Illinois

  • 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.

  • February 06, 2024

    Blackwells Starts Disney Proxy Fight, Blasts Fellow Activist

    Activist investor Blackwells Capital officially launched its proxy fight with Disney on Tuesday, urging the entertainment behemoth's shareholders to vote for its three board nominees and opposing the two offered up by fellow activist Trian Fund Management.

  • February 05, 2024

    Ex-Trader Tells Jury $30M Losses Were Mistakes, Not Fraud

    An ex-trader charged with tanking his former employer by claiming inflated commissions and entering unauthorized trades that caused $30 million in losses testified Monday that he wasn't trying to defraud others but rather cover his hedges and correct significant mistakes he'd made while trading.

  • February 05, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Last week, Delaware's chancellor gave us 55 billion reasons to keep an eye on the First State in a case involving Tesla CEO Elon Musk's pay package, while the court of equity also took on cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, space flight and country music.

  • February 05, 2024

    7th Circ. Wary Of Bid To Revive Abbott Formula Claims

    A Seventh Circuit panel on Monday appeared skeptical of a bid to restore claims that parents were harmed economically by buying infant formula that could have been contaminated at an Abbott Laboratories plant, asking how they were injured and whether the risk of contamination alone is enough to survive dismissal.

  • February 05, 2024

    Wendy's Not Covered In Freezer Injury Suit, Insurer Says

    The insurer for an HVAC company told an Illinois federal court that it has no duty to defend or indemnify the operators of a Chicago-area Wendy's restaurant in an underlying lawsuit brought by a man who was injured while performing maintenance on a walk-in freezer.

  • February 05, 2024

    Insurer Owes $1.3M In Defects Row Defense Costs, Co. Says

    A Hartford unit owes a Chicago-area homebuilder more than $1.3 million in unpaid defense costs related to an underlying construction defect suit, the company told an Illinois federal court, claiming the insurer has refused to explain its coverage decisions.

  • February 05, 2024

    Biotech Co. Hit With Investor Suit Over Alzheimer's Drug Trial

    Biotechnology company Cassava Sciences and two of its executives were hit with a proposed class action over allegations that a co-developer of the company's Alzheimer's drug was under investigation by his employer for possible data manipulation, which Cassava concealed from the public.

  • February 05, 2024

    States, Enviro Groups Expand Suits Over USPS' New Vehicles

    Environmentalists and a coalition of states broadened their California federal court challenges to the U.S. Postal Service's decision to replace its aging delivery fleet with "gas-guzzling vehicles" powered by internal combustion engines, saying it failed to consider lower-emission alternatives.

  • February 05, 2024

    Brokerage Asks Justices To Apply Arbitration To $1.8B Verdict

    HomeServices told the U.S. Supreme Court that the Eighth Circuit wrongly rejected arbitration agreements with certain members of a class that won a $1.8 billion verdict from a Missouri jury in October against the company, Keller Williams and the National Association of Realtors.

  • February 05, 2024

    BCLP Sees 2nd Group Depart As 7 Head To Arnold & Porter

    A group of seven lawyers, including six partners, has departed Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP and joined Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, according to a Monday announcement that comes on the heels of a three-partner group leaving BCLP at the end of January, which included the firm's global banking sector leader.

  • February 02, 2024

    Suspect In $400M Crypto Theft Put Under Monitoring

    The man suspected of leading a SIM swapping scheme that appears to encompass more than $400 million stolen from cryptocurrency exchange FTX appeared in Chicago federal court Friday, where he was released without bond to face federal wire fraud charges in Washington, D.C.

  • February 02, 2024

    NCAA Hoopster Reinstated As Judge Questions Transfer Rule

    A New Jersey federal judge late Friday reinstated a Rutgers basketball player whom the NCAA had suspended for 15 games, ruling that the organization cannot keep him off the court using a now prohibited transfer eligibility rule and that he had shown that doing so would cause him irreparable harm.

  • February 02, 2024

    Ill. COVID Wrongful Death Claims Can't Be Arbitrated

    An Illinois appeals panel has sent back to court a woman's wrongful death claims against a nursing home over her mother's death from COVID-19, saying Illinois Supreme Court precedent holds that the wrongful death claims can't be arbitrated.

  • February 02, 2024

    Ill. Towns, Metra Ask DC Circ. To Void CP-KCS Rail Merger

    Several Illinois towns and Chicago's commuter rail system told the D.C. Circuit on Friday that federal regulators improperly approved Canadian Pacific's $31 billion merger with Kansas City Southern without fully vetting the public safety and environmental harms resulting from increased rail traffic congestion in the Windy City.

  • February 02, 2024

    Ascension Says Medical Queries Don't Breach Genetic Privacy

    Questions about family medical history raised during a hospital job interview don't implicate an Illinois genetic privacy law, healthcare giant Ascension Health has told a Missouri federal court.

  • February 02, 2024

    Clyde & Co. Hires Ex-Lewis Brisbois Team In Chicago

    Law firm Clyde & Co. LLP announced Thursday that it had hired nine Chicago-based insurance law and general liability attorneys from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, including that firm's former managing partner in the city.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Courts Shouldn't Credit Allegations From Short-Seller Reports

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    Securities class actions against public companies can extend for years and lead to significant settlements, so courts should not allow such cases with allegations wholly reliant on reports by short-sellers, who have an economic interest in seeing a company's stock price decline, to proceed past the motion to dismiss stage, says Richard Zelichov at DLA Piper.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Why 7th Circ. Libel Ruling Is Crucial For The Media

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    As more defamation plaintiffs attorneys argue that allowing a published statement to remain online after additional evidence of falsity emerges equates to actual malice, the Seventh Circuit's recent National Police Association v. Gannett opinion should be lauded by the media and online publishers as a favorable decision, say attorneys at Vedder Price.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Compliance Primer: Foreign Investment In US Real Property

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    The rise in foreign investment in U.S. real property, especially agricultural land, has led to increased national security concerns, meaning it’s important to understand reporting requirements under the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act and state-level statutes, and to monitor legislative proposals that could create more stringent reporting and review processes, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • How Ill. Supreme Court Could Shape Statutory Violation Cases

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    In Fausett v. Walgreens, the Illinois Supreme Court will take up the question of whether a violation of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act satisfies the injury-in-fact requirement, and any outcome could significantly change the litigation landscape in Illinois, say Donald Patrick Eckler and Joshua Zhao at Freeman Mathis.

  • Class Action Defense: Don't Give Up On Bristol-Myers Squibb

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    Federal appellate court decisions in the six years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb show that it's anyone's ballgame in class action jurisdictional arguments, so defendants are encouraged to consider carefully whether, where and when arguing lack of specific personal jurisdiction may be advantageous, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • Series

    Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Calif. Right To Repair Law Highlights A Growing Movement

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    New legislation in California is a comprehensive victory for the "right to repair" movement — signaling that this push for legal reform represents a multifaceted challenge to the status quo not only on the consumer rights front, but also in the fields of copyright, software, antitrust and warranty law, says Courtney Sarnow at Culhane Meadows.

  • Series

    In Focus At The EEOC: Advancing Equal Pay

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    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s recently finalized strategic enforcement plan expresses a renewed commitment to advancing equal pay at a time when employees have unprecedented access to compensation information, highlighting for employers the importance of open communication and ongoing pay equity analyses, say Paul Evans at Baker McKenzie and Christine Hendrickson at Syndio.

  • Lessons For Biosimilar And Biologic Antitrust Litigation

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    Aaron Marks at Cohen Milstein considers emerging ways in which biosimilar markets differ from traditional small-molecule drug markets, and recommends how pharmaceutical antitrust litigators can account for these market dynamics in biosimilar-delay cases.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • Calif. Delete Act Paves Way For Data Broker Accountability

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    California's recent enactment of a law that will allow state residents to delete personal information held by some 500 data brokers shows there is renewed focus on holding an extremely lucrative but underregulated industry accountable — but doing so may require both legislation and litigation, says Karina Puttieva at Cohen Milstein.

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