Illinois

  • April 21, 2017

    Debt Agency Can't Thwart Class Cert. In Unfair-Collection Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday granted class certification to a woman suing a debt collection agency she says illegally failed to disclose key information in collection letters, tossing arguments by Midland Credit Management that the woman lacked standing.

  • April 21, 2017

    Pediatric Medical Practice Settles HHS' HIPAA Charges

    An Illinois pediatric digestive health practice has settled alleged Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations stemming from the disclosure of more than 10,000 patients’ health information to a document-storage company without securing assurances that the data would be safeguarded, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday.

  • April 21, 2017

    GSK's Paxil Loss Forces 7th Circ. Generic Liability Showdown

    Thursday's $3 million jury verdict finding GlaxoSmithKline liable for a Reed Smith LLP partner's death means that the Seventh Circuit may finally have to answer a question it avoided three years ago, one that is a hot topic among product liability lawyers: Can brand-name manufacturers be held liable for an injury caused by a generic drug?

  • April 21, 2017

    Ex-Rep. Schock Slams Feds' 'Non-Response' On Informant

    Indicted former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., pushed back Thursday against federal prosecutors' refusal to provide more information about his office-manager-turned-criminal-informant or the grand jury that decided to charge the ex-politician with 24 counts in November.

  • April 21, 2017

    9th Circ. Denies Initial En Banc Review Of Travel Ban Appeal

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday denied the state of Hawaii's bid for an initial hearing en banc on the Trump administration's appeal of a preliminary injunction that halted a revised executive order on immigration from six predominantly Muslim countries.

  • April 21, 2017

    DOJ Says Deere, Monsanto Can’t Access Expert’s Notes

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday asked an Illinois federal judge to deny Deere & Co. and Monsanto Co.’s request to obtain interview notes from the agency’s expert in a lawsuit seeking to block Deere's acquisition of Monsanto's Precision Planting LLC, calling the attempt “unwarranted.”

  • April 21, 2017

    Vendor Seeks Probation In MillerCoors Marketing Fraud Case

    A fraudulent vendor who pled guilty to her role in an $8.6 million scheme to help a former MillerCoors LLC executive submit phony invoices for nonexistent beer marketing events asked an Illinois federal judge on Friday for a sentence of probation, saying she faces extenuating circumstances.

  • April 21, 2017

    Dating Site Led Users On For 'A-List' Service, Suit Claims

    An Illinois man has hit online dating site OKCupid’s parent company with a proposed class action, filed Thursday in Illinois federal court, alleging that the free service entices users into paying for premium accounts to see who has “liked” the users, only to find that most of the profiles revealed are inactive “and thus, are not viable dating options.”

  • April 21, 2017

    7th Circ. Skeptical Of Insurance ERISA Suit, Class Cert.

    A Seventh Circuit panel had serious questions about the certification of four classes containing 10 million Health Care Service Corp. customers and the claims underlying their suit Friday, with one judge grilling class counsel on how the insurer violated the law at the heart of the case.

  • April 21, 2017

    Ill. Court Orders New Med Mal Trial Over Dental Implants

    An Illinois appeals court overturned a defense verdict Thursday in a suit over an allegedly botched dental surgery, saying the trial included numerous abuses that gave the defense an unfair upper hand, including the use of a human skull as a stand-in for the plaintiff's skull without any basis.

  • April 21, 2017

    Trucking Cos. Score Quick Win In Contract Payments Suit

    A pair of trucking companies scored a quick win Thursday in an Illinois proposed class action alleging they stiffed individual truck owner-operators on contract payments, after a federal judge ruled the owner-operator’s lease agreement laid out clear time constraints for any payment disputes.

  • April 21, 2017

    Honigman Miller Adds Ex-Kirkland & Ellis IP Atty In Chicago

    Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP said this week that it has bolstered its intellectual property department in its Chicago office with the addition of a former Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney who represents clients in life sciences and other industries.

  • April 21, 2017

    Feds Say KBR Wants Too Much Discovery In $150M FCA Spat

    Kellogg Brown & Root Services again went too far with discovery requests in defending a $150 million False Claims Act suit, according to the federal government, which told an Illinois federal judge Thursday the company’s data requests only serve to burden the government.

  • April 21, 2017

    7th Circ. Upholds Blago's 14-Year Sentence On Second Appeal

    The Seventh Circuit upheld former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year sentence Friday, rejecting his request to be sentenced for a third time for his conviction on charges that he used the power of his office to shake down would-be political donors.

  • April 20, 2017

    Auto Parts Co., Class Near $3.3M Deal In Junk Fax Suit

    A building supply company at the head of a class action asked an Illinois federal court Thursday to approve a roughly $3.3 million settlement resolving its claims that LKQ Corp. sent unsolicited fax ads, saying the deal is a great result considering the uncertainty these sorts of claims face following a recent D.C. Circuit decision.

  • April 20, 2017

    Chance The Rapper Seeks Protective Order Over Fake Merch

    Chicago-based entertainer Chance the Rapper is preemptively suing would-be merchandise bootleggers in preparation for his tour this spring, in a complaint filed in Illinois federal court on Wednesday.

  • April 20, 2017

    Chicago, NYC, LA File Brief In 4th Circ. Against Travel Ban

    Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and others weighed in Wednesday against President Donald J. Trump’s updated immigration ban for six predominantly Muslim countries, telling the Fourth Circuit that lifting the injunction on the executive order would hurt city economies across the country.

  • April 20, 2017

    Dental Association Pays $2M To Settle EEOC Retaliation Row

    The American Dental Association has agreed to pay nearly $2 million to resolve charges it fired its former chief legal counsel and human resources director in retaliation for their reporting potential violations of federal anti-discrimination laws, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Thursday.

  • April 20, 2017

    Chicago Trader Admits To Conning Investors Out Of $1.6M

    A 26-year-old who conned investors out of $1.6 million with claims he had developed his own trading algorithms and was reaping huge returns admitted it was all a lie Thursday when he pled guilty to running a small Ponzi scheme with the investors' cash.

  • April 20, 2017

    Schock Moves To Dismiss Entire Fund-Stealing Indictment

    Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock asked an Illinois federal court Thursday to dismiss the entirety of the November indictment  that alleged the Peoria, Illinois Republican had stolen over $100,000 in campaign and congressional funds.

Expert Analysis

  • The 'State' Of The Gig Economy Under Trump

    Amy Strauss

    There is no question that America’s sharing economy is growing and showing no signs of slowing down. However, if the Trump administration continues its hands-off approach to worker misclassification issues, and court decisions create as much confusion as clarity, we may be forced to look to state legislatures to take control, says Amy Strauss of Fisher Phillips.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

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    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Walking The Lone Pine Trail

    Alan Hoffman

    Lone Pine orders require plaintiffs to provide some prima facie evidence to support causation or other claims based on expert opinion. Such orders do not require plaintiffs to prove their case — only to demonstrate that they have one. Some examples from recent litigation illustrate how Lone Pine orders can benefit both sides, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Roe V. Wade Will Not Be Overturned

    Donald Scarinci

    The threat that abortion will become illegal again by overturning Roe v. Wade has been a blockbuster campaign slogan in presidential elections for the last 40 years. Like most campaign rhetoric, this threat is not based in reality, says Donald Scarinci, managing partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Litigation Finance, Big Data And The Limits Of AI

    Christopher Bogart

    Theoretically, both better data and its better use should be able to improve results in litigation, and thus help litigation financiers allocate more capital to meritorious matters. However, while big data and artificial intelligence are intriguing additions to the litigation toolkit, they are far from turning litigation finance on its head, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.

  • Opinion

    A State-By-State Solution For Immigration Reform

    Leon Fresco

    While it might seem that the new regional polarization over immigration and sanctuary cities may be driving us further away from achieving a national consensus on immigration, it may actually be beneficial to facilitating a unique outcome that can finally create bipartisan progress on immigration reform, says Leon Fresco of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: A Law Firm GC's Data Protection Duties

    Thomas W. White

    Increasingly, we see companies in all industries seeking to perform various levels of due diligence on our information security defenses. We received three times as many diligence requests from clients and prospective clients in 2016 as we did in 2015. Some clients even conduct their own penetration tests, says Thomas White, general counsel of WilmerHale.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Evaluating Positional Conflicts

    Nicholas A. Gravante Jr.

    What happens when attorneys come to their general counsel’s office with knowledge of a potential positional conflict? While the inquiry will depend on the rules governing the particular jurisdiction, there are a few general questions to consider from both business and legal ethics perspectives, say general counsel Nicholas A. Gravante Jr. and deputy general counsel Ilana R. Miller of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: 5 Challenges For A Law Firm GC

    John Koski

    Regardless of where we live and practice, regardless of whether trade deals succeed or fail, and regardless of whether the movement of people or capital is easy or difficult, our clients will still have needs or problems far away from home, says John Koski, global chief legal officer at Dentons.