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A photo taken outside the Bridgeview Courthouse. A woman can proceed with her lawsuit against the county and sheriff’s deputies who stopped her from using a camera outside the southwest-suburban facility. – AP Photo/Brian Kersey

Woman arrested for filming outside courthouse can pursue suit

A woman arrested for filming outside a suburban Cook County courthouse got the go-ahead to pursue her claims that sheriff’s deputies violated her constitutional rights.
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Facing sex-abuse suits, Boy Scouts of America files for bankruptcy

Barraged with sex-abuse lawsuits, the Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy protection this morning in hopes of working out a potentially mammoth victim compensation plan that will allow the 110-year-old organization to carry on.
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Salvi Law’s Olszewski, a ‘future star,’ remembered for work ethic

Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C. partner Tara R. Devine was a mentor to colleague Elizabeth R. Olszewski, but Devine considered herself the lucky one.

Springfield Dispatch

With law courses complete, Deputy Gov. Mitchell looks ahead

Earning a J.D. was an early goal for Illinois Deputy Gov. Christian L. Mitchell, who completed law school last month.

Law Firm Leaders

Attorney blends chemistry, law into interesting career brew

Caryn C. Borg-Breen, co-founder of Green, Griffith, Borg-Breen LLP, didn’t see herself using her chemistry background to pursue a legal career.

Law School Notes

Loyola Law creates history-focused George Anastaplo professorship

Loyola University Chicago School of Law established a professorship honoring the late George Anastaplo, a former Loyola professor, activist and constitutional law scholar who was denied his law license from the Illinois State Bar during the Red Scare.

Holland & Knight group leaves to start Elrod Friedman

A group of 10 attorneys are leaving Holland & Knight LLP’s municipal government practice to form a new boutique firm led by partners Steven M. Elrod and Peter M. Friedman.

IP firm launches group to handle cannabis patents

A Chicago-based intellectual property firm launched a practice group dedicated to cannabis businesses, entering a rapidly growing marketplace.

ARDC board drops conflict charges with lawyer, issues CLE penalty

An Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission Review Board affirmed a hearing board’s decision to dismiss conflict of interest charges against a Homer Glen attorney but chose to recommend a harsher punishment for charges of making false certification to the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education board than originally prescribed.

$8.5M settlement reached after truck injury

A truck driver who sustained ankle injuries when he fell while manually covering the load on his truck with a tarpaulin has settled his lawsuit for $8.5 million.

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Trial Notebook

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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.

Employment Law

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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.

Commercial Litigation

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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.

Legal History

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February 18

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

Sports Marketing Playbook

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Social Scene

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Jantz sworn in as magistrate judge

Chief U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer administers the oath of office Wednesday at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse to Beth W. Jantz, who was sworn in as a U.S. magistrate judge for the Northern District of Illinois. Before joining the bench, Jantz served as a staff attorney with the Federal Defender Program since 2008. Photo provided by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
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Legislative Inspector Generals testify in Springfield

Legislative Inspector General Carol Pope (left) and former LIGs Julie Porter and Tom Homer testified before the Joint Commission on Ethics and Lobbying Reform Thursday at the Capitol in Springfield. Pope said the office should have more independence and shouldn’t have to get permission from lawmakers – the very people the LIG is supposed to oversee – to perform her job.
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Women Everywhere judicial reception

Women Everywhere held a judicial reception at the Daley Center on Jan. 29 to recruit volunteers for Education Day projects at several court sites later this month that will bring hundreds of girls from Chicago Public Schools on courthouse tours. Pictured is Chief Circuit Judge Timothy C. Evans, who hosted the courthouse reception, with WE President Sarah F. King, a partner at Clifford Law Offices. Photo provided by Clifford Law Offices
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CBA, judges and community leaders assist in reinstating driver’s licenses

Chicago Bar Association members, the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council and Malcolm X College hosted an event Saturday at the Near West Side school to assist former licensed drivers with obtaining fee waivers to file requests to reinstate their driver’s licenses. Pictured, from left to right, are Sam Williams of the court clerk’s office, Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli, Circuit Judge Sheree Henry, Circuit Judge Diann Marsalek, Circuit Judge Teresa Molina, Assistant State’s Attorney and CBA First Vice President Maryam Ahmad and Assistant State’s Attorney William Delaney. Photo courtesy of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

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