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Med-mal suit settles for $17M
A south suburban man who suffered brain and heart damage after lab tests were not run at the University of Chicago Medical Center will receive a $17 million settlement.
Let’s hear it for courtroom cameras
Mock trial, real competition
Greene gets award from alma mater
An insider’s perspective
Banks, Evans honored
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.
Cop’s reputation trumps public’s right to know
The public doesn’t have the right — at least for now — to learn the details of allegations of misconduct leveled against a Chicago police officer, a federal judge has ruled.
9th Subcircuit — Goldberg vacancy
Meet candidates Jerry A. Esrig, Megan E. Goldish and Nathan Benjamin Myers.
Bar association evaluations of judicial candidates
The Chicago Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Alliance's ratings for all candidates running for judicial offices in the 2014 primary election.
A league of his own
The Union League Club of Chicago has 135 years of history. Its president, Guy N. Maras, knows every bit of it. “How much time do you have?” he asked this reporter, who responded that he had as many hours as needed. “Oh good,” Maras said, and the tour began.
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In the News
Schiff, Hardin LLP added Kevin B. Reidy as an associate in its litigation group.
2nd Subcircuit — O’Neal vacancy
15th Subcircuit — Sterba vacancy
At 50, landmark libel case holds relevance today
Oregon ruling on eyewitness testimony receives first test
Passengers look for hefty payout after sea mishap
Title VII — prospective employment relationship
Search warrant — probable cause, informant’s word
Sentencing — enhancement without merit, cause
Fourth Amendment — stop and frisk, suspension
Maryland’s highest court will not reconsider its decision that defendants have a constitutional right to legal counsel at their earliest bail hearings. Judge Lynne Battaglia said during oral arguments Friday that the matter was settled. The attorney general’s office said the state doesn’t have enough public defenders to staff all the hearings and hasn’t budgeted money to hire them. Officials have said that having lawyers on hand for the 177,000 bail hearings statewide could cost as much as $30 million a year.
—From The Associated Press
AP Breaking News
Teacher fails to preserve age bias suit
Following a common two-path approach for discrimination claims, Harriet Walczak, who was fired after a 38-year career as a Chicago school teacher pursued administrative and judicial remedies under state law while simultaneously complaining to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.
‘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.
Housing discrimination: What’s intent got to do with it?
The doctrine of disparate impact is an important tool for combating discrimination. It provides a way of attacking actions or policies that are facially neutral if these actions or policies have a significant impact on protected classes.
Is firing beanbag rounds constitutional?
In order to subdue violent suspects without killing them, technological advances have allowed law enforcement agencies to employ less-lethal weapons such as chemical agents, Tasers and beanbag rounds. But less lethal does not mean non-lethal.
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.
Leverage the power of machines occasionally
Lifting using free weights is critical to building strength and muscle definition. But, at times, machines have their place.
Do fans win or lose on ticket scalping?
LANSING, Mich. — Repealing Michigan’s rarely enforced ban against scalping tickets is, on its face, an effort to help out the average customer looking to sell a few unused tickets to a game or concert.
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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