Illinois

  • July 19, 2017

    Wells Fargo Advisors Seek Delay Of $3.5M Wage Deal

    A group of Wells Fargo Advisors LLC employees sought Tuesday in Illinois federal court to intervene in a $3.5 million settlement between the megabank and a proposed class of its workers, saying they are party to different arbitration litigation with the bank and that the deal will directly impact them and their cases.

  • July 19, 2017

    FDA Heard All Stories Of AndroGel Heart Attacks, Jury Told

    An AbbVie Inc. executive who monitored the safety of the company's products told an Illinois federal jury Wednesday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had all the company's information on heart attacks suffered by people on AndroGel but repeatedly declined to ask for a study on the risk.

  • July 19, 2017

    Ill. Village Can't Dodge Feds' Racial Bias Housing Suit

    The south suburban Chicago village of Tinley Park cannot escape a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit over the town’s alleged racial bias in halting a low-income housing development, an Illinois federal judge has ruled.

  • July 19, 2017

    Alpha Natural Resources Unloads Inactive Coal Properties

    Alpha Natural Resources will transfer about 100 million tons of coal reserves and 280 permits to Lexington Coal Company to offload idle properties and other assets across four states, Alpha announced Wednesday.

  • July 19, 2017

    GNC Can't Shake Consumer's Suit Over Glutamine Labels

    GNC lost its bid to nix a putative class action from consumers alleging misleading glutamine supplement labels after a Florida federal judge Wednesday said the lead plaintiff can rely on scientific studies to back his claims the products don’t work as promised.

  • July 19, 2017

    Chicago Sued For Denying T-Mobile Telecom Tower

    A wireless infrastructure contractor hit the city of Chicago with a suit in Illinois federal court Wednesday over the zoning board’s refusal to grant it a permit to build a 120-foot wireless tower for T-Mobile.

  • July 19, 2017

    Class Seeks Quick Win Against Midland Credit In FDCPA Suit

    A certified class pushed an Illinois federal court on Tuesday to rule that Midland Credit Management violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by misleading debtors into thinking it could enforce the collection of debts that were legally time-barred.

  • July 18, 2017

    Ex-HHS Official Dropped From Suit Over Revoked ACA Grant

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a former federal government official from a case alleging she had violated an Illinois company’s right to due process when it was attempting to receive grants in connection with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

  • July 18, 2017

    Chicago US Attorney Creates Health Care Fraud Unit

    The top federal law enforcement office for northern Illinois announced on Tuesday that it will devote five assistant U.S. attorneys to prosecute health care fraud cases.

  • July 18, 2017

    $12M Suit Accuses Surgeon Of Spreading Ill. Woman's Cancer

    An Illinois woman and her husband on Monday filed a $12 million federal suit against a doctor she claims had spread cancer through her body during a hysterectomy.

  • July 18, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: GATX, Schlesinger, Triple Star Realty

    Rail car leasing company GATX is said to be leasing 90,000 square feet in Chicago from Blackstone unit Equity Office, marketing firm Schlesinger is reportedly taking 17,587 square feet in New York, and Triple Star Realty is said to have scored a $46.7 million loan for a Flushing project that will include hotel, retail, supermarket and medical office space.

  • July 18, 2017

    Confectioner Seeks Out Of Suit Over Underfilled Boxes

    Chocolate maker Fannie May Confections Brands Inc. asked an Illinois federal court on Tuesday to dismiss a putative class action alleging the company deceived customers by selling its chocolates in overly large boxes, arguing that consumers were not injured because they received 100 percent of the product that is represented on the nutrition labels and packaging.

  • July 18, 2017

    Ex-Speaker Hastert Released From Prison

    Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was released from federal prison on Monday, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons records, leaving a Minnesota facility a month before he is expected to complete his sentence for evading banking laws to cover up allegations of sexual misconduct.

  • July 18, 2017

    The 24 Firms GCs Love The Most

    Two dozen law firms outpaced the pack in a recent survey of general counsel, winning more votes of confidence from important clients than any other competitor in the industry, according to a report out Tuesday.

  • July 18, 2017

    Baker Botts Assembles Complex Structure For Chicago Tower

    Hines Interests LP recently broke ground on a 60-story, 698-unit luxury apartment tower in downtown Chicago, and the company looked to Baker Botts LLP for help navigating a complex set of land and joint venture documents along the way.

  • July 17, 2017

    Insurer Barks Back At Dog Groomer's Bid For Coverage

    Sentinel Insurance Co. told an Illinois federal judge on Friday that it doesn't have to defend pet groomer Beach for Dogs in an underlying trademark infringement case because the advertisements at issue don't meet the definition of ads in the policy.

  • July 17, 2017

    Reed Smith Widow Fires Back At GSK Bid For New Trial

    The widow of a Reed Smith LLP attorney who died after taking a generic form of one of GlaxoSmithKline’s antidepressant drugs has blasted the company’s bid for a new trial, saying the company’s arguments for a do-over ignore evidence that does not fit its narrative.

  • July 17, 2017

    7th Circ. Nixes Pet Food Co.’s Bid To Arbitrate Retaliation Suit

    The Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court decision Monday denying a bid by a pet food company to compel an employee to arbitrate a sexual harassment and retaliation suit, saying it cannot enforce an arbitration agreement she signed with the staffing agency that placed her with the company.

  • July 17, 2017

    AndroGel Benefits Not Worth Cardiac Risk, Jury Hears

    A man suing AbbVie Inc. over its testosterone replacement therapy, AndroGel, told an Illinois federal jury Monday that the benefits he received from using the gel did not outweigh its risk of heart attack.

  • July 17, 2017

    Ill. Nuke Subsidy Ruling Boosts States' Clean Energy Push

    A federal judge's Friday dismissal of challenges to Illinois' plan to subsidize struggling nuclear power plants is another endorsement of the broad authority of states to craft clean energy policies and will further inspire states to ramp up their renewable power requirements in the face of a fossil fuel-friendly Trump administration, experts say.

Expert Analysis

  • How Industry Is Responding To FERC On State Policies

    Stephen Hug

    In May, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission held a conference focused on the interplay between state policy goals and the organized energy markets in the eastern U.S. The subsequent comments from more than 70 interested parties reflect a basic lack of consensus among industry participants on the best approach going forward, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.

  • Why 2nd Circ. Review Of Sexual Orientation Claim Matters

    Raymond Wendell

    Considering the U.S. Supreme Court may soon determine whether Title VII prohibits sexual orientation discrimination, it's tempting to view the Second Circuit's recent decision to reconsider en banc Zarda v. Altitude Express as having little long-term consequence. But this question's history and the interests at stake caution against underestimating its importance, say Raymond Wendell and Katharine Fisher of Goldstein Borgen Dardarian & Ho.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • Resolving Class Claims Individually Post-Fulton Dental

    Arsen Kourinian

    Expanding on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Campbell-Ewald ruling, the Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in Fulton Dental v. Bisco further restricts a defendant’s ability to individually resolve a putative class action. Arsen Kourinian of McGuireWoods LLP discusses whether there are other procedural mechanisms that would permit a defendant to provide an unwilling plaintiff full relief in order to moot class claims.

  • War Of The Employment Class Waivers: 6th Circ. Weighs In

    Jeffrey Ranen

    With its recent decision in National Labor Relations Board v. Alternative Entertainment, the Sixth Circuit created an even three-to-three circuit split over the enforceability of class action waivers in employment arbitration agreements. Jeffrey Ranen and William Sung of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP examine the divide in the circuit courts up to this point, and predict how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on this issue.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.

  • Rebuttal

    The Future Of Litigation Finance Is Analytics

    Eva Shang

    In a recent Law360 guest article, Christopher Bogart of Burford Capital LLC claimed that "while theoretically well designed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, big data and AI currently lack the ability to do so usefully in a commercial litigation financing context." But AI can manage many of the tasks that litigation financiers would otherwise perform, says Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist Inc.

  • The Do's and Don’ts Of Minimizing Risk For TCPA Liability

    Joshua Briones

    Uber's recent Telephone Consumer Protection Act settlements come after a long string of similar actions plaguing businesses across the nation. Each settlement, including those like the ones Uber is currently finalizing, serves to embolden private plaintiffs and their counsel, say Joshua Briones and Crystal Lopez of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.