Green Bay Packers defensive end Mike Butler (77) pressures Seattle Seahawks quarterback Jim Zorn during a 1981 football game. Butler was one of 54 retired NFL players who sued helmet-maker Riddell for concussion-related injuries. On Monday, a state appeals panel ruled the suit was filed too late. – AP Photo/Vernon Biever

1st District: NFL players’ claims time-barred against helmet-maker

It’s too late for a group of ex-NFL players to pursue concussion-related claims against the league’s official helmet-maker, a state appeals court ruled Monday.

Companies reach $260M deal to settle Ohio opioids lawsuit

The nation’s three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker reached a $260 million settlement with two Ohio counties over the deadly havoc wreaked by opioids, just hours before the first federal trial over the crisis was about to begin today.

Panel upholds $7.1M verdict against rap artist

A rapper who sexually assaulted a contestant competing on his reality television show and told her to “be a woman and shut up” when she complained must pay $7.1 million in damages.

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.

Law Firm Leaders

AILA president Lindt talks about her challenges

Marketa Lindt, national president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, is on the front lines of defending immigrants’ rights. In her practice at Sidley Austin LLP, Lindt advises U.S. companies on business immigration issues and employment eligibility verification.

Law School Notes

Northwestern law joins national diversity initiative

One purpose behind the partnership between Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and a new national diversity initiative is to work with scholars in the field to design experiments and analyze the data.

Leg injury to bicyclist brings deal for $17.5M

A woman who had her right leg amputated below the knee after she was hit by a semitrailer tractor truck while riding her bike has settled her lawsuit for $17.5 million.

Judge tosses overtime suit against adult day-care business

A maintenance worker who alleges he regularly worked at an adult day-care business for 10 to 12 hours a day without overtime pay does not have a claim under the Fair Labor Standards Act, a federal judge ruled.

New trial ordered over witness whereabouts

The law allows police a qualified privilege regarding secret surveillance locations. Police and prosecutors can keep such information from becoming public during criminal trials as long as they show there’s value in keeping it under wraps.

Pro Bono Week to focus efforts on city communities in need

The Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Foundation are geared up to host Pro Bono Week 2019 starting Monday, honoring lawyers’ pro bono efforts and highlighting the impact of their work in the community.

Courts & Cases

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Trial Notebook


Stretching to find pact breach fails

Presenting a complicated question about the materiality of an alleged breach under Illinois contract law, American Guardian Holdings claimed it was excused from having to pay the final installments — totaling $11 million — for Steven Freedman’s shares in AGH because he allegedly breached restrictive covenants in a settlement agreement.

Legal History


October 22

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

Insurance Matters


No jurisdiction over foreign insurer absent a defense obligation

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that Taiwanese insurers that provided additional insured coverage lacked sufficient contacts with the insured’s home state to be sued for contribution or subrogation in that state by the insured’s direct primary insurer.

Opening Statement


Resnik holds her own as star of Porchlight’s ‘Sunset Boulevard’

Tonight is opening night for another Chicago’s Porchlight Music Theatre season. But it’s not just any opening. It marks the beginning of the 25th anniversary season of this most ambitious musical theater company.

Sports, Business & the Law


Anti-Doping Agency changes the face of U.S. sports

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency was created in 2000 in an effort to combat athlete doping and performance-enhancing drugs in professional and amateur sports. In just 19 years, the agency has fundamentally changed sports in the United States.

Non-Billable Hours


Zellweger brings ‘Judy’ alive — the sadness, tragedy and tears

“Judy,” starring Renee Zellweger as the big-voiced, doe-eyed, tissue-frail Judy Garland, portrays the last year of Garland’s life, bridging the summer of 1968 until her death from a barbiturate overdose at age 47 in 1969.

Opening Statement


Goodman’s ‘Bernhardt/Hamlet’ finds unisex role doesn’t work

There has always been some question among Shakespeare scholars about the exact age of Hamlet at the time of the play. Some believe he was a young lad of 19 while others maintain he was the mature age of 30.

Social Scene


IBF Gala 2019

The Illinois Bar Foundation held its 21st annual gala on Friday at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. The foundation presented Robert A. Clifford of Clifford Law Offices with its Distinguished Award for Excellence. Clifford is pictured on the right, joined onstage by 1st District Appellate Court Justice Terrence J. Lavin and Hughes Socol Piers Resnick Dym Ltd. shareholder Deane B. Brown. Bill Richert

Coalition’s Leadership forum

The Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law held its 10th annual Leadership Forum last Tuesday at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. At the event, the coalition gave its Leadership Award to Anne Larson of Ogletree Deakins, its Inspiration Award to Katherine Minarik of Cleverbridge and its Benchmark Award to Benesch Law’s B-Sharp Initiative for Women In-House Counsel. Pictured (left to right) are Benesch partner Margo Wolf O’Donnell, Coalition President Carolyn Blessing of Locke Lord LLP and Larson. Photo provided by the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law

19th Amendment turns 100

Chief U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer (left) discusses her career and the courts during a “fireside chat” with U.S. District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman during a luncheon Wednesday at the Union League Club comemmorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. The event was hosted by the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois along with the Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago, the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women and the Illinois State Bar Association’s Women and the Law Committee. Photo provided by the WBAI/Bill Richert

CBA honors its 50-year members

The Chicago Bar Association hosted a luncheon Friday at the Standard Club to honor 80 lawyers who have maintained CBA membership for 50 years. Cook County Chief Circuit Judge Timothy C. Evans, who joined the CBA after passing the Illinois bar in 1969, delivered the keynote address. He’s pictured with CBA President Jesse Ruiz (center) and fellow honoree Roland W. Burris (left), a former Illinois attorney general, Illinois comptroller and U.S. senator.

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