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Illinois

  • March 21, 2019

    Ill. Residents Get Class Nod In Prerecorded Cruise Call Row

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday certified a class of state residents who claim the travel company behind Holiday Cruise Line blasted them with unwanted prerecorded calls marketing a free vacation but refused to allow call recipients who live outside the Prairie State to join the class. 

  • March 21, 2019

    Ill. Supreme Court Tosses Union's $2M Real Estate Bill

    An Illinois Teamsters union local should not be liable for the outstanding balance on a property it leased for office space because the union didn’t follow statutory procedure to execute the agreement in the first place, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday.

  • March 21, 2019

    Bank Can't Undo Default Win, Left With $4.9M Error

    An Illinois bank that has been trying for five years to undo what it says was a $4.9 million overpayment for a foreclosed property had its latest attempt shot down by a state appeals court on Wednesday.

  • March 21, 2019

    Chicago O'Hare Injury Suit Not Covered, Insurer Says

    A New Jersey insurance company told an Illinois federal judge Wednesday it is not responsible for providing coverage to the city of Chicago and several construction companies for a personal injury suit stemming from a truck accident at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.

  • March 21, 2019

    Hotel Chains Have To Face Search-Engine Antitrust Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss a proposed class action against Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott and other hotel giants over allegations the companies have an anti-competitive agreement to avoid advertising against each other via search engines.

  • March 21, 2019

    CH Robinson's Arbitration Pacts Stall OT Class Outreach

    An Illinois federal judge has tentatively blocked a C.H. Robinson worker from notifying colleagues who signed arbitration agreements of her proposed overtime misclassification collective action, citing a recent Fifth Circuit ruling that such workers typically can’t join group litigation.

  • March 21, 2019

    Judge Says He Can't Decide $15M Sears Credit Card Row Yet

    A New York bankruptcy judge told Sears and a hedge fund owned by its former CEO on Thursday that he'll need more time and evidence before he can decide the rightful owner of $14.6 million in credit card receipts.

  • March 21, 2019

    Ready Capital Nets $105M In Loans For Properties In 4 States

    Ready Capital said on Thursday that it has closed a slew of loans for acquisition and redevelopment purposes for properties in Texas, Florida, California and Illinois for a total of approximately $104.7 million.

  • March 21, 2019

    Chicago Can't Contest Use Tax Sourcing, Ill. Justices Say

    Illinois circuit courts lack jurisdiction to hear the city of Chicago’s claims that municipalities shorted it tax revenue by sourcing transactions in a manner that subjected them to sales tax instead of use tax, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

  • March 21, 2019

    Ill. Judge Again Gives LL Bean Warranty Suit The Boot

    “Nothing much has changed” in an amended complaint from a customer claiming L.L. Bean Inc.’s switch from a century-old lifetime warranty to a one-year return policy violates consumer protection laws, prompting an Illinois federal judge to dismiss the suit for good on Wednesday.

  • March 21, 2019

    Mo. Regulators OK $2.3B Power Line After Court Rebuke

    Missouri utility regulators on Wednesday greenlighted the construction of a $2.3 billion interstate electric transmission line, less than a year after the Missouri Supreme Court said the state's public service commission got it wrong in rejecting the long-gestating project.

  • March 21, 2019

    Chicago Pol Cops To Swiping Public Funds In About-Face

    A Chicago alderman on Thursday admitted to a wire fraud charge he faced over claims he used a ward account as a personal piggy bank, after previously telling a judge he’d rather go to trial.

  • March 21, 2019

    Blackstone-Backed HR Provider Alight Hits Pause On IPO

    The Blackstone Group-backed human resources and benefits coordinator Alight Inc. said it will hold off on moving forward with an anticipated initial public offering that could have seen the company bring in approximately $752 million.

  • March 21, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: JDL, Rodan Property, Diana Chen

    A JDL Development venture has reportedly landed $735 million in financing for a Chicago residential and retail tower project, Rodan Property Management is said to have bought a Miami industrial property for $12.25 million, and billionaire Diana Chen has reportedly purchased a Los Angeles mansion once owned by Barry Bonds for $23 million.

  • March 20, 2019

    What’s In A Judgeship? More Than Meets The Eye

    Figuring out what constitutes a manageable workload for the nation’s district judges is no simple task. Getting the judiciary the resources it needs is even harder.

  • March 20, 2019

    Swamped: How Magistrate Judges Salvaged Louisiana's Judicial Crisis

    The Western District of Louisiana is supposed to have seven district judges. But for a year, most of the courthouses were operating without a single Article III judge. As usual, magistrate judges picked up the slack.

  • March 20, 2019

    Tootsie Roll Escapes Slack-Fill Suit Over Junior Mints Boxes

    Tootsie Roll dodged claims that, while its Junior Mints are chocolate, peppermint and delicious, they’re packaged in deceptively large boxes, when an Illinois federal judge ruled Tuesday that consumers would need to show how the candy they received was worth less than they paid.

  • March 20, 2019

    'Contradictory' Claims Can't Stand In $100M IP Dispute: Judge

    An Illinois federal judge found some of the allegations in a $100 million trade secrets fight lacking Wednesday, saying a company that helps data centers retain uninterrupted power during outages offers "contradictory and confusing" claims about a private equity-backed rival's purported misappropriation.

  • March 20, 2019

    Burger King Franchisee Skirts Ill. Biometric Law, Worker Says

    The nation’s second-largest Burger King franchisee and its Illinois subsidiary got hit Tuesday with a lawsuit claiming its employees in the state were required to scan their fingerprints for timekeeping purposes in violation of the state’s Biometric Information Privacy Act.

  • March 20, 2019

    Kellogg Dodges Cook County Suit Over $2M Heating Bill

    Kellogg Co. is off the hook for $2 million in heating bills after an Illinois federal judge ruled Tuesday that a 1973 agreement requires Cook County to provide a Chicago facility owned by the company's subsidiary with steam heat free of charge.

Expert Analysis

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Trial Counsel's Role On A Mass Tort Virtual Law Team

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    Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Illinois Has Raised Liability Risk For Nonmanufacturer Cos.

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    In Cassidy v. China Vitamins, the Illinois Supreme Court overturned previous interpretations of Illinois law that shielded nonmanufacturer defendants in strict product liability cases. Distributors and retailers may now find it useful to take a hard look at the value of their relationships with lawsuit-prone foreign manufacturers, says Symone Shinton of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • State Net

    Federal, State And Local Governments Vie For Control Of 5G

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    The next generation of wireless technology, 5G, could bring major advancements in everything from entertainment to public safety. But federal, state and local governments are at odds over how 5G should be deployed and who should regulate it, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    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 Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.