We congratulate Peter J. Strand of being recognized as a Best Lawyer “Lawyer of the Year” for 2023 – Entertainment Law – Music in Chicago and Thomas R. Leavens of being recognized as a Best Lawyer “Lawyer of the Year” for 2023 – Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television in Chicago. We celebrate this acknowledgement by their • Read More »
In a win for Mandell Menkes attorneys fighting a subpoena to the media, a Cook County Illinois criminal court judge in June 2022 denied a motion to divest the reporter’s privilege and granted the motion to quash the subpoena that Mandell Menkes attorneys filed in a post-conviction matter. Through the subpoena, the State of Illinois • Read More »
A plaintiff who brought a defamation lawsuit in Cook County, Illinois against Discovery Communications in connection with the program “People Magazine Investigates: Memphis Blues,” dropped her lawsuit in January 2022 after Mandell Menkes attorneys filed a motion to dismiss citing the California anti-SLAPP law, the New York anti-SLAPP law in the alternative, and the innocent • Read More »
On behalf of a coalition of TV broadcasters, Mandell Menkes attorney Steve Mandell convinced a Lake County judge to allow cameras in the courtroom for the sentencing hearing in the embezzlement case against Melodie Gliniewicz. Gliniewicz’ husband, a former Fox Lake police officer, died by suicide in 2015 in an attempt to cover up the • Read More »
“A judge with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied the plaintiff’s motion to amend her complaint in a defamation action against Hubbard Radio Chicago, LLC. Attorneys with Mandell Menkes represented the defendant Hubbard in the action.” Click link to read more McGurren v. Hubbard Radio Chicago, LLC, 2022 U.S. • Read More »
“Transcript of proceedings before Judge Carol M. Howard on June 27, 2022, in which Mandell Menkes attorneys for the media entity non-parties successfully argued that the Illinois court should deny the State’s Attorney’s motion to divest the Illinois Reporter Privilege.” Click to read the Transcript 06-27-22-HOWARD-Roosevelt-Myles3.pdf
On May 17, 2022, Peter J. Strand organized and moderated a CLE session entitled Music Producers and Production Agreements for Lawyers, presented by Wisconsin Entertainment Lawyers Association. The session featured Mandell Menkes, LLC partner Hillel Frankel and special guest world-renowned music/record producer Butch Vig (Nirvana Green Day, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters). The discussion centered around • Read More »
The radio station known as “The Mix” did not defame former morning co-host Melissa McGurren in an executive’s email saying it did not agree with her “characterization” of the events that led her to accuse the station of tolerating sexual harassment, a federal judge held. Read More
“A judge with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted defendant Hubbard Radio Chicago, LLC’s motion to dismiss in a defamation action. Attorneys with Mandell Menkes represented Hubbard in the action.” Click here to read more McGurren v. Hubbard Radio Chi., LLC, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 35631.pdf
Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was sentenced on March 10, 2022 to five months in jail after being convicted in 2021 of filing a false police report claiming he has been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack, and due to the work of Mandell Menkes attorneys, the public was able to watch the • Read More »
Purchasing groups were authorized by Congress along with risk retention groups under the 1986 Liability Risk Retention Act. Unlike risk retention groups, purchasing groups are not insurance companies. Instead, the purchasing group vehicle allows members with a similar risk profile to purchase liability coverage on a group basis. The purchasing group also makes it easier • Read More »
Last month, Steve Mandell moderated a conversation with the attorney defending comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in a suit brought by the former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, and his wife. Mr. Moore alleged that Mr. Cohen, through his show Who Is America?, tricked him into believing that he was accepting an • Read More »
On September 14, 2021, Steve Mandell appeared before the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District to argue for the Appellees in Joseph Fox v. Crain Communications, Inc. Michael Arndt and Lynne Marek, pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Steve, along with Mandell Menkes attorney, Brian Saucier, had successfully represented Crain (the publisher • Read More »
On October 29, 2020, Steve Mandell moderated a virtual panel discussion entitled “Covid Courtroom: Practical tips for litigating and trying cases during a pandemic.” The panel featured experts from around the country who have confronted the challenges of litigating during the COVID 19 crisis including Johanna Carrane, Esq., President, JuryScope; Dana J. McElroy, Partner, Thomas & • Read More »
Bruce Menkes presented oral argument before the Seventh Circuit in Sterling National Bank v. Block, et al. (Nos. 19-2300, 19-3122, 19-3235). Mandell Menkes had previously prevailed on summary judgment in the Northern District of Illinois, where the district court held that Mandell Menkes’ clients were not obligated to indemnify Sterling National Bank for $2 million, • Read More »
On June 22, 2020, Judge Jorge Alonso of the Northern District of Illinois granted summary judgment to Mandell Menkes’ client on plaintiff’s claim for violations of the Illinois Consumer Installment Loan Act and the Illinois Interest Act. Mandell Menkes argued that plaintiff’s claims were barred by the time-price doctrine, and while the court found that • Read More »
Mandell Menkes represented Crain Communications, Inc., the publisher of Crain’s Chicago Business, in a defamation claim brought by local restauranteur, Philip Tadros based on an article in Crain’s Chicago Business that Mr. Tadros alleged was false and portrayed him in a negative light. In the face of multiple motions highlighting Mr. Tadros’ shortcomings in the • Read More »
On December 24, 2019, Judge Patricia O’Brien Sheahan of the Circuit Court of Cook County granted summary judgment in favor of Mandell Menkes’ client, Crain Communications, Inc., in a suit brought by businessman, Joseph Fox. Mr. Fox’ claims arose from the publication of an article in Crain’s Chicago Business, that he alleged was defamatory and • Read More »
On December 3, 2019, Judge Jorge Alonso of the Northern District of Illinois denied plaintiff’s Daubert motion to strike an expert proffered by Mandell Menkes’ client in a class action involving alleged violations of the Truth-in-Lending Act, the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, and Illinois usury laws. Plaintiff challenged the expert, whose • Read More »
Mandell Menkes won a complete victory in the Northern District of Illinois for its client, a forensic accountant accused of defamation and conspiracy to commit defamation, by a Northwestern University professor. After a week-long trial, the jury ruled in favor of Mandell Menkes’ client on both counts. District court judge Matthew Kennelly subsequently denied plaintiff’s • Read More »
Mandell Menkes represented the sellers of a $25 million company in a litigation instituted by the buyer, a national bank, to recover $2 million of the sale price. Specifically, plaintiff alleged that certain representations and warranties made in the stock purchase agreement were false, and sellers should indemnify plaintiff for $2 million. Mandell Menkes moved • Read More »
Mandell Menkes and entertainment law boutique Leavens, Strand & Glover announced that they are joining forces effective January 1, 2019. The combination expands Mandell Menkes’ media and entertainment practice, giving its large media, advertising and entertainment clients access to the deep experience of Tom Leavens, Peter Strand and their team.
In late May 2016, a high school student drowned in the pool at the Hillcrest Event Center, a recreational facility in Orion, Illinois near the Iowa border. Davenport station KWQC TV-6 reporter Dan Stevens investigated the drowning incident and looked into the background of Hillcrest owners Dan Kost, and his wife Terri Kost.
Steve Mandell shared key insights on the media’s access to information as the moderator of an all-star panel at the 2018 ABA Annual Conference CLE Showcase Program “Hurdles and Hope: The Quest for Transparent Government in the U.S. and Abroad” in Chicago on August 3, 2018.
Next month, a McHenry County judge will decide whether McHenry County Recorder Joseph Tirio’s is entitled to unmask the anonymous citizens responsible for critical campaign fliers circulated in the lead up to Tirio’s primary election.
McHenry County Recorder Joseph Tirio, who is running for McHenry County Clerk, has filed an Ill. Sup. Ct. R. 244 Petition seeking the identity of the individual(s) responsible for publishing the content on three campaign flyers circulated in the months leading up to the Republican primary in the spring of 2018.
Mandell Menkes appeared on behalf of the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press for ruling on Chicago reporter Jamie Kalven’s motion to quash a subpoena issued by former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke’s lawyers in pending first degree murder proceedings. Kalven’s Slate Magazine story “Sixteen Shots” (http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2015/02/laquan_mcdonald_shooting_a_recently_obtained_autopsy_report_on_the_dead.html) revealed a police cover-up surrounding the • Read More »
Mandell Menkes appeared on behalf of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in the prosecution of Jason Van Dyke. Mr. Van Dyke, a Chicago police officer, has been accused of first degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. After Mr. Van Dyke subpoenaed reporter Jamie Kalven, the Reporters Committee, represented by • Read More »
Mandell Menkes prevailed on a motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit filed by former and current Illinois gubernatorial candidate Tio Hardiman. Hardiman sued WFLD Fox 32 for defamation and false light arising from a news broadcast in the run up to the 2014 democratic primary. Hardiman claimed WFLD (owned and operated by Fox • Read More »
On Friday, November 17, Steve Baron will be speaking about author-ghostwriter contracts at the “Spotlight on Ghostwriting” conference sponsored by the American Society of Journalists and Authors https://asja.org/For-Writers/ASJA-Conferences-and-Events/ASJA-Chicago-2017
Steve Mandell and Brendan Healey spoke at a recent workshop for journalists organized by the Media Law Resource Center’s MLRC Institute. The workshops, which the MLRC has been putting on around the country, are aimed at giving some legal fundamentals to freelancers, bloggers, photographers, documentarians and other independent journalists who do not have the support • Read More »
The Media Law Resource Center (MLRC) London Conference is a biennial conference featuring distinguished speakers from government, the judiciary and the press. Media defense lawyers from around the world attend the MLRC London Conference to discuss the latest developments in libel, privacy, newsgathering and media IP laws. Mandell Menkes’ Steve Mandell is pictured below addressing the • Read More »
The firm is delighted to announce that George Desh has joined Mandell Menkes as an associate. George previously practiced at Kirkland & Ellis. He is an experienced litigator with an engineering background, and he has successfully represented clients in broad range of cases including mass torts, patents, data security, environmental litigation, and idea misappropriation, among • Read More »
The American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Communications Law holds an annual three day conference each year focusing on new developments and hot topics in the field of media law. Steve Mandell was nominated as the 2017 Communications Law Forum Governing Committee Central Division Co-Chair and will assume his new position at the upcoming conference. • Read More »
Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with murdering 17 year old Laquan McDonald in October 2014. The Chicago Police Department’s disclosure of Van Dyke’s dashboard camera video of the incident drew significant public attention to the case and eventually prompted the recent United States Department of Justice inquiry into McDonald’s death and Chicago • Read More »
Mandell Menkes won an appeal in Wisconsin affirming dismissal of former Milwaukee firefighter Aaron Marjala’s defamation claim against Fox News, host Megyn Kelly and guest panelist Lee Armstrong arising from a Kelly’s Court segment debating Marjala’s decision to collect disability benefits while he was fit enough to compete as an Ironman triathlete. View the Kelly’s • Read More »
When a doctor came to Mandell Menkes for assistance, he was facing an uphill battle. The doctor was in the midst of a disciplinary proceeding before the professional organization of which he was a member. Representing himself in the initial hearing, the doctor lost on an ancillary but nonetheless important issue. The hearing panel voted • Read More »
In a victory for access to court records, firm client Elliot Carlson, an award-winning naval historian, recently prevailed in the Seventh Circuit in a lawsuit seeking grand jury transcripts. Mr. Carlson, who was joined by a consortium of scholarly organizations, sought the long-sealed transcripts from a 1942 grand jury investigation of the Chicago Tribune’s alleged • Read More »
Mandell Menkes lawyers Rebecca Edwards, Natalie Harris, Anne Jordan, Cristina Salvato and Danielle Twait hosted a relaxing evening of good food, drinks, conversation and connections for professional women at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Chicago. Guests enjoyed beautiful views of the city and Lake Michigan on one of the first lovely spring nights of the year. • Read More »
Mandell Menkes recently represented a coalition of television companies, newspaper companies, and media industry organizations contesting a proposed gag order in a Wisconsin criminal matter. The State of Wisconsin sought a gag order prohibiting the parties and counsel from making statements to the media that would have the likelihood of materially prejudicing the criminal proceedings. The media • Read More »
Mandell Menkes lawyers Steven Mandell and Steven Baron served as the editors for the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TTIPS) Law Journal Winter 2016 article featuring recent developments in the field of media, privacy and advertising law. Lawyers Brendan Healey and Natalie Harris co-authored the advertising law section featuring content on • Read More »
Mandell Menkes won dismissal of a defamation, invasion of privacy and emotional distress complaint that Frank Gardner filed against the Fox 32 Chicago television station and it’s investigative reporter, Dane Placko. Gardner is a former attorney and Commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. Gardner’s wife and son both ran as candidates for seats on • Read More »
In November 2014, Mandell Menkes won a directed verdict on behalf of its clients – a local television station and a news reporter – in a jury trial in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), Ohio. The plaintiff in the case, a former high school art/photography teacher, alleged he was damaged by a news broadcast reporting on an • Read More »
The American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on Communications Law holds an annual three day conference each year focusing on new developments and hot topics in the field of media law. This year Steve Mandell facilitated the Hot Issues In Libel And Privacy session at the conference. The session covered a variety of issues including: recent • Read More »
Mandell Menkes obtained summary judgment on a breach of contract claim for a supplier of precision machined components. Mandell Menkes client Princeton Industrial Products Inc. supplied parts to a corporation with a machine gun mount contract for the U.S. Army. When the Army contract expired and was not renewed, the purchaser ceased paying for parts • Read More »
Michael Jordan claims he is entitled to millions for use of his name and jersey number in a congratulatory advertisement included within a commemorative magazine issue. In opening statements, Mandell Menkes partner Steve Mandell said that the astronomical sum of Jordan’s mega-contracts with Nike, Gatorade and Hanes does not represent the fair-market value of his • Read More »
Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge Jeffrey Conen granted Mandell Menkes’ motion to dismiss a defamation claim filed by ex-firefighter and Ironman triathlete Aaron Marjala against Fox News and the “Kelly’s Court” segment host and panelist. The Court found that statements in the segment—which criticized Marjala’s decision to collect publicly funded benefits despite suffering only a • Read More »
Steve Mandell was a Panelist at the Professional Risk Symposium held in Atlanta, Georgia on April 28, 2015. The panel addressed recent developments in copyright law and, in particular, developments in the law of “fair use.” The presentation was entitled “Fair Use and the Spotlight” and addressed, among other things, the demand for a license fee • Read More »
Mandell Menkes filed a motion to dismiss the defamation claim filed by former North Shore firefighter Aaron Marjala against Fox News and the “Kelly’s Court” segment host and panelist. In its motion Mandell Menkes argues that statements in the segment, which described Marjala’s participation in marathons and an Ironman triathlon while collecting taxpayer funded duty • Read More »
Mandell Menkes recently achieved a directed verdict on behalf of its clients – a local television station and a news reporter – in a jury trial in Cuyahoga County (Cleveland), Ohio. The plaintiff in the case, a former high school art/photography teacher, alleged that our clients defamed him and placed him in a false light • Read More »
Mandell Menkes lawyers represented the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in successfully intervening in a Wisconsin John Doe proceeding and compelling the return of secret emails and other records collected during the John Doe investigation involving members of Governor Scott Walker’s staff when he was the Milwaukee County Executive. For more information see: Click here for link to • Read More »
On November 28, 2012, United States District Judge Virginia Kendall issued an opinion granting our client New Vitality’s motion to dismiss every claim alleged in a purported class action complaint. The plaintiff sought to hold New Vitality liable for claims arising under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act and the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Trade • Read More »
Steve Mandell was interviewed by CNN’s Nova Safo for the article “British React to Hacking Report”, Steve helps explain the difference between lible law in the U.S. and England. Click “read more” to go to the full article and soundbytes. Read More>>
On March 7, 2012 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued notice to Mandell Menkes that it had concluded its investigation of a security breach involving protected health information (PHI) maintained by Mandell Menkes’ client, and did not intend to take any further action. The letter marked the • Read More »
The Reporters Committee is working with Mandell Menkes LLC to establish a hotline for journalists from around the world who will be covering the G-8 Summit in Chicago from May 15th through the 22nd. Hotline lawyers plan to work with police and public officials ahead of the political conventions and the G-8 Summit to help • Read More »
In May of 2008, legendary Chicago recording artist Gene Chandler entered into a written contract with Canterbury Productions, a concert promotion company headed by Henry Farag, concerning Chandler’s performance of his greatest hits at an upcoming “Ultimate Doo Wop” concert at the Chicago Theatre. On May 10th, Chandler performed a 20 minute set, closing with • Read More »
On January 26, 2012, United States District Judge James Holderman issued an opinion granting Oracle’s motion to dismiss a complaintseeking to collect from Oracle a judgment that the plaintiff received in an unrelated action for breach of contract against one of Oracle’s “businesspartners.”
On October 21, 2011, United States District Judge Elaine E. Bucklo issued an opinion entering summary judgment in favor of our client, MDS, Inc. Judge Bucklo found that the plaintiff could not dispute that he had been paid all royalties owed to him under a technology licensing agreement.
Mandell Menkes lawyers prevailed on a motion to dismiss a defamation suit with ancillary claims for invasion of privacy, trespass, battery, assault and stalking on behalf of two central Illinois newspaper employees. The matter involved the newspaper’s report of an incident that ultimately led to plaintiff’s arrest and conviction for multiple criminal offenses.
A telecommunications provider represented by Mandell Menkes recently prevailed on all issues tried to a Cook County jury following two weeks of testimony and argument. The plaintiff in the case, a national storage company, alleged that our client committed common law fraud and negligent misrepresentation, violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act • Read More »
Mandell Menkes recently successfully sought dismissal of claims of defamation and false-light invasion of privacy by asserting immunity under Illinois’s anti-SLAPP statute, the Citizen Participation Act (CPA). In Satkar Hospitality Inc. v. Cook County Board of Review, No. 10‑cv‑6682 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 21, 2011), the plaintiffs, who own a suburban hotel, claimed that WFLD, Chicago’s • Read More »
On September 15, 2011, Mandell Menkes partner Steve Baron served as a panelist for a program entitled “Do’s and Don’ts of Using Facebook and Other Social Media Sites to Market Your Brand,” presented by the Media Law Resource Center Adverising and Commercial Speech Committee.
Mandell Menkes is pleased to announce that it elected John Fitzpatrick to its partnership in May of 2011. Since being admitted to the Illinois bar in 2002, Mr. Fitzpatrick has successfully handled a series of complex litigation matters in forums across the country, devoting a significant portion of his time to trial work. The United • Read More »
On April 11, 2011, Mandell Menkes attorneys obtained a dismissal of a counterclaim filed against its client, a banking institution, in a foreclosure action pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. The Defendant first appeared in the foreclosure case in September 2010 and filed an answer which he later amended to include • Read More »
Mandell Menkes lawyers forced the voluntary dismissal of a suit for trademark infringement, dilution, unfair competition and palming off filed against a popular culture and entertainment magazine for parents in Chicago. Plaintiff, a free publication for Chicago parents, claimed that the magazine’s use of a phrase that included the publication’s title violated, among other things, • Read More »
Mandell Menkes successfully argued that no coverage extended to a claimant because, at the time of the decedent’s death, a required medical examination had not been completed. In addition, Mandell Menkes maintained that even if coverage began before the decedent’s death, material misrepresentations on the insurance application voided any coverage. The district court agreed, • Read More »
Mandell Menkes lawyers prevailed on a motion to dismiss a defamation suit on behalf of a Rockford newspaper and reporter. The matter arose following publication of an article detailing a public meeting of the Winnebago County Board Economic Development Committee.
On May 13, 2009, Mandell Menkes partner Steve Baron served as a panelist for a program entitled “Copyrights and Copywrongs for the Graphic Designer,” addressed to the American Institute of Graphic Arts in Chicago.
A federal magistrate entered judgment in favor of Mandell Menkes client Metropolitan Life Insurance Company after granting a motion to dismiss all counts of an amended cross claim. Sharp Electronics Corporation filed the amended cross claim against MetLife in connection with underlying ERISA disability benefits litigation. In the amended cross claim, Sharp alleged that defenses • Read More »
On May 5, 2008, Mandell Menkes partner Steve Baron spoke to approximately 50 people attending the Illinois State Bar Association’s full-day seminar “What Every Lawyer Should Know About Intellectual Property.” Mr. Baron moderated the program and also spoke on the topic “The Basics of Privacy and Publicity Law.” If you would like to learn more • Read More »
When NPR ran a story about an advertising agency’s complaint that the makers of the The Simpsons Movie stole the agency’s idea to turn the real world into the Simpson’s fictional world of Springfield, NPR turned to Steven Baron for legal advice. Mr. Baron was interviewed by Elizabeth Blair on National Public Radio’s “Morning • Read More »
Mandell Menkes attorneys in the commercial lending practice gave a full day seminar at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago to an audience of bankers, banking attorneys and corporate financial officers. The Mandell Menkes lawyers were joined on the speaker’s platform by two prominent bankers whose institutions are clients of the firm. Candelario Martinez, • Read More »
A Mandell Menkes LLC partner served as a panelist at a seminar sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association in Chicago entitled “What Every Lawyer Should Know About Intellectual Property.” Steven Baron presented a segment on the basics of privacy and publicity law, focusing on how to identify and protect clients against potential claims for • Read More »
Mandell Menkes lawyers won a jury trial in Illinois state court for a firm client that is a Fortune 500 financial services company. The case involved an allegation of anticipatory breach by a company (and its owner) that had borrowed money to purchase a chain of medical clinics. The lender, Mandell Menkes’ client, counterclaimed • Read More »