Illinois Lawyer Blog

Supreme Court lets $2.2 billion dollar ovarian cancer verdict stand against Johnson & Johnson

This important ruling got kind of lost in the news cycle. A couple weeks ago, the United States Supreme Court refused to vacate a $2.2 billion dollar ovarian cancer verdict against Johnson & Johnson[“J & J”]. The verdict was originally returned by a Missouri jury in 2018 on behalf of 22 women. The original verdict was actually $4.7 billion… Read More
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Recent Appellate Decision provides roadmap for dog bite cases.

The Illinois Second District Appellate court recently handed down an opinion that provides a pretty concise roadmap of the proof one needs when litigating a dog bite case. In Dziewra v. Ori, Jamie Dzierwa sued several people after she was bitten by Fiona – a 105 pound Cane Corso[a Cane Corso(not Fiona) is pictured above]. The drama started on July 25, 20… Read More
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Categories: CASES IN THE NEWS

McDonald's accused of pushing Black Franchise owners to bad locations

According to a recent Forbes article, McDonald’s Corporation is being sued for $1 billion dollars by dozens of former Black franchise owners who claim they were pushed to “substandard locations” that resulted in decreased revenue but increased insurance costs. The 52 former owners, who filed the lawsuit in federal court in Chicago, alleged th… Read More
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Categories: CASES IN THE NEWS

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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Categories: CASES IN THE NEWS

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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Former MSNBC Host Falsely accused by Rush Limbaugh of posing nude at 14.

This story is actually difficult to believe. During a recent broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Rush Limbaugh said this about Krystal Ball, a former Democratic Congressional candidate: “Remember the name Krystal Ball with a K? Some thought she was attractive. She was running for Congress and she got elected, some tweets came out. She pose… Read More
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Categories: Blog, IN THE NEWS

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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The Illinois Right to Privacy in the Workplace Act - a good start.

So – can an employee be fired for supporting perfectly legitimate organizations on her personal time? I represent a nice young woman who it appears, was fired from a large big box store on the basis of race. That’s an easy one. But it also appears she was fired for her support of legitimate organizations through various well-recognized social media… Read More
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