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In a written opinion this week, a Chicago federal judge dismissed a proposed class-action suit alleging McDonald’s restaurants’ refusal to serve pedestrian customers through its drive-thru windows violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. AP Photo/Richard Drew, File

No standing to challenge McDonald’s drive-thrus

A disgruntled customer has no standing to challenge a restaurant chain’s policy of barring pedestrians from using its drive-thru windows, a federal judge held.
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Hat in hand, Lincoln library asks for funds

SPRINGFIELD — Leaders of the state-run Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum testified before the Illinois House Tourism Committee Tuesday, asking for help paying off millions of dollars in debt used to purchase artifacts.

Law School Notes

Loyola law school team earn Tang competition trophy

For the second year in a row, a two-person team from Loyola University Chicago School of Law won the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition national championship.

Jury awards injured truck driver $1.6M

A Cook County jury awarded $1.6 million to a truck driver who sustained neck, knee and finger injuries after he was struck by a 470-pound bundle of steel pipes.

New committee will advise on state’s juvenile courts

A new Supreme Court committee tasked with making recommendations on matters affecting juvenile law and juvenile courts will take over the responsibilities of the Illinois Judicial Conference Committee on Juvenile Justice.

News outlet’s suit against Brown over e-filing access dismissed

A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected the lawsuit a news outlet brought against Cook County Court Clerk Dorothy A. Brown, finding Courthouse News Service’s press-access claims are best pursued at the state court level.

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Trial Notebook

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Insurer loses in bid to toss out affidavit

Spotting problems in the affidavit Beatrice Ebijimi’s attorney submitted when responding to Safeway Insurance Co.’s request for summary judgment in a fight about uninsured motorist benefits, a Cook County judge tossed the entire declaration and granted Safeway’s motion — but the Illinois Appellate Court reversed.

Workplace Issues

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Disability due to pain is difficult to prove

Proving an entitlement to disability benefits on account of pain can be challenging as a recent federal court ruling from Massachusetts recognized.

Discourse on Divorce

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Changing law changes lives

In this column, I want to reflect on how the law has changed the world, and in particular, family law in Illinois.

Opening Statement

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Looking ahead to the CBA’s Bar Show

Long before The Capitol Steps, “Saturday Night Live,” Second City, and all the late-night comedy shows, there was a group of clever Chicago lawyers who, since 1923, used parodies of popular songs, witty dialogue and burlesque humor to lampoon and skewer national and local politicians and celebrities in a production called “Christmas Spirits.”

Opening Statement

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Janet Ulrich Brooks wows as Maria Callas in ‘Master Class’

In the past year, I have seen the remarkable Chicago actress Janet Ulrich Brooks in two distinctive TimeLine Theatre productions, each performance as different from the other as night and day.

Non-Billable Hours

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New book on Frederick Douglass looks promising

Billed by its publisher as the “definitive, dramatic biography of the most important African-American of the 19th century,” the book is one that everyone should read to understand the life of a truly great American.

Lex Sportiva

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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.

Social Scene

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Schmetterer gets Rovner award from Jewish judges

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jack B. Schmetterer received the Ilana Diamond Rovner Lifetime Achievement Award from U.S. District Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner on Nov. 8 at the Jewish Judges Association of Illinois’ 16th annual award and installation dinner at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Photo provided by the Jewish Judges Association
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Behind the scenes on ‘RBG’

Polsinelli LLP Office Managing Partner Mary Clare Bonaccorsi delivers remarks before a showing of “RBG,” a documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Monday night event, co-hosted by Polsinelli with the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and Loyola University Chicago School of Law, featured a discussion after the film with its director, Julie Cohen. Marc Karlinsky
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Steptoe partner honored for pro bono housing work

Steptoe & Johnson LLP partner Anthony G. Hopp received the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing’s 2018 Pro Bono Advocate Award earlier this month at the committee’s annual benefit at DLA Piper’s office. Hopp earned the award for his work helping a mother and son relocate from a lead-tainted apartment and sue the landlord for damages. He’s pictured with that client, Kimberly Jackson, as he received the award on Nov. 1. Photo provided by Steptoe & Johnson LLP/Gopho Collective
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BatesCarey’s inaugual ‘Tea Talk’

Female attorneys at BatesCarey LLP hosted their inaugural Tea Talk: Women Empowering Women event Nov. 1 at Swift & Sons, focusing on trends in insurance coverage. BatesCarey special counsel Elise D. Allen, one of the event hosts, moderated a discussion on success in the workplace. She’s pictured on the left, joined by fellow hosts Kristi S. Nolley (center) and Agelo L. Reppas, both BatesCarey partners. Photo provided by BatesCarey LLP

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