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  • April 03, 2020

    States’ Suit Touted For Bellwether In Generics Price-Fix Case

    Buyers accusing generic-drug makers of price-fixing urged a Pennsylvania federal judge Thursday to accept a special master’s recommendation and pick a lawsuit by states as their bellwether conspiracy case, pushing back against Teva Pharmaceuticals' objection to the special master's choice.

  • April 03, 2020

    Ex-Employees Say $5.5M Deal Can't Stop Retaliation Suit

    Four former employees of Life Spine Inc. argued Friday the company's payment of a $5.5 million penalty doesn't block their claim they were fired in retaliation for complaining about a kickback scheme. 

  • April 03, 2020

    Windy City Shuffle: Paul Hastings, Katten, Duane Morris

    In this roundup of Chicago lawyers’ latest lateral moves, Paul Hastings LLP landed a new cybersecurity and data protection partner and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP beefed up its corporate team.

  • April 03, 2020

    Motorola Rival Urges Redo In $764M Radio Trade Secret Row

    China-based Hytera told an Illinois federal judge Thursday that if he doesn't totally wipe out a $764 million verdict for Motorola or order a new trial, he should cut Motorola's actual damages to $28 million because a host of errors gave Hytera an unfair shake at trial.

  • April 03, 2020

    Google 'Infiltrated' Schools To Collect Kids' Data, Ill. Dad Says

    Google has violated state and federal privacy laws by selling and distributing Chromebooks that collect and store students’ facial and voice data, according to a proposed class action filed in California federal court.

  • April 03, 2020

    Financier Facing 27 Years Denied Release Amid COVID Crisis

    An Illinois federal court on Friday denied former investment manager and convicted fraudster Shawn Baldwin’s bid to be released from prison over COVID-19 fears, finding he didn't have a compelling medical reason to enjoy home confinement ahead of his sentencing.

  • April 03, 2020

    Health Hires: Akin Gump, K&L Gates, EIP, Oric Pharma

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has welcomed back an attorney after a stint at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and K&L Gates LLP nabbed the former managing partner of Haynes and Boone LLP's Chicago office, headlining Law360's latest roundup of personnel moves in the health care and life sciences arena.

  • April 03, 2020

    Lenders Sue Fair Isaac After Feds Open Antitrust Probe

    Lenders have slapped credit score developer Fair Isaac Corp. with a proposed antitrust class action in Illinois federal court, on the heels of a probe by federal competition enforcers examining whether the company engages in monopoly tactics.

  • April 02, 2020

    Hospital Security Guard Barred From Wearing Mask, Suit Says

    A hospital in suburban Chicago is prohibiting its security guards from wearing protective face coverings while at work during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a lawsuit filed by a guard who says he was chastised for wearing a mask last month and has chosen not to return to work since.

  • April 02, 2020

    Ill. Justices Keep Doctor's Negligence Win In Birth Injury Suit

    Though an Illinois doctor will face a retrial on claims that she failed to obtain informed consent for a childbirth in which the infant suffered a shoulder injury, the parents won’t be able to get a redo on their negligence claim, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

  • April 02, 2020

    Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

    The suddenly ubiquitous conference service Zoom has been hit with a lawsuit over privacy concerns, investor allegations are mounting against Norwegian Cruise Lines over its response to the coronavirus pandemic, and companies like Bed, Bath & Beyond are seeking court orders to preserve pending mergers and acquisitions amid the outbreak.

  • April 02, 2020

    Ex-Gaming Board Agent Loses Retaliation Claim Over Report

    A former Illinois Gaming Board employee can't bring First Amendment retaliation claims against the agency over her internal complaints about discriminatory conduct because she was speaking as part of her official duties, an Illinois federal court ruled Thursday.

  • April 02, 2020

    Northwestern Workers Seek Filing Delay For ERISA Rehearing

    Northwestern University workers aren’t yet giving up on their proposed class action accusing the school of mishandling their retirement savings, asking the Seventh Circuit for more time to mount a push to revisit the appeals court's March decision spiking their case. 

  • April 02, 2020

    Ill. Hilton Owner, Food Co. Hit With Finger Scan Privacy Suits

    An Illinois Hilton hotel owner and a prepared-food service owned by Elior Inc. are the latest companies accused of violating Illinois' biometric privacy law by requiring employees to scan their fingerprints for work without getting their informed consent.

  • April 02, 2020

    Arch Snags $1.46B For Pair Of Biotech-Focused Funds

    Arch Venture Partners on Thursday said it has clinched a pair of funds totaling $1.46 billion, with plans to target "transformative" biotechnology businesses.

  • April 01, 2020

    DC, Pa. Won't Count Teleworkers For Nexus Amid Outbreak

    Tax officials from District of Columbia and Pennsylvania are not considering telecommuting employees as creating a nexus, they said at a Wednesday coronavirus-themed webinar with other state officials, though jurisdictions diverged on whether they're delaying some estimated tax payments.

  • April 01, 2020

    Retirement Plan Is Denied Cut Of Transit Agency Drug Rebates

    The Chicago Transit Authority’s employee retirement plan isn’t entitled to a portion of the prescription drug rebates the CTA receives because the plan didn’t prove it had a fiduciary relationship with the agency, an Illinois state appellate panel said Tuesday.

  • April 01, 2020

    Ill. Atty Sees 'Excessive' 18-Month Ban For Missed Suit Halved

    An Illinois attorney will only serve a nine-month suspension for failing to timely inform a client that she missed the statute of limitations on his personal injury lawsuit, after a state discipline review board deemed the original 18-month recommendation "excessive."

  • April 01, 2020

    Black Bakery Workers Win Class Cert. In Race Screening Suit

    An Illinois federal judge has certified a class of African American laborers who claim that an industrial baker and the staffing firm it contracted with illegally denied them work, a ruling the workers' lawyers say is the first time that such a racial bias claim has been certified against a staffing agency.

  • April 01, 2020

    Ill. Docs Must Face Suit Over Surgery That Led To Abortion

    An Illinois appellate court held Tuesday that a wrongful death suit can proceed against two doctors accused of failing to recognize a patient was pregnant prior to an elective surgery that exposed the fetus to health risks and ultimately led the parents to terminate the pregnancy.

  • April 01, 2020

    Latham Lands Ex-Crowe Counsel In Chicago

    Latham & Watkins LLP has bolstered its Chicago office by adding an attorney who served as assistant general counsel for accounting firm Crowe LLP, the firm has announced.

  • April 01, 2020

    Akorn Says Credit Default Brings It To Brink Of Bankruptcy

    Specialty drug developer Akorn Inc. notified Delaware’s Chancery Court on Wednesday that a failed search for a “stalking horse” buyer had triggered a credit default and countdown to a May 1 Chapter 11 filing, with its lenders potentially stepping in to serve as a bidder-to-beat buyer.

  • March 31, 2020

    Ill. Hospital Chain Ducks Competitor's Antitrust Suit

    A health care system operating a series of Illinois hospitals didn't violate antitrust laws when it negotiated insurance contracts that cut competitors out of insurance networks, an Illinois federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday, partially adopting the report and recommendations of a special master who previously presided over the case.

  • March 31, 2020

    Gaming Co. Says Jackson Lewis Can't Collect Fee 'Windfall'

    A now-closed gaming terminal company has said that an Illinois state judge should vacate a $328,000 judgment against it and prevent Jackson Lewis PC from collecting a "windfall" of attorney fees based on a legally unenforceable engagement letter and unsupported charges.

  • March 31, 2020

    Ex-Jenner & Block Chair To Lead Willkie's New Chicago Office

    In a move to extend its territory to the Midwest, New York-based Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP launched a new Chicago office Tuesday, bringing on six former Jenner & Block LLP partners, including the firm's ex-chairman.

Expert Analysis

  • Will COVID-19 Transform The Cannabis Industry?

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    With marijuana deemed essential in many states during the COVID-19 crisis, regulators are relaxing prohibitions on cannabis home delivery and curbside pickup services. These short-term fixes could become lasting mainstays, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • Opinion

    FTC Should Leave Regulation Of Noncompetes To States

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    If the FTC must use its rulemaking authority to regulate employee noncompete agreements, it should tread cautiously and let states make policy decisions for their citizens and economies, say Russell Beck and Erika Hahn of Beck Reed.

  • Benefits Of Pandemic-Prompted Court Extensions Are Limited

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    State and federal courts are canceling proceedings and pushing out deadlines in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, but the relief is complex and necessarily incomplete in its power to relieve parties from jurisdictional deadlines, says Neil Lloyd at Schiff Hardin.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Shaming Of Attys Is Troubling Even During Pandemic

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    Judges have recently rebuked attorneys for wasting judicial resources to resolve minor issues during the COVID-19 crisis, including in a trademark lawsuit over unicorn drawings. But it is unfair to publicly flog lawyers for doing what they are trained to do, says Ronald Minkoff, chairman of Frankfurt Kurnit's professional responsibility group.

  • Don't Be Social Media Distancing: LinkedIn Tips For Lawyers

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    While we need to be physically apart at this time, lawyers and firms should be leaning into social media to reinforce and build relationships, and help guide clients through the coronavirus crisis, says marketing consultant Stefanie Marrone.

  • Tips For Executing Contracts Electronically Amid Pandemic

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    While COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for even commonplace tasks like contract execution, federal and state legal frameworks offer practical alternatives to manual signing, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Opinion

    It Is Time To Make Virtual Trials A Reality

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    The COVID-19 crisis is rapidly teaching us that there is surprisingly little legal work that requires everyone to be in the same room — and that’s equally true for trials and other court proceedings, says Jeffrey Blumenfeld at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Remote Depositions: Coming To A Home Office Near You

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    Recent Texas state court orders indicate judges are increasingly requiring parties and nonparties to submit to remote depositions amid the pandemic. However, there are inherent drawbacks to such depositions, including limitations on attorneys’ ability to assess witness credibility, says Edward Duffy at Reed Smith.

  • State Telemedicine Rules Remain Murky Amid COVID-19 Crisis

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    In the vast majority of states, the regulatory environment remains unclear or hostile to telemedicine services by out-of-state physicians, limiting their capacity to help during the coronavirus pandemic, say attorneys at Polsinelli.

  • Ways Lawyers Can Support The Most Vulnerable Right Now

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    In this global health and economic crisis, it is essential that lawyers recommit to inclusion, and fight for colleagues, clients, community members and friends who are most at risk, says Dru Levasseur, head of the National LGBT Bar Association's inclusion coaching and consulting program.

  • Opinion

    Cannabis Exclusion From COVID-19 Relief Must Be Remedied

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    Marijuana businesses — deemed essential in several states — are not able to tap into the $360 billion in U.S. Small Business Administration loans being made available in response to COVID-19, amplifying the disconnect between federal and state treatment of cannabis. Something can and should be done to fix this, says Zachary Kobrin at Akerman.

  • Confronting The Challenges Of Virtual Mediation

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    Conducting mediation via videoconference amid the ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges, including the difficulty of reading people when you are not with them in person. Daniel Garrie at JAMS shares six tips to overcome the limitations.

  • Renewable-Plus-Storage Projects: Bridging Regulatory Gaps

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    Increasing demand for projects that combine renewable energy generation with energy storage — sometimes called renewable-plus-storage — may prompt the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to address regulatory issues that make such projects difficult, says Seth Lucia at MoFo.

  • Shelter-In-Place Orders Raise 5 Business Operations Issues

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    State and local authorities' COVID-19-related orders to shelter in place raise several critical questions that businesses must address in order to protect their employees, data, information technology infrastructure and operations, say Erin Illman and Steve Snyder at Bradley Arant.

  • Keeping Trucks Moving During The Coronavirus Outbreak

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    Federal and state authorities have taken action to ensure motor carriers can continue delivering vital goods and supplies during COVID-19 lockdowns and closures, but drivers should carry documentation to show why their services are essential, says Brandon Wiseman at Scopelitis Garvin.

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