The U.S. Department of the Interior's recent move to loosen restrictions on the incidental killing of migratory birds illegally departed from decades of established practice and runs counter to the intent of a law designed to protect the creatures, a New York federal judge said Tuesday.
A Seventh Circuit Judge pushed back Tuesday on Illinois Republicans' claim that they should be exempted from group-size limits like religious gatherings are under Gov. J.B. Pritzker's latest COVID-19 safety order, saying the party isn't comparing apples to apples under the First Amendment.
Seyfarth Shaw has expanded its team in Chicago and Los Angeles with the addition of a partner who specializes in labor relations, especially in the hospitality, health care, transportation and construction sectors.
A Missouri federal judge has thrown out a proposed class action brought by a former flight paramedic who claimed Air Evac EMS Inc. shorted him on overtime, saying he was covered by a $2.95 million settlement in Kentucky.
Dozens of former employees of Twin Peaks, a restaurant chain known for waitstaff who wear revealing clothing, filed an amended complaint in Illinois federal court claiming the business' practice of picking apart women's bodies and its scanty uniform requirements are "torn from a pimp's playbook."
A class of Illinois cafe chain employees who've settled biometric privacy claims against their employer asked a federal judge Monday to award their lawyers more than $1 million in fees and costs from their revised $3.2 million deal.
Boeing told an Illinois federal judge that Southwest Airlines flight attendants suing to recover lost wages from the 737 Max's global grounding have made far-fetched claims that Boeing overhyped the jets' safety and locked Southwest, one of its most loyal airline customers, into rigid contracts.
An Illinois broker facing a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration sued the regulator Tuesday for alleged breach of contract, claiming that its decision to conduct the hearing via Zoom is "unworkable" due to the need for a translator in the proceeding and the complexity of the issues.
Financial relief from public and private sources poured in over the past week for multiple populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including Delaware and New Jersey renters, Garden State landlords and small businesses, and California small businesses.
Lawmakers on Tuesday called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take e-cigarettes temporarily off the market during the pandemic, saying that there's scientific evidence that e-cigarette users are more likely to be diagnosed with COVID-19.
Public advocates on Tuesday called for Congress to pass legislation as part of the next coronavirus relief package that would significantly lower the in-state phone call rates for people who are incarcerated.
A Delaware federal judge agreed Monday to transfer to Florida previously dismissed claims in a long-running antitrust suit alleging Caterpillar, Komatsu and certain equipment dealers tried to strong-arm a competitor out of the construction equipment business, but said claims against the two manufacturers would stay put.
Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has enacted a mail-in ballot program that opened the state up for widespread voting fraud and could infringe some citizens' right to have their vote counted in November's general election, Cook County Republicans claimed in federal court Monday.
A federal judge won't rethink his decision to pare down a law firm's suit against a suburban Chicago rival, blasting the firm for its "feeble prosecution" of allegations that the rival mimicked its website to confuse and steal potential clients.
An Illinois federal judge won't let Little Caesars escape a suit by two former employees alleging the company violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act by collecting their fingerprint data without consent, saying documents proffered by the company cannot be recognized as evidence at this stage.
Dozens of states and technology giants, including Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp., have backed lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump's recent visa suspensions, arguing the president's orders will hinder the U.S.' economic recovery.
A group of Commonwealth Edison customers hit the utility, several company personnel and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan with a $450 million civil racketeering suit Monday following the company's recent admission that certain employees bribed the speaker's associates in exchange for favorable legislation.
Fast-food giant McDonald's Corp. sued former Chief Executive Officer Steve Easterbrook in Delaware's Chancery Court for damages or clawed-back compensation Monday alleging that he fraudulently obtained a "without cause" firing and severance deal last year by lying about workplace sexual transgressions.
Macy's Retail Holdings Inc. is facing a proposed class action in Illinois federal court accusing it of violating the state's biometric privacy law by partnering with embattled tech company Clearview AI to use facial recognition software to identify shoppers on the retailer's security cameras.
White Castle lost another bid to dodge a manager's proposed class action alleging the fast-food giant repeatedly violated Illinois' biometric privacy laws when an Illinois federal judge ruled Friday that the claims were not time-barred.
Federal prosecutors lobbed bribery charges Friday against the mayor of a Chicago suburb who they say requested and accepted cash, campaign contributions and other benefits from a red-light camera company that had been serving the municipality.
In this round of intellectual property updates tied to the ongoing pandemic, attorneys general put pressure on the federal government to make COVID-19 drugs more accessible, patent trials in Texas remain in the air, and one attorney expresses guilt for proceeding with an in-person jury trial.
A company that a Johnson & Johnson unit has accused of selling purportedly counterfeit versions of surgical devices told an Illinois federal court Friday that a seizure order of 1.27 million of its products should not have been granted, saying the subsidiary has shown "little, if any, evidence of the ballyhooed pervasive counterfeiting scheme."
An Illinois federal judge has refused to certify 15 statewide classes over accusations that Ulta Beauty Inc. unlawfully sold used, repackaged products, saying managers implemented the company's damaged goods reduction policy too differently to create a common question over their claims.
An Illinois hotel told a federal court Thursday that its insurer unreasonably denied coverage for its business losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, rebutting the company's assertion that a virus can't cause "physical loss" to a property.
Two recent Illinois federal court opinions concerning Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act claims against third-party vendors raise questions about the statute’s jurisdictional reach outside the state and whether disclosing biometric data to a vendor constitutes actual injury, say Karen Borg and Al Fowerbaugh at Porter Wright.
Following the American Bar Association's recent publication of third-party litigation funding guidance, Jiamie Chen and Dai Wai Chin Feman at Parabellum Capital outline some additional considerations, including the ethical limitations on single-case funding and the futility of economic prenegotiations between attorneys and their clients.
The Arthur Conan Doyle estate's recent lawsuit in a New Mexico federal court against Netflix over a Sherlock Holmes movie faces significant challenges to its copyright infringement argument, including a Seventh Circuit ruling that Sherlock Holmes characters who appeared in public domain and copyright-protected stories can exist in different forms, says Stephen Lee at Benesch Friedlander.
As an attorney with cerebral palsy, Danielle Liebl at Reed Smith says that while the 30-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act has protected her against discrimination, the legal industry must do more to accommodate lawyers with disabilities and make them more comfortable in self-identifying.
Many small towns and rural counties have few lawyers or none at all, which threatens the notion of justice for all Americans and demands creative solutions from legislators, bar associations and law schools, says Patricia Refo, president of the American Bar Association.
For patent defendants determining how long they can wait to file parallel inter partes reviews to avoid discretionary denial under the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's recent Apple v. Fintiv ruling, a data-driven approach using recent district court and U.S. International Trade Commission timelines can provide guidance, say Syed Fareed and John Williams at Baker Botts.
The First Circuit’s recent ruling that Amazon delivery drivers are exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act opens the door to patchwork state enforcement, and will likely force gig economy employers to reevaluate arbitration agreements and class action waivers, say Christopher Feudo and Christian Garcia at Foley Hoag.
Motransa, a recent first-of-its-kind Florida federal court decision moving a foreign discovery proceeding to arbitration, may provide a new defensive option for U.S. targets of Section 1782 discovery demands, say Alexander Lawrence and David Hambrick at MoFo.
Advances in legal technology are often accompanied by bombastic overstatements, but it is important to separate the wheat from the chaff by looking at where various technologies stand on the hype curve, says Lance Eliot at Stanford Law School.
The American Bar Association should revise its recently approved best practices on third-party litigation funding as they do not reflect how legal finance actually works and could create confusion among lawyers, says Andrew Cohen at Burford Capital.
Microscopic plastic particles in the environment are a major emerging concern for regulators in the U.S. and internationally — and with the regulatory framework evolving concurrently with scientific research on health and environmental impacts, companies must monitor developments closely, say Tara Paul and Willis Hon at Nossaman.
In the final year of any presidential administration, there is an undeniable appetite on the part of large law firms for government-savvy legal talent, but firms need to first consider how they will actually utilize their new star hire, says Michael Ellenhorn at Decipher.
Delegating legal work to robots involves several risks, including running afoul of statutes dictating unauthorized practice of law, but with the right precautions, law firms can lawfully employ artificially intelligent chatbots that can imitate human conversations, say attorneys at Haynes and Boone.
As remote work continues due to COVID-19, businesses navigating complex tax jurisdiction questions should diligently maintain employee location records for nexus and apportionment purposes, and make sure to account for differing state withholding and sourcing rules, say attorneys at Ropes & Gray.
Terri Solomon and Elizabeth Barrera at Littler address how businesses can avert violent situations when patrons refuse state and local face mask mandates by using signage, incident response plans and law enforcement assistance to meet federal workplace safety requirements.