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    The Federal Tort Claims Act, which provides a partial waiver of sovereign immunity, includes an exception that preserves the federal government’s insulation from lawsuits that are based on “the detention of any goods, merchandise or other property by any … law enforcement officer.”
  • Lawyers' Forum

    On the night of July 24, before a crowd of 300 at New Landmark Missionary Baptist Church on the West Side, Chief Cook County Circuit Judge Timothy C. Evans announced that he would release a plan to reform bond court and the pretrial services department by the end of October.
  • Hollywood Law

    For better or worse, family law stands at the intersection of law and psychology, particularly when children are involved.
  • Better Practice

    The standard of review is perhaps the most important component of appellate law. Under the highly deferential “abuse of discretion” standard, a reviewing court will reverse the trial court’s judgment only if no reasonable person would have taken the view adopted by the trial court.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    Crowdfunding dates back to the late 1800s, with one of the most notable displays occurring in 1885 when 160,000 donors raised $101,000 to purchase the granite base on which the Statue of Liberty stands.
  • This Day in Legal History

    See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
  • Federal Courts

    Prospective jurors come to jury selection with a number of preconceived notions of the law. To assess those views, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals offers a two-part voir dire test.
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  • Agent of Change

    Dear NCAA, How are you, my old friend? Judging by all of the lawsuits and negative stories I come across on a seemingly weekly basis, I’d say you’re not doing so hot.
  • MIAMI — Among the standouts at Games 1 and 2 (and Games 3 to 5) of the World Series was a Miami Marlins fan in the front row behind home plate.
  • Beyond the Playing Field

    In September, the Boston City Council approved a groundbreaking, and potentially controversial, ordinance directly aimed at student-athlete welfare in NCAA athletics.
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  • The Final Draught

    You may not be familiar with the term “culinary brewing,” but if you’re a craft beer consumer, you’re feeling its influence. The idea is a simple one: Bring a chef’s mindset to brewing. In practice, this usually means using unique ingredients or working with flavor combinations that aren’t traditionally found in beer.
  • Recipes

    Bake up a slice of the cornucopia of autumn's bounty with this recipe from Amy Aebersold.
  • Q&A

    NEW YORK — Imagine if Bob Woodward’s clandestine meetings in a Washington, D.C., parking garage with Deep Throat had been documented — or, better yet, filmed by Woodward, himself.
  • NORCO, Calif. — Christopher Bisbano leaps onto the stage and his body transforms. He cries out for his true love, then contorts his face into a droopy pout as the audience bellows with laughter. Bisbano, 47, is one of the most talented actors on this stage, with years of experience — but he is also a convicted felon.
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