Illinois

  • February 14, 2020

    7th Circ. Won't Revive Antrim Generic-Drug Supply Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Friday rejected a startup's attempt to revive claims that a Pennsylvania pharmaceutical company reneged on a drug supply agreement and withheld its supply to manipulate profits, finding that the district court made no irreversible error.

  • February 14, 2020

    Trump Admin. Says Illegal Structure Shouldn't Doom CFPB

    The Trump administration is supporting a U.S. Supreme Court challenge to the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, but told justices Friday that the California law firm that brought the case is going too far by calling for the whole agency to be scrapped.

  • February 14, 2020

    AI Biz Kept 'Face Database' Of OKCupid Profile Pics, Suit Says

    An artificial intelligence company violated Illinois privacy law when it captured and profited from the profile photos of OKCupid Inc. users without their permission or knowledge, according to a lawsuit filed in Illinois state court that comes weeks after Facebook paid $550 million to resolve a biometric privacy class action.

  • February 14, 2020

    What Attys Should Know As Juul Battles Blaze Of Litigation

    A litigation firestorm surrounding e-cigarette colossus Juul Labs is threatening to engulf many other players in the multibillion-dollar vaping market and appears poised to test innovative theories in product liability law. Here, Law360 explains the key cases and issues that attorneys should watch.

  • February 14, 2020

    SkyWest Flight Attendants Say Calif. Ruling Bolsters Pay Spat

    Current and former SkyWest flight attendants said Thursday that their Illinois suit seeking unpaid wages for work they did while on the ground is bolstered by a California Supreme Court decision that Apple's off-the-clock employee bag searches counted as compensable work time.

  • February 14, 2020

    PBGC Says McClatchy Ch. 11 Moving Too Fast

    The Pension Benefits Guaranty Corp. told a New York bankruptcy judge Friday that newspaper chain McClatchy Co. is trying to move forward with its Chapter 11 plan too fast for creditors to organize or company finances to be probed.

  • February 14, 2020

    SmithAmundsen Attys Sanctioned $72K In Med. Mal. Case

    An Illinois federal judge Friday ordered SmithAmundsen LLC to pay $72,000 in sanctions to a family for allegedly retaining and emailing their child’s personal health records in violation of a court order, and denied the firm’s request to reconsider the sanctions.

  • February 14, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: JDL, Mazzarella Family, Northeastern

    JDL Development is reportedly buying 10 acres of land in Chicago, the Mazzarella family is said to have leased out 10,000 square feet in New York to an early childhood center and Northeastern University has reportedly paid $22 million for the ground lease at a Boston building.

  • February 14, 2020

    7th Circ. Asks If Changes Truly Transformed Tax Shelter

    A Seventh Circuit judge on Friday pushed an ex-Seyfarth partner to address whether rollups of trading companies and investor trusts did enough to "clean the sham status" of a partnership found to be a tax shelter in the early 2000s, as the partnership now asks the court to reject IRS adjustments for later tax years.

  • February 14, 2020

    Coke Buyers Get Partial Class Cert. In False Ad MDL

    A California federal judge certified six state classes Friday in multidistrict litigation accusing The Coca-Cola Co. of misleading buyers by claiming the soda contains no artificial flavors, but he denied certification to the classes' common law claims.

  • February 14, 2020

    Battery Co.'s Sanctions Bid In $100M IP Fight Is 'Absurd'

    Digital infrastructure company Vertiv Group Corp., the former business partner of LiiON LLC, came to "absurd conclusions" about discovery-related issues as part of a $100 million trade secrets case, the stored energy solutions company is arguing as it pushes back against its rival's sanctions bid.

  • February 14, 2020

    Motorola Wins $764M In Radio Trade Secret Trial

    Illinois federal jurors awarded Motorola Solutions LLC roughly $764 million Friday, finding Chinese rival Hytera Corp. infringed copyrights and misappropriated trade secrets to create and market a competing digital two-way radio.

  • February 13, 2020

    Ill. Gambling Co. Says State's Data Breach Led To Bad Press

    A video gambling operator and his company have hit the Illinois Gaming Board with a $4 million state court lawsuit, alleging that a board employee leaked his confidential information to three federal agencies, resulting in negative press coverage.

  • February 13, 2020

    Motorola Overshot With $764M Trade Secret Suit, Rival Says

    Motorola Solutions LLC cast too wide a net in its $764 million digital radio trade secret theft suit and is trying to pin a few employees' bad acts on an entire company, Chinese rival Hytera Corp. told Illinois federal jurors Thursday.

  • February 13, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Urban Edge, M&T Bank, Clayco

    Urban Edge Properties is reportedly paying $165 million for two Brooklyn properties, M&T Bank is said to have loaned $64.5 million for a Long Island multifamily project, and Clayco is reportedly close to a deal to pay roughly $60 million for a Chicago food processing plant.

  • February 13, 2020

    Dental Suppliers Shut Down Patient Antitrust Litigation

    Major U.S. dental suppliers won their bid to shut down a patient’s proposed class suit alleging they bumped up the cost of dental care with an illegal price-fixing deal after an Illinois federal judge found Thursday that the patients' connection to the claimed conspiracy wasn't solid enough.

  • February 13, 2020

    Car Sharing Co. Turo Hit With Consumer Suit Over Bogus Fees

    Car-sharing company Turo charged consumers bogus fees for purported damage to cars they rented, even though the customers vehemently disputed damaging the vehicles, according to a proposed class action filed in Illinois federal court Wednesday.

  • February 13, 2020

    Wis. County Appeals Tribal Zoning Decision To 7th Circ.

    A Wisconsin county is appealing a January ruling blocking it from enforcing its zoning ordinance on the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians' members within the tribe's reservation, asking for a stay of the injunction until the Seventh Circuit can weigh in.

  • February 13, 2020

    Objector Tells 7th Circ. To Upend $1.9M Engine Co. Fraud Deal

    A lower court should not have approved a $1.875 million deal to end a derivative action filed in the wake of an accounting fraud scheme at an alternative-energy engine maker without considering related criminal charges, among other issues, an objector told the Seventh Circuit on Thursday.

  • February 13, 2020

    McClatchy Files Ch. 11, Cites 'Grim Reality' Of News Industry

    McClatchy Co. filed for bankruptcy on Thursday with more than $700 million in debt, most of it pension obligations, and plans to hand over control to creditors in what it called yet another reminder of the “grim reality facing the local news industry.”

  • February 12, 2020

    Motorola Wants $764M In Radio Trade Secrets Trial

    Motorola Solutions asked Illinois federal jurors to award it $764 million to make a Chinese rival pay for "one of the greatest thefts in the history of technology" in closing arguments Wednesday that wrapped a three-month trade secrets trial.

  • February 12, 2020

    Akorn Poised For Ch. 11 Sale Following Failed $4.3B Merger

    Akorn Inc. said Wednesday it plans to sell all of its assets, potentially seeking Chapter 11 protection, to address litigation costs that have mounted in the wake of the generic-drug maker's failed $4.3 billion merger with Fresenius Kabi AG in 2018.

  • February 12, 2020

    PNC Abetted $75M 'Ponzi-Like' Scheme, Investment Cos. Say

    Two investment companies and a Pennsylvania man on Wednesday hit PNC Bank and Heartland Bank & Trust with a proposed class action accusing the banks of aiding and abetting a $75 million Ponzi scheme in which an Illinois man allegedly took money from more than 500 investors.

  • February 12, 2020

    Parts Co. Asks 7th Circ. To Revive Foxconn Trade Secrets Suit

    Taiwan-based electronics maker Foxconn can be sued in states like Illinois, where cars are sold that incorporate allegedly stolen trade secret technology, a high-tech parts manufacturer told the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday in a fight to establish Illinois jurisdiction.

  • February 12, 2020

    21 AGs Oppose DHS Rule Barring Asylum Seekers At Border

    Twenty states and the District of Columbia urged the Ninth Circuit Tuesday to uphold a lower court decision temporarily barring the Trump administration from blocking entry of non-Mexican asylum seekers caught in that country when new restrictions took effect for in-transit, “third country” immigrants.

Expert Analysis

  • Universities Shouldn't Roll Dice On Sports Betting Compliance

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    As states across the U.S. legalize sports betting, universities must be willing to amend their compliance programs to protect their institutions, student-athletes, athletic conferences and the integrity of games, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • Foreign Cos. Beware: Motorola Case Expands DTSA's Reach

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    An Illinois federal court recently opened a pathway for domestic trade secret owners to seek civil relief for acts of misappropriation occurring abroad, potentially increasing foreign companies' litigation exposure, says Anand Patel of Paul Hastings.

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    Legal Prediction Is Demanding But Not Impossible

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    The New Jersey Supreme Court’s recent decision in Balducci v. Cige incorrectly concluded that predicting the length and cost of a case is nearly impossible, and overlooked artificial intelligence's ability to do so, says Joseph Avery with Claudius Legal Intelligence.

  • T-Mobile/Sprint Ruling Elevates Tech Market Merger Analysis

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    A New York federal court’s recent refusal to block the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile provides a compelling case for considering the dynamism of high-tech markets and demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of the nuances and limitations of empirical economic analysis, says Jeffrey Eisenach of NERA Economic Consulting.

  • Ruling On FERC’s Tolling Orders Could Slow Pipelines

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    If the D.C. Circuit reins in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s use of tolling orders — which delay court challenges to FERC directives — landowners might be gratified, but interstate pipeline construction projects could face added delays, says Richard Drom of Eckert Seamans.

  • What Cos. Need To Know About New Washington Privacy Bill

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    Companies should attend to the nuances of the latest version of the Washington Privacy Act, which departs from the California Consumer Privacy Act in several key areas, say attorneys at Husch Blackwell.

  • Malpractice Landscape Is Becoming Riskier For BigLaw

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    A recent survey of lawyers’ professional liability insurers revealed an increase in malpractice claims against law firms, suggesting clients will demand more accountability in the coming decade, say Gerald Klein and Amy Nguyen at Klein & Wilson.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Humetewa Reviews 'Guilty People'

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    In her new book, "Guilty People," Abbe Smith successfully conveys that seeing ourselves in people who commit crime may be the first step to exacting change in our justice system, says U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa of the District of Arizona.

  • 7 Legal And Business Considerations For Influencer Marketing

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    Influencers, agencies, brands and their technology partners should formalize their marketing programs, policies and contract terms in order to comply with increased state and federal regulation, say Vejay Lalla and Shizuka Tiernan of Fenwick.

  • Federal-State Employment Law Divide Reveals Systemic Flaw

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    The current lack of synchrony between federal and state employment laws suggests a flaw in the system that is testing the limits of our democracy, says Hollie Reiminger at Fisher Phillips.

  • Del. M&A Ruling Shows High Bar For Determining Controllers

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    The Delaware Chancery Court recently rejected a stockholder challenge to the merger of Essendant and Staples, demonstrating that the court will consider a minority stockholder as a controller only when it actually exercises control over a company's business affairs, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Getting State Approvals For Energy Storage Siting

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    Many state laws are still ambiguous about regulatory oversight of energy storage facility siting, so energy storage developers should consider proactively engaging with state regulators to determine whether they will assert jurisdiction, says Andy Flavin of Troutman Sanders.

  • Biometric Privacy In 2020: How Companies Can Comply

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    To respond to the rapidly evolving legal landscape, companies that incorporate biometric data into their business practices can take several steps to satisfy their current and future compliance obligations, say Jeffrey Rosenthal and David Oberly of Blank Rome. 

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    Why I Became A Lawyer: Following A Serendipitous Path

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    I went to law school intending to pursue a career in politics, inspired by Ted Sorensen and Gary Hart — but learning to solve problems in a new and exciting way drew me to litigation, says David Goodman of Goodman Law Group Chicago.

  • Biometric Privacy In 2020: What Companies Can Expect

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    This year, companies should anticipate a continued effort by state lawmakers to pass legislation regulating the use of biometric technologies, as well as a proliferation of class actions that will further define the contours of the law, say Jeffrey Rosenthal and David Oberly of Blank Rome.