• Seven lawyers from Locke, Lord, Edwards have left for Steptoe & Johnson LLP in the past month, expanding the firm’s toxic tort litigation practice. — Free read
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  • Trial Notebook

    Without getting formally hitched, Victoria and Robert Hewitt lived like a traditional married couple with their three children from 1960 to 1975. When the relationship crumbled, Victoria sued in Champaign County asking for “an equal share of the profits and properties accumulated by the parties.”
  • Kramer’s Corner

    Whether it’s Target, Sony Pictures or, most recently, Anthem, cyberattacks on a company’s data are not going away.
  • Commercial Litigation

    Consider this: A multi-national plastics seller has a written contract with a plastics manufacturer that labels the manufacturer as an independent contractor of the seller.
  • Fads at One First

    What do you do when an appeals court opinion looks wrong but isn’t quite right for certiorari? That was the question posed to me recently by a lawyer trying to draft a cert petition that just didn’t present a classic circuit split or issue of great importance.
  • This Day in Legal History

    See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
  • Ask Snap-D

    I hear from general counsels time after time that they are looking for their attorneys to understand their business and pay them visits so they can become fully engaged in their business. Sending an associate accomplishes half of the equation; you need to show face as well.
  • Through Glazed Eyes

    During spring training last year, this column detailed a class-action suit filed by three ex-minor leaguers alleging Major League Baseball paid them less than fast-food workers.
    Sporting Judgment
  • Lex Sportiva

    PGA Tour caddies have taken aim at one of their biggest targets imaginable — the PGA Tour itself. Recently, 82 professional caddies filed a class-action lawsuit against the tour asserting claims for injunctive relief and more than $50 million in annual unpaid compensation.
  • HARRISBURG, Pa. — Now that a settlement has cleared the way for $60 million from Penn State to be spent in Pennsylvania to address child sexual abuse, potential recipients are starting to think about how that money might be put to use.
  • Agent of Change

    The biggest threat to the continued existence of the NCAA in its present form will come down later this year in Jenkins v. NCAA. The trial is expected to start sometime this fall, and the outcome could quite possibly shatter the amateurism model currently in place.
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  • Practice in the City

    I like to eat out a lot. As a lifelong Chicagoan, I am so proud of this city and the wonderful food our chefs and restaurants produce. This is a foodie town, for sure. I started thinking about all of the different places I’ve eaten at and how many places I remembered vividly for some reason other than the food.
  • Opening Statement

    Back in the Stone Age when I was a young man starting to date, we didn’t have smartphones, iPads, computers or online dating services. The Chicago premiere of “First Date” at the Royal George Cabaret gave me a great opportunity to update my knowledge of current dating practices.
  • Recipes

    Stir up some comfort food with this recipe from Amy Aebersold.
  • Amicus Scriptor

    Someday is now. That’s attorney Ruth Kaufman’s motto, but ironically, her “now” is 1453, Henry VI is king, and what we now call the Wars of the Roses will soon begin.
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