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  • July 16, 2018

    Kraft Says Traders Shouldn't Get CFTC Reports In Wheat Row

    A proposed class of traders suing Kraft over its alleged manipulation of the wheat futures market shouldn’t get expert reports from a parallel U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission suit, the food giant told an Illinois federal judge Monday, arguing the material would give them an unfair advantage.

  • July 16, 2018

    3 FCC Hurdles Sinclair-Tribune Deal Will Face If It Survives

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai essentially ground the proposed Sinclair-Tribune merger to a halt Monday by announcing he will refer it to the agency's administrative law judge for review, charting a rough road for the companies to gain approval for their deal. Here's a look at three challenges the deal will face if it moves forward.

  • July 16, 2018

    McDonald's Sued Over Contaminated Salads In The Midwest

    McDonald’s Corp. got hit Monday in Illinois county court with a product liability suit claiming the hamburger chain was negligent when it sold defective salads containing a microscopic parasite responsible for intestinal infections, even though the company voluntarily stopped selling the salads after state and federal officials launched an investigation.

  • July 16, 2018

    GE Beats Welder's Suit Over Radiation Exposure At Plants

    General Electric Co. had no responsibility to protect a welder who worked at nuclear power plants from dangerous levels of radiation because the federal regulations that set an exposure limit only apply to the licensees of the plants, an Illinois federal judge said in dismissing the welder’s suit.

  • July 16, 2018

    Tainted Jalapeno Powder Caused $19M Recall, Food Co. Says

    An Illinois-based natural food ingredient sourcer slapped China-based Shanghai Pecenp International Co. with a lawsuit, saying the company’s salmonella-contaminated jalapeno powder caused Frito-Lay to recall its products and lose $19.8 million.

  • July 16, 2018

    FCC Chief Seeks To Challenge Sinclair-Tribune Tie-Up

    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said Monday morning that he is asking his fellow commissioners to refer Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s proposed merger with Chicago-based Tribune Media Co. to an administrative law judge for review.

  • July 13, 2018

    Unsecured Creditors Rip Claire's Ch. 11 Process, Sale Plans

    An unsecured creditor trustee for bankrupt Claire’s Stores Inc. called for a month or more delay Friday in action on the company’s Chapter 11 plans and schedule, citing concerns about process flaws, insider control and unanswered questions about current proposals.

  • July 13, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Patelco, Beacon College, Sterling Bay

    Patelco Credit Union has reportedly bought a building in California for $55 million, Beacon College Prep is said to have dropped $8.45 million on a Florida charter school and a Sterling Bay venture is reportedly buying office and parking space at a Chicago tower for more than $300 million.

  • July 13, 2018

    Mayer Brown Adds Ex-Jones Day Atty In Finance Expansion

    Mayer Brown LLP's Chicago office has added a former Jones Day banking and finance partner with an expertise in private credit, part of a wave of hirings the firm said are meant to flesh out its global finance practice.

  • July 13, 2018

    Ill. Says Feds Can't Deny Funds Over Sanctuary State Law

    The state of Illinois accused the federal government Thursday of illegally withholding $6.5 million in funding for local law enforcement over an alleged state "sanctuary" law, saying the statute invalidating nonjudicial immigration detainers does not conflict with federal immigration enforcement efforts.

  • July 13, 2018

    FCC Hears Roar Of Opposition To Sinclair-Tribune Merger

    The Federal Communications Commission received a flood of comments on the proposed $3.9 billion Sinclair-Tribune merger Thursday, the last day for the public to weigh in on the latest proposal, with the vast majority of commenters opposing the deal.

  • July 13, 2018

    Winston & Strawn Beats Secretary's Disability Bias Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday dismissed the remaining claims in a disability discrimination suit against Winston & Strawn LLP, ruling that a former firm secretary hadn't been able to prove that the alleged discrimination was different from the treatment nondisabled employees received.

  • July 13, 2018

    Swarovksi Gets Injunction In Online Counterfeiting Battle

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday granted Swarovski AG a preliminary injunction and preserved its access to more than 250 alleged counterfeiters' online operations to advance the jeweler's trademark suit over allegedly knockoff products.

  • July 13, 2018

    McDonald's Pulls Salads After Lettuce Linked To Illness

    McDonald’s announced Friday it will stop selling salads at thousands of its locations across the Midwest, after public health officials in Iowa and Illinois linked an outbreak of cyclospora infections to contaminated lettuce in the fast-food chain’s salads.

  • July 12, 2018

    ​​​​​​​SuperValu Loses Sanctions Bid In Suit Over Drug Pricing

    An Illinois federal judge rejected SuperValu Inc.’s bid for sanctions against whistleblowers it accused of destroying key evidence to their claims it overcharged the government for medicine, saying Thursday the issue seems more like a case of miscommunication than bad-faith conduct.

  • July 12, 2018

    AAR Reveals DOJ Probe Over Alleged FCA Violations

    An AAR Corp. unit is being investigated by the U.S. Department Justice over alleged False Claims Act violations related to its work for the U.S. Department of Defense, the company has revealed, saying the investigation stemmed from a whistleblower suit filed by a former employee.

  • July 12, 2018

    Dems Shy Away From Using Roadblocks To Slow Kavanaugh

    Senate Democrats have so far shied away from grinding the chamber to a halt over D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying this week they are trying instead to persuade Republicans to oppose President Donald Trump's pick for the seat.

  • July 12, 2018

    Kohl's Escapes Investor Class Action Over Accounting Errors

    The Seventh Circuit on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of a proposed class action against Kohl’s Corp. over allegations the department store chain and its top executives defrauded investors ahead of revelations about some major accounting errors, saying the investors hadn’t shown that the company's leadership intended to do wrong.

  • July 12, 2018

    7 Fast-Food Chains End No-Poach Clauses That Bind Workers

    Seven major fast-food chains including Carl’s Jr., Buffalo Wild Wings and McDonald's have agreed to end the practice of preventing their employees from moving among franchise locations through the use of so-called no-poach clauses, under a deal announced Thursday by Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office.

  • July 12, 2018

    Ill. Judge Who Dropped Gun In Court Removed From Bench

    Cook County Circuit Court’s executive committee on Wednesday reassigned a judge who dropped his gun in a county courthouse to nonjudicial duties until further notice in light of a criminal charge he faces over the incident.

Expert Analysis

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Series

    Cities In Distress: Michigan's Emergency Mgr. Law And Flint

    Eric Scorsone

    Michigan has taken a very aggressive approach to addressing municipal fiscal insolvency. But the state's emergency manager law fails to consider the unintended consequences of short-term financial adjustments, as seen in the case of Flint, say Eric Scorsone and Samantha Zinnes of Michigan State University.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Cities In Distress: Are There True Alternatives To Ch. 9?

    Lawrence Larose

    Some distressed municipalities — including Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Hartford, Connecticut — have recently restructured outside of Chapter 9, through legislation and negotiations. But such fixes are intensely political in nature and are entirely dependent on the will of government officials, say Lawrence Larose and Samuel Kohn of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • Series

    Cities In Distress: A Tale Of 3 California Bankruptcies

    Karol Denniston

    The Chapter 9 bankruptcies of Vallejo, San Bernardino and Stockton have left a legacy of challenges facing California municipalities that seek to restructure their obligations. These cases show that a comprehensive restructuring remains illusory because restructuring pension obligations is legally complicated and politically sensitive, says Karol Denniston of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Series

    Cities In Distress: What Chicago's Bankruptcy May Look Like

    Adam Levitin

    In the five years since Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, people have wondered which big city will be next. But the next big-city bankruptcy will not be about one local government in crisis. It is more likely to be a crisis involving many overlapping local governments, in a place like Chicago, say Adam Levitin of Georgetown University and David Schleicher of Yale University.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • New Bill Addresses Systemic Risk In Cannabis Banking

    Lance Boldrey

    The newly introduced STATES Act would alleviate most of the issues that financial institutions face in providing services to marijuana-related businesses, say attorneys with Dykema Gossett PLLC.