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  • Trial Notebook

    Because clear and convincing evidence is required to justify sanctions for civil contempt, several U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal — including the 7th Circuit in Maynard v. Nygren, 332 F.3d 462 (2003) — concluded that this heightened burden of proof also applies when a judge dismisses a lawsuit as a sanction for discovery-related misconduct.
  • Federal Courts

    Today’s case involves several interesting issues tied to a claim by a condominium association against a subcontractor for defectively installed windows, resulting in property damage.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    As online review websites like Yelp and Avvo have continued gaining popularity, ethics attorneys often field questions from lawyers requesting guidance in handling online reviews, especially negative reviews.
  • Cotter’s Corner

    In this column, I look into the correspondence sent from a bed-ridden New York woman, Julia Sand, to Chester Arthur beginning when he was vice president under President James Garfield.
  • Sole Speak

    Now that the world communicates electronically, lawyers are better positioned to expand their work across state lines. Such opportunities could lead to the unlicensed practice of law, particularly by sole practitioners who lack satellite offices or partners admitted in target jurisdictions.
  • Legal History

    See if you know what happened on this day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
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  • The NHL is looking at China as hockey’s next great frontier. With the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China is eager to step up its game and the league is intrigued by the potential of a new nontraditional market with 1.4 billion people that might take to hockey like it did basketball. — Free read
  • Sports Torts

    In June, I wrote in my “Sports Torts” column that the 1st District Appellate Court’s opinion in Barr v. Cunningham, 2016 IL App (1st) 150437, “provides some further clarity on the expectations of facilitators and supervisors of youth sports and recreation as well as the relationship between the facilitator’s conduct and the inherent risk of injury.”
  • The Power of Lifting

    Spring season is in bloom. Time to shed the winter layers and get back into shape.
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  • Opening Statement

    A wise man once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
  • Non-Billable Hours

    What could be new about a tale as old as time? The beauty of Disney’s live-action retelling of “Beauty and the Beast” resides in the visually spectacular, digitally enhanced, Rococo-themed production design. The movie is bedazzled, gilded and bejeweled in every over-stimulating frame — then it’s 3D amplified for immersive effect.
  • Non-Billable Hours

    This weekend's weather forecast may be rainy, but that doesn't mean you can't brighten up this breakfast classic.
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