• September 22, 2017

    Ex-Teamsters Chief Faces Beefed-Up Extortion Indictment

    Illinois federal prosecutors have piled on seven counts to the charges against a Teamsters regional leader accused of extorting large sums from a business via threats of work stoppages, including filing false tax returns and false Department of Labor reports, according to court papers filed Friday.

  • September 22, 2017

    EEOC Sues Ill. Casino For Firing Worker With Cancer

    A casino in Chicago’s northwest suburbs violated federal employment law when it denied an employee’s request for additional leave to receive cancer treatment and then fired the employee, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a recent suit. 

  • September 22, 2017

    Ill. Gas Stations, Owners Pay $4.5M In Sales Tax Fraud Case

    The Illinois Attorney General’s Office reached a $4.5 million settlement Thursday to resolve a state False Claims Act lawsuit against 13 Chicago-area gas stations and two gas station owners for sales tax fraud.

  • September 22, 2017

    Elbit Accuses Ex-Employee, Competitor Of Trade Secrets Theft

    A maker of helmet-mounted display systems used by military pilots told a Chicago federal judge Thursday that a former employee stole trade secrets for a competitor and used them to wrench away a lucrative foreign military contract.

  • September 22, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Cravath, Hogan, Skadden

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, government contractor Northrop Grumman agrees to pay $7.8 billion for Orbital ATK, Teva sells off the remainder of its women’s health assets for $1.4 billion, and an affiliate of private equity firm H.I.G. Capital buys Vantage Specialty Chemicals for approximately $1 billion.

  • September 22, 2017

    Hospital Group Seeks To DQ Rival's Atty In Antitrust Suit

    Southern Illinois Healthcare asked an Illinois federal judge Thursday to disqualify the lead attorney bringing an antitrust suit against the hospital chain, saying he is also a key witness in the case and responsible for much of the plaintiff’s business affairs.

  • September 22, 2017

    Pet Shops Lose Fight Against 'Puppy Mill' Ban At 7th Circ.

    The Seventh Circuit cut off a challenge brought by pet stores against the city of Chicago’s “puppy mill” ban Thursday, saying Chicago was within its rights as a home-rule city to pass the law.

  • September 22, 2017

    Walgreens, Benefits Manager Hit With $1.5B Antitrust Suit

    A neighborhood pharmacy in Chicago hit benefits manager Prime Therapeutics and Walgreens with a $1.5 billion antitrust suit in Illinois federal court on Thursday alleging they are working together to push the mom-and-pop shop out of the market through an anti-competitive agreement.

  • September 22, 2017

    Caesars Settles With Mississippi On $3M Claim In Ch. 11

    An Illinois bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved a state of Mississippi claim for $3.02 million in Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. Inc.'s Chapter 11 reorganization, giving final approval to the parties' settlement stemming from the state's original request for $26.95 million.

  • September 21, 2017

    7th Circ. Revives Ex-Legal Assistant's Age Bias Suit

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Thursday vacated a lower court's dismissal of a former legal assistant's age discrimination suit against the law firm she worked for, though refused to revive her defamation claim.

  • September 21, 2017

    Allscripts Seeks Pause For 7th Circ. Ruling On TCPA Consent

    Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. asked an Illinois federal judge Wednesday to stay a proposed class action against the company over advertising faxes that lacked opt-out clauses, arguing the court should first see whether the Seventh Circuit decertifies a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class in a related suit.

  • September 21, 2017

    Ill. Court OKs Toss Of Man's Suit Over Wife's Heart Attack

    An Illinois appellate panel affirmed the dismissal of a man's malpractice suit against a hospital and doctor after his wife's death from a heart attack, finding Wednesday that the physician's care was appropriate and some of the claims in the case were too late.

  • September 21, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: James Dyson, Silverman, Spaces

    James Dyson of the Dyson appliance firm is reportedly paying between $73 million and $83 million for a Park Avenue penthouse in Manhattan, Silverman Group is said to have picked up two Florida industrial buildings for $30.7 million, and co-working firm Spaces is reportedly leasing 40,000 square feet in Chicago.

  • September 21, 2017

    SEC Seeks No Penalty From IT Firm Over Execs' Alleged Fraud

    A bankrupt information technology company whose former top executives face criminal fraud charges for allegedly plundering their company’s accounts and trying to hide it won’t have to pay a cent under a settlement filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Illinois federal court on Wednesday.

  • September 21, 2017

    Ill. High Court Says State Link Too Bare For Insurance Suit

    Illinois’ highest court booted an insurance action from the state on Thursday, saying a warehousing company’s warehouse in the state wasn’t enough of a link to permit jurisdiction under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Daimler decision.

  • September 21, 2017

    Jobs At Caterpillar Plant Too Different For OT Class: Ill. Court

    An Illinois state appellate court on Wednesday reversed a decision allowing employees of a company that provides labor to Caterpillar Inc. to sue their employer over wages as a class, saying the schedules and duties of the workers vary too much for them to sue as a group.

  • September 21, 2017

    Ill. High Court Backs Reversal Of $1.8B Power Line Approval

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the reversal of a state commission's decision to allow construction of a $1.8 billion transmission line serving various wind farms, backing an appellate court's conclusion that the project's developer isn’t a public utility so the project can't be certified under state law.

  • September 21, 2017

    HIG Capital Pays $1B To Take Back Specialty Chemicals Co.

    An affiliate of private equity firm H.I.G. Capital said Thursday it will buy Vantage Specialty Chemicals Holdings Inc. for approximately $1 billion from an affiliate of private equity shop The Jordan Co., nearly six years after H.I.G. initially sold the business to Jordan.

  • September 21, 2017

    UK Litigation Funder, IP Firm Put Funding Row To Rest

    A U.K. litigation funder has reached an agreement with Chicago-based patent litigator Niro Law Ltd. to end a suit accusing the firm of refusing to hand over a cut of its attorneys’ fees to repay millions of dollars in loans.

  • September 21, 2017

    Ill. Gov. Signs Bill Extending Tax Credits For In-State Biz

    Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has signed legislation to overhaul and extend the state’s Economic Development for a Growing Economy tax credit program, which rewards business hiring in the state.

Expert Analysis

  • Locating Burden Of Proof When Patent Venue Is Challenged

    Duane-David Hough

    When venue is challenged, who bears the burden of proof in patent cases? It turns out the courts are sharply divided on this important issue, say attorneys with Mayer Brown LLP.

  • Why A Subway Sandwich Class Settlement Didn't Measure Up

    Gerald Maatman Jr.

    The Seventh Circuit recently rejected a class action settlement involving Subway sandwich purchasers who sued for alleged consumer fraud, calling the settlement "worthless" in terms of alleged relief to the class. Companies defending such litigation cannot expect to "buy peace" by simply paying off plaintiffs lawyers, say Gerald Maatman Jr. and John Marrese of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • It's On Plaintiffs To Prove No Scientific Substantiation

    Brett Taylor

    Historically, plaintiffs rest false advertising claims upon allegations that marketing claims are unsubstantiated and not supported by reliable scientific evidence. But two recent decisions out of California suggest courts may not recognize a private right of action for false advertising claims arising out of alleged improper scientific substantiation, say Brett Taylor and Amy Alderfer of Cozen O'Connor.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • Opinion

    We Must Protect Consumers From Illegal Debt Collectors

    Maura Healey

    Companies are allowed to collect the money they are owed, but they cannot break the law or cheat people in the process. Some of the biggest players in the debt collection industry are not focused on getting it right, says Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

  • Are Opioids The New Tobacco?

    Richard Scruggs

    Is the rising spate of opioid litigation comparable to the litigation that led to the mega-billion dollar settlement with Big Tobacco? According to ex-trial lawyer Richard Scruggs, who helped engineer the $248 billion tobacco settlement in the 1990s, the answer is "sort of."

  • How To Stay Protected When Using Biometrics Post-Spokeo

    Benjamin Byer

    Recently, a wave of lawsuits has accused companies of violating biometric privacy laws. But the two-part test established by the Ninth Circuit in Robins v. Spokeo creates another hurdle for plaintiffs seeking to file these types of lawsuits, say Benjamin Byer and John Parsi of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • When Plaintiffs Sue Over Products They Did Not Purchase

    Francis Citera

    The Northern District of Illinois has recently allowed plaintiffs to allege standing for products they did not purchase in two different cases. But the key common element is that the products the plaintiffs did purchase and those they did not were substantially similar, says Francis Citera of Greenberg Traurig LLP.