Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner R. Scott Falk takes part in a Chicago Humanities Festival reception in 2017. Falk died May 17. A memorial service will be conducted on Friday at Fourth Presbyterian Church. – Photo provided by Chicago Humanities Festival

Kirkland merger expert, Red Cross leader dies

R. Scott Falk, a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP who negotiated multibillion-dollar mergers and acquisitions, died Friday at the age of 55.

The Lightfoot administration begins

Only a few weeks after winning the April runoff election, attorney Lori E. Lightfoot was sworn in Monday morning as mayor of Chicago.

Public safety, civil rights groups battle over facial ID technology

San Francisco is on track to become the first U.S. city to ban the use of facial recognition by police and other city agencies, reflecting a growing backlash against a technology that’s creeping into airports, motor vehicle departments, stores, stadiums and home security cameras.

'Open and obvious' doctrine defeats Menards injury suit

A man who tripped over a sign at a Menards store does not have a personal-injury claim against the home improvement chain, a federal appeals court ruled.

Counterclaim legitimacy comes before high court

The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments in a case questioning whether a counterclaim challenging the constitutionality of a law can continue even if the plaintiff’s underlying lawsuit is dismissed for lack of a cause of action.

ABA council increases bar passage standards

The American Bar Association’s national accreditation arm approved stricter standards for law schools, now requiring graduates achieve a 75% bar passage rate within two years instead of five.

$18.6M awarded in fatal tractor trailer crash

A federal jury awarded $18.6 million to the wife of a Canadian truck driver who died after a collision with a tractor trailer on Interstate 80 in LaSalle County.

Loyola age bias claim clears first legal hurdle

A federal judge cleared the way for a woman to pursue a lawsuit alleging she was not considered for a tenure-track position at Loyola University Chicago because of her age.
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