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Trump International Hotel in Washington seen in a January 2018 file photo is the subject of a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals appeal Tuesday. The court will hear arguments in a lawsuit that alleges President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by profiting off the presidency. – AP photo/Alex Brandon

Appeals court to hear arguments in Trump hotel lawsuit

The outcome of a lawsuit alleging that Donald Trump is violating the U.S. Constitution by profiting off the presidency could depend largely on competing definitions of an antiquated word: emoluments.

Panel: WWII plane-theft lawsuit filed ‘too late’

Richard Vartanian cannot sue the current owners of a World War II-era P-51D Mustang he alleges was stolen from him sometime between 1974 and 1985, a federal appeals panel found, because too much time has passed since he discovered the plane was missing.

Springfield Dispatch

Lawmakers and judges mingle at Law School for Legislators

Two branches of state government came together last week as members of the Illinois General Assembly got a crash course in the Illinois Supreme Court’s workings, and heard the justices’ thoughts on issues like criminal justice reform and funding for probation services.

$6.5M after rear-end crash with construction vehicle

A man who sustained neck and back injuries after he was rear-ended by a near northwest suburban Niles construction vehicle settled his suit for $6.5 million.

Appellate court reins in city street sweeping ordinance

A state appeals panel has ruled that the city of Chicago must post signs informing drivers about street cleaning at least 24 hours in advance of ticketing them. But the panel’s decision could cost the plaintiff tens of thousands of dollars in attorney fees.

Panel upholds tax exemption for clergy housing

A provision in the federal tax code excluding clergy members’ housing allowances from their taxable income does not run afoul of the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court held.

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Trial Notebook


Noncompete query brings answer from southern states

Finding no Illinois precedent on the correct interpretation of a noncompetition agreement that provided restrictions lasting “not less than” three and five years, the 3rd District Illinois Appellate Court looked to cases from Georgia, Texas and Florida in answering a question of law that was certified for immediate appeal in the breach of contract case that Pam’s Academy of Dance in downstate Channahon filed against Callie Marik, a former employee.

Beyond the Playing Field


Youth hockey organization disputes heat up, antitrust grumblings

Youth hockey in Illinois has expanded tremendously over the past decade which can be attributed, at least in part, to the success of the Chicago Blackhawks since 2013.

Federal Courts


Flight time expires for vintage plane claim

Today’s case involves the ownership of a World War II-era P-51 Mustang fighter plane and several issues put before the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals: the statute of limitations for conversion, the discovery rule when the statute begins to run, the equitable estoppel or fraudulent concealment rule tolling the statute and the doctrine of laches.

Non-Billable Hours


A low-stakes ‘Captain Marvel’ backstory now to save the universe later

Captain Marvel” has one job. That job is to explain the origin story of its titular shero well enough to justify her role in saving the universe when “Avengers: Endgame” opens on April 26.

Opening Statement


‘Choir of Man’ rocks, but ‘Bronx Tale’ not as meaty as ‘Todd’

Did you hear the one about the theater critic who walked into a bar? Sounds like the setup to a punchline — but in fact that’s what critics and audiences are doing this month at Chicago Shakespeare on Navy Pier.

Non-Billable Hours


Close, but no cigar: Where’s the Academy’s love for Glenn?

Glenn Close’s 2019 Oscars dress weighed 42 pounds — 4 million tiny glass beads, hand-sewn on sheaths of golden fabric formed into a shimmering caftan — the vestment of a Hollywood high priestess.

Opening Statement


Windy City Playhouse takes on ‘Noises Off’

There’s an old joke about the lawyer who wanted to impress his aged mother.

Social Scene


ABA’s Carlson at DePaul

American Bar Association president Bob Carlson, a shareholder with Corette Black Carlson & Mickelson P.C. in Butte, Mont., visited with students at the DePaul University College of Law on March 12. Photo provided by DePaul University/Jeff Carrion

WBAI judicial reception

The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois hosted its annual judicial reception on March 7 at the Chicago Cultural Center. This year, WBAI honored four judges: (left to right) Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier, U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner, former Cook County Circuit Judge Russell W. Hartigan and 1st District Appellate Court Justice Joy V. Cunningham.

CBF’ Campaign Kickoff

Winston & Strawn LLP hosted the kickoff reception for The Chicago Bar Foundation’s 2019 Investing In Justice Campaign on March 6. It’s the 13th year the CBF has held the campaign, which runs throughout March with more than 150 firms and organizations participating. Last year’s campaign raised $2.3 million in grants. Pictured at last week’s reception are Linda T. Coberly (left), Chicago managing partner at Winston & Strawn and the 2019 campaign chair, and CBF President Carrie J. Di Santo (right) of CME Group. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Foundation

AACC New Year Gala

The Asian American Coalition of Chicago held its annual lunar new year gala on Feb. 23 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare, ushering in the Year of the Pig with cultural performances and dances. This year’s AACC event was hosted by the Filipino-American community, and Aurora A. Austriaco (right), shareholder at Valentine Austriaco & Bueschel P.C., served as the gala’s chair. During the event, the AACC honored Buckley Sandler LLP partner Christina M. Tchen (left) with its Pan Asian American Ping Tom Memorial Award for her contributions to the Asian-American community. Photo provided by the Asian American Coalition of Chicago

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