Illinois

  • February 09, 2024

    Ex-Ill. Senator Detained Pending Trial After Ignoring Feds

    Former Illinois Sen. William "Sam" McCann was ordered into federal custody on Friday for failing to contact probation officers following his discharge from a hospital, where he underwent a procedure the same day he was scheduled to go to trial on campaign fund misuse charges.

  • February 09, 2024

    FTC Clears AbbVie To Proceed With $10.1B ImmunoGen Buy

    The 30-day waiting period for U.S. antitrust enforcers to review AbbVie's $10.1 billion purchase of ImmunoGen came and went without a move to deepen the investigation or challenge the deal, clearing the parties to close the agreement on or about Monday, ImmunoGen said on Thursday.

  • February 09, 2024

    2023 Patent Litigation: A Year In Review

    Attorneys filed fewer patent suits in district courts in 2023 than in any year for more than a decade, and the amount of America Invents Act petitions at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board fell to a 10-year low as well. The Western District of Texas also lost its place as the most popular patent litigation venue in the U.S. in 2023, with the Eastern District of Texas overtaking it.

  • February 08, 2024

    DOJ Investigating Metropolis Tech's $1.5B SP Plus Deal

    Mobility services provider SP Plus said on Wednesday that it had received another request for information from the U.S. Department of Justice on its planned $1.5 billion merger with Metropolis, a payments tech company.

  • February 08, 2024

    Renderings Pitch White Sox Ballpark In Chicago's South Loop

    Developer Related Group has released a series of renderings to tease a possible move by the Chicago White Sox from their Guaranteed Rate Field to a new riverfront site in the city's South Loop.

  • February 08, 2024

    Dentists In $13B Delta Dental Suit Want Class Status

    Dental providers claiming the nation's largest dental insurance system and its members engaged in a $13 billion scheme to restrict competition and lower reimbursement rates told an Illinois federal judge their claims deserve class treatment because common evidence will prove both the alleged conspiracy and its impact.

  • February 08, 2024

    Judicial Nominee Assures GOP Sens. She's Not A Marxist

    Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee raised concerns about two U.S. district court nominees appearing before the committee on Thursday over their supposed ties to Marxism and the defund the police campaign, but the nominees tried to disabuse lawmakers of that suggestion.

  • February 08, 2024

    McDonald's Ends Suit Accusing Managers Of Racist Abuse

    McDonald's and a franchisee have resolved a race bias suit from Black former workers who said their managers called them "ghetto" and "smelly" and fired one of them for complaining about it, according to a filing in Illinois federal court.

  • February 07, 2024

    EDTX Eclipses WDTX As Top Patent Venue

    The Eastern District of Texas in 2023 surpassed the state's Western District as the most popular venue for patent litigation nationally, now that patent cases are no longer automatically assigned to a prominent judge in Waco, according to new data from Lex Machina.

  • February 07, 2024

    New Patent Suits Fall To Lowest Level In Over A Decade

    There were fewer patent suits filed in 2023 than in any year for over a decade, a drop that attorneys attribute to wariness among some patent litigants due to funding disclosure rules in one prominent patent venue and changes in how cases are assigned to judges in another.

  • February 07, 2024

    6th Circ. Won't Rehear Fight Over FERC's Price-Cap Rule

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday declined to rehear its December price cap ruling that power supplier groups said is being misconstrued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to argue that the D.C. Circuit's ability to act on related litigation is limited.

  • February 07, 2024

    Longford Argues Patent Settlement Row Must Be Arbitrated

    Litigation funder Longford Capital has asked a Delaware federal court to send its dispute over a settlement with Arigna Technology Ltd. to arbitration, saying the arbitration agreement between the two parties is valid despite the Irish patent holding company's claims otherwise.

  • February 07, 2024

    Pratt & Whitney Docs Shielded From Airline's $30M Suit

    RTX Corp. subsidiary Pratt & Whitney won't be forced to hand over internal sales documents and communications as part of a $30 million feud between a competing airplane maintenance contractor and a British Airways affiliate that is playing out in an Illinois court, a Connecticut federal judge has ruled.

  • February 07, 2024

    CoinDeal Fraud Promoters Ordered To Repay Profits

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday granted the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission final judgment against two women it accused of advancing the CoinDeal investment fraud scheme, requiring them to disgorge more than $840,000 in restitution and fines.

  • February 07, 2024

    Haynes Boone Partner Faces Suit Over Fund Transfer In Ch. 7

    The Chapter 7 trustee of a bankrupt New York diversity consulting firm has filed a suit in a New York bankruptcy court accusing the firm's president — a Haynes and Boone partner — of improperly transferring more than $623,000 to a different company under her control.

  • February 07, 2024

    Facebook User Fights Uphill To Revive BIPA Case At 9th Circ.

    A Ninth Circuit judge on Wednesday told an attorney for a man alleging Facebook violated an Illinois biometric privacy law by storing an image of his face that he may agree a lower court's rationale for tossing the case was wrong, but said there might be other grounds for affirming the judgment.

  • February 07, 2024

    Ill. Atty's Conviction Over Embezzlement Scheme Sticks

    A former attorney who cried "wolf" over the government preventing him from adequately preparing for trial cannot unwind his conviction for misappropriating a now-shuttered bank's embezzled funds and lying about his assets, an Illinois federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • February 07, 2024

    BDO Inks $2.25M Deal In 401(k) Mismanagement Suit

    A proposed class of workers asked an Illinois federal judge to greenlight a $2.25 million settlement with accounting firm BDO, which they allege failed to verify that its retirement plan's funds were evaluated properly.

  • February 07, 2024

    Ill. Jury Convicts Trader Of $30M Bond Fraud

    An Illinois federal jury on Wednesday convicted a former bond trader of tanking his Atlanta-based former employer by claiming inflated commissions on his trades and entering false and unauthorized trades that caused $30 million in losses.

  • February 07, 2024

    Orrick Adds Ex-Greenberg Traurig Energy Pro In Chicago

    A former Greenberg Traurig LLP shareholder has reunited with her mentor after jumping to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's energy and infrastructure team in Chicago.

  • February 07, 2024

    GOP Sens. Blast Ill. Judges' Moves For Diversity In Oral Args

    Two Republican senators are questioning what they say are "unethical and unconstitutional" standing orders issued by at least three judges in the Southern District of Illinois that aim to promote participation by newer, female and minority attorneys.

  • February 06, 2024

    Feds' Fraud Case Based On Faulty Assumptions, Jury Hears

    A former bond trader argued Tuesday that an Illinois federal jury should clear him of accusations that he claimed inflated commissions and tanked his former employer with $30 million in losses because trial evidence proved prosecutors "jumped to conclusions" about his trades.

  • February 06, 2024

    JPML Consolidates Suboxone Dental Decay Suits In Ohio

    The Northern District of Ohio will host consolidated cases brought against Indivior, Reckitt Benckiser and others alleging the companies failed to warn users of opioid addiction treatment Suboxone that it causes dental decay, according to an order from the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation joining 15 suits.

  • February 06, 2024

    Man Used Investment Fund To Run Ponzi Scheme, Feds Say

    An Illinois man was arraigned Tuesday on charges that he used two investment companies to induce victims to invest with the promise of large returns, only to pocket the cash and fund a lavish lifestyle.

  • February 06, 2024

    Perkins Coie Can't Duck Claims It Aided Client's $12M Theft

    An Illinois judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss an investment company's lawsuit accusing Perkins Coie of helping the company's former investment manager steal $12 million, saying there was no direct authority to back the firm's argument that litigation privilege bars such claims.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

    Excerpt from Practical Guidance
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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

  • 3 Rulings Illustrate Infringement Hurdles For Hip-Hop Plaintiffs

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    Three district court decisions dismissing hip-hop copyright claims recently came down in quick succession, indicating that plaintiffs face significant hurdles when they premise claims on the use of words, phrases and themes that are common in the genre, say Benjamin Halperin and Shiara Robinson at Cowan DeBaets.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • DC Ruling Provides Support For Builders Risk Claim Recovery

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    To deny coverage for builders risk claims, insurers have been increasingly relying on two arguments, both of which have been invalidated in the recent U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia decision, South Capitol Bridgebuilders v. Lexington, say Greg Podolak and Cheryl Kozdrey at Saxe Doernberger.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

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