Trial Notebook


Veil-piercing effort leads to $800,000

Unable to collect on an $800,835 Indiana judgment against Northridge Builders Inc., Anthony and Mary Carol Puntillo sued Dave Knecht Homes LLC and David and Karen Knecht in Chicago alleging (1) Dave Knecht Homes was a “mere continuation” of Northridge and (2) the Knechts were personally liable for the state court award because Northridge was their “alter ego.”

Legal History


September 13

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

Workplace Issues


Doctor’s visit without treatment no reason to turn down benefits

Issues regarding pre-existing condition exclusions continue to raise concerns in litigation over disability benefits.

Legal History


September 12

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

Prosecution and Procedure


Exceptions to hearsay statements must be employed with due care

Last month, we dealt with proceedings under the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code. This month, we turn to admissibility of hearsay under the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure.

Lawyers' Forum


As aldermanic prerogative fades, how will real estate be impacted?

The aldermanic prerogative began in the mid-19th century. Eventually, aldermanic control over a ward’s improvement extended to zoning issues and the power to issue permits and variances — a power that many feel has led to abuses and opportunities for graft.

Sports Marketing Playbook


New social media marketing site spotlights lesser-known athletes

Athletes have been treated as bona fide celebrities for decades with marquee players achieving a similar level of fame as music and acting luminaries. Yet relatively few athletes hit this celebrity stratosphere and, in general, athletes tend to struggle more than other celebrities and influencers to build their own personal brands.

Lex Sportiva


California case may turn TV rights question on its collective ear

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the a U.S. District Court’s dismissal of an antitrust action brought against the NFL and DirecTV for its Sunday Ticket television package on Aug. 13.

Sports Marketing Playbook


Edgy sponsorship deals featuring outspoken athletes are trending

An increasing number of U.S. athletes and sponsors are teaming up to embrace hot-button social justice issues and actively court controversy, following the high-profile trail blazed by Nike and former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Opening Statement


Mercury’s medieval-mockery musical ‘Spamalot’ is one to see

As a midsized venue, Lakeview’s Mercury Theater has been quite successful in presenting musicals with complex and unusual special effects, costuming and characters.

Opening Statement


At Windy City Playhouse, an inadvisable ‘Recommendation’

Immersive theater, where a staged production interacts with the audience, is an age-old tradition.

Opening Statement


One of America’s most tragic days provides one special performance

Sept. 11, 2001, much like Dec. 7, 1941, is “a day that shall live in infamy.”
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