The Google campus in Mountain View, Calif. The Justice Department is expected to file a lawsuit Tuesday alleging the tech giant has been abusing its online dominance in online search to stifle competition and harm consumers. The litigation marks the government’s most significant act to protect competition since its groundbreaking case against Microsoft more than 20 years ago. The suit could be an opening salvo ahead of other major government antitrust actions, given ongoing investigations of major tech companies including Apple, Amazon and Facebook at both the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission. – AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File

DOJ plans antitrust case against Google

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is expected to file a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Google has been abusing its online dominance in online search to stifle competition and harm consumers, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

Pritzker extends eviction moratorium an additional 30 days

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued an executive order Friday extending the statewide moratorium on residential evictions for another 30 days.

Deno named Judicial Inquiry Board exec

The Judicial Inquiry Board named Michael Deno, a career Cook County prosecutor, as its new executive director this month.

Engineering firm must face suit over condo property report

A Schaumburg condo association can continue with its negligent-misrepresentation lawsuit against an engineering firm, a state appeals panel ruled last month.

Lawyer Legislators

Serving country, constituents and clients

In the Illinois General Assembly, a 38-member class of state legislators also practice as attorneys. Sens. Paul M. Schimpf, Michael E. Hastings and Jason A. Barickman hold rank as the only lawmakers with both a J.D. and a military I.D.

Lawyer Legislators

A different kind of House page

Rep. Emanuel Chris Welch’s series of conversations on Facebook Live began April 1 as a Q&A with his two kids — 8-year-old Tyler and 6-year-old Marley — about COVID-19.

Mental health inmate’s suit moves ahead

A federal judge on Tuesday gave a man the go-ahead to pursue a lawsuit alleging he was kept in a mental health facility past his release date for refusing to take psychotropic drugs.

CABA’s new president plans active (and unusual) year

The new president of the Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago said there’s plenty of opportunities with the organization in the year ahead, even if not in-person.

MCLE Board launches portal for lawyers to track their credit hours

The Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board launched a new online portal for attorneys in Illinois to track their CLE credits.

Former top cop faces harassment lawsuit

A Chicago police officer filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against former Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and the city of Chicago Thursday, alleging the top cop sexually abused her for three years while she served as his personal driver and a member of his personal detail.  

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Trial Notebook


Plaintiffs lose lead in water claims

Trying to craft a class-action complaint against the City of Chicago for allegedly endangering residents by inadvertently releasing lead into drinking water when replacing outdated mains, meters and service lines, two homeowners asserted claims for negligence (Count 1) — contending that the need for medical monitoring satisfied the injury requirement — and inverse condemnation (Count 2) for making their property “more dangerous.”

Labor Daze


NLRB OKs trade association’s Facebook group post deletions

The Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Inc. is a trade association that advocates for excellence in the delivery of interpretation and transliteration services, primarily for deaf persons.

Insurance Matters


Court finds no defense obligation despite allegations of negligence

The 1st District Appellate Court recently held that, despite allegations of negligence, a complaint against an insured under a general liability policy failed to trigger a duty to defend.

Cotter’s Corner


Barrett hearings conclude; court allows Trump to end census count

Last week was a busy week on the Supreme Court front, with the confirmation hearings on the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett and also continued utilization by the Supreme Court of its shadow docket.

Opening Statement


Court Theatre readies in-depth look of Stoppard’s ‘Leopodstadt’

Stumped by Stoppard again.

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Title IX continues to have strong influence over college sports

Prior to the enactment and enforcement of Title IX, there was a significant imbalance between the amount of men and women student-athletes.

Opening Statement


More local theater shows sprout up

While COVID-19 continues to shut down national touring companies from performing in Chicago, I am happy to report all of our major local theater companies are not just wringing their hands or, much worse, sitting on them.

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‘Lonesome’ Rhodes paved the way for rise of Trump

I recently rediscovered yet another gem of a motion picture while surfing the internet during the pandemic blackout.

Sports Marketing Playbook


COVID-19 may compel leagues to address gambling integrity issues

As the sports world grapples with the realities of starting or restarting seasons during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, gambling on sports has also returned — and the virus that brought sports to a standstill and continues to hamper efforts to return to some sense of normalcy is having an impact on sports betting as well.

Social Scene


CLG hosts Red Mass — virtually

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago held its Votive Red Mass of the Holy Spirit on Oct. 6 at Old St. Patrick’s Church in the West Loop. Because of the pandemic, the annual event, which is in its 86th year honoring judges, lawyers and other public officials, hosted 180 guests online and another 50 in person. The CLG honored sole practitioner Tanya Woods (left) as the Catholic Lawyer of the Year, Deacon Dan Welter with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Judge Patricia Mendoza with the Special Service Award. CLG President Kevin Murphy is also pictured. Photo courtesy of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago.

DSF honors judges

The Diversity Scholarship Foundation held a virtual judicial recognition reception on Zoom Sept. 9 to honor three of its committee members, Cook County Associate Judges Amee E. Alonso, Michael J. Hogan Jr. and John A. Simon. Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans served as the event’s keynote speaker. DSF presented the chief judge with the its Spirit Award for his work to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and in the community. Screenshot provided by the Diversity Scholarship Foundation; photo modified to remove computer cursor

Damage downtown after a night of unrest

Signs of unrest dot the Loop on Monday after looters damaged property across downtown overnight. The county and federal courts closed as a result of the unrest and security closures. Photo provided by Aaron Sidrow

Judges with shovels

The Lawyers Lending a Hand Committee of the DuPage County Bar Association assembled volunteers to do landscaping work at the Ray Graham Association’s Hanson Center in Burr Ridge on July 22. The nonprofit serves people with disabilities. Pictured are three DuPage County judges, from left to right: Associate Judge Brian J. Diamond, Circuit Judge Monique N. O’Toole and Associate Judge Paul A. Marchese.

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