Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walks away from the podium after a news conference in Washington this morning. The Trump administration announced it's allowing lawsuits against foreign companies operating in properties seized from Americans in Cuba, a major policy shift that has angered European and other allies. – AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

U.S. allows lawsuits over seized Cuba properties

The Trump administration today opened the door for lawsuits against foreign firms operating on properties Cuba seized from Americans after the 1959 revolution.

SCOTUS keeps the ‘F’ out of it

The high court was discussing a trademark case Monday involving a Los Angeles-based fashion brand. But the justices did some verbal gymnastics to get through about an hour of arguments without saying the brand’s name.

Law Firm Leaders

Post-merger, Fox Rothschild partners reflect on new roles

Jeffrey L. Widman and Robert M. Fishman, formerly of Shaw Fishman Glantz & Towbin LLC, became Chicago office managing partner and department chair of the Fox Rothschild’s financial restructuring and bankruptcy practice, respectively, on April 1.

Springfield Dispatch

21 members named to advisory group on women's policy issues

The Illinois Council on Women and Girls, a body of women who advise the governor and General Assembly on women’s policy issues, gained 21 newly appointed members.

$5.2M for Divvy rider killed by truck

A Cook County jury awarded $5.25 million to the family of a 25-year-old Divvy bike rider who was fatally struck by a flatbed truck.

Reformatted Juvenile Justice Act aims to reduce detention time

A Illinois state Senate bill making its way through the House modifies the Juvenile Court Act in an attempt to quicken the detention hearing process.

Claims can proceed after mid-flight finger mishap

A man who allegedly tripped and injured his finger during an international flight can pursue his claim against British Airways after a federal judge found the man’s allegations could meet the Montreal Convention’s definition of “accident.”

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Trial Notebook


Double duty for attorney passes test

In a wrongful termination case against the Chicago Board of Education, the same attorney represented the plaintiffs (three former Chicago public school teachers) and a fact witness (Adelfio Garcia) who used to be a CPS principal.

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Lawyers' Forum

Court’s qualified protective order form ignores HIPAA

An individual’s medical record information, a person’s most intimate personal information, cannot be understated. It has value for insurance companies and data brokers far beyond its use to settle a personal-injury claim.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Use of athletes’ health data looms large for players, leagues

The collection of data from professional athletes has sparked ongoing discussion about the ownership and use of that data, including the rights of athletes to monetize their own information and how to protect their privacy.

Sports Torts


Exploding shoe enough to make risk-adverse crowd cringe

Zion Williamson, the freshman phenom from Duke, exploded onto the college basketball scene this season. While he will not be competing in next weekend’s Final Four due to his team’s loss to Michigan State, he has captured the country’s attention this March while carrying his team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Lex Sportiva


College admissions scandal’s real harm: concept of fairness

Getting into college is hard enough without worrying that your seat might be taken by someone deemed a “special admit.”

Opening Statement


Goodman’s ‘Sweat’ tells of small-town economic troubles

On Nov. 8, 2016, what some considered to be a seemingly impossible event took place.

Social Scene


CBA hosts sports GCs

The Chicago Bar Association hosted a luncheon and panel discussion with general counsel from major Chicago sports organizations on Tuesday at the Standard Club. Pictured are (left to right) the Bulls’ Ram Padmanabhan, the Cubs’ Michael R. Lufrano, CBA President Steven M. Elrod, the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Lydia E. Wahlke, John P. Corvino of the White Sox and the Bears’ Cliff M. Stein. The discussion addressed the in-house lawyers’ workdays as well as player contracts, doping, betting and replay technology. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Association/Bill Richert

ITLA Women in Springfield

Members of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s Women’s Caucus traveled to Springfield last Tuesday to meet with lawmakers. The group was led by caucus chair Sara M. Salger of Gori Julian & Associates P.C. in Edwardsville and by vice chairs Sarah F. King of Clifford Law Offices and Kathryn L. Conway of Power Rogers & Smith LLP. Photo provided by Clifford Law Offices

DirectWomen panel

Scharf Banks Marmor LLC partner Stephanie Scharf (far left) moderated “Breaking into the Boardroom: the Pathways and the Process,” a DirectWomen program at Kirkland & Ellis LLP on April 3. The panelists pictured are (left to right) E. Thames Fulton, managing director of RSR Partners in Northfield; Deborah A. Golden, general counsel at GATX Corp.; and Denise Keane, chair of DirectWomen. Photo provided by Scharf Banks Marmor

Otaka Judicial Reception

Nixon Peabody hosted the second annual Sandra Otaka Judicial Reception on March 28, spearheaded by the Asian American Bar Association. Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Neville Jr. is pictured here greeting Jeffrey Otaka, the son of the event’s namesake, the late circuit judge Sandra Otaka, the first Asian-American judge appointed and elected in Cook County. The younger Otaka presented an award to Associate Judge Rena Marie Van Tine. Hanoch Zamora

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