Illinois

  • February 06, 2023

    Geico Denied Early Win In Pandemic Premiums Suit

    An Illinois federal judge rejected Geico's early dismissal attempt in a proposed class action alleging it profited off the COVID-19 pandemic by charging excessive car insurance premiums, ruling Monday that since a state agency did not play a role in insurance rate approval, the filed-rate doctrine does not apply.

  • February 06, 2023

    Mondelez Says EU Antitrust Probe Could Cost €300M

    Snack giant Mondelez is estimating that it will cost it €300 million ($321.7 million) to resolve the European Commission's inquiry into whether it has been meddling with competition by working out agreements to hinder the flow of chocolate, coffee and cookies across borders in the bloc.

  • February 06, 2023

    Chicago Accused Of Wrongly Shielding Docs In Towing Row

    The city of Chicago is asserting a privilege Illinois doesn't recognize for state or local officials to withhold a significant number of "clearly discoverable" documents in a lawsuit targeting allegedly improper towing, a vehicle owner has argued.

  • February 06, 2023

    Coke Hit With False Ad Suit Over Apple Juice Preservatives

    A Chicago woman is suing the Coca-Cola Co. claiming it misled consumers into believing that its Minute Maid apple juice is free of preservatives by highlighting the drink's "Vitamin C" properties while downplaying that it is a chemically modified version of the micronutrient.

  • February 06, 2023

    Girardi Competency Hearing Ordered In LA Wire Fraud Case

    A California federal magistrate judge entered a not guilty plea Monday for disgraced former attorney Tom Girardi on behalf of the court, pending a competency hearing to determine his ability to face wire fraud charges connected to his alleged theft of millions from clients of his former firm, Girardi Keese.

  • February 06, 2023

    Gov't Wants To Weigh In On 3M 7th Circ. Bankruptcy Appeal

    The U.S. Trustee's Office has asked the Seventh Circuit to be allowed to participate in oral argument in a 3M Co. subsidiary's appeal over a bankruptcy court's refusal to extend a stay to cover multidistrict litigation over faulty earplugs, saying its views should be important to the court.

  • February 06, 2023

    Chicago Investment Adviser Pleads Not Guilty To $683K Fraud

    A Chicago investment adviser pled not guilty Monday to charges that he swindled three clients, including two elderly men suffering from dementia, out of roughly $683,000 that he used to pay his rent and other personal expenses.

  • February 06, 2023

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Bacardi and Jay-Z finally clinked glasses and resolved their long-running dispute over D'Usse cognac, a 72-year-old rule on judicial appointments got tossed, and three more electric vehicle companies asked the court to retroactively validate shares.

  • February 03, 2023

    Chicago Lender Slips CFPB Redlining Suit Over Radio Remarks

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday threw out a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau suit targeting a Chicago mortgage lender for allegedly disparaging majority-Black neighborhoods, ruling that the redlining regulation at issue only applies to credit applicants, not prospective applicants, as the CFPB had claimed.

  • February 03, 2023

    7th Circ. Backs Chicago's Win In Firefighter's Sex Bias Suit

    The Seventh Circuit upheld the dismissal of a Chicago firefighter's sex bias suit alleging she was retaliated against and harassed after filing an internal complaint about her lieutenant, ruling Friday that zero evidence supported her claims that a district judge sided with the city out of favoritism.

  • February 03, 2023

    Wells Fargo 'Reckless' Fund Purge Lost $500M, Investors Say

    Wells Fargo cost investors in a hedge fund that lost 80% of its value betting the wrong way on market turmoil in February 2018 at least $500 million when the bank forced the immediate liquidation of their investments, according to a proposed class action filed Friday in Illinois federal court.

  • February 03, 2023

    Samsung Settles TV Patent Litigation Campaign For $150M

    A British nanotechnology company said Friday it landed $150 million from its litigation-funded patent infringement lawsuits against Samsung that ended in a settlement last month, just as jury selection was set to kick off in one of the cases in Marshall, Texas.  

  • February 03, 2023

    Samsung Customers Score Data Breach MDL

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has consolidated nine pending class actions against Samsung Electronics of America Inc. into an MDL in New Jersey that alleges the company failed to take adequate data security measures, resulting in multiple data breaches. 

  • February 03, 2023

    Food Co. Pleads Guilty, Agrees To Pay $19.2M Over Outbreak

    A food ingredient company pled guilty to making breakfast cereal under unsanitary conditions at an Illinois plant connected to a 2018 salmonella outbreak involving Kellogg's Honey Smacks, and agreed to a record $19.2 million fine, the U.S Department of Justice announced Friday.  

  • February 03, 2023

    6th Circ. Says Ky. Utility Law Unfairly Discriminates

    The Sixth Circuit said Friday that a Kentucky law requiring state utility regulators to discount the state's severance tax on coal when evaluating the reasonableness of energy rates unconstitutionally discriminates against out-of-state coal producers.

  • February 03, 2023

    Marketing Co. Wants Claims It Hacked Atty's Email Tossed

    A Virginia-based marketing company told an Illinois federal court Friday that it had no personal jurisdiction over a fraud lawsuit brought by an Illinois man who claims officers of the company impersonated him, hacked his attorney's emails and caused the lawyer to wire more than $350,000 in real estate transaction proceeds to an account the company controlled.

  • February 03, 2023

    Ill. Justices' Focus On Legislators' Intent Divides BIPA Bar

    The Illinois Supreme Court's decision that plaintiffs have five years to bring biometric privacy claims came as little surprise to most court watchers, but the ruling gave key insight into the weight justices place on legislative history and offered a potential salve for companies hoping to trigger insurance coverage.

  • February 03, 2023

    CenturyLink Customers Score Class Cert. In FCRA Fight

    An Arizona federal judge has certified a class of shoppers who accused CenturyLink of obtaining their credit reports before they placed orders on its website without permissible purpose, rejecting CenturyLink's argument that individual inquiries must be made to exclude anyone who signed a class action waiver or arbitration agreement.

  • February 03, 2023

    Tort Report: Live Nation Can't Exit $60M Suit In Rapper's Death

    A ruling that Live Nation must face a suit over a rapper's backstage stabbing death at a 2021 concert in California and the Sixth Circuit's remand of a coronavirus death suit lead Law360's Tort Report, which compiles recent personal injury and medical malpractice news that may have flown under the radar.

  • February 03, 2023

    Boeing Toxic Air Cabin Suit To Stay in Illinois

    Boeing can't transfer a former flight attendant's suit over the company's alleged failure to research and address a toxic cabin air issue it has known about for decades, according to an Illinois appellate panel opinion Friday, saying the company failed to provide real proof of inconvenience.

  • February 03, 2023

    Girardi Thefts A Tough Lift For Client Restitution Funds

    In recent years, the legal business has seen some ambitious liars, grifters and embezzlers — and the ripped-off victims left in their wake. But the scale of Los Angeles lawyer Thomas Girardi's alleged theft promises to surpass the financial limitations of client restitution funds.

  • February 03, 2023

    Chicago Firms Croke Fairchild, Prendergast Layden Merge

    Chicago firms Croke Fairchild Duarte & Beres LLC and Prendergast Layden Ltd. have said they are merging and will operate under Croke Fairchild's name.

  • February 03, 2023

    Two Sellers Tossed From Delta-8 Vape Counterfeit Suit

    A California federal judge has thrown out claims against two distributors alleged to have been part of a nationwide conspiracy to sell counterfeit versions of AK Futures LLC's Cake-branded Delta-8 THC vape products, saying the court does not have jurisdiction over the companies.

  • February 03, 2023

    SEC Wants Equifax Breach Suit Kept In Georgia Court

    A woman accused of insider trading linked to the Equifax data breach knew she was illegally passing privileged information to her boyfriend and hasn't made a good case for moving the complaint to another state, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in a memo urging a Georgia federal court to ignore a request to throw out or transfer the case.

  • February 02, 2023

    ACLU Backs Gay Worker In Bias Suit Against Catholic School

    The American Civil Liberties Union advised the Seventh Circuit to revive a lawsuit by a former Catholic high school counselor in Indiana who alleged she was fired for being in a same-sex marriage, saying Thursday that a ministerial carveout in federal civil rights law only protects religious organizations from religious bias-related claims.

Expert Analysis

  • A Litigation Move That Could Conserve Discovery Resources

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    Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben proposes the preliminary legal opinion procedure — seeking a court's opinion on a disputed legal standard at the outset, rather than the close, of discovery — as a useful resource-preservation tool for legally complex, discovery-intensive litigation.

  • Litigators Should Approach AI Tools With Caution

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    Artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT hold potential to streamline various aspects of the litigation process, resulting in improved efficiency and outcomes, but should be carefully double-checked for confidentiality, plagiarism and accuracy concerns, say Zachary Foster and Melanie Kalmanson at Quarles & Brady.

  • Strategies For Cos. Navigating NY Digital Fair Repair Act

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    New York's recently enacted Digital Fair Repair Act requires original equipment manufacturers for electronic devices to provide diagnostic and repair information to both consumers and independent repair shops, so companies should prepare strategies to overcome compliance challenges regarding copyright and end user license agreements, say attorneys at Carter Ledyard.

  • 5 Ways Attorneys Can Use Emotion In Client Pitches

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    Lawyers are skilled at using their high emotional intelligence to build rapport with clients, so when planning your next pitch, consider how you can create some emotional peaks, personal connections and moments of magic that might help you stick in prospective clients' minds and seal the deal, says consultant Diana Kander.

  • 5 Keys To A Productive Mediation

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    Cortney Young at ADR Partners discusses factors that can help to foster success in mediation, including scheduling, preparation, managing client expectations and more.

  • Ill. LLCs Beware: Minority Owners May Use Privileged Docs

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    Illinois limited liability companies must take steps to protect otherwise privileged attorney-client communications from minority members, who may be able to access such documents and use them at trial, thereby undermining majority members’ legal position in ownership disputes, say Adam Diederich and Kirstie Brenson at ArentFox Schiff.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: 2022 MDLs By The Numbers

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    A highlight of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation's practice during 2022 was the significant percentage increase of new MDL petitions granted — and given how many actions and plaintiffs may be involved in a single MDL, the true impact of this increase may be even greater than it appears, says Alan Rothman at Sidley.

  • How The 5th Circ.'s CFPB Ruling Has Been Applied So Far

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    Since the Fifth Circuit ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's independent funding structure is unconstitutional, litigants have found several ways to capitalize on the resulting uncertainty — and no courts have yet dismissed any suits based on the decision, say Courtney Hayden and Kelsey Pelagalli at Goodwin.

  • Evaluating The Legal Ethics Of A ChatGPT-Authored Motion

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    Aimee Furness and Sam Mallick at Haynes Boone asked ChatGPT to draft a motion to dismiss, and then scrutinized the resulting work product in light of attorneys' ethical and professional responsibility obligations.

  • 7 Tips To Increase Your Law Firm's DEI Efforts In 2023

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    Law firms looking to advance their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts should consider implementing new practices and initiatives this year, including some that require nominal additional effort or expense, say Janet Falk at Falk Communications and Gina Rubel at Furia Rubel.

  • Series

    Keys To A 9-0 High Court Win: Get Back To Home Base

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    When I argued for the petitioner in Morgan v. Sundance before the U.S. Supreme Court last year, I made the idea of consistency the cornerstone of my case and built a road map for my argument to ensure I could always return to that home-base theme, says Karla Gilbride at Public Justice.

  • The 7th Circ.'s Top 10 Civil Opinions Of 2022

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    Attorneys at Jenner & Block examine the most significant decisions issued by the Seventh Circuit in 2022, and explain how they may affect issues related to antitrust, the False Claims Act,​ ​federal jurisdiction and more.

  • Atty-Client Privilege Arguments Give Justices A Moving Target

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    Recent oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court in a case regarding the scope of the attorney-client privilege appeared to raise more questions about multipurpose counsel communications than they answered, as the parties presented shifting iterations of a predictable, easily applied test for evaluating the communications' purpose, say Trey Bourn and Thomas DiStanislao at Butler Snow.

  • 5 Gen X Characteristics That Can Boost Legal Leadership

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    As Generation X attorneys rise to fill top roles in law firms and corporations left by retiring baby boomers, they should embrace generational characteristics that will allow them to become better legal leaders, says Meredith Kahan at Whiteford Taylor.

  • What To Expect From Justices' FCA Scienter Standard Review

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    Whichever side prevails, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Supervalu will clarify the standard for proving a government contractor's claims for payment were “knowingly" false and will present strategic considerations that affect all phases of False Claims Act investigations and litigation, say Michael Huston and Nathanael Andrews at Perkins Coie.

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