Illinois

  • February 28, 2024

    Plastic Maker Says Insurers Must Cover Worker Death Suit

    Ohio-based manufacturer Encore Plastics took Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America and American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co. to federal court, claiming both companies are violating their policies by refusing to defend or indemnify it in an underlying suit over one of its workers' death in an industrial accident.

  • February 28, 2024

    DOJ Atty, University Of Chicago Prof Returns To MoloLamken

    National boutique firm MoloLamken said Tuesday that legal scholar and University of Chicago law professor Eric Posner will return to the firm after a stint as counsel in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division.

  • February 27, 2024

    7th Circ. Says Renewed Removal Orders Must Wait On CAT

    The 30-day deadline for people with reinstated deportation orders to go to the circuit courts begins once they've completed the agency appeals process, not when U.S. Department of Homeland Security reinstates the removal order, the Seventh Circuit said Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    Insurer Gets BIPA Coverage Win After Ill. Appeals Court Ruling

    An Illinois federal judge granted a win to an insurer in a coverage dispute with a condiment company over biometric privacy litigation, changing course Tuesday in response to a state appeals decision concerning an identical policy exclusion.

  • February 27, 2024

    FTC Puts Labor Focus In Merger Basket For 1st Time

    Higher consumer prices and reduced choice are no longer the only reasons the Federal Trade Commission will challenge mergers after the agency contested Kroger's planned $24.6 billion purchase of Albertsons based in part, for the first time ever, on allegations the deal will reduce competition for employees.

  • February 27, 2024

    7th Circ. Won't Disrupt Volvo's Veteran Bias Suit Win

    The Seventh Circuit refused Tuesday to reinstate a U.S. Army veteran's $7.8 million trial win in her long-running case accusing Volvo of firing her over military-related absences and post-traumatic stress disorder, ruling a lower court reasonably concluded that the verdict was tainted by passion and prejudice.

  • February 27, 2024

    Veradigm To Acquire ScienceIO, Face Potential Nasdaq Delisting

    Healthcare technology company Veradigm announced Tuesday that it would acquire language model startup ScienceIO in a $140 million deal that would help it extract more insights from its data and launch new features across its business.

  • February 27, 2024

    BNSF Made $75M BIPA Deal After Landmark Award Wiped Out

    A class of truck drivers have asked an Illinois federal judge to grant initial approval of a $75 million deal with BNSF Railway Co., after a Chicago federal jury found the railroad violated Illinois' biometric privacy law in 2022 but the initial $228 million judgment was thrown out.

  • February 27, 2024

    Chicago Board Will Appeal Transfer Tax Referendum Decision

    The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners will appeal a Cook County Circuit Court decision that barred the city from counting any votes cast in the real estate transfer tax referendum in the March 19 primary election, the board announced Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    7th Circ. Chief Defends Discrimination Rules In GOP Letter Reply

    The Seventh Circuit's chief judge has told two Republican senators that the circuit is "committed to ensuring an environment free of discrimination," after the senators wrote to her arguing that at least three Illinois federal judges issued unethical and illegal standing orders to promote participation by newer, female and minority attorneys.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ascension Unit Will Pay $2.6M To End Time Clock BIPA Suit

    Presence Health Network in Illinois is set to pay $2.6 million to settle biometric privacy claims from a group of employees who claimed the health system violated their privacy rights by requiring them to scan their fingerprints for timekeeping without first obtaining consent, after a Chicago state judge signed off on the settlement.

  • February 27, 2024

    Food Co. Gets Inflated ESOP Deal Suit Kicked To Arbitration

    An Illinois federal judge said a worker must arbitrate her suit claiming a food manufacturer sold inflated company shares to its employee stock ownership plan, finding the plan's arbitration agreement allows the business to sidestep an exception blocking some federal benefit law claims from out-of-court resolutions.

  • February 26, 2024

    Ohio Jury Shuts Down Door Co.'s Patent Defense

    Federal jurors in Ohio found that the details in some drawings of "door skins" covered by a trio of design patents were somewhat inconsistent, but they were unpersuaded by a major door manufacturer to invalidate those patents just yet.

  • February 26, 2024

    Vape Wholesaler TM Dispute Booted From Illinois Court

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday dismissed a trademark dispute between HS Wholesale Ltd. and HS Global Distribution LLC, saying HS Global doesn't have sufficient contact with the state for the court to have jurisdiction over the claims.

  • February 26, 2024

    Chicago Can't Count Any Votes In Transfer Tax Referendum

    The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners may not count any votes that are cast in the real estate transfer tax referendum in the March 19 primary election, a judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County said in an order Monday.

  • February 26, 2024

    Texas Justices Say $220M Cobalt Deal Is A Loss Under Policy

    A $220 million settlement that now-bankrupt Cobalt International Energy Inc. reached with a group of investors constitutes a loss under the energy company's insurance policies, but the agreement is not binding on Cobalt's insurers to establish coverage, the Texas Supreme Court ruled.

  • February 26, 2024

    Energizer Zaps Most Portable-Charger False Ad Claims

    An Illinois federal judge has trimmed the bulk of a proposed class action alleging Energizer Brands misled customers as to the number of times its power banks can charge smartphones, saying further testing is needed to substantiate allegations the chargers don't perform as advertised.

  • February 26, 2024

    Chicago Cubs Say Private Jet Co. 'Ghosted' Sponsorship

    The Chicago Cubs have hit AeroVanti Aviation with a lawsuit in Illinois state court claiming the private jet membership company failed to pay up for a sponsorship agreement and then left the team holding the bag for a promised sweepstakes that eventually forced the Cubs to pay out a $3 million settlement. 

  • February 26, 2024

    Blackwells Calls Out Disney For 'AI Mediocrity' In Proxy Battle

    Blackwells Capital ramped up its activist investor campaign against The Walt Disney Co. on Monday, laying out a "strategic plan" that includes calls for the storied entertainment company to rise above its current "technological shortcomings," including its "AI mediocrity."

  • February 26, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Delaware's Court of Chancery dropped two potentially far-reaching decisions last week: one about founder control at Moelis & Co. and another about TripAdvisor's planned move to Nevada. On top of that, there were new cases involving Citrix Systems, Alcoa Corp., BGC Partners Inc. and Cantor Fitzgerald LP.

  • February 26, 2024

    Insurance Co. Beats Claims Analysts' OT Exemption Suit

    A life insurance company prevailed against disability claim analysts alleging they were wrongfully denied overtime pay, as an Illinois federal judge tossed their suit because the workers are administrative employees exempt from overtime requirements.

  • February 26, 2024

    Teamsters Tell 7th Circ. Sysco Must Arbitrate Benefits Dispute

    A Sysco distribution center in Indianapolis must arbitrate its dispute with a Teamsters local over workers' entitlement to early retirement benefits, the union told the Seventh Circuit, arguing the applicable collective bargaining agreement includes a broad arbitration clause.

  • February 26, 2024

    Sheppard Mullin Adds 2nd Healthcare Partner This Month

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP has continued its recent growth of the firm's Chicago office and its healthcare team with the addition of a second partner within the last month.

  • February 26, 2024

    FTC Challenges Kroger's $25B Albertsons Buy

    The Federal Trade Commission announced a new, national front Monday against Kroger's heavily criticized $24.6 billion purchase of fellow grocery store giant Albertsons, challenging a deal it said threatens both shoppers and workers and cannot be saved by the planned divestiture of a "hodgepodge" of hundreds of stores.

  • February 23, 2024

    Vanderbilt, 3 Other Elite Schools Ink $166M Aid-Fixing Deals

    Vanderbilt University, Northwestern University, Dartmouth College and Rice University on Friday reached settlements totaling $166 million to resolve proposed antitrust class claims alleging that they and 13 other universities conspired to limit student aid.

Expert Analysis

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    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Keeping Up With Class Actions: Data Breach Litigation In Flux

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    In this monthly look at notable class action decisions, Gerald Maatman at Duane Morris examines a recent mixed-bag data breach ruling from an Illinois federal court — in the context of case law developments over the last year — which illustrates the range of issues confronting litigants going forward.

  • A Rare Look At Judicial Interpretation Of LEG Exclusions

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    A Florida federal court’s order last month in Archer Western-De Moya v. Ace American Insurance and an earlier decision from a D.C. federal court offer insight into how courts may interpret defects exclusion clauses developed by the London Engineering Group — filling a void in case law in the area, says Jonathan Bruce at Holman Fenwick.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • 5 Lessons For SaaS Companies After Blackbaud Data Breach

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    Looking at the enforcement actions that software-as-a-service provider Blackbaud resolved with state attorneys general, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission in the past year can help SaaS companies manage these increasingly common forms of data breaches, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Legislative And Litigation Trends In Environmental Advertising

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    Companies that tout their products' environmental benefits can significantly reduce the risk that they will face allegations of greenwashing by staying up to date on related Federal Trade Commission guidance, state requirements and litigation trends, say Raqiyyah Pippins and Kelsie Sicinski at Arnold & Porter.

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    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Navigating New Regulations In Healthcare And Other M&A

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    While notice requirements recently enacted in several states are focused on the healthcare industry for now, this trend could extend to other industries as these requirements are designed to allow regulators to be a step ahead and learn more about a transaction long before it occurs, say Kathleen Premo and Ashley Creech at Epstein Becker.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

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    Competing In Dressage Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My lifelong participation in the sport of dressage — often called ballet on horses — has proven that several skills developed through training and competition are transferable to legal work, especially the ability to harness focus, persistence and versatility when negotiating a deal, says Stephanie Coco at V&E.

  • The Legal Industry Needs A Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

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    As law firms face ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents, the legal industry must implement robust cybersecurity measures and privacy-centric practices to preserve attorney-client privilege, safeguard client trust and uphold the profession’s integrity, says Ryan Paterson at Unplugged.

  • A Welcome Turning Of The Page For Residential Real Estate

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    After one of the most challenging years on record for residential real estate, 2024 will likely be a time of transition to a stabler business climate, as sellers lose some of their excess bargaining power and the pace of sales picks up, says Marty Green at Polunsky Beitel.

  • 5 Reasons Associates Shouldn't Take A Job Just For Money

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    As a number of BigLaw firms increase salary scales for early-career attorneys, law students and lateral associates considering new job offers should weigh several key factors that may matter more than financial compensation, say Albert Tawil at Lateral Hub and Ruvin Levavi at Power Forward.

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