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Justices: Attorney fees, health-care liens must be split at same time
SPRINGFIELD — State law ensures that lawyers and the hospitals that treat plaintiffs get a cut of the jury award or settlement in personal-injury cases. And those percentages must be calculated simultaneously, the state’s top court ruled today.
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Judge holds phoned insults justified arrest
A man arrested after he left profanity-laced voicemail messages for Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy A. Brown doesn’t have a case for a violation of his rights, a federal judge has held.
High court probes school’s right to build bleachers
The city of Crystal Lake, its residents and a McHenry County high school district have been wrestling over a $1.2 million bleacher project since 2013. On Wednesday, it was the high court’s turn to step into the ring.
An international one-stop shop for design patents
Filing for design patents in countries across the globe just got easier. The U.S. government last week officially joined a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) program that, in theory, can turn a single design patent application in one country into one filed in more than 50 countries.
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State’s decision to keep managers out of unions passes appellate court test
A state appeals panel rejected a union challenge Tuesday to a law that took collective bargaining rights from some state employees, such as general counsels and chiefs of staff.
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Lawyers tasked with guiding genocide education in schools
Michael Bauer’s father didn’t know anything about being a truck mechanic. But a lie that he did likely saved his life. When the Nazis needed prisoners with mechanical skills to transfer from Auschwitz to another concentration camp, Bauer’s father volunteered.
Why cooler heads prevail when legal disputes heat up
Legal disputes can be expensive, time-consuming, tense and most of all, unpredictable. That is why having seasoned – but dispassionate – observers providing analysis can save lawyers and clients a lot of time, money and consternation.
Retiring judge learns not to prejudge people
First, he plans to spend some time at the Grand Canyon. Then, next spring, he plans to dip his back bicycle tire into the Pacific Ocean and ride from San Diego until his front tire reaches the Atlantic Ocean in St. Augustine, Fla. But most of all, 8th Judicial Circuit Judge Scott H. Walden said he looks forward to settling into a quiet, low-key life away from the Quincy courthouse.
In the News
Schiff, Hardin LLP partner Joshua D. Lee received the Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Service Award from the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section during its spring section conference on May 1.
Video visitation growing trend in prisons, jails
Hot-tempered judge finds himself facing suspension
Dart names psychologist to run Cook County Jail
Some cry ‘Fight of Century’ now fraud of century
Who to turn to when you're $70 million in the hole
Facing dire finances, Wayne County, Mich., officials sought the advice of O’Keefe, a financial consulting firm, and taxpayers already are seeing millions in savings.
Criminal law — sex offender registration, sentence
Employment law — drug-free work place policy
Immigration law — asylum, credibility of statement
Sentencing — child pornography, sadistic evidence
Philadelphia city officials have filed a lawsuit against a restaurant where nearly 100 attorneys and law students were sickened in February. Philly.com reported the city said in a court filing two weeks ago that Joy Tsin Lau is a “public health nuisance” and sought a cease-and-desist order to the Chinatown restaurant. Mabel Chi Chan, the restaurant’s owner, said she’s stunned. She said the health department visited in April and granted Joy Tsin Lau permission to reopen. It’s unclear if the suit is connected to the February outbreak.
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The ostrich instruction gets the OK
David Pierotti appealed to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, contending a federal judge in Wisconsin erred in giving an “ostrich instruction” on what would justify a verdict that Pierotti knowingly made a false statement.
Officer’s acquittal shows judicial misreading of transferred intent
Rarely has a judge’s ruling illuminated the irrationality of our state’s criminal justice system like the one from a Cook County judge that set detective Dante Servin free.
Students should know consequences of sexting
A quick search of recent youth- and school-related news yields headlines from local papers such as “Nude Snapchat Selfie Spurs Discussion About Minors’ Use of Social Media,” “Students Sent to Peer Jury in Sexting Case” and “When Sexting Becomes a Crime.”
Meticulous documentation can save money and headaches
Attention to detail is paramount with respect to the proper legal documentation of business transactions, and often small details, when not given close scrutiny, can lead to significant legal issues for attorneys and their clients.
This Day in Legal History
See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
Getting associates into the game early
At the beginning of every new matter, a formal introduction should be made to the client in person and in form of a memo that lists all attorneys working on the case with their contact information.
Retrospective on a career-defining moment
My first two years as an attorney, I wrote and argued appeals for the Prosecutors’ Appellate Service, which subsequently became a state agency.
Sports, Business & the Law
Domestic violence: NFL battles for its soul
Domestic violence has become a hot topic in the world of professional sports in the United States. With several recent domestic violence incidents, this is for good reason.
Group outlines funding for San Diego stadium
SAN DIEGO — An advisory group appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer recommended Monday that the Chargers contribute $300 million toward a new $1.33 billion stadium with the NFL giving $200 million, the city and county $121 million each and personal seat licenses totaling $120 million.
Sports Marketing Playbook
Pro sports in Pepsi’s court with NBA deal
In what looks like a well-executed steal, PepsiCo signed a five-year corporate sponsorship deal in April with the National Basketball Association, replacing the Coca-Cola Co. — which had a 29-year sponsorship relationship with the NBA — and locking down food and beverage sponsorships for all four major North American professional sports.
The Final Draught
Chicago’s brew review coming right at you
How fast is Chicago’s beer scene growing these days? Well, just since the new year, we’ve seen four new breweries open their doors: Alarmist Brewing, Breakroom Brewery and Motor Row Brewing, with Blue Island Beer Co. opening up just south of the city limits.
Out of the office
Art Institute celebrates city’s Irish roots with exhibit of Emerald Isle works
Ever since I spent my sophomore year of college studying and traveling in Ireland, I have loved all things Irish. When I saw the Art Institute of Chicago was presenting an exhibition called “Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690-1840,” I knew I had to go.
On the Job
Maybe a career move isn’t the right answer
Many attorneys come to me after they’ve landed their dream job, after the honeymoon ends. They now feel dissatisfied and unfulfilled.
On the Job
Prescription: Hatching local legal incubators
Looking for a new, morale-building, feel-good project for the whole firm? If the answer to that question is “yes,” consider the legacy that the collective leadership of Georgetown University Law Center; Arent, Fox LLP; and DLA Piper are currently creating in Washington, D.C.
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