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LOCKE LORD LLP: Locke Lord Chicago Partner Carolyn Blessing This Year’s Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law Leadership Award Recipient

By Press release submission | Oct 12, 2018

Carolyn Blessing, a Partner in Locke Lord’s Chicago office, has been selected to receive the 2018 Leadership Award from the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law for her efforts in the advancement of women lawyers and support of women’s initiatives in law firms.

Man sentenced over insurance scheme says ex-lawyers misled him into cooperating with prosecutors

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Oct 5, 2018

A man sentenced in an alleged fraudulent insurance billing scheme has sued the law firm that represented him, claiming his lawyers breached their standard of care.

Judge nixes $17.5M deal in collection calls class action vs Ocwen, says attorney fees too high

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 2, 2018

Saying lawyers for the plaintiffs need to “drastically” reduce their $5.8 million fee request to make it "conceivable" to win his approval, a federal judge has rejected a $17.5 million settlement intended to end a class action lawsuit against debt collector Ocwen Loan Servicing over claims the company violated federal law when it called millions of debtors.

LOCKE LORD LLP: Locke Lord Earns ISO 27001 Certification for Excellent Information Security Management System

By Press release submission | Sep 13, 2018

Locke Lord is pleased to announce that it has earned ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for its information security management system (ISMS).

Court-appointed federal monitor: Oversight of Cook County hiring practices no longer needed

By Dan Churney | Sep 4, 2018

A court-appointed monitor of Cook County patronage is asking a federal judge to release her from her oversight duties, saying she believes the county’s government has undergone “profound transformation” in its employment practices and has a culture in place to keep politics from unduly influencing who gets county jobs and who doesn’t.

Appeals panel: Property preservation companies OK to leave door hangers steering owners in default to collectors

By Dani Hemmat | Aug 24, 2018

In what may be a defining decision for property preservation companies, a federal appeals panel has affirmed that property preservation companies are not acting as debt collectors when they leave a door hanger on a property they have serviced directing property owners who have defaulted on loans to contact a debt servicer or collector.

LOCKE LORD LLP: 125 Locke Lord Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 List

By Press release submission | Aug 16, 2018

Locke Lord is pleased to announce that 125 lawyers from 16 U.S. offices have been recognized in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

Appeals court: No arbitration over claims Personnel Staffing transferred funds to sidestep arbitration award

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 20, 2018

A state appeals court has refused to send to arbitration a dispute between insurer Zurich American and Personnel Staffing Group, in which Zurich claims PSG attempted to transfer more than $10 million to avoid paying an arbitration award.

IL Supreme Court takes up Six Flags fingerprint scanning case, to answer question: Who can sue under BIPA?

By Kory Oswald | Jun 14, 2018

With class action lawsuits piling up against employers and other businesses, the Illinois Supreme Court will soon step in to perhaps answer the question of who may sue under a state privacy law when an employer or merchant scans their fingerprints or other biometric identifiers to verify their identity for theme park admission, participation in various programs or to track hours worked, among other purposes.

Seventh Circuit decision continues trend favoring debtors over collectors in debt dispute lawsuits, attorneys say

By John Sammon | Jun 1, 2018

A federal appeals panel has affirmed a judgment for debtors in a dispute with a debt collector over whether a debt was actually disputed, and the decision only continues a trend within Chicago's federal courts of moving the needle in such cases in favor of those owing disputed debts, said lawyers following such cases.

California Supreme Court's decision on independent contractors could mean big changes for employers

By Elizabeth Alt | May 11, 2018

A recent decision by the California Supreme Court may pose new litigation risks for companies by changing the way the state defines employees or independent contractors, according to Richard Reibstein, an attorney with Locke Lord and co-head of the law firm’s independent contractor compliance practice.

Proposed blockchain bill could push Illinois to forefront of smart contract use, attorney says

By Karen Kidd | May 11, 2018

Proposed bipartisan legislation currently before a state House committee that would grant legal recognition to blockchain smart contracts could propel the state ahead of the curve in business transactions that currently remain paper based, a Chicago-based attorney said during a recent interview.

Lawyer: IL appeals ruling gives plaintiffs' bar another 'arrow' to wrest deals from dismissed defendants

By Robert Davis | Apr 16, 2018

An Illinois state appeals court's recent decision will give plaintiffs' lawyers "another arrow in their quiver" to keep previously dismissed defendants and marginal parties roped into litigation, in the hope of securing a settlement payment, an attorney said.

California judge's refusal to toss IL privacy suit vs Facebook may have limited implications for similar cases

By Takesha Thomas | Apr 6, 2018

Facebook won't be able to quickly delete a class action lawsuit accusing it of violating an Illinois privacy law by tagging people in photographs posted by other users on the social media platform. However, the decision may have limited implications for other lawsuits against companies accused of breaking the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, an attorney says.

Attorneys say recent decision by federal judge is 'valuable precedent for debt collectors'

By Glenn Minnis | Apr 5, 2018

A recent decision by an Illinois federal judge, which acknowledged the struggle that many debt collectors face when determining the lengths they should go to or the methods they should use to collect on a debt, could give those collectors a slight legal boost.

Attorneys say debt collection agencies must watch language after federal court ruling

By Elizabeth Alt | Mar 5, 2018

A recent federal court decision underscores the importance of minding the verbs used in communications from debt collectors.

New York court considers Illinois biometrics data case against Take-Two Interactive Software

By John Sammon | Nov 10, 2017

A New York federal appeals court will consider the reach and scope of an Illinois privacy law now being used by many plaintiff attorneys to target many different businesses with class action lawsuits alleging technical violations.

Bank of America, others prevail in class-action suit over consumer privacy

By Elizabeth Alt | Oct 12, 2017

A federal judge in Illinois has ruled that Bank of America and other banks were not in violation of consumer privacy acts and dismissed a class-action suit accusing the bank of improperly distributing the confidential information of homeowners who had borrowed mortgage loans.

$17.5M deal announced to end cell phone call class action vs Ocwen Loan Servicing; lawyers to ask $5M

By Scott Holland | Sep 21, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has been asked to sign off on a settlement worth $17.5 million - and worth perhaps as much as $5.7 million for lawyers - to end a class action lawsuit over alleged improper cell phone calls.

Judge: Not enough proof tying suburban Palestinian groups to Hamas to enforce $156M judgment

By Dan Churney | Aug 25, 2017

A Chicago federal judge has tossed a lawsuit against suburban Palestinian aid groups, which alleged the groups were disguised versions of defunct Hamas support organizations that owed a $156 million judgment to a couple whose son was killed by Hamas in a terrorist attack in Israel, saying there was not enough evidence to show the new groups were alter egos of the old ones.

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