alleged violations of the state's biometric privacy law, saying it could have "wide-reaching" ramifications for companies subject to similar lawsuits.
Skincare company Murad LLC was hit with a proposed class action claiming the company deceived buyers by wrongly representing its moisturizer as "oil-free" when the product actually contains oils.
A law firm representing victims of Southern California gas leaks argued Tuesday that it should not be hindered by the stay levied against its bankrupt co-counsel Girardi Keese, despite objections from one of Girardi Keese's creditors.
An Illinois federal judge declined on Tuesday to certify a class in litigation accusing a Texas-based retail merchandising company of sending copies of workers' W-2s to identity thieves in a "phishing scam," saying the workers' claims are too individualized.
A Seventh Circuit panel on Wednesday said a lower court was right to toss claims that Wolin & Rosen Ltd. and SmithAmundsen LLC conspired with bankers and real estate appraisers to inflate the value of three Michigan hotels that went bust soon after being purchased by new owners.
The first private follow-on to the U.S. Department of Justice's criminal antitrust case against UnitedHealth Group unit Surgical Care Affiliates LLC has been filed in Illinois federal court as a class action seeking to represent the "hundreds, if not thousands," of senior-level employees impacted by Surgical Care's alleged agreements with competitors not to hire each other's employees.
A former JPMorgan Chase metals trader argued Tuesday that a former U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission adviser can serve as an expert in his spoofing case in Illinois federal court, dismissing the argument the adviser is conflicted due to his earlier work.
Tyson Foods has settled with three proposed classes of consumers in a long-running multidistrict litigation over alleged price-fixing in the broiler chicken industry for $221.5 million, the company disclosed in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Tuesday.
An Illinois federal judge held Tuesday that Chicago's "fair workweek" law, which requires many large businesses to give employees two weeks' advance notice of work schedules, isn't preempted by federal labor law or the city's home rule authority.
A proposed class of current and former Triad Manufacturing Inc. employees urged the Seventh Circuit to keep their ERISA suit in the courthouse, saying an Illinois federal judge correctly ruled that companies can't compel individual arbitration of class actions alleging benefit plan mismanagement.
A new rule adopted by ex-President Donald Trump's Labor Department would unfairly force tipped employees to provide more work for less pay, according to a suit filed by nine Democratic attorneys general.
Grubhub Inc. has asked an Illinois federal judge to toss a proposed class action claiming it violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by issuing hundreds of unwanted autodialed calls to consumers after they were told the calls would stop, telling the judge the alleged violations occurred when the TCPA contained an unconstitutional provision.
Embattled celebrity attorney Tom Girardi is clearly not mentally incompetent and doesn't need a guardian, Edelson PC told a California bankruptcy court Tuesday, pointing to recent video footage of Girardi giving a coherent interview and speaking on a panel for the Consumer Attorneys of California.
Two consumer groups suing Tyson Foods in long-running litigation over alleged price-fixing in the broiler chicken industry told an Illinois federal judge Tuesday they have reached settlements with the poultry giant.
Plaintiffs suing an Illinois nursing home over a coronavirus outbreak that killed at least 12 residents said Monday that the home is making a "circular" argument by trying to dismiss a trio of suits under both a gubernatorial order shielding health care providers from COVID-19 suits and a state law governing nursing home care.
The Federal Circuit stood firm on Tuesday and rejected efforts from the Chinese radio manufacturer Hytera Communications Corp. to reverse three Patent Trial and Appeal Board decisions that mostly upheld patents owned by rival Motorola Solutions.
An Illinois federal court threw out another dental clinic's bid for COVID-19 coverage from Cincinnati Insurance Co. on Tuesday, holding that the clinic failed to demonstrate a covered loss since essential dental services were allowed during pandemic shutdowns.
Michael Best Strategies has hired Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's former legislative director as a principal and as senior counsel at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, the firm announced.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a certiorari petition from a debtor regarding the turnover of property seized before a Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing, in line with its recent ruling in City of Chicago v. Fulton.
The COVID-19 vaccination effort led to milestones over the past week in states including Florida and Texas, which became the first in the nation to administer its millionth dose, and prompted New York to call on Pfizer for direct purchase access so the state can meet increased demand due to expanded eligibility.
KKR has reportedly picked up two Florida industrial properties for $13 million, a venture that includes developer John Novak is said to have paid $25 million for 42,900 square feet in Chicago, and D.R. Horton is reportedly hoping to rezone 36.5 acres in Florida in order to build 205 homes there.
Deutsche Bank AG has urged an Illinois federal judge to toss a proposed class action seeking to hold it responsible for two former traders' alleged 2013 illegal spoofing schemes, arguing the Commodity Exchange Act doesn't allow for such claims.
Two customers who purchased an allegedly defective plasma television from Best Buy urged the Seventh Circuit Tuesday to overturn a lower court's decision that deemed the chain's "Geek Squad Protection Plan" a service contract instead of a warranty.
In an airy conference room overlooking downtown San Francisco, celebrity trial lawyer Thomas V. Girardi looked into Kathy Ruigomez's sleepless eyes and told her everything was going to be all right.
Lawyers working remotely during the pandemic while physically outside the jurisdictions in which they are licensed will find some comfort in a recent American Bar Association opinion sanctioning such practice, but there is ambiguity regarding the contours of what's allowed, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.
Whether geared toward a global audience or a particular client, a law firm's articles, blog posts and client alerts should strive to be original by harnessing a few editorial tools and following the right distribution sequence, say Steven Andersen and Tal Donahue at Infinite Global.
Any franchisor considering marketing new franchises in 2021 by leaning on pre-pandemic financial results and omitting 2020 declines should know the perils of this plan, says Rochelle Spandorf at Davis Wright.
Judges should take into consideration the several points of law enforcement and prosecutorial discretion — from traffic stops to charging decisions and sentencing recommendations — that often lead to race-based disparate treatment before a criminal defendant even reaches the courthouse, say Judge Juan Villaseñor and Laurel Quinto at Colorado's Eighth Judicial District Court.
The Seventh Circuit's recent decision in Fox v. Dakkota Integrated Systems, finding that unlawful retention of biometric data inflicts a particularized and concrete harm on a plaintiff in the same way that unlawful collection does, may lend itself to further expansion of the Article III injury-in-fact requirement for standing in a lawsuit, say attorneys at Orrick.
Notwithstanding the expectations at the time, the Seventh Circuit's landmark 1995 decision in the PepsiCo v. Redmond trade secret case has not made the doctrine of inevitable disclosure an alternative to, or backstop for, traditional post-employment noncompetition agreements — though the doctrine continues to be applied, say Peter Steinmeyer and Brian Spang at Epstein Becker.
Lawyers should remember that the basics of interpersonal relationships have not changed despite the completely virtual environment caused by the pandemic, and should leverage the new year as an excuse to connect with clients in several ways, say Megan Senese and Courtney Hudson at Pillsbury.
A Georgia federal court’s recent decision in Fleming v. Rollins is a reminder that despite an ongoing circuit split, administrators facing fiduciary breach claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act can, in certain courts, still assert defenses based on plaintiffs' failure to exhaust a plan's administrative remedies, says Art Marrapese at Barclay Damon.
For law firms planning overhauls in their information technology infrastructures in light of hard lessons learned from pandemic-era transition to remote work, there are five ways to ensure even the biggest tech upgrade has minimal impact on client service, says Brad Paubel at Lexicon.
Careful construction of an amicus brief's essential elements — including the table of contents, which determines whether a brief gets studied or skimmed — and the order in which they are crafted are key to maximizing a party's hoped-for impact on a case before the U.S. Supreme Court or other appellate courts, say Mark Chopko and Karl Myers at Stradley Ronon.
Changes in the way people work and communicate — which the pandemic has accelerated — will continue to bring new e-discovery challenges and shifts in data recovery this year, says Brian Schrader at Business Intelligence Associates.
Recent, potentially overlooked federal district court decisions applying the U.S. Supreme Court's Halo v. Pulse decision on willful patent infringement reveal that while circumstantial evidence of subjective beliefs may be sufficient for patentees to succeed on willful infringement claims, accused infringers will benefit most from direct evidence, say attorneys at Akin Gump.
With law firms likely to see longtime clients roll out requests for proposal amid cost-cutting strategies this year, relationship partners can ensure they don't lose their clients by taking five critical actions during the response process, says Matthew Prinn at RFP Advisory.
After a brief break in the multiyear streak of increasing law firm mergers, 2021 seems poised for a return to normal, with acquisitions involving small firms — those with under 400 lawyers — likely to dominate, says Peter Zeughauser at Zeughauser Group.
As more states legalize marijuana, cannabis franchisors and franchisees looking to enter the market in the new year must be creative, cognizant of all applicable restrictions and able to quickly adapt to a constantly changing environment, says Alan Gold at the Law Offices of Gold & Parado.