News and Events

On this page you will find a collection of independent news articles on recent achievements by The Quinlan Law Firm. We also periodically publish case studies and white papers.

Taking Names: Quinlan Named to Irish Legal 100

Chicago lawyer Bill Quinlan has been selected to be part of the 2021 Irish Legal 100, an annual listing of the distinguished U.S. legal professionals with Irish heritage. Members include U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and former Justice Anthony Kennedy.

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Judge Rules Trial against Twitch for Phantoml0rd Breach of Contract Can Proceed, Dismisses Motion for Summary Judgment Entirely

Trial Set for March 2021 in case deemed among “most significant lawsuits in streaming history” Chicago—The Quinlan Law Firm LLC (QLF) revealed a San Francisco County Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of its client, influential livestreamer James “Phantoml0rd” Varga, dismissing a motion for summary judgment sought by streaming platform Twitch. The ruling allows […]

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Judge: Streamer who didn’t read contract can sue Twitch for over $50K

Ruling for ‘Phantoml0rd’ could potentially open the streaming giant to additional lawsuits Published at Polygon on October 1, 2019 James “Phantoml0rd” Varga, the controversial streamer involved in an elaborate Counter-Strike: Global Offensive gambling scandal, has prevailed in his initial court case against Twitch. After being banned from the platform since 2016, a judge in San Francisco now says he’s […]

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Meet the lawyer representing Jussie Smollett

Bill Quinlan is nothing if not connected. His father, the late William R. Quinlan, was a judge and chief counsel for three Chicago mayors. His uncle is former Cook County Board President Richard Phelan. He’s worked for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, former U.S. House Ways & Means Chairman Dan Rostenkowski and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and has had dealings with the Daley family. Now Quinlan, 48, is representing actor Jussie Smollett, helping him fend off a city demand that he pay $130,106 for overtime costs police allege were spent on a hate-crime hoax.

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Quinlan Law Firm LLC has announced three hires

Quinlan Law Firm LLC has announced three hires. David Hutchinson has been named an associate after serving as a judicial clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Kamil Merchant has been named an associate attorney, focusing on commercial litigation matters. And Eric Schmitt will lead the firm’s just-opened Silicon Valley office in Menlo Park, Calif.

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WGN Radio: James “Phantoml0rd” Varga vs Twitch: Lawsuit

James “PhantomL0rd” Varga was suspended from Twitch in July 2016 for violating Twitch Tv, Terms of Service (TOS). Phantoml0rd decided to sue Twitch, because they were not forthright with their TOS and his suspension cost him revenue.  Bill Quinlan, Phantoml0rd’s attorney at The Quinlan Law Firm LLC, explains the Phantonl0rd case in detail and gives an update […]

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Judge Rules That Twitch’s Contract With Banned Streamer Includes ‘Unconscionable’ Language

The legal saga between Twitch and the banned Counter-Strike: Global Offensive streamer James “PhantomL0rd” Varga continues. The judge’s latest ruling is a potential mark in the “win” column for Varga, as well as other Twitch streamers who might have grievances with Twitch in the future.

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Judge Rules Twitch Contract Clause “Unconscionable,” Phantoml0rd Can Sue for Damages Over Original $50,000 Cap

Chicago—The Quinlan Law Firm LLC (QLF) today announced a San Francisco County Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of its client, influential livestreamer James “Phantoml0rd” Varga, with a decision that rendered streaming platform Twitch’s limited liability clause in its players’ contract as “unconscionable” and therefore unenforceable.

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Chicago Boutique Expands to Silicon Valley, Courting Streamers

As live-streamed gaming continues to generate ever-larger revenues, Chicago lawyer Bill Quinlan is expanding his small firm to Silicon Valley, betting on future tech clients and on a burgeoning practice representing online video gamers.

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Judge allows streamer to sue Twitch for more money over 2016 suspension

Published at PC Gamer on September 30, 2019 A clause limiting James ‘Phantoml0rd’ Varga to just $50,000 in damages has been ruled legally ‘unconscionable.’ James “PhantomL0rd” Varga was suspended from Twitch in 2016 over his association with CSGO skin gambling site CSGOShuffle. He used and promoted the site on his channel, but emails reported by esports journalist Richard […]

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