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Appeals court: No rehearing for class action vs SEIU to obtain $32M refund of illegal fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 8, 2019

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has rejected the request by a group of home caregivers for a new hearing to reconsider the courts’ prior decisions denying them the opportunity to bring a class action to recover nearly $32 million they accuse a union of unconstitutionally taking from them under a state law invalidated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

MCGUIRREWOODS LLP: Courtney Shytle, Top Automotive Trial Lawyer, Joins McGuireWoods’ Product Liability Practice

By Press release submission | Dec 20, 2018

Courtney C. Shytle has joined McGuireWoods as a partner in the firm’s national products, environmental and mass torts litigation practice, bringing more than two decades of experience representing leading automakers and consumer goods manufacturers in high-profile cases.

MCGUIRREWOODS LLP: Corporate Counsel Rate McGuireWoods Among Client Service Elite for 13th Time

By Press release submission | Dec 20, 2018

General counsel at large corporations rated McGuireWoods among the elite law firms for client service in BTI Consulting Group’s “Client Service A-Team” report, the 13th year the firm has ranked among the top 30 in the annual survey.

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.

Appellate court: IL property tax appeals board wrong to reject East Peoria challenge of casino tax assessment

By John Sammon | Dec 11, 2018

A state appeals court will allow the city of East Peoria another crack at overturning a tax board's decision to cut the property tax assessment for the Par-a-Dice hotel and casino.

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.

Appeals panel: Despite Janus decision, still no class actions vs unions over illegally collected fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 7, 2018

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has again rejected an attempt by a group of home caregivers to bring a class action lawsuit against the labor union they say used an Illinois state law to unconstitutionally grab $32 million in fees from their pay, as the judges said the decision holds up even when reevaluated in light of a recent Supreme Court decision further restricting unions’ abilities to force non-union public workers to pay such fees.

MCGUIRREWOODS LLP: McGuireWoods Elects 17 Lawyers for Partnership

By Press release submission | Nov 29, 2018

McGuireWoods LLP issued the following announcement on Nov. 15.McGuireWoods elected 17 new partners effective Jan. 1, 2019.

Judge: IL A/G's pro-union statements don't disqualify her from defending vs union lawsuit over fees

By Scott Holland | Nov 14, 2018

A federal judge has determined a state employee — notable for his public anti-union stances — can’t intervene on behalf of the state in a lawsuit it faces from a union leader asking courts to declare unions aren’t obligated to represent employees who refuse to pay membership dues.

MCGUIRREWOODS LLP: McGuireWoods Partner Jon Finger Honored as M&A Trailblazer by The National Law Journal

By Press release submission | Nov 9, 2018

McGuireWoods partner Jon Finger was honored in The National Law Journal’s 2018 M&A and Antitrust Trailblazers issue for his pioneering role in the firm’s nationwide initiative to establish the pre-eminent practice for independent sponsor transactions and connect independent sponsors with capital partners for specific deals.

Judge: Copyright fight over NRA's use of 'The Bean' footage in video belongs in Virginia, not Chicago

By Scott Holland | Oct 30, 2018

A federal judge has decided a copyright court fight over the use of imagery of Chicago's public sculpture, locally known as "The Bean," between its sculptor and the National Rifle Association belongs in the federal court nearest the NRA's suburban Washington, D.C., headquarters, and not in the Windy City, a few blocks south of the sculpture.

Abbott Labs can't move out-of-state plaintiffs' Depakote effects lawsuits out of Cook County: Appeals panel

By DM Herra | Oct 4, 2018

Abbott Labs can't move out-of-state plaintiffs' Depakote effects lawsuits out of Cook County: Appeals panel

Anti-union IL state worker asks judge to let him defend state vs union attempt to 'discriminate' vs non-union workers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 13, 2018

Saying Illinois’ attorney general’s defense is “inadequate” and is “bordering on malpractice,” an Illinois state employee who factored in the court action that led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to strike down rules requiring non-union workers to pay fees to unions has again jumped into a federal court action, this time asking a judge to allow his legal team to defend the state against a union’s attempt to secure a court order striking down labor laws requiring them to represent all workers in a collective bargaining unit.

Judge: Settlement talks begun in mass action vs Abbvie, others over Androgel, testosterone drugs

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 10, 2018

A federal judge has put a hold on any further proceedings in the massive, years-long nationwide legal action against Abbvie and other makers of so-called testosterone replacement therapy drugs, saying he wants to give both sides time to complete a potential settlement drug to permanently end the litigation.

MCGUIRREWOODS LLP: 200 McGuireWoods Attorneys Recognized In 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

By Press release submission | Aug 24, 2018

Two hundred attorneys from McGuireWoods’ U.S. offices were selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 20 of whom were named Lawyers of the Year, an honor given to only one lawyer in each practice area per city.

Lyons, Bedford Park, Summit file opioid lawsuits; legal actions hit medical societies as defendants

By Dan Churney | Aug 20, 2018

Three more Cook County communities are suing opioid makers and distributors in connection with the opioid epidemic. But unlike dozens of other Chicago-area towns that have already taken similar court action, the three towns are suing separately, rather than together, and have added medical societies as defendants.

Car dealer's class action: Tribune, Sinclair, other TV broadcasters colluded to inflate ad rates

By Scott Holland | Aug 16, 2018

In the wake of a report indicating the federal government is looking into allegations a number of U.S. television broadcasters have colluded to inflate advertising rates, a Pennsylvania car dealer has filed suit in Chicago federal court accusing several broadcasters of just that.

Jury deals $315M verdict to casino tech maker who said rival used patent litigation to stifle competition

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 7, 2018

A group of casino technology manufacturers have hit a legal jackpot, as a Chicago federal jury has dealt them a verdict potentially worth more than $300 million, amid their ongoing antitrust battle against a rival manufacturer accused of misusing patents to stifle competition.

Lincolnshire: Taxes different from union dues; asks judge to toss union suit over 'anti-union' lobbying funds

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 3, 2018

Saying governments are different from labor unions and other private organizations, a north suburban village and an organization that lobbies on behalf of Illinois city and village governments has asked a federal judge to dismiss a union-backed lawsuit asserting the rights of union members are violated by local governments which use tax money to fund lobbyists to seek reforms opposed by unions.

PETA: Brookfield Zoo operators should be subject to FOIA, turn over info regarding stingray deaths

By Scott Holland | Jul 16, 2018

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is suing the Cook County Forest Preserve District in hopes of using the Freedom of Information Act to force the Chicago Zoological Society to turn over documents regarding the deaths of dozens of stingrays at the Brookfield Zoo.

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