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A true crime podcast worth a listen.

The news on the coronavirus is unsettling and things may get worse, leading to considerable disruptions in our daily lives. Lots of folks may end up finding themselves working remotely or with some unanticipated downtime. If the happens and you have an extra hour or so, give the In The Dark Podcast a listen. I was never one for podcasts until fairly recently.… Read More
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That Lyft ride home may not be as safe as you think.

As first reported by Cathy Bussewitz in the New York Times last month, Lyft, the popular ride-share company is facing multiple allegations of sexual assaults by drivers. Dozens of women have filed suit against Lyft over the last several months, claiming that they were sexually assaulted by Lyft drivers. Caroline Miller[pictured above]is one of the women making… Read More
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In Alabama the "Stand Your Ground Defense" is of no comfort to battered women.

In the January issue of the New Yorker, Elizabeth Flock wrote this compelling article on Brittany Smith – a battered Alabama woman[pictured above] who shot and killed the man who had savagely attacked her. The article detailed how Smith, a young woman in her thirties, was finally feeling good about life in January of 2018. Smith had battled her share of… Read More
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Holding a bar liable for criminal acts of third parties requires showing the injury resulted from the same risk present in prior incidents.

The Illinois Appellate Court handed down an opinion last week dealing with the sufficiency of proof when trying to hold a business owner liable for the criminal acts of third parties. In Witcher v. 1104 Madison Street, Toney Adewoye was a patron of Plush Restaurant back in late 2011. The restaurant is located a mile or so west of downtown Chicago. He was with… Read More
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Nasty gender discrimination case against Morrison & Foester gets nastier....

Karthryn Rubio had an article on Above the Law today about the rather nasty gender discrimination case that seven female attorneys have filed against Morrison & Foerster. [Morrison & Foester for good or bad, is known in the legal world as “MoFo”.] For those not familiar with MoFo, it is a gigantic law firm with over 1,000 lawyers and office… Read More
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Texting about veal parmigiana dinner while driving = $235,000 settlement

Saw this story by Robert Storace online recently. Dasantila Rook was driving home from her job at a Connecticut restaurant in July of 2015. She was taking food home to have dinner with her husband. All well and good. Dasantila got into trouble when she decided to text her husband about dinner. She was describing what sounded like a delicious veal parmigiana di… Read More
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Illinois Appellate Court squashes "one free rape" argument after guest attacked at Holiday Inn.

I read the opinion in Gress v. Lakhani Hospitality quite some time ago and meant to post about it. But the opinion got buried with other papers and finally resurfaced the other day. The opinion provides much needed clarity to what a plaintiff must show – and perhaps more importantly what a plaintiff is NOT obligated to show – when it comes to hotel… Read More
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Au pairs strike back.

Colleen Slevin of the Denver Post had an article in the Denver Post the other day about $65.5 million dollar settlement against several companies that bring young women to the United States to work as au pairs. [An au pair is typically a young woman, from outside the United States who comes here to provide live-in child care to families]. The underlying lawsui… Read More
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Illinois Appellate Court gives green light to asbestos case alleging conspiracy amongst manufacturers to hide the risks.

Jones v. Pneumo Abex, LLC is an interesting asbestos decision out of the Fifth Appellate District in Illinois. And it likely has asbestos manufacturers concerned. In Jones, the plaintiffs, John and Deborah Jones, sued Pneumo Abex and Owens-Illinois for injuries John suffered due to asbestos exposure when he worked in construction. John Jones never worked for e… Read More
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Illinois Appellate Court sticks yet another fork in the phantom injury defense.

Defense lawyers have been suggesting other causes of injuries since the Stone Age. The Fifth Appellate District, in Campbell v. Autenrieb recently handed down a decision that does a nice job of explaining exactly when such testimony is permissible. In Campbell, the plaintiff was injured when an unleashed dog lunged at Campbell and caused him to fall. Campbell… Read More
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