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Contaminated water claim filed too late
The 1st District Appellate Court has ruled the statute of limitations prevents a far south suburb’s residents from suing a company that contaminated their drinking water to cover costs for any future medical monitoring.
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Prosecution fears may pinch defense lawyers
Sometimes, all it takes to intimidate members of the bar is an indictment against one of their colleagues, Martin Pinales of Pinales, Stachler in Cincinnati said Monday.
Attorney suspended for sexual misconduct
The Illinois Supreme Court has suspended the license of a Highland Park attorney accused of sexually harassing female employees and other misconduct ahead of making a final decision regarding his discipline.
Jury awards man $15.2M after disfiguring foot injury
A Cook County jury has awarded $15.2 million to a man whose foot was run over and degloved by a forklift during a Chicago trade show.
Unusual courtroom antics miff Posner
Saying “you live in a dream world,” a federal judge today revoked the bond of a so-called sovereign citizen who insists the courts have no authority over the “undead.”
Panel negates trial error pleas, affirms $8M verdict
A Cook County judge may have made some errors during a widower’s wrongful-death trial, but none were serious enough to reverse a $8 million jury verdict.
Law School Notes
Cordes starts his year atop NIU Law as interim dean
In his 32 years at Northern Illinois University College of Law, Mark W. Cordes has seen the school from all angles but one: dean. Scratch that off the list.
In the News
Passen Law Group partner Matthew A. Passen spent three weeks in Wyoming attending the Trial Lawyers College, an invitation-only program dedicated to training and educating lawyers committed to representing and obtaining justice for individuals.
Judge sides with anti-abortion group on birth control provision
Sex registry questioned after teen conviction
Juries can issue youth sentences in certain cases
EPA: Clean water rule in effect despite ruling
What does it take to last 30 years as a successful law firm?
There are many ways for a lawyer to land clients. But when today's client was yesterday's opponent that says something about the respect a firm has within the greater legal community.
Novack and Macey, LLP
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Criminal law — anticipatory warrants, requirements
Sentencing — plea agreement, effective date
Qualified immunity — unreasonable police search
Fee arrangements structured to fit client’s needs
Stephanie A. Genuardi was seeking an innovative solution as she faced a career crossroads last year. Soon, she realized the answer was at the tip of her keyboard in this day and age of easy remote access.
Inside Out Legal, LLC
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2015 Awards and Nominations
Limits noted in stipulated bench trial
Sentenced to 13 years in prison after his fifth conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol, Jackie V. Harris presented what the Illinois Appellate Court called “a rather novel argument regarding what constitutes evidence from stipulated testimony in what appears to be a stipulated bench trial.”
Judge’s ruling offers insights on tests for class certification under Rule 23
In today’s case, U.S. District Judge Manish S. Shah offers some valuable insights and case references on the tests to determine whether class certification is warranted.
The world cleansing of product names
In a classic comedy skit from the first season of “Saturday Night Live” in 1975, Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor portrayed a potential employer and job seeker in what can only been described as the job interview from hell.
E-Discovery and Technology
‘Self-selection’ of electronic documents by clients: A cautionary tale
A recent opinion in a case against Ford Motor Co. over unintentional vehicle acceleration demonstrates why it is often inadvisable to let data custodians collect their own electronic documents for discovery in litigation.
Reducing recovery in ‘lost chance of recovery’ cases
In medical-malpractice cases involving solely iatrogenic loss (e.g., harm of or relating to medical treatment), the plaintiff bears the burden of proof in establishing that medical negligence was more probably the cause than not the cause of his or her ultimate injury. When an iatrogenic cause combines with an innocent cause, such as an underlying medical condition of the patient, the plaintiffs often pursue a cause of action under the “loss of chance” doctrine and its arguably relaxed burden of proof.
Death threats against actress prompt unique copyright claim
Can every player in or contributor to a movie make “Swiss cheese” out of the copyright status of that motion picture by owning a copyright to his or her performance or contribution?
Fat endorsement contracts carry big stick for those being bad
The recent downfall of Jared Fogle, the Subway dieter that became the face of the brand, brings to mind an issue common to both sports and entertainment law — morals clauses.
Peterson fights on despite return to team
MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson was reinstated by the NFL in April. He rejoined the Minnesota Vikings in June. He even got a new contract in July with the guaranteed money he was seeking.
The Laws of Fitness
Not too late to prep for Race Judicata
Race Judicata, a 5K in Grant Park, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 10. A field of 3,400 participated last year. Are you ready?
Back to school and back to basics
Although I fully retired from the practice of law a few months ago, as we approach September I again feel — as I do every year — the “back-to-school” excitement of my youth. New teacher! New clothes! (Well, at least a new uniform!) New school supplies!
Goodyear retires blimps, inflates new craft
LOS ANGELES — The fabled Goodyear Blimp is retiring.
A refreshing watermelon agua fresca
When it gets hot, quench your thirst with a watermelon beverage.
The Final Draught
IPA 101: Class is now in session
India pale ale — IPA for short — is the beer style where many drinkers began their path toward beer geekdom. Even the diviest of dive bars in Chicago is likely to offer Lagunitas IPA or Revolution Anti-Hero IPA these days.
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