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Verdict for Hospira in ERISA Class-Action Lawsuit

April 23, 2010

On April 23, 2010, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois found in favor of our client Hospira, Inc. and Abbott Laboratories on all counts of an ERISA class-action lawsuit filed against both companies in 2004. In the lawsuit, representatives of an 8,000-employee class claimed that Hospira and Abbott intended to interfere with their retirement benefits through Abbott’s spin off of its Hospital Products Division, which established Hospira as an independent company, and the implementation of a two-year reciprocal no-hire policy. The suit, in which the plaintiff class sought over $300 million in lost employee benefits, was tried over a period of three weeks in 2009.

In a 97-page opinion, the Court found that neither Hospira nor Abbott violated ERISA in connection with the spin off or the no-hire policy. Of critical importance to the Court’s decision was the testimony of the defendants’ witnesses, including Hospira’s CEO and COO, which the Court found was "highly credible, internally consistent, and amply corroborated by the unquestionably authentic documentary evidence." In ruling in favor of the defendants, the Court also vindicated Abbott’s and Hospira’s strategic decisionmaking and human resource policies relating to the spin off. The Court explained that "Hospira has been a successful, profitable enterprise in the years since the spin, no doubt in large part because it retained the talent it had at the time it became independent of Abbott."

Hospira was represented in this matter by TDR partners Christopher Liguori and Daniel Konieczny, associate Brian Haussmann, and legal assistant Diane Tasic.

Nauman v. Abbott Laboratories and Hospira, Inc.

Case No. 04-cv-07199 (N.D. Ill.)

DeHayes Selected as 2nd VP of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois

March 23, 2010

Karina DeHayes was selected to be the second vice president of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois ("WBAI") beginning in June 2010. From that position, Karina will automatically ascend to the presidency in 2012-13, becoming the organization's 98th president. DeHayes recently co-chaired the WBAI's Judicial Reception, attended by nearly 170 judges practicing in the state and federal courts of Illinois. DeHayes has been a board member of the WBAI since 2003 and has served as a board member of the Women's Bar Foundation since 2007.

Deb Decker Featured on Chicago Cable TV Show

March 10, 2010

Partner Deb Decker is being featured as a panelist on school law on the television program "Illinois Law." The subject of the show is "Student Discipline," and will be aired on Chicago cable station 21 on March 23, 2010, and April 6, 2010. "Illinois Law" is a series devoted to providing practical information about the law to Illinois citizens, and helping them to understand their rights and responsibilities under the law.

Firm Represents Village of Crestwood in Toxic Tort Contamination Lawsuits

Chicago Tribune, p. 1

February 15, 2010

The article describes the law firm's representation of the Village of Crestwood against various toxic tort and class action lawsuits. The lawsuits involve alleged environmental contamination of the drinking water in the Village of Crestwood in the 1980s and 1990s.

DeHayes Speaks at CBA Seminar on Preliminary Injunctions

October 19, 2009

On October 19, 2009, TDR partner Karina DeHayes was the featured speaker at the Chicago Bar Association Commerical Litigation Committee and presented on the topic Offense and Defense: TROs and Preliminary Injunctions. Her discussion included practice tips and described recent case law and the rule changes regarding temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions.

Arbitrator Rules in Favor of Hospira

March 31, 2009

On March 31, 2009, an arbitrator ruled in favor of Hospira, finding that its exclusive supplier of flush syringes had breached its supply contract with Hospira. The arbitrator ordered Hospira’s supplier to deliver to Hospira 74 million additional syringes. In addition, the arbitrator awarded Hospira over $500,000 in attorney fees. The arbitrator also ruled in Hospira’s favor on its supplier’s counterclaim that Hospira was in breach of the parties’ agreement. Hospira was represented in the arbitration by TDR attorneys Gino DiVito, Christopher Liguori and Brian Haussmann along with co-counsel.

Hospira, Inc. v. Excelsior Medical Corporation

JAMS, REF# 1340007267

Deborah Decker Speaks at ISBA Seminar on Education Law

Illinois State Bar Association

March 19, 2009

Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC partner Deborah E. Decker was a speaker at the ISBA CLE seminar Safe and Sound: The Attorney's Role in School Safety and Security, presented by the ISBA Education Law Section on March 13, 2009. Ms. Decker presented on the legal ramifications surrounding the use of various school security measures, including videotaping, security cameras, metal detectors, sex offender lists, visitor logs, and security entry systems.

Arbitrator Grants Hospira Two Preliminary Injunctions

March 5, 2009

On February 13, and on March 5, 2009, an arbitrator granted Hospira’s motions for a preliminary injunction requiring its exclusive supplier of flush syringes to continue syringe shipments until a resolution of the merits of the parties’ breach of contract claims. Hospira was represented in the arbitration by TDR attorneys Gino DiVito, Christopher Liguori and Brian Haussmann along with co-counsel.

Hospira, Inc. v. Excelsior Medical Corporation

JAMS, REF# 1340007267

Appellate Court Affirms Circuit Court’s Order Granting Hospira TRO

February 2, 2009

On February 2, 2009, the Appellate Court for the First Appellate District, affirmed a Circuit Court’s order granting TDR client Hospira, Inc. a TRO, which required Hospira’s exclusive supplier of flush syringes to continue syringe shipments while the parties arbitrated their breach of contract claims. Hospira was represented by TDR attorneys Gino DiVito, Christopher Liguori and Brian Haussmann.

Hospira, Inc. v. Excelsior Medical Corporation

Docket No. 09-0266, Appellate Court of Illinois, First Judicial District.

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