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Second chance for woman injured at Weiner Circle

The Illinois Appellate Court recently resurrected a lawsuit against one of Chicago’s most famous late night stops – The Weiner Circle[pictured above]. Back in 2011, Leah Libolt was visiting Chicago.  She and friend went out to dinner and then hit a few bars on the north side.  And about at about 2 am, they found themselves at Weiner Circle. Littl… Read More
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Defendant gets new trial...because his lawyer was sleeping.

Jonahan Turley continues to find really interesting – if somewhat depressing – stories about the legal system. On Monday, Turley wrote about a recent decision out of the United States Court of Appeals in the Fourth Circuit.  Nicolas Ragin, pictured below, had been arrested and tried for conspiracy and racketeering charges in 2006.  His lawyer at… Read More
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Some New laws of Note in Illinois....

Saw an article on the Huffington Post the other day detailing some new laws our hardworking legislators in Springfield managed to get on the books. Here is a link to the Huff Post article.  Wanted to point out some of the more important ones… 3D Mammographies now covered by insurance – Senate Bill 54 – adds 3D mammographies to scans covered… Read More
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DSW employee fired for calling police has cause of action under Illinois Whistleblower Statute.

I saw an interesting employment law opinion come out of the Northern District of Illinois last week.  Melissa Coffey was an assistant Store Manager for the Skokie DSW Shoe Store. DSW has an interesting policy when it comes to possible shoplifiting – called the Shoplifting and No-Apprehension Policy[“the Policy”].  According to the policy u… Read More
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Former Illinois College Football Player suing Olivet Nazarene University for Brain Injury

Meredith Rodriquez had an interesting story in the Chicago Tribune on a lawsuit recently filed by a former college football player. The allegations rise disturbing questions about how players are coached and the equipment they use. Nathaniel Irvin filed suit in the Circuit Court of Cook County claiming that he suffered brain damage as a result of poor coaching… Read More
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Attempting to build your brand? Facebook and Twitter may be a waste of time.

Saw an article by Chris Gayomali at fastcompany.com that ruined my day. Gayomali wasdiscussing a recent report from Forrester, amarket research firm. The report, entitled “Facebook has Finally Killed Organic Reach. What Should Marketers Do Next?”, written by Nate Elliott. Elliot’s report examined what social relationship[read media] strateg… Read More
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DO NOT TRUST FIDO IN A RUNNING CAR.

Saw this reported in a couple of place, including Jonathan Turley’s site, Res Ipsa Loquitur. Back in 2005, a woman in Colac, Australia decided to take her 3 dogs out for a walk before running some errands. After finishing the walk she loaded two of the dogs into the rear seat of the car. She then put a third dog in the front seat. It appears the woman (n… Read More
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Bar liability extends beyond the tavern threshold.

Lots of guys have walked into bars with nothing but the best intentions – have a few drinks; watch a game; shoot a little pool – when some buffoon with a bad case of beer muscles starts trouble.  I was recently hired by a young guy who was badly injured after  a bar fight that may have started in the bar and resumed outside in the parking lot.  … Read More
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Why independent medical exams are a crock.

Eric Turkewitz writes a great blog on trial work entitled New York Injury Law Blog.  He had a great post yesterday detailing the ugly underside of the “independent medical exam”[“IME”] that insurance lawyers often arrange in order to dispute the severity of the injuries claimed by plaintiffs in personal injury cases.  Illinois law all… Read More
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Federal jury doesn't buy sex slave allegations

On Thursday evening, a federal court jury in Chicago returned a Not Guilty verdict in a civil lawsuit that featured some ugly allegations made by an ex-wife against her former husband.  Kimberly O’Brien alleged that her former husband, Kevin Anderson, had forced her to walk around their homes wearing only heels and address him as “Master”. … Read More
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