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‘Distraction exception’ gains clarity from top court
SPRINGFIELD — A cracked sidewalk in the southern Illinois city of Centralia had split a few courts over negligence law.
First race, quick win
NSBA installs new officers
CCBA hosts membership drive
Teeing off on the right (left) foot
DePaul students lend helping hand
IDC members meet up after hours
Woman who filed bogus liens won’t get new trial
A woman found guilty of harassing federal officials involved in a criminal case against her brother has lost a challenge to her conviction.
Ex-county commissioner’s conviction for political-sign damage affirmed by panel
A state appeals panel has affirmed a misdemeanor property-damage conviction issued to attorney and former Cook County Board commissioner Anthony J. Peraica.
Law professor finds libertarian bent in some high court rulings
Rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court show a conservative and libertarian approach that is reshaping First Amendment jurisprudence with more of a focus on individual rights and less on the common good, said Steven J. Heyman, a professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Supreme Court disbars 9 lawyers
The Illinois Supreme Court disbarred a Chicago lawyer who took more than $600,000 from several clients for personal purposes.
In House Counsel
Report offers how-to guide on cutting outside counsel costs
Here are some tips for the general counsel on a budget. Hire senior associates in place of junior partners, especially for matters involving marketing and advertising, mergers and acquisitions and government relations. And, whatever you do, make sure to negotiate prices. Those come from an analysis of more than $16 billion in fees legal departments billed for law firm services in the U.S. between 2007 and 2013.
— Today's free read
In the News
Meckler, Bulger, Tilson, Marick & Pearson LLP promoted Jason E. Barsanti, Tracey A. Dillon and Jenny R. Goltz to partner.
Judge allows third-party governor candidate on Illinois ballot
Salmonella trial sees prosecutors bypass 9 deaths
Kansas justices question why name kept on ballot
California drivers must give bikes 3-foot buffer
Sentencing — mental health history, full review
Sentencing — guidelines range, correctable error
Civil procedure — small claims, specific standing
Criminal law — post-conviction arguments for appeal
A Minnesota man who alerted the U.S. Department of Defense to a Humvee manufacturing change that could potentially put soldiers at risk has won $900,000 after settling his whistleblower lawsuit. David McIntosh lost his job at M.K. Battery in 2007 after he called defense officials to warn them the manufacturing process on Humvees’ gun turrets had changed. He said the change cut the life span on the battery that turned the turret by about half, which could result in fatal consequences. The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune said M.K. Battery has denied the batteries don’t meet the required specifications.
—From The Associated Press
AP Breaking News
Decree holds despite move to two states
Concluding a DuPage County judge had authority to enforce (but not modify) a child support order under the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act — even though the father relocated to Ohio and the mother and minor had moved to Tennessee — the Illinois Appellate Court reversed an order that dismissed the father’s petition to hold the mother in indirect civil contempt.
With the EEOC challenging employee wellness programs, give yours a look
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last month brought its first legal challenge to an employer’s wellness plan.
1st District examines empty-chair defense
Melvin Jones underwent a surgical procedure on his neck in 2006. While recovering, he began having gastrointestinal issues. Those problems culminated in a perforated colon, which required another operation and the placement of a permanent ileostomy tube.
States step into regulatory abyss for genetically modified foods
All Natural. GMO Free. Are foods with these labels “better” for you? Do the labels even mean anything? Consumers continue to be concerned about the foods they eat and especially the foods they are feeding their children. This anxiety has contributed to the sharp focus currently on food labels.
This Day in Legal History
See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
How do I get the dads at my kids’ events to talk shop with me?
Ask them about work. When they ask about family matters, politely answer and change the subject to revolve around work. Ask them what they’re working on and, in turn, tell them what you’re working on.
On Constitution Day, a call to arms for lawyers to push civics education
Happy Constitution Day. For anyone asking what that is, it’s the day that commemorates the occasion 227 years ago when 39 brave delegates from 12 states represented at the Constitutional Convention signed the great document.
Sports, Business & the Law
Can Cubs win the real estate negotiation game?
When the Ricketts family bought the Cubs in 2009, their goal was to win the World Series. To achieve that, the expansion of Wrigley Field became key, as it would increase ticket, advertising and television revenue to help fund baseball operations.
Avoid injuries when you hit the trail running
It’s important to increase your strength and stability for trail running. It’s a big difference to go from running on a treadmill to dodging tree roots and quick turns on a trail run.
PTI program rare in N.J. domestic cases
TRENTON, N.J. — The offender-rehabilitation program former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice was allowed into after knocking his fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator is rarely used in domestic assault cases — but whether that means he got special treatment because of his stardom remains up in the air, depending on whom you ask.
Pro bono needs to be a team effort
A 2005 study found that tens of thousands of people across the state were turned away each year from an overburdened and under-funded legal aid system.
A dramatic custody battle — over dino bones
A new documentary tells the little-known tale of the heart-wrenching custody dispute over one of Chicago’s most beloved residents — a dinosaur named Sue.
Recipe of the weekend: pea and pancetta salad
If you have a menu opening in the next few days, considering adding warm salad from Amy Aebersold's recipe box.
Can ‘Utopia’ create a more perfect union?
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — It appears as if almost anything might be possible in “Utopia.”
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