A man who claims he suffered a traumatic brain injury after a truck collision doesn’t need expert testimony to show the accident caused his injury, an Illinois federal judge said on Friday, noting that other evidence can establish whether he had a brain injury before the collision.
A Chicago resident ran an illegal gambling business and hid that work and related income in a bankruptcy proceeding he initiated to escape a $1.5 million civil judgment, according to charges federal prosecutors made public Friday.
After 25 years on the federal bench in Chicago, former Chief U.S. District Judge Rubén Castillo is returning to private practice as a man with a mission, ready to tackle "unfinished business."
A Grubhub user has “pled herself out of court” after amending claims that customers nationwide received hundreds of unwanted autodialed calls despite being told they would stop, the mobile food delivery service has argued in a bid to escape the suit.
Disney and U.S. Foods are among truck fleet owners objecting to a $135 million settlement between Navistar Inc. and a proposed class of truck buyers, saying the deal is inadequate and unfair because it fails to compensate them for the diminished market value of trucks with defective diesel engines.
International minerals supplier Amcol International Corp. can't escape litigation in which it's accused of orchestrating fraudulent transfers to shield assets that were being targeted by a Singapore shipper to enforce more than $70 million in arbitral awards.
Drug developer Vir Biotechnology Inc. and Chicago-area bank HBT Financial Inc. made their debuts in public markets Friday after raising nearly $276 million combined in initial public offerings that priced at the bottom of their ranges, capping off a mild week for IPOs.
Caterpillar Inc. and Komatsu America Corp. have failed to escape antitrust claims accusing them of trying to strong-arm a competitor out of the construction equipment business, despite a Delaware federal judge slicing the long-running suit to the bare bones.
Three federal judges in New York, California and Washington state blocked the Trump administration Friday from enforcing a rule that would penalize immigrants for using public assistance programs, with one judge calling the measure "repugnant."
Congress seems poised to broaden the relatively narrow definition of whistleblower as it pertains to reporting violations of securities laws that was laid out by the U.S. Supreme Court last year, a development attorneys say would benefit potential whistleblowers and their employers alike.
A group of employees terminated by steel mill operator Bayou Steel BD Holdings LLC shortly before it filed for Chapter 11 protection have asked a Delaware judge to transfer the bankruptcy cases to Louisiana, arguing the company has no real connections to the First State.
JVM Realty has reportedly bought an Illinois apartment complex from Opus Group, Global Holdings Management Group is said to be paying nearly $400 million for a New York apartment tower, and homebuilder Lennar has reportedly paid a PIMCO-managed entity $6.1 million for 50 Florida lots.
An Illinois Domino's Pizza franchisee has agreed to pay roughly $800,000 to settle a collective action accusing it of underpaying pizza delivery drivers in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
A Wisconsin-based student loan servicer misrepresents the way it allocates excess payments from borrowers on income-based repayment plans, an Illinois borrower claimed Thursday.
A former crew member at an Illinois Wendy's has filed a proposed class action claiming that her employer, franchisee All-Star Inc., breached the state's unique biometric privacy law by scanning employees' thumbprints for time-keeping purposes without first getting consent.
An attorney who says he was fired from defending an accused 9/11 terrorist after his co-counsel outed him as gay told an Illinois federal court that the state’s absolute litigation privilege doesn't cover the spreading of inflammatory statements.
An Illinois federal judge overseeing a case alleging the National Association of Realtors violated antitrust laws ruled Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice can respond to what it says is the NAR's "incorrect portrayal" of a 2008 consent decree between the government and the association.
An Illinois federal judge on Thursday sent to the Northern District of Texas a suit by an Illinois clinic claiming the National Football League told Cigna not to pay out on the league's health plan, arguing it should be consolidated with a similar case the clinic already has in that district.
Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores investors have filed a proposed class action in Delaware Chancery Court accusing controlling shareholder and former Sears CEO Edward S. Lampert of a yearslong effort to strip value from the retailer to buy out its remaining shares at an unfairly low price.
An Illinois federal judge on Thursday tossed a proposed class action claiming Kraft Heinz Food Co. falsely advertised its Capri Sun drinks as preservative-free, saying the complaint failed to show that Kraft uses an artificial form of citric acid.
An Illinois federal judge sentenced an ex-employee at an iron bar manufacturer to a year and a day in prison Wednesday for stealing the company’s trade secrets before leaving to work for a Chinese competitor.
An Instagram user's putative class action against Groupon is headed back to Illinois federal court after the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday ordered a limited remand, finding Groupon hadn't proved federal jurisdiction when it asked for the case to be removed from state court.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP has hired a pair of attorneys to bolster its bankruptcy practice, naming former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP partner Felicia Perlman as co-chair of its restructuring and insolvency group and adding Brad Giordano from King & Spalding LLP.
Illinois' largest video gaming company has accused a marketing employee and his mother of funneling the business' customers to their own venture.
A Maryland federal judge on Wednesday granted a bid by ex-chicken producer employees to consolidate related cases in a proposed class action accusing chicken processing companies of a decadelong conspiracy to fix the wages of hundreds of thousands of workers.
While artificial intelligence has already revolutionized the e-discovery field, the development of emotionally intelligent AI promises to explore data in an even more nuanced and human way, thereby further reducing the burden on legal teams, say Lisa Prowse and Brian Schrader at e-discovery services provider BIA.
For many Illinois residents, the passage of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act was cause for celebration. However, the fact that marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, combined with the Illinois Eviction Act, means that marijuana use can still lead to eviction, says Richard Toboz of Heavner Beyers.
Motor vehicle subscription services — similar to auto leases, except with no long-term commitment, the ability to change vehicles periodically, and insurance and maintenance bundled in — have been embraced by some automakers, insurers and consumers, but face potential roadblocks from state lawmakers and regulators, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.
Although most lawyers are well-prepared to defend or justify the value of an insurance claim for clients, often law firms have not clearly identified their own potential liabilities, planned for adequate insurance or established prudent internal risk management practices, says Victor Sordillo at Sompo International.
With lateral transfers between law firms on the rise, it is more important than ever for partners to understand the steps they must take to adhere to ethics rules and other requirements when making a transition, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.
The Viamedia and Qualcomm antitrust cases in the Seventh and Ninth Circuits, in which the U.S. Department of Justice has taken positions regarding when a refusal to deal could be unlawful, may lead the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify the appropriate standard for refusal to deal claims, says Ryan Sandrock of Sidley.
In two pending class actions, the Seventh Circuit and the D.C. Circuit may be slated to water down the U.S. Supreme Court's Bristol-Myers holding that state courts do not have specific, personal jurisdiction over nonresident plaintiffs' claims, even though there is no policy justification for treating class actions differently, say attorneys at Skadden.
The Seventh Circuit's decision in Lavallee v. Med-1 doesn't mean that debt validation notices can’t be sent through email, and it’s unlikely to affect the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s proposed debt collection rule, but it does make clear that collectors must be careful when using electronic communications, say John Redding and Marshall Bell at Buckley.
Taxpayers should be alarmed at state efforts to extend the U.S. Supreme Court's Wayfair decision to direct taxes — including gross receipts, income and franchise taxes — despite the apparent protections of federal Public Law 86-272, says Martin Eisenstein of Brann & Isaacson.
California is set to be reshaped soon by two pieces of legislation — one on data privacy, and one on worker classification — but numerous attempts by lawmakers to amend both laws, and the possibility of ballot measures that may further alter them, are clouding the picture, says Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal.
By employing tactical empathy techniques to understand the interests behind the positions taken by others, attorneys can gain the upper hand in deal negotiations and litigation while still promoting and preserving long-term relationships with opponents, judges and others, say Shermin Kruse of TEDxYouth@Wrigleyville and Ursula Taylor of Strategic Health.
Law firms are beginning to recognize implicit bias as a problem. But too few recognize that it is also an opportunity to broaden our thinking and become better legal problem solvers, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.
#MeToo turns 2 this fall, and while troubling reports of bad workplace behavior have emerged since the movement began, legislation and grassroots community collaborations that focus on preventive measures, such as training and external certifications, are fruitful areas for future development, says Jen Rubin at Mintz.
If it continues to watch from the sidelines as its neighboring states — especially Illinois — legalize marijuana, Wisconsin risks losing out on economic opportunities and tax revenue, says Paloma Kennedy of Reinhart Boerner.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's new book "A Republic, If You Can Keep It" offers hope for our constitutional system through stories of American greatness, and sheds much-needed light on originalism for skeptics, says Sixth Circuit Judge Amul Thapar.