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Blackhawks center Michal Handzus is surrounded by teammates after scoring the game-winning goal in Game 5 of the 2014 Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Kings. Roughly around this same moment, a patron at Kinkade’s threw a beer bottle at the ceiling. – AP Photo/Daily Herald, Bob Chwedyk

Bar destroying video of injury gives second shot for damages

A man injured at a Lincoln Park bar during a Stanley Cup Playoffs game will get another chance to recover damages.
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Lawsuit means Obama center plan no sure thing

Odds may still favor the eventual construction of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million museum and library in a public park along Chicago’s lakeshore, but it’s no longer a sure thing in the face of a formidable legal challenge by a parks-advocacy group.

Springfield Dispatch

Family tragedy led to public service path

Sen. Rachelle Lee Aud Crowe majored in biology and thought she was going to join the FBI when she began law school, but after her brother’s death she decided to stay in Illinois to be with her family.

Law School Notes

DePaul law class gives students a sense of the real world

The first time Thibaut Giret and Jason Whitehead II sat down and met their client, the client brought another person to the meeting. They weren’t expecting that.

Despite wearing bathrobe, home search not justified

A woman did not have the apparent authority to consent to a search of an apartment merely because she answered a knock on the door dressed in a bathrobe, a federal appeals court held.

Wrong election date for candidate doesn’t kick him off ballot

A mayoral candidate in Chicago Heights can keep his name on the ballot even though his nominating petitions and statement of candidacy listed the incorrect election date, a 1st District Appellate Court ruled last week.

Inspector general post filled for first time in four years

A new inspector general was unanimously approved by both chambers last week, filling the position full time for the first time in more than four years.

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Fraud lawsuit against mortgage servicing company can continue

Izumi Saika and Mohammad Shakibai struck out with allegations that Ocwen Loan Servicing breached a loan modification agreement that was mailed to and signed by Saika — because the contract also required Shakibai’s autograph — but U.S. District Judge Gary S. Feinerman concluded that their complaint stated a valid claim for unfair practices under the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act.

Lawyers' Forum

Westlaw and Pink Floyd: Is fragmented thinking really thinking?

We shape our tools and, thereafter, our tools shape us.  —  John Culkin (1967)

Federal Courts

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Doctor’s affidavit contradicts pretrial statements in FELA case

Today’s case involves the question of whether a doctor’s deposition testimony equivocating that throwing a railroad track switch caused the plaintiff’s injury can be contradicted by the doctor’s subsequent affidavit that the switch pull indeed caused the railroad conductor’s injury.

The Laws of Fitness

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Can you pass your elementary school fitness test today?

I still remember running a mile, doing pushups, situps and chinups in elementary school as part of the Presidential Fitness Challenge program. How would you do if you had to do the challenge today?

Sports Marketing Playbook

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MLB’s biometric ticketing move runs headlong into court ruling

Biometric identification of fans entering sports venues isn’t the future, it’s now a reality.

Non-Billable Hours

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Having such a good time, having a ball at ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

It doesn’t really matter that this musical depiction of the life of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) isn’t a great movie. It’s a great time.

Cotter’s Corner

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Four Founders give their view on U.S. in 2019

Joseph Ellis is one of the great Founding Fathers historians.

Social Scene

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Oscars preview party

Scharf Banks Marmor held an Oscars preview party last Wednesday at its downtown office. The event included a legal movie trivia contest and a discussion of Academy Awards contenders between firm counsel Rebecca R. Ford — a former MGM attorney who writes movie reviews for the Daily Law Bulletin’s Non-Billable Hours section — and WCDB Public Radio host Gary Zidek. Pictured are Ford and Zidek (center) with winners of the trivia contest. Photo provided by Scharf Banks Marmor
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Society of Trial Lawyers ball

The Society of Trial Lawyers held its 84th annual dinner dance on Feb. 9 at the Langham Chicago. The society’s current president is Levin & Perconti founding partner Steven M. Levin (second from right), pictured at the event with fellow Levin & Perconti partners Margaret P. Battersby Black (far left), Susan L. Novosad (second left) and Michael F. Bonamarte IV (far right). Photo provided by Levin & Perconti
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AAJ in Miami

Local plaintiff’s lawyers escaped the cold to attend the American Association of Justice’s 2019 Winter Convention in Miami Beach, Fla., running from Saturday through Tuesday. Pictured are the Illinois-based attendees, gathered for a reception hosted by Preferred Capital Funding. Among those pictured are John A. Stefani, managing partner at Levinson & Stefani; Heidi L. Wickstrom, associate at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.; Miranda L. Soucie, partner at Spiros Law P.C. in Danville; Katie A. Hubbard, associate at Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli P.C. in Edwardsville; Antonio M. Romanucci, partner at Romanucci & Blandin LLC; Ronald Kalish, partner at …
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JABA happy hour

The Japanese American Bar Association Chicago Committee hosted its new year’s happy hour and membership drive with Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. at the firm’s downtown office on Jan 24. Photo provided by Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C.

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