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  • Trial Notebook

    During an investigation into whether Michele DiCosola might have violated three Illinois statutes (the Consumer Fraud, Mortgage Rescue Fraud and Attorney Acts) by allegedly representing that his seminars, DVDs and private consultations as a non-lawyer could help people win foreclosure, tax and criminal cases, the Illinois Attorney General reportedly served him with an investigatory subpoena — under Sections 3 and 4 of the Consumer Fraud Act — that commanded him to appear at her office on Nov. 18, 2011, with specified documents.
  • Modern Family

    Divorcing parents are often at odds over payment of children’s college expenses, and conflict around this issue can consume significant time and attorney fees even though the issue is governed by statute.
  • E-Discovery and Technology

    An obvious and main use of e-discovery software is viewing and identifying electronic documents relevant to a legal matter. However, e-discovery programs permit users to do more than just look at documents. Creative use of e-discovery software provides insight unavailable in manual document review.
  • L&E Flash

    Effective May 1, employers in Cook County will be subject to a new Wage Theft Ordinance that imposes harsh penalties on businesses that violate federal or state wage-payment laws. The sanctions are wide-ranging, and the ordinance makes Cook County one of the nation’s leaders in combating wage theft.
  • This Day in Legal History

    See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    It is an all too common occurrence when an employer’s failure to properly document the decision-making process when terminating an employee ultimately prevents it from obtaining summary judgment.
  • Sole Speak

    Recent statistics suggest roughly half of all Illinois attorneys are self-employed. Although national, state and local bar groups maintain sections that support sole practitioners, there is no bar association devoted exclusively to promoting the interests of this ever-increasing segment.
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  • Time-out

    The Chicago Bears are, in fact, continuing their “marriage” with Jay Cutler as the team’s starting quarterback for the 2015 NFL season. And in this case, it doesn’t look like the pair is staying together for the kids (or the fans).
  • Lawmakers in the Oregon House voted unanimously late last week to outlaw the use of drones for hunting or fishing in the state.
  • LOS ANGELES — Former NFL star Darren Sharper removed all doubt Monday that he drugged and raped women, taking the first of several legal steps to own up to sex assaults in four states that will send him to federal prison for about nine years.
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  • The Final Draught

    Last year, I wrote about the phenomenon of hyped beers, and Dark Lord, a Russian imperial stout from 3 Floyds Brewing Co. in nearby Munster, Ind., may be the granddaddy of them all.
  • Out of the Office

    While Silver Cloud and Cafe Creme remain empty, their signs still on the buildings, the Bucktown space formerly occupied by The Bluebird was quickly transformed into the sophisticated cocktail bar and restaurant Presidio.
  • Recipes

    Amy Aebersold is cooking up an Easter dinner staple with this easy recipe.
  • Balancing Life and the Law

    I am by no means a movie critic. As my wife aptly points out, my skill sets are limited. But one I saw recently struck a chord with me and brought me back to my childhood, some 40 years ago.
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