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Judge Robert Adrian presides over court on Aug. 26, 2020, in Adams County. – Jake Shane/Quincy Herald-Whig via AP

Adrian removed from bench over reversal of rape conviction

Adams County Judge Robert Adrian, who sparked outrage by reversing a man’s rape conviction involving a 16-year-old girl, has been removed from the bench after a judicial oversight body found he circumvented the law and engaged in misconduct.
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Judge Leonard Murray brings experience, perseverance to appellate race

Judge Leonard Murray said his experience doing “virtually every type of case” will prove advantageous if elected to the 1st District Appellate Court.
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Judge Celia Gamrath leans into appellate experience in 1st District race

Judge Celia G. Gamrath is confident that her prior appellate experience and current role in Cook County Circuit Court’s Chancery Division will prove a powerful framework if she’s elected to the 1st District Appellate Court.
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John Anderson aims for Will County representation on appellate court

Judge John C. Anderson said he will bring a broad understanding of legal issues in populous Will County to the 3rd District Appellate Court if elected.

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Justice Freddrenna M. Lyle reflects on time as alderman, Smollett appeal

Justice Freddrenna M. Lyle said being an alderman for the South Side’s 6th Ward was the hardest job she ever had, with her legal background serving as a “double-edged sword” in helping her community.

Order filed in ‘frustrating’ Cook County judicial ballot name case

A Cook County judicial candidate who changed her name amid a divorce was correctly removed from the 2024 ballot for failing to include her former surname on her nomination papers, a state appellate panel held.

Supreme Court hears cases on social media regulation

The Supreme Court wrestled Monday with state laws that could affect how Facebook, TikTok, X, YouTube and other social media platforms regulate content posted by their users. The cases are among several this term in which the justices could set standards for free speech in the digital age.

FTC sues to block $24.6B Kroger-Albertsons grocery merger

The Federal Trade Commission sued to block a proposed merger between grocery giants Kroger and Albertsons, saying the $24.6 billion deal would eliminate competition and lead to higher prices for millions of Americans.

Judge nixes suit over teacher’s firing for Facebook posts

A teacher who lost a challenge to school officials’ decision to fire her over an uproar she created with Facebook posts related to George Floyd’s murder is not entitled to a second bite at the apple, a federal judge ruled.

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Trial Notebook

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11th Circuit revives nanny’s claim for overtime pay

In a case about a nanny who didn’t receive overtime pay despite allegedly working 79 hours a week — with a 23-hour shift and four 14-hour overnight shifts — a district judge granted the parents’ request for summary judgment based on the Fair Labor Standards Act’s exemption for domestic employees who “reside” with their employer.

Cotter’s Corner

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Appeals court judge questions SCOTUS use of ‘traditionalism’

The U.S. Supreme Court has numerous traditions and practices it keeps. It also in recent terms has more and more relied on historical tradition to rule on important national matters. Recently, a federal judge criticized this approach.

For the Defense

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7th Circuit weighs Illinois law involving occupational disease

A panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Feb. 14 on an amendment to the Illinois Occupational Diseases Act that allows certain civil actions for workplace toxic substance exposure to proceed in civil court rather than workers’ compensation and that extends beyond the previous limitation period.

Policyholder Perspective

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How long is too long to wait under Illinois’ estoppel rule?

Illinois courts estop liability insurers that neither defend potentially covered actions nor timely seek a declaration of their obligations from disputing coverage.

Sports Marketing Playbook

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As NFL protects lucrative Super Bowl IP, some businesses retort

By now, everyone knows that brands pay big bucks to air commercials during the Super Bowl. This year, advertisers shelled out roughly $7 million for a 30-second spot, for an estimated total of $650 million, according to estimates by the Sports Business Journal.

Opening Statement

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‘Just for Us’ brings back golden age of standup comedy

Back in the day, standup comedians used to be a dominant force in Chicago. There was Shelley Berman, Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce and Woody Allen. By coincidence, they were all Jewish, as were many of their female counterparts such as Joan Rivers, Elaine May and Totie Fields.

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From ‘Richard III’ to ‘Champion,’ Chicago has something for everyone

I had the pleasure of seeing three excellent, but different, examples of performing arts over the past week.

Sports Marketing Playbook

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Soccer great Ronaldo latest star sued for role promoting crypto

In late 2022, soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo launched a partnership with cryptocurrency exchange platform Binance to promote the sale of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and other digital assets. A year later, Binance has pleaded guilty to willfully violating federal money laundering laws and agreed to pay more than $4.3 billion in penalties and forfeiture to settle the charges.

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Porchlight’s ‘Anything Goes’ makes the grade

Porchlight Music Theatre’s 90th anniversary production of composer Cole Porter’s 1934 Broadway musical comedy “Anything Goes” scores high marks under the brilliant direction of award-winning artistic director Michael Weber.

Social Scene

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BatesCarey hosts ‘Tea Talk’

BatesCarey LLP hosted its “Tea Talk: Women Empowering Women” event last week. Led by attorneys Abigail Rocap and Allyson Spacht, the firm invited clients across the insurance industry to hear keynote speaker Jodi Bondi Norgaard give a presentation titled “Women Leading the Way: On a Mission to Create Change.” Photo courtesy of BatesCarey
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Society of Trial Lawyers gives back

The Society of Trial Lawyers donated $5,000 to the 100 Club of Illinois at its annual gala Saturday at the Peninsula Chicago. The club supports families of first responders who die in the line of duty. Shown from left are: Hunter Jewett; Krista R. Frick of Cunningham Meyer & Vedrine P.C.; Thomas Kuban; Anne S. Kuban of Cunningham Meyer & Vedrine; Katie McNabola; and Edward W. McNabola of McNabola & Associates LLC, who also serves as president of the Society of Trial Lawyers. Photo by Jeremy Moss
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Bar groups mark Lunar New Year

Susanna Lee of Salesforce, from left, Kim Leung of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, Stacey Kim of Chapman and Cutler and Soobin Lee of Wais Vogelstein were Emerging Leader Service Award honorees at the Lunar New Year Dinner Celebration hosted by the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago, Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago and Korean American Bar Association of Chicago. Photo courtesy of the WBAI
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CBA celebrates 150th anniversary

More than 25 members of the Chicago Bar Association helped celebrate the organization’s 150th anniversary Monday at the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. CBA President Ray J. Koenig III, center, rang the opening bell on behalf of the association. The ceremony was attended by past CBA presidents, as well as current and former board members. Photo courtesy of Chicago Bar Association

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