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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions at a press conference during a February MLB owners meeting in Orlando, Fla. – AP Photo/John Raoux

Judge tosses fan lawsuit vs. MLB, teams

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by fantasy sports contestants who claimed they were damaged by sign stealing in Major League Baseball.
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Ex-Florida footballers can proceed vs. NCAA, not conference

The NCAA will go it alone defending against a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging football players at the University of Florida were not adequately protected from the effects of repeated concussions.
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Pritzker to stretch stay-at-home order

As part of the state’s effort to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. J.B. Pritzker will extend the statewide stay-at-home order through the end of April, he 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.

Law Firm Leaders

Attorney blends chemistry, law into interesting career brew

Caryn C. Borg-Breen, co-founder of Green, Griffith, Borg-Breen LLP, didn’t see herself using her chemistry background to pursue a legal career.

FOID law stands, for now

The Illinois Supreme Court sent a constitutional challenge to the state’s firearm ID law back to the trial court, finding the high court didn’t have jurisdiction.

Pritzker signs executive order expanding prison furloughs

Gov. J.B. Pritzker is allowing some prisoners allowing some prisoners to be moved from Illinois facilities under expanded furlough rules.

Detainees sue Cook County sheriff for release

A federal judge has agreed to fast-track a lawsuit filed last week against Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart that calls for him to release or transfer detainees from the county jail to protect them against the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Fired professor’s lawsuit doesn’t make the grade

A tenured professor who was fired after being accused of research misconduct has not stated a case against the University of Illinois for violations of his due process rights, a federal judge held.

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Trial Notebook

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Collateral source rule splits court

Disagreeing with two of her Illinois Appellate Court colleagues who concluded that the collateral source rule didn’t block a defendant from claiming a setoff for a $400,000 payment from a co-defendant’s insurance company — in a combined breach of contract, mechanics lien case where (1) Süd Family Limited Partnership hired Otto Baum Co. for grading work on five lots in Peoria (2) Methodist Services Inc. purchased Lots 2 and 5 from Süd (3) Otto Baum sued to foreclose on its mechanics liens and also scored breach of contract judgments against Süd in 2009 and (4) Methodist’s title insurer, Attorney Title Guaranty, or ATG, paid $400,000 to Otto Baum for a release of the liens on Lots 2 and 5 — Justice Mary McDade dissented from the 3rd District’s decision that (a) ATG wasn’t a collateral source and (b) Süd was entitled to a release of judgment under Section 12–183 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

For the Defense

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Is it time to nix Supreme Court Rule 23?

Every practitioner has had this experience: the perfect case is found; it is on all fours factually; it was decided by the appellate district in which your case is pending; it comes out the right way; and then you see it: the dreaded “-U” at the end of the case number.

Lawyers' Forum

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What will be the new normal in real estate?

Having been a foreclosure defense and short sale attorney between 2008 and around 2014, I have been monitoring the economy as it pertains to the real estate market carefully.

Legal History

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April 7

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

Opening Statement

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With Broadway lights dimmed, remember legendary Herman

The devastating novel coronavirus continues to take its deadly toll, not only through increasing number of cases and fatalities and an impact on our economy but also the almost total shutdown of cultural, theatrical and entertainment communities.

Opening Statement

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A high school spin on Bard’s tragedy in ‘Teenage Dick’

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times:” the opening line of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” is a reference to life in Paris circa 1859. But it can also refer to what some of us would recall from our days in high school.

Opening Statement

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Lookingglass Theatre has a hit in ‘Her Honor Jane Byrne’

We have all heard the expressions “it sounded like a good idea at the time” and “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.”

Opening Statement

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Constitution, women’s issues at forefront of Playhouse drama

With Sen. Elizabeth Warren bowing out of the presidential race that once had five major women candidates, Heidi Schreck’s autobiographical play, “What the Constitution Means to Me,” is more relevant than ever.

Sports Marketing Playbook

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Super Bowl ads focused more on substance, less on stunts

On Super Bowl Sunday this year, on-air advertisements focused more on comedic good humor and less on political and social issues than in past years.

Social Scene

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Finding ways to help out from home

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard attorney Jennifer Cascio and her children use their social distancing time to go through their house and set aside items to donate to those in need. Cascio and her husband hope to take advantage of this time to teach their children about the importance of recognizing how fortunate they are and to give to those in need. Photo courtesy of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard
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The new associate

K&L Gates LLP intellectual property lawyer Kathryn M. Starshak gets some company during the workday from her associate Wrigley. Share your own work-from-home adventures: editor@lawbulletinmedia.com. Photo provided by K&L Gates LLP
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Erin Clifford talks stress management

Erin Clifford, partner at Clifford Law Offices, presented “Real Solutions to Attorney Wellness: Stress in the Legal Profession” before the First Municipal Advisory Committee’s March 4 meeting at the Daley Center. The program offered tips on managing stress and avoiding anxiety, fatigue and burnout. Photo provided by Clifford Law Offices
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Work-from-home adventures

Corboy & Demetrio Partner Michelle M. Kohut and her family got a drive-by visit from the Lake Bluff Fire Department on March 26th for her daughter Evelyn’s fifth birthday. Michelle’s 6-year-old son, Charlie, is also pictured. The fire department is visiting area children who have birthdays during the statewide stay-at-home order. Document your own work-from-home adventures and send them our way: editor@lawbulletinmedia.com. Photo provided by Corboy & Demetrio P.C.

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