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SCOTUS rules patent owners exhaust rights with sale, leaving questions for manufacturers, innovators

Glenn Minnis Jul. 14, 2017, 11:09pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court’s decision finding consumers and even small businesses have the right to resell products without it being considered an infringement on the rights of the original manufacturer. And the 7-1 decision could leave manufacturers and others to explore precisely what this decision may mean for their businesses and their products.

Home caregivers ask SCOTUS: Can IL force union representation?; Potential ramifications far-reaching

Jonathan Bilyk Jul. 13, 2017, 6:00am

A group of Illinois child care providers and in-home care providers for those with disabilities have asked the nation’s highest court to step in to their dispute with a prominent labor union, arguing the state’s decision to force the care providers to allow the Service Employees International Union to serve as their bargaining representative as a condition of accepting payment through state assistance programs violates their constitutional rights.

US Supreme Court ruling on Wisconsin land parcel regulation could have Illinois impact

Glenn Minnis Jul. 5, 2017, 11:06pm

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding a Wisconsin state law allowing the state to combine adjacent parcels owned by the same party for regulatory purposes could mean major changes for property owners in Illinois, as well.

Supreme Court ruling could mean more litigation against religiously affiliated hospitals over pensions, expert says

Chandra Lye Jun. 27, 2017, 1:50pm

A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow religiously affiliated hospitals to be included in the religious exemption of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) may lead to further litigation against such organizations in the future.

Supreme Court decision could have big impact on mass actions in Cook County, elsewhere

John O'Brien and Jonathan Bilyk Jun. 20, 2017, 5:23pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned rulings made by three California courts that concluded they had specific jurisdiction over lawsuits brought by out-of-state residents against a company not incorporated or headquartered there. And reverberations from the decision will likely be felt in Cook County courtrooms, say observers.

Supreme Court ruling against racial gerrymandering could have national impact, though perhaps less in IL

Dee Thompson Jun. 15, 2017, 11:59am

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month against alleged racial gerrymandering in North Carolina could impact congressional and state legislative elections nationwide.

Supreme Court decision puts dent in 'patent troll' cases, may put companies on defense in Chicago court

Mike Helenthal May 25, 2017, 1:41pm

A decision handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court Monday concerning patent infringement lawsuits will have a “profound impact” on so-called patent trolls, and changes jurisdictional considerations for federal courts across the country, says an intellectual property expert.

Judge: Man has standing under Spokeo to sue lawyer who used his crash report to solicit him

Jonathan Bilyk Apr. 3, 2017, 1:37pm

A Chicago federal judge has cleared the way for a man to continue his lawsuit against a Chicago lawyer he has accused of buying traffic crash reports to improperly obtain his personal information to then offer to represent him in any legal actions involving his auto accident.

U.S. Supreme Court could use IL case to toss out unions' 'fair share fees' collection from non-members

Laura Halleman Apr. 1, 2017, 11:13pm

The U.S. Supreme Court will get the chance to decide how much fees public-worker unions in Illinois can take from non-union workers. And if it decides to hear arguments on a challenge to the fees originally introduced by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, it could mean the court is poised to overturn the longstanding legal precedent allowing the unions to exact the payments from non-members.

IL 'fair share fees' lawsuit tossed; plaintiffs say 'desired result,' allowing appeal to SCOTUS

Jonathan Bilyk Mar. 21, 2017, 6:37pm

The U.S. Supreme Court will get the chance to decide just how much public worker unions in Illinois and elsewhere can exact from non-union workers, after a federal appeals court in Chicago upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit intended to challenge a longstanding legal precedent used by unions to justify the forcible collection of so-called “fair share” fees.

Phoney Lawsuits: How a Polish immigrant apparently sued his way to $800K

John O'Brien Mar. 16, 2017, 1:43pm

FDS Bank says the man no longer qualifies for Social Security disability benefits because he has made approximately $800,000 from filing 31 lawsuits. FDS says he made less than $30,000 in 2009 working construction before creating a scheme to manufacture claims under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

SCOTUS OKs discrimination lawsuits vs schools, even as administrative proceedings continue

Chandra Lye Mar. 9, 2017, 12:42am

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a disabled child’s parents in a dispute with the child’s school, saying the family was allowed to sue the school district over its decision to bar her from bringing her service dog to school. And while it could portend more lawsuits vs school districts, school districts shouldn't panic just yet.

Supreme Court delay leaves employers in the dark regarding class action waivers

John Myers Feb. 22, 2017, 10:46pm

The United States Supreme Court's decision to delay its review of the legality of mandatory class action waivers will mean more uncertainty for employers in the near future.

Trump appointments could reshape NLRB, but effects may not be felt for a few months

Tabitha Fleming Feb. 8, 2017, 4:57pm

With the White House now in the hands of Republicans, the majority on the National Labor Relations Board is also expected to soon change hands. But what impact that could have on the NLRB's proceedings and agenda, at least in the short term, remains to be seen. 

Anti-abortion plaintiffs get half a loaf, press for more in Chicago clinic "bubble zone" fight

Christopher Knoll Jan. 17, 2017, 9:08pm

Anti-abortion activists say they are pleased a federal judge has recognized what they called consistently biased treatment at the hands of Chicago Police enforcing the city's so-called abortion clinic "bubble zone" rules, but they said they intend to appeal the judge's findings that the ordinance is constitutional.

Supreme Court ruling throws Apple's $400M patent win into question, could impact other design patent litigation

Taryn Phaneuf Jan. 12, 2017, 10:52pm

In a unanimous decision last month, the U.S. Supreme Court took away Apple’s $400 million win in a lawsuit against Samsung, calling on the lower courts to reassess the damage award for violating a smartphone design patent.And this decision could have broader implications for other cases involving design patents for phones and other products, said a Chicago intellectual property attorney.

Ruling in Wisconsin redistricting lawsuit could provide pathway for reform in Illinois

Taryn Phaneuf Nov. 23, 2016, 10:33pm

A legal fight over the way legislative districts are drawn in Wisconsin could have implications for Illinois voters who have called for similar reform.

SCOTUS ruling may increase patent infringement lawsuits, settlements for fear of 'enhanced damages'

Dawn Brotherton Jun. 28, 2016, 11:58am

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision discarding strict standards for awarding enhanced damages in patent infringement cases could increase the number of patent cases filed in the U.S., a Chicago intellectual property attorney believes.

US Supreme Court refuses to revive overturned $10 billion tobacco verdict vs Philip Morris

Ann Maher Jun. 20, 2016, 1:23pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied review of an Illinois Supreme Court decision that cleared tobacco company Philip Morris of a $10 billion judgment. On June 20, the justices rejected a petition from plaintiff Sharon Price, who won the judgment in the court of former Madison County circuit judge Nicholas Byron in 2003. The Supreme Court had denied review of the same case in 2006, after the Illinois Supreme Court reversed Byron.

Challenge to Chicago affordable housing ordinance not affected by SCOTUS decision to not hear similar California case

Katie Rucke Mar. 24, 2016, 11:42pm

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision last month to not hear a California case challenging the constitutionality of an inclusionary housing ordinance should not have any impact on a similar lawsuit pending in Cook County.