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MAYER BROWN: Mayer Brown appoints new office leaders in New York and Chicago

By Press release submission | Dec 3, 2018

Mayer Brown announced it has appointed Britt Miller as the partner-in-charge of its Chicago office and Matthew Ingber as the partner-in-charge of its New York office.

MAYER BROWN: IFLR1000 2019 ranks Mayer Brown in six jurisdictions and recognizes 165 individual partners

By Press release submission | Nov 7, 2018

Mayer Brown is ranked in IFLR1000’s “Financial and Corporate 2019” guide in six jurisdictions, in addition to 30 practice areas and industry sectors.

MAYER BROWN: Mayer Brown recognised in The Times Best Law Firms 2019

By Press release submission | Nov 7, 2018

Mayer Brown has been recognised in The Times Best Law Firms 2019, where it is commended for its work in commercial property.

MAYER BROWN: Seasoned commercial litigation trial lawyer Megan Webster joins Mayer Brown in Chicago and New York

By Press release submission | Oct 25, 2018

Mayer Brown announced today that Megan S. Webster has joined the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice as a partner.

MAYER BROWN: Partner Tyrone Fahner receives Illinois Bar Foundation’s Distinguished Award for Excellence

By Press release submission | Oct 21, 2018

Mayer Brown announced that the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) has honored Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Tyrone C. Fahner (Chicago) with the 2018 Distinguished Award for Excellence.

Judges nix consumer antitrust vs steelmakers; Production chain too complex to undergird sprawling class action

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 7, 2018

While noting the plaintiffs had presented statements which could indicate price-fixing activity, a federal appeals panel has refused to melt down a lower court’s decision to slice up a potentially massive class action lawsuit accusing U.S. steelmakers of conspiring to jack up prices for raw steel.

MAYER BROWN: Two Mayer Brown partners selected to A Word About Wind’s 2018 Legal Power List

By Press release submission | Aug 24, 2018

Mayer Brown announced that Tax Transactions & Consulting partner David Burton and Banking & Finance partner Robert Goldberg were named to A Word About Wind’s Legal Power List 2018, a roster of the 100 most influential lawyers working globally on the financing aspects of wind energy.

Judge pulls plug on Viamedia antitrust suit vs Comcast over cable TV spot ads

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 18, 2018

Saying she saw the legal action as little more than an attempt by a competitor to “force” Comcast to do business with them, a Chicago federal judge has pulled the plug on an antitrust legal fight over whether Comcast had used its position to improperly squelch competition in the market for local spot cable TV advertising.

MAYER BROWN: Two Mayer Brown partners named “Notable Women Lawyers in Chicago” by Crain’s Chicago Business

By Press release submission | Aug 11, 2018

Mayer Brown announced that Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Lucia Nale and Government Relations & Public Law partner Joanna Horsnail were recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business among its 2018 “Notable Women Lawyers in Chicago.”

Appeals panel: $15M fees not too big for lawyers behind $76M Caribbean cruise telemarketing settlement

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 27, 2018

A federal appeals panel will allow a group of Chicago lawyers to keep their potential $15 million to $18 million payday for their work in securing a $76 million settlement from a cruise line and others accused of using nonprofit surveys to mask telemarketing calls, as judges said the size of the fee award doesn’t necessarily mean it is too large.

MAYER BROWN: Mayer Brown launches practical how-to guide for responding to mass environmental tort litigation

By Press release submission | Jul 7, 2018

Mayer Brown announced the launch of a new practical guide, “Responding to a Mass Environmental Tort Litigation: A How-To,” which outlines the steps to manage environmental tort claims through a hypothetical environmental incident, beginning with the initial emergency response and related investigations and ending with the resolution of ensuing litigation.

Lawyers: Defendants trying to undermine $56M-75M cruise line telemarketing calls settlement

By Dan Churney | May 21, 2018

Attorneys who bagged millions of dollars in fees from a $56-$75 million class action settlement in Chicago federal court against a cruise line and others accused of making illegal telemarketing calls, are alleging the defendants are trying now to sabotage the settlement by using bogus grounds to challenge 45,000 of 58,000 claims submitted.

Judge: Car dealer software companies can't delete antitrust claims over monopolization of car dealer data

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 18, 2018

Two companies specializing in software used by car dealerships must face an antitrust lawsuit alleging they improperly cornered the market for key industry data, and allegedly used their market share to close off competitors and jack up prices charged to vendors seeking the information they held.

Judge slams door on class action vs Zillow; 'Zestimate' may be 'gimmick,' but not deception, fraud

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 8, 2018

Saying plaintiffs had effectively pleaded themselves out of court, a Chicago federal judge has slammed the door on an attempted class action lawsuit accusing operators of real estate website Zillow of breaking state consumer fraud and deceptive practices laws by using their “Zestimates” – an online home value estimation tool – as a “marketing gimmick” to drive business to Zillow’s preferred real estate agents and undercut home sellers’ ability to sell their home for what they believe it should be worth.

Court asked to OK $36M deal to end tortured Pella defective window class action; attorneys to get $9M

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 9, 2018

About three and a half years after a federal appeals panel led by former Judge Richard Posner smashed a $90 million settlement agreement the judges described as “scandalous,” a new set of lawyers have introduced a new, smaller deal once again intended to a nearly 12-year old class action lawsuit against window and door maker Pella over allegedly defective windows.

Cook County judge: Chicago alderman's personal emails, texts generally not subject to FOIA

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 31, 2018

Emails and text messages sent and received by Chicago aldermen on their personal accounts and devices generally may not be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, a Cook County judge has ruled, partially thwarting an attempt by Chicago lawyer Ameer Ahmad to uncover what he believed were efforts by his neighbors to use connections to Chicago Alderman Joe Moreno to allegedly improperly block Ahmad from obtaining a permit for a home improvement project.

Judge balks at big poultry producers' attempt to crack chicken price fixing antitrust class action

By Scott Holland | Nov 22, 2017

A federal judge will allow one of the country’s leading food service distributors and a group of others balking at the high price of chicken to continue to peck away at a federal antitrust action accusing the country’s largest poultry producers of fixing prices for their birds.

Federal appeals court tosses antitrust injunction that goes too far in car dealer software suit

By Dan Churney | Nov 13, 2017

A Chicago federal appeals panel has scrapped an injunction won by a Wisconsin business against a Hoffman Estates-based provider of software to car dealers, with the court saying the injunction improperly distorts the marketplace.

Attorney says 'no chance' that $140 million punitive damages judgment against AbbVie will stand

By Elizabeth Alt | Nov 9, 2017

North Chicago-based drugmaker AbbVie has asked a federal judge to toss out a $140 million verdict against it for allegedly mismarketing its testosterone replacement therapy drug, Androgel. And in the view of a Chicago attorney whose practice focuses on Supreme Court and appellate cases, as well as class actions, there is "no chance" that judgment will be allowed to stand.

Judge OKs $354M settlement of cardboard price-fixing class action; lawyers get 30 percent

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 18, 2017

A federal judge has signed off on a $354 million settlement deal to box up a years-long price fixing antitrust class action against some of the country’s largest makers of cardboard. And the attorneys who represented the plaintiffs in the action are set to take in nearly $100 million, or roughly 30 percent of the settlement fund.

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