Illinois lawmakers must be paid despite the state's historic budget impasse, a Cook County judge ruled Thursday, reversing course for both current Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza and her predecessor, Republican Leslie Munger.
Gov. Bruce Rauner's office confirmed Friday that a vendor contracted with the state's Department of Employment Security had its data breached earlier this month in a hack that touched the data of 1.4 million job seekers in Illinois.
A federal judge on Friday sentenced an Illinois businessman to seven years in prison for bribing the former head of Chicago's public school system into awarding him over $20 million in city contracts, with the judge saying he believed the businessman acted "out of greed, not need."
The Seventh Circuit on Friday revived a case seeking to hold Home Depot responsible for the murder and rape of a pregnant employee at an offsite event, saying that the home improvement chain allowed the murderer to have supervision over the employee even after it knew he had a history of harassing female subordinates.
Baker & McKenzie Thursday asked the Seventh Circuit to reject a former secretary’s retaliation complaint, saying she was rehashing a complaint dismissed four years ago.
Industrial manufacturer John Crane Inc. cannot pursue claims against asbestos plaintiffs firms Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC and Shein Law Center Ltd. for allegedly providing false histories for clients during asbestos litigation, as the firms lack sufficient ties to Illinois, according to parallel rulings in federal court Thursday.
Federal prosecutors have dropped a money laundering conspiracy charge from the trial against alleged ringleaders of a $45 million Medicare fraud scheme, they told an Illinois federal judge on Thursday.
Chicago taxi companies Wednesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their arguments that city regulations covering ride-hailing platforms like Uber and Lyft violate the cab businesses' constitutional rights.
Gov. Bruce Rauner this week unveiled a statewide cybersecurity strategy that he said would eliminate the "patchwork" of tech policies in Illinois' 62 state agencies, and aim to make state's cyber infrastructure safer and more hack-resistant.
U.S. District Judge John Darrah, who spent about 30 years on the bench in state and federal courts and earned a reputation as a fair and dedicated public servant, passed away on Thursday at age 78.
A long-fought case involving property tax exemptions for non-profit hospitals will head back to circuit court after the Illinois Supreme Court declined to rule on the law's constitutionality Thursday.
Blumberg & Freilich Equities has reportedly bought a Chicago apartment building for $23.5 million, Lightstone is said to have scored $85.3 million for a New York project, and Restoration Hardware is in talks to lease an entire Miami building.
Sears customers who said their grills had steel parts that failed early asked an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday to give a final blessing to a settlement that is set to provide thousands of people with a gift card of as much as $180 or with a free repair.
A woman suing a surgeon for allegedly causing the loss of function in her hand with a delay in post-operation treatment cannot seek a new trial after a jury tossed out her claims, an Illinois appeals court has ruled, finding a lower court had properly excluded testimony submitted post-discovery from doctors who treated complications she ascribed to the surgery.
A former immigration lawyer will spend 15 months in prison after an Illinois federal judge sentenced him Wednesday for conspiring to use fraudulent means in an attempt to achieve asylum in the U.S. for Christian clients from the Middle East.
An Illinois federal judge ordered both sides Tuesday in a false conviction suit to stop talking about the plaintiff’s failure to testify at his murder trial, saying his Fifth Amendment protections carry over to his civil suit.
An Illinois fish farm filed a property damage and product liability lawsuit Wednesday against Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, claiming its fish food, marketed as safe for largemouth bass, was actually unsafe and resulted in the substantial loss of the farm’s 360,000 fish population due to liver disease and death.
Illinois will be billions of dollars short of what it's spending on government services and payments by the July start of the new fiscal year, and its mountain of ever-increasing debt will take extreme measures to shrink, state officials and policy experts told lawmakers this week.
A bill aimed at reducing Illinois court fees passed a key legislative hurdle Wednesday, although sponsors say the legislation needs more work before it can be voted on by the full General Assembly.
An Illinois federal judge Wednesday dismissed a trio of health care systems from a suit alleging False Claims Act violations, but told Maryland-based MedStar Health Inc. that it couldn’t escape claims by a former employee that it billed federal insurance programs for unnecessary inpatient admissions.
A review of President Donald Trump's recent budget proposal suggests that none of his goals for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would be well-served. In fact, the EPA, states, tribes and other federal agencies would all face serious issues in protecting human health and the environment, says Jim Rubin of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.
A discussion of personal jurisdiction is conspicuously absent from an Illinois federal judge's recent opinion in Rivera v. Google. However, it seems that a company like Google could rely on past Seventh Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court decisions to dispute personal jurisdiction when there are no contacts between the defendant and the forum state, other than those created by the plaintiffs, say Blaine Kimrey and Bryan Clark of Vedder Price PC.
Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.
Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.
Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.
What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)
The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.
What will be most disappointing to Republicans and President Trump, and which is entirely possible given the issues the D.C. Circuit requested to be briefed, is an outcome which avoids the constitutional issues raised in PHH Corp. v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and decides the case on the basis of the statutory provisions of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders LLP.
A multidistrict litigation can be a sound and efficient way of managing a mass tort, or it can be an unwieldy disaster. A recent decision by the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, denying a plaintiffs’ motion for centralization in the Proton-Pump Inhibitor Products Liability Litigation, shows that some MDLs are more trouble than they're worth, says Stephen McConnell of Reed Smith LLP.
Determining where a company’s data is stored for purposes of venue is a relatively new issue not resolved in current case law. Traditionally, courts have focused on the location of the relevant server. But in this age of the cloud, with multiple and redundant servers enhancing access and security, we argue that the place where data is managed and controlled is the proper venue, says Richard Reice of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.