• A Freeport man who became a quadriplegic after suffering a stroke has received $10 million to settle his medical-malpractice suit, the plaintiff’s attorney said.
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    By the time the Kolbe & Kolbe health insurance plan figured out that an employee’s sick baby did not qualify as a beneficiary, it had already paid a Wisconsin hospital $1.7 million for 11 months of treatment.
  • In the Limelight

    The U.S. States Supreme Court has entertained oral arguments in Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., where it was asked to consider whether the defense of laches is available to bar copyright claims that are otherwise timely based on the Copyright Act’s rolling three-year statute of limitations for ongoing infringement.
  • Criminal Convictions

    Last month, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down a key provision of our state’s anti-eavesdropping laws. The high court held in a pair of cases that it’s unconstitutional to punish someone as a felon simply for audio recording a conversation without consent.
  • Life in the Workplace

    The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently held that section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act covers claims of color discrimination, even where the alleged discriminator is the same race as the individual bringing the claim.
  • See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
  • Ask Snap-D

    Just because you’re on maternity leave doesn’t mean you have to cut ties with coworkers or clients.
  • Workplace Issues

    Most group disability insurance policies limit the duration of benefit payments for mental impairments. An interesting ruling out of Pennsylvania focuses on what constitutes a “mental impairment.”
  • Sporting Judgment
  • ROLLA, Mo. — An independent report released Friday says the University of Missouri failed to follow parts of the federal law that governs sexual harassment on campus when handling the case of a former swimmer’s suicide.
  • Breakfast in the morning could help you lose weight, control your blood sugar levels and have more energy for your workouts.
  • INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA contends that unionization by college athletes could lead to fewer scholarships and championships as well as a drop in academic support and career counseling.
  • Non-Billable Hours
  • After my last column, in which I invited readers to contact me with their thoughts about literature and its influence on their personal and legal worlds — or simply about their favorite novels or short stories — I was overwhelmed with the response … the one response.
  • A few years ago, a legal editing software program called WordRake hit the market. According to its website, WordRake identifies words you can delete from your document for a more powerful statement.
  • It’s never easy making important career decisions. If you’re weighing a job offer or contemplating a position in a new field, hopefully you have done enough due diligence on which to base your decision. Your gut is also important. Trust it.
  • Beer, at its core, is a drink that brings people together. It’s what you drink at ball games or on the beach. At concerts and cookouts. Yet as the craft beer revolution rolls on, it sometimes feels like beer is losing its “everyman” status. — Today's free read
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