Illinois

  • March 01, 2024

    Ill. Attys Sued For Defamation Can Still Assert Privilege

    An Illinois appellate panel held Friday that an exception to attorney-client privilege for criminal or fraudulent conduct does not extend to alleged defamation by attorneys, reversing a trial court that applied it to a Chicago attorney and law firm facing a defamation suit from the former senior pastor of an Illinois megachurch.

  • March 01, 2024

    Tort Report: $42M Med Mal Award; Hot Coffee Suit In The Air

    A suit over hot coffee spilled at 40,000 feet and the affirmation of a $42 million medical malpractice verdict in Illinois lead Law360's Tort Report, which compiles recent personal injury and medical malpractice news that may have flown under the radar.

  • March 01, 2024

    Clyde & Co Adds Former Hinkhouse Atty To Chicago Office

    Global law firm Clyde & Co added a former Hinkhouse Williams Walsh LLP attorney as a partner in its North American insurance practice in Chicago who said she is "thrilled" to continue building client relationships in her new role.

  • March 01, 2024

    CVS, Walgreens Receive FDA's OK To Dispense Abortion Drug

    Pharmacy giants CVS and Walgreens announced Friday that they have received federal certification to dispense the abortion drug mifepristone and will begin doing so soon in certain states — a development that President Joe Biden hailed as historic and that comes amid a larger battle in the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • March 01, 2024

    Suave Deodorant Buyers Ink $2M Settlement With Unilever

    A proposed class of antiperspirant buyers is asking an Illinois federal court to give the go-ahead to a $2 million settlement with Unilever United States Inc. over claims that it sold Suave products with dangerous amounts of benzene.

  • March 01, 2024

    Amazon Didn't Dupe Prime Buyer With TV Deal, Judge Rules

    An Amazon Prime customer who says he was tricked into thinking he saved $700 on a TV can't pursue fraud and deceptive practice claims against Amazon, an Illinois federal judge has ruled, finding that even if he only saved $100 compared to recent pricing, he still got exactly what he paid for.

  • March 01, 2024

    Thoma Bravo Ups Everbridge Deal Size By $300M, To $1.8B

    Cooley LLP-advised software company Everbridge said Friday that Kirkland & Ellis LLP-led Thoma Bravo has agreed to up its proposed acquisition of Everbridge to $35 per share from $28.60, boosting Everbridge's implied value on the transaction from $1.5 billion to $1.8 billion and sending its stock soaring an additional 25%. 

  • February 29, 2024

    Ill. Court Unwinds $17.5M Forced Northstar Ownership Sale

    A 50% shareholder of Illinois-based Northstar Foods should not have been ordered to sell his $17.5 million interest in the meat processing company amid his business dispute against the other shareholder, a state appeals court panel said Wednesday.

  • February 29, 2024

    'ComEd Four' Bribery Sentences Must Wait For Justices' Input

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday granted a request to stay sentencing hearings for a former Commonwealth Edison CEO and three lobbyists convicted of carrying out a legislative bribery scheme at Illinois' capitol until after the nation's top court decides a case reviewing federal bribery law later this year.

  • February 29, 2024

    Black Detective Costume Not Protected Speech, Kraft Says

    A white manager who was fired by Kraft Heinz for wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume in which he dressed as a character from the television show "Miami Vice" doesn't have a viable retaliation suit because his costume wasn't protected speech, the company told a Connecticut federal court.

  • February 29, 2024

    TransUnion Pegs Potential DOJ Data Unit Settlement At $37M

    TransUnion has put a $37 million price tag on a possible settlement of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into a data and analytics business the credit reporting giant purchased, according to a Thursday regulatory filing.

  • February 29, 2024

    Hiring Co. Can't Avoid BIPA Suit Over AI-Based Screening

    An Illinois federal judge is allowing most claims to move forward in a putative class action alleging a hiring software provider that used artificial intelligence to assess job candidates violated Illinois' biometric privacy law, but trimmed a claim accusing the company of unlawfully profiting from customers' data.

  • February 29, 2024

    Judiciary Panel Sends 5 Red State Judges To Full Senate

    The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance six district court judicial nominees on Thursday, including five from red states.

  • February 28, 2024

    7th Circ. Revives Health System Worker's FMLA Suit For Trial

    A split Seventh Circuit panel on Wednesday revived a former OSF Healthcare System employee's suit accusing the company of wrongfully firing her after failing to adjust performance expectations while she worked reduced hours, ruling a factual dispute remains over how much leave she took, which could lead a jury to find in her favor.

  • February 28, 2024

    Millionaire Dating Site's Arb. Bid Goes Broke In BIPA Suit

    A dating service for millionaires cannot force one of its users to arbitrate proposed class claims that the company unlawfully collects and stores biometric templates of users' faces, a California federal judge ruled, saying the company hasn't shown the user assented to its service agreement that included an arbitration provision.

  • February 28, 2024

    Trump Kicked Off Ill. Ballot, But Ruling On Hold For Appeal

    A Cook County judge ruled Wednesday that former President Donald Trump must be removed from the ballot ahead of Illinois' March 19 primary election, siding with voters who argued he was constitutionally barred from again holding office but staying the effect of her decision pending an appeal to the state's highest court.

  • February 28, 2024

    Elite Schools Get OK For $166M More Aid-Fixing Deals

    An Illinois federal judge handling student aid-fixing allegations against 17 top universities gave his initial blessing to another $166 million in settlements Wednesday, the day after he ordered three universities to produce documents that could show they handled certain students' admissions differently from others.

  • February 28, 2024

    Netflix Kanye Doc Didn't Defame Dancing Woman, Judge Says

    An Illinois federal judge threw out a lawsuit Tuesday by a woman who claimed a Netflix documentary about Kanye West was defamatory because it had footage of her dancing while intoxicated, ruling that "holding up a mirror isn't defamation," even if it is unflattering.

  • February 28, 2024

    Fish & Richardson Adds Ex-Jenner & Block Life Sciences Duo

    Global intellectual property law firm Fish & Richardson PC announced on Wednesday that two Chicago-based litigators from Jenner & Block LLP have joined the firm's life sciences team as partners.

  • February 28, 2024

    Meta Trims BIPA Voiceprint Privacy Suit, For Now

    A California federal judge pared some claims from a proposed class action claiming Meta Platforms Inc. violates Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act by unlawfully using voice recordings created by users of its Facebook and Messenger platforms, but allowed the plaintiff to amend claims that the social media giant profited from and improperly stored her data.

  • February 28, 2024

    Tribes Urge Biden To Break Silence On Pipeline Dispute

    Great Lakes tribes are pressing the White House to break its "deeply concerning" silence on a fight to remove an Enbridge Energy Corp. pipeline from tribal lands in northern Wisconsin, saying the U.S. government is sitting on the sidelines as Canada and the energy company try to gut their sovereignty.

  • February 28, 2024

    Subcontractor Seeks Sanctions In Amazon Warehouse Fight

    An electric subcontractor locked in a dispute with a construction company over delayed building of an Amazon warehouse in southern Georgia asked a Peach State federal court to penalize its opponent for "blatant discovery abuses" in the case.

  • February 28, 2024

    Plastic-Maker Says Insurers Must Cover Worker Death Suit

    Ohio-based manufacturer Encore Plastics took Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America and American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Co. to federal court, claiming both companies are violating their policies by refusing to defend or indemnify it in an underlying suit over one of its workers' death in an industrial accident.

  • February 28, 2024

    DOJ Atty, University Of Chicago Prof Returns To MoloLamken

    National boutique firm MoloLamken said Tuesday that legal scholar and University of Chicago law professor Eric Posner will return to the firm after a stint as counsel in the Justice Department's Antitrust Division.

  • February 27, 2024

    7th Circ. Says Renewed Removal Orders Must Wait On CAT

    The 30-day deadline for people with reinstated deportation orders to go to the circuit courts begins once they've completed the agency appeals process, not when U.S. Department of Homeland Security reinstates the removal order, the Seventh Circuit said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • Regulatory Trends Offer 4 Lessons For Debt Relief Providers

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    A string of enforcement actions, including a New York lawsuit filed last month by seven states and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, underscore the regulatory scrutiny that debt relief and credit repair companies face and offer important lessons on telemarketing and deceptive practices compliance, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • No AI FRAUD Act Is A Significant Step For Right Of Publicity

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    The No Artificial Intelligence Fake Replicas and Unauthorized Duplications Act's proposed federal right of publicity protection, including post-mortem rights, represents a significant step toward harmonizing the landscape of right of publicity law, Rachel Hofstatter and Aaron Rosenthal at Honigman.

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Keeping Up With Class Actions: Data Breach Litigation In Flux

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    In this monthly look at notable class action decisions, Gerald Maatman at Duane Morris examines a recent mixed-bag data breach ruling from an Illinois federal court — in the context of case law developments over the last year — which illustrates the range of issues confronting litigants going forward.

  • A Rare Look At Judicial Interpretation Of LEG Exclusions

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    A Florida federal court’s order last month in Archer Western-De Moya v. Ace American Insurance and an earlier decision from a D.C. federal court offer insight into how courts may interpret defects exclusion clauses developed by the London Engineering Group — filling a void in case law in the area, says Jonathan Bruce at Holman Fenwick.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • 5 Lessons For SaaS Companies After Blackbaud Data Breach

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    Looking at the enforcement actions that software-as-a-service provider Blackbaud resolved with state attorneys general, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission in the past year can help SaaS companies manage these increasingly common forms of data breaches, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Legislative And Litigation Trends In Environmental Advertising

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    Companies that tout their products' environmental benefits can significantly reduce the risk that they will face allegations of greenwashing by staying up to date on related Federal Trade Commission guidance, state requirements and litigation trends, say Raqiyyah Pippins and Kelsie Sicinski at Arnold & Porter.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Navigating New Regulations In Healthcare And Other M&A

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    While notice requirements recently enacted in several states are focused on the healthcare industry for now, this trend could extend to other industries as these requirements are designed to allow regulators to be a step ahead and learn more about a transaction long before it occurs, say Kathleen Premo and Ashley Creech at Epstein Becker.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

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