In the News Today - June 13, 2016

June 13, 2016
  • Profit Trumps Public Good When Gov’t Hires Private Lawyers: Lisa Rickard, president of ILR, wrote an in-depth opinion piece for Law 360 stating “the practice of contracting out the state’s law enforcement power to private lawyers facilitates a pay-to-play culture, encourages overreaching, and places the financial interest of lawyers above fairness and due process.” Rickard continues that in this system of justice “the government may not receive the most qualified counsel, taxpayers may not have received the best value, and private attorneys benefit at the expense of the public.” (Law360)


  • Illinois’ Lawsuit Climate Survey Ranking Cited: “Legal reform is a big deal for small businesses,” writes Kim Clarke Maisch, Illinois state director of the National Federation of Independent Business. Maisch cites ILR’s 2015 Lawsuit Climate Survey, which found Illinois ranked 48th in the country for legal fairness. She also specifically cites the report’s finding that Cook and Madison Counties “made the list of cities or counties with the least fair and reasonable litigation environment.” (Rockford Register-Star)


  • The Yates Memo’s ‘Scary and Daunting’ Content: Knicole C. Emanuel, of Gordon and Rees LLP, writes about the Yates Memo issued last year by Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates, which “outlines how federal investigations for corporate fraud or misconduct should be conducted and what will be expected from the corporation getting investigated.” Emanuel writes that, “by far the most scary and daunting item discussed within the Yates memo is the DOJ’s interest in indicting individuals within corporations as well as the corporate entities itself, i.e., the executives…the management.” (Lexology)