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  • Trial Notebook

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    Arguing that aggravating circumstances trumped the 2-inch standard that is sometimes applied to tripping hazards as a defense under the de minimis rule, Hollace Bartkowiak objected to the city of Aurora’s request for a special interrogatory on the height differential of a depression that allegedly caused her nasty fall during what she described as the “total madhouse” of evening rush hour in the parking lot at the Route 59 Metra train station.
  • Cotter’s Corner

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    To date, President Donald Trump has been on an expedited pace, with the cooperation of Republicans in the Senate, to get his federal judiciary nominees confirmed. One Supreme Court justice, 21 circuit court judges and 20 district court judges have been confirmed.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    Judge William M. Madden was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to fill a circuit judge vacancy on Dec. 5, 1994, after serving 29 years in the Illinois Supreme Court’s Administrative Office.
  • Commercial Litigation

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    Decrying the defendants’ use of “suspect marketing gimmicks” that generate “confusion in the marketplace,” the class-action plaintiffs’ allegations in Patel v. Zillow Inc. didn’t go far enough to survive a motion to dismiss pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Rule 12(b)(6).
  • Cotter’s Corner

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    Each year, the United States celebrates Flag Day on June 14 — in this case today. The day commemorates the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as our national flag. In 1943, on Flag Day, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion addressing students being forced to salute the flag.
  • Mediation Circus

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    Most of us start a case at the beginning and work forward. My friend Seth Lamden works backward.
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