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JIB caseload could get ‘unmanageable’
SPRINGFIELD — The panel that investigates alleged judicial misconduct in the state court system is long on complaints and short on members. That’s according to findings by the Illinois auditor general’s office.
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New trial ordered in $2.4B fraud suit
A British bank hit with a $2.46 billion judgment is getting a new trial in a lawsuit accusing its Illinois-based consumer finance unit of committing securities fraud.
U. of C. law appoints Stone interim dean
University of Chicago Law School will spend its 2015-16 school year under the stewardship of a familiar face: Geoffrey R. Stone.
Justice shares insights on appeals court records, briefs
Cases seeking review in the Illinois Appellate Court are frequently dismissed for a simple reason: They don’t provide enough detail. “If you are the appellant, it’s your burden to make sure we have a complete record,” 1st District Appellate Court Justice Mathias W. Delort said.
Judge holds phoned insults justified arrest
A man arrested after he left profanity-laced voicemail messages for Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy A. Brown doesn’t have a case for a violation of his rights, a federal judge has held.
High court probes school’s right to build bleachers
The city of Crystal Lake, its residents and a McHenry County high school district have been wrestling over a $1.2 million bleacher project since 2013. On Wednesday, it was the high court’s turn to step into the ring.
Why cooler heads prevail when legal disputes heat up
Legal disputes can be expensive, time-consuming, tense and most of all, unpredictable. That is why having seasoned – but dispassionate – observers providing analysis can save lawyers and clients a lot of time, money and consternation.
Law Firm Leaders
Loevy’s firm gets millions in civil rights cases
When it comes to achieving multimillion-dollar verdicts in civil rights cases, Jon Loevy has been on a roll since he opened his firm 18 years ago. Loevy, co-managing partner of Loevy & Loevy, a 30-lawyer firm, has won more than $125 million in jury verdicts for clients since 1997. That includes prevailing in 20 out of his last 22 jury trials and 13 jury verdicts of $1 million or more.
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Loeb & Loeb LLP added former federal prosecutor Andrew R. DeVooght to the firm as a partner in the litigation department.
High court ruling against ACA may harm GOP more
Tobacco firms get partial win over smoking claims
Fired Rutherford staffers threaten lawsuit recourse
$1.65M in gambling debt? Triple Crown contender says nay
Prosecutors would face high bar in filing charges in Amtrak crash
Who to turn to when you're $70 million in the hole
Facing dire finances, Wayne County, Mich., officials sought the advice of O’Keefe, a financial consulting firm, and taxpayers already are seeing millions in savings.
Contracts — implied warranty of habitability
Evidence — hearsay, business exception rule
Torts — proving defamation, unnamed plaintiff
Criminal procedure — public defender fees
Authorities say a lawyer and his business stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from more than 100 people in Michigan that were facing mortgage foreclosures. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced today that 52-year-old Steven Barry Ruza of Orchard Lake, Mich., and his company, Home Legal Group, face 30 felony charges, including racketeering. Schuette’s office said Ruza and Home Legal Group promised people that they could obtain mortgage modifications and save their homes from foreclosure but then did nothing or very little.
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Qui tam bid fails to hook automaker
Relying on the rule that qui tam claims are not dischargeable in bankruptcy, William Ceas Jr. sued Chrysler Group LLC alleging that the federal government was defrauded on warranties for vehicles it purchased from “Old Chrysler” in 2004 and 2005.
Court doesn’t see eye to eye with plaintiff on contact lens claim
In today’s 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals case, a patient sued the manufacturer of his contact lenses, claiming they were defective because they caused him pain and problems, but the 7th Circuit explained that the plaintiff needed substantially more than a wisp of circumstantial evidence to prove the product-liability claim.
How a eulogy gave birth to a doctrine
First of two parts:
For more than 15 years, Illinois trial judges have been invoking the so-called test-the-waters doctrine — a purely judicial creation — to deny litigants their statutory right to an automatic substitution of judge.
Hellman’s cutthroat melodrama ‘The Little Foxes’ as biting as ever
The late Lillian Hellman, creator of “The Children’s Hour,” “Toys in the Attic” and “Watch on the Rhine,” is considered one of the foremost playwrights of the 20th century.
Letters to the Editor
Drug field-testing bill needed for justice system
In Cook County, it is possible for someone to be held in jail on a drug charge for more than three weeks even if they had no drugs.
Officer’s acquittal shows judicial misreading of transferred intent
Rarely has a judge’s ruling illuminated the irrationality of our state’s criminal justice system like the one from a Cook County judge that set detective Dante Servin free.
Students should know consequences of sexting
A quick search of recent youth- and school-related news yields headlines from local papers such as “Nude Snapchat Selfie Spurs Discussion About Minors’ Use of Social Media,” “Students Sent to Peer Jury in Sexting Case” and “When Sexting Becomes a Crime.”
Cleveland’s ‘jock tax’ a mistake by the lake
On April 30, the Ohio Supreme Court held that Cleveland’s specific method of imposing a “jock tax” violated due process. It also held that there was no violation of the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause in taxing visiting professional athletes but not taxing other visiting professionals.
Build those muscles back up after injury, illness
If you have been sick or injured and have lost lean body mass, you can work to rebuild your muscle.
Bears release McDonald after latest incident
SAN FRANCISCO — The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from an assault on a woman who was holding a baby.
Avenging the fallen heroine of the toy aisle
This is the age of the Avengers. And all of us, boys and girls, are just living in it. Yes, even before “Age of Ultron” opened in China on May 12 — where, if there’s any justice, it will pass “Transformers: Age of Extinction” as the all-time box office leader there — it was just shy of the $1 billion mark.
New Mexico legal journal breaks down the ipso facto behind ‘Breaking Bad’
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A University of New Mexico School of Law student journal has published a special issue analyzing legal issues related to the story line of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” — and what might have happened if the real-life legal system was imposed on the fictional characters.
The Final Draught
Chicago’s brew review coming right at you
How fast is Chicago’s beer scene growing these days? Well, just since the new year, we’ve seen four new breweries open their doors: Alarmist Brewing, Breakroom Brewery and Motor Row Brewing, with Blue Island Beer Co. opening up just south of the city limits.
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