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  • June 21, 2021

    7th Circ. Won't Revive Ex-Trump Staffer's Defamation Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Monday upheld the dismissal of claims that Perkins Coie LLP and the Democratic National Committee disseminated false information about a former Donald Trump campaign adviser, deeming the law firm "stateless" for purposes of federal court jurisdiction.

  • June 21, 2021

    Ex-Deutsche Trader Gets 1 Year For Spoofing Metals Market

    A former Deutsche Bank commodities trader was sentenced to one year and one day in Illinois federal court on Monday after he was convicted of wire fraud for engaging in a scheme to spoof the precious metals market.

  • June 21, 2021

    Energy Co. To Pay $7M To End Bait-And-Switch Claims

    Verde Energy USA Inc. has reached a proposed $7 million settlement to end a half-dozen proposed class actions alleging it drew customers in with a bait-and-switch scheme that left them paying more for electricity than they had expected.

  • June 21, 2021

    Chemical Co. Slapped With Class Action Over Plant Explosion

    Northern Illinois residents say in a proposed class action that a production plant explosion last week forced them to evacuate their homes and covered their properties with potentially toxic waste, and they want the plant owner to pay for remediation.

  • June 21, 2021

    Indonesia Pay-Later Fintech Co. Lands $100M Debt Financing

    Indonesian digital credit startup Kredivo said Monday that it has received an additional $100 million in debt funding from Chicago-based investment firm Victory Park Capital Advisors LLC, doubling a facility that closed last July.

  • June 20, 2021

    In Oversight Void, Ill. Public Defenders 'Beholden' To Courts

    Without any form of state oversight or basic information about its indigent defense system, Illinois criminal courts are rife with ethical and constitutional problems, and public defenders are "beholden" to local officials for their livelihoods, according to a report commissioned by the state Supreme Court.

  • June 18, 2021

    Benefits Manager Can't Halt Ill. Prescription Payment Claims

    A health plan benefits manager was correctly ordered to continue litigating a group of pharmacies' Illinois underpayment claims while most of the parties continue hashing out a federal arbitration question out west, a state appellate panel said.

  • June 21, 2021

    CORRECTED: Trading Technologies' 11-Year Old Patent Suit Gets Trimmed

    An Illinois federal judge let IBG LLC dodge claims in decade-old patent litigation from Trading Technologies International Inc. after holding that the electronic trading patent owner gave up the right to make doctrine of equivalents arguments.

  • June 18, 2021

    7th Circ. Blames 'Delinquent' Atty For Axed Home Depot Case

    A "delinquent" Illinois attorney who repeatedly missed court deadlines and appearances on behalf of a man suing Home Depot only has himself to blame for the case's dismissal with prejudice, the Seventh Circuit said.

  • June 18, 2021

    Faegre Drinker Hires Benefits Partner From McDermott

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP has hired a new partner for the benefits and executive compensation group in its Chicago office, welcoming back a litigator who spent two years with the firm before moving over to McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

  • June 18, 2021

    DLA Piper Hires Former Milbank, Kirkland Restructuring Attys

    DLA Piper announced it had hired two attorneys to help bolster the firm's restructuring practice, with one lawyer working out of its New York office and the other based in Chicago.

  • June 17, 2021

    Apple Doesn't Have To Turn Over User Docs In Privacy Suit

    An Illinois federal judge has favored Apple's bid to escape an attempt by a proposed class of state residents in a biometric privacy suit to compel the technology giant to produce documents identifying all device users who bought products containing the company's Photos app.

  • June 17, 2021

    Netflix Tells 7th Circ. That Ill. Fee Suit Supports Fed. Ruling

    Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services told the Seventh Circuit on Thursday that a new federal lawsuit in Illinois supported their request to keep an Indiana suit over streaming fees in federal court to resolve similar issues in both cases.

  • June 17, 2021

    Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

    Disney must face discrimination allegations for denying entry to one of its stores to an autistic boy for not wearing a mask, a Princess Cruises passenger has dropped her claims over a COVID-19 outbreak on a ship, and a judge has denied Geico the chance to file an immediate appeal in a suit alleging it's been unfairly profiting off the pandemic by charging high premiums.

  • June 17, 2021

    Many Courts Close For Juneteenth After Federal Holiday Nod

    With President Joe Biden signing a bill Thursday marking Juneteenth as a federal holiday, many federal courthouses may be scrambling to reschedule court hearings as the law gives most federal employees the day off.

  • June 17, 2021

    Precision Machine Co. Hit With Finger Scan Privacy Claims

    An Illinois-based precision machining company has been hit with state court claims that the company violated its employees' biometric privacy rights by collecting, using and sharing their work-related fingerprint scan data without first obtaining informed consent.

  • June 17, 2021

    Del. Judge OKs Mallinckrodt Toss Of Ill. City's Ch. 11 Claims

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge has summarily rejected a Rockford, Illinois, attempt to block Mallinckrodt PLC from exercising its Chapter 11 right to shed liability for city claims that the company inflated pricing of a drug used to treat multiple sclerosis and infantile spasms.

  • June 17, 2021

    Sens. Advance BigLaw Picks For Fed. Circ., DOJ Criminal Div.

    A Senate panel on Thursday easily advanced the nominations of a Perkins Coie partner for the Federal Circuit and a Morgan Lewis partner to lead the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • June 17, 2021

    Ill. Justices Say Foreclosure Filing Fees Are Unconstitutional

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday held unconstitutional a $50 fee charged for filing residential mortgage foreclosure complaints in the state's circuit courts, saying programs funded by the fees have "no direct relation to the administration of the court system."

  • June 17, 2021

    Pepsi Faces TM Suit From Coffee Co. Over 'Rise' Energy Drink

    A food startup called Rise Brewing that sells canned cold-brew coffee is suing PepsiCo for trademark infringement over the soda giant's recent launch of a Mountain Dew-branded energy drink called Rise.

  • June 17, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Dattner Architects, Kushner, Beacon

    Dattner Architects is reportedly leasing 30,000 square feet in New York, Kushner Cos. is said to have paid $20.5 million for a Miami development site and Beacon Capital has reportedly scored $370 million in financing for the office portion of a Chicago mixed-use tower.

  • June 16, 2021

    7th Circ. Has Gruff Words For Home Designer IP 'Troll'

    The Seventh Circuit had little patience Wednesday for a copyright infringement suit filed by a Midwestern home design firm, calling the company a "copyright troll" looking to score easy money by suing other designers for using floor plans so basic their features could be found in about any family home.

  • June 16, 2021

    Printer Co. Workers Score Class Status In ESOP Suit

    Participants in an Illinois printing company's employee stock ownership plan won class certification Wednesday for their claims that company executives violated federal benefits law by selling the company for less than it was worth.

  • June 16, 2021

    Express Scripts Was Unaware Of CVS Overcharges, Jury Told

    An Express Scripts executive told a California federal jury Wednesday that the pharmacy benefit manager was unaware CVS Pharmacy Inc. overcharged insured customers and didn't report its discounted drug prices, which the consumer classes claim led to higher copays.

  • June 16, 2021

    Atty Says Court Errors Led To $10.2M Malpractice Verdict

    A lawyer and his firm urged an Illinois federal judge Tuesday to unwind a jury's $10.2 million malpractice verdict over claims that he swindled a former client in a real estate deal, arguing that several pretrial rulings denied him a fair trial.

Expert Analysis

  • How Proposed Ill. Amendment Would Change Union Rights

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    This fall, Illinois voters will decide on a proposed collective bargaining amendment to the state constitution, which if enacted would significantly expand both public and private sector bargaining rights, raising questions about federal preemption, union security and more, say Jennifer Jones and Tanja Thompson at Littler. 

  • Attorneys Beware: Zoom Depositions Are Likely Inadmissible

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    As legal proceedings have moved online in light of the pandemic, lawyers may mistakenly believe that recorded Zoom video depositions can be entered as evidence, but without certain safeguards, the testimony is unlikely to be accepted by courts, says Phillip Zisook at Schoenberg Finkel.

  • Law Firm Talent Must Reflect Shifting US Demographics

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    Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks and Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan analyze and project U.S. demographic trends to show that law firms that hope to succeed long-term must recruit, retain and advance female lawyers and lawyers of color, and they outline six steps for meeting these goals.

  • Baby Food Contamination Cases Face Class Action Hurdles

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    Claims of adulterated baby food products have led to putative class actions around the country, but they involve different products, different companies, different state laws and different specific allegations, creating significant obstacles to class certification, say attorneys at Phillips Lytle.

  • After Ga. Ruling, Defense Must Aim To Limit Exec Depositions

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    In the wake of the Georgia Court of Appeals' recent ruling in General Motors v. Buchanan, allowing a GM executive to be deposed in a wrongful death case over an alleged vehicle defect, defense attorneys should focus on narrowing the scope of depositions involving high-ranking executives, say Carol Michel and Michael Weathington at Weinberg Wheeler.

  • Opinion

    Judges Should Foster Diversity In MDL Leader Appointments

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    Through their powerful function as gatekeepers, judges should open the gate to minority practitioners when appointing leadership positions in widely influential multidistrict litigation and begin to correct the disparities that have long plagued the legal industry, say Majed Nachawati and Michael Gorwitz at Fears Nachawati.

  • A Biz Strategy Model To Improve Lateral Atty Hiring Diversity

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    Quantitative comparison tools commonly used by companies in evaluating merger targets will allow law firms to assess lateral hire candidates in a demographically neutral manner, help remove bias from the hiring process and bring real diversity to the legal profession, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University.

  • Smaller Firms Need Employee Wellness Programs, Too

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    As we emerge from the pandemic, small and midsize firms — which offer an ideal setting for companywide connection — should follow in the footsteps of larger organizations and heed the American Bar Association’s recommendations by adopting well-being initiatives and appointing a chief wellness officer, says Janine Pollack at Calcaterra Pollack.

  • Ill. BIPA Ruling Marks Critical Win For Silent Cyber Coverage

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    The Illinois Supreme Court's recent decision in West Bend Mutual v. Krishna Schaumburg Tan, confirming that commercial general liability policies do not have to include specific language to cover claims under the Biometric Information Privacy Act, represents a critical victory for policyholders, but leaves unresolved issues in the battle over BIPA coverage, says Tae Andrews at Miller Friel.

  • How Ad Disputes Between Cos. Fuel Consumer Class Actions

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    Whether companies are bringing or defending claims of false advertising against competitors, they should recognize and anticipate the additional legal risk that may accrue from follow-on consumer actions, says Ross Weiner at Risk Settlements.

  • Stop Networking, Start Relationship Marketing

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    USA 500 Clubs' Joe Chatham offers four tips for lawyers to get started with relationship marketing — an approach to business development that prioritizes authentic connections — and explains why it may be more helpful than traditional networking post-pandemic.

  • 7th Circ. Decision Highlights Difficulties Of 'No Harm' Cases

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    The Seventh Circuit's recent decision in Markakos v. Medicredit showcases the judiciary's struggle with whether it is usurping Congress' authority by questioning statutory penalties for "no harm" consumer protection violations, and highlights the need to resolve a growing circuit split on this issue, says Jason Stiehl at Loeb & Loeb.

  • What Attorneys Should Know About Fee Deferral

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    Milestone Consulting’s John Bair explores contingency-fee structuring considerations for attorneys, laying out the advantages — such as tax benefits and income control — as well as caveats and investment options.

  • Predictions On Pandemic's Lasting Impact On Legal Education

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    The pandemic accelerated the pace of technological change for legal education, and some of the changes to how law school courses are taught and on-campus interviews are conducted may be here to stay, says Leonard Baynes at the University of Houston.

  • Opinion

    Ill. Noncompete Reform Balances Employee And Biz Interests

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    The noncompete bill recently passed by the Illinois Legislature protects due process for workers while preserving employers' ability to guard business assets — a rare political compromise that may reduce noncompete litigation but increase the chances of enforceability in court, say Peter Steinmeyer and Brian Spang at Epstein Becker.

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