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  • October 29, 2020

    Black Current McDonald's Franchisees Latest To Allege Bias

    McDonald's Corp. was hit Thursday with another racial discrimination proposed class action, this time from Black current franchise owners claiming that the company "perpetuated a decades-long fraud by selling itself as a friend of Black America," making billions in profits at their expense.

  • October 29, 2020

    Ill. Federal Court Halts Jury Trials Amid Rising Virus Cases

    The Northern District of Illinois' chief judge on Thursday suspended all jury trials through January in an order that comes as Chicago prepares to enter COVID-19 mitigation restrictions after the rates of infections and hospitalizations in the city have increased in the past several weeks.

  • October 29, 2020

    Barnes & Thornburg Adds 3 IP Partners In Chicago, Dallas

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP has hired two new partners in Chicago and one to join its office in Dallas, the latest in a series of partner additions this year as the firm seeks to bolster its IP practice.

  • October 29, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Bent Philipson, CIBC, Brookfield

    Investor Bent Philipson has reportedly bought a South Florida medical center for $23.95 million, CIBC is said to have loaned $55.8 million for a portfolio of Illinois industrial properties and a Brookfield venture has reportedly landed $475 million in refinancing for an Illinois mall.

  • October 29, 2020

    Marker Co. Says Insurer Can't Erase $2.8M TM Suit Coverage

    An Illinois-based art marker company told the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday that a lower court correctly awarded it $2.8 million after finding that its insurer acted vexatiously in declining to cover the company's defense in an underlying trademark suit.

  • October 29, 2020

    Passengers Say United Can't Dodge COVID-19 Refund Suit

    United Airlines can't hide behind a force majeure clause in its contracts to deny passengers full refunds for flights that were canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a proposed class of consumers said in an Illinois federal court filing Thursday.

  • October 29, 2020

    Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

    A group of Texas landlords lodged a bid to block a nationwide eviction moratorium, another BigLaw firm is battling with its landlord over rent during the pandemic, and several major retailers such as Kohl's and J. Crew face claims they unlawfully charged or collected tax on the sales of face masks.

  • October 28, 2020

    Michael Best Snags New Labor Senior Counsel In Chicago

    Michael Best & Friedrich LLP has added a new senior counsel from LaPointe Law PC to its labor and employment relations practice in Chicago.

  • October 28, 2020

    Ill. Pot Lottery Winners Take Redo Challenge To State Court

    A group of cannabis companies whose perfect application scores earned them a spot in Illinois' adult-use dispensary license lottery want an Illinois state court to halt regulators' re-scoring process after the state Supreme Court declined to hear their request last week.

  • October 28, 2020

    Cable Technicians Win Class Cert. In Misclassification Suit

    A group of cable technicians have secured an Illinois federal judge's approval to proceed as a class in their lawsuit alleging that a cable installment company misclassified them as independent contractors and failed to pay them properly.

  • October 28, 2020

    SEC Says Chicago Suburb Not Honoring Bond Fraud Deal

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked an Illinois federal judge Tuesday to enforce a judgment requiring a Chicago suburb to beef up its controls and financial reporting oversight, saying it hasn't adequately done so nearly five years after an independent consultant first made recommendations.

  • October 28, 2020

    Fight Over Sackler Deal On Hold For Purdue Ch. 11 Plan Talks

    Whether Purdue Pharma's unsecured creditors can stop the Sackler family from using corporate funds to pay a $225 million fine that's part of the $8 billion OxyContin settlement with the federal government will wait for parties to negotiate over the company's Ch. 11 plan, a New York bankruptcy judge said Wednesday.

  • October 28, 2020

    Restaurant Chain Pays $1.8M To End Finger Scan Privacy Suit

    Nando's Restaurant Group Inc. will pay nearly $1.8 million to settle accusations that the South African restaurant chain unlawfully required current and former Illinois employees to scan their fingerprints to track work time without obtaining their informed consent.

  • October 28, 2020

    State AGs Decry Proposed Limits On Student, Journalist Visas

    Twenty-two state attorneys general have urged the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to toss a proposed rule limiting the time that international students and journalists can live in the U.S., arguing the rule is unlawful and would hurt local economies.

  • October 27, 2020

    Beam Suntory To Pay $19.6M To End Foreign Bribery Probe

    Distiller Beam Suntory Inc. agreed to pay nearly $19.6 million to resolve a criminal case over a subsidiary's six-year scheme to bribe an Indian official in exchange for license approval for one of its product lines, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.  

  • October 27, 2020

    Eataly Workers Say Chicago Market Broke Ill. Privacy Law

    Eataly Chicago LLC has been hit with biometric privacy claims in Illinois state court, with a proposed class of employees accusing the Italian marketplace of violating their rights with its fingerprint timekeeping and authentication system.

  • October 27, 2020

    7th Circ. Leery Of Standing Argument In Jeep-Hacking Suit

    The Seventh Circuit seemed skeptical Tuesday over whether to revive a lawsuit over allegedly hackable Jeep Cherokees, questioning why the group of drivers cited facts and evidence during the appeal that they hadn't raised in a lower court to argue they have standing to bring their claims.  

  • October 27, 2020

    Purdue Creditors Object To Sackler Part Of $8B DOJ Deal

    Creditors of drugmaker Purdue Pharma on Tuesday asked a New York bankruptcy judge to bar the use of corporate funds to pay the $225 million that members of its former owning family owe the government under the $8 billion OxyContin sale settlement announced last week.

  • October 27, 2020

    Ill. Judge Trims Claims In Turkey Price-Fixing Suit

    An Illinois federal judge has trimmed unjust enrichment claims and some state claims in a consolidated price-fixing lawsuit accusing turkey producers of illegally trading confidential information to curb supply of the birds and inflate prices.

  • October 27, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    Regional surges in COVID-19 cases sent government leaders scrambling this past week to resume mitigation measures in Illinois and deploy resources and manpower in Texas, while rising cases in California and Massachusetts landed those states on New Jersey's pandemic travel advisory list. 

  • October 27, 2020

    Food Maker Blames Ex-Attys After $8.3M Judgment

    An Illinois food manufacturer is suing Gould & Ratner LLP and several of its attorneys in state court, saying their negligence resulted in an $8.3 million judgment in an underlying lawsuit despite multiple opportunities to settle the case.

  • October 26, 2020

    Exelon Names Jenner & Block Partner As New GC

    Exelon Corp.'s Tom O'Neill plans to step down from his role as general counsel at the end of the year, the company said Monday, and will be succeeded by Gayle E. Littleton, a Jenner & Block LLP attorney with years of prosecutorial experience.

  • October 26, 2020

    J&J, 3M Urge Congress To Back PTAB Discretionary Denials

    Johnson & Johnson, 3M and others penned a letter to Congress on Monday praising the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's practice of using its discretion to deny patent reviews due to parallel infringement litigation, weeks after companies including Google and GM decried the board's precedent.

  • October 26, 2020

    Clearview BIPA Suit Moved Back To Ill. State Court

    An Illinois federal judge sent a biometric privacy lawsuit against facial recognition technology company Clearview AI back to state court, saying the Prairie State residents "purposely narrowed" their claim to seek only statutory damages.

  • October 26, 2020

    Chicago Lender Says CFPB's Redlining Suit Goes Too Far

    A Chicago-area mortgage lender argued Friday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is going beyond its federal authority with a lawsuit alleging that it redlines and disparages majority-Black neighborhoods through infomercial commentary, which the lender says targets constitutionally protected speech.

Expert Analysis

  • Persuasion Skills Attys Can Learn From Political Speeches

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    The tools of powerful political speeches — those with soaring rhetoric that convinces and moves listeners — can be equally applicable to oral advocacy, case strategy and brief writing, say Lauren Papenhausen and Julian Canzoneri at White & Case and former presidential speech writer Dave Cavell.

  • Opinion

    Reflections On My 1st Judicial Election Amid Racial Tensions

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    Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Benham looks back at the racial barriers facing his first judicial campaign in 1984, and explains how those experiences shaped his decades on the bench, why judges should refrain from taking political stances, and why he was an early supporter of therapeutic courts that deal with systemic problems.

  • Past Salary Is Losing Steam As Sex-Based Pay Gap Excuse

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    The Ninth Circuit’s ruling that workers’ prior salaries cannot justify pay disparities based on sex in Rizo v. Yovino — which the U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to review — appears to lead a federal appellate court trend that rejects prior pay as a “factor other than sex” under the Equal Pay Act, says Christine Webber at Cohen Milstein.

  • Series

    AGs In A Pandemic: Ellison Talks Minnesota Housing

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    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison explains how helping people afford their lives — and live with dignity, safety and respect — during the COVID-19 pandemic has meant protecting tenants from eviction, going after scammers and profiteers, and taking action against wage theft.

  • Weighing Litigation Vs. Arbitration Amid Court Disruptions

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    Parties must determine whether arbitration is better than litigation for their disputes amid pandemic-induced court delays by answering five key questions and understanding the importance of a clearly tailored arbitration clause, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • How Attys Can Guard Against Rising Settle-And-Sue Claims

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    Certain precautions can help lawyers avoid post-settlement malpractice claims and create a solid evidentiary defense, as settle-and-sue lawsuits rise amid pandemic-induced dispute settlements, say Bethany Kristovich and Jeremy Beecher at Munger Tolles.

  • Law Firm Tips For Attracting, Retaining Attys During Pandemic

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    Steps law firms can take to attract and keep the best lawyers amid the pandemic include diversifying expertise to meet anticipated legal demands, prioritizing firm culture, and preparing for prospective partners' pointed questions, says Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey.

  • Perspectives

    Finding A Path Forward To Regulate The Legal Industry

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    Gerald Knapton at Ropers Majeski analyzes U.S. and U.K. experiments to explore alternative business structures and independent oversight for law firms, which could lead to innovative approaches to increasing access to legal services.

  • The Fate Of The ACA And What's Next For Health Care

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Texas v. U.S. could render the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional in whole or in part, which, combined with the upcoming election, could drive a wide range of impacts on health care policy, businesses and patients, say Michael King and Emily Felder at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • Series

    Lawyering While Parenting: A Day In A Dad's Pandemic Life

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    Christopher Jennison shares a view of his life working from home as a Federal Aviation Administration attorney preparing to first-chair a trial while splitting child care responsibilities with his lawyer wife.

  • Avoiding Smart Contract Conflicts Despite Ambiguity

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    As smart contracts grow in popularity, confusion over their definition, operation and effect requires careful consideration of how they may alter parties' legal rights and obligations, says Andrew Foreman at Porter Wright.

  • Cos. Should Assess Risks Of COVID-19 Biometric Tech

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    As the pandemic accelerates the adoption of biometric technology, companies thinking about using or developing it should assess their litigation risk under disparate state laws regarding data use and storage, say Nicola Menaldo and Alison Caditz at Perkins Coie.

  • Series

    Lawyering While Parenting: A Day In A Mom's Pandemic Life

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    Josephine Bahn shares a view of her life working from home as an attorney at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation while splitting child care responsibilities with her lawyer husband.

  • Chicago Debtors May Lose High Court Case But See Relief

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    While last week's oral arguments in Chicago v. Fulton suggest that the U.S. Supreme Court will likely favor the city's right to retain possession of bankrupt owners' impounded vehicles, new city programs will provide additional options for relief to vehicle owners, says Ariane Holtschlag at the Law Office of William J. Factor.

  • 5 Cost-Cutting Strategies For Corporate Legal Departments

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    To achieve long-term reduction in their legal expenses, companies must look beyond law firm hourly rates and better distribute their legal work among high-cost premier firms, low-cost practitioners and alternative legal service providers, and their own in-house teams, says Nathan Wenzel at SimpleLegal.

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