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Jury awards $22M in McCormick Place crash
A Cook County jury has awarded more than $22 million to a man severely injured in a scooter crash on a McCormick Place ramp while setting up a trade show.
Loyola innocence program turns 5
Let’s hear it for courtroom cameras
Mock trial, real competition
Greene gets award from alma mater
An insider’s perspective
It’s judgment day for “The Strangler” Diego Corleone. Strutting around the wrestling ring, he flourishes his long, black leather jacket. As Corleone continues to threaten the jeering audience, the first notes of the “Imperial March” from “Star Wars” slowly blare via an electric organ on the sound system. The masked hero is here.
— Today's free read
A ‘Kafkaesque loop’ puts inmates in limbo
Some Illinois inmates are caught in a cycle in which one criminal justice entity grants them parole and another takes it away before they walk out of the prison gates.
Access to justice panel gets new head
Timothy W. Kelly has been there since the beginning.
Profs talk wrongful convictions of women
When it comes to the phenomenon of false confessions, researchers at Northwestern University School of Law said, socioeconomic status and education level don’t matter.
Law Firm Leaders
Lean, but experienced
After working at a large law firm for several years, Todd C. Jacobs jumped at the chance to gain more trial experience at a business litigation boutique. In 1992, Jacobs made the move from Sidley, Austin LLP to Grippo & Elden LLC, which had about 20 lawyers at the time. It now has 33 lawyers.
In the News
Cassiday, Schade LLP elected Andrew T. Fleishman to its partnership.
1st District Appellate — Steele vacancy
2nd Subcircuit — O’Neal vacancy
Volunteers help revamp island nation’s courts
States wrestle with how to deal with drone use
At 50, landmark libel case holds relevance today
Civil procedure — personal jurisdiction, state borders
Title VII — prospective employment relationship
Search warrant — probable cause, informant’s word
Sentencing — enhancement without merit, cause
A 92-year-old minister is suing the city of Salisbury, N.C., saying unreasonable force was used when a police officer tackled him and broke two bones. The Salisbury Post reported the Rev. J.W. Loy Jr. filed the civil complaint last month in Rowan Superior Court. It involves an April 2013 incident at Salisbury Gardens, the assisted-living center where Loy lived at the time. Police had been called because center officials said Loy was uncooperative. The lawsuit seeks at least $10,000 in compensatory damages.
—From The Associated Press
AP Breaking News
Quirk in law ends bid for commission
The Illinois Sales Representative Act, which provides important protection for salespeople who are not covered as employees under the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, requires payment of commissions within 13 days when the contract between the salesperson and “principal” terminated.
Disability benefits cannot be terminated without an explanation
An insurer recently learned a hard lesson in how not to terminate disability benefits in
Bertelsen v. Hartford Life Ins.Co.
Fighting anonymous online defamation
Over a several month period, a physician notices that some of her patients have moved to other doctors and that her office is seeing fewer new patients than usual.
‘Holdback’ provision in real estate contract fails liquidated damages test
Ashopping mall tenant’s three-month delay in securing required construction permits to consummate a 20-year lease expansion doesn’t justify a $4.3 million liquidated damages award against the shopping mall seller in favor of its buyer.
Watch out: Benefit plan audits on the rise
It doesn’t take rocket scientists to realize that the U.S. Department of Labor’s recent Employee Benefits Security Administration budget proposals and audit staff requests mean that the number of benefit plan audits is rising.
Through Glazed Eyes
Minor leaguers’ salary lawsuit poses major problems for baseball
Just in time for spring training, baseball litigation seems to be on the upswing. Exhibit A is the suit filed by three ex-farmhands on Feb. 7 in San Francisco federal court alleging Major League Baseball, three of its teams and the commissioner “have preyed upon minor leaguers, who are powerless to combat the collusive power of the MLB cartel.”
This Day in Legal History
See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
#LoveJu initiative fosters fan love via social media
In February, Italian football club Juventus orchestrated a one-of-a kind stadium spectacular that was also the result of the first-ever “social choreography” contest.
How to make your morning meals more nutritious
If you already ensure that you start your day with breakfast, here are some tips to make sure you have the key nutrients you need for peak performance.
Civil claims remain in Maine West hazing case
The criminal case may have come to a close but the legal battle over last year’s hazing episode involving the Maine West High School soccer team may be far from over.
Sometimes, writers must learn to juggle
Happy 2014, the year in which you will write that novel — or short story, or essay, or memoir, or poem, or all of the above.
A call for conversation on law, literature
I have written several columns so far, all related to law and literature, particularly as exemplified by lawyer poets and their poems. It’s been enjoyable writing about my favorite things.
Ambiance stands out at Nellcote
A couple of friends and I visited the promising Nellcote for brunch on a Sunday morning in February. When I first entered, I was immediately impressed.
Know a female lawyer looking to get back to work?
Now attorneys can consider the OnRamp Fellowship, similar to “returnship” programs created for business professionals (onrampfellowship.com).
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