Trial Notebook


Court OKs divvying up ADA work claim

Brigid Ford’s principal argument on appeal to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from partial summary judgment and a jury verdict in her hostile-work environment case under the Americans with Disabilities Act against the sheriff’s office in Marion County, Ind., was that the district judge erred by divvying up her ADA claim into two episodes.

Lawyers' Forum


Home ownership, dividing asset can be difficult during divorce

After handling numerous short sales and loan modifications over the past 12 years, I have come to the conclusion that none is as trying as those between divorcing parties.

Federal Courts


$30M FTCA med-mal award put on hold over comparative fault

Today’s case looks at whether the judge in a bench trial in a Federal Tort Claims Act medical-malpractice action properly determined the plaintiff’s own comparative negligence or whether a remand was necessary in order to do so.

Cotter’s Corner


Roberts’ role during impeachment is source of curiosity

Last week, we took a look back at the Warren Court and the large influence that it had on a variety of areas. The week before, we looked back on the prior decade. We return to the present day with a variety of historical events and a number of continuing discussions about the court.

Commercial Litigation


Out-of-state LLC bid to void foreclosure judgment is rejected

A New Mexico LLC’s attempt to collaterally attack a mortgage foreclosure judgment five years after its entry fell flat when it was rejected by the 1st District Appellate Court.

Lawyers’ Forum


How counsel can cross-examine expert with other medical records

There are two ways to get prior treating opinions into evidence at trial. But did you know there’s a third way?

Opening Statement


Broadway-bound ‘Lehman Trilogy’ a sharp retelling of financial history

Recently, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to see a film presentation on the Northwestern University campus of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s live production of “The Lehman Trilogy” which is scheduled to open for a limited engagement on Broadway March 7 at the James M. Nederlander Theatre in New York City.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Top 10 sports marketing developments in the last decade

As the year 2020 ushers in a new decade, it’s evident that the past decade has seen numerous game-changing developments in sports and sports marketing, including unprecedented evolution in communication, technology and analytics to promote athletes, teams, leagues and brands.

Opening Statement


Brazen ‘Dance Nation’ doesn’t find the rhythm at Steppenwolf

American theater, television and film audiences have held great and somewhat salacious interest in watching high school girls compete for athletic championships, academic or talent scholarships and the attention of the best-looking schoolmate.

Lex Sportiva


Ex-NFL players’ health-care scheme indictment a warning to all

On Dec. 6, the Department of Justice filed charges against 10 former NFL players alleging they operated or assisted in a fraudulent scheme that resulted in defrauding $3.9 million from the NFL’s health-care benefit program for retired NFL players. If the alleged scheme articulated in the indictments is found to be true, it is likely those involved will face prison time.

Opening Statement


Theater productions that have ‘three criteria’ in harmony

If there is anything I have learned from writing this column for the past 30 years, it’s that there are at least three basic criteria by which one can judge the merits of a production of a play or musical.

Opening Statement


‘Light in the Piazza’ revival at Lyric Opera House shines bright

“The Light in the Piazza,” the winner of six Tony Awards, has returned in a blaze of glory and talent to Chicago at the Lyric Opera House. The show runs through Dec. 29 under the auspices of the Scenario Two production company.
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