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The now vacant Ruth’s Chris Steak House at 431 N. Dearborn St. in Chicago. A federal judge denied a motion by the steakhouse for judgment on the pleadings in a lawsuit accusing it of breach of contract for failing to pay its rent. – Jordyn Reiland/Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Steakhouse fails to get rent suit tossed

A dispute over the decision by Ruth’s Chris Steak House to shut down its Chicago location permanently will continue to be fought out in federal court.
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Supreme Court rejects lingering 2020 election challenge case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday said it will not hear a case out of Pennsylvania related to the 2020 election, a dispute that had lingered while similar election challenges had already been rejected by the justices.
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High court to hear tribe COVID relief case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that will determine who is eligible to receive more than $530 million in federal virus relief funding set aside for tribes more than a year ago.
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Attorneys bring Ali into new digital arena

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”
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Judge: Consumer fraud suit against Whole Foods didn’t hold water

A federal judge dismissed a consumer fraud suit against Whole Foods on Friday, finding the plaintiffs didn’t show how the grocery chain mislead Illinois consumers on a premium brand of water.

Generation ESQ

Bond Fund staff attorney adapts to evolving role

Less than two years after graduating from Harvard Law School Jianing Xie is putting her legal skills to the test in a rapidly evolving sector of the state’s legal system: securing bond for low-income defendants.

Fired prison psychologist loses bid to revive suit

Wisconsin officials did not trample on the constitutional rights of a prison psychologist when they fired her and suspended her license after discovering she was romantically involved with an inmate, a federal appeals court held.

Chicago attorneys get $1.85M for family of man killed in Portage police shooting

A pair of Chicago attorneys secured a $1.85 million settlement for the family of an unarmed Black man shot by police during a 2017 traffic stop.

1st District: Pedestrian injured in police pursuit can proceed with suit

A 1st District appeals panel reversed a decision which granted qualified immunity to Sauk Village and Crete police officers who engaged in a high-speed chase with a fleeing suspect.

Attorneys advise employers to review hiring, compensation practices with new regulations

A series of new state employment regulations have attorneys advising clients to review their hiring and compensation practices.

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Satanic Temple loses cybersquatting claim

The Washington state chapter of the United Federation of Churches LLC set up a Facebook page using a “uniform resource locator” that includes the company’s registered trademark — "The Satanic Temple.” The URL starts with “facebook.com” and, after a slash, says: “TheSatanicTempleWashington.” Several former members of the group allegedly used their administrative authority over the Facebook account to hijack the page, prompting the LLC (referred to as The Satanic Temple) to sue for alleged violation of the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act. But based on the distinction between “second-level domain names” and “post-domain paths” (including “vanity URLs”), U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones — assuming the complaint’s allegations are true — dismissed the ACPA claim. United Federation of Churches v. Johnson, 20 CV 00509 (W.D. Wash., 2021).

Margo's Master Plan

Current business trends to keep an eye on in the age of COVID-19

As the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines accelerates around the country, there is reason for optimism in 2021. As more of the population receives these vaccines, a life that resembles what we know as “normal” will return, albeit at a slower pace.

Realty Check

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Strategies for dealing with the appraisal meeting contract price

Because of the low inventory, real estate purchase offers are exceeding the contract price by tens of thousands of dollars. Even with an agreement on the purchase price, buyers still need their lenders to appraise properties.

For the Defense

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One day, the 2nd District, three disputes with lawyers

It does not seem that assignment dates for oral argument is entirely random. Maybe it is, but April 15, when Justices George Bridges, Kathryn Zenoff, and Joseph Birkett heard three similar disputes, would belie such a contention.

Opening Statement

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HBO Max docuseries goes deep on history of white supremacy

It was one of those strange yet interesting coincidences.

Opening Statement

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Crouch’s work shines online at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

I have seen two productions of playwright Tim Crouch at Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier and found them both extraordinary.

Opening Statement

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A special rendition of a well-known story in ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

In 1797, the famous German author, philosopher and poet Johan Wolfgang von Goethe wrote the poem “Der Zauberlehrling,” known in English as “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

Lex Sportiva

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Sports betting app targeted for unfair, deceptive trade practices

In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which ultimately prohibited sports gambling in the United States, was unconstitutional. Murphy v. NCAA, 138 S. Ct. 146 (2018). SCOTUS held that PAPSA violated the anti-commandeering doctrine because PAPSA essentially dictated what state legislatures could and could not do. In the few years since Murphy, sports gambling has already been legalized by several states nationwide.

Opening Statement

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‘Duchess!’ gives room to discuss increased pressure on women

Although Vivian J.O. Barnes is still finishing graduate school in playwriting her show “Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!” was produced by Steppenwolf Theatre and is available online until Aug. 31.

Social Scene

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Appellate advocates talk diversity

From top left: Assistant Appellate Defender Beverly Jones; Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Associate Dean of Inclusion & Engagement Shannon P. Bartlett; Perkins Coie Associate Sopen Shah; Northwestern Clinical Assistant Professor of Law David M. Shapiro; Jones Day Of Counsel and former 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams; Appellate Project founder Juvaria Khan; and O’Melveny & Myers Partner Brad Garcia discuss the importance of diversifying the appellate bar. Photo courtesy of Peggy Li of the American Constitution Society.
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CBA panel on Justice Stevens

From top left: Cook County Circuit Court Judge William H. Hooks, Chicago Bar Association President Maryam Ahmad, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William J. Bauer and 1st District Appellate Court Justice Michael B. Hyman (bottom) discuss the life and judicial career of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Justice Stevens was a Chicago native whose tenure on the high court has been viewed as one of the most important in modern history. Photo courtesy of the Chicago Bar Association
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Greek flag raising

Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois members gathered at the Daley Center March 25 for its annual Greek flag raising ceremony. Pictured from left to right: Associate Judge Peggy Chiampas; Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas; Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois Vice President Eleni Katsoulis; Circuit Judge Anthony C. Kyriakopoulos; Hellenic American Leadership Council Executive Director Endy Zemenides; and Circuit Judge Anna Demacopoulos.
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LAGBAC hosts chat with transgender judges

LAGBAC hosted a panel on Thursday with all four transgender judges in the U.S.: Cook County Circuit Judge Jill Rose Quinn, Alameda County, Calif., judge Victoria Kolakowski; Maricopa County, Ariz., judge Tracy Nadzieja, and Houston, Texas municipal court judge Phyllis Frye. Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew Jannusch moderated the discussion.

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