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  • Trial Notebook

    Pre-emption based on the federal Hazardous Materials Transportation Act and the Hazardous Materials Regulations knocked out Steven Noffsinger’s state law claims against Valspar Corp.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    There are major corporations and government agencies that seek business from companies owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
  • In Transit

    Last month, we discussed the distinction between the tests applied under Wisconsin and Illinois law to determine whether independent contractors hired by motor carriers are engaged “in the business of” the carrier for the purposes of determining whose insurer is on the hook for damages resulting from accidents involving the contractors.
  • Plain Speaking

    Just three days before Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, Holocaust survivor Magda Brown slipped quietly and without fanfare into the spectator’s benches of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals courtroom on the Dirksen Federal Courthouse’s 27th floor.
  • This Day in Legal History

    See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
  • Opening Statement

    I have always been a great fan of composer Stephen Sondheim. But I must confess that his “Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” currently being performed through Nov. 9 by the Porchlight Musical Theatre Company has never been among my favorites.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    The introduction of the European Union’s Data Privacy Directive in 1995 presented a host of challenges for U.S. companies doing business in Europe.
    Sporting Judgment
  • Sports Marketing Playbook

    Slated to host Super Bowl 50 in February 2016, Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, has been called the “future of the NFL” — a $9 billion league that has plans to grow even bigger over the next decade. But is this high-tech, lavish and meticulously designed stadium all that the owners are touting it as — a cutting-edge experience for fans?
  • PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius offered $34,000 to the family of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after he killed her, but the family rejected the funds because they did not want “blood money,” a prosecutor said at the sentencing hearing today for the double-amputee athlete.
  • Lex Sportiva

    On Sept. 17, the National Football League and the NFL Players Association reached an agreement on the terms of its new doping and substance abuse policy. The new policy culminated a lengthy negotiations period which featured many key contentions from both players and league executives.
  • Non-Billable Hours
  • NORCO, Calif. — Christopher Bisbano leaps onto the stage and his body transforms. He cries out for his true love, then contorts his face into a droopy pout as the audience bellows with laughter. Bisbano, 47, is one of the most talented actors on this stage, with years of experience — but he is also a convicted felon.
  • On the Job

    After practicing for a while, many attorneys discover they surprisingly enjoy the business side of an industry more than traditional practice. To compete for jobs that also comprise business management skills, how should seasoned attorneys market themselves when they don’t have a business pedigree or practical business experience?
  • Kelly’s Critique

    On the Northwest Side, there is a small, unassuming barbecue restaurant called “Smoque BBQ” which boasts what many Chicagoans refer to as the best barbecue in the city.
  • Literary Argument

    According to Dave one morning (that would be 11th Circuit Associate Judge David Wayne Butler to you), it was time to get up from judges’ coffee and go to work.
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