Trial Notebook


Bid to ship case to new court fails

Trying to avoid the one-year deadline for removing a case to federal court based on diversity of citizenship, James Toomsen and Michael Wiarda relied on the exception for cases where the plaintiff “acted in bad faith in order to prevent a defendant from removing the action.”

Law and Public Issues


Constitutional Convention began with enabling act

In 2019 and 2020, Illinois will be observing the semicentennial of the sixth Illinois Constitutional Convention and of its product, the 1970 Illinois Constitution. This is the first of three columns describing how the process of holding the convention and electing members of the convention came about.

Cotter’s Corner


Gorsuch book seems to say one thing, runs counter to reality

Supreme Court Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, with former law clerks, Jane Nitze and David Feder, has written a book, “A Republic, If You Can Keep It.” The title refers to a response from Ben Franklin to a question posited by citizens in Philadelphia following the creation of the U.S. Constitution.

Opening Statement


A silly one in ‘Something Rotten!’ and a serious one in ‘Great Leap’

You must admit that it takes chutzpah for a couple of new playwrights to title their first effort at a Broadway musical “Something Rotten!”

Non-Billable Hours


Oscar-worthy J. Lo steals the show in heist film ‘Hustlers’

“Hustlers” is a heist movie — fast-paced, beautifully photographed and performed by women at the top of their game.

Legal History


September 20

See if you know what happened on this day in Legal History with Karen Conti.

Sports Marketing Playbook


New social media marketing site spotlights lesser-known athletes

Athletes have been treated as bona fide celebrities for decades with marquee players achieving a similar level of fame as music and acting luminaries. Yet relatively few athletes hit this celebrity stratosphere and, in general, athletes tend to struggle more than other celebrities and influencers to build their own personal brands.

Lex Sportiva


California case may turn TV rights question on its collective ear

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the a U.S. District Court’s dismissal of an antitrust action brought against the NFL and DirecTV for its Sunday Ticket television package on Aug. 13.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Edgy sponsorship deals featuring outspoken athletes are trending

An increasing number of U.S. athletes and sponsors are teaming up to embrace hot-button social justice issues and actively court controversy, following the high-profile trail blazed by Nike and former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Opening Statement


Mercury’s medieval-mockery musical ‘Spamalot’ is one to see

As a midsized venue, Lakeview’s Mercury Theater has been quite successful in presenting musicals with complex and unusual special effects, costuming and characters.

Opening Statement


At Windy City Playhouse, an inadvisable ‘Recommendation’

Immersive theater, where a staged production interacts with the audience, is an age-old tradition.

Opening Statement


One of America’s most tragic days provides one special performance

Sept. 11, 2001, much like Dec. 7, 1941, is “a day that shall live in infamy.”
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