Illinois Lawyer Blog

Abraham Lincoln, open windows and supposed ethical lapses.

    Saw an excellent article in the Illinois Bar Journal by lawyers Guy Franker and J. Steven Beckett entitled Lawyer Lincoln’s Legacy – Honest Abe on Lawyer Honesty.  Their article offered an interesting analysis of a supposed ethical lapse Mr. Lincoln had whilst defending a woman on murder charges.  Before going much further, let me… Read More
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A sip of beer leads to a burned esophagus. And a $750,000 verdict.

This is a terrifying story.  Richard Washart was dining at the McCormick & Schmicks restaurant in Atlantic City and ordered a beer with his meal.  He took the first sip of his beer and things went to hell.  Washart immediately began to experience a severe burning pain.  He ran to to the bathroom where he became intensely ill.  Severe pain in his mout… Read More
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Trump Administration goes with Sgt Schultz approach to legal donations.

    This troubling development got some coverage today – but not enough.  The United States Office of Government Ethics[OGE] has quietly reversed an internal ruling that has, for decades, prohibited White House staffers from accepting anonymous donations to help pay legal fees.  Now government employees can solicit and accept money from peop… Read More
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Categories: Blog, IN THE NEWS

Litigators drink wine. A trial lawyer drinks whiskey and tries cases.

In an interesting post on Above the Law, the other day, John Balestriere reported that a South Dakota Judge, Cheryle Gering, gave the following directive to some lawyers in her courtroom: “You need to be trial lawyers.  A litigator drinks wine and takes depositions.  A trial lawyer drinks whiskey and tries cases.”  Wow.  Suddenly every trial l… Read More
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Categories: Blog, TRIAL PRACTICE

Fee petitions ain't bean-bag.

    A recent case out of Pennsylvania serves as a cautionary tale for attorneys seeking attorney fees pursuant to statute.  The case, Clemens v. New York Central Mutual Fire Insurance Company  was a “bad faith” case – where the plaintiff alleges the insurance carrier did not act appropriately in evaluating and/or resolving a clai… Read More
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Categories: Blog, CASES IN THE NEWS

New law says Illinois businesses can't stop bad online reviews through gag clauses.

Illinois Governor Rauner recently signed a law that prohibits businesses from enforcing “non-disparagement” or “gag” clauses in contracts for the sale or lease of consumer goods.  The gag clauses are typically placed in the Terms and Conditions portion of the contract.  Why there?  Simple.  Consumers don’t read Terms and Cond… Read More
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Categories: IN THE NEWS

Is there a link between brain cancer and major league baseball?

    Is there a link between brain cancer and major league baseball?  Some people are wondering, as Jere’ Longman’s recent article in the New York Times pointed out. The Philadelphia Phillies played at Veterans Stadium from 1971 to 2003.   A number of Phillies who played at Veterans during those years have died of glioblastoma, a partic… Read More
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$417 Million awarded to plaintiff in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder case just months after $110 million dollar verdict.

  On Monday, a Los Angeles jury returned a stunning $417 million dollar verdict against Johnson & Johnson in another case claiming that Johnson & Johnson baby powder led to ovarian cancer.  Eva Echeverria had claimed that she used the baby powder on a daily basis from the 1950s until 2016.  She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2007.  The v… Read More
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Trump Administration moves to strip victims of nursing home neglect of their right to sue.

  As recently reported by Robert Pear in the New York Times, the Trump Administration is moving forward on its promise to strip victims of nursing home neglect of the right to pursue justice in courtrooms.  For years, nursing homes have included “no sue” arbitration clauses in the documents patients [or their loved ones] sign upon admission… Read More
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Ford Agrees to pay $10 Million in EEOC case out of Chicago plant

Ford Motor has agreed to pay $10.125 million dollars to resolve a United State Equal Employment Opportunity Commission[EEOC] case alleging sexual and racial harassment of of female African American workers at the Chicago Assembly Plan and Chicago Stamping Plant.  The EEOC also alleged that Ford had retaliated against those workers who complained about the ha… Read More
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