• SPRINGFIELD — The state comptroller has long had an obscure role in Illinois government. But a group of legislators is arguing that without help from the courts, the comptroller could have unlimited power over them. — Free read
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    The Chicago Park District claimed absolute immunity under the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act when Kristina Perez tried to hold the district liable for the severe injuries she suffered — including the amputation of her right foot — because of a fireworks mishap during a pyrotechnics display that Thomas Lagowski and Krzysztoff Gros allegedly put on without a permit in West Lawn Park on July 4, 2013.
  • Cotter’s Corner

    In a prior column, I wrote about the novel, “Allegiance,” in which author Kermit “Kim” Roosevelt III explored through fiction the three famous cases challenging the internment of Japanese Americans — Hirabayashi v. U.S., Korematsu v. U.S. and Ex Parte Endo. Recently, the question of whether Korematsu remains good law and can provide the legal basis to establish a registry or other classification system for Muslims in the United States, has been raised as a possibility by President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.
  • Global IP

    The stunning evidence of voter anger against globalization with Brexit and the election of anti-free trader Donald Trump have roiled the international community. These events may be clear signals that a new trend toward economic protectionism is here. But withdrawal from free-trade areas including the Trans Pacific Partnership, at such a sensitive time in the development of international IP protection standards, could prove a Pyrrhic victory.
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  • Commercial Litigation

    Surely a multistory wind turbine that can be removed only by detonating several bombs at a cost topping a half million dollars qualifies as a lienable property improvement, does it not? Not if the turbine is a “trade fixture” that remains its manufacturer’s personal property.
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    “Manchester by the Sea” is a love story, a dark comedy and a requiem. Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan, the movie follows Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), who has moved from the fishing town where he was raised to the Boston suburb of Quincy (think Berwyn), where he works as a janitor and lives in the basement room of one of the apartment buildings he services.
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  • Commissioner Rob Manfred said baseball wants to study high-profile positions within the sports to see if certain qualifications predict success, a step that “has everything to do” with minority hiring. — Free read
  • Sports, Business & the Law

    Biathlon is one of the world’s most popular winter sports. Millions of people around the world tune into the races on television each winter weekend. No one in the United States does, however.
  • BOSTON — It resembles the symbol for infinity: a sideways “S” that Kara Goucher, Molly Huddle and other elite U.S. athletes suddenly are sporting on biceps, wrists and shins. The tattoos are temporary. But the campaign they represent is an all-out attempt to permanently purge competitive athletics of doping. — Free read
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  • Michael’s Supermarketing

    As we look back at 2016 and gear up for a new year, it’s smart to brush up on new trends in the legal industry. By new trends, I mean new technology, because the terms have become almost synonymous. What does it take to join the ranks of the new-school? There are six major trends to be aware of going into 2017.
  • MINNEAPOLIS — Prince’s estate is worth about $200 million, a new court filing suggests. It’s the first time a specific estimate has emerged publicly from court proceedings following Prince’s April overdose death. — Free read
  • Non-billable Hours

    ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,’ adapted from the novel by Ben Fountain, isn’t so much a satire as an earnest indictment of a complicit culture.
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