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Illinois

  • January 22, 2019

    Video Game Maker Used Artwork Online Without OK, Jury Told

    Slot game technology maker International Game Technology PLC used copyrighted art and graphics for several of an Illinois company’s slot games without permission when the company launched them into cyberspace for online play, a federal jury heard Tuesday.

  • January 22, 2019

    Archer Daniels Escapes Bulk Of Deadly Horse Feed Suit

    Archer Daniels Midland Co. on Tuesday dodged much of a proposed class action brought by two horse owners who alleged contaminated feed products harmed their animals, when an Illinois federal judge said most of the owners' claims don't have a legal foundation.

  • January 22, 2019

    Judge Won't Trim Ad Fax Suit Against Enclarity, Citing Delay

    An Illinois federal judge said Tuesday that Enclarity Inc. was too slow to raise jurisdictional issues in its attempt to block claims by putative class members from outside the state in a case over unsolicited faxes, deciding a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on jurisdiction did not excuse the delay.

  • January 22, 2019

    J&J To Pay States $120M For False Hip Implant Promos

    A Johnson & Johnson unit will pay $120 million to end a wide-ranging investigation into whether it misled customers about the longevity and efficacy of its hip replacement devices, attorneys general in New York and Texas announced Tuesday.

  • January 22, 2019

    2 In Life Time Fitness Insider Trading Suit Must Face Charges

    Two men must face insider trading and conspiracy charges after an Illinois federal judge on Tuesday found plausible the government's allegations they had illegally traded Life Time Fitness Inc. call options when they learned that the company was going private.

  • January 22, 2019

    'No Trouble' OK'ing Atty's $50K Sanction, 7th Circ. Says

    The Seventh Circuit on Friday had "no trouble" upholding an order forcing an Illinois attorney to pay $50,000 and take classes to address his misconduct in underlying litigation accusing his former client of selling shoddy cars, saying the lower court did not abuse its discretion in sanctioning his "egregious behavior."  

  • January 18, 2019

    Volleyball Players Win Cert. In Sex Abuse Cover-Up Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday certified a class of potentially thousands of youth volleyball players on claims that banned USA Volleyball coach Rick Butler concealed the fact that he had sexually abused underage athletes from customers of his clinics and camps.

  • January 18, 2019

    Trucking Broker, Texas Cucumber Co. Escape Legal Pickle

    An Illinois appellate panel has cut loose a Texas cucumber producer and a trucking brokerage firm in a suit seeking to hold them partially responsible for a woman’s severe injuries from a collision with a big rig contracted to haul cucumbers, saying the companies’ legal exposure ended when the produce was delivered.

  • January 18, 2019

    No Sanctions For Baseball League's Ex-Attys, Judge Says

    An independent baseball league team owner who settled a suit with execs who allegedly cut him out of a new team deal can’t punish the league's former lawyers with $325,000 in sanctions for “vexatious” conduct, an Indiana federal court said Friday.

  • January 18, 2019

    Wis. Tribe Appeals To 7th Circ. Over Mich. Mine Ruling

    The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin has filed a Seventh Circuit appeal of a lower court ruling that dismissed its suit over a Michigan state permit for a proposed zinc and gold mine, saying the federal government has abandoned its obligation to exercise jurisdiction over the Clean Water Act.

  • January 18, 2019

    Ill. Subcontractors Get Some Relief From State's High Court

    Construction subcontractors are the clear winners in the wake of an Illinois Supreme Court decision that overturned a 35-year-old case and said homeowners can’t directly sue subcontractors over problems with their new homes.

  • January 18, 2019

    Gov't Escapes Air Force Worker's Sex Harassment Suit

    The federal government won’t have to face claims that a U.S. Air Force bowling alley employee was sexually harassed at work, an Illinois federal judge has ruled, finding the Federal Tort Claims Act shields the government from intentional tort claims.

  • January 18, 2019

    White & Case Adds Former Justice Dept. Head, Gaming GC

    White & Case LLP has beefed up it governance, disputes, sanctions and antitrust practices with the addition of an O'Melveny & Myers LLP former partner whose varied career includes being a presidential appointee supervising all Justice Department financial prosecutions and serving as general counsel to two different public gaming companies.

  • January 18, 2019

    CDK Dodges Late Discovery Request In Antitrust Suit

    An Illinois federal judge shut down a discovery request made by companies accusing CDK Global LLC of conspiring with a rival to monopolize the market for car dealership data, saying that deadlines set by court orders are important.

  • January 18, 2019

    Ill. Atty Must Arbitrate Exit Claims Against Former Firm

    An Illinois federal judge has ruled that a Chicago attorney suing his former firm Williams Montgomery & John Ltd. will have to pursue his claims that the firm stiffed him on benefits in arbitration, despite his effort to keep the dispute in the courts.

  • January 18, 2019

    Mondelez's $100M Fight With Zurich May Curb Hack Coverage

    Mondelez International Inc. is battling Zurich American Insurance Co. over coverage for $100 million in losses the snack food giant suffered in a 2017 cyberattack that the U.S. and its allies blamed on Russia, and experts say a ruling permitting the insurer to invoke a war exclusion to deny the claim could leave companies uninsured for similar hacks.

  • January 17, 2019

    Ill. Atty Admits To Overbilling Clients At Kirkland, Boutique

    A partner at a boutique Chicago law firm admitted that he overbilled clients there and at his previous job at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, according to a complaint made public Thursday by the body in charge of registering and disciplining Illinois attorneys.

  • January 17, 2019

    At Objector's Urging, Judge Rules Against Him In Edelson Suit

    An Illinois federal judge entered judgment against a Texas attorney known for representing objectors to class action settlements on Thursday, granting the attorney’s own motion and ending Edelson PC’s lawsuit accusing him of using the objection process to extort plaintiffs’ attorneys.

  • January 17, 2019

    Customers Can't Claim Pet Food Was Toxic, Judge Says

    An Illinois federal judge has cleaved the bulk of claims from a putative class action brought by two buyers of Champion Petfoods USA Inc. products who alleged they were deceived by boasts about the pet food's health benefits despite a study saying it contained heavy metals.

  • January 17, 2019

    7th Circ. Won't Touch Illinois Acid Waste Dispute

    The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday said it doesn’t have jurisdiction to decide which Illinois agency can enforce environmental regulations against two Colorado energy companies that want to inject acid waste into underground wells in Illinois after the companies already lost their case in state court.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Courts Are Getting It Right On Litigation Funding Discovery

    Matthew Harrison

    Earlier this month, a California federal court denied discovery into the identification of third-party funders with a financial interest in the outcome of an underlying patent infringement action. This decision in MLC v. Micron follows a long line of well-reasoned precedent across U.S. federal courts, say Matthew Harrison and Sarah Jacobson of Bentham IMF.

  • Virginia Is Latest State To Find Employer 'Take Home' Duty

    David Barger

    In Quisenberry v. Huntington Ingalls, the Virginia Supreme Court recently held that an employer owed a duty of care to an employee's family member who handled the employee’s asbestos-laden work clothes. The impact of this decision will extend well beyond the claims at issue, say attorneys with Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Zhao’s Spoofing Plea Deal Telegraphs More To Come In 2019

    Lanny Breuer

    In late December, the U.S. Department of Justice quietly secured a guilty plea from Jiongsheng Zhao in Illinois federal court — capping off a year of systematic anti-spoofing enforcement, say Lanny Breuer and Laura Brookover of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • State Net

    How States Are Preparing For The Next Recession

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    It’s been nine and a half years since the last U.S. recession, and the economy still appears to be going strong. But there are signs trouble may not be far off. The good news for states is that most seem reasonably well prepared for it, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Settlement Counsel Key For Efficient Mass Tort Resolution

    J. Stephen Bennett

    Team-based specialization in mass tort litigation defense allows each member to draw on individual strengths, maximizing their contribution. A core tenet of this approach is using settlement counsel to focus on strategic initiatives and end-game resolution efforts, separate from the heated battle lines of the litigation, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels.

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

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    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • A Guide To Reducing Limitations Periods On Employee Claims

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager

    Employers generally benefit from drafting agreements that shorten statutes of limitations on employee claims. However, there are several considerations when assessing whether and how to trim the relevant period, say Ann-Elizabeth Ostrager and Courtney Hunter of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • 21st Amendment Vs. Commerce Clause At The High Court

    Alva Mather

    On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears argument in Byrd v. Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association, highlighting the conflict between states’ rights to regulate alcohol under the 21st Amendment and the restrictions in the U.S. Constitution's commerce clause on states’ power to regulate interstate commerce, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper LLP.