• A Cook County judge on Thursday acquitted an Illinois State Police trooper, who fired several gunshots into his ex-girlfriend’s home, of seven felony criminal charges that could have sent him to a minimum of 26 years in prison. — Free read
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    Two days after filing a junk-fax class action against Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. and Storick Group in Lake County, the named plaintiffs asked the trial judge to approve a $23 million settlement that called for paying a one-third fee to class counsel, rather than using the alternative method of multiplying reasonable hours by a reasonable rate.
  • Chicago Lawyer, this newspaper’s sister publication, publishes its most-coveted issue of the year — featuring our 40 Under Forty edition and The Settlements Report — in October. In partnership with Jury Verdict Reporter, the Law Bulletin teams are busy behind the scenes gathering, analyzing and designing the edition. — Free read
  • Woodwise Ethics

    Have you seen the movie “Legally Blonde” starring Reese Witherspoon? She plays a character named Elle Woods, an attractive sorority girl with a high sense of fashion who is rejected by her boyfriend right before he heads off to Harvard Law School.
  • Toxic Tort Talk

    The California Supreme Court recently formally adopted the sophisticated intermediary doctrine as described in the Restatement of Torts.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    In a highly anticipated decision regarding damages in patent infringement cases, the U.S. Supreme Court announced its unanimous decision on June 13 in the cases of Halo Electronics Inc. v. Pulse Electronics Inc., et al., and Stryker Corp., et al. v. Zimmer Inc.
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    Sporting Judgment
  • LAUSANNE, Switzerland — With a ban on Russia’s track and field athletes already in place, Olympic leaders are looking at further anti-doping measures ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Games. — Free read
  • Beyond the Playing Field

    A case recently filed in Cook County Circuit Court further illustrates the importance of providing adequate protections to patrons attending sporting events, and again, raises the question as to what should be deemed reasonable.
  • By day, Boris Berian took orders at the fast-food counter, flipped burgers and cooked fries to make ends meet.
  • Non-Billable Hours
  • LOS ANGELES — A federal court jury in Los Angeles has decided that Led Zeppelin did not steal a riff for the intro of its epic hit, “Stairway to Heaven.” Here is a look at some other cases that have taken pop songs from the recording studio to the courtroom over plagiarism allegations. — Free read
  • Newton Knight was a poor Mississippi farmer and Confederate soldier who deserted the army in early 1862, waged a rebellion against the Confederacy and ended up forming a little colony of exiles, which they referred to as the Free State of Jones. — Free read
  • Non-Billable Hours

    In February of last year, I became a parent. Nothing has made me a more effective person than learning how to balance a career and motherhood. If you are expecting your first child or could use some advice in the way of time management and efficiency, here are some tips and tricks:
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