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131 S Dearborn
Suite 1700
Chicago, Illinois 60603, United States
Contact: Sarah DiCaro
Phone: 206.359.8000
Fax: 206.359.9000
Areas of Practice
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Class Action
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Immigration Law
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Privacy
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • D.C.
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
Other Countries
  • China
  • Taiwan
Number of Attorneys
1,000+ Attorneys

New DoD Cybersecurity Rule and How Contractors Can Reduce Their Risks

The Department of Defense (DoD) issued an interim cybersecurity rule in August 2015 that, among other things, revises the existing Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) cybersecurity clause and increases…more

Cloud Computing, Controlled Unclassified Information, Cyber Incident Reporting, Cyber Threats, Cybersecurity

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President Issues Executive Order to Block Assets of Foreign Cyber Attackers

President Obama recently issued Executive Order 13694 (EO 13694 or EO), “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities.” EO 13694 is aimed at deterring cyber attacks, cyber…more

Barack Obama, Blocked Entities, Blocked Person, CTIIC, Cyber Attacks

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Inter Partes Review Proceedings: A Third Anniversary Report

When inter partes review (IPR) proceedings became effective in September 2012, few people would have predicted the transformative effect it would have on patents and the litigation landscape. Three years in, IPR has become the…more

America Invents Act, Apple, Claim Construction, Discovery, Estoppel

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Trends To Watch In Cyber Liability and Reputational Insurance

With major data breaches again making news, it is important for corporate policyholders to keep abreast of insurance developments in this emerging and fast-moving area. In this update, we provide some thoughts on cyber liability…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Cyber Insurance, Cybersecurity, D&O Insurance, Data Breach

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Federal Merger Enforcement Increases To Highest Level In Five Years

Hart-Scott-Rodino Filings Decreased Slightly in 2012, but Percentage of Investigations Leading to Second Requests and Enforcement Actions Increased; FTC Continues to Enforce HSR Act in Connection with Corporate Officers' and…more

Board of Directors, Compliance, Corporate Governance, Corporate Officers, Corruption

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Federal and State Antitrust Enforcement Takeaways From the 2017 ABA Antitrust Law Spring Meeting

The American Bar Association’s 65th Antitrust Law Spring Meeting held at the end of March included a number of sessions with representatives from federal and state antitrust enforcement agencies. In this first of a three-part…more

Administrative Appointments, American Bar Association (ABA), Antitrust Division, Antitrust Violations, Attorney Generals

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Risks Of Tribute Advertisements Are Focus Of Seventh Circuit Decision

Think the First Amendment protects your business from liability for running an ad congratulating a celebrity or other public figure? Better think again…more

Advertising, Celebrities, First Amendment, Right of Publicity

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What is Patent Term Adjustment and Why Does It Matter?

For patents granted on applications filed on or after June 8, 1995, the enforceable patent term begins on the day the patent issues and generally expires 20 years from the earliest effective filing date of the application. …more

Exelixis, Novartis, Patent Prosecution, Patent Term Adjustment, Patents

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Medicare Appeals Panel Invalidates National Coverage Determination Prohibiting Coverage for Gender Reassignment Surgery

On May 30, 2014, the Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) issued a decision invalidating the long-standing National Coverage Determination (NCD) prohibiting Medicare payment for transsexual surgery (now known as gender reassignment…more

Healthcare, Medicare, Surgery, Transgender

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Executive Order Seeks Sweeping Reversal of Climate Change Policies to Favor U.S. Energy Production

President Donald Trump recently signed Executive Order 13783, an omnibus executive order aimed at reducing burdens on further development of domestic energy resources, with “particular attention” to oil, natural gas, coal and…more

Bureau of Land Management, Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Coal, Energy Policy

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California Supreme Court Limits Attorney-Client Privilege for Lawyer Invoices

In a 4-3 decision, the California Supreme Court ruled that attorney invoices submitted to public agencies are not categorically exempt from disclosure under the California Public Records Act. Los Angeles County Board of…more

ACLU, Attorney-Client Privilege, CA Supreme Court, Disclosure, Invoices

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Publicly Released, Approval is Next Hurdle

One month after announcing the conclusion of negotiations, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). The TPP’s 12 partner…more

Popular, Tariffs, Trade Agreements, Trade Policy, Trade Relations

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Is the New Idaho Benefit Corporation Act Right for Your Company?

Idaho recently joined the ranks of the District of Columbia and 26 other states that have passed benefit corporation legislation. The Idaho Benefit Corporation Act, S.B. 1076, becomes effective July 1, 2015, and provides new…more

Benefit Corporations, Business Formation, Choice of Entity, Public Benefits

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Palm Oil Supply Chain Abuses Reported by Amnesty International: Steps to Mitigate Legal Risk

Amnesty International recently released a report alleging that supply chains for production of palm oil—a common ingredient in many consumer products—are tainted by forced and child labor. In the nearly 150-page report titled…more

Amnesty International, Child Labor, Disclosure Requirements, Due Diligence, Forced Labor

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Navigating Yates Memo Minefield and Broadening of Excess Side-A DIC D&O Insurance Policies

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memorandum (the Yates Memo) in September 2015 setting forth guidance on how the U.S. Department of Justice would handle future corporate investigations and, to the extent…more

Corporate Misconduct, Corporate Officers, D&O Insurance, Directors, DOJ

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Top 10 Litigation Risks and Trends for Retailers

With the 2016 holiday shopping season in full swing, the risk of litigation heightens for retailers. We created our own version of a “holiday list” to identify the top-10 risk areas where retailers may be vulnerable to claims…more

ADA, Advertising, Arbitration, Class Action, Cyber Insurance

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Perils Of The Global Supply Chain Series, Part 3: Groundbreaking ‘Honey Laundering’ Sting Signals New Era In Supply Chain Enforcement

Supply chain compliance is on the government’s enforcement radar like never before. If the recent Executive Order on Trafficking in Government Contracts and final SEC Conflict Minerals Rules were not notice enough, the…more

Anti-Dumping Duty, China, Compliance, Deferred Prosecution Agreements, DOJ

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Virtual Currencies: International Actions and Regulations

In addition to issuing warnings about their use, Argentina has suggested an increased interest in virtual currency transactions by requiring financial institutions and other entities to report virtual currency transactions..…more

Bitcoin, Digital Currency, Financial Institutions, Virtual Currency, Young Lawyers

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IRS Broadens Offshore Amnesty Program

Over the last several years, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has focused its efforts on enforcement of U.S. laws with respect to offshore assets held by U.S. citizens and residents, including their tax payment and reporting…more

Amnesty, CID, Enforcement, FATCA, FBAR

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The Price of Customer Loyalty: Rewards Programs and Sales and Use Tax Issues

Retailers and other businesses use loyalty and rewards programs to draw in customers throughout the year. However, there are several sales and use tax consequences of promoting consumer loyalty. Here’s a brief question and…more

Customer-Loyalty Programs, Redemption Agreement, Reporting Requirements, Retail Market, Retailers

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Organic Label Due Diligence Is Critical After CA Supreme Court Approves Lawsuits

The Supreme Court of California ruled last week that consumers could assert claims under California consumer protection statutes for intentionally mislabeling products as “organic.” In a unanimous opinion, the court reversed a…more

CA Supreme Court, False Advertising, Food Labeling, Food Marketing, Organic

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Fish and Wildlife Service Approves New 30-Year Eagle Act Rule

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has formally approved the long-awaited, 30-year eagle take rule, which will allow renewable energy companies and other developers of large projects to obtain a 30-year permit (as opposed to the…more

Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, Endangered Species, Energy Sector, Incidental Take Permits, US Fish and Wildlife Service

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NJ’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act: Will Related Class Actions Against Retailers Continue?

This year brought a wave of class action complaints alleging that national retailers are violating the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA), N.J.S.A. §§ 56:12-14 et seq., by including certain…more

Attorney's Fees, Class Action, Consumer Contracts, Online Platforms, Statutory Damages

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CA Supreme Court Boosts Plaintiffs’ Challenges to Endangered Species Listing Under CESA

The Supreme Court of California recently ruled that under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA), plaintiffs may use a delisting petition, supported by new evidence, to challenge a prior decision by the California Fish and…more

Appeals, CA Supreme Court, California Endangered Species Act, Delisting, Endangered Species

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USPTO Patent Trial And Appeal Board Completes The First Patent Invalidity Trial Under The America Invents Act

In its first “final” decision under the America Invents Act (AIA), the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has invalidated and cancelled all five challenged claims of U.S…more

America Invents Act, Inventions, Patent Reform, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Patents

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NJ’s Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act: Will Related Class Actions Against Retailers Continue?

This year brought a wave of class action complaints alleging that national retailers are violating the New Jersey Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA), N.J.S.A. §§ 56:12-14 et seq., by including certain…more

Attorney's Fees, Class Action, Consumer Contracts, Online Platforms, Statutory Damages

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SEC Proposes Rules to Implement JOBS Act Relief From Exchange Act Registration Requirements

In December 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) proposed rules to implement Title V and Title VI of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), which permit early stage companies to defer registration…more

Issuer Exemption, JOBS Act, Proposed Regulation, Public Comment, Registration

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D.C. Circuit Rules That CFTC – Not FERC – Has Authority To Regulate Futures Trades

On March 15, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has exclusive jurisdiction over natural gas futures contracts and that the Federal…more

CFTC, Commodity Futures Contracts, Exclusive Jurisdiction, FERC, Natural Gas

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Federal District Court Rules PRP Can Pursue CERCLA Cost Recovery Action Against State

Judge William B. Shubb of the Eastern District of California ruled last month that a state government agency can be held liable as a Potentially Responsible Party (PRP) even if the agency’s involvement at a particular site is…more

CERCLA, Government Entities, Governmental Liability, Hazardous Substances, Remediation

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Spokeo Confirms That Alleging a Statutory Violation Is Not Necessarily Enough to Create Standing

In a 6-2 decision, the Supreme Court held that the mere allegation of a statutory violation is not necessarily enough to create Article III standing. Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, 578 U.S. __, No. 13-1339 (May 16, 2016). Instead, the…more

Article III, Class Action, FCRA, Injury-in-Fact, SCOTUS

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Arizona Supreme Court Affirms ADWR’s Approval of Mining Company’s Request to Sever and Transfer Its Surface Water Rights

The Arizona Supreme Court, in Arizona Department of Water Resources v. Hon Crane McClennen in and for the county of Maricopa, No. CV-15-0223-SA, reversed a ruling from Judge McClennen of the Superior Court of Maricopa County on…more

AZ Supreme Court, Department of Water Resources, Surface Water, Transfer of Rights, Water Rights

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What Proposed Tax Plans by Trump Administration and House Republicans Mean for Personal Planning

The election of Donald Trump and Republican majorities in U.S. Congress make the future of the federal transfer tax system (gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer (GST) taxes) uncertain. President-elect Trump and…more

Business Valuations, Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Family Businesses, Generation-Skipping Transfer

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California Supreme Court Establishes Duty in Take-Home Asbestos Exposure Cases

On December 1, 2016, the Supreme Court of California held that the duty of employers and premises owners to exercise ordinary care in their use of asbest