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Recall over air bags is largest ever
Takata Corp., the manufacturer of allegedly faulty air bags in millions of American vehicles, is now involved in the largest product recall in the nation’s history.
WBAI’s Rise up and Reach Back
Magna Carta at 800
DuPage Bar Law Day luncheon
A Family affair
Liberty Bell Awards
DCBA’s ‘Worst Show Ever’
Justice shares insights on appeals court records, briefs
Cases seeking review in the Illinois Appellate Court are frequently dismissed for a simple reason: They don’t provide enough detail. “If you are the appellant, it’s your burden to make sure we have a complete record,” 1st District Appellate Court Justice Mathias W. Delort said.
Judge holds phoned insults justified arrest
A man arrested after he left profanity-laced voicemail messages for Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy A. Brown doesn’t have a case for a violation of his rights, a federal judge has held.
High court probes school’s right to build bleachers
The city of Crystal Lake, its residents and a McHenry County high school district have been wrestling over a $1.2 million bleacher project since 2013. On Wednesday, it was the high court’s turn to step into the ring.
An international one-stop shop for design patents
Filing for design patents in countries across the globe just got easier. The U.S. government last week officially joined a World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) program that, in theory, can turn a single design patent application in one country into one filed in more than 50 countries.
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State’s decision to keep managers out of unions passes appellate court test
A state appeals panel rejected a union challenge Tuesday to a law that took collective bargaining rights from some state employees, such as general counsels and chiefs of staff.
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Why cooler heads prevail when legal disputes heat up
Legal disputes can be expensive, time-consuming, tense and most of all, unpredictable. That is why having seasoned – but dispassionate – observers providing analysis can save lawyers and clients a lot of time, money and consternation.
Law School Notes
City gives John Marshall $64,000 for restorative justice work in three schools
In the first semester of the 2013-14 school year at Chicago Public Schools, four out of 10 student-misconduct incidents resulted in out-of-school suspensions. That totaled more than 25,000 suspensions for roughly 16,000 students from pre-K through 12th grade, CPS data shows.
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In the News
Chuhak & Tecson P.C. added Kurt J. Anderson as an associate.
Fired Rutherford staffers threaten lawsuit recourse
$1.65M in gambling debt? Triple Crown contender says nay
Prosecutors would face high bar in filing charges in Amtrak crash
Video visitation growing trend in prisons, jails
Who to turn to when you're $70 million in the hole
Facing dire finances, Wayne County, Mich., officials sought the advice of O’Keefe, a financial consulting firm, and taxpayers already are seeing millions in savings.
Criminal procedure — public defender fees
Criminal law — sex offender registration, sentence
Employment law — drug-free work place policy
Immigration law — asylum, credibility of statement
An Orange County, Calif., man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in state prison for killing three teenage trick-or-treaters in a hit-and-run on Halloween. District attorney spokeswoman Roxi Fyad said Jaquinn Bell was sentenced Thursday to 13 years and eight months in state prison and six months in jail for the killings. She said he was sentenced to another 18 months in jail for a probation violation. A message was left for Bell’s lawyer Frank Bittar. Bell pleaded guilty in March to three felony counts of vehicular manslaughter and other charges.
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Summary judgment went too far
Providing important lessons on some subtle aspects of summary judgment procedure, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a ruling against the National Retirement Fund, a hotel workers’ pension plan, on NRF’s claim against Hotel 71 Mezz Lender LLC and Oaktree Capital Management for $2.1 million in withdrawal liability under the Multi-employer Pension Plan Amendments Act.
Hellman’s cutthroat melodrama ‘The Little Foxes’ as biting as ever
The late Lillian Hellman, creator of “The Children’s Hour,” “Toys in the Attic” and “Watch on the Rhine,” is considered one of the foremost playwrights of the 20th century.
Letters to the Editor
Drug field-testing bill needed for justice system
In Cook County, it is possible for someone to be held in jail on a drug charge for more than three weeks even if they had no drugs.
Officer’s acquittal shows judicial misreading of transferred intent
Rarely has a judge’s ruling illuminated the irrationality of our state’s criminal justice system like the one from a Cook County judge that set detective Dante Servin free.
Students should know consequences of sexting
A quick search of recent youth- and school-related news yields headlines from local papers such as “Nude Snapchat Selfie Spurs Discussion About Minors’ Use of Social Media,” “Students Sent to Peer Jury in Sexting Case” and “When Sexting Becomes a Crime.”
Meticulous documentation can save money and headaches
Attention to detail is paramount with respect to the proper legal documentation of business transactions, and often small details, when not given close scrutiny, can lead to significant legal issues for attorneys and their clients.
This Day in Legal History
See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
Sports, Business & the Law
Domestic violence: NFL battles for its soul
Domestic violence has become a hot topic in the world of professional sports in the United States. With several recent domestic violence incidents, this is for good reason.
Group outlines funding for San Diego stadium
SAN DIEGO — An advisory group appointed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer recommended Monday that the Chargers contribute $300 million toward a new $1.33 billion stadium with the NFL giving $200 million, the city and county $121 million each and personal seat licenses totaling $120 million.
Sports Marketing Playbook
Pro sports in Pepsi’s court with NBA deal
In what looks like a well-executed steal, PepsiCo signed a five-year corporate sponsorship deal in April with the National Basketball Association, replacing the Coca-Cola Co. — which had a 29-year sponsorship relationship with the NBA — and locking down food and beverage sponsorships for all four major North American professional sports.
Avenging the fallen heroine of the toy aisle
This is the age of the Avengers. And all of us, boys and girls, are just living in it. Yes, even before “Age of Ultron” opened in China on May 12 — where, if there’s any justice, it will pass “Transformers: Age of Extinction” as the all-time box office leader there — it was just shy of the $1 billion mark.
New Mexico legal journal breaks down the ipso facto behind ‘Breaking Bad’
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A University of New Mexico School of Law student journal has published a special issue analyzing legal issues related to the story line of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” — and what might have happened if the real-life legal system was imposed on the fictional characters.
The Final Draught
Chicago’s brew review coming right at you
How fast is Chicago’s beer scene growing these days? Well, just since the new year, we’ve seen four new breweries open their doors: Alarmist Brewing, Breakroom Brewery and Motor Row Brewing, with Blue Island Beer Co. opening up just south of the city limits.
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