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Public Client and Government Affairs

Our firm represents state Attorneys General, counties, and cities in high-stakes litigation and investigations involving consumer protection, information security and privacy violations, the opioid crisis, and other areas of enforcement that protect government interests and vulnerable communities.

We represent the Village of Melrose Park in litigation arising from the closure of Westlake Hospital. Westlake is a 230-bed hospital that employs more than six hundred people in Melrose, Park, Illinois, and serves a medically-vulnerable population. Pipeline Health, along with its principals, represented widely—including in sworn statements—that it would keep the hospital open after a purchase consummated in early 2019. Just after the purchase closed, however, Pipeline moved to close the Hospital. Our attorneys were appointed as special counsel to the Village of Melrose Park to prosecute claims that Pipeline had defrauded the public, the Village, and the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board (the entity responsible for regulating hospitals in Illinois, and which approved the purchase based on Pipeline’s representations).

Representing the Village, our attorneys secured a temporary restraining order on April 9, 2019 requiring Pipeline to wait for the Review Board’s approval to close Westlake Hospital, and just over a week later successfully had Pipeline held in in contempt, after a full-day evidentiary hearing, for attempting to shut down services prematurely. On April 18, 2019, an Illinois appellate court overturned the temporary restraining order, finding that the Village lacked standing to enforce the Review Board’s enabling statute. We moved the Illinois Supreme Court to halt the appellate court’s decision pending review, and the motion was granted the same day. The next day, the State’s Attorney of Cook County, Kimberly M. Foxx, joined the suit, and Pipeline ultimately agreed to have a temporary restraining order entered in her office’s favor pending the Board’s decision.

Despite receiving more than 597 comments at a public hearing vigorously opposing the closure, the Review Board approved Pipeline’s application to discontinue the facility on April 30, 2019. We filed a petition for review of the decision on behalf of the Village, which was again joined by the Cook County State’s Attorney, and persuaded the reviewing court to enter a stay preventing the Hospital from being closed during the administrative review process on May 7, 2019. Meanwhile, Governor J.B. Pritzker withdrew the nominations of the two members of the Review Board who had led the charge to approve Westlake’s closure.

Both the administrative review cases and fraud cases remain pending. The case has been called “one of the most complicated hospital closure disputes in the state’s history.” See Village of Melrose Park v. Pipeline Health System LLC, et al., No. 19-CH-03041 (Cir. Ct. Cook Cty., Ill.).

We also counsels governments and state and federal lawmakers on a range of policy issues involving consumer protection, privacy, technology, and data security. In explaining how the United States Senate could better understand the ways technology companies are surreptitiously tracking Americans, United States Senator Richard Durbin said:

“You come up to Chicago or perhaps we should invite here, a group called Edelson. About six weeks ago I sat down and they did a presentation along the lines you just mentioned. They (Google) also track how you move from place to place. Are you walking? Are you running? Are you on a bicycle? Are you in a car? So the information that’s being gathered goes way beyond what anybody imagines when they carry one of these (holds up phone) around every single day. There are so many aspects of this that I want to get into but the one that troubled me the most is they said, the largest collector now of information, and they can hardly keep up with the volume, is the collector of information on kids, our children.

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The folks at Edelson went so far as to show the aerial photographs of their homes which could be easily determined, the information Senator Hawley asked earlier about location and such, so their homes are now in the domain of those who wanted to decide how to advertise when it comes to their whereabouts.”

Senator Richard Durbin, Senate Judiciary Hearing on “GDPR & CCPA: Opt-ins, Consumer Control, and the Impact on Competition and Innovation” (March 12, 2019).

We launched a first-of-its-kind Public Client and Government Affairs team dedicated to tracking legislation and helping lawmakers understand the impact that proposed amendments will have on pending litigation and consumer privacy rights more generally. Through those efforts, we have developed relationships with state and federal legislators throughout the country and are frequently called upon to draft legislation and help shape public policy. Our team of lawyers and technologists regularly organize subject matter hearings for governmental bodies and testify before city, state, and federal committees on an array of consumer issues, such as emerging surveillance and data collection technologies, geolocation and biometric technologies, the data mining industry, and cybersecurity standards and vulnerabilities. As a trusted resource for policymakers navigating the intersection of privacy and technology, we are uniquely situated to protect our clients’ rights when they are attacked in the legislature.

Consumer advocacy doesn’t stop at the courthouse door. We’re ready to fight at every level.

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