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Suit against collection agency nixed
Car owners who received letters from a collection agency, demanding they pay parking fees they say they do not owe, lack a case under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, a federal judge has ruled.
WBAI Holiday Market Social
LAP hosts annual dinner
The Law Project hosts benefit
Hellenic Bar Association ball
JMLS assembles 1970 delegates
Jewish judges host annual dinner
Mayer, Brown pro bono team aids wounded vets
A group of Mayer, Brown LLP lawyers has helped severely wounded U.S. military veterans gain access to custom-built homes that make living with their conditions easier.
— Today's free read
37 firms net perfect score on LGBT equality index
For William M. Libit, an affinity group for LGBT employees at his law firm allows him to meet attorneys and staff and find ways to help them grow professionally.
Whistleblowing continues to rise
The phones just won’t stop ringing at the Securities and Exchange Commission. The financial regulator’s Office of the Whistleblower logged more growth in its fourth year, bringing in 12 percent more tips — 3,620 — this fiscal year than last, according to an annual report issued last week.
Supreme Court won’t tackle Bears tax case
SPRINGFIELD — The state’s top court today deflected the Chicago Bears’ attempt to avoid a $4.1 million tax bill it owes to Cook County.
What does it take to last 30 years as a successful law firm?
There are many ways for a lawyer to land clients. But when today's client was yesterday's opponent that says something about the respect a firm has within the greater legal community.
Novack and Macey, LLP
Appeals lawyer set for Round 2 in pension fight
You would be hard-pressed to find someone who takes more pride in being an appellate lawyer than Aaron B. Maduff. The 44-year-old partner at Maduff & Maduff LLC said he relishes the role, joking that the “real glory” happens on appeal even though trial lawyers oftentimes get the spotlight.
— Today's free read
In the News
Sidley, Austin LLP added Bruce R. Braun as a partner in its global litigation and accountants/professional services liability practices.
Dogs still left in the fight
Response to Cosby allegations reveals shifting attitudes
For immigrants, chances tied to state’s policies
Obama’s immigration directives comes after bumpy road to goal
On Black Friday, gun-buying puts strain on system
Fee arrangements structured to fit client’s needs
Stephanie A. Genuardi was seeking an innovative solution as she faced a career crossroads last year. Soon, she realized the answer was at the tip of her keyboard in this day and age of easy remote access.
Inside Out Legal, LLC
Illinois Parentage Act — requiring DNA testing
First Amendment — retaliation, public concern
Fourth Amendment — community caretaking limits
Civil procedure — mootness, public interest rule
Hundreds of people could share in a settlement of a class-action lawsuit filed after they were jailed more than 48 hours without probable cause. But many other lawsuits are still working their way through Indiana courts. Lawsuits have been filed in at least five counties alleging violations of Fourth Amendment rights. A lawsuit involving a LaGrange County man and woman arrested in 2008 near a meth lab is expected to be the first to be settled. Lawsuits also are pending in Whitley, Allen, Clark and St. Joseph County.
—From The Associated Press
AP Breaking News
Question on venue deals with intent
Section 3-104 of the Administrative Review Law specified the counties where Mary Slepicka was permitted to seek judicial review of a final order from the Illinois Department of Public Health in a billing dispute with Holy Family Villa, a Palos Park nursing home, under the Nursing Home Care Act.
For companies, perils abound when soliciting information at point of sale
Of all of the numbers that are part of your daily personal life, which are important enough to keep private? Your Social Security number? Definitely. Your date of birth? Maybe — depending on how cautious (and how old) you are. But what about your ZIP code?
‘Laffidavits’ make cruel joke of system
Illinois Supreme Court Rule 114, which took effect May 1, 2013, requires mortgage lenders to “comply with the requirements of any loss mitigation program which applies to the subject mortgage loan” prior to moving for a judgment of foreclosure.
A toast to the 21st amendment and the demise of the 18th
In the history of the U.S. Constitution, only one amendment has been ratified and become part of the Constitution and then removed by another amendment.
This Day In Legal History
See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
Faulty work not an ‘occurrence’ under commercial liability policy
Today’s 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals case answers two questions which frequently arise under a commercial general liability policy: Is faulty workmanship resulting in suit an “occurrence”? And, when does the “products-completed operations” exclusion bar coverage?
Employment releases and disability
Employees who are unable to continue working due to medical issues often accept severance payments in exchange for releasing their employers from liability. However, by doing so, acceptance of a severance payment in exchange for a release may preclude a subsequent claim seeking disability benefits.
Peterson’s appeal set for Dec. 2, but without Goodell
MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson’s hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be held on Dec. 2. And it will not be in front of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The Power of Lifting
What to do when your body gives a stop signal
As we get older, we notice minor aches and pains. It’s all a part of aging.
Nike nixes ‘No. 3’ shoe after Iverson protest
PHILADELPHIA — Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA superstar questioned whether the company could use his old number and team colors while he’s endorsed by rival Reebok.
Box it up: A gift guide for music lovers
Need a holiday gift for a music lover? New box sets abound this season.
Cumberbatch shines as wartime codebreaker
Ready for Oscar-worthy performances by British actors playing mathematical geniuses facing daunting personal odds?
On the Job
Eyeing a career move? Failure is an option
With Thanksgiving approaching, this is a great time to step back and reflect. It’s also a good time to address a question many attorneys regularly ask me: Whether it’s possible (and how) to transition their practices from one area to another.
Mix up a batch of chocolate banana oatmeal
Get into the "refrigerator oatmeal" trend with this recipe from Amy Aebersold.
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