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Ernesto Palomo Named as 2022 Notable Executive in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Honoree ‎by Crain’s Chicago Business

Chicago Partner Ernesto Palomo has been named by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the 2022 Notable Executives in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, recognizing his leadership as Co-Chair of Locke Lord’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and significant impact advancing diversity and inclusion in the community. Palomo co-leads a...
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Appeals panel shuts down class action vs NorthShore for placing lien on accident victim's insurance settlement funds

An appeals court has confirmed suburban-based NorthShore University HealthSystem did not have to bill Medicare for a traffic accident victim's medical tab, before putting a lien on a possible settlement from the victim's claim against the other driver. The Aug. 12 decision was written by Justice Joy Cunningham, with concurrence...
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Biometrics face scan class actions filed vs Walmart, Kohls, Best Buy, Home Depot, over involvement with Clearview

Retailers, including Kohl's, Walmart, The Home Depot and Best Buy, have been hit with new class action lawsuits under Illinois' biometrics privacy law, accusing them each of improperly working with embattled facial recognition database creator Clearview AI to combat shoplifting, mere days after a federal judge rejected plaintiffs' attempt to rope those retailers into a larger biometrics-related action against Clearview.

Inside the Beltway on August 18, 2022

Please join us for our 41st Inside the Beltway session on Thursday, August 18, 2022. Inside the Beltway is Faegre Drinker’s quarterly series of complimentary presentations on developments in Washington, D.C., that directly affect our industry. During this session of Inside the Beltway, we will cover developments in legislation,...

Firm Receives Top Rankings in Legal 500 United States 2022

The firm ranked in The Legal 500 United States 2022, “the Clients' Guide to the best Law firms, Top Lawyers, Attorney, Advocates, Solicitors and Barristers.”. The firm has been recognized across 24 practice areas, spanning six jurisdictions, with 18 partners individually highlighted for outstanding achievements over the past calendar year.

Settlement deal: Apple to start charging Chicago streaming tax on nearly all products in Sept.; City to not seek back taxes

Apple will begin tacking on the city of Chicago’s so-called “Netflix tax” to the bill paid by subscribers to Apple streaming services and products in September. And City Hall has agreed to not seek to go after Apple in court for as much as four years of back taxes it could claim Apple owes, under a settlement agreement ending Apple’s legal challenge to the city’s extension of the so-called “amusement tax” to streaming entertainment services.

State Sen. Hastings sues Frankfort P.D. over domestic abuse report; Cook Co. State's Atty says not representing Hastings

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office says it has no role in a lawsuit brought by politically vulnerable Will County Democratic State Sen. Michael Hastings, who has sued his hometown in south suburban Frankfort, accusing someone in the Frankfort Police Department of conspiring to leak a police report concerning alleged domestic abuse against his estranged wife.

Ogletree Deakins Again Earns Gold Standard Certification from Women In Law Empowerment Forum

Ogletree Deakins, one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management, is pleased to announce that the firm has earned a 2022 Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). The firm is one of 32 U.S. law firms to achieve 2022 WILEF certification and one of only 19 firms that met all six WILEF criteria. This year’s recognition marks the eighth time Ogletree Deakins has received WILEF’s Gold Standard Certification.

Cozen O’Connor's Gassman installed as chair of ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section

Cozen O'Connor has issued the following press release:. (CHICAGO, August 5, 2022) … Chicago attorney Gary Gassman, Co-Vice Chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Global Insurance Department, has been installed as Chair of the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) - one of the ABA’s largest and most active sections. Gassman’s one-year term, announced today at the ABA’s annual meeting in Chicago, is effective immediately.

Biometrics: New Technologies & Recent Privacy Developments on August 9, 2022

Please join Interface co-hosts — Faegre Drinker partner Jeremiah Posedel and Amy Keller, a partner at DiCello Levitt Gutzler — on August 9 as they co-host a discussion with Faegre Drinker partner Justin Kay on which biometric technologies are being used by companies today. DiCello Levitt Gutzler partner Corban Rhodes will join the discussion to highlight the privacy implications of these technologies and the litigation that results from their use. The panel will also go over recent legal and regulatory privacy developments impacting businesses as they seek to leverage these new tools.

Appeals court says Pritzker administration can escape fed court oversight of state hiring decisions

While stressing they are "not naive" about Illinois’ infamous culture of political corruption and patronage hiring, a federal appeals panel has nonetheless lifted federal court oversight of state hiring practices, handing a win to Gov. JB Pritzker and perhaps other Chicago Democrats who have urged the courts to return to them the ultimate power to hire, fire and promote without scrutiny.

Drew Moore, Chicago Innovation ring the closing bell at Nasdaq

There was big Chicago energy in the Big Apple on June 15 as our own Drew Moore joined Chicago Innovation to ring the closing bell at the Nasdaq! Drew, accompanied by his mom, Olivette M. Taylor, stood alongside the winners of the 2021 Chicago Innovation Awards to celebrate outstanding Chicago entrepreneurs. You can watch the event here.

A Living, Breathing First Amendment? on August 5, 2022

Deborah Winokur will speak on the panel, “A Living, Breathing First Amendment?” at the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The panel will discuss how the First Amendment has arisen in new – and some familiar – contexts, including as a result of the 2020 election litigation. The panel will address the continuing debate around Rule 8.4(g) and its adoption (or lack thereof) in the states, and in disciplinary and other lawyer liability matters.