• SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Patrick J. Quinn’s hand might be tired. The Chicago Democrat has acted on more than 50 bills this week, vetoing a couple but signing most into law in order to meet a 60-day deadline mandating the measures become law automatically if he doesn’t put pen to paper.
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    Based on a final judgment in a small claims case filed by two tenants of a building that was allegedly rendered uninhabitable because of MMT Demolition’s negligence when razing a neighboring structure, a Cook County judge concluded that res judicata barred the subsequent subrogation case that Indian Harbor Insurance Co. — acting as subrogee of the landlord, Podmajersky Management — filed against MMT.
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    Jennifer Shasky Calvery, director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, has addressed a serious issue that many money-services businesses are facing.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    New guidance from the IRS may provide a boost to wind energy project developers. The industry has experienced a tough time this year from the loss of the production tax credit, the tax incentive that underpins the financing for virtually all Midwest wind farms.
  • Fads at One First

    Just weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court closed its doors on yet another exciting term, leaving us in Chicago to turn our attention to mediocre (at best) baseball, sporadic weather and (what else?) the October term 2014.
  • This Day in Legal History

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  • Torts

    Whenever a governmental entity is sued, the plaintiff typically will have to tangle with one or more tort immunity provisions to be successful.
  • Workplace Issues

    Arecent ruling from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals illustrates that the context of words can make a dramatic difference in the interpretation of a pension plan.
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  • Agent of Change

    In February, three former minor league baseball players filed a federal lawsuit in San Francisco against Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and three MLB clubs.
  • Some of the newest incarnations of fantasy football look a lot more like gambling than intricate, outsmart-your-opponent strategy games. Since 2011, the billion-dollar fantasy market has been infused with dozens of daily and weekly games. Those games allow players to win huge prizes quickly, sometimes in one week, sometimes in just one night.
  • Beyond the Playing Field

    On Aug. 8, in a decision that will undoubtedly have wide-ranging implications in the realm of collegiate athletics, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled that the NCAA’s restraint on student-athletes’ ability to be paid for the use if their name, image and likeness violated antitrust law.
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  • Amicus Scriptor

    In my last column, I wrote about Colm Toibin’s advice that a writer should know the whole story before writing his or her novel. Since I’ve always discovered the story by writing it, this for me would be a new way of working — but one I’m willing to try, if only I had my next big idea.
  • Take a trip to the frozen side of Margaritaville with this recipe from Amy Aebersold.
  • VENICE, Italy — What is it like to look into the eyes of the men who killed your brother and went unpunished? It’s almost impossible to imagine, but “The Look of Silence” provides a glimpse at an answer.
  • Literary Argument

    Nightmare … is the habitat of childhood. In these startling words, Frederick Busch, in “A Dangerous Profession: A Book About the Writing Life,” characterized Charles Dickens’ perspective concerning the lives of children.
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