Archive for April 2013

Can we legislate stupidity? Or at least educate kids on it?

Can we legislate stupidity?  Or at least educate kids on it?
One of my good friends has a son that’s a high school basketball player in the Chicago burbs. He’s a great, respectful kid and from every appearance I’ve seen of him he’s not only a great son and brother, but also has a great future ahead of him. His coach gave him the sportsmanship award... Read more »

What does it take to get arrested these days?

What does it take to get arrested these days?
One of my friends is a bar owner in Chicago.  He’s a great guy and has to deal with more b.s. than you can imagine.  He has vendors that don’t show up on time if at all.  He has to deal with all of the City nonsense. And he has a bunch of employees that... Read more »

Where do all of these class action cases come from?

Where do all of these class action cases come from?
A few months ago I joined a listserv for reporters that are looking for people to give quotes for articles. So when you read an article in the Chicago Tribune and they use some random person in Oregon as an “expert” and the article is published. I’ve been quoted since January on labor laws in... Read more »
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Did you play smear the queer as a kid?

Did you play smear the queer as a kid?
              When it’s warm enough to go outside for recess, my kids typically play basketball or soccer at school. They tell me that some of their friends play on the playground and others will play tag or just hang out. All harmless and fun activities. The daughter of one... Read more »

The State can pretty much do whatever it wants to you and get away with it

The State can pretty much do whatever it wants to you and get away with it
Illinois has a reputation, at least amongst marketers for insurance companies, as being a very plaintiff friendly state. This is a heavily pushed message in Cook County as well as downstate in Madison and St. Clair County. Whether you agree with that (I don’t) or not, one fact of life in Illinois that almost never... Read more »

This has to be the leading cause of divorce in Illinois

This has to be the leading cause of divorce in Illinois
                        My wife and I have four friends who are going through divorce right now.  What do they all have in common?  They all have three or more kids. Ok, that’s a small sample size.  So I started keeping track of the people that... Read more »
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What should we do about CTA and Mag Mile hoodlums?

What should we do about CTA and Mag Mile hoodlums?
                  For the last couple of years, there have been a bunch of reports in the paper of teens getting together on Twitter and agreeing to meet up on the El or Michigan Avenue to mess with people.  Strangely enough, a lot of these kids don’t even... Read more »

Shocker, Donald Trump proves that he’s full of hot air

Shocker, Donald Trump proves that he’s full of hot air
                      About a month ago, I posted something on Donald Trump suing Bill Maher for claiming that he’s half ape.  See: http://www.chicagonow.com/chicagos-real-law-blog/2013/02/i-bet-donald-trump-500-million-he-will-lose-his-lawsuit-against-bill-maher. In a surprise to nobody, yesterday Trump dismissed his frivolous lawsuit, although he claims it will be re-filed at a later point. The... Read more »

Seven phone laws we need right now

No voicemail recordings should finish by saying, “To disconnect press 1, if you still want to leave a message, press 3.”  Seriously, who thought of that idea.  I’m pretty sure most people who want to disconnect will just hangup.  And every voicemail message should allow you to hit # and start recording.  There isn’t much worse in life than hitting # and being asked to enter your security code.
Cell phones make our lives so much easier.  But they also make our lives a little crazier.  Here are seven phone laws we need that would make life much better:
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