• A Cook County judge today ordered the head of the state health department to reconsider adding irritable bowel syndrome to the list of conditions eligible for treatment with medical marijuana. — Free read
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    Splitting 2-to-1 on the significance of distinctions between “injury,” “harm,” “bodily harm” and “physical harm” in a negligence-based product-liability case under Section 388 of the Restatement (Second) of Torts, the Illinois Appellate Court reversed a $245,000 judgment for Joseph and Phyllis Sondag against Tremco Inc.
  • Through Glazed Eyes

    In a 1995 “Seinfeld” episode, George Costanza takes exception when he spots a security guard forced to stand his entire shift while on duty at a men’s store. His outrage is appeased only when he later decides to provide the guard with a chair.
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    The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently construed an exclusion in an excess liability policy applicable to intra-insured disputes containing an exception for contribution claims by a third party against an insured, holding that it excluded coverage for the intra-insured claim even though that claim was consolidated with a contribution claim against the insured to which the exception applied.
  • Cotter’s Corner

    The Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia from late May 1787 until Sept. 18, 1787, when the final draft of the new Constitution was approved by the Continental Congress. Over the 3½ months the convention met, the new document proposed as a replacement for the Articles of Confederation was debated in detail by the delegates.
  • Toxic Tort Talk

    In a decision that the court described as adding “but a note to a familiar anthem in failure-to-warn jurisprudence,” the New York Court of Appeals held that “the manufacturer of a product has a duty to warn of the danger arising from the known and reasonably foreseeable use of its product in combination with a third-party product which, as a matter of design, mechanics or economic necessity, is necessary to enable the manufacturer’s product to function as intended.” In re New York City Asbestos Litigation (Dummitt/Suttner), 2016 WL 3495191 (July 2016).
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  • If this turns out to be Thomas Bach’s defining moment, here’s what the leader of the International Olympic Committee will be remembered for: Keeping Russia as part of the club, but losing the trust of thousands of athletes who thought that, maybe this year, they’d get the answers they’ve been looking for. — Free read
  • Sports Torts

    Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre first pulled back the curtain on one of professional sports’ darkest secrets, when he publicly admitted that “playing with pain and injuries and because of numerous surgeries, I became dependent upon medication.”
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    As has been said many times, “the more things change, the more they remain the same.” You need only look at “Thaddeus and Slocum: A Vaudeville Adventure,” currently in its world premiere at Lookingglass Theatre, 821 N. Michigan Ave., through Aug. 14.
  • In the previous “Star Trek” installment, Spock cried. In the latest, “Star Trek Beyond,” he laughs. And not just a little snicker, either, but a belly-full one. What bold explorations into the farthest reaches of the galaxy hold for Spock no one knows. A sigh? A hiccup? — Free read
  • LOS ANGELES — The Emmy Awards nominations told us what is already evident — the power and reputation of streaming services Netflix and Amazon are on the rise, and broadcast networks and even longtime premium cable star HBO are paying the price. — Free read
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