Payne & Fears LLP offers a full range of business and litigation services to its clients in four primary practice groups: Business Litigation, Business Transactions, Insurance Coverage and Labor and Employment. Across these practice areas, we represent all types of clients, from multi-national corporations to emerging tech startups to individual insurance policyholders.

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Testimonials

  • Payne & Fears LLP has represented me and my company for many years. It is an excellent law firm with the highest standards. I have worked with hundreds of attorneys in my career. I get results with Payne & Fears LLP.

    - Small Business Owner
  • I hire Payne & Fears LLP because of certainty--certainty in my receipt of value, in its strategic approach to problem solving, in its integrity of billing, in its candor when evaluating my cases, in its creativity while searching for an economical and fair resolution and in its attorneys’ tenacity throughout the ensuing battle. In a world of unknowns, I value constancy in characteristics that matter most. Payne & Fears LLP delivers that constancy.

    - Chief Litigation Officer, Fortune 500 Company
  • The attorneys at Payne & Fears have the unique ability to size up complex matters and provide well-reasoned solutions. Their knowledge of the law and depth of experience, coupled with the responsive and personal service they provide, all contribute to a strong and valued relationship with our organization.

    - Vice-President of Labor, Publically Traded Silicon Valley Technology Company
  • Your support at Payne and Fears is top rate and it is such a pleasure to work with someone who understands business and offers a conservative, yet aggressive approach – not very easy but something that you seem to demonstrate well!  You are always my first choice of outside counsel.

    - Senior Vice President, Human Resources, International Consumer Goods Company

Successes

2015

$40 Million Settlement Reached for Craftwood Lumber Company

Payne & Fears secured final approval of the Interline class action settlement from Federal District Judge Amy J. St. Eve in Chicago. Under the settlement, Interline Brands will pay $40 million to an 80,000-member class of its junk fax recipients. The settlement is believed to be the largest junk fax recovery in history. The settlement also breaks new ground by automatically distributing funds to class members based on the number of faxes received, rather than requiring class members to submit claims. Judge St. Eve also awarded class representative Craftwood Lumber Company a $25,00 incentive award. 

A key factor in settlement was an August 2013 ruling by former Judge John F. Grady that barred Interline from asserting either the "prior express permission" or established business relationships defenses as sanctions for failing to comply with his discovery order. The ruling effectively stripped Interline of any defenses to the class' claims. 

Practice areas: Business Litigation

Attorneys: C. Darryl Cordero, Jared De Jong, Philip K. Lem

Apr 07

$3 Million "Fax Blast" Settlement Reached for Client Craftwood Lumber Co.

Payne & Fears client Craftwood Lumber Co. recently struck a $3 million settlement with Senco Brands Inc. over alleged violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Junk Fax Protection Act.

In 2014, Craftwood, a regional hardware and lumber chain, sued power tool manufacturer, Senco, in the Northern District of Illinois claiming that between 2010 and 2014 it had been targeted in a “fax blasting” campaign advertising Senco’s air compressors, nail guns and other tools. The cover page of the fax contained the message “Attention Senco Dealers!! NEW!!!!!!!! AIR COMPRESSOR AND 3 TOOL COMBO KIT!!! … Please see attached flyer!!” followed by an advertising leaflet.

After contentious argument over discovery, two motions to stay, a motion to dismiss and a motion for summary judgment, the parties settled avoiding years of litigation if the case were to continue.

Craftwood is urging the Court to expeditiously certify the class and approve the settlement. Under the settlement terms, each proposed class member is anticipated to receive about $800 to be paid automatically without the need to opt-in to the class.

In 2014, the same year Craftwood filed the current suit, our firm helped Craftwood reach a $40 million settlement with Interline Brands Inc., to put to rest a similar class action over junk faxes.

Practice areas: Business Litigation

Attorneys: C. Darryl Cordero, Leilani L. Jones, Philip K. Lem, Scott O. Luskin