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 »
Local Restauranteur Voluntarily Dismisses Complaint Against Mandell Menkes’ Client Crain Communications, Inc.
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 »
Mandell Menkes Prevails on Summary Judgment in Businessman’s Suit Against Crain Communications, Inc.
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 Prevails in Jury Trial in Defamation Suit Brought by Northwestern University Professor
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 »
Law Firms Mandell Menkes and Leavens, Strand & Glover Join to Expand Media and Entertainment Practice Within Full-Service Law Firm
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.
Rock Island Judge Throws Out Defamation Suit Over Article Highlighting Recreation Facility Owner’s Criminal Past In Wake Of Tragic Teen Drowning
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 Leads Discussion on Public Records Access at the ABA Annual Meeting CLE Showcase Program
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.
Steve Mandell featured in the Media Law Resource Center’s monthly MediaLawLetter, Ten Questions To A Media Lawyer
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“Steve Mandell interviewed by Chicago Tribune regarding Officer Van Dyke’s effort to subpoena the media in the Laquan McDonald murder case.”
Lawyers for cop charged in Laquan McDonald shooting subpoena newspapers, click “here” to read the article. Photo from featured Chicago Tribune article
Steve Baron will be presenting at the University of Chicago Graham School on Legal Issues for Editors, Authors, and Freelancers at The Gleacher Center. Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 06:00pm READ MORE.
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 »
WFLD Fox 32 Chicago Wins Summary Judgment In Defamation Suit Filed By Gubernatorial Candidate Tio Hardiman
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 »
Steve Mandell quoted on possible application of Illinois SLAPP statute to Cook County’s effort to enforce controversial soda tax
Steve Mandell quoted in The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on possible application of Illinois SLAPP statute to Cook County’s effort to enforce controversial soda tax. READ MORE
Mandell Menkes wins dismissal of emotional distress claims based on nurse’s bloody tweet. See attached opinion
Steve Mandell quoted in The Big Lead story on defamation suit filed by Charles Harder on behalf of RJ Bell against Deadspin.
Steve Mandell quoted in The Big Lead story on defamation suit filed by Charles Harder on behalf of RJ Bell 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 »
Steve Mandell quoted in Chicago Tribune article highlighting courtroom secrecy in first degree murder case against police officer accused of killing Laquan McDonald
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 »
Wisconsin Court Of Appeals Affirms Dismissal Of Ex-Firefighter’s Defamation Complaint Against Megyn Kelly’s Fox News Segment
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 Successfully Represents a Coalition of Media Organizations in Opposing A Request for a Gag Order
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 Coordinate 2016 ABA Journal Media, Privacy, Defamation and Advertising Law Update
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 »
Court Dismisses Defamation Claim Arising From TV News Report On Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Candidates’ Campaign
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 »
Mandell Menkes Wins Appeal Affirming Verdict In Favor Of Television Station For Report About Investigation Into Allegations Of Child Porn On Teacher’s Computer
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 quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s article regarding a request that certain federal court pleadings be sealed.
Steve Mandell was quoted in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s article regarding charged gambling guru, Adam Meyer’s request that certain federal court pleadings be sealed. Link to article
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 »
Innocent Construction and Fair Report Privilege Protect Media Read More
Former Movie Star Could Not Prove Ebony Magazine Acted With Actual Malice Read More
The Milwaukee County District Attorney seized “secret” e-mails exchanged among County employees as well as the electronic equipment they used to keep those communications under the radar. Read More
Mandell Menkes helps Milwaukee Journal Sentinel force turnover of records from secret government investigation
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 »
Mandell Menkes successfully defended Discovery Communications, LLC’s Investigation Discovery Network in connection with a lawsuit arising from the “Wicked Attraction” docudrama series.
Analyzing the 35 purchasing groups that were licensed in 2012, the RRR found that 27 different companies formed PCs last year and those groups were insured by 39 insurers. 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>>
Mandell Menkes Partner Steve Baron will be speaking on the topic of “Creating Contracts to Get a Product on the Market” Read More>>
Rebecca Edwards is featured in a Chicago Lawyer Magazine article “Lawyers With Style”, click on the link to read the entire article. Read More >>