Trial Notebook


Buyer finds little relief in aloe lawsuit

Jennifer Parrott’s three-count federal complaint against Family Dollar Inc. for breach of warranty (express and implied) and violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act alleged that there was no aloe in the “Tropic Sun Aloe Vera Gel” she purchased from the retailer — although the product’s front label said “made with 100% pure aloe”; the list of ingredients included “aloe barbadensis leaf juice”; and the back label proclaimed “made from fresh aloe vera leaves.”

Legal History


November 20

See if you know what happened on this day in Legal History with Karen Conti.

Lawyers' Forum

FinCEN investigates secret real estate buyers in Chicago

On Nov. 8, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a unit of the U.S. Treasury Department, announced it was renewing its regulation targeting secret buyers of residential real estate properties in various cities, including Chicago.

Labor Daze


Permanent, temporary definitions hurt miners in layoff suit

In February 2016, Hamilton County Coal LLC, a coal mining concern in southern Illinois, announced to its employees a “temporary layoff” expected to run through July 2016.

Legal History


November 19

See if you know what happened on this day in Legal History with Karen Conti.

Through Glazed Eyes


Coaching a testifying witness is, without a flinch, contemptuous

Usually, it happens well into a key deposition. After hours of grueling questioning, the witness starts to wear down, his loss of confidence becoming palpable, but the interrogator doesn’t let up.

Beyond the Playing Field


Wiseman case shows difficulty in suing, prevailing against NCAA

Last Thursday, just days after a Tennessee judge granted a temporary restraining order in the plaintiff’s favor allowing him to play in college basketball games pending a more finite determination of his eligibility, University of Memphis star forward James Wiseman suddenly withdrew his lawsuit, which had been scheduled for further hearings on Monday.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Aside from beating foes on the field; IP game just as important

A recent lawsuit over the sale of a Chicago Cubs souvenir is a departure from the usual intellectual property infringement dispute. Instead of a sports organization heading to court to protect its copyright or trademark from counterfeit merchandise or an allegedly infringing upstart, this time it’s the little guy who’s filing suit.

Lex Sportiva


Biometrics increasingly play bigger role in pro, college sports

While the use of biometrics in athletic competitions and sports is quite common, players at both the professional and collegiate level are concerned about whether their biometric information is entitled to privacy and whether their data can be used against them.

Opening Statement


‘The Inheritance,’ ‘Hadestown’ highlight N.Y. theater scene

I just came back from the city that “never sleeps… king of the hill… top of the heap.” That’s right — New York, New York. While I was there to attend the conference of the American Theatre Critics Association, I was able to take in some great Broadway hits for my annual report to our readers.

Opening Statement


Lenny Bruce tribute, Leguizamo ‘lecture’ bring out the laughs

It was 1958 on Rush Street, or as one cab driver put it, “when Rush Street was still Rush Street.”
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