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Illinois

  • September 24, 2018

    Seyfarth Escapes Illegal Tax Shelter RICO Suit

    An Illinois federal judge has dismissed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit accusing Seyfarth Shaw LLP of selling a client an illegal tax shelter, saying that the man had failed to establish that the alleged fraud was part of the firm’s usual way of doing business or that it was an ongoing practice.

  • September 21, 2018

    GrubHub Drivers Say They’re Exempt From Arbitration

    Dozens of GrubHub Inc. drivers asked an Illinois federal judge to pump the brakes on the restaurant delivery app’s motion to send their proposed class action to arbitration Thursday, arguing that they fall under a transportation worker exemption to federal arbitration law.

  • September 21, 2018

    June DHS Memo Can't Justify Ending DACA, 2nd Circ. Hears

    A coalition of states challenging the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program urged the Second Circuit Thursday to uphold their equal protection and procedural claims, asserting that the government’s arguments to the contrary improperly rely on a recent U.S. Department of Homeland Security memo.

  • September 21, 2018

    Investment Firm Says Securities Law Keeps Suit In Fed. Court

    An investment firm facing claims it concealed conflicts of interest when transferring investor money into a mutual fund told an Illinois federal court on Friday the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act bars a proposed class of investors from moving the case back to state court.

  • September 21, 2018

    Regional Center, Affiliates Pay SEC $11.5M Over EB-5 Claims

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in an order Friday that an Illinois regional center, its CEO and 37 affiliated partnerships have agreed to pay more than $11.5 million to settle claims that they offered unregistered securities under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.

  • September 21, 2018

    7th Circ. Panel Mulls Power To Rule On Acid Waste Permits

    Seventh Circuit judges said during oral argument Friday that they would have to “utterly negate” state appellate decisions to provide relief to two Colorado energy companies that want clearance from Illinois to dispose of acid waste in underground injection wells.

  • September 21, 2018

    Health Care Network Wants Religious Exemption Suit Canned

    OSF HealthCare System urged an Illinois federal judge to toss a proposed class action accusing it of failing to properly fund its retirement plans while wrongly claiming a religious exemption in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, arguing that the participants bringing the suit didn’t “meaningfully address” a relevant Tenth Circuit ruling.

  • September 21, 2018

    EEOC Says Walmart Discriminates Against Pregnant Workers

    Walmart discriminated against a class of women at a Wisconsin distribution center by denying their requests to take it easier at work during their pregnancies, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Friday in the latest suit challenging how the mega-retailer treats pregnant workers.

  • September 21, 2018

    Ill. Atty Suspended After Making Fake Dating Profile For Rival

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday indefinitely suspended the law license of an attorney who admitted to creating a fake online dating profile for a lawyer whom he frequently opposed in court.

  • September 21, 2018

    Ex-Brokers Say 'Punitive' Morgan Stanley Suit Lacks Evidence

    A group of former Morgan Stanley Smith Barney brokers who are accused of luring their former clients to a new firm asked an Illinois federal judge not to enter a temporary restraining order against them Friday, saying there is no evidence to support the bank's claims.

  • September 21, 2018

    Medline Agrees On $5M Payment Over Pesticide Claims

    Illinois-based medical supply company Medline Industries Inc. struck an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to pay nearly $5 million over allegations that it distributed isopropyl wipes with claims it would kill germs without registering the product as a pesticide, as it should have been.

  • September 21, 2018

    7th Circ. Got Nuke Subsidy Ruling Wrong, Power Cos. Say

    Independent power producers on Friday said the Seventh Circuit issued a legally flawed decision backing Illinois' program propping up struggling nuclear power plants, but added that they haven't yet decided if they will seek rehearing or will appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • September 21, 2018

    Levenfeld Pearlstein Adds Branding Pro To Chicago IP Team

    Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC has added a lawyer with 30-plus years of brand-building experience to the intellectual property group in its Chicago office, the firm has announced.

  • September 21, 2018

    Sterigenics Hid Cancer Risk Of Emissions, Ill. Residents Say

    Residents of a Chicago suburb have slapped Sterigenics International Inc. and its private equity owner with a proposed class action in Illinois circuit court that claims the sterilization company has for decades knowingly emitted a highly carcinogenic chemical from a local facility without disclosing the risks.

  • September 21, 2018

    Uber Gets Customer's TCPA Suit Sent To Arbitration

    An Illinois federal judge agreed that an Uber user leading a proposed Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action against the ride-hailing company consented to arbitrate any disputes when he signed up for the app, sending the suit to arbitration Thursday.

  • September 21, 2018

    Claire’s Gets Nod On Ch. 11 Plan After Clinching Creditor Deal

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge confirmed accessory retailer Claire’s Chapter 11 plan on a mostly uncontested basis Friday after a three-day confirmation hearing during which stakeholders hashed out the details of a deal struck Monday that granted second-lien creditors higher recovery rates.

  • September 21, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Gibson, Hogan Lovells, Mayer

    In this week’s Taxation with Representation, Enbridge simplified its corporate structure with $7.1 billion in deals, Adobe bought Marketo for $4.75 billion, Univar snapped up Nexeo for $2 billion, and Western & Southern Financial Group acquired Gerber Life Insurance for $1.6 billion.

  • September 20, 2018

    Ill. Firm Can't Collect Fees For Work On Its Qui Tam Suit

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday sided with an appellate panel's ruling rejecting fee awards for lawyers of a firm that brought whistleblower claims accusing My Pillow Inc. of failing to collect taxes on certain sales to Illinois customers, citing 150-year-old precedent that the court said puts the issue to bed.

  • September 20, 2018

    7th Circ. Will Not Rehear Suit Against GSK Over Atty's Suicide

    The Seventh Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider its decision to overturn a $3 million verdict blaming GlaxoSmithKline for the suicide of a Reed Smith partner who had been taking a generic version of its Paxil drug.

  • September 20, 2018

    Don't Let Purina Off The Hook In Dead Bass Suit, Farm Says

    A farm blaming mass fish deaths on formula changes in a Purina Animal Nutrition LLC feed argued Wednesday that the company can't reel in the suit, telling an Illinois federal judge Purina's attempt to slip the case is a flop.

Expert Analysis

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • 2 Important Takeaways From 7th Circ.'s FHA Ruling

    Jeffrey Rosenberg

    In Wetzel v. Glen St. Andrew, the Seventh Circuit recently held that landlords can be held liable under the Fair Housing Act if they are aware of discriminatory harassment toward their tenants and do nothing to stop it. Just as importantly, the court recognized that the FHA prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, say attorneys at the Law Office of Yuriy Moshes PC.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Illinois Tax Talk: Penalties In Chicago And Cook County

    Samantha Breslow

    Although the basis for relief from tax penalties is similar for Illinois, Cook County and Chicago, there are key differences in the procedure and requirements for seeking penalty abatement between the state and local levels, says Samantha Breslow of Horwood Marcus & Berk Chtd.

  • How A Court's 'Pencil Color' Impacts Restrictive Covenants

    Christopher Hennessy

    Within the context of restrictive covenants in employment agreements, there are so-called red pencil and blue pencil states, with the color a reference to the doctrine courts apply in that state when enforcing such agreements. The difference is significant enough to make or break a restrictive covenant case, say Christopher Hennessy and Jeremy Glenn of Cozen O'Connor.

  • Why State Marijuana-Impaired Driving Laws Need Reform

    Ian Stewart

    Because current state laws relating to marijuana-impaired driving lack an objective impairment standard, only those who clearly demonstrate impaired driving are likely to be prosecuted and convicted, says Ian Stewart of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.