Trial Notebook


Defendant won’t get to see other settlements over credit reports

The late Daniel Hoerchler’s credit history wound up in financial reports on his brother David Hoerchler. Chase Bank rejected David’s application for a mortgage loan because of this mix-up. David sued four credit reporting agencies (Equifax Information Services, Experian Information Solutions, TransUnion and CoreLogic Credco), alleging they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act. All but Equifax settled, and during discovery it asked Magistrate Judge Heather K. McShain to order David to hand over copies of the settlement agreements.

Balancing Life and the Law

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Our ‘get to’ career: Helping clients seek, win justice is what it’s about

Michael Johnson, the son of TNT Sportscaster Ernie Johnson, died at 33 years old. Michael was adopted from Romania in 1991 and had muscular dystrophy. Did I know Michael? No. Do I know Ernie? No.

Racial Justice

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Book chronicles justice system’s disparate treatment of Black and white juveniles

At the start of Professor Kristin Henning’s new book, “The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth” (Pantheon 2021), she shares the story of a former client she calls Eric, which is not his real name.

For the Defense

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New batch of PLA grants and denials by the Illinois Supreme Court

Last Wednesday the Illinois Supreme Court ruled on hundreds of petitions for leave to appeal and granted 14, only a handful of which will be of interest to civil litigators, but as always the broader implications of the cases taken and those not taken are important.

Employment Law

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Blackhawks’ response to abuse claim shows need for better crisis strategy

A sexual assault scandal has rocked the Chicago Blackhawks, one of the NHL’s Original Six. Kyle Beach, a former Blackhawks player, alleges that he was sexually assaulted by a team video coach during the 2010 Stanley Cup playoff run.

Realty Check

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Paying real estate tax obligations when there is no escrow to cover the costs

When a residential property is free of liens, there is no longer a lender to assure that an escrow is in place to pay real estate taxes and insurance. If you are dealing with clients who may have paid off their mortgages and home equity lines of credit, you may want to check to make sure that your clients are paying their real estate taxes and maintaining insurance.

Opening Statement


Fan favorite ‘Love, Actually’ tickles as on-stage farce

“Love, Actually” is a 2003 romantic comedy about the ups and downs of eight different but interrelated couples in London.

Opening Statement


Pre-Broadway ‘Paradise Square,’ now in Chicago, needs shaping

Chicago has played host to many pre-Broadway theater openings and become the launching pad for a number of Broadway’s biggest hits.

Opening Statement


‘Remember This’ takes stage as antidote to historical lies

Today “the big lie” often refers to the former president’s refusal to accept the results of the last presidential election. Remember he also charged that the failure of his reality TV show to win an Emmy was only because balloting was supposedly rigged.

Opening Statement


Butler shines in ‘Fannie’ at Goodman’s Owen Theater

Ever since that day more than 400 years ago when they first arrived in America aboard slave ships from Africa, Black Americans have been the most maligned and oppressed of any group in this country.

Sports Marketing Playbook

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College athletes sprint to cash in on name, image, likeness ventures

University of Miami Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King is showing what’s possible now that the National Collegiate Athletic Association has lifted its ban on college athletes making money off their own names and images.

Opening Statement


Meet the Beatles, ‘As You Like It’ style

“The times they are a-changin’,” are the iconic, predictive words taken from singer-songwriter, Bob Dylan’s famous song written in 1964 in response to the civil rights movement and protests of our involvement in the Vietnam War.
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