Trial Notebook


Third-party junk caller found liable

Consolidated World Travel, operating as Holiday Cruise Line, tried to escape vicarious liability in a class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act for calls with a computerized menu of prerecorded speech that a company in India made on its behalf as part of a scheme to peddle “free” cruises to the Bahamas — but based on federal common law principles of agency, U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber granted plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment.

Commercial Litigation


Appellate court untangles details tied to creditors’ pursuit of debt

A recent 1st District Appellate Court decision reads like a creditors’ rights practice manual for its detailed discussion of the nature and scope of various creditor remedies under the Illinois supplementary proceedings and garnishment statutes (735 ILCS 5/2-1402 and 735 ILCS 5/12-701, et seq., respectively).

Employment Law


Is BIPA pre-empted under state workers' comp act?

As class actions brought under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act proceed through litigation, defendants have made a variety of arguments attempting to push courts to define the limits of the somewhat vague statute.

Federal Courts


Chief judge issues reminder on appeals from magistrate judges

In today’s 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals case, Chief Judge Diane P. Wood, in chambers, issued an opinion for all to be aware of regarding the proper jurisdictional statement appellant or appellee must file to perfect an appeal pursuant to Circuit Court Rule on Briefs 28(a)(2(v).

Legal History


February 18

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

Prosecution and Procedure


Citizens’ tips to police should be enough to justify investigations

It is high time practitioners start advocating the simplification of the seizure analysis under the Fourth Amendment. In particular, when any citizen, whether identified, identifiable or anonymously, reports potentially suspicious or criminal activity, the police should be empowered to investigate.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Facial recognition cameras bring mixed results to sports

Facial recognition systems have been part of the sports world for some time. But concern about individual privacy is growing, especially in the United States, where the regulatory framework for the most part has lagged behind the evolution of facial recognition software and biometric technology.

Opening Statement


Windy City Playhouse’s revival of ‘Boys in the Band’ still resonates

Through the years there have been a number of great plays concerning the embattled lives of gay men in our country.

Lex Sportiva


Minor league players win class status, but future uncertain

Major League Baseball is currently preparing its petition for a writ of certiorari after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals established class-action status for minor league baseball players in California, Arizona and Florida.

Opening Statement


Three stage productions to help you forget the winter doldrums

If you are looking for a little relief after a stressful week of watching the Super Bowl, the Iowa caucus chaos, Trump’s state of the divided union speech and his Senate acquittal vote, there are always a number of theatrical diversions in Chicago.

Opening Statement


Broadway-bound ‘Lehman Trilogy’ a sharp retelling of financial history

Recently, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to see a film presentation on the Northwestern University campus of the National Theatre of Great Britain’s live production of “The Lehman Trilogy” which is scheduled to open for a limited engagement on Broadway March 7 at the James M. Nederlander Theatre in New York City.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Top 10 sports marketing developments in the last decade

As the year 2020 ushers in a new decade, it’s evident that the past decade has seen numerous game-changing developments in sports and sports marketing, including unprecedented evolution in communication, technology and analytics to promote athletes, teams, leagues and brands.
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