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MAYER BROWN: Leading derivatives and fintech attorney Matthew Kluchenek joins Mayer Brown

By Press release submission | Jan 23, 2019

Mayer Brown announced that leading derivatives and fintech attorney Matthew Kluchenek has joined the firm as a partner.

Judge OKs Bandas' request barring Illinois law practice, orders end to Edelson's suit over class action objections

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 18, 2019

Two days after a Texas lawyer offered “unconditional surrender” in a long-running court fight over accusations he and his associates acted as “professional” class action objectors to secure six-figure payoffs, a federal judge has accepted the lawyer’s offer, ordering the case closed.

MAYER BROWN: Antitrust litigator Daniel Fenske joins Mayer Brown as partner in Chicago

By Press release submission | Jan 16, 2019

Mayer Brown announced that highly regarded litigator Daniel T. Fenske has joined the firm’s Antitrust & Competition practice as a partner in Chicago. Most recently, Mr. Fenske was a partner at Jenner & Block.

Bandas offers 'unconditional surrender' in fight with Edelson over 'professional' class action objections

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 15, 2019

In the wake of a judge’s order allowing a prominent Chicago class action law firm to dig deeper into the practices Texas-based Bandas Law Firm P.C., which stands accused of acting as “professional” class action settlement objectors, Bandas has offered what it calls “unconditional surrender” in the years-long multi-jurisdictional court fight.

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Trump DOJ acts on threat to trial lawyers who sue on behalf of the government

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice's recent effort to toss lawsuits it says it wasted hundreds of hours investigating is emblematic of a strategy under President Donald Trump to rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars.

Power generators ask SCOTUS to overturn Illinois 'Zero Emissions Credit' subsidies for Exelon nuke power plants

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 10, 2019

A group of electrical power generators have asked the U.S. Supreme Court step in and unplug “zero emissions credit” subsidy programs in Illinois and elsewhere, arguing the state programs intrude on federal regulatory turf and unconstitutionally rig wholesale electricity generation and supply markets to prop up nuclear power plants that should otherwise be retired.

Edelson wins order to dig deeper into Bandas firm, to broaden lawsuit over 'professional' class action objectors

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 4, 2019

Edelson P.C., one of Chicago’s most prominent class action law firms has won the chance to dig deeper into the practices of a group of lawyers it has accused of extorting payments from the Bandas Law Firm and other lawyers by acting as “professional” class action settlement objectors, as the firm seeks to unearth further evidence it believes will lead to an injunction to effectively shut down its rival.

Appeals panel: Couple hit by car can sue Uber, driver for dropping them off at busy intersection at 2 a.m.

By Dan Churney | Dec 24, 2018

An Illinois appeals panel has reversed a Cook County judge’s ruling that a Uber driver could not have foreseen a Chicago couple, whom he kicked out of his vehicle in the middle of the night, would then be hit by a car, finding the Uber driver should have known such an eventuality was possible.

Ex-U of Chicago student lawsuit: School discriminated, denied him chance to defend vs 'false' rape claims

By Dan Churney | Dec 21, 2018

A male former University of Chicago student is suing the school and a female student, saying his life was “shattered” a few days before he was to graduate last June, when the school, in an alleged act of gender discrimination, expelled him, over a rape accusation he says is false.

BAKER MCKENZIE LLP: Quisumbing Torres Partner Receives Volunteer Award from International Trademark Association

By Press release submission | Dec 21, 2018

The International Trademark Association (INTA) recognized QT Partner and Intellectual Property Practice Group Head Bienvenido Marquez III as a 2018 Volunteer Service Awardee for the Advancement of the Association.

BAKER MCKENZIE LLP: Two young Baker McKenzie partners in the JUVE "40 under 40" listing

By Press release submission | Dec 21, 2018

Baker McKenzie is represented in the current "40 under 40" listing of the renown German legal publishing house JUVE with two up-and-coming partners: Anahita Thoms and Dr. Heiko Gotsche.

Lawyers jockey to lead investor lawsuits vs Camping World, Lemonis, over Gander Mountain losses

By Scott Holland | Dec 20, 2018

Camping World and its chairman, investor Marcus Lemonis, are facing legal action from investors unhappy with the loss of millions of dollars linked to the acquisition of the Gander Mountain franchise.

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DOJ: A company created to file lawsuits has wasted 1,500 hours of the government's time

By David Yates | Dec 20, 2018

TEXARKANA – The U.S. Department of Justice is asking federal judges around the country to dismiss lawsuits it says are brought by shell companies that misrepresent their true purposes - filing meritless litigation against health care companies.

MAYER BROWN: Mayer Brown recognized in Financial Times’ list of most innovative law firms for legal expertise

By Press release submission | Dec 19, 2018

The Financial Times has ranked Mayer Brown as one of the “Most Innovative Law Firms for Legal Expertise” annual report, “North America Innovative Lawyers.” Mayer Brown has been recognized in the report each year that it has been published.

Sterigenics: Illinois A/G's lawsuit asks court to 'rewrite' federal rules, based on 'indisputably flawed report'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 14, 2018

Saying the legal action asks a state court to substitute its own judgment for federal law and environmental rules, Sterigenics, the owner of a facility in suburban Willowbrook targeted by trial lawyers, politicians and a group of area residents for its use of ethylene oxide, has asked a federal judge to take jurisdiction over a lawsuit brought against them by state prosecutors.

Appeals court junks $10.7 million verdict in water heater-scalding suit

By Dan Churney | Dec 14, 2018

An Illinois appeals panel has overturned a Cook County jury’s $10.7 million verdict against a water heater manufacturer, which found the company was liable for a baby’s scalding death, saying the trial judge improperly excluded evidence that would have aided the manufacturer’s defense.

Piatt County among latest local governments to sue opioid manufacturers, distributors

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 11, 2018

A central Illinois county has added itself to the growing list of governments suing the manufacturers and distributors of so-called opioid pain killers over allegations the drugs have cost millions in related health care costs.

Appeals court: Containerboard buyers didn’t prove makers Georgia Pacific, Westrock fixed prices

By Dan Churney | Dec 10, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals panel has upheld a lower court ruling that boarded up a class action antitrust suit against Georgia Pacific and Westrock, which alleged they conspired to fix prices for containerboard. Judges again found the companies were not colluding, but rather making parallel moves in reaction to the market.

Burbank files fraud suit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Dec 7, 2018

Suburban Burbank has become one of the latest communities to sue makers and distributors of so-called opioid painkillers.

IL appellate decision vs attorneys in class action 'pro objectors' case 'so damaging,' attorney says

By John Sammon | Dec 5, 2018

An attorney whose practice focuses on helping defend complex class action lawsuits said the rise of class action objectors milking the litigation system for quick payoffs has become a thorn in the side of businesses and attorneys attempting to settle lawsuits.

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