A box of Fannie May Mint Meltaways. Plaintiffs in a dismissed federal lawsuit alleged the longtime Chicago confectioner violated Illinois’ consumer-fraud law by leaving too much empty space in its 7-ounce packages. A federal appeals panel affirmed the dismissal of the suit this week. – Marc Karlinsky

Fannie May finds sweet success at 7th Circuit

Two consumers who discovered the boxes of chocolate they bought “were not brimming with goodies” do not have a case against a local candy brand, a federal appeals court held.

Hobby Lobby says it’s hobbled by new neighbor; judge halts project

A Lake County judge ordered construction stopped at a suburban strip mall after a big-box store sued alleging a new neighboring restaurant violates its lease with the shopping center.

Law Firm Leaders

Attorney blends chemistry, law into interesting career brew

Caryn C. Borg-Breen, co-founder of Green, Griffith, Borg-Breen LLP, didn’t see herself using her chemistry background to pursue a legal career.

Law School Notes

Loyola Law creates history-focused George Anastaplo professorship

Loyola University Chicago School of Law established a professorship honoring the late George Anastaplo, a former Loyola professor, activist and constitutional law scholar who was denied his law license from the Illinois State Bar during the Red Scare.

Law Firm Leaders

AILA president Lindt talks about her challenges

Marketa Lindt, national president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, is on the front lines of defending immigrants’ rights. In her practice at Sidley Austin LLP, Lindt advises U.S. companies on business immigration issues and employment eligibility verification.

$1.6M for fatal fall in hospital

A Cook County jury awarded $1.6 million to the family of an 84-year-old man who died two days after falling in his hospital room.

Student info protected by FOIA law

Guided by a data-heavy website and public records cases on college football and Boston organized crime, an Illinois appeals court ruled student financial grant recipients’ names were exempt from a freedom of information request.

Coach accused of sexual assault may lose citizenship

The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to revoke the American citizenship of a former Olympian and gymnastics coach accused of sexually abusing female students for years.

Panel orders new trial in Burge torture case

An appeals court has agreed that a man convicted of killing two police officers should get a new trial due to torture by Chicago police commander Jon Burge.

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Trial Notebook


Defamation suit can’t be proven

Alejandro Yeatts’ defamation claim against his former employer, Zimmer Biomet Holdings, alleged that the company tagged him to be the fall guy when the Department of Justice began its second investigation into whether Biomet’s Latin American subsidiary violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by using a distributor who allegedly bribed Brazilian doctors to use Biomet’s products.

Legal History


December 12

See if you know what happened on this day in Legal History with Karen Conti.

Lawyers' Forum

How to match marijuana business with Illinois financial institutions

Despite the rapidly growing number of jurisdictions where different forms of cannabis have become legal for medical or recreational use, banks, credit unions and other financial services providers continue to face a complicated puzzle of conflicting state and federal laws governing their activities in this area.

Through Glazed Eyes


Lawmakers target meat substitutes and labeling

Allegedly concerned with “confusing” the public, certain states and the federal government have proposed or enacted legislation requiring meatless food manufacturers to avoid using meat-related terms on their labels.

Sports Marketing Playbook


World Series moment helps Bud Light cash in on social media

Bud Light may have just ushered in a bold, new era of viral marketing.

Opening Statement


Play from local writer stands out during season of holiday events

You may have noticed an interesting phenomenon lately in the book business, especially in the publication of illustrated books for children.

Non-Billable Hours


‘Marriage Story’ sets director Baumbach atop divorce genre

A beautiful and kind woman who improves everything she touches, “Marriage Story’s” Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) appears to be the perfect wife and mother.

Lex Sportiva


Pittsburgh’s ‘jock tax’ is on thin ice

A “jock tax” is a state or local income tax levied against a visiting professional athlete who has derived income from that jurisdiction.

Opening Statement


Don’t wait to see ‘Godot,’ but do wait to be confused by it

Samuel Beckett’s intriguing play “Waiting for Godot,” currently at the Victory Gardens Theater in Lincoln Park through Dec. 15, has invited all manner of social, political and religious interpretations. Even the late playwright himself confessed to be uncertain of its meaning.

Social Scene


DSF Unity Awards

The Diversity Scholarship Foundation held its 2019 Unity Award Dinner on Dec. 3 at the Hilton Chicago. The nonprofit gave awards to former Cook County judge Thomas R. Chiola, a neutral with ADR Systems; Neha Tannan, an associate at Ford & Britton P.C.; Erica M. Kirkwood, vice president and general counsel for GMA Construction Group; Chief U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer and Illinois Deputy Gov. Jesse H. Ruiz. The honorees are pictured with DSF’s president, 1st District Appellate Court Justice Jesse G. Reyes. Photo provided by the Diversity Scholarship Foundation/Bill Richert

Berger Schatz hosts Cervantes performance

Berger Schatz and The Underground co-hosted a performance by Miguel Cervantes — the actor currently starring as Alexander Hamilton in the Chicago run of “Hamilton” — at a Dec. 2 fundraiser benefiting Wisdom Knot, a nonprofit group. The organization helps teens in Chicago explore various career opportunities in sports. Cervantes (center) is pictured at the event with Berger Schatz principals Brian J. Blitz (left) and Leon I. Finkel. Photo provided by Berger Schatz/Lori Sapio

NU students win labor law competition

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law students won the Midwest Regional of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition last month at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse. NU’s team will compete in the national finals next month in New Orleans. Chief U.S. District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer judged the competition’s final round. She’s pictured with NU students Linda Sun, Cody Goodchild, Caroline McHugh and Nnenna Onyema. Also pictured is Cozen O’Connor partner Anna Wermuth, the competition’s national vice chair, and Adele Rapport, regional director for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the competition’s regional co-chair. Photo provided by Cozen O’Connor

Dixon donates food to needy

G. Grant Dixon III and his colleagues from the Dixon Law Office gathered at a Countryside supermarket last month to shop for 19 Thanksgiving meals for those in need and donate the food to the Westchester Food Pantry. The personal-injury firm chose the number to commemorate 19 years in operation.

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