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  • Trial Notebook

    Ronald W. Nothdurft and Nancy A. Natterman-Nothdurft had $8,000 in a credit union account — from a state of Illinois pension and Social Security payments — when they petitioned for bankruptcy under Chapter 7.
  • Federal Courts

    Today’s 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals opinion arises from a concrete building products manufacturer’s petition for review of an Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission’s order citing the manufacturer for one “willful” violation and three “serious” violations of OSHA regulations and imposing a total penalty of $70,000.
  • Insurance Matters

    The 4th District Appellate Court recently agreed with the 2nd District — and rejected with two federal decisions — in holding that the insurer on the risk at the time of arrest and prosecution, rather than at the time of exoneration, is the insurer that provides coverage for the tort of malicious prosecution.
  • Policyholder Perspective

    A recent decision by U.S. District Judge Manish S. Shah illustrates how a fire insurance policy’s neglect exclusion is inapplicable to pre-loss neglect. Chicago Import Inc. v. American States Insurance Co., No. 09 CV 2885, 2015 WL 2193138 (N.D. Ill. May 8, 2015).
  • E-Discovery and Technology

    In 2009, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Discovery Pilot Program Committee formed with the goal of developing and improving pre-trial procedures to reduce the cost and burden of electronic discovery.
  • Cogan’s Corner

    If you’re like me, you see the Internet as a vast, perplexing frontier taking on an ethereal quality — understanding seemingly within reach until it’s wrested from my grip by the latest technological ingenuity.
    Sporting Judgment
  • Lex Sportiva

    Chicago sports fans are well aware of the complaints that Bears players and opponents have made over the years about the grass conditions at Soldier Field, responsibility for which is some split between the owners of the field (the Chicago Park District) and its tenant (the Chicago Bears). Often complaints come from wide receivers losing their footing on routes from former Bears receiver Rashied Davis (“It’s a horrible, horrible surface”) to current Dolphin and former Packer Greg Jennings (“probably worst in the league”) due to the uneven grass surface.
  • The Power of Lifting

  • GENEVA — Plunged into crisis by a second FIFA bribery scandal in four years, the CONCACAF soccer body wants to pass sweeping new leadership rules to help rebuild.
  • Non-Billable Hours
  • Practice in the City

    I know I have written a lot over the past few years about the concept of mindfulness. On the surface, it may not appeal to some lawyers.
  • NEW YORK — Independent record label founder Allen Kovac had planned to remove the music by his artists from iTunes a week ahead of the launch of Apple Music.
  • Non-Billable Hours

  • Literary Argument

    With Cook County Associate Judge Thomas More Donnelly, I serve as co-chair of the Literature and Law Committee of the Illinois Judges Association. Retired judge Stuart H. Shiffman from Sangamon County serves on this committee as well. Judge Shiffman reported that a certain novel published in 1964 was among his favorites.
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