Illinois

  • January 27, 2022

    Ill. Court Weighs Rehearing $2.8M Dispute Involving DLA Piper

    In a rare step Wednesday, the Illinois Appellate Court heard oral argument as it considers rehearing an appeal challenging DLA Piper and others' summary judgment win in a $2.8 million estate dispute over five trusts' alleged mismanagement.  

  • January 27, 2022

    IP Forecast: S&P To Fight Claims Its TM Suit Came Too Late

    S&P Global will ask a Delaware federal judge next week to keep alive parts of its trademark suit against a call service center named S&P Data, in the face of claims that lawyers for the market ratings giant knew about the name of the smaller business for years before suing. Here's a look at that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • January 27, 2022

    Chief Cook Co. Chancery Judge Retiring After 31 Years

    Cook County Judge Moshe Jacobius, who is retiring after 31 years on the bench and leads the chancery division, recounts how he innovated the court's foreclosure mediation program to help homeowners during the great recession and launched a prescient pilot program for remote hearings the year before the pandemic hit.

  • January 27, 2022

    The Term: Breyer's Legacy And The Nomination To Come

    Justice Stephen Breyer on Thursday formally announced he would be retiring at the end of the Supreme Court term. Here, The Term breaks down the legacy he will leave behind and takes a look at what lies ahead for his potential successor with two special guests.

  • January 27, 2022

    Edelson, Ex-Girardi Attys Can Post Separate Financial Charts

    An Illinois federal judge probing contempt liability over Thomas V. Girardi's misappropriation of $2 million said Thursday that he'll accept separate charts reflecting certain Girardi & Keese accounts' cash flow, after learning a dispute arose over how to present the information to the court.

  • January 27, 2022

    Breyer Retiring As Supreme Court Lurches Right

    Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court at a time when his conservative colleagues on the bench seem intent on dismantling landmark precedents on abortion, affirmative action and the administrative state, to name a few. Can his successor preserve his liberal legacy?

  • January 27, 2022

    Former Refinery Owner Reaches Deal In Ch. 11 Insurance Row

    The former owner of a Philadelphia oil refinery that suffered a catastrophic explosion in 2019 has reached a deal to resolve a dispute with insurers over coverage for the property damage sustained in the blast and ensuing fire.

  • January 27, 2022

    Cubs In Settlement Talks With DOJ Over Wrigley Accessibility

    The Chicago Cubs are in talks with the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve a compliance review of seating accessibility at Wrigley Field, according to Illinois federal court filings on Wednesday in a related Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit against the team.

  • January 27, 2022

    Real Estate Broker Hits Cannabis Co. 4Front With $19M Suit

    Real estate broker Savills Inc. sued cannabis company 4Front Ventures in New York federal court Thursday, claiming it put together a deal with over $129 million in government incentives for a new Illinois facility but 4Front hasn't paid it millions in fees they contracted for.

  • January 27, 2022

    Aon Says 2021 Disasters Propelled High Insurable Losses

    Hurricane Ida and other major storms that hit the U.S. in 2021 resulted in the third-costliest year on record for the insurance industry, according to a report from professional services company Aon, which warns that climate change threatens to increase risks.

  • January 27, 2022

    Judge Jackson Back In Spotlight As High Court Contender

    The upcoming vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court quickly threw the spotlight back on D.C. Circuit Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, a former clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer whose stature as a likely successor to the retiring justice was suddenly raised Wednesday.

  • January 27, 2022

    Biden At His Side, Justice Breyer Announces Retirement

    Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer joined President Joe Biden at the White House Thursday to formally announce his retirement, kicking off a rush among Democrats to confirm a new member of the court to replace the oldest serving justice.

  • January 26, 2022

    Illinois Man Accuses Online Tribal Lenders of Predatory Loans

    An Illinois debtor has filed a proposed class action against a group of online tribal lending companies for allegedly issuing illegal high-interest loans, adding to a trend of similar complaints across the country that accuse unscrupulous lenders of using tribes as a mere front to gain immunity from prosecution.

  • January 26, 2022

    7th Circ. Dismisses Indiana Univ. Students' Vax Mandate Suit

    The Seventh Circuit tossed as "moot" a lawsuit filed by eight Indiana University students who opposed the institution's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, ruling that the case hinged on a single plaintiff who had withdrawn from the school.

  • January 26, 2022

    Democrats Plan Swift Confirmation Of Breyer Successor

    The U.S. Senate's Democratic leaders pledged Wednesday to move swiftly to confirm a successor for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who is expected to formally announce his retirement Thursday.

  • January 26, 2022

    Retailer Fights University Of Illinois' 'Anti-Competitive' TM Suit

    Online apparel retailer Vintage Brand LLC urged a federal court in Illinois to toss a trademark infringement suit brought by the University of Illinois or to make the institution clarify its claims, arguing the company's products only use historical images that are in the public domain.

  • January 26, 2022

    Crypto Exchange FTX US Hits $8B Valuation In Series A

    FTX US, the U.S. affiliate of global cryptocurrency exchange FTX.com, said Wednesday it had raked in $400 million in a whopping Series A round that valued the young company at $8 billion.

  • January 26, 2022

    EPA Declines To Switch Up Ethylene Oxide Risk Calculation

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday proposed sticking with a Trump-era plan for assessing risks posed by ethylene oxide pollution, refusing requests for the agency to use a different risk calculation model that was developed by Texas environmental regulators.

  • January 26, 2022

    Meet The Possible Nominees For Justice Breyer's Seat

    President Joe Biden has promised to nominate the first-ever Black woman to the nation's highest court. Here we look at the contenders for Justice Stephen Breyer's seat, including one notable front-runner.

  • January 26, 2022

    7th Circ. Asked To Nix Ill. Ban On Migrant Detention Contracts

    Two Illinois counties urged a Seventh Circuit panel Tuesday to reverse a lower court's order dismissing their lawsuit challenging a new Illinois law that phases out immigrant detention contracts, arguing that the statute is preempted and should be invalidated because it conflicts with the federal government's exclusive authority to regulate immigration.

  • January 26, 2022

    7th Circ. Voids Order Allowing PPP Loan Relief For Strip Clubs

    The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday vacated an order allowing 49 strip clubs to participate in the U.S. Small Business Administration's second round of Paycheck Protection Program loan distribution, saying Congress isn't trying to regulate or suppress adult entertainment but has simply decided not to subsidize it.

  • January 26, 2022

    Law Firms Seek $18.3M For $238M Deal To End 737 Max Suit

    Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP and Friedlander & Gorris PA have told the Delaware Chancery Court that they are seeking roughly $18.3 million in connection with a proposed $237.5 million deal to end a shareholder derivative suit alleging that Boeing failed to adequately oversee development of 737 Max jets.

  • January 26, 2022

    'Just Do Your Job': Justice Breyer's Legacy Of Pragmatism

    With the coming retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer, the U.S. Supreme Court loses not only a core member of its liberal bloc, but also a judicial thinker who cares deeply about making the law work on a practical level, those who worked with him said.

  • January 26, 2022

    Girardi Used Client Cash On Diamonds For Wife, Trustee Says

    Reality television star Erika Girardi must surrender $750,000 diamond earrings that her husband, former trial attorney Thomas V. Girardi, bought with money he embezzled from his injured clients, a bankruptcy trustee told a Los Angeles judge this week.

  • January 26, 2022

    Fixer Who Smuggled Cuban Ballplayers Gets 13 Months

    A Florida federal judge sentenced a fixer in Haiti to 13 months in prison for helping a sports trainer and a baseball agent smuggle Cuban ballplayers into the U.S.

Expert Analysis

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: 2021 MDLs In Review

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    The most notable trend in multidistrict litigation in 2021 was a 25% decrease in the number of new petitions for MDL proceedings — but a deeper dive into the numbers suggests that, on the whole, MDLs are thriving, and continuing to have a major impact, says Alan Rothman at Sidley.

  • What Starbucks Union Efforts May Mean For Service Industry

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    Collective bargaining agreements that result from growing unionization drives at Starbucks cafes across the country could change how and what customers can order — and foreshadow broader shifts in the service and restaurant industries as COVID-19 and attendant labor shortages put pressure on employers, say David Pryzbylski and Colleen Naumovich at Barnes & Thornburg.

  • Ky. BIPA Copycat Bill Could Usher In Class Action Tsunami

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    A new Kentucky bill replicating Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act may trigger a wave of class actions, and momentum for similar legislation in other states, but companies can get ahead of it by taking several proactive compliance measures, says David Oberly at Blank Rome.

  • How AI Can Transform Crisis Management In Litigation

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    Attorneys should understand how to use rapidly advancing artificial intelligence technology to help clients prepare for potential catastrophic events and the inevitable litigation arising from them, from predicting crises before they occur to testing legal theories once they arise, say Stratton Horres at Wilson Elser and David Steiger.

  • Supervisor Relationships Are Key To Beating Atty Burnout

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    In order to combat record attorney turnover and high levels of burnout, law firm partners and leaders must build engaging relationships with supervisees, fostering autonomy and control, enabling expression of values, and building a sense of community and belonging, says Anne Brafford at the Institute for Well-Being in Law.

  • The New Antitrust Agenda's Impact On Energy And Chemicals

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    The Biden administration's antitrust enforcers have already left their mark on the energy and chemicals industries, with longer and more frequent investigations, lower standards for second requests on mergers, and a wider range of concerns in merger reviews, say attorneys at V&E.

  • Corporate Boards Need Not Fear 7th Circ. Boeing Decision

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    The Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in Seafarers Pension Plan v. Bradway, over Boeing shareholders' rights to bring federal derivative suits over the 737 Max aircraft, may encourage creative Securities Exchange Act claims to avoid exclusive forum provisions, but boards of Delaware corporations still have tools to avoid duplicative litigation, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Opinion

    Electricity Market Competition Helps Consumers And Climate

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    Lawmakers looking to combat climate change and increase consumer choice should encourage and expand competitive electricity supply markets, to free customers from inefficient and often corrupt vertically integrated monopoly utilities, says Todd Snitchler at the Electric Power Supply Association.

  • The Rising Demand For Commercial Litigators In 2022

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    Amid broken supply chains, pandemic-induced bankruptcies and a rise in regulation by litigation, strong commercial litigators — strategists who are adept in trying a range of tortious and contractual disputes — are becoming a must-have for many law firms, making this year an opportune moment to make the career switch, say Michael Ascher and Kimberly Donlon at Major Lindsey.

  • Aviation Watch: Resolving The FAA-FCC Fight Over 5G

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    Concerns over interference with aircraft altimeters are delaying the U.S. rollout of 5G wireless technology, and it may take special action by the Biden administration to resolve the standoff between the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Aviation Administration over the issue, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and aviation expert.

  • How In-House Counsel Can Make The Case For Settling Early

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    Following the recent settlement in McDonald's v. Easterbrook, in-house counsel should consider decision-tree analyses and values-driven communications plans to secure effective, early resolutions in litigation, saving time and money and moving the company mission forward, say Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein and Richard Torrenzano at The Torrenzano Group.

  • To Retain Talent, GCs Should Prioritize Mission Statements

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    With greater legal demands and an increasing number of workers resigning during the pandemic, general counsel should take steps to articulate their teams' values in departmental mission statements, which will help them better prioritize corporate values and attract and retain talent, says Catherine Kemnitz at Axiom.

  • How State High Courts Are Ruling On Consent To Jurisdiction

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    Recent state supreme court decisions from New York, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Georgia implicate whether a corporate defendant will be subject to suit for claims unconnected to a state merely for registering to do business there, and the tension between the Georgia Supreme Court's decision and settled precedent means the issue may be before the U.S. Supreme Court soon, say Jayne Risk and Neal Kronley at DLA Piper.

  • 5 Privacy Law Predictions For 2022

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    To prepare for increased state, federal and international privacy regulation and enforcement this year, companies should focus on sufficient data security measures, fair and transparent use of artificial intelligence and biometrics, and integration of new contractual clauses into cross-border data transfer agreements, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Recent Bias Suits Against Law Firms And Lessons For 2022

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    2021 employment discrimination case filings and developments show that law firms big and small are not immune from claims, and should serve as a reminder that the start of a new year is a good time to review and update salary, promotion and leave policies to mitigate litigation risks, says Hope Comisky at Griesing Law.

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