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  • Trial Notebook

    Renee Melbourn was a passenger in a 29-foot cigarette boat named Purple Haze on July 28, 2012, when the allegedly intoxicated operator, David Hatyina, hit and killed 10-year-old Antonio Borcia after the youngster fell off a tube that was being towed by a pontoon boat on Petite Lake in Lake County.
  • Criminal Procedure

    You do not have to be a lawyer to have heard of a Terry stop. But do you remember the facts of Terry v. Ohio from your law school days? I’ll save you the trouble of looking up 392 U.S. 1 (1968) and simply remind you.
  • Federal Courts

    Today’s 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals case involves the question of whether a plaintiff whose causation expert doctor was barred could substitute his treating doctor, a pulmonologist, as an expert under Daubert.
  • Workplace Issues

    To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, a claimant must prove an inability to engage in “any” meaningful work, a standard considered extremely difficult to meet. However, as a recent case shows, the FedEx disability benefit plan imposes qualification standards that are even harder than Social Security’s.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    Hit-and-run motor vehicle collisions are unique among personal-injury claims. If the hit-and-run driver is unknown, recovery cannot be made against that driver via settlement or suit. Even more troubling is a case where the driver is unknown and through some fluke has not made physical contact with the automobile of the injured party. Such cases often fall within the exclusions of applicable uninsured motorist policy coverage for hit-and-run cases.
  • Woodwise Ethics

    About a month ago, I received an e-mail from a close girlfriend. When I clicked on it, there was a message directing me to click on a link to receive a great discount on my next purchase of Viagra. Since I could not imagine why my girlfriend would be promoting the sale of Viagra (or why she would think I would be a good prospect for this product), I concluded correctly that her e-mail account had been hacked and quickly deleted the message.
    Sporting Judgment
  • ST. LOUIS — The effort to build a new riverfront football stadium in St. Louis got a big boost Monday when a judge ruled that approval from city voters is not necessary to use city tax money for the project.
  • Lex Sportiva

    One of the intersections between sports law and educational law is found when a student challenges the ruling of a school or athletic association relative to participation in an extracurricular activity.
  • The Laws of Fitness

    For the last few months I’ve been taking a boxing class in the city. The class is taught by a seasoned instructor known to everyone as “Pat.” Our circuit training consists of the following seemingly easy but tough workouts.
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  • Opening Statement

    Rivers belong where they can ramble,/ Eagles belong where they can fly,/ I’ve got to be where the eagles run free,/ Gotta find my corner of the sky
  • NEW YORK — After more than 16 years and nearly 2,600 telecasts, Jon Stewart can feel proud of his scads of Emmys and his pair of Peabody Awards, his cultural gravitas (he hung with the Prez, both on and off the air!), even his reprobate status at Fox News.
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    A recipe for a cool summer treat.
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    This month, I flew to Washington, D.C., rented a car and found myself out in the extremely beautiful and very rural area of Virginia where the Castleton Music Festival is located. I was there to attend the world premiere of the one-act comic opera “Scalia/Ginsburg.”
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