Cans of LaCroix flavored sparkling water. Last week, a federal judge in Chicago ruled the company that makes LaCroix failed to substantiate claims it made in a motion for sanctions filed against a woman and her lawyers who contested LaCroix’s “all-natural” branding in a proposed class-action lawsuit. – Marc Karlinsky

Judge declines sanctions in LaCroix water suit

A federal judge declined to sanction a woman and her lawyers for pursuing what the maker of LaCroix Sparkling Water maintains is a smear campaign.

Jury finds for crane maker in product-liability suit

A Cook County jury rendered a defense verdict in favor of a crane manufacturer after a civil engineer sustained several injuries in 2014 when a one-ton jib extension fell from a crane and struck him.

Law School Notes

Local scholars break down gerrymandering, census rulings

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week absolving the federal judiciary from adjudicating partisan gerrymandering is either in line with an old tradition or a completely new shift for the nation’s highest court — depending on which legal scholar you ask.

After $4.1M award, nursing home owes fees separately

A state appeals panel last month upheld a record-breaking $4.1 million Cook County jury verdict against a Bartlett retirement community.

Panel upholds DUI sentence under old THC law

Before it was legalized for recreational use, Illinois lawmakers had already begun loosening restrictions on cannabis.

Pritzker signs nearly 60 bills into law

The Illinois governor has 60 days to sign or veto a bill after receiving from the legislature. Now six weeks after the marathon-like end of the spring legislative session, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has a summer full of decisions to make.

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Trial Notebook


Single claim keeps man’s consumer fraud suit alive

Kyle Zak struck out with his class-action claims that Bose Corp. violated the federal Wiretap Act and the Illinois eavesdropping statute when the “Bose Connect” smartphone app, which was designed for use with Bose wireless headphones and speakers, allegedly (1) monitored and collected data about the audio files he played through Spotify’s streaming-music service and (2) forwarded this information to a third-party data-miner (Segment.io) without his knowledge and consent.

Insurance Matters


Possible liability insufficient to support bad faith settlement suit

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, interpreting Illinois law, recently held that an insurer did not act in bad faith despite having the opportunity to settle within its policy limit a medical-malpractice case in which a damage judgment against the insured was entered in excess of the limit.

Law and Public Issues


‘Ship of the damned’ recalled 80 years after refugee tragedy

Eighty years ago, more than 900 European refugees were not allowed to land in Florida or Canada and were returned to Europe. They were the passengers on the MS St. Louis.

Legal History


July 15

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

Lex Sportiva


NBA Finals MVP Leonard takes on Nike over logo

Even after winning the 2019 NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors and being named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, Kawhi Leonard has found himself occupied in an intellectual property dispute with his former sneaker and apparel endorser, Nike.

Opening Statement


Classic ‘Music Man’ is Polyannish to modern eyes, but done right

For the past several weeks I have written about the state of musical theater today, pointing out the emergence of the popular “juke box” musicals and shows based on successful motion pictures. I am happy to now report that an old-time musical is being presented at the Goodman Theatre through Aug. 18.

Non-Billable Hours


Beatles-inspired ‘Yesterday’ is nice — just don’t overthink it

“Yesterday” is a charming bauble. Not a diamond. Perhaps a rhinestone — sparkling and attractive, yet unable to withstand any scratching of its surface.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Tech drives the secondary market for sports tickets

Weeks before tonight’s MLB All-Star Game, the hosting Cleveland Indians issued a warning to fans looking to buy tickets for the event from secondary market vendors: Stick to StubHub, MLB’s official secondary ticket market partner. Otherwise, fans could find out their tickets aren’t accepted at the gate.

Social Scene


Cooper installed as NWSBA president

The Northwest Suburban Bar Association installed its new officers on June 13 at the Makray Memorial Golf Club in Barrington. Miriam E. Cooper (center), owner of the Law Office of Miriam Cooper & Associates LLC in Rolling Meadows, is the new president. She’s pictured with other officers (left to right): treasurer Kenneth C. Apicella, partner at Drost Gilbert Andrew & Apicella LLC in Palatine; first vice president Gary A. Newland, partner at Newland & Newland LLP in Arlington Heights; secretary Anthony F. Calzaretta of Calzaretta Law P.C. in Arlington Heights; and second vice president Mohammad “Moe” A. Ahmad, owner of the Ahmad Law Firm in Arlington Heights. Photo provided by the Northwest Suburban Bar Association

Saper Law Immersion Program

High school and college students get a tour of Cook County Circuit Judge Joel L. Chupack’s chambers at the Daley Center on June 27 as part of Saper Law’s immersion program. The five-day summer camp was started by Saper Law principal attorney Daliah Saper as a way to expose students to the legal profession through negotiation and writing exercises, field trips and mock legal proceedings. The firm will host a second session in August. Photo provided by Saper Law

SBE oath of office

On July 1 in Springfield, former Illinois 7th Judicial Circuit Judge Leslie J. Graves (left) administered the oath of office to former state Sens. William R. Haine and Laura Kent Donahue as new members of the State Board of Elections. William J. Cadigan, a Chicago attorney who served as the board’s chairman, was sworn in for a second term.

Rice honored at Pride event

Cook County Circuit Judge Judith C. Rice was honored June 24 at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office 10th Annual Pride Recognition & Awards Ceremony at the Center on Halsted. Pictured are (left to right) Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Martha-Victoria Jimenez, sole practitioner Curtis Bennett Ross, Associate Judge William Stewart Boyd, Circuit Judge Diann K. Marsalek, 1st District Appellate Justice Jesse G. Reyes, Circuit Judge Grace G. Dickler, Rice and Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jamie G. Dickler. Photo provided by the Office of the Chief Judge

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