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  • Trial Notebook

    Although Illinois “public policy prohibits insurance against liability for punitive damages that arise out of the misconduct of the insured,” Kevin and Melissa Fox argued that American Alternative Insurance Corp. was liable for a judgment of $3.4 million in punitive damages.
  • Insurance Matters

    The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently construed a completed-operations exclusion to find it applicable to a claim against a condominium developer for allegedly negligent work, even though the developer was still performing operations on certain portions of the premises.
  • Woodwise Ethics

    When I was growing up, I received an allowance for doing chores around the house. I was free to do whatever I wanted with the money. I could put it in my plastic bank on my dresser or under my mattress, or I could blow it all on candy or potato chips.
  • Life in the Workplace

    The Family and Medical Leave Act entitles eligible employees up to 12 weeks of leave during any 12-month period. It covers, among other conditions, “serious health conditions” that are chronic and cause episodic incapacities.
  • Plain Speaking

    The lesson of history, as our president might say, is that all things must come to an end, including nations and empires. The empire falls first and then, sometimes, the nation itself.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    "Asset protection” has remained a hot, though oftentimes mysterious, term in the legal field for some time now. Many times, it carries with it a dirty connotation.
  • This Day in Legal History

    See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
    Sporting Judgment
  • Changing Tunes

    Are you a football fan? The Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson situations and how they’ve been handled by the NFL have caused many to ask themselves that question. My answer is no, although the question has been on my mind far longer.
  • GENEVA — For Qatar or Russia to be stripped of the World Cup, a key person in the legal chain needs to make use of the powers available to him.
  • Sports, Business & the Law

    When the Ricketts family bought the Cubs in 2009, their goal was to win the World Series. To achieve that, the expansion of Wrigley Field became key, as it would increase ticket, advertising and television revenue to help fund baseball operations.
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  • The Final Draught

    It’s probably the most frequently asked question asked about Oktoberfest: “Why is it called Oktoberfest if it’s in September?” As Oktoberfest beers hit the shelves and Oktoberfest parties are held at breweries and pubs across the city, it’s an excellent jumping-off point for exploring both the festival and the brew that bears its name.
  • On the Job

    So you just received a new client engagement. Some of the work is well within your firm’s practice. Some is not far off.
  • BOZEMAN, Mont. — Greg Mortenson doesn’t want to talk about his best-selling book “Three Cups of Tea,” but everybody else does — including his own charity.
  • A 2005 study found that tens of thousands of people across the state were turned away each year from an overburdened and under-funded legal aid system.
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