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Social Media & Hiring: Best Practices

May 6, 2013

Many, many articles have been published in recent years about the benefits and risks of accessing social media sites during the hiring process. Most of the articles focus on the screening of applicants rather than the sourcing of applicants. Screening applicants involves analysis and decision making. Sourcing involves casting a net for applicants by posting […]

Welcome to Federal Court: U.S. Supreme Court Holds No Stipulating Way Out of CAFA Jurisdiction

April 22, 2013

On March 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles that class-action plaintiffs cannot circumvent the jurisdictional requirements of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (“CAFA”) by stipulating damages under the jurisdictional threshold. CAFA provides federal courts original jurisdiction over class actions where, among other things, the […]

“Pay-for-Delay” Patent Settlements Coming Under Increased Antitrust Scrutiny

April 1, 2013

On January 17, 2013, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a report revealing an increase in “pay-for-delay” or “reverse-payment” patent settlements between brand-name pharmaceutical companies and their generic counterparts These controversial settlements typically involve a brand-name drug manufacturer who is granted a drug patent which gives the company the exclusive right to sell the drug […]

Corporate Counsel Take Note: Attorney-Client Privilege Scores Major Victory in Illinois Supreme Court

March 23, 2013

The attorney-client privilege is one of the oldest recognized privileges protecting confidential communications between two parties.  While the privilege serves as the cornerstone of the attorney-client relationship, the privilege is waived when confidential communications are disclosed to third parties.  In fact, the “subject-matter waiver” doctrine holds that where a privileged communication concerning a particular subject […]

Illinois Supreme Court Recognizes New Privacy Tort: Intrusion Upon Seclusion

March 10, 2013

Following the lead of multiple Illinois appellate districts, the Illinois Supreme Court recently recognized for the first time an actionable tort for “intrusion upon seclusion.”  Intrusion upon seclusion is one of four torts generally recognized under the umbrella of the “right to privacy” torts along with public disclosure of embarrassing private facts, publicity which places a person […]

Illinois Appellate Court Finds Insured’s Consumer Fraud Act Claim Not Preempted by the Illinois Insurance Code

February 22, 2013

In Burress-Taylor v. American Security Insurance Company, 2012 IL App (1st) 110554 (Cook Co. 5th Div.) (October 26, 2012), an Illinois appellate court recently reversed the dismissal of an insured’s complaint against her insurance company for alleged violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act (“Consumer Fraud Act”) (815 ILCS 505/1 et […]

International Operations?—Important New Guidance On The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

February 16, 2013

When does a gift or entertainment risk being treated as a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)?  When do payments associated with obtaining international business become bribes?  What do you do when facilitation payments are requested? How can you deal with these thorny issues and maintain your competitive edge?  The answers are fact […]

Attention Auto-Parts Industry: No End in Sight for Price-Fixing Prosecutions

February 5, 2013

If you are involved in the auto parts industry there is good reason to be concerned.  Why?  Read on. On October 31, 2012 The Department of Justice-Antitrust Division announced the ninth guilty plea for price-fixing and bid-rigging in a continuing investigation of industry practices.  The DOJ investigation reveals a long-standing conspiracy from approximately 2003 to […]

Have You Heard From Rachel?

January 8, 2013

Not so fast.  Rachel is Robocaller associated with unwanted calls to consumers by multiple “Cardholder Services” companies offering credit card interest rate reductions in exchange for an up-front fee. The Federal Trade Commission is not amused.  On November 1, 2012 the FTC announced successful prosecution of five companies based in Arizona and Florida responsible for […]

Collaboration or Collusion? Oil and Gas Drillers Agree to Pay $550,000 to Settle Historic Federal Antitrust Lawsuit

January 2, 2013

Two oil and gas companies accused of illegally working together in auctions of four natural gas leases on federal land in Colorado have agreed to pay $275,000 each to settle the claim. The case is the first federal challenge to an anti-competitive bidding agreement for mineral rights, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). […]

COVID-19 Updates

HeplerBroom is pleased to announce that its physical offices have reopened. While the health and safety of our clients, employees, and families, remain our top priority, HeplerBroom attorneys and staff are returning to our offices on full-time or modified schedules. Our offices are open to visitors and clients with scheduled appointments, with appropriate screening of visitors and social-distancing protocols. HeplerBroom will continue to follow CDC recommendations for cleaning and sanitizing.

We are very proud of the dedicated efforts of our attorneys and staff to provide great service and work product to our clients during the pandemic. This would not have been possible without the incredible support provided by the HeplerBroom IT Department and other essential personnel who supported our personnel and clients from the office locations while the rest of our teams worked remotely.

If you have questions about visiting our offices, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you in person again in the near future.