Motions on prejudgment interest will remain pending until the Illinois Supreme Court settles the issue of its constitutionality, according to a Cook County CIrcuit Court order. – Shutterstock

Cook County judge rejects Hyland ruling, grants prejudgment interest after order

A Cook County Circuit Court judge granted prejudgment interest in a personal injury case earlier this month after the court announced motions on the hotly disputed issue will remain pending until the Illinois Supreme Court settles the matter.

Woman describes frequent abuse by R. Kelly before she was 18

A woman who has been central to R. Kelly’s legal troubles for more than two decades testified Thursday that the R&B singer sexually abused her “hundreds” of times before she turned 18 years old, starting when she was 15.

Law Bulletin Media wins 13 IPA awards; late president honored

Law Bulletin Media won three editorial awards and 10 advertising awards at the Illinois Press Association’s (IPA) annual Excellence in News and Advertising convention Aug. 11-12 in Springfield.

How I Did It

Steven Levin describes his return to law firm life after a heart attack

Steven M. Levin, founder and senior partner at Levin & Perconti, had a heart attack while golfing last September. While waiting for paramedics to arrive, a 20-year-old caddy performed CPR, which helped to keep him alive.

BIPA defendant not covered by insurance, judge rules

A memory-care facility cannot look to its insurer for help in battling a lawsuit accusing it of violating a former employee’s rights under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, a federal judge held.

Judge tosses suit over package size of Whole Foods rice pilaf

A federal judge tossed a lawsuit against Whole Foods Market that alleged one of its private label rice pilafs deceives consumers about how much product is actually contained in the box.

ARDC review board recommends reinstating attorney who abandoned practice

A former attorney who abandoned her practice should be reinstated despite the administrator’s arguments to the contrary, according to the Illinois Attorney and Disciplinary Registration Committee Review Board.

Trump executive Weisselberg pleads guilty in tax case, agrees to testify

A top executive at former President Donald Trump’s family business pleaded guilty Thursday to evading taxes on a free apartment and other perks, striking a deal with prosecutors that could make him a star witness against the company at a trial this fall.

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Trial Notebook


Court considers cell phone use and suicide attempt in negligence case

In an admitted liability case, the Oregon Supreme Court considered whether evidence about Leslie Kesselring’s use of a cell phone immediately before smashing into the back of Michelle Scott’s vehicle should have been excluded as irrelevant when offered by Scott to prove it was reasonably foreseeable that her emotional injuries would be so severe she allegedly attempted suicide.

Realty Check

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Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac change landscape for condominium sales

The collapse of the Champlain Towers South Condominiums in Florida, known colloquially as the Surfside Condos, which took 98 lives, has forever changed the way we look at condominium developments — especially since it could have been prevented.

For the Defense

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Courts weigh legal malpractice claims in pair of decisions

While we wait for the Illinois Supreme Court to decide Midwest Sanitary Service, Inc. v. Sandberg, Phoenix & Von Gontard, P.C., No. 127327, and resolve the question of whether defense lawyers can be saddled with punitive damages assessed against their client, the Illinois Appellate Court and the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals each recently issued an important legal malpractice decision.

Cotter’s Corner

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ABA reaffirms Rule 5.4 on ownership of practices, involvement of non-lawyers

The ABA Annual Meeting took place in our city earlier this month. A full schedule of events ended with the House of Delegates deliberating on a large number of resolutions, with one of particular concern and focus of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Sports Marketing Playbook

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Golf world tees up for battle in court between PGA Tour, Saudi-backed series

A recently launched golf series backed by Saudi Arabia has the men’s professional golf world in an uproar.

Opening Statement


‘Devil Wears Prada’ needs advice on ‘How to Succeed’

In order to assure that my opinion will not be compromised, I never look at another person’s review or comment about a production before writing my own column.

Opening Statement


Small Michigan theaters make a great getaway for Chicagoans

So, here we are again — in the middle of a long and hot summer, awaiting the opening of the Chicago theatrical season and I’m looking for something to fill my weekly column.

Opening Statement


‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ will have you clapping hands and stomping feet

As I prepared to review “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” a musical about three drag queens traveling across Australia, I thought of recent criticism and opposition to LGBTQ issues at a time when the right-leaning Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Opening Statement


Movie puts an electric twist on long-held views of Elvis

As summer drifts on, we have had a couple of pleasant entertainment surprises in recent months outside the live stage.

Social Scene


Ropes & Gray group tours Pilsen

The Ropes & Gray LLP Chicago Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee organized a guided walking tour through Pilsen to learn about the neighborhood’s rich history and large-scale artwork. The 90-minute tour provided a history of Pilsen’s Mexican culture and contributions to the city. Photo courtesy Ropes & Gray

Jumpstart gives law students a boost

Retired Judge Ann Claire Williams, center, and Tania Luma, left, assistant dean for Loyola School of Law’s Office of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, pose with Loyola students at the Jumpstart Orientation. Jumpstart elevates law students from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in law school. The program was created by Judge Williams, and the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism serves as program coordinator. Photo credit: Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.

Cook judges donate school supplies

Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans and Traffic Division Presiding Judge Diann Marsalek, both at front right, delivered 180 backpacks full of school supplies donated by Cook County judges to the Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative High School for distribution to Juvenile Temporary Detention Center residents as they leave the facility to go to their own neighborhood high schools. With them are, from left, school and JTDC officials Leonard B. Dixon, James Noorlag, Rhonda Ramos, Amaze Jones and Leonard Harris. Photo courtesy Chief Judges’ Office
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CCBA installs president, welcomes Ben Crump

Illinois Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Neville Jr., from left, Natasha E. Jenkins and attorney Benjamin A. Crump attend the Cook County Bar Association installation and awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Jenkins was installed as the youngest woman to lead the organization, the CCBA said. Crump, subject of the new Netflix documentary “Civil,” was the keynote speaker at the June 24 event. Photo by Steve Capers

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