• Indiana lawmakers did not tread on the U.S. Constitution or federal labor law when they barred unions from making workers pay for the services the unions provide them, a divided appeals court ruled today.
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  • Trial Notebook

    Mary Jane Muraida, the beneficiary of a land trust that held title to a condominium unit in southwest suburban Oak Lawn, signed a “reverse mortgage” that promised her up to $237,000 in payments from Marquette National Bank.
  • Federal Courts

    In today’s case, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals clarified the tests for class certification under two rules covering commonality among class members and the issue of whether common questions predominate over individual ones.
  • Modern Family

    In last month’s Modern Family column, Karen Pinkert-Lieb wrote Aug. 6 about the recent decision allowing non-custodial parents to get child support. Before that decision, non-custodial parents just assumed they would be paying, rather than receiving, child support.
  • Next Chapter

    Jennifer Shasky Calvery, director of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, has addressed a serious issue that many money-services businesses are facing.
  • Lawyers' Forum

    New guidance from the IRS may provide a boost to wind energy project developers. The industry has experienced a tough time this year from the loss of the production tax credit, the tax incentive that underpins the financing for virtually all Midwest wind farms.
  • Fads at One First

    Just weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court closed its doors on yet another exciting term, leaving us in Chicago to turn our attention to mediocre (at best) baseball, sporadic weather and (what else?) the October term 2014.
  • This Day in Legal History

    See if you know what happened on This Day in Legal History with Karen Conti.
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  • The Power of Lifting

    Runners know that hydration is part of the program. Often, lifters forget about proper hydration.
  • Lex Sportiva

    Mo’ne Davis has not even entered high school, and yet the NCAA’s strict rules over collegiate athletics may already be costing the Little League World Series star a lot of money.
  • Even actor Tom Hanks has an opinion about whether the athletes at the 2015 Women’s World Cup should play on artificial turf or grass.
  • Non-Billable Hours
  • Amicus Scriptor

    In my last column, I wrote about Colm Toibin’s advice that a writer should know the whole story before writing his or her novel. Since I’ve always discovered the story by writing it, this for me would be a new way of working — but one I’m willing to try, if only I had my next big idea.
  • Take a trip to the frozen side of Margaritaville with this recipe from Amy Aebersold.
  • VENICE, Italy — What is it like to look into the eyes of the men who killed your brother and went unpunished? It’s almost impossible to imagine, but “The Look of Silence” provides a glimpse at an answer.
  • Literary Argument

    Nightmare … is the habitat of childhood. In these startling words, Frederick Busch, in “A Dangerous Profession: A Book About the Writing Life,” characterized Charles Dickens’ perspective concerning the lives of children.
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