Illinois

  • December 16, 2020

    Caesars Biz Hits Tyson, Others With Chicken Price-Fixing Suit

    A Caesars company has accused more than a dozen chicken producers, including Tyson and Pilgrim's, of a yearslong conspiracy to inflate prices in the broiler market, claiming in an antitrust suit in Illinois federal court that the companies drove up prices via the electronic transfer of Agri Stats data.

  • December 16, 2020

    Proskauer Adds To Litigation Group With Atty From Freeborn

    Proskauer Rose LLP has added an attorney formerly with Freeborn & Peters LLP to its litigation department in Chicago, where he joins on as a partner as well as a member of the law firm's asset management litigation practice.

  • December 16, 2020

    Ill. Investment Firm Head Gets Probation For Adviser Fraud

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a Chicago-area investment adviser to three years of probation for his role in a scheme prosecutors say allowed him to allocate profitable trades to benefit himself and his family, at the expense of his firm's clients.

  • December 16, 2020

    Girardi's Ex-Partners Say He Cheated Them Out Of $2.3M

    Tom Girardi's former Girardi Keese partners say the celebrity attorney owes them $2.3 million in lost earnings and equity on a partnership property he used as collateral for $7.5 million in loans they never agreed to, according to a lawsuit filed this week in Los Angeles.

  • December 16, 2020

    Annoyance At Demand Letter Not Enough To Sue Law Firm

    An Indiana couple suing law firm Thrasher Buschmann & Voelkel PC over an allegedly misleading payment demand letter on behalf of a homeowners association must show a concrete injury from the communication and not just annoyance, the Seventh Circuit said Tuesday, dismissing the suit.

  • December 16, 2020

    Ticket Seller Gets Ill. Finger Scan Suit Paused For Appeals

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday granted online ticket seller Vivid Seats' bid to pause a lawsuit claiming it unlawfully collects and uses employees' biometric information as the state and federal appellate courts consider two issues that could affect the case.

  • December 15, 2020

    Ex-Trump Adviser Urges 7th Circ. To Revive Defamation Suit

    A former adviser for Donald Trump's 2016 campaign urged the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday to revive defamation claims accusing Perkins Coie LLP and the Democratic National Committee of disseminating false information about him, arguing a lower court incorrectly found it lacked jurisdiction in his suit.

  • December 15, 2020

    Ill. Panel Suggests 1-Year Suspension For Atty's Fund Misuse

    An Illinois attorney should be suspended for a year for misconduct that includes using retainer funds before he'd earned them and neglecting a matter that resulted in a default judgment against one of his clients, an Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission panel said Monday.

  • December 15, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Rosemurgy, BJB, BrandsMart

    Rosemurgy Properties has reportedly sold a South Florida retail property for $10.18 million, BJB Properties is said to have paid $42.2 million for a portfolio of 528 Illinois rental apartments, and BrandsMart is reportedly hoping to build a new store in West Palm Beach, Florida.

  • December 15, 2020

    Archer Daniels Hashes Out Trademark Fight With CBD Maker

    Agricultural company Archer Daniels Midland and similarly named hemp processor ADM Labs LLC have resolved their trademark infringement dispute with an agreed permanent injunction barring ADM Labs from using the trademarks at issue in the case.

  • December 15, 2020

    7th Circ. Told To Skip Gay Educator's Fight With Archdiocese

    A high school guidance counselor pressed the Seventh Circuit not to wade into her lawsuit against a Catholic archdiocese that fired her because she's married to a woman, arguing Tuesday there's no reason to derail her case before it heads to trial. 

  • December 15, 2020

    Insurer Blasts 'Illogical' Attack On Coverage Defense

    American Inter-Fidelity Exchange Corp. urged an Illinois federal judge Monday to reject an "absurd" argument that it sued too late to avoid covering a policyholder involved in a crash, saying a dispute didn't even exist until after he was a no-show for his own trial.

  • December 15, 2020

    Trump Pick Replaces Barrett On 7th Circ. Over Dem Protests

    Senators voted Tuesday to confirm President Donald Trump's choice to succeed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett on the Seventh Circuit, after Democrats lamented the break with a 125-year tradition against appointments by outgoing presidents as well as the lack of diversity on the nation's only all-white appeals court.

  • December 15, 2020

    Segal McCambridge Continues Growth With Shareholder Trio

    Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney Ltd. capped off a year of nationwide growth by adding three former Patton & Ryan LLC partners, including an ex-managing partner, to its flagship Chicago office as shareholders.

  • December 15, 2020

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

    The first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in Delaware, New Jersey and New York in recent days, a beacon of hope that tempered additional business restrictions imposed over the past week on restaurants in the Big Apple and in Pennsylvania.

  • December 15, 2020

    Verano Valued At $2.8B In Go-Public Merger

    Multistate cannabis operator Verano Holdings LLC said Tuesday it will go public at a $2.8 billion valuation through a reverse takeover of a Canadian shell company, a deal that would coincide with a stock offering to raise up to $100 million.

  • December 15, 2020

    After Contempt Order, Prosecutors Probe Girardi Case

    Prosecutors asked an Illinois federal judge for access to sealed documents said to describe how celebrity trial lawyer Tom Girardi and his firm misappropriated at least $2 million in clients' settlement funds, according to court documents filed Monday night.

  • December 15, 2020

    Motorola Rival Fights To Overturn $346M Asset Freeze In UK

    Chinese radio manufacturer Hytera urged an appeals court on Tuesday to overturn a $345.7 million U.K. freezing order won by Motorola to satisfy a U.S. judgment on theft of trade secrets, arguing that the decision relied on inadmissible evidence of alleged threats made during confidential settlement talks.

  • December 15, 2020

    Defunct Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox CEO Fights Class Cert. Bid

    The former CEO of defunct Japanese bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox urged an Illinois federal judge Monday not to certify a class that claims it lost $400 million, saying there's a "glaring problem" with the claim that cites vague "misrepresentations."

  • December 14, 2020

    Face Mask Maker Hit With TCPA Suit Over Ad Faxes

    Two small businesses brought a putative class action against a mask maker in Illinois federal court Monday, alleging that shortly after the coronavirus pandemic began they received unsolicited advertisements via fax for its personal protective equipment in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • December 14, 2020

    Nursing Home Workers Can't Get BIPA Suit Remanded

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday rejected an attempt from nursing home network workers to return to state court their claims the network violated the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act with its fingerprint timekeeping system and said union members are preempted from suing.

  • December 14, 2020

    Insurer Wants No Part Of $20M Judgment In Akorn Meds Suit

    Ironshore Specialty Insurance Co. is asking an Illinois federal court for a win as it seeks to avoid covering a $20 million judgment against Akorn Inc. over an adverse effect of one of its medications, saying punitive damages stemming from the company's willful conduct aren't covered.

  • December 14, 2020

    NLRB Advice Arm OKs McD's Suppression Of Fight Video

    A Chicago McDonald's did not violate federal labor law by telling workers to delete video of a fight between customers and workers over wait times and masking rules, a National Labor Relations Board attorney said in one of three new guidance letters tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • December 14, 2020

    Judge To Refer Girardi To Prosecutors Over Missing $2M

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday froze the assets of the insolvent plaintiffs firm Girardi Keese and its famed founder Tom Girardi after finding them in contempt for taking at least $2 million from a settlement fund for widows and orphans of plane crash victims, saying he was referring the case to prosecutors.

  • December 14, 2020

    Workforce Software Sues Rival Over Similar Name, Logo

    Workforce Software LLC sued software company Workforce.com for trademark infringement Friday in Illinois federal court, accusing the company of copying its name and logo.

Expert Analysis

  • How The Environmental Justice Landscape Is Evolving

    Author Photo

    The concept of environmental justice has risen to prominence recently, and converging trends signal further legislative and litigation developments, with potential for exponential amplification by the presidential and congressional election outcomes, say Julius Redd and Hilary Jacobs at Beveridge & Diamond, and consultant Stacey Halliday.

  • Analyzing Private Vs. Public Worker Political Speech Rights

    Author Photo

    As Election Day approaches, Samuel Morris at Godwin Morris examines recent matters demonstrating employee political speech limitations, case law addressing private versus public worker rights, and how to discern between protected and unprotected remarks.

  • Persuasion Skills Attys Can Learn From Political Speeches

    Author Photo

    The tools of powerful political speeches — those with soaring rhetoric that convinces and moves listeners — can be equally applicable to oral advocacy, case strategy and brief writing, say Lauren Papenhausen and Julian Canzoneri at White & Case and former presidential speech writer Dave Cavell.

  • Opinion

    Reflections On My 1st Judicial Election Amid Racial Tensions

    Author Photo

    Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Benham looks back at the racial barriers facing his first judicial campaign in 1984, and explains how those experiences shaped his decades on the bench, why judges should refrain from taking political stances, and why he was an early supporter of therapeutic courts that deal with systemic problems.

  • Past Salary Is Losing Steam As Sex-Based Pay Gap Excuse

    Author Photo

    The Ninth Circuit’s ruling that workers’ prior salaries cannot justify pay disparities based on sex in Rizo v. Yovino — which the U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to review — appears to lead a federal appellate court trend that rejects prior pay as a “factor other than sex” under the Equal Pay Act, says Christine Webber at Cohen Milstein.

  • Series

    AGs In A Pandemic: Ellison Talks Minnesota Housing

    Author Photo

    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison explains how helping people afford their lives — and live with dignity, safety and respect — during the COVID-19 pandemic has meant protecting tenants from eviction, going after scammers and profiteers, and taking action against wage theft.

  • Weighing Litigation Vs. Arbitration Amid Court Disruptions

    Author Photo

    Parties must determine whether arbitration is better than litigation for their disputes amid pandemic-induced court delays by answering five key questions and understanding the importance of a clearly tailored arbitration clause, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • How Attys Can Guard Against Rising Settle-And-Sue Claims

    Author Photo

    Certain precautions can help lawyers avoid post-settlement malpractice claims and create a solid evidentiary defense, as settle-and-sue lawsuits rise amid pandemic-induced dispute settlements, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher at Munger Tolles.

  • Law Firm Tips For Attracting, Retaining Attys During Pandemic

    Author Photo

    Steps law firms can take to attract and keep the best lawyers amid the pandemic include diversifying expertise to meet anticipated legal demands, prioritizing firm culture, and preparing for prospective partners' pointed questions, says Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey.

  • Perspectives

    Finding A Path Forward To Regulate The Legal Industry

    Author Photo

    Gerald Knapton at Ropers Majeski analyzes U.S. and U.K. experiments to explore alternative business structures and independent oversight for law firms, which could lead to innovative approaches to increasing access to legal services.

  • The Fate Of The ACA And What's Next For Health Care

    Author Photo

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Texas v. U.S. could render the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional in whole or in part, which, combined with the upcoming election, could drive a wide range of impacts on health care policy, businesses and patients, say Michael King and Emily Felder at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • Series

    Lawyering While Parenting: A Day In A Dad's Pandemic Life

    Author Photo

    Christopher Jennison shares a view of his life working from home as a Federal Aviation Administration attorney preparing to first-chair a trial while splitting child care responsibilities with his lawyer wife.

  • Avoiding Smart Contract Conflicts Despite Ambiguity

    Author Photo

    As smart contracts grow in popularity, confusion over their definition, operation and effect requires careful consideration of how they may alter parties' legal rights and obligations, says Andrew Foreman at Porter Wright.

  • Cos. Should Assess Risks Of COVID-19 Biometric Tech

    Author Photo

    As the pandemic accelerates the adoption of biometric technology, companies thinking about using or developing it should assess their litigation risk under disparate state laws regarding data use and storage, say Nicola Menaldo and Alison Caditz at Perkins Coie.

  • Series

    Lawyering While Parenting: A Day In A Mom's Pandemic Life

    Author Photo

    Josephine Bahn shares a view of her life working from home as an attorney at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation while splitting child care responsibilities with her lawyer husband.

Want to publish in Law360?


Submit an idea
Can't find the article you're looking for? Click here to search the Illinois archive.
Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Beta
Ask a question!