• Are Sears Holding Corp.’s Kenmore Elite brand gas grills an illegal knockoff of Weber grills? A patent trial scheduled for September is set to answer that issue between the maker of Weber Grills and Sears Holdings Corp., which resulted from a business dispute that led Weber-Stephen Products LLC to pull its grills from Sears’ shelves. — Free read
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    In a child custody case where Illinois had “exclusive, continuing jurisdiction” based on Section 202 of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, the question of first impression for the Illinois Appellate Court was whether a Madison County judge erred in applying California law when deciding to terminate Gabriel Smick’s parental rights.
  • E-Discovery and Technology

    Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(f) and Illinois Supreme Court Rule 218(a)(10) require attorneys to address e-discovery issues early in a case and consult with opposing counsel to craft a discovery plan. Here are 10 things for attorneys to consider when discussing e-discovery issues with the opposing counsel and the court.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    Lawyers are fond of saying that no good deed goes unpunished. This case may provide an example.
  • Sole Speak

    As you close yet another long day at your desk, take a pause before the trek home. Gaze back at your computer screen for a few moments more and check out these nifty websites for the sole practitioner. They can make for a better tomorrow.
  • This Day in Legal History

    See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
  • Letter to the Editor

    The month of February, which celebrates both Black History Month and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, frequently prompts reflections on the great civil rights struggle in the United States.
  • Global IP

    I laughed when I watched John Oliver’s recent satire on his HBO show, “Last Week Tonight,” regarding the fight over Australia’s plain packaging laws. But for trademark holders, these laws are no laughing matter.
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  • Agent of Change

    The biggest threat to the continued existence of the NCAA in its present form will come down later this year in Jenkins v. NCAA. The trial is expected to start sometime this fall, and the outcome could quite possibly shatter the amateurism model currently in place.
  • Juris Endurance

    Implement power training into your workouts. This includes doing leaps and throws.
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  • Practice in the City

    I like to eat out a lot. As a lifelong Chicagoan, I am so proud of this city and the wonderful food our chefs and restaurants produce. This is a foodie town, for sure. I started thinking about all of the different places I’ve eaten at and how many places I remembered vividly for some reason other than the food.
  • Opening Statement

    Back in the Stone Age when I was a young man starting to date, we didn’t have smartphones, iPads, computers or online dating services. The Chicago premiere of “First Date” at the Royal George Cabaret gave me a great opportunity to update my knowledge of current dating practices.
  • Recipes

    Stir up some comfort food with this recipe from Amy Aebersold.
  • Amicus Scriptor

    Someday is now. That’s attorney Ruth Kaufman’s motto, but ironically, her “now” is 1453, Henry VI is king, and what we now call the Wars of the Roses will soon begin.
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