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  • Trial Notebook

    Reluctantly obeying a series of Illinois Appellate Court decisions that interpreted People v. Vincent, 226 Ill.2d 1 (2007), as prohibiting judges from applying equitable considerations when ruling on a request for post-judgment relief under Section 2-1401 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, a judge in Warren County, 200 miles southwest of Chicago, denied a petition to vacate a $51,689 default judgment.
  • Policyholder Perspective

    A recent decision by U.S. District Judge Manish S. Shah illustrates how a fire insurance policy’s neglect exclusion is inapplicable to pre-loss neglect. Chicago Import Inc. v. American States Insurance Co., No. 09 CV 2885, 2015 WL 2193138 (N.D. Ill. May 8, 2015).
  • E-Discovery and Technology

    In 2009, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Discovery Pilot Program Committee formed with the goal of developing and improving pre-trial procedures to reduce the cost and burden of electronic discovery.
  • Cogan’s Corner

    If you’re like me, you see the Internet as a vast, perplexing frontier taking on an ethereal quality — understanding seemingly within reach until it’s wrested from my grip by the latest technological ingenuity.
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    See if you know what happened on this date in Legal History.
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  • Beyond the Playing Field

    Over the last century, the intellectual property protection afforded to leagues, teams and athletes in the sports domain has expanded significantly. In fact, due to the vast popularity of sports as a cultural pillar in the United States, a great deal of modern intellectual property law actually derives from sports-related disputes. Many of the things we associate with sports in the modern context would not exist but for the evolution of intellectual property law.
  • Juris Endurance

    Eating a small snack before a run can increase your speed and endurance. Make sure your snack provides protein, carbs and anitoxidants that can help repair your muscles.
  • More than 35,000 college athletes and cadets at U.S. service academies are helping researchers write a new, extensive and groundbreaking chapter in the study and tracking of concussions.
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  • Practice in the City

    I know I have written a lot over the past few years about the concept of mindfulness. On the surface, it may not appeal to some lawyers.
  • NEW YORK — Independent record label founder Allen Kovac had planned to remove the music by his artists from iTunes a week ahead of the launch of Apple Music.
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  • Literary Argument

    With Cook County Associate Judge Thomas More Donnelly, I serve as co-chair of the Literature and Law Committee of the Illinois Judges Association. Retired judge Stuart H. Shiffman from Sangamon County serves on this committee as well. Judge Shiffman reported that a certain novel published in 1964 was among his favorites.
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