Trial Notebook


Out-of-state defense falls in debt case

Between four and five years after Jean Schellenger last made a payment on a Home Depot credit card issued by Citibank that could only be used to purchase merchandise from Home Depot, the bank’s assignee, Midland Funding LLC, sued her for $3,151 — but she fired back with a class-action counterclaim arguing the lawsuit was barred by the four-year statute of limitations set by Section 2-725 of the Uniform Commercial Code for contracts involving the sale of goods.

Cotter’s Corner


New book tilts right in review of current high court

Authors Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino wrote an interesting book, “Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court,” that addresses not only the nomination process of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but also some history of nominations and arguments that the Democrats have been the party of obstruction.

Prosecution and Procedure


No interpreter needed to issue DUI warning

In order to protect the constitutional due process rights of criminal defendants, the Illinois General Assembly has codified the use of interpreters, at county expense, during the trial phase of criminal proceedings.

Legal History


July 22

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

Non-Billable Hours

New courtroom novel casts light on real-world migrants

William Bernhardt, the author and publisher of “The Last Chance Lawyer” (Babylon Books, 2019) has previously authored 47 other titles, including 18 best-selling novels featuring fictional character Ben Kincaid as well as historical novels, poetry and books on writing skills.

Opening Statement


Singers, a wizard and dancing cats dominate summer stages

A singer-songwriter of jingles made his fortune on a fast-food commercial, but now he wants to write his own musical and lacks the self-assurance to begin.

Lex Sportiva


NBA Finals MVP Leonard takes on Nike over logo

Even after winning the 2019 NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors and being named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, Kawhi Leonard has found himself occupied in an intellectual property dispute with his former sneaker and apparel endorser, Nike.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Tech drives the secondary market for sports tickets

Weeks before tonight’s MLB All-Star Game, the hosting Cleveland Indians issued a warning to fans looking to buy tickets for the event from secondary market vendors: Stick to StubHub, MLB’s official secondary ticket market partner. Otherwise, fans could find out their tickets aren’t accepted at the gate.

Sporting Judgment


Recent rash of foul ball injuries requires safety netting in MLB

After several recent high-profile incidents, in which baseball fans have been struck and injured by foul balls in major league stadiums, two teams — the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals — announced that they would extend the protective netting in their respective parks, all the way to the two foul poles.

Opening Statement


Classic ‘Music Man’ is Polyannish to modern eyes, but done right

For the past several weeks I have written about the state of musical theater today, pointing out the emergence of the popular “juke box” musicals and shows based on successful motion pictures. I am happy to now report that an old-time musical is being presented at the Goodman Theatre through Aug. 18.

Non-Billable Hours


Beatles-inspired ‘Yesterday’ is nice — just don’t overthink it

“Yesterday” is a charming bauble. Not a diamond. Perhaps a rhinestone — sparkling and attractive, yet unable to withstand any scratching of its surface.

Opening Statement


Points for originality at ‘Queen of the Mist’

“Queen of the Mist,” a recent production of Firebrand Theatre being performed at The Den, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., represents both what’s right and what’s wrong with new musicals today.

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