COVID-19 Updates Court closures and announcements – with interactive charts and maps
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The Metropolitan Correctional Center in July 2019. A federal judge dismissed a detainee’s excessive force lawsuit against a prison official after finding the officer’s actions at the South Loop facility were an appropriate response to a knifepoint hostage situation. – AP Photo/Amr Alfiky

Hostage taker’s excessive force suit tossed

A detainee who took a prison caseworker hostage at knifepoint does not have a claim of excessive force against an officer who helped rescue the victim, a federal judge held.
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Pavalon was leader in plaintiff’s bar

Eugene I. Pavalon, a founder of plaintiff’s firm Pavalon & Gifford, died May 26 at age 87.
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Feds charge five in downtown Chicago riots

A 31-year-old Pilsen man who set fire to a police car on North State Street is the fifth person to face federal charges following violence and vandalism in the city this past weekend, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago announced Tuesday.

Springfield Dispatch

Comptroller’s new top attorney spent time at various state posts

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza hired Debjani D. Desai earlier this month as her office’s general counsel.

Springfield Dispatch

With law courses complete, Deputy Gov. Mitchell looks ahead

Earning a J.D. was an early goal for Illinois Deputy Gov. Christian L. Mitchell, who completed law school last month.

City settles impounding suit for $5M

The city of Chicago agreed to pay nearly $5 million to resolve claims that police violated the due process rights of car owners whose vehicles were impounded for purported drug offenses.

No more surprise visits to Cicero nursing home, judge rules

Cicero officials won’t be allowed to make a second unannounced visit at a nursing home where several residents have died of COVID-19, a Cook County judge ruled Monday.

In Brief: June 4

Black state lawmakers call for special session // Reporter sues Pritzker over revoked press credentials // SCOTUS declines to hear Illinois church lawsuits

Social distancing measures remain in place at county jail  

Measures designed to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the Cook County Jail will remain in place — at least until a federal appeals court takes a look at them.

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Trial Notebook

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Shareholder owed no duty to LLC

In a breach of fiduciary duty case involving three factions of feuding “partners” and a limited liability company (Combined Group LLC, or Combined) that was managed by a closely-held corporation (Combined Holding Group Inc., or CHG), the first question for the Illinois Appellate Court was whether a Cook County judge erred in ruling that Mark Oliver owed a fiduciary duty to Combined based on the fact that he was one of three equal shareholders in CHG.

Legal History

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June 4

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

Aging Matters

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Looking into no-contest clauses: What do they actually mean?

Suppose Adam and Barbara, residents of Chicago, have two children: Cathy and David. Adam and Barbara both pass, and in their joint will they leave 80% of their estate to Cathy and 20% of their estate to David. David is shocked by this and he is sure that Cathy played a part in this.

Stress Points

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Are we in a Zoom meeting or a ‘Saturday Night Live’ sketch?

Michael heard me yell out “come here quickly” and he ran the few steps from his home office into my home office. There on my computer screen were live pictures of Amy’s toilet, Robert flossing his teeth, and several other people upside down and right-side up.

Non-Billable Hours

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Detoured to Netflix, ‘Lovebirds’ flaunts its predictability

If you’ve been trapped indoors with your significant other for what seems like an eternity, your secret schadenfreudian self may take some satisfaction in “The Lovebirds.”

Opening Statement

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Knowing the territory

With the pandemic blackout, local theaters (and theater critics) have had to come up with all kinds of alternatives to attract and keep their audiences.

Sports Marketing Playbook

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Protecting iconic sports trademarks benefits organizations, fans

When the International Olympic Committee made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it also decided to keep the name of the event intact — “Tokyo 2020.”

Opening Statement

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New York troupe’s ‘Molly Sweeney’ is worth a watch

This past week, I watched New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre and its streaming production of Brian Friel’s excellent play “Molly Sweeney,” which happily assured me that despite the country’s long shutdown and the blackout of Broadway, live theater will not only survive but continue to thrive during and after the coronavirus pandemic is history.

Lex Sportiva

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NCAA searching for new way forward amid Fair Pay to Play

The NCAA has been under immense pressure since California enacted the Fair Pay to Play Act last September. With the act going into effect on Jan. 1, 2023, the NCAA has imposed a deadline to reevaluate its amateurism model and formulate a plan to either ease its absolute restriction of student athletes’ ability to profit from their name, image and likeness, or develop a strategy to strike down the Fair Pay to Play Act.

Social Scene

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CLG virtual meeting

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne M. Burke (bottom row, second left) swears in Jenner & Block LLP associate Kevin J. Murphy as president of the Catholic Lawyers Guild in a virtual meeting on May 20, making him the youngest leader in the organization’s history. Screenshot provided by the Catholic Lawyers Guild
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Salvi runs virtual 10K

Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C. partner Brian L. Salvi ran a “virtual 10K” in the South Loop on Saturday to raise funds for the Concussion Legacy Foundation, where he serves on the advisory board. The run was real, but the race was moved to a virtual program in place of the 2020 Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon canceled by COVID-19 pandemic. Photo provided by Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
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Burke swears-in new lawyers online

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne M. Burke conducts a virtual swearing-in ceremony on Thursday for 336 newly admitted attorneys. In normal circumstances, the court holds ceremonies in each of the state’s five judicial circuits. Photo provided by the Illinois Supreme Court
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Arbitration goes virtual during stay-at-home order

From his home webcam, BatesCarey partner Robert J. Bates Jr. presents closing arguments to an international arbitration panel from Europe, Canada and the U.S. Under public officials’ orders to stay at home, the firm developed a COVID-19 team to keep insurance industry clients informed of the pandemic’s legal implications.

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