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High court will take up ‘judge shopping’
Illinois state law says that litigants — “as a matter of right” — have the ability to substitute the judge assigned to their case without cause.
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‘Building Momentum for Everyday Justice’
Flavors of Chicago
DuPage Justinians dinner
WBAI’s Rise up and Reach Back
Magna Carta at 800
DuPage Bar Law Day luncheon
Attorney indicted on tax-evasion charges
A Chicago lawyer has been charged with evading nearly $780,000 in income tax payments over the course of two decades.
Lawyers Lend-A-Hand celebrates 20th year
A group that provides mentors to poor students will honor a husband-and-wife lawyer duo for their commitment to its mission at a dinner Thursday night.
Incoming DCBA leader set to help young lawyers of all ages
James J. Laraia will have to wait 11 months for what he thinks will be one of the most enjoyable events of his upcoming DuPage County Bar Association presidency. He’s got other goals in the meantime.
Rauner’s workers’ comp change rebuffed by Senate
SPRINGFIELD — Workers’ compensation changes central to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “turnaround agenda” were turned away Wednesday by Senate Democrats.
Lawyers prevail in international award battle
Collecting money from a debtor that doesn’t want to pay up is not easy. It’s even more difficult when the debtor is an entity owned by the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Why cooler heads prevail when legal disputes heat up
Legal disputes can be expensive, time-consuming, tense and most of all, unpredictable. That is why having seasoned – but dispassionate – observers providing analysis can save lawyers and clients a lot of time, money and consternation.
DuPage court dedicates call for pro se cases
It was a Tuesday morning in Wheaton at the DuPage County Circuit Court, and Associate Judge Elizabeth Walter Sexton was two months into leading the county’s pro se courtroom launched in March in the Domestic Relations Division. All but two of the litigants in her courtroom had already left. One divorced couple was in the parking garage dividing property.
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Meyer Law Group LLC added Stephanie L. Stewart as a partner.
Former speaker Dennis Hastert indicted
Comedian settles Wal-Mart lawsuit over deadly crash
Abortion ban based on heartbeat rejected by federal appeals court
World Cup votes probed following FIFA raid, arrests
Who to turn to when you're $70 million in the hole
Facing dire finances, Wayne County, Mich., officials sought the advice of O’Keefe, a financial consulting firm, and taxpayers already are seeing millions in savings.
Criminal procedure — cooperation agreements
Criminal procedure — prosecutor witness vouching
Sentencing — coordinating federal, state terms
Employment law — knowing of opportunity to work
An insurance company has agreed to pay $300,000 to settle a lawsuit over the death of an 85-year-old man who may have been scared to death before his car slammed into a tractor-trailer in suburban Detroit. The settlement ends a dispute over the opinion of Dr. Werner Spitz, who said Abdulla Kassem’s heart attack could have been caused by a “fear of impending doom,” just before the 2008 crash in Dearborn. There was no autopsy. Kassem’s family sued the trucking company, Efficient Hauling Services, saying the truck’s rear lights weren’t visible.
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Privacy case betters press freedom bid
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
Demonstrating basis of conclusions from expert witnesses’ testimony is of capital importance
While not quite reaching the death and taxes level of certainty, some issues brought to the appellate court still produce highly predictable outcomes.
Workplace injuries and Restatement’s section 411
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.
U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on trademark law and procedure
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.
Don’t market your firm as a do-it-all
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.
Ordinary heroes rise from everyday cases
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.
Cleveland’s ‘jock tax’ a mistake by the lake
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.
Build those muscles back up after injury, illness
If you have been sick or injured and have lost lean body mass, you can work to rebuild your muscle.
Bears release McDonald after latest incident
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.
Avenging the fallen heroine of the toy aisle
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.
New Mexico legal journal breaks down the ipso facto behind ‘Breaking Bad’
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
Chicago’s brew review coming right at you
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.
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