Andrew M. Bath, Thomas Brejcha and Peter C. Breen at an undated Thomas More Society event. The pro bono legal organization celebrated its 20th anniversary this year. Photo provided by the Thomas More Society

Thomas More Society, committed attorney mark 20 years

Quit the firm or quit the case. That’s what Thomas Brejcha was told after his firm decided it could no longer bear the huge financial burden of a case Brejcha had been litigating for nearly a decade.

Court: Judge had no power in Ameren case

The state’s top court has ruled a judge didn’t have the power to shut down part of a proposed 375-mile transmission line and rule in favor of dozens of farmers who claimed their land was illegally taken.

Law School Notes

Law school leaders support pledge to erase mental health stigma

Last year, Richard Minott was feeling overwhelmed. As a first-year at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, he was struggling to take care of himself in this new, challenging academic environment. He was drinking too much, and he wasn’t eating or sleeping well.

$4.5M deal for wisdom tooth death

A Cook County probate judge signed off on a $4.5 million settlement for a woman who died after an attempted wisdom tooth removal.

Top court sidesteps question on teen’s de facto life sentence

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday sent a criminal case back to the trial court without addressing the question of whether a 76-year prison sentence for an 18-year-old defendant violates the state Constitution.

7th Circuit OKs 2nd look in sexual abuse case

A federal appeals court granted a new hearing to a teenager who sued her Wisconsin school district for failing to prevent a school employee from abusing her when she was in eighth grade.

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Trial Notebook


Three counts equals only single ‘claim’Hobbs v. Gerber Products

Linda Hobbs’ three-count class action against Gerber Products for reportedly making false statements when marketing its Good Start Gentle infant formula, referred to as GSG, alleged a violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act, or ICFA, breach of express warranty and common law fraud, but Gerber — in moving to dismiss for “failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted” under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) — “proceeds as if the complaint asserts three claims (as reflected in its three ‘counts’),” U.S. District Judge John J. Tharp Jr. explained, “but that is not so.”

Commercial Litigation


Earned bonus proper subject of employee’s wage payment claim

After leaving a lucrative banking position in Florida for a Chicago consulting gig, Steven Simpson soon learned the Illinois job markedly differed from what was advertised.

Settling labor disputes in arbitration

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, 138 S.Ct. 1612 (2018), reaffirmed the now well-established principle that parties can contract to pursue claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act through arbitration.

Opening Statement


‘Let them entertain you’ at Porchlight’s take on classic ‘Gypsy’

While musical genius Stephen Sondheim has generally written both words and music for his productions, two of his best-known musicals, written at the beginning of his career, contain only his lyrics.

The Laws of Fitness


No gym membership? No equipment? No problem.

A few years ago, between Child 1 and Child 2, while on maternity leave I discovered apps for home workouts that I could do just using my phone. Best of all? Most of them are free! Check your app store and get going.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Active MLB, NBA players to appear in beer ads for first time in 60 years

Marketing — and in particular, sports-related marketing — has always been central to Anheuser-Busch’s business plan.



Nevada gets tough even by UFC standards

The Ultimate Fighting Championship 229 in Las Vegas earlier this month was worth every penny for pay-per-view spectators.

Social Scene


Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Update and Review Seminar

Robert P. Walsh, partner at Clifford Law Offices, spoke on liens at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Update and Review Seminar on Friday at the Westin Chicago River North, 320 N. Dearborn St. Photo by Bill Richert

Hellenic Bar scholarship recipients

The Hellenic Bar Association held its 68th annual scholarship ball Oct. 7 at the JW Marriott Chicago. The bar group’s foundation awarded $70,000 in scholarships. Pictured are scholarship recipients (left to right) Regina Vasilopoulos and Christina Karahalios, students at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law); Sofia Vatougios, from DePaul University College of Law; Basile Manikas, of Loyola University Chicago School of Law; and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law students Anna Karnaze, Maria Fay Karras and Vasiliki Mitrakos. Photo provided by the Hellenic Bar Association/Elios Photography

Women’s private equity conference

Jane D. Goldstein (left), co-head of the Ropes & Gray LLP’s mergers and acquisitions group for North America, spoke in Chicago during the Kayo Women’s Private Equity Conference earlier this month at the Peninsula Hotel. According to a statement from Ropes & Gray, partners several practices, including health-care practice group co-chair Deborah L. Gersh and Chicago office managing partner and private equity industry group leader Neill P. Jakobe, also participated on panels and in breakout sessions with industry investors. Photo provided by Ropes & Gray LLP via Kayo Conference Series

Caruso addresses McDonald’s franchise owners

Carmen D. Caruso, partner at the Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm, addressed a meeting of more than 300 McDonald’s franchise owners gathered in Tampa, Fla., this week, who assembled to discuss ways they can engage with the Chicago-based corporate burger giant. Carmen’s firm represents individual and multi-unit restaurant franchisees.Photo provided by the Carmen D. Caruso Law Firm

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