Illinois Lawyer Blog

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.… 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 o… 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 lawyer… 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… 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… 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 – w… 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 und… Read More
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Categories: CASES IN THE NEWS

Environmental toxic exposure - may be the next trend in tort litigation - and chemical manufacturers should be concerned.

  The most recent ABA Journal had an intriguing excerpt from a book Poisoned – How a Crime Busting Prosecutor Turned His Medical Mystery into a Crusade for Environmental Victims – which might portend the next trend in tort litigation.   The book was written by Alan Bell, who in the 1980’s was a hotshot prosecutor in Florida.  He th… 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 worke… Read More
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Why Alexander Acosta should NEVER be Attorney General.

    The endless and exhausting breaking news generated by the White House sometimes overwhelms other important stories.  The Miami Herald had a story the other day about Alexander Acosta – the current Secretary of Labor – and his involvement in the remarkably lenient treatment of Jeffrey Epstein, a Florida billionaire, and serial sexual… Read More
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