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  • 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.

  • January 11, 2021

    Feds Say Ex-CFTC Adviser Can't Be Accused Spoofer's Expert

    The U.S. government asked an Illinois federal judge Friday to disqualify a former Commodity Futures Trading Commission adviser from being an expert in a former JPMorgan Chase & Co. trader's spoofing case, arguing that he's conflicted since he helped the CFTC investigate JPMorgan's metals trading desk.

  • January 11, 2021

    Illinois Senate Votes To Expand Teachers' Union Rights

    The Illinois Senate voted Monday to restore the rights of Chicago teachers and staff to negotiate the terms of their workdays, complicating an ongoing fight between the Chicago Teachers Union and the city over reopening schools during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • January 11, 2021

    Longtime Ill. House Speaker Suspends Leadership Bid

    Illinois' longtime House Speaker Michael Madigan has suspended his campaign to again win the gavel he's held for decades, as some of his fellow Democrats and former supporters call for a leadership change in the wake of his implication in the $200 million Commonwealth Edison Co. bribery scandal.

  • January 11, 2021

    Boeing Slips Southwest Flight Attendants' 737 Max Safety Suit

    An Illinois federal judge rejected a suit from Southwest Airlines flight attendants seeking lost wages from Boeing over the 737 Max's global grounding, saying claims that Boeing overhyped the jets' safety and locked Southwest into rigid contracts that harmed airline employees won't fly.

  • January 11, 2021

    Pilgrim's Pride Settles Out Of Price-Fixing Case For $75M

    Pilgrim's Pride on Monday became the largest chicken producer yet to settle out of part of a massive price-fixing case in Illinois federal court that's also targeted the likes of Tyson Foods and Perdue.

  • January 11, 2021

    Fintech Valued At $1.5B After Iconiq Investment

    Investment management software enterprise Enfusion, working with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, revealed Monday that it has jumped to a $1.5 billion valuation after landing a minority investment from Iconiq Growth.

  • January 11, 2021

    White & Case, Shearman Rep Bakkt's $2.1B Go-Public Deal

    Bakkt, the cryptocurrency platform backed by Intercontinental Exchange, said Monday it will go public at a roughly $2.1 billion enterprise value by merging with a blank-check company, in a deal guided by Shearman & Sterling LLP and White & Case LLP.

  • January 11, 2021

    Ill. Dental Clinic Can't Revive COVID-19 Coverage Suit

    An Illinois federal judge has refused to give a dental office another chance to convince him that Cincinnati Insurance Co. should cover its COVID-19 shutdown-related losses, saying an amended complaint will not cure problems with the suit.

  • January 11, 2021

    Justices Decline To Hear Canadian Pacific's Rail Deal Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear Canadian Pacific Railway's argument the Seventh Circuit wrongly held its state-law corporate wrongdoing claims against two rival rail companies were preempted by a federal railroad oversight law.

  • January 11, 2021

    High Court Won't Nix Nat'l Class Ruling In Ill. Junk-Fax Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not consider overturning the Seventh Circuit's decision allowing consumers from other states into an Illinois proposed class action over unwanted faxes.

Expert Analysis

  • 2020 Privacy Law Trends And How They Affect Compliance

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    As you develop your 2021 privacy compliance toolkit, think about recent legal developments and take advantage of holistic steps to get prepared for an active year of privacy and data security enforcement, says Liisa Thomas, leader of Sheppard Mullin's privacy practice.

  • 5 Important E-Discovery Trends And Developments In 2020

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    The rapid adoption of varied remote communication and collaboration tools during the pandemic created new information preservation and privilege considerations this year, while courts and regulators offered some guidance on technology-assisted review and the movement of data across borders, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper and Boehringer Ingelheim.

  • Perspectives

    Judges On Race: The Path To A More Diverse Bench

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    To close the diversity gap between the judiciary and the litigants that regularly appear in criminal courts, institutions including police departments, prosecutor offices and defense law firms must be committed to advancing Black and Latino men, says New York Supreme Court Justice Erika Edwards.

  • 5 Key Differences In EU And US Breach Notification Regimes

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    As they determine their approaches to data breach notification and investigation, companies and regulators would do well to recognize the crucial distinctions between the EU's wide-reaching General Data Protection Regulation and U.S. states' individual laws, say attorneys at Alston & Bird.

  • What To Know About 2020's Top Wage And Hour Law Updates

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    This year, employers gained clarity in some areas of wage and hour law with U.S. Department of Labor guidance addressing compensation for remote employees and the fluctuating workweek pay structure, but issues like the joint employer standard remain murky heading into 2021, say Kathleen Caminiti and Sheila Willis at Fisher Phillips.

  • Class Certification Obstacles In Suits Over Connected Devices

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    Vulnerabilities in connected devices like those recently reported by Google may lead to litigation, but two decades of data security lawsuits suggest that internet of things plaintiffs may have problems achieving class certification, say Mark Raffman and Katie Kissinger at Goodwin.

  • The Future Of Drug Decriminalization After Oregon

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    Advocates intend to use Oregon's new law decriminalizing personal possession of cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines to achieve similar reforms elsewhere, but unlike marijuana reform, the broader drug decriminalization movement may not prove as popular with other states, says Tom Firestone at Baker McKenzie.

  • Tips For Identifying A Culturally Competent Mediator

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    Attorneys can pick open-minded neutrals by taking a client's race, gender, sexual orientation and nationality into account, and by ensuring the mediator is able to communicate effectively across cultures, says Anelise Codrington at Swift Currie.

  • Key Trade Secret Developments Of 2020: Part 1

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    This year brought significant developments in U.S. and international trade secret law, including the Defend Trade Secrets Act's new extraterritorial application, a trade deal that better aligns Chinese enforcement with U.S. law, and appellate decisions redefining the contours of misappropriation claims, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Opinion

    In-Person Sales Bans For Competitive Energy Cos. Are Unfair

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    State utility regulators should end the double standard that restricts competitive energy suppliers' ability to conduct in-person sales and marketing during the pandemic while other businesses have resumed such activities, says Karen Moury at Eckert Seamans.

  • 2 Decisions Reveal New Tool For TCPA Defense Litigators

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    Recent rulings from Ohio and Louisiana federal courts holding that the U.S. Supreme Court's severance of an unconstitutional amendment to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act cannot be applied retroactively expose a new weakness in TCPA class actions and could open the way for a circuit split on the issue, says Myriah Jaworski at Beckage PLLC.

  • COVID-19 Spurs Associates To Think Bigger — Like Partners

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    What is the firm's data on profit per partner? How do the rainmakers seal deals without pre-COVID-19 pricey dinners? Is the firm financially stable? These are the kinds of partner-level questions associates are now asking before choosing a new firm, which points to a major shift in the lateral landscape, say Kate Reder Sheikh and Rebecca Glatzer at Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: Jurisdiction, Specificity, Fees And Costs

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    In November, the U.S. Government Accountability Office considered its jurisdiction over protests of task orders under $10 million, the Federal Circuit highlighted the importance of specificity in invoking U.S. Court of Federal Claims jurisdiction, and the federal claims court reiterated rigorous standards for cost reimbursement. MoFo's Alissandra Young and David Allman review these notable decisions.

  • Opinion

    GCs Are Uniquely Qualified To Lead Diversity Initiatives

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    As guardians of their companies' codes of conduct and ethical standards, general counsel have the ability to endorse changes that will help their corporations create more diverse and equitable workplaces, says Deborah Marson at Iron Mountain.

  • 3 Ways Defendants Can Nip Civil RICO Claims In The Bud

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    Federal courts across the country have rejected civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims at the pleading stage in several recent cases that illustrate how defendants can utilize specificity, distinct enterprise and proximate cause to head off allegations of racketeering, says Gopi Panchapakesan at Bird Marella.

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