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Millennials in the Court Room: Judges Ready to Hear from Younger Attorneys

Law firms are no longer the bastions of old, white men that they used to be, but most courtrooms don’t reflect the updated statistics. Some judges are ready to address that by explicitly encouraging participation from some of those least likely to appear before them: young attorneys.

In 2015 Judge Edward Davila of the Northern District of California issued a …

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Motion to Dismiss in the Tezos ICO Litigation – Key Takeaways for Plaintiffs’ Attorneys

Judge Richard Seeborg recently issued one of the first judicial opinions grappling with the thorny issues faced by plaintiffs attempting to hold Initial Coin Offering (”ICO”) sellers and promoters liable under US laws. In re Tezos Securities Litig., 17-CV-06779-RS (N.D. Cal), ECF No. 148. Plaintiffs alleged that the Tezos cryptocurrency “token” was an unregistered security sold in violation …

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Will Illinois Accept the Joint-Defense Privilege?

Will Illinois accept the joint-defense privilege as an exception to a waiver of the attorney-client privilege? The Appellate Court’s First District seems to think so.
In November 2017, the Court considered whether the joint-defense privilege was a common-interest exception to a waiver of the traditional attorney-client privilege in Selby v. O’Dea, 90 N.E.3d 1144 (Ill. App. 1st Dist. 2017). In …

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RBS to Pay $1.1 Billion in Settlement Agreement, Total NCUA Claims to Exceed $4.3 Billion

The National Credit Union Administration, as liquidating agent (NCUA) and the Royal Bank of Scotland-RBS Securities, Inc. (RBS) have reached a settlement agreement associated with claims arising from the bank’s sale of mortgage-backed securities to two corporate credit unions, the NCUA announced yesterday.

The NCUA brought claims against various banks in 2011, retaining the law firm Korein Tillery and its co-counsel. Lead counsel members at Korein Tillery …

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Hawaii Councilman Speaks at Syngenta Meeting with Humanitarian Plea to Cease and Desist

In 2013, the county of Kauai in the state of Hawaii did something pretty impressive. The residents banded together and passed legislation regulating the use of pesticides and genetically modified (GMO) crops on their island in what is now referred to as Bill 960. Five giant chemical companies– Syngenta, Monsanto, Dow, BASF and Pioneer/DuPont– were using an estimated 60,000 acres of land throughout Hawaii to test …

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Investor-State Dispute Settlements: New Tool to Circumvent the Courts

We’ve discussed forced arbitration issues a lot on our blog. It’s been a favorite topic of late because it is so relevant to today’s legal environment. We’ve explored the ways in which mandatory arbitration violates the rights of average citizens who have been harmed by large corporations. Barred from having their day in a traditional, public court with an unbiased jury determining the outcome of their …

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H.R. 1927: The Bill that Further Destroys Accountability for Big Business

Let’s be honest. Class action lawsuits get a bad rap, plain and simple. Over the years and increasingly more so in the recent past, journalists and bloggers have written pieces against these types of cases–cases that afford large numbers of people who have been defrauded, injured or harmed to be represented in civil lawsuits against large companies they would not otherwise be able to bring.

Paul Bland, …

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Korein Tillery Celebrating Give STL Day with Corporate Giving to Meds & Food for Kids

At Korein Tillery, corporate giving is a fundamental component of our core values. Since our founding, we have strived to affect our local and international communities as responsible citizens of the world. It is with that in mind that we are proud to announce our involvement with Meds & Food for Kids (MFK), a non-profit organization dedicated to ending hunger and re-building the economic infrastructure in …

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Deutsche Bank and their Failure to Comply with Basic Trustee Duties

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Last week, the legal team at Korein Tillery as well as Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans & Figel and Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch filed a complaint in federal court against Deutsche Bank National Trust Company. The complaint states that Deutsche Bank National Trust Company failed to comply with its basic duties as trustee of 121 trusts that …

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Poisoning our Kids by Dumping Dangerous Chemicals In the Environment

Poison2In February 2014, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai published a report in the journal Lancet Neurology linking children’s exposure to chemicals to a range of disorders including dyslexia, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders, and a host of others. The study focused primarily on …

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