Illinois

  • February 12, 2024

    Justices Asked To Ignore 'Unremarkable' McDonald's Ruling

    Former McDonald's workers urged the U.S. Supreme Court not to review the hamburger chain's appeal of a Seventh Circuit ruling reviving a proposed class action targeting the company's since-discontinued franchise agreement's no-poach provisions.

  • February 12, 2024

    7th Circ. Says Plaintiffs' Strategy Doomed Lead Paint Appeal

    The Seventh Circuit has largely rejected a bid to revive toxic tort cases brought by roughly 170 plaintiffs allegedly harmed by lead paint pigment, saying a trial ruling dashing some members' claims applied broadly to almost the entire group.

  • February 12, 2024

    Ex-CEO Of Health Co. Found Guilty Of Fraud After $195M Loss

    An Illinois federal jury on Monday found the former chief executive officer of a healthcare company guilty on all 13 criminal charges brought by the federal government alleging his company tricked consumers into purchasing health insurance that didn't cover what the company promised.

  • February 12, 2024

    Ex-Madigan Aide Gets 2.5 Years For Lying In Grand Jury Probe

    Former Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's longtime chief of staff was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison Monday for lying to a grand jury that was investigating his former boss's relationship with lobbyist and confidant Michael McClain.

  • February 12, 2024

    Schools' $104M Aid-Fixing Deal OK'd, Vanderbilt Deal Coming

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday granted initial approval to a $104.5 million deal with Yale, Emory, Brown, Columbia and Duke in a proposed antitrust class action claiming that 17 universities conspired to limit student aid, with another settlement from Vanderbilt expected to hit the docket in the coming weeks.

  • February 12, 2024

    Illinois Supreme Court Forms Generative AI Task Force

    The Illinois Supreme Court launched a task force investigating uses of generative artificial intelligence, with a roster that includes judges, administrators and attorneys, a spokesperson at the courts has confirmed to Law360 Pulse.

  • February 09, 2024

    Tubi Can't Tune Out Viewing History Privacy Suit

    Streaming service Tubi must litigate a user's proposed class suit claiming the company unlawfully shares her and others' viewing history and personal information with advertisers, an Illinois federal judge has ruled, rejecting Tubi's bid to either arbitrate or dismiss the claims.

  • February 09, 2024

    Biden Admin. Seeks Suppliers For Major Clean Energy Deals

    The Biden administration is looking for contractors to provide clean electricity to civilian and defense agencies in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest states for what it says will be one of the federal government's "largest-ever clean electricity purchases."

  • February 09, 2024

    Freight Co. Workers Fight To Keep Fingerprint Data Suit Alive

    Old Dominion Freight is only raising a timing argument to dodge claims it unlawfully scans and stores employees' fingerprints without their consent because "it is upset," a group of workers told an Illinois federal judge Friday.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Illinois Trump Tower Ruling Illuminates Insurance 'Occurrence'

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    In Continental Casualty v. 401 North Wabash Venture, an Illinois appellate court found that Trump Tower was not entitled to insurance coverage for operating its HVAC system without a permit, helping to further define a widely litigated general liability insurance issue — what constitutes an "occurrence," say Robert Tugander and Greg Mann at Rivkin Radler.

  • Young Thug Case Spotlights Debate Over Lyric Admissibility

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    A Georgia court’s recent ruling, allowing prosecutors to use some of rapper Young Thug’s lyrics in his conspiracy trial, captures the ongoing debate about whether rap lyrics are admissible, with courts often stretching the boundaries of the federal evidence rules, say Amy Buice at Smith Gambrell and Emily Ward at Continuum Legal Group.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Employers Should Review Training Repayment Tactics

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    State and federal examination of employee training repayment agreements has intensified, and with the potential for this tool to soon be severely limited, employers should review their options, including pivoting to other retention strategies, says Aaron Vance at Barnes & Thornburg.

  • AI's Baked-In Bias: What To Watch Out For

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    The federal AI executive order is a direct acknowledgment of the perils of inherent bias in artificial intelligence systems, and highlights the need for legal professionals to thoroughly vet AI systems, including data and sources, algorithms and AI training methods, and more, say Jonathan Hummel and Jonathan Talcott at Ballard Spahr.

  • Cos.' Trade Secret Measures Must Adjust To Remote-Work Era

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    Several recent cases demonstrate that companies need to reevaluate and adjust their trade secret protection strategies in this new age of remote work, says Stephanie Riley at Womble Bond.

  • Safe-Harbor Period Change Could Hinder TCPA Compliance

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    A proposed rule change under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission would require businesses to honor do-not-call requests within 24 hours of receipt for calls and texts that are subject to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and companies have already called it unreasonable, say Aaron Weiss and Danny Enjamio at Carlton Fields.

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