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Med-mal lawsuit settles for $10 million
A Freeport man who became a quadriplegic after suffering a stroke has received $10 million to settle his medical-malpractice suit, the plaintiff’s attorney said.
Bohemians honor probate judges
A moment with the chief
Talking paths to success
KCBA hosts happy hour
Appellate lawyers group gathers
Ruling sets fair price for e-record requests
When it comes to providing records, government agencies have flexibility to determine the fees they’ll charge curious citizens or journalists for producing paper copies. But that’s not the case when the records are in an electronic format, an appeals panel ruled earlier this week.
— Today's free read
Kendall: ‘True threats’ aren’t protected speech
Saying “true threats” are not protected by the First Amendment, a federal judge has declined to throw out an indictment accusing a man of sending menacing messages to a slew of public figures.
Finding a way to wipe a juvenile’s slate clean
Imagine having your entire career put on hold because a state agency found out you were involved in a fight in high school. Suddenly this schoolyard fight, labeled as an “aggravated battery” in law enforcement records, has cost you employment.
For Maddux, a homecoming at Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz
William D. Maddux retired as a Cook County circuit judge in January, but retirement didn’t work. “I’ve had a job since I was 9,” said the 79-year-old former presiding Law Division judge. “I’ve got to do something.”
In House Counsel
U-turn to tech law
Valeria St. Vicina Bailey’s legal career was taking its own turn from focusing on real estate to technology law when she got a phone call in 2011 from a recruiter looking to fill Rand McNally’s general counsel position.
In the News
DiTommaso, Lubin P.C. in Oakbrook Terrace added John R. McInerney as an associate. McInerney will concentrate on complex commercial and class-action litigation.
Dress code issue remains baffling to schools, courts
Workers’ comp precedent sees reversal in Missouri
Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions
U.S. courts not likely venue for Flight 370 suits
Employment law — misconduct, jobless benefits
Prisoner’s rights — post-conviction relief, filing time
Contracts — indemnification, altered liability clause
Criminal law — sentencing, need to notify defendant
An official familiar with the investigation said the New York attorney general’s office has issued subpoenas to six firms and sent a letter to another for details about split-second stock trading and any unfair advantages. The official told The Associated Press Wednesday that the subpoenas went last week to trading firms, including Chicago-based Jump Trading LLC and Chopper Trading LLC and Tower Research Capital in New York. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to publicly discuss the subpoenas. He said he did not know the names of the other companies.
—From The Associated Press
AP Breaking News
Refund plea has no basis in contract
By the time the Kolbe & Kolbe health insurance plan figured out that an employee’s sick baby did not qualify as a beneficiary, it had already paid a Wisconsin hospital $1.7 million for 11 months of treatment.
In the Limelight
High court to determine whether laches should KO copyright claim
The U.S. States Supreme Court has entertained oral arguments in
Petrella v. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
, where it was asked to consider whether the defense of laches is available to bar copyright claims that are otherwise timely based on the Copyright Act’s rolling three-year statute of limitations for ongoing infringement.
Eavesdrop law’s demise means loss of privacy
Last month, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down a key provision of our state’s anti-eavesdropping laws. The high court held in a pair of cases that it’s unconstitutional to punish someone as a felon simply for audio recording a conversation without consent.
Life in the Workplace
Court rules civil rights code includes color discrimination claims
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently held that section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act covers claims of color discrimination, even where the alleged discriminator is the same race as the individual bringing the claim.
This Day in Legal History
See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
Will maternity leave break client bonds?
Just because you’re on maternity leave doesn’t mean you have to cut ties with coworkers or clients.
Federal court revives disability claim for schizoaffective disorder
Most group disability insurance policies limit the duration of benefit payments for mental impairments. An interesting ruling out of Pennsylvania focuses on what constitutes a “mental impairment.”
Review: Missouri didn’t follow federal assault law
ROLLA, Mo. — An independent report released Friday says the University of Missouri failed to follow parts of the federal law that governs sexual harassment on campus when handling the case of a former swimmer’s suicide.
Healthy alternatives will help get your day started
Breakfast in the morning could help you lose weight, control your blood sugar levels and have more energy for your workouts.
NCAA: Schools should discuss union pitfalls
INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA contends that unionization by college athletes could lead to fewer scholarships and championships as well as a drop in academic support and career counseling.
Why is the literature of trial so entrancing?
After my last column, in which I invited readers to contact me with their thoughts about literature and its influence on their personal and legal worlds — or simply about their favorite novels or short stories — I was overwhelmed with the response … the one response.
Legal editing software packed with pros and cons
A few years ago, a legal editing software program called WordRake hit the market. According to its website, WordRake identifies words you can delete from your document for a more powerful statement.
Looking for a new job or career? Trust your gut
It’s never easy making important career decisions. If you’re weighing a job offer or contemplating a position in a new field, hopefully you have done enough due diligence on which to base your decision. Your gut is also important. Trust it.
The beginner’s guide to drinking quality beer
Beer, at its core, is a drink that brings people together. It’s what you drink at ball games or on the beach. At concerts and cookouts. Yet as the craft beer revolution rolls on, it sometimes feels like beer is losing its “everyman” status.
— Today's free read
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