Trial Notebook


Court considers whether ‘note’ was a security

Section 2.1 of the Illinois Securities Law is a long list of items that are defined as being a security. Besides the usual suspects (stocks, bonds and “investment contracts”), the statutory lineup includes promissory notes. They actually top the list.

Cotter’s Corner

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Instead of nixing OSHA vaccine mandate, court may as well be playing Pokémon Go

The Supreme Court has spoken. Lochner Era II, meet the Roberts “Rules of Orders” and the process of dismantling our republican system of separate branches, deference to legislatures, and so on. We are going to be in some interesting times, not necessarily in the good way.

Racial Justice

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MLK’s color-blind America goes beyond his most famous lines

In popular civil rights lore, Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, in the minds of many, has been diminished to the “Speech.”

Life in the Workplace

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Appeals court assesses date when biometric privacy claims accrue

In Watson, et al. v Legacy Healthcare Financial Services, LLC, et al., 2021 IL App (1st Dist.) 210279 (Dec. 15, 2021), the 1st District Appellate Court decided the issue of when a claim accrues under the Biometric Information Privacy Act (740 ILCS 14/1 et seq.).

For the Defense

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Seminal Gilbert case gets recent acknowledgments of status

One of the most important cases in Illinois medical malpractice law, but with application beyond, is Gilbert v. Sycamore Municipal Hospital, 156 Ill.2d 511 (1993). Two recent decisions, Brown v. Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, 2021 IL App (1st) 200834-U, and Campbell Henry v. Good Samaritan Regional Health Center, 2022 IL App (5th) 210147-U, both argued on Dec. 7, 2021, reaffirm the two central holdings of Gilbert and are a good reminder of basic principles of procedure and substantive agency law.

Realty Check

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What goes up must come down? Boom market could go bust this year

The past year saw a change in the real estate market the likes of which we have not seen since 2007, but for totally different reasons. COVID -19 was not the only factor, but it was the most prevalent one.

Opening Statement


Philosophical ‘Pooh’ will be just what we need in March

As Chicago’s live theaters continue to go dark for now because of the COVID-19 surge, there is a little light out there to brighten us. “Winnie-the-Pooh” is scheduled to open onstage March 15 at the Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport.

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For now, it’s back to video for our theater fixes

It’s déjà vu all over again. With new strains of the COVID-19 virus plaguing our world and the number of cases increasing every day, the winter looks uncertain at best for live theater.

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Here’s hoping we can enjoy live theater highlights of 2022

It is traditional this time of year to look back on the past year to review the good things that took place. Unfortunately, 2021, like 2020 that preceded it, does not have a lot to commend.

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Spielberg ‘West Side Story’ remake will win praise — eventually

When you are Steven Spielberg, one of the country’s greatest film directors, and you collaborate with one of our finest writers, Tony Kushner, to produce a remake of the 1961 iconic motion picture “West Side Story” — which is itself adapted from William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” — you’d better be prepared for a harsh critical reception.

Sports Marketing Playbook

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Cryptocurrency craze is creating a whole new sports marketing category

Was 2021 the breakthrough year for cryptocurrency in sports? It sure looks like it. Leagues and teams have signed major crypto deals this year, and cryptocurrency is being called the fastest-growing sponsorship category in the sports world. Athletes are also embracing the digital asset, with some launching their own cryptocurrencies and others asking to be paid in crypto.

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‘When Harry Met Rehab’ shows rocky journey of addiction

When the film “When Harry Met Sally…” starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan, came out in 1989, it was a very funny movie. It still is.
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