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Step on a Crack, Break the City’s Bank: Discretionary Immunity Requires a Conscious Decision to Not Repair City Sidewalks

November 14, 2018

Recently, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the City of Danville, Illinois, was not entitled to immunity from a negligence lawsuit brought by a citizen who tripped and fell on a crack in a city sidewalk. The court essentially held that in order for a city or public entity to be immune under the discretionary […]

Bogenberger v Pi Kappa Alpha: A Tragedy Changes the Law

November 2, 2018

On January 19, 2018, the Illinois Supreme Court issued its opinion in Bogenberger v. Pi Kappa Alpha Corp., et. al., 2018 IL 120951. The tragic case arose from the alcohol-related death of David Bogenberger, a Pi Kappa Alpha pledge at Northern Illinois University, who died from alcohol intoxication at a fraternity party in November 2012. […]

Until Death Do Us Part … The Impact of a Plaintiff’s Death During Litigation

October 30, 2018

Practitioners usually face cases where they reasonably expect the health of a party to remain the same throughout the pendency of a lawsuit. An important, and sometimes overlooked, aspect of a litigation strategy is the long-term health of a party, or a key witness, which is a significant factor when considering both discovery and trial […]

Getting Burned by BIPA. The First District Splits with the Second District on the Statute’s Meaning of “Aggrieved”

October 18, 2018

The Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) establishes safeguards and procedures relating to the retention, collection, disclosure, and destruction of biometric data. Passed in October 2008, BIPA is intended to protect a person’s unique biological traits – the data encompassed in a person’s fingerprint, voice print, retinal scan, or facial geometry. This information is the most […]

Missouri Court Stands Its Ground on Common Carrier’s Duty Owed in the Air

September 18, 2018

The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District recently handed down the case of Spencer v. American Airlines, Inc., et al., ED105809, limiting the duty owed by an airline to its passengers while in flight. The Honorable Robert M. Clayton authored the opinion affirming summary judgment to American Airlines, with the Honorable Gary M. […]

Responding to Personal Jurisdiction Discovery after Daimler

September 13, 2018

Are you at home in the jurisdiction where you are being sued? Did the cause of action arise from your contacts in that jurisdiction? If you are a corporate defendant in a lawsuit and neither applies to your company, you should probably at least raise an objection to Personal Jurisdiction in your initial response to […]

Oh Shiplap! “Fixer Upper” Stars Violate Lead-Based Paint Rules

August 3, 2018

In 2008, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“USEPA”) adopted the Lead-Based Paint Renovation, Repair and Painting (“RRP”) Rule under its TSCA authority. See 40 CFR §745.80 et seq. Congress’ purpose for implementing this rule was to protect occupants in homes and buildings built before 1978 from lead-based paint hazards during renovation. The RRP Rule requires […]

Update on the Respirable Crystalline Silica General Industry and Maritime Standard

June 28, 2018

On March 25, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule that increased the protections in place for employees exposed to silica in the workplace and imposed new obligations on employers. The final rule created two separate standards addressing occupational exposure to silica – one for general industry and maritime and […]

Welcome to the United States. Now Please Enter Your Passcode

June 21, 2018

Every day, at sites across the United States, federal agents search container ships, trucks, cars, and aircraft entering the country. Now, increasingly, federal agents are also searching the electronic devices of the individuals entering the country – from citizens to permanent residents to tourists. See United States v. Cotterman, 709 F.3d 952, 956 (9th Cir. […]