• 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. — Free read
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  • Trial Notebook

    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.
  • Federal Courts

    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.
  • Better Practice

    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.
  • Opening Statement

    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

    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.
  • Criminal Convictions

    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.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    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.”
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  • Time-out

    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.
  • Juris Endurance

    If you have been sick or injured and have lost lean body mass, you can work to rebuild your muscle.
  • 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.
  • Non-Billable Hours
  • Changing Tunes

    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.
  • 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

    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.
  • On the Job

    Many attorneys come to me after they’ve landed their dream job, after the honeymoon ends. They now feel dissatisfied and unfulfilled.
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