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  • Trial Notebook

    Walking to an eye clinic on a city sidewalk in downstate Centralia, a few days before her 80th birthday, Virginia Bruns — who reportedly admitted she was looking “towards the door and the steps” of the facility — allegedly tripped and fell because of a long-standing defect: A slab of concrete pushed up by a tree root.
  • Federal Courts

    Today’s 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals case answers two questions which frequently arise under a commercial general liability policy: Is faulty workmanship resulting in suit an “occurrence”? And, when does the “products-completed operations” exclusion bar coverage?
  • Workplace Issues

    Employees who are unable to continue working due to medical issues often accept severance payments in exchange for releasing their employers from liability. However, by doing so, acceptance of a severance payment in exchange for a release may preclude a subsequent claim seeking disability benefits.
  • Modern Family

    While married parents are free to move wherever they want with their children, the same freedom is not available to divorced custodial parents.
  • Plain Speaking

    In recent court challenges arising from North Carolina and Ohio, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively enjoined implementation of voter ID for coming too close to impending elections.
  • The Buzz

    Effective Jan. 1, the updated Illinois Power of Attorney Act brings about new changes in the execution and application of the power of attorney for health care.
  • This Day In Legal History

    See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
    Sporting Judgment
  • MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson’s hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be held on Dec. 2. And it will not be in front of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
  • The Power of Lifting

    As we get older, we notice minor aches and pains. It’s all a part of aging.
  • PHILADELPHIA — Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA superstar questioned whether the company could use his old number and team colors while he’s endorsed by rival Reebok.
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  • On the Job

    With Thanksgiving approaching, this is a great time to step back and reflect. It’s also a good time to address a question many attorneys regularly ask me: Whether it’s possible (and how) to transition their practices from one area to another.
  • The Nommery

    Get into the "refrigerator oatmeal" trend with this recipe from Amy Aebersold.
  • NEW YORK — The good news for Thanksgiving travelers? The price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news? A lot more people will be on the road.
  • Literary Argument

    In my last column, purportedly about non-fiction literature and the law, I wrote of mistakes as related in memoir, such as Daniel Menaker’s “My Mistake.” I also wrote briefly of one of my own mistakes. With the thought of memoir, mistakes, non-fiction and law in mind, let’s take a slight turn.
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