The now vacant Ruth’s Chris Steak House at 431 N. Dearborn St. in Chicago. A federal judge denied a motion by the steakhouse for judgment on the pleadings in a lawsuit accusing it of breach of contract for failing to pay its rent. – Jordyn Reiland/Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Steakhouse fails to get rent suit tossed

A dispute over the decision by Ruth’s Chris Steak House to shut down its Chicago location permanently will continue to be fought out in federal court.

Supreme Court rejects lingering 2020 election challenge case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday said it will not hear a case out of Pennsylvania related to the 2020 election, a dispute that had lingered while similar election challenges had already been rejected by the justices.

High court to hear tribe COVID relief case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that will determine who is eligible to receive more than $530 million in federal virus relief funding set aside for tribes more than a year ago.
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Attorneys bring Ali into new digital arena

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”
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Judge: Consumer fraud suit against Whole Foods didn’t hold water

A federal judge dismissed a consumer fraud suit against Whole Foods on Friday, finding the plaintiffs didn’t show how the grocery chain mislead Illinois consumers on a premium brand of water.

Generation ESQ

Bond Fund staff attorney adapts to evolving role

Less than two years after graduating from Harvard Law School Jianing Xie is putting her legal skills to the test in a rapidly evolving sector of the state’s legal system: securing bond for low-income defendants.

SCOTUS shifts away from leniency for minors

WASHINGTON — After more than a decade in which the Supreme Court moved gradually toward more leniency for minors convicted of murder, the justices on Thursday moved the other way.

1st District: Pedestrian injured in police pursuit can proceed with suit

A 1st District appeals panel reversed a decision which granted qualified immunity to Sauk Village and Crete police officers who engaged in a high-speed chase with a fleeing suspect.

Attorneys advise employers to review hiring, compensation practices with new regulations

A series of new state employment regulations have attorneys advising clients to review their hiring and compensation practices.

Lake Co. sheriff’s official faces defamation claim

A former Lake County Sheriff’s Office recruit got the go-ahead to pursue his defamation case.

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Trial Notebook


Yes on default; no on default judgment

Jamila Smith failed to file an answer when Christina Lattner pursued a pro se adversary complaint in Smith’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy case. Lattner objected to the discharge of a $4,270 tort judgment that remained unpaid because Smith — who also owed $3,196 on two student loans — didn’t have auto insurance. Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 55, Lattner scored a default. The “more difficult question” for Bankruptcy Judge Jack B. Schmetterer in stage two of the Rule 55 procedure was whether Lattner was also entitled to a default judgment. Reviewing the standards for dismissing or converting a Chapter 7 case for bad faith or abuse under Section 707(b) of the Bankruptcy Code — and noting that judges have discretion when considering whether to enter a default judgment — Schmetterer concluded that Lattner “failed to establish sufficient grounds for the entry of a default judgment.” Lattner v. Smith, No. 20-00328 (Feb. 9).

Margo's Master Plan

Current business trends to keep an eye on in the age of COVID-19

As the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines accelerates around the country, there is reason for optimism in 2021. As more of the population receives these vaccines, a life that resembles what we know as “normal” will return, albeit at a slower pace.

Realty Check


Strategies for dealing with the appraisal meeting contract price

Because of the low inventory, real estate purchase offers are exceeding the contract price by tens of thousands of dollars. Even with an agreement on the purchase price, buyers still need their lenders to appraise properties.

For the Defense


One day, the 2nd District, three disputes with lawyers

It does not seem that assignment dates for oral argument is entirely random. Maybe it is, but April 15, when Justices George Bridges, Kathryn Zenoff, and Joseph Birkett heard three similar disputes, would belie such a contention.

Opening Statement


Crouch’s work shines online at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

I have seen two productions of playwright Tim Crouch at Chicago Shakespeare Theater at Navy Pier and found them both extraordinary.

Opening Statement


A special rendition of a well-known story in ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’

In 1797, the famous German author, philosopher and poet Johan Wolfgang von Goethe wrote the poem “Der Zauberlehrling,” known in English as “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

Lex Sportiva


Sports betting app targeted for unfair, deceptive trade practices

In 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which ultimately prohibited sports gambling in the United States, was unconstitutional. Murphy v. NCAA, 138 S. Ct. 146 (2018). SCOTUS held that PAPSA violated the anti-commandeering doctrine because PAPSA essentially dictated what state legislatures could and could not do. In the few years since Murphy, sports gambling has already been legalized by several states nationwide.

Opening Statement


‘Duchess!’ gives room to discuss increased pressure on women

Although Vivian J.O. Barnes is still finishing graduate school in playwriting her show “Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!” was produced by Steppenwolf Theatre and is available online until Aug. 31.

Opening Statement


With new ownership, Second City ready to resume performances

As the first year of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, which darkened theaters throughout the country draws to a close, there are about to be brighter days ahead.

Social Scene


Appellate advocates talk diversity

From top left: Assistant Appellate Defender Beverly Jones; Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Associate Dean of Inclusion & Engagement Shannon P. Bartlett; Perkins Coie Associate Sopen Shah; Northwestern Clinical Assistant Professor of Law David M. Shapiro; Jones Day Of Counsel and former 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ann Claire Williams; Appellate Project founder Juvaria Khan; and O’Melveny & Myers Partner Brad Garcia discuss the importance of diversifying the appellate bar. Photo courtesy of Peggy Li of the American Constitution Society.

CBA panel on Justice Stevens

From top left: Cook County Circuit Court Judge William H. Hooks, Chicago Bar Association President Maryam Ahmad, 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William J. Bauer and 1st District Appellate Court Justice Michael B. Hyman (bottom) discuss the life and judicial career of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Justice Stevens was a Chicago native whose tenure on the high court has been viewed as one of the most important in modern history. Photo courtesy of the Chicago Bar Association

Greek flag raising

Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois members gathered at the Daley Center March 25 for its annual Greek flag raising ceremony. Pictured from left to right: Associate Judge Peggy Chiampas; Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas; Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois Vice President Eleni Katsoulis; Circuit Judge Anthony C. Kyriakopoulos; Hellenic American Leadership Council Executive Director Endy Zemenides; and Circuit Judge Anna Demacopoulos.

LAGBAC hosts chat with transgender judges

LAGBAC hosted a panel on Thursday with all four transgender judges in the U.S.: Cook County Circuit Judge Jill Rose Quinn, Alameda County, Calif., judge Victoria Kolakowski; Maricopa County, Ariz., judge Tracy Nadzieja, and Houston, Texas municipal court judge Phyllis Frye. Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew Jannusch moderated the discussion.

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