• December 05, 2023

    Parties In Healthcare Antitrust Suit Told To List Depo Targets

    An Illinois federal court on Tuesday ordered DaVita Inc., a UnitedHealth Group unit and two of the unit's former senior employees to provide a list of people they seek to depose in an antitrust suit accusing the healthcare companies of an anti-competitive no-poach scheme.

  • December 05, 2023

    Deal Reached To End Sunoco Butane IP Row Amid Appeal

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday dismissed U.S. Venture's appeal of an award of $6 million in enhanced damages to Sunoco in a suit over butane patents, after the parties jointly agreed to dismissal.

  • December 05, 2023

    Chicagoans Seek OK Of $12.25M Deal Over Toxic Demolition

    A group of Chicago residents asked an Illinois federal judge Monday for her initial blessing of their $12.25 million settlement with a developer and several contractors that allegedly covered a neighborhood in potentially toxic dust during a smokestack demolition.

  • December 05, 2023

    7th Circ. Signals Issue With $540M Motorola Trade Secret Win

    Seventh Circuit judges reviewing Motorola's $540 million win in a mobile radio trade secret case suggested Tuesday part of the verdict might come undone, with one judge saying the calculation of foreign sales was a thorny problem in the case. 

  • December 05, 2023

    Jackson Urges High Court To Dispose Of Automatic Vacaturs

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson on Tuesday again criticized a procedural mechanism that obligates the justices to vacate lower court opinions and offered up an alternative analysis they could use to decide whether to vacate rulings by the lower courts.

  • December 05, 2023

    Deutsche Bank Must Face Trial In Fair Housing Suit, Orgs. Say

    A group of housing associations asked an Illinois federal judge Monday to allow their lawsuit against Deutsche Bank over the alleged neglect of foreclosed homes in minority neighborhoods to proceed to trial, saying evidence establishing the bank's control over the servicing of those properties would give a jury a clear basis to find it violated the Fair Housing Act.

  • December 05, 2023

    Ancora Sides With Trian As Disney Board Battle Brews

    Activist investment firm Ancora Holdings Group said Tuesday that it backs the appointment of Nelson Peltz to The Walt Disney Company's board, days after Peltz's Trian Fund Management LP said the storied entertainment company had declined to consider him for the post.

  • December 05, 2023

    Real Estate Rumors: Prospera Growth, KBS, M&C Saatchi

    Prospera Growth Fund has reportedly landed $97.6 million in financing for a Utah student housing property, KBS Growth & Income REIT is said to have sold a Chicago office building for $17 million and M&C Saatchi is said to be leasing 13,000 square feet in New York.

  • December 05, 2023

    Calif. Bar Redoubles Bid To Suspend Girardi Son-In-Law

    Days after a California bar judge expressed "concerns" over an attempt to discipline Tom Girardi's son-in-law David Lira amid a federal wire fraud case, and in response to a motion to abate filed by Lira, the state bar has continued to push for his temporary suspension as the criminal case proceeds.

  • December 05, 2023

    Illinois Firm Wants Jury Trial On All Counts Over Missing $3M

    An Illinois law firm that earlier this year was found liable for the loss of a client's $3 million placed in an escrow account under the firm's control has urged a federal judge to uphold its right to a jury trial.

  • December 05, 2023

    High Court Axes ADA Case But Says Issue Is 'Very Much Alive'

    The U.S. Supreme Court decided Tuesday that Acheson Hotels LLC's Americans with Disabilities Act appeal against a self-appointed "tester" is moot, finding the disabled litigant voluntarily dismissed her suit against the company, though the court said the issue of standing to sue over accessibility information on businesses' websites is "very much alive."

  • December 04, 2023

    Judge Says Attys Misused Emergency Email To Seal Antitrust Docs

    The Illinois federal judge overseeing an antitrust suit accusing elite universities of conspiring to restrict student aid chewed out attorneys involved with the case on Sunday for using the court's emergency inbox to send a "terse" email late Friday night that requested — unconvincingly — part of an unidentified court filing be placed under seal.

  • December 04, 2023

    Parents Want Abbott Docs On Calif. Law In Baby Formula MDL

    Parents who are suing over contaminated Similac infant formula have asked an Illinois federal judge to force manufacturer Abbott Laboratories to produce documents related to its opposition to a California bill that would have required that formula be tested for heavy metals.

  • December 04, 2023

    FICO Says Revised Antitrust Suit Still Falls Flat

    Fair Isaac Corp. has told an Illinois federal judge that customers who were allowed to amend their lawsuit claiming the credit bureau monopolizes the credit scoring market have failed to "fill the gap" in earlier deficient allegations, and said the terms of its licensing agreements with major credit bureaus doom their lawsuit.

  • December 04, 2023

    Disbarment Upheld For Atty Who Shot NBA Pro's Ex, Daughter

    An Illinois watchdog panel has reaffirmed the decision to disbar a Chicago attorney who represented the ex-girlfriend of former NBA center Eddy Curry in a child support case, and then later dated her and was convicted of killing both her and Curry's infant daughter.

  • December 04, 2023

    Union Pension Fund Seeks Toss Of Mechanic's Benefits Claim

    A union pension fund asked an Illinois federal judge to toss a 67-year-old mechanic's allegations that he was wrongfully denied pension benefits, saying the fund's trustees were within their rights to deny his benefits when he took two multiyear breaks from accepting union-covered work.

  • December 04, 2023

    McDermott Moves To New Atlanta Shop With Plans For Growth

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP announced Monday that it had moved to a new office space in a high-rise building in midtown Atlanta, just three years after first opening up shop in the city.

  • December 01, 2023

    PTAB Scratches Out Some Oil-Dri Kitty Litter Patent Claims

    Some of mineral company Oil-Dri Corp. of America's patent claims for "clumpable" cat litter were invalid as anticipated or obvious, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has ruled.

  • December 01, 2023

    Chicago Atty Pushes Back On 7-Eleven Trademark Suit

    The Chicago attorney who runs a small intellectual property law practice called Seven Eleven Law Group made good on her promise this week to fight the trademark infringement allegations that convenience store giant 7-Eleven sued her for last month, rejecting the company's claims that her firm is creating consumer confusion and profiting from 7-Eleven's multinational brand.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justices Call O'Connor 'American Hero,' 'Perfect Trailblazer'

    Following news of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's death at the age of 93, current and former high court justices paid public homage to her trailblazing career, devotion to the rule of law and illuminating charisma.

  • December 01, 2023

    Walgreens Can't Shake Earbud Seller's $9M Fraud Suit

    Walgreens must face almost all claims in an electronics company's suit claiming that the retailer used misleading sales figures to convince it to enter into a $9 million business agreement to display its products by checkout lanes, an Illinois federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • December 01, 2023

    Former Clerks Say Justice O'Connor Still Worth Emulating

    BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.

  • December 01, 2023

    Univar Fights Union Fund's Bid For Pretrial Pension Row Win

    Univar Solutions USA Inc. told an Illinois federal judge that the company isn't liable for thousands in allegedly unpaid pension contributions, claiming the fund accepted a labor contract between the chemical giant and a Teamsters local that ended the business's obligation to pay.

  • December 01, 2023

    K&L Gates Adds ETF Firm GC To Asset Management Practice

    K&L Gates LLP has added a partner to its asset management and investment funds practice who was most recently a general counsel and chief compliance officer at exchange-traded fund issuer Innovator ETFs, the firm has announced.

  • December 01, 2023

    3rd Circ. Lets Rule Stand In Case Where FERC Deadlocked

    The Third Circuit on Friday upheld a rule change allowing the nation's largest grid operator to no longer require state-backed renewable energy sources to meet a price floor in electricity capacity auctions, holding that the appellate court can review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission deadlock that allowed the rule to take effect.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

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