Trial Notebook


Judge limits exception to WARN Act

Act I in litigation about a $4 million legal malpractice claim was a battle in bankruptcy court about an unwritten exception to the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act for firings by a “liquidating fiduciary.”

Lawyers' Forum

1st District refuses to sanction ‘side letter’ pension spike

The 1st District Appellate Court recently considered a dispute between the city of Countryside, its police pension board and several city pensioners. The court’s opinion clarifies how certain preretirement salary increases should be factored into pension calculations for municipal police and firefighters.

Collaborative Concepts


Getting through holidays and a divorce

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and the holiday season is in full swing. Spending the holidays with loved ones during divorce provides much needed comfort. The people surrounding you are on “your side.”

Workplace Issues


Third Circuit works through occupation-specific disability definition

In Part 1 of this column, we discussed a disability income insurance claim filed by Dr. Kevin McCann and the ruling issued by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, focusing on the ERISA aspects of the case. In Part 2, we turn to the merits of the dispute.

Lawyers' Forum

Father, son trade views on being a lawyer

Working with family can be fraught; people constantly tell us they could never do it. But there’s a long tradition of family law firms and, in particular, of fathers bringing their sons (and now daughters) into their practices.

Workplace Issues


Scope of ERISA and occupation-specific disability

A new ruling from the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals raises a number of interesting issues regarding the limits of coverage under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act as well as how occupation-specific disability is analyzed.

Beyond the Playing Field


Youngest Ball could bridge gap between pros, college

LaMelo Ball, youngest son of LaVar Ball and brother of Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, might be coming to a high school gym or college arena near you. The much-traveled youngest Ball brother recently announced his desire to play college basketball and enrolled at an Ohio high school.

Sports Marketing Playbook


For Nike, Kaepernick worth the risk

Taking on controversial issues as part of a marketing campaign is a bold move that possibly only the biggest and most established sports brands can pull off successfully.

Lex Sportiva


New NBA plan could be path away from backdoor deals

The battle between maintaining a college athlete’s amateur status and paying them for profits the university makes off their labor has continued to surge as colleges consistently see increased profits from their athletic departments, while the athletes remain unpaid.

Opening Statement


Going from the mysterious to the ridiculous

The English have certainly had their share of long-playing ‘”whodunits” on its legendary West End where Agatha Christie’s classic, “The Mousetrap” has run continuously since 1952. Their list of authors of mysteries, ghost and horror stories also include the likes of Dorothy Sayers, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Mary Shelley.

Non-Billable Hours


Ins and outs on being a quarterback in pro football

John Feinstein's new book gives the inside scoop of five top NFL quarterbacks.

Opening Statement


A South Side Jewish ode to Christmas theater

Among my earliest and fondest memories of Christmas is listening with my friends to the radio broadcast of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” starring Lionel Barrymore as Ebenezer Scrooge.
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