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  • Trial Notebook

    When five Chicago police officers accused Sun-Times Media of violating the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act by obtaining and publishing personal information that was protected by the DPPA, the uncharted constitutional territory for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was whether “an entity that acquires information by breaking the law enjoys a First Amendment right to disseminate that information.”
  • Through Glazed Eyes

    While not quite reaching the death and taxes level of certainty, some issues brought to the appellate court still produce highly predictable outcomes.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    A recent 1st District Appellate Court Rule 23 order brought to light an issue of first impression in Illinois as to whether an onsite employee of an independent contractor constitutes a “third person” under Section 411 of the Restatement (Second) of Torts and thus is entitled to advance negligent hiring claims against a general contractor or owner.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    The U.S. Supreme Court decided two trademark cases this year, which is a rare event. They both warrant review and consideration by brand owners in any field.
  • This Day in Legal History

    See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
  • Ask Snap-D

    Jack-of-all-trade lawyers who market to everyone lose focus — no question about it. The most effective marketing is done when you direct all your marketing efforts toward a target group.
  • Jeff’s Sidebar

    Today, we have a story submitted by Susan F. Zwick, who retired from the Cook County Circuit Court after 22 years on the bench, 20 of them in the Law Division. 
    Sporting Judgment
  • Time-out

    On April 30, the Ohio Supreme Court held that Cleveland’s specific method of imposing a “jock tax” violated due process. It also held that there was no violation of the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause in taxing visiting professional athletes but not taxing other visiting professionals.
  • Juris Endurance

    If you have been sick or injured and have lost lean body mass, you can work to rebuild your muscle.
  • SAN FRANCISCO — The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from an assault on a woman who was holding a baby.
  • Non-Billable Hours
  • Changing Tunes

    This is the age of the Avengers. And all of us, boys and girls, are just living in it. Yes, even before “Age of Ultron” opened in China on May 12 — where, if there’s any justice, it will pass “Transformers: Age of Extinction” as the all-time box office leader there — it was just shy of the $1 billion mark.
  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A University of New Mexico School of Law student journal has published a special issue analyzing legal issues related to the story line of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” — and what might have happened if the real-life legal system was imposed on the fictional characters.
  • The Final Draught

    How fast is Chicago’s beer scene growing these days? Well, just since the new year, we’ve seen four new breweries open their doors: Alarmist Brewing, Breakroom Brewery and Motor Row Brewing, with Blue Island Beer Co. opening up just south of the city limits.
  • On the Job

    Many attorneys come to me after they’ve landed their dream job, after the honeymoon ends. They now feel dissatisfied and unfulfilled.
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