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City owes $58M in parking dispute
A state appeals panel ruled Wednesday that the city must pay a $58 million arbitration award to the operators of the garages beneath Millennium Park and Grant Park for a breach of their lease and concession deal.
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The Law Project hosts benefit
Hellenic Bar Association ball
JMLS assembles 1970 delegates
Jewish judges host annual dinner
Barristers Big Band shows their best
Corboy & Demetrio honors officer
Whistleblowing continues to rise
The phones just won’t stop ringing at the Securities and Exchange Commission. The financial regulator’s Office of the Whistleblower logged more growth in its fourth year, bringing in 12 percent more tips — 3,620 — this fiscal year than last, according to an annual report issued last week.
Supreme Court won’t tackle Bears tax case
SPRINGFIELD — The state’s top court today deflected the Chicago Bears’ attempt to avoid a $4.1 million tax bill it owes to Cook County.
Record verdict awarded over big toe amputation
A Cook County jury has awarded a $935,600 verdict to a woman who lost one of her big toes after surgery.
7th Circuit lays out map for proving bias claims
Anti-discrimination laws do not prohibit an employer from demanding that a manager take responsibility for everything that occurs at the facilities he supervises, a federal appeals court has ruled.
What does it take to last 30 years as a successful law firm?
There are many ways for a lawyer to land clients. But when today's client was yesterday's opponent that says something about the respect a firm has within the greater legal community.
Novack and Macey, LLP
Appeals lawyer set for Round 2 in pension fight
You would be hard-pressed to find someone who takes more pride in being an appellate lawyer than Aaron B. Maduff. The 44-year-old partner at Maduff & Maduff LLC said he relishes the role, joking that the “real glory” happens on appeal even though trial lawyers oftentimes get the spotlight.
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In the News
Lawyer Alejandro Caffarelli has formed Caffarelli & Associates Ltd., joined by attorneys Alexis D. Martin and Lorraine T. Peeters, as well as longtime staff members Joanna Germann Zalewski and Mariela Cano.
Response to Cosby allegations reveals shifting attitudes
One answer, more questions in Ferguson
On Black Friday, gun-buying puts strain on system
Judge puts brakes on Uber service in Nevada
Bay of Pigs vet, others in court for Cuba assets
Fee arrangements structured to fit client’s needs
Stephanie A. Genuardi was seeking an innovative solution as she faced a career crossroads last year. Soon, she realized the answer was at the tip of her keyboard in this day and age of easy remote access.
Inside Out Legal, LLC
Fourth Amendment — community caretaking limits
Civil procedure — mootness, public interest rule
Criminal law — intimidation, public official meaning
Labor law — retaliatory discharge, third parties
That’s how much the owner of a cargo ship that harmed more than 100,000 coral colonies in 2010 when it ran aground off Oahu will pay in a damages deal reached with the federal government and the state of Hawaii. Denak Ship Management and Vogetrader Shipping Inc. will pay the amount to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The agency says the 733-foot bulk carrier Vogetrader with a load of coal damaged coral when it ran aground Feb. 5, 2010, off Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor. The NOAA will use most of the cash to restore or protect coral reef habitat and oversee restoration.
—From The Associated Press
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Zoo’s status not enough for immunity
The immunities and special protections that the Illinois General Assembly granted to public entities in the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act extends to “any not-for-profit corporation organized for the purpose of conducting public business.”
For companies, perils abound when soliciting information at point of sale
Of all of the numbers that are part of your daily personal life, which are important enough to keep private? Your Social Security number? Definitely. Your date of birth? Maybe — depending on how cautious (and how old) you are. But what about your ZIP code?
‘Laffidavits’ make cruel joke of system
Illinois Supreme Court Rule 114, which took effect May 1, 2013, requires mortgage lenders to “comply with the requirements of any loss mitigation program which applies to the subject mortgage loan” prior to moving for a judgment of foreclosure.
A toast to the 21st amendment and the demise of the 18th
In the history of the U.S. Constitution, only one amendment has been ratified and become part of the Constitution and then removed by another amendment.
This Day In Legal History
See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
Faulty work not an ‘occurrence’ under commercial liability policy
Today’s 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals case answers two questions which frequently arise under a commercial general liability policy: Is faulty workmanship resulting in suit an “occurrence”? And, when does the “products-completed operations” exclusion bar coverage?
Employment releases and disability
Employees who are unable to continue working due to medical issues often accept severance payments in exchange for releasing their employers from liability. However, by doing so, acceptance of a severance payment in exchange for a release may preclude a subsequent claim seeking disability benefits.
Peterson’s appeal set for Dec. 2, but without Goodell
MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson’s hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be held on Dec. 2. And it will not be in front of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The Power of Lifting
What to do when your body gives a stop signal
As we get older, we notice minor aches and pains. It’s all a part of aging.
Nike nixes ‘No. 3’ shoe after Iverson protest
PHILADELPHIA — Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA superstar questioned whether the company could use his old number and team colors while he’s endorsed by rival Reebok.
On the Job
Eyeing a career move? Failure is an option
With Thanksgiving approaching, this is a great time to step back and reflect. It’s also a good time to address a question many attorneys regularly ask me: Whether it’s possible (and how) to transition their practices from one area to another.
Mix up a batch of chocolate banana oatmeal
Get into the "refrigerator oatmeal" trend with this recipe from Amy Aebersold.
46.3 million to hit the road for holiday
NEW YORK — The good news for Thanksgiving travelers? The price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news? A lot more people will be on the road.
The mistakes that define the legal profession
In my last column, purportedly about non-fiction literature and the law, I wrote of mistakes as related in memoir, such as Daniel Menaker’s “My Mistake.” I also wrote briefly of one of my own mistakes. With the thought of memoir, mistakes, non-fiction and law in mind, let’s take a slight turn.
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