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Illinois

  • November 20, 2018

    Debt Collector Wants Firm DQ'd In Injury Settlement Suit

    Debt collector The Rawlings Co. wants its opponent's legal team booted from a case in Illinois federal court in which Rawlings is accused of reneging on a legal agreement over its share of an injury recovery, saying Monday that the lawyer bringing the case is central to the underlying story of the collapsed agreement.

  • November 20, 2018

    Feds Want At Least 5 Yrs For Pharma CEO's $2M Drug Fraud

    An Illinois man who pocketed more than $2 million from investors in his Wisconsin pharmaceutical company by lying about his work on an experimental drug should spend at least five years in prison, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

  • November 20, 2018

    7th Circ. Rejects Atty’s Claim For Innocent Spouse Relief

    The Internal Revenue Service was not required to inform an attorney and school administrator of her right to request innocent spouse relief, the Seventh Circuit has ruled, backing a U.S. Tax Court decision to deny her relief from her tax attorney-husband’s liabilities.

  • November 20, 2018

    Cboe Says It Shouldn't Be Liable For VIX Manipulation

    Cboe Global Markets Inc. urged an Illinois federal court Monday to dismiss it from multidistrict litigation over alleged manipulation of the Chicago Board Options Exchange's volatility index, known as VIX, saying the role of overseeing exchanges falls to federal regulators.

  • November 20, 2018

    Ill. Justices Doubt Six Flags' View In Biometric Data Case

    The Illinois Supreme Court pushed back Tuesday on Six Flags Entertainment Corp.'s stance that actual harm is required to sue under the state’s biometric privacy law as several justices explored the extent to which the statute protects against the collection of such personal data without consent.

  • November 20, 2018

    Honigman Miller Adds Ex-FTC Official To Chicago Office

    The Chicago office of Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP has added an antitrust attorney previously with the Federal Trade Commission who has extensive experience with merger investigations and health care.

  • November 20, 2018

    Architects Scoff At Claim Five Guys Got OK To Share Designs

    Architecture firm Soos & Associates Inc. asked an Illinois federal court Monday to dismiss Five Guys' counterclaims in the firm's copyright infringement suit against the burger chain, saying its former client can’t plausibly argue the two agreed Five Guys could share Soos’ restaurant design plans with a competing architecture firm.

  • November 20, 2018

    Producer's $2.3M Exit From Poultry Price-Fix Suit OK'd

    Georgia-based Fieldale Farms has secured a $2.25 million exit from a class of food service distributors’ suit surrounding an alleged decadelong industry-wide plot by poultry producers to ratchet up chicken prices, after an Illinois federal judge gave final approval to the settlement.

  • November 19, 2018

    Ill. High Court Set To Shape Biometric Privacy Litigation

    Illinois' Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear oral arguments in a case that could shape future litigation under the state's biometric privacy law, following many lawsuits against companies over claims they unlawfully collected individuals' personal information without consent or disclosure.

  • November 19, 2018

    Spoofing Is Not Fraud, Ex-Merrill Lynch Traders Say

    Two former Merrill Lynch traders who were indicted this summer on allegations that they ran a yearslong scheme to "spoof" the precious metals futures market told an Illinois federal judge on Friday that the government’s case rests on the “fallacy” that spoofing is a form of fraud.

  • November 19, 2018

    State Farm RICO Suit Too Strong To Settle, Objector Says

    One State Farm policyholder has come forward to object to the $250 million settlement resolving a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act suit claiming the insurance giant rigged an Illinois Supreme Court election to escape a massive judgment, arguing the settlement sold short a strong case worth more than $7 billion.

  • November 19, 2018

    Hausfeld Atty Vies For Lead Counsel Spot In Ad Price-Fix MDL

    A Hausfeld LLP attorney has been floated as potential lead counsel to represent companies accusing the TV industry of fixing ad prices, as an Illinois federal court fields several motions for leadership roles in the recently centralized multidistrict litigation.

  • November 19, 2018

    Narrow 'Sex' Definition Puts Trans People At Risk, AGs Say

    A coalition of 20 attorneys general on Monday urged the U.S. departments of Education and Health and Human Services not to adopt a narrow definition of "sex" that they said would cause transgender and gender nonconforming individuals to be excluded from important federal civil rights protections.

  • November 19, 2018

    Sears Gets Go-Ahead For $90M Internal Debt Sale

    A New York bankruptcy court judge on Monday gave Sears permission to sell $900 million in internal debt after the retail giant and an objecting creditor said they had settled their differences about the proposal.

  • November 19, 2018

    Cboe Tries To Keep Lid On Discovery In VIX Manipulation MDL

    Cboe Global Markets Inc. is urging an Illinois federal court to deny Chicago Board Options Exchange investors a head start on discovery in multidistrict litigation over alleged manipulation of its volatility index, arguing that their discovery bid goes beyond their claim to need the names of traders who manipulated the index.

  • November 19, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, Habitat, TF Cornerstone

    A Blackstone Mortgage Trust entity has reportedly loaned $211.9 million for a Florida retail and residential project, a $200 million Habitat Co. Chicago mixed-use project is said to have received the green light, and TF Cornerstone has reportedly dropped $300 million on a development site near the location of the new New York City Amazon headquarters.

  • November 16, 2018

    Dem AG Gains May Spur State Financial Services Action

    Democrats have strengthened their presence in state-level law enforcement after flipping the attorney general's office in several state in the midterm elections, gains that some financial services experts say could make for a tougher enforcement landscape for banks and other financial services firms.

  • November 16, 2018

    12 AGs Call For End Of Policy Slowing Family Reunification

    Attorneys general from 12 states have urged the Trump administration to promptly reverse a policy that has allegedly impeded the release of unaccompanied immigrant children from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services custody to their family members or designated sponsors in the U.S.

  • November 16, 2018

    Advocate Health Reaches $1.5M Deal In Nurse Wage, OT Row

    Advocate Health and Hospitals Corp. has reached a $1.5 million deal to settle unpaid wage and overtime claims in a suit brought on behalf of hundreds of current and former emergency room nurses who worked at a Chicago hospital.

  • November 16, 2018

    Facebook Says Ill. Employee Exempt From Overtime Rules

    Facebook has asked an Illinois federal court to reject claims by a former sales employee who alleged that the social media company misclassified its workers and refused to properly pay overtime, arguing that the employee's position entailed sufficient pay and responsibility to be exempt from overtime requirements.

Expert Analysis

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • A Year-End Refresher On Laws Banning Pay History Inquiries

    Amy Traub

    A recent wave of state and local legislation aims to correct the disparate impact of a seemingly innocuous interviewing practice — asking a candidate about his or her salary history, say Amy Traub and Amanda Van Hoose Garofalo of BakerHostetler.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • State Net

    Voters, Courts Slowly Take Lawmakers' Redistricting Power

    Rich Ehisen

    Thanks to the passage of ballot measures in this month's elections, Missouri, Colorado and Michigan have joined 13 other states that use independent commissions or other bipartisan or nonpartisan means to create legislative or congressional districts, or both, to combat gerrymandering, says Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Spoofing Charges Don't Readily Translate To Private Actions

    Laura Brookover

    Private plaintiffs have filed putative class actions in Chicago and New York on the heels of government enforcement efforts against spoofing. But actions like these are largely untested, and two threshold hurdles for these new cases are apparent, says Laura Brookover of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • State Trust Taxes Ripe For Constitutional Challenges

    Toni Ann Kruse

    Fielding v. Commissioner of Revenue is the most recent in a series of cases that have used the U.S. Constitution to curtail the ability of states to impose their income taxes on nongrantor irrevocable trusts. Toni Ann Kruse and Melissa Price of McDermott Will & Emery LLP discuss the implications of this trend.

  • Prospects For Tax Policy In The 116th Congress

    Evan Migdail

    Now that the results of the 2018 election are (mostly) in, Evan Migdail and Melissa Gierach at DLA Piper LLP consider what a Democratic House, Republican Senate and Trump administration may be able to accomplish in the way of tax policy during the lame-duck session and the upcoming 116th Congress.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Press Pause Before Using Biometric Tech In The Workplace

    Robert Quackenboss

    As demonstrated by a recently filed class action against a hospital housekeeping company in Illinois federal court — Byczek v. Xanitos — the ever-changing legal landscape surrounding biometric data should give employers pause when considering its use in the workplace, say Robert Quackenboss and Madalyn Doucet of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Sekura Case Expands Scope Of Illinois Biometric Privacy Law

    Greg Abrams

    An Illinois state appeals court's recent decision in Sekura v. Krishna Schaumburg Tan appears to break from multiple Biometric Information Privacy Act cases that had required plaintiffs to allege some harm beyond mere technical violations to qualify as “aggrieved,” say attorneys with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.