Illinois

  • March 24, 2017

    Ill. Lawmakers Must Be Paid Despite Budget Impasse: Judge

    Illinois lawmakers must be paid despite the state's historic budget impasse, a Cook County judge ruled Thursday, reversing course for both current Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza and her predecessor, Republican Leslie Munger.

  • March 24, 2017

    1.4 Million Illinois Job Seekers' Info Potentially Hacked

    Gov. Bruce Rauner's office confirmed Friday that a vendor contracted with the state's Department of Employment Security had its data breached earlier this month in a hack that touched the data of 1.4 million job seekers in Illinois.

  • March 24, 2017

    Bribing Of Chicago Official Lands Vendor 7-Year Sentence

    A federal judge on Friday sentenced an Illinois businessman to seven years in prison for bribing the former head of Chicago's public school system into awarding him over $20 million in city contracts, with the judge saying he believed the businessman acted "out of greed, not need."

  • March 24, 2017

    Home Depot Must Face Suit Over Employee's Murder: 7th Circ.

    The Seventh Circuit on Friday revived a case seeking to hold Home Depot responsible for the murder and rape of a pregnant employee at an offsite event, saying that the home improvement chain allowed the murderer to have supervision over the employee even after it knew he had a history of harassing female subordinates.

  • March 24, 2017

    Baker Urges 7th Circ. To End Ex-Employee's Retaliation Suit

    Baker & McKenzie Thursday asked the Seventh Circuit to reject a former secretary’s retaliation complaint, saying she was rehashing a complaint dismissed four years ago.

  • March 24, 2017

    Asbestos Firms Shed Racketeering Suits For Lack Of Ill. Ties

    Industrial manufacturer John Crane Inc. cannot pursue claims against asbestos plaintiffs firms Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC and Shein Law Center Ltd. for allegedly providing false histories for clients during asbestos litigation, as the firms lack sufficient ties to Illinois, according to parallel rulings in federal court Thursday.

  • March 24, 2017

    Feds Drop Money Laundering Count In $45M Medicare Case

    Federal prosecutors have dropped a money laundering conspiracy charge from the trial against alleged ringleaders of a $45 million Medicare fraud scheme, they told an Illinois federal judge on Thursday.

  • March 24, 2017

    Chicago Cabbies Take Uber Regs Fight To Supreme Court

    Chicago taxi companies Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their arguments that city regulations covering ride-hailing platforms like Uber and Lyft violate the cab businesses' constitutional rights.

  • March 23, 2017

    Ill. Announces Security Plan For Aging Tech Infrastructure

    Gov. Bruce Rauner this week unveiled a statewide cybersecurity strategy that he said would eliminate the "patchwork" of tech policies in Illinois' 62 state agencies, and aim to make state's cyber infrastructure safer and more hack-resistant.

  • March 23, 2017

    Longtime Illinois Federal Judge John Darrah Dies At 78

    U.S. District Judge John Darrah, who spent about 30 years on the bench in state and federal courts and earned a reputation as a fair and dedicated public servant, passed away on Thursday at age 78.

  • March 23, 2017

    Ill. Justices Remand Non-Profit Hospital Property Tax Issue

    A long-fought case involving property tax exemptions for non-profit hospitals will head back to circuit court after the Illinois Supreme Court declined to rule on the law's constitutionality Thursday.

  • March 23, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Blumberg, Lightstone, Restoration

    Blumberg & Freilich Equities has reportedly bought a Chicago apartment building for $23.5 million, Lightstone is said to have scored $85.3 million for a New York project, and Restoration Hardware is in talks to lease an entire Miami building.

  • March 23, 2017

    Sears Customers Seek Final OK On Grill Settlement

    Sears customers who said their grills had steel parts that failed early asked an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday to give a final blessing to a settlement that is set to provide thousands of people with a gift card of as much as $180 or with a free repair.

  • March 23, 2017

    Doctor Dodges Retrial In Patient's Hand-Function Loss Suit

    A woman suing a surgeon for allegedly causing the loss of function in her hand with a delay in post-operation treatment cannot seek a new trial after a jury tossed out her claims, an Illinois appeals court has ruled, finding a lower court had properly excluded testimony submitted post-discovery from doctors who treated complications she ascribed to the surgery.

  • March 23, 2017

    Ex-Atty Gets 15 Months For Client Asylum Conspiracy

    A former immigration lawyer will spend 15 months in prison after an Illinois federal judge sentenced him Wednesday for conspiring to use fraudulent means in an attempt to achieve asylum in the U.S. for Christian clients from the Middle East.

  • March 23, 2017

    Silence At Murder Trial Is Off Limits In Civil Trial, Judge Says

    An Illinois federal judge ordered both sides Tuesday in a false conviction suit to stop talking about the plaintiff’s failure to testify at his murder trial, saying his Fifth Amendment protections carry over to his civil suit.

  • March 23, 2017

    Purina's Fish Food Killed Bass, Fish Farm Says

    An Illinois fish farm filed a property damage and product liability lawsuit Wednesday against Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, claiming its fish food, marketed as safe for largemouth bass, was actually unsafe and resulted in the substantial loss of the farm’s 360,000 fish population due to liver disease and death.

  • March 22, 2017

    Budgetless Illinois Is Overspending By $6B, Experts Say

    Illinois will be billions of dollars short of what it's spending on government services and payments by the July start of the new fiscal year, and its mountain of ever-increasing debt will take extreme measures to shrink, state officials and policy experts told lawmakers this week.

  • March 22, 2017

    Measure To Cut, Standardize Illinois Court Fees Advances

    A bill aimed at reducing Illinois court fees passed a key legislative hurdle Wednesday, although sponsors say the legislation needs more work before it can be voted on by the full General Assembly.

  • March 22, 2017

    Maryland Hospital Co. Can’t Shake FCA Suit, But Others Can

    An Illinois federal judge Wednesday dismissed a trio of health care systems from a suit alleging False Claims Act violations, but told Maryland-based MedStar Health Inc. that it couldn’t escape claims by a former employee that it billed federal insurance programs for unnecessary inpatient admissions.

Expert Analysis

  • Trump's Skinny EPA Budget Could Have Far-Reaching Impacts

    Jim W. Rubin

    A review of President Donald Trump's recent budget proposal suggests that none of his goals for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would be well-served. In fact, the EPA, states, tribes and other federal agencies would all face serious issues in protecting human health and the environment, says Jim Rubin of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

  • Challenging Personal Jurisdiction In Online Conduct Cases

    Blaine C. Kimrey

    A discussion of personal jurisdiction is conspicuously absent from an Illinois federal judge's recent opinion in Rivera v. Google. However, it seems that a company like Google could rely on past Seventh Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court decisions to dispute personal jurisdiction when there are no contacts between the defendant and the forum state, other than those created by the plaintiffs, say Blaine Kimrey and Bryan Clark of Vedder Price PC.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • DOJ Brief Opposing CFPB Brings More Uncertainty

    Ashley Taylor

    What will be most disappointing to Republicans and President Trump, and which is entirely possible given the issues the D.C. Circuit requested to be briefed, is an outcome which avoids the constitutional issues raised in PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and decides the case on the basis of the statutory provisions of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • When The JPML Refuses To Approve Multidistrict Litigation

    Stephen McConnell

    A multidistrict litigation can be a sound and efficient way of managing a mass tort, or it can be an unwieldy disaster. A recent decision by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, denying a plaintiffs’ motion for centralization in the Proton-Pump Inhibitor Products Liability Litigation, shows that some MDLs are more trouble than they're worth, says Stephen McConnell of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Where To Sue For Data Misappropriation

    Richard M. Reice

    Determining where a company’s data is stored for purposes of venue is a relatively new issue not resolved in current case law. Traditionally, courts have focused on the location of the relevant server. But in this age of the cloud, with multiple and redundant servers enhancing access and security, we argue that the place where data is managed and controlled is the proper venue, says Richard Reice of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.