A Ventra turnstile at a CTA station. A woman sued the local transit agencies alleging they won’t honor reduced student fares for home-schooled children. A trial judge dismissed the case, and a state appeals panel last week affirmed it. – Wikimedia Commons photo/Eric Fischer via CC-BY-2.0

1st District says class action against CTA lacked evidence

The dismissal of class-action lawsuit seeking reduced-fare Ventra cards for home-schooled children was upheld by an appeals court.

1st District: NFL players’ claims time-barred against helmet-maker

It’s too late for a group of ex-NFL players to pursue concussion-related claims against the league’s official helmet-maker, a state appeals court ruled Monday.

Companies reach $260M deal to settle Ohio opioids lawsuit

The nation’s three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker reached a $260 million settlement with two Ohio counties over the deadly havoc wreaked by opioids, just hours before the first federal trial over the crisis was about to begin today.

Law School Notes

Loyola Law creates history-focused George Anastaplo professorship

Loyola University Chicago School of Law established a professorship honoring the late George Anastaplo, a former Loyola professor, activist and constitutional law scholar who was denied his law license from the Illinois State Bar during the Red Scare.

Law Firm Leaders

AILA president Lindt talks about her challenges

Marketa Lindt, national president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, is on the front lines of defending immigrants’ rights. In her practice at Sidley Austin LLP, Lindt advises U.S. companies on business immigration issues and employment eligibility verification.

Law School Notes

Northwestern law joins national diversity initiative

One purpose behind the partnership between Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and a new national diversity initiative is to work with scholars in the field to design experiments and analyze the data.

High court: State failed to prove gang status

A police officer’s broad testimony about the Latin Kings is not enough to establish the group is a criminal street gang under state law, a divided Illinois Supreme Court ruled Friday.

Film studio loses bid to revive antitrust lawsuit

A Chicago film studio that alleges the state of Illinois steered business and incentives to a competitor does not have a case under antitrust laws, a federal appeals court held.

Burn victim’s appeal rejected by panel

A premises liability case against a bar was properly rejected, an appellate court panel has ruled, because the bar took action to protect its patrons from potential injury when its employees placed a written warning above an outdoor heater.

Judge tosses overtime suit against adult day-care business

A maintenance worker who alleges he regularly worked at an adult day-care business for 10 to 12 hours a day without overtime pay does not have a claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act, a federal judge ruled.

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Trial Notebook


Trip to Italy ruled to be unnecessary

A month after fact-discovery closed in a lawsuit about allegedly counterfeit Maui Jim sunglasses, the defendants — relying on decisions that distinguish between “trial depositions” and “discovery depositions” — asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey T. Gilbert for “letters of request” under the “Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters” so they could obtain testimony from three people who are citizens and residents of Italy.

Legal History


October 23

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

Lawyers' Forum


Rules and regulations for short-term rentals

Although Airbnb is probably the most familiar vacation rental platform, there are numerous other platforms that allow property owners to rent out their property on a temporary basis.

Opening Statement


Resnik holds her own as star of Porchlight’s ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Tonight is opening night for another Chicago’s Porchlight Music Theatre season. But it’s not just any opening. It marks the beginning of the 25th anniversary season of this most ambitious musical theater company.

Sports, Business & the Law


Anti-Doping Agency changes the face of U.S. sports

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency was created in 2000 in an effort to combat athlete doping and performance-enhancing drugs in professional and amateur sports. In just 19 years, the agency has fundamentally changed sports in the United States.

Non-Billable Hours


Zellweger brings ‘Judy’ alive — the sadness, tragedy and tears

“Judy,” starring Renee Zellweger as the big-voiced, doe-eyed, tissue-frail Judy Garland, portrays the last year of Garland’s life, bridging the summer of 1968 until her death from a barbiturate overdose at age 47 in 1969.

Opening Statement


Goodman’s ‘Bernhardt/Hamlet’ finds unisex role doesn’t work

There has always been some question among Shakespeare scholars about the exact age of Hamlet at the time of the play. Some believe he was a young lad of 19 while others maintain he was the mature age of 30.

Social Scene


2019 Stevens Awards

The Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation held their annual Justice John Paul Stevens Awards luncheon last Thursday at the Standard Club. The awards are the highest legal honor bestowed by both groups. Pictured (left to right) are foundation President Steven A. Weiss, a partner at Honigman; former Cook County circuit judge William D. Maddux, of counsel at Kralovec Jambois & Schwartz; U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman; former Cook County judge Sheila M. Murphy, now the co-director of UIC John Marshall Law School’s Restorative Justice Project; Power Rogers & Smith LLP partner Joseph A. Power Jr.; attorney Mark L. Rotert; and association President Jesse Ruiz, a deputy Illinois governor. Chicago Mayor …

IBF Gala 2019

The Illinois Bar Foundation held its 21st annual gala on Friday at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. The foundation presented Robert A. Clifford of Clifford Law Offices with its Distinguished Award for Excellence. Clifford is pictured on the right, joined onstage by 1st District Appellate Court Justice Terrence J. Lavin and Hughes Socol Piers Resnick Dym Ltd. shareholder Deane B. Brown. Bill Richert

Coalition’s Leadership forum

The Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law held its 10th annual Leadership Forum last Tuesday at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. At the event, the coalition gave its Leadership Award to Anne Larson of Ogletree Deakins, its Inspiration Award to Katherine Minarik of Cleverbridge and its Benchmark Award to Benesch Law’s B-Sharp Initiative for Women In-House Counsel. Pictured (left to right) are Benesch partner Margo Wolf O’Donnell, Coalition President Carolyn Blessing of Locke Lord LLP and Larson. Photo provided by the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law

19th Amendment turns 100

Chief U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer (left) discusses her career and the courts during a “fireside chat” with U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman during a luncheon Wednesday at the Union League Club comemmorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. The event was hosted by the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois along with the Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago, the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women and the Illinois State Bar Association’s Women and the Law Committee. Photo provided by the WBAI/Bill Richert

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