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$4.25 million verdict stays thrown out
A state appeals panel has affirmed a judge’s ruling to vacate a $4.25 million wrongful-death verdict awarded to the family of a woman killed in a highway crash.
CGLA hosts annual benefit
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Stevens attends namesake awards
NIU hands out alumni awards
Justinians get new officers
Pension funding: A crisis since 1917
SPRINGFIELD — Severe underfunding of state and municipal pension funds means that Illinois’ retirement systems are “moving toward crisis,” a group formed to analyze the issue says. The catch? The Illinois Pension Laws Committee stated it almost a century ago — in 1917.
McDermott invests in family-office practice
As wealth continues to concentrate in fewer places, McDermott, Will & Emery LLP is expanding a practice that helps the world’s richest families invest their money in ways that only they can.
Trial advocacy seminar founder, ex-judge was a ‘straight shooter’
In the early 1970s, Alan E. Morrill created an organization that presented seminars to teach lawyers about trial advocacy. After working in private practice for 28 years, Morrill became a Cook County associate judge in 1979. He retired from the bench in 1986. Morrill, 89, died of cancer Sept. 19 at his Florida home.
Testing firm survives contract-fraud claim
A company that assists in clinical drug trials has prevailed in a lawsuit accusing it of botching a test of a cold-sore treatment.
Trust fund creates stability through shelter
The Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund has been helping thousands of low-income residents for the past 25 years. Since the fund’s inception, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP partner Thomas J. McNulty has served as president of its 15-member mayoral-appointed board and was recently honored with an award for his years of service.
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Segal, McCambridge, Singer & Mahoney Ltd. added Alexios J. Dravillas and Paul J. Coogan.
Pathologist’s murder case work called into question
Fleeing children find legal assist not always there
DOJ’s direction with civil rights uncertain after Holder exits job
Criticized rape sentence pushed up to 10 years
Witness testimony — video conference call, evidence
Fraud — loss calculation, sentencing enhancements
First Amendment — public concern, union official
Sentencing — enhancements despite acquittal ruling
The arrests of two men and two women for writing anti-police messages with chalk on a sidewalk during protests last year have spawned a federal civil rights lawsuit against Las Vegas police. Attorney Maggie McLetchie said writing messages on a public sidewalk with chalk isn’t a crime, and the people arrested after protests outside police headquarters and a regional courthouse had a constitutional right to express themselves. The civil lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas seeks unspecified monetary damages and a declaration that protesting on public sidewalks isn’t illegal.
—From The Associated Press
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Sanction nix brings order for reasoning
A thorough explanation is required when a judge hammers a lawyer or litigant for a frivolous pleading under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 137.
Draft with care: How to handle pre-payment premium provisions
Financing arrangements are often negotiated with the inclusion of pre-payment premiums. These provisions require the debtor to pay the lender an agreed upon amount if the underlying debt is paid prior to the originally scheduled maturity date.
Another employer finds tough sledding at NLRB
The dissenting opinion in a National Labor Relations Board decision last month states that the majority relied on “scant evidence” in overturning a board administrative law judge.
Drug testing retaliatory discharge claim fails on issues of causation
Continental Tire Americas LLC builds tires in downstate Mount Vernon. The Mount Vernon plant has a health-services department that provides medical treatment to sick or injured employees.
This Day in Legal History
See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
Letter to the Editor
Take real steps to reduce domestic violence
The debate over the NFL’s botched handling of Ray Rice’s brutal assault on his wife threatens to divert our nation’s attention from the real issue: The need to treat seriously incidents of domestic violence and to enact laws and policies that aid survivors in their attempts to escape violence.
Motor carriers vs. contractors: Whose insurance is on the hook?
Two recent insurance coverage cases highlight the ever important characterization of activities undertaken by the independent contractors frequently engaged by motor carriers.
Losing my football religion
Are you a football fan? The Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson situations and how they’ve been handled by the NFL have caused many to ask themselves that question. My answer is no, although the question has been on my mind far longer.
FIFA’s ethics judge hesitates on World Cup
GENEVA — For Qatar or Russia to be stripped of the World Cup, a key person in the legal chain needs to make use of the powers available to him.
Sports, Business & the Law
Can Cubs win the real estate negotiation game?
When the Ricketts family bought the Cubs in 2009, their goal was to win the World Series. To achieve that, the expansion of Wrigley Field became key, as it would increase ticket, advertising and television revenue to help fund baseball operations.
Marketing is a journey, but a rewarding one
Over the past few years, I’ve gained a lot of visibility from my marketing efforts. Other attorneys often ask me about my marketing, so I decided to share some of my thoughts on the topic.
Out of the OffIce
A fresh new Bucktown brunch option
Starting a Saturday or Sunday morning with a relaxing brunch is one of my favorite weekend activities. While there are a number of places I go regularly, I always like to try a new spot.
Dig in: This pulled pork takes time, but not much effort
This three-ingredient, six-hour dish from Amy Aebersold features pork — and root beer.
The Final Draught
Grab a beer: It’s time for a history lesson
It’s probably the most frequently asked question asked about Oktoberfest: “Why is it called Oktoberfest if it’s in September?” As Oktoberfest beers hit the shelves and Oktoberfest parties are held at breweries and pubs across the city, it’s an excellent jumping-off point for exploring both the festival and the brew that bears its name.
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