Trial Notebook


Bid to extend implied warranty of habitability nixed

Trying to persuade the Illinois Supreme Court to extend the implied warranty of habitability beyond the remedy’s original target (developer-vendors of newly constructed residences) to subcontractors, the Sienna Court Condo Association relied on analogies to a tort that doesn’t require contractual privity between plaintiffs and defendants: personal-injury claims against product manufacturers based on strict liability.

Lawyers' Forum

Expanding frontier of 'surf-by' web accessibility lawsuits

Every public accommodation serving customers should ask itself this question: Is my business accessible to customers with disabilities in compliance with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Workplace Issues


Court OKs disability claim by attorney with chronic pain

A recent Utah federal court ruling involving an attorney claiming disability due to chronic pain raised a number of interesting issues.

Lawyers' Forum


Despite gambling concerns, pro sports go for the money

With the May 2018 Supreme Court decision declaring the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act unconstitutional, effectively lifting a bar on sports gambling nationwide, professional sports leagues have begun partnering with casinos and sports books.

Federal Courts


$27M verdict reversed over jurisdiction hurdle

Today’s case is one of first impression from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which vacated verdicts totaling $27 million for four plaintiffs who sued for defamation and violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Cotter’s Corner


AG nominee’s pedigree reflects strong conservative roots

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee, under the chairmanship of Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., held hearings on the likely next attorney general, William Barr. This column explores whom Barr is and what we learned in the hearings.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Lawsuits over signature dances latest effort at athlete identity

A new twist in the ongoing debate over athletes’ right of publicity may be on the way. Lawsuits over the alleged theft of dance moves were filed in courts last month against the makers of popular video games, including the NBA 2K video game series.

Sporting Judgment


American soccer academies look to be treated as all others are

Soccer star DeAndre Yedlin has progressed to heights that few American players have ever reached. Now the case of whether his Seattle-area youth club will be compensated for its role in his development has become one of the most interesting, and potentially groundbreaking, stories in the business of American soccer and youth player development.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Fanatics teams with others as merchandising pioneer

This year alone, Fanatics has partnered with both traditional and emerging sports leagues, reaching agreements in the United States, Europe and Asia and has launched a groundbreaking sports merchandise deal with Ticketmaster.

Opening Statement


Second City’s latest revue full of funny faces that’ll go places

As I recently sat in the darkened space of The Second City’s Mainstage theater, I couldn’t help but wonder: Is this a strange coincidence or what?

Non-Billable Hours


‘On the Basis of Sex’ shows how a star is born

If Gloria Steinem is the Martin Luther King Jr. of the women’s movement, then Ruth Bader Ginsburg is its Thurgood Marshall.

The Laws of Fitness


How to stay physically fit during winter months

Avoiding the winter blues by partaking in some fun winter activities here in the Chicago area.
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