Mayer Brown LLP appellate practice leader Stephen Shapiro's brother-in-law had been receiving financial assistance from Shapiro's wife Joan for several months and was told "she would no longer just give him money" in the days before he fatally shot Shapiro and tried to kill her, a state prosecutor told an Illinois state court judge Thursday.
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Mayer Brown Partner's Brother-In-Law Charged With Murder

Mayer Brown LLP appellate practice leader Stephen Shapiro's brother-in-law had been receiving financial assistance from Shapiro's wife Joan for several months and was told "she would no longer just give him money" in the days before he fatally shot Shapiro and tried to kill her, a state prosecutor told an Illinois state court judge Thursday. Read full article »

Real Estate Investment Co. A $135M Ponzi Scheme, SEC Says

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against real estate investment firm Equitybuild Inc. and its father-son owners on Wednesday, accusing them of running a $135 million Ponzi scheme that ensnared about 900 investors with promises of double-digit returns. Read full article »

Trump Campaign Atty Can't Shake Call For Suspension

An Illinois disciplinary board rejected objections by an attorney who served as President Donald Trump’s state campaign director to a recommended one-year suspension of his license, advising the state’s supreme court that it supported that punishment. Read full article »

Trump Taps Sidley Austin Partner For San Francisco US Atty

 A partner at Sidley Austin LLP will be nominated as U.S. attorney in San Francisco, the White House announced Thursday, as it also revealed nominees for spots in Florida, Illinois and North Dakota. Read full article »

POLICY & REGULATION

DHS Memo Justifies Ending DACA, Trump Tells 2nd Circ.

The Trump administration urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to toss challenges by immigrants and an advocacy group to its decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, arguing that a recent Department of Homeland Security memorandum shows the decision was well thought out and not rash. Read full article »

EOIR Adds 23 New Judges To Combat Case Backlog

The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced Thursday that it has appointed 23 new immigration judges, bringing the total count to 351 nationwide, amid the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to reduce the significant backlog of open cases. Read full article »

ENFORCEMENT

SEC Returns Clearing Firm Disciplinary Case To CBOE

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has set aside a disciplinary action brought by Chicago Board Options Exchange Inc. against member clearing firm ABN AMRO Clearing Chicago LLC, sending the matter back to CBOE’s board of directors for review under a different standard. Read full article »

LITIGATION

Antitrust Suit Against Walgreens, Benefits Manager Tossed

An Illinois federal judge Thursday nixed a Chicago pharmacy's antitrust suit alleging a pharmacy benefits manager joined with Walgreen Co. to lock it out of Medicaid and Medicare payments, saying the pharmacy failed to show how the partnership imposed a restraint on trade. Read full article »

UChicago Workers' Attys Seek $1.95M In Fees In ERISA Row

Attorneys for a class of University of Chicago workers asked an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday to sign off on a request for $1.95 million in attorneys’ fees and grant final approval to a $6.5 million settlement that would lay to rest allegations the university mismanaged workers’ retirement savings. Read full article »

Feature

Will Law Schools Start Counting ‘Generation ADA’?

No one is tracking law students with disabilities to see where the education system may be failing them, but some advocates are working to change this dynamic and build a better pipeline. Read full article »

Kessler Topaz, Quinn Emanuel To Lead Volatility Index MDL

An Illinois federal judge on Thursday appointed Kimberly A. Justice of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check LLP and Jonathan C. Bunge of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP as lead co-counsel in multidistrict litigation over alleged Chicago Board Options Exchange’s volatility index manipulation. Read full article »

Ill. Gov.'s Veto May Make State IRA Program Optional

An Illinois state program to help workers save for retirement could assist far fewer people than lawmakers hoped if Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill is sustained, but the Illinois state treasurer’s office said Thursday that it’s likely the veto will be overridden. Read full article »

Q&A

Q&A

A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

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 Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

'Indefensible' Fees Request Slashed In ACA Birth Control Row

In a sternly worded opinion, an Oklahoma federal judge rejected a request for $3.1 million in attorneys' fees from lawyers representing a group of Catholic institutions that sued over Affordable Care Act rules concerning birth control, ruling that the request was "indefensible" and reducing it by more than 75 percent. Read full article »

Judge Rips Twombly For Straining Resources In IP Row

A California federal judge appeared unswayed Thursday by SAP America Inc. and HP Inc.’s arguments that a software company hasn't met the stringent pleading standards required under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Twombly decision, saying Twombly has created more work than it’s saved, and "you get to the point where we’re wasting time and resources when you know what their pleading is." Read full article »

Judge's Wild Order Threatens To Make Warring Attys Kiss

A Texas federal judge threatened to make opposing attorneys kiss one another at the Alamo, lamented the days when Texas cases were handled by Texas attorneys, quoted Elvis, and generally went off in a order setting a status conference for a trade secret dispute between HouseCanary Inc. and Quicken Loans. Read full article »

Senate Confirms 2 Trump Nominees To 4th Circ.

The Senate Thursday voted to confirm a pair of Trump nominees to serve on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, giving favorable votes to federal Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum and prosecutor Jay Richardson, both of South Carolina. Read full article »

Confidential Docs Show Kavanaugh Misled Panel, Dems Claim

Documents recently turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee indicate that Judge Brett Kavanaugh “misled” lawmakers during his 2006 confirmation hearing for the D.C. Circuit judgeship about his knowledge of the Bush administration’s torture policies, top Senate Democrats alleged Thursday. Read full article »

Nat'l Archives Pans Committee's Release Of Kavanaugh Docs

The National Archives, which has found itself in the middle of a bitter struggle over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s documents from his Bush White House service, on Wednesday sought to put some distance between its review process and that of the current Senate Judiciary Committee. Read full article »

Squire Patton Nabs 3 Leaders Of Dissolved IP Boutique

Squire Patton Boggs LLP has swallowed intellectual property boutique Singularity LLP, snagging a trio of veteran tech litigators from the dissolved boutique as part of the global firm’s efforts to bolster its intellectual property presence in the Bay Area. Read full article »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

Kicking off the legal lions this week is a team of attorneys who helped secure a $66 million award for client Lumileds LLC in a trade secrets dispute, while the lambs include the remaining members of West Virginia’s Supreme Court, all of whom were impeached this week. Read full article »

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