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Echoing the admonition that lawyers who “wait until the last minute to comply with a deadline are playing with fire,” Spears v. City of Indianapolis, 74 F.3d 153 (7th Cir. 1996), U.S. District Judge Robert M. Dow Jr. rejected all of Draga Cairone’s arguments for a one-day extension (to June 6, 2017) of the two-year statute of limitations for her complaint against McHenry County College for allegedly depriving her of her due process rights and violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Our previous Daily Law Bulletin article on March 21 explored the teachings by the late U.S. district judge Milton I. Shadur about answering a complaint, with reference to his appendix in State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. v. Riley, 199 F.R.D. 276 (N.D. Ill. 2001).
Law and Public Issues
In November and December of 1817, the legislature of Illinois Territory set in motion the procedures to petition the U.S. Congress to admit the territory as a state. (See my column of Dec. 4, 2017, “200 years ago, Illinois took step to statehood”) The next step was delivering the petition, formally called a memorial, to Nathaniel Pope, the territorial delegate to Congress.
Can unpublished Illinois Appellate Court orders be cited to federal courts as authority in insurance coverage cases? Contrasting approaches to that question appear in federal district court decisions.
Rating a business’ performance — for instance, by assigning a letter grade or a number of stars — does not constitute an assertion of fact, even if the rating supposedly is based on an extensive body of factual information.
See if you know what happened on this day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
Sports, Business & the Law
The federal trial against Lance Armstrong is scheduled to begin in Washington, D.C., on May 7. The government is claiming Armstrong defrauded the U.S. Postal Service during its sponsorship of Armstrong’s professional cycling team.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. — Between raising two daughters and working as a dishwasher at Whole Foods, Lhakpa Sherpa just doesn’t have time for training to climb Mount Everest. Even so, she has done it a record eight times — and hopes to outdo herself yet again. — Free read
The Power of Lifting
Is there a knife in my hip’s future?
He started out initially portraying George Gershwin, which was then joined by Chopin, Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, Franz Liszt and Irving Berlin and now by “Our Great Tchaikovsky” as Chicago favorite Hershey Felder brings his latest self-created solo musical portrait of yet another legendary composer to Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre through May 15.
WASHINGTON — Susette Kelo’s Supreme Court case now has a Hollywood ending, just not the one she hoped for. — Free read
Dreaming of a spring getaway with white-sand beaches and a cool drink in your hand? What if you could book your trip today and pay for it later — without maxing out your credit cards? — Free read