Illinois

  • December 02, 2022

    Dismissing Bias Suit Would 'Gut' Fair Housing Act, Judge Told

    A Black career attorney in Illinois asked a federal judge to deny a mortgage lender's request to dismiss a class action suit accusing it of racially biased lending, arguing the dismissal would raise the pleading standard for housing discrimination allegations to an "impossible" level.

  • December 02, 2022

    DC Circuit Sends Grid Connection Cost Order Back To FERC

    A D.C. Circuit panel ruled Friday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission needs to better explain why it allowed Midwest transmission owners to choose how needed upgrades are funded when new power generation projects connect to the grid.

  • December 02, 2022

    7th Circ. To Decide Which Groups Can Pay Bail In Indiana

    The Bail Project, an organization that bails criminal defendants out of jail for free in 20 states in service of a mission to abolish cash bail, is heading to the Seventh Circuit next week to challenge an Indiana law that it says unfairly restricts its ability to release indigent defendants back to their communities.

  • December 02, 2022

    CVS, Walgreens Take Aim At $650M Opioid Verdict

    Pharmacy giants CVS, Walgreens and Walmart have fought back against a $650 million judgment in litigation over their role in the opioid crisis, arguing in a Thursday appellate brief that the "unprecedented" award wrongly holds the pharmacies responsible for the opioid crisis "writ large."

  • December 02, 2022

    7th Circ. Wary Of ID Company's Role In Car Rental Dispute

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Friday appeared doubtful that an identity verification company would fall under the arbitration provision of a rental car platform for which it provided services as a third-party beneficiary, questioning why it's not simply an independent contractor engaged in competition at the market price.

  • December 02, 2022

    Interest Rates Doom Lender, Crypto Winter Persists

    Rising interest rates forced a reverse mortgage lender into Chapter 11, cryptocurrency platform BlockFi succumbed to the downfall of exchange FTX Trading, and FTX itself faced calls for an examination of its collapse. This is the week in bankruptcy.

  • December 02, 2022

    Exchanges Fine BofA $2.75M For Erroneous Order Codes

    Nasdaq, Cboe Global Markets and New York Stock Exchange teams fined Bank of America's brokerage unit a combined $2.75 million for allegedly failing to input accurate codes regarding equity orders over a six-year period, according to a statement Friday.

  • December 02, 2022

    Pierre Fabre Accused Of Selling Cancerous Dry Shampoo

    A proposed class of dry shampoo buyers are suing Pierre Fabre USA Inc. in Illinois federal court, alleging that its Klorane brand of products contains benzene, a chemical that can cause cancer in humans.

  • December 02, 2022

    Edible Arrangements Drops 'Incredibles' TM Dispute For Now

    Edible Arrangements has signaled its intent to drop its Illinois federal trademark dispute against a competitor marketing edible weed products under the brand name "Incredibles," saying the landscape of the cannabis industry is shifting too quickly to litigate the case.

  • December 02, 2022

    Louvre Museum Says Digital Mall Simulation Rips Off TM

    The famed Louvre Museum has slapped an entertainment provider with a trademark suit in Illinois federal court over an immersive digital recreation of the Paris institution, saying it never gave permission for its image and likeness to be used.

  • December 01, 2022

    DC, Calif., Ill. AGs Try Again To Block Albertsons' $4B Payout

    The District of Columbia, California and Illinois again asked a D.C. federal judge to block Albertsons' planned $4 billion shareholder payout, arguing Thursday that while their temporary restraining order was rejected, they're entitled to a preliminary injunction because further investigation shows the dividend will harm Albertsons.

  • December 01, 2022

    Walgreens Provides Deficient COBRA Notices, Suit Says

    Walgreens was hit with a proposed class action in Florida federal court that accuses the pharmacy chain of failing to adequately notify workers of their right to get continuing health care benefits after leaving their jobs.

  • December 01, 2022

    Ill. Appeals Court Rules BIPA Requires Data Policies Up Front

    An Illinois state appeals court on Wednesday found that the state's biometric privacy law requires companies to set up rules for storing and destroying data once they start collecting it, saying an Illinois metal finisher's obligation to do so was triggered by possessing the plaintiff's information.

  • December 01, 2022

    Freeman Mathis Acquires Chicago Litigation Boutique

    Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP announced Thursday that it would be adding the lawyers of litigation and appellate boutique Purcell & Wardrope to its Chicago office.

  • December 01, 2022

    Ex-JPMorgan Trader's Fake Orders Tricked Market, Jury Hears

    A precious metals trader who worked for JPMorgan Chase and Credit Suisse used deceptive gold and silver orders to manipulate prices and rip off other traders, federal prosecutors told an Illinois jury Thursday.

  • December 01, 2022

    Accounting Firm To Pay $3M To Avoid Claims In Fraud Scheme

    A Texas accounting firm that did tax and clerical work for a company accused of defrauding Chicago real estate investors has agreed to pay the company's receivership $3 million to head off claims regarding its role in the scheme, according to a motion filed in Illinois federal court. 

  • December 01, 2022

    Senate Panel Ties On 1st Circ. Pick, OKs 11 Others For Bench

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced 11 circuit and district court nominees Thursday, but deadlocked on the nomination of abortion rights attorney Julie Rikelman, who is President Joe Biden's pick for a vacancy on the First Circuit.

  • November 30, 2022

    Sirius XM Radio Hit With Class Action Over Telemarketing

    Sirius XM Radio made unwanted telemarketing calls to consumers on the national Do Not Call Registry even after promising to change its telemarketing practices when faced with a similar suit, according to a proposed class action filed in Illinois federal court.

  • November 30, 2022

    Kroger Asks 7th Circ. To Block Grubhub From Using Logo

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Wednesday appeared skeptical of Kroger's request to reverse a decision allowing Grubhub Inc. to use its fork-and-knife logo amid a trademark fight with Kroger unit Home Chef, noting the high burden at the preliminary injunction stage and the strength of Grubhub's trademark.

  • November 30, 2022

    Ex-Construction Co. Manager Cops To $2M Embezzlement

    The former manager of a suburban Chicago construction company pled guilty Wednesday to a federal wire fraud charge accusing her of embezzling more than $2.3 million from her former employer over a decade and using the money for personal expenses.

  • November 30, 2022

    FTC Wants Infomercial Fraudster Kevin Trudeau Jailed Again

    An Illinois federal judge said Wednesday that he won't immediately put former weight-loss guru Kevin Trudeau back in jail after serving eight years of a 10-year sentence, despite arguments by the Federal Trade Commission that it is warranted because he is still hiding assets he could put toward a $37.6 million fine levied against him more than a decade ago.

  • November 30, 2022

    7th Circ. OKs Indiana Fetal Remains Requirement

    The Seventh Circuit has undone a lower court's decision blocking the state of Indiana from enforcing a law saying that health care professionals must dispose of fetal remains by either cremation or burial.

  • November 30, 2022

    McDonald's Escapes 'Ridiculous' Design Patent Suit

    An Illinois federal judge has cleared fast food giant McDonald's of claims that its mobile app infringes a patent-holding company's user interface design, saying he couldn't imagine how the two designs could be confused.

  • November 30, 2022

    FERC OKs Grid Operator's Plan To Speed Up Project Hookups

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved an overhaul of the largest regional grid operator's policies for connecting new power projects, though one commissioner questioned whether reforms will be enough to unclog a backlog of thousands of renewable energy projects trying to get onto the grid.

  • November 30, 2022

    Cooley Atty Nominated For Ill. Court Lists $6M In Assets

    Cooley LLP partner Lindsay Jenkins, slated for a Senate Judiciary Committee vote Thursday for a seat on the Northern Illinois District Court, reported just over $6 million in total assets, congressional records show.

Expert Analysis

  • Reviewing Separation Agreement Compliance Before Layoffs

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    As a potential recession triggers layoff considerations, employers should begin reviewing their separation agreement templates to ensure they include the desired protections for the employer while complying with applicable, and recently amended, state laws, says Victoria Hubona at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Safeguarding Attorneys' Greatest Asset: Our Mental Health

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    Attorneys who understand that mental fitness is their most valuable characteristic should prioritize mental health care accordingly, including with certain activities they may not realize qualify as self-care, says Wendy Robbins at Holland & Knight.

  • Could State Ownership Solve US Cannabis Policy Issues?

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    Provincial cannabis wholesalers in Canada are enjoying huge profits, begging the question of whether a government-owned cannabis model could eventually be replicated in the U.S. to tackle issues ranging from social equity to overproduction — but this would undoubtedly introduce other complex challenges, says Hilary Bricken at Harris Bricken.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Are Right To Steer Clear Of US News Rankings

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    By opting out of participating in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings, law schools abandon a profoundly flawed system and free up their resources to adapt to the tsunami of changes overtaking the profession, says Nicholas Allard at Jacksonville University College of Law.

  • Why BIPA Litigation Could Be A Death Knell To Cannabis Cos.

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    Legal uncertainty and windfall-type damages leave a burgeoning Biometric Information Privacy Act litigation docket to rely on a statute passed in 2008 that does not account for the realities of growing industries like cannabis, and may present real and expensive issues for those businesses operating in Illinois, say Amy Rubenstein and Sarah Trevino at Dentons.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funders Seek Transparency In Disclosure Debate

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    Litigation funders want to correct the record on calls for funding disclosure in the name of transparency, as this purported justification obscures the disclosure's adverse effects — prejudicing plaintiffs' cases and discouraging the assertion of meritorious legal claims, say Dai Wai Chin Feman and William Weisman at Parabellum Capital.

  • 5 Principles For Better Professional Development Programs

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    The pandemic and ensuing "great resignation" have resulted in a more transient legal work force, but law firms can use effective professional development programs to bridge a cultural gap with new associates and stem associate attrition, says Matthew Woods at Robins Kaplan.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Practice With Passion

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    First Circuit Judge Gustavo Gelpí recalls how Suffolk University Law School's Joseph Glannon taught the importance of the law as both a tool and a profession, and that those who wish to practice law successfully must do so with love, enthusiasm and passion.

  • State AG Consumer Protection Shift Isn't An Election Fad

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    We are starting to see the first signs of a new state attorney general consumer enforcement paradigm emerge — with creative use of most favored nation clauses as structural tools — and that is unlikely to end when the last ballot is counted for the 2022 election, says O.H. Skinner at Alliance for Consumers.

  • Bankruptcy Ruling Is A Warning For Cos. With Foreign Assets

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    The Seventh Circuit’s recent ruling in Sheehan v. Breccia is a reminder for domestic companies engaged in international business to consider the bankruptcy implications of entering into foreign financing, and highlights the importance of protection from forum selection and choice-of-law clauses, say attorneys at Michael Best.

  • Questions To Ask Before Making A Lateral Move As Partner

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    Law firm partners considering lateral moves should diligently interview prospects — going beyond standard questions about compensation to inquire about culture, associate retention and other areas that can provide a more comprehensive view, says Lauren Wu at VOYLegal.

  • Employers Should Note Post-Midterms State Law Changes

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    State ballot measures in the recent midterm elections could require employers to update policies related to drug use, wages, collective bargaining and benefit plans that offer access to abortion care — a reminder of the challenges in complying with the ever-changing patchwork of state workplace laws, say attorneys at Jackson Lewis.

  • Navigating Whether Workers' Cannabis Use Is Protected

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    Although a recent Nevada decision that an employee's nonwork cannabis consumption wasn’t protected against employer retaliation suggests state "lawful activities" laws may not always cover off-duty cannabis use, employers must also ensure policies and practices don’t run afoul of such statutes, says Jennifer Mora at Seyfarth.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Argue Open-Mindedly

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    Queens College President Frank Wu reflects on how Yale Kamisar’s teaching and guidance at the University of Michigan Law School emphasized a capacity to engage with alternative worldviews and the importance of the ability to argue for both sides of a debate.

  • ABA's No-Contact Rule Advice Raises Questions For Lawyers

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    The American Bar Association's ethics committee recently issued two opinions concerning the no-contact rule — one creates an intuitive and practical default for electronic communications, while the other sets a potential trap for pro se lawyers, say Lauren Snyder and Deepika Ravi at HWG.

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