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A SkyWest Airlines jet taxis at O’Hare International Airport. This week, a federal appeals panel revived part of a dismissed suit brought by flight attendants alleging the regional airline violates federal, state and local fair-wage regulations. – Wikimedia Commons/Curimedia via CC-BY-2.0

Attendants’ suit remains up in the air

A fair-wages suit filed by a group of flight attendants has another chance after an appeals panel revived some of its previously dismissed claims.
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Martin’s kindness, humor remembered

Even when U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel G. Martin was suffering from the pancreatic cancer that ultimately took his life, a longtime friend said, he was still a man “who always had to answer the bell.”
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Oh, fudge: Judge dismisses suit over Fannie May boxes

Two disgruntled customers seeking “a second bite at the chocolate” do not have a case against a candy maker that purportedly under-fills boxes, a federal judge held.

Law Firm Leaders

What a divorce lawyer tells clients about new tax laws

The Republicans’ tax overhaul, or the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, will bring changes to the federal tax code in 2019. Among those changes is the fact that spouses who pay alimony, or spousal support, can no longer claim that payment as a tax deduction.

Springfield Dispatch

Hutchinson to become president of national organization of legislators

When Sen. Toi Hutchinson first tried her hand at entering the political arena, she unsuccessfully lost a race to become a local township supervisor.

Ex-worker doesn’t owe ultrasound company $56K

First Peek Ultrasound LLC filed a breach-of contract lawsuit in February 2017 demanding $56,000 from ex-employee Alicia Weideman after she resigned from her position four months after she started working for the Oak Park studio.

Woman, 95, settles suit against grocer for $1M

A 95-year-old woman who sustained a head injury and broken hip after a grocery store employee struck her with a flatbed cart settled her lawsuit for $1.075 million.

Even under a new mayor, Law Dept. will play offense

Chicago Law Department attorneys tasked with playing legal offense on the city’s behalf say their mission remains the same regardless of who takes the helm of City Hall next spring.

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Trial Notebook

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Contingency fee receives a closer look

CLR Auto Transport Corp. reportedly promised that if the law firm of Thomas Planera & Associates helped it score a big contract with Volkswagen Group of America, it would pay a 20 percent contingency fee. But when VWGA started paying CLR nearly $1 million a month, CLR claimed the contingency fee agreement was invalid based on Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct 1.8(a) and 1.5(a).

Lawyers' Forum

High court asked to define harm when biomarkers involved

Late last month, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp. and Great America LLC to decide whether a technical violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, without some additional injury, is enough to give an individual standing to sue under the act.

Lawyers' Forum

Illinois Supreme Court mandates proactive law firm management

Can you believe that more than 40 percent of Illinois solo practitioners do not maintain malpractice insurance? Can you also believe that more than 77 percent of Illinois solo practitioners do not have a succession plan for their law practices?

Book Review

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‘American Prison’ offers inside look at for-profit confinement

Can private prisons in the United States do a better job for a lower price than public prisons? A new insider’s account states that they don’t and instead offer conditions that are frightening and dangerous to both inmates and employees.

The Laws of Fitness

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How to avoid holiday burnout

With the end of the year and holidays coming up, many attorneys are cramming in as much work (and billable hours) as they can. But we should remember to place our mental and physical health first during this stressful time of year. Here are some tips to help stay balanced during the holidays:

Sports Marketing Playbook

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Fanatics teams with others as merchandising pioneer

This year alone, Fanatics has partnered with both traditional and emerging sports leagues, reaching agreements in the United States, Europe and Asia and has launched a groundbreaking sports merchandise deal with Ticketmaster.

Opening Statement

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Going from the mysterious to the ridiculous

The English have certainly had their share of long-playing ‘”whodunits” on its legendary West End where Agatha Christie’s classic, “The Mousetrap” has run continuously since 1952. Their list of authors of mysteries, ghost and horror stories also include the likes of Dorothy Sayers, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Mary Shelley.

Social Scene

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JMLS Mock Trial Team

A trial team from The John Marshall Law School and one from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law Bartlit Center were crowned co-champions of the Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Invitational held Nov. 9-12. The John Marshall team, left to right, consists of students Frank Pehlke, Tyler Pearson, Kyle Jorgensen and Shelby Page. Photo provided by The John Marshall Law School
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95th annual CBA Bar Show

Showing abogados can be avocados and barristers can be carrots, sure, this salad of solicitors performed “Veggie Medley” at the 95th annual Chicago Bar Association Bar Show from Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 at the DePaul Merle Reskin Theatre. The skit featured Kathryn Weber as Food Channel Host; F. Ellen Duff as Asparagus; sole practitioners Richard L. Salon and Daniel Teinowitz as Lettuce; sole practitioner Mark J. Arnecilla as Kale and D. Rainell Rains as Avocado. Photo provided by The Chicago Bar Association
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Morning Lineup Live: Women In Law Conference

Adria East Mossing, partner at Mossing & Navarre LLC, moderates the first of two panel discussions this morning during the Daily Law Bulletin’s Women In Law Conference, part of the “Morning Lineup Live” series. The pictured panelists are (left to right): Dina Torrisi Martin, partner at Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym Ltd.; Leslie Davis, partner at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP; Christina Hynes Mesco, of counsel at The Prinz Law Firm; Debra Pickett, founder and principal consultant for Page 2 Communications; Jennifer Rosato Perea, dean of DePaul University College of Law; and Caryn Borg-Breen, partner at Green Griffith & Borg-Breen LLP. Rena Naltsas
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‘History on Trial’ display opens

Cook County Circuit Clerk Dorothy A. Brown (blue dress) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the “History on Trial” informational displays in the Daley Center concourse Monday, highlighting 21 notable cases in Cook County legal history. The program is part of the judiciary’s statewide program to commemorate the Illinois Bicentennial. Joining Brown in holding the giant scissors were Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, 1st District Appellate Court Justice Aurelia Pucinski, Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Neville Jr. and Cook County Associate Judge Neil H. Cohen. Jordyn Reiland

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