Mandell Menkes Wins Defamation Jury Trial On Behalf of Media

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 »


Class Action Complaint Dismissed After Mandell Menkes Attorneys Craft Novel Argument on a Federal Statute

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 »



Mandell Menkes wins summary judgment in technology licensing dispute

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.


Defamation lawsuit against two newspaper employees dismissed

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.


Jury awards our client full measure of damages on counterclaim and denies plaintiff’s claim

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 wins dismissal of defamation claims under Illinois anti-SLAPP statute

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 »



John Fitzpatrick elected to Mandell Menkes partnership

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 »


Case dismissed against financial institution represented by Mandell Menkes

  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 »


Magazine wins motion for preliminary injunction and the plaintiff dismisses its trademark infringement claims

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 wins summary judgment on behalf of major insurance company

  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 wins Motion to Dismiss on behalf of major insurer

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 »



Mandell Menkes on NPR

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 lawyers present commercial lending seminar

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 »


Mandell Menkes lawyer speaks at intellectual property conference

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 win Jury Trial

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 »