Illinois

  • April 26, 2018

    Divided 7th Circ. Revives Atty's Age Discrimination Suit

    A split Seventh Circuit panel held Thursday that the Age Discrimination in Employment Act bars discrimination not only against older employees but also older job applicants, according to a decision reviving an attorney’s case over his application for a general counsel job at CareFusion Corp.

  • April 26, 2018

    Ill. Court Takes First Step To Remove Convicted Judge

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday suspended the law license of Cook County Judge Jessica O'Brien, who was convicted in February of running a $1.4 million mortgage fraud scheme before becoming a judge, marking the first step in removing her from the bench.

  • April 26, 2018

    Corporations Must Help Fight Cyber Threats, Deputy AG Says

    Amid concerns about the nation’s cybersecurity and threats from foreign hackers, American corporations should cooperate with the U.S. Department of Justice to defend against criminal activity, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a conference of corporate and insurance defense attorneys Thursday.

  • April 26, 2018

    Ill. Oil Recycling Co. Can't Escape Environmental Suit

    The restructured successor to an Illinois-based oil recycling company cannot escape an environmental suit brought by a Chicago-area Superfund site, a federal judge ruled Thursday, finding that the company's ownership change in the late 1970s does not make it immune from litigation.

  • April 26, 2018

    Ill. Sheriff Wants Attys Sanctioned After Backpage's Plea

    An Illinois county sheriff facing a First Amendment suit filed by Backpage.com asked a federal judge to slap the classified ad site and its counsel with sanctions Thursday, saying the CEO’s admission that the site enabled prostitution means its whole suit was based on lies.

  • April 26, 2018

    Jones Day Adds Compensation, Benefits Atty From Kirkland

    Jones Day has brought on a former Kirkland & Ellis LLP attorney who has years of experience advising clients on executive compensation and benefits matters, announcing he has joined the firm as a partner in Chicago.

  • April 26, 2018

    Kirkland Guides Thoma Bravo’s $2.4B Fund Closing

    Thoma Bravo closed its latest fund focused on middle-market software investments, after sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies and public pension funds alike brought it to its $2.4 billion hard cap, the Kirkland & Ellis LLP-guided firm said Thursday.

  • April 25, 2018

    Pfizer Slams Out-Of-State Claims Over Robitussin Label

    Pfizer Inc. renewed its bid to dismiss nationwide class claims from a suit alleging it overcharged consumers for its “Maximum Strength” Robitussin compared to its regular version, telling an Illinois federal judge on Tuesday the court lacks jurisdiction over out-of-state class members.

  • April 25, 2018

    Northwestern U Employees Can't Get Jury Trial In ERISA Row

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday told a group of Northwestern University retirement plan participants that they aren’t eligible for a jury trial in their putative class action accusing Northwestern of breaching its fiduciary duty to savers, citing Seventh Circuit precedent.

  • April 25, 2018

    $3M JPMorgan Chase Unpaid OT Deal Receives Final OK

    An Illinois federal judge gave the final go-ahead Wednesday to a $3 million settlement reached between JPMorgan Chase and nearly 2,000 mortgage bankers who say the company denied them overtime pay in violation of both state and federal wage laws.

  • April 25, 2018

    Ill. Man Convicted Again Of Sending Bogus Returns To IRS

    A federal jury on Wednesday found an Illinois man guilty for a second time of charges that he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from the IRS by filing fraudulent tax returns on behalf of a trust in his name.

  • April 25, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Chicago Tower, PGGM, Florida Bank

    A residential tower in Chicago could fetch as much as $120 million in a sale, a venture that includes Dutch pension fund PGGM is said to be buying a New York rental tower for $195 million, and Florida Community Bank has reportedly loaned $19.5 million for a recent Florida casino and racetrack purchase.

  • April 25, 2018

    Paul Hastings Guides Sino-Ocean In $95M Chicago Hotel Buy

    Paul Hastings LLP said Wednesday it has advised Chinese real estate company Sino-Ocean in its $95 million acquisition of boutique hotel and members’ club Soho House in Chicago’s trendy Fulton Market neighborhood.

  • April 24, 2018

    Skadden Partner, Ex-US Atty Fitzgerald Is Repping Comey

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP partner and former high-profile Chicago prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald confirmed to Law360 on Tuesday that he has been part of James Comey’s legal team since May 2017, the month the president fired Comey from his position as director of the FBI.

  • April 24, 2018

    US Energy Firm Targets Poland Over Nixed Wind Farm Deals

    Invenergy LLC made good Tuesday on its threat to mount an arbitration claim against Poland for allegedly orchestrating the unlawful termination of the American energy company's long-term wind farm contracts with several state-owned utilities, saying efforts to amicably resolve the dispute have failed.

  • April 24, 2018

    Atty Liable For Firm's Malpractice Suit, Ill. Panel Says

    An Illinois state appeals panel on Monday upheld a lower court’s finding that a downstate lawyer is liable for alleged malpractice by attorneys at an affiliated firm that worked on a botched consulting agreement, with the panel rejecting the lawyer’s argument that the claims he faces were time-barred to begin with.

  • April 24, 2018

    Convicted Hospital CEO Says He Owes Nothing In FCA Suit

    Attorneys for a former hospital CEO convicted in a massive kickback scheme told an Illinois federal judge Tuesday the government can’t collect damages from him in a parallel civil suit because patients received medical care despite the fraud.

  • April 24, 2018

    DOJ Bid For Sanctuary City Ruling Stay Denied By 7th Circ.

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday denied the U.S. Department of Justice’s request to stay a nationwide injunction barring it from applying new, immigration-focused conditions on so-called sanctuary cities that apply for a federal public safety grant.

  • April 24, 2018

    Wireless Tower Builder Says Competitor Poached Employees

    A wireless infrastructure construction company sued a competitor in Illinois federal court on Monday, accusing the company of "systematically" poaching its employees and subcontractors and inducing them to violate their noncompete and nonsolicitation agreements in order to gain access to confidential information and trade secrets.

  • April 24, 2018

    Ill. Court Denies $1.8M Biz Tax Appeal, Conspiracy Claims

    An Illinois appellate court on Monday affirmed that a former company president was liable for $1.8 million in employment taxes, rejecting allegations that the state's Department of Revenue had covered up an earlier audit of the company.

Expert Analysis

  • Pleading A Personal Jurisdiction Defense Late In The Game

    James Beck

    Personal jurisdiction defenses are waivable and should be pleaded at the outset of litigation. Still, suppose a defendant, not recognizing the impacts of the Bauman and Bristol-Myers Squibb rulings, did not previously plead a personal jurisdiction defense, but now wants to do so. It’s not a good situation to be in, but it’s not hopeless, says James Beck of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Historic Legal Blunder That Enabled Our Gun Epidemic

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In a recent op-ed, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for repealing the Second Amendment to help combat our nation's gun epidemic. Actually, it is the high court's ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller that is the problem. And it is only one court case away from being renounced as the historic blunder it is, says Robert W. Ludwig, counsel for the American Enlightenment Project.

  • The Carbon Tax Could Come Soon To A State Near You

    Ryan Maness

    Despite recent setbacks in state legislatures, this year's carbon tax push has been the most successful in American history, demonstrating that the idea has carved a place in our political landscape, says Ryan Maness, tax counsel at government relations services firm MultiState Associates Inc.

  • State Electric Generator Subsidies Challenge FERC Markets

    Richard Drom

    In recent weeks, regional transmission organizations have attempted to amend their Federal Energy Regulatory Commission tariffs to protect their energy and capacity markets from state subsidies for certain types of power generation. Such subsidies challenge FERC’s authority to effectively operate competitive wholesale markets, says Richard Drom of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Investment In Depreciable Property

    Jeremy Abrams

    In the first installment of the series, Jeremy Abrams and Sebastian Watt of Reed Smith LLP seek to provide a high-level overview of the most significant corporate state tax issues after the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and use state-specific examples to show that while determining how a state will conform to the Internal Revenue Code is not always clear, taxpayer-friendly results are possible.

  • The Puzzle Of Enforcing Class Action Bars Post-Shady Grove

    Daniel Fong

    It's been eight years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates v. Allstate Insurance, but courts continue to wrestle with whether state statutory class action bars are enforceable in federal court, say Daniel Fong and Robert Guite of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • How States, Federal Agencies Are Challenging Drug Prices

    Tom Bulleit

    High prescription drug prices are increasingly a focal point in the discussion of U.S. health care spending. While there is little consensus in Congress, there has been considerable recent activity in the federal executive branch and in state legislatures, say Tom Bulleit and Rebecca Williams of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Dispelling The Myth Of Insurers' Bad Faith

    Randy Maniloff

    Some policyholder lawyers seem to believe that an insurer commits bad faith if it does anything short of exactly what was demanded, but it is actually very hard to prove. Even when a court determines that an insurer is flat-out wrong, it's unlikely that the insurer will be found to have acted in bad faith, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.