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Liability for Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago?

By Brady McAninch on July 26, 2017

Over the last weekend, thousands of Pokémon Go players traveled to Grant Park in Chicago for the first ever Pokémon Go Fest, a daylong event for players of the augmented reality game.  Tickets for the event initially went on sale in June and sold out in a manner of minutes.  The tickets, that initially cost twenty dollars were being sold on the secondary market for hundreds of dollars.

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Walmart sued for allegedly selling fake craft beer.

By Brady McAninch on February 17, 2017

Last June, Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, announced that it was entering the craft beer game. These beers were marked as craft-style beers with names like After Party Pale Ale and Red Flag Amber. The beers were sold by Walmart and allegedly brewed by Trouble Brewery out of Rochester, New York. Walmart’s Senior Vice President of alcoholic beverages, Al Dominguez, claimed that this was part of Walmart’s strategy to “bring craft beer to the masses.” But a new lawsuit filed in Ohio claims that Walmart is pulling a fast one on its consumers.

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Is taking a voting selfie in Illinois illegal?

By Brady McAninch on October 27, 2016

It is voting season and most of America has caught election fever.  In many states, Illinois included, you can cast an early ballot.  And, as with most things these days, early voting has taken social media by storm.  This has however caused an unexpected issue.  It turns out in some states snapping a selfie while voting or while standing with your ballot is illegal.  Who knew?

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Illinois’ Same Day Voter Registration Law Under Attack

By Brady McAninch on October 6, 2016

In 2014, the Illinois General Assembly passed a law allowing same day voter registration on Election Day.  Under the new law, people will be able to register and vote on Election Day.  The law requires larger counties, with populations over 100,000, to allow same day registration at a voter’s local precinct.  Smaller counties, those with populations under 100,000, will also allow same day registration, but only at specified locations.

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Explaining Erin Andrews’ $55 Million Jury Award And Why It Happened

By John Hipskind on March 8, 2016

Yesterday, a Nashville jury awarded sportscaster Erin Andrews $55 million dollars in damages for the taping and release of a video showing her naked in 2008.  This video of her was taken by Michael Barrett, a stalker, in 2008, at a Nashville Marriott hotel.

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Federal New York Judge Rules Apple Does Not Have to Help FBI

By John Hipskind on March 2, 2016

On February 29, 2016, Federal Magistrate Judge James Orenstein ruled that the FBI cannot force Apple to provide it with a way to access locked iPhone data.  Judge Orenstein issued a fifty-page ruling finding that the question at issue is not whether Apple can be forced to unlock a specific device but, “is instead whether the All Writs Act resolves that issue and many others like it yet to come,” and the Judge determined it did not.  Judge Orenstein pointed out that using a law written in 1789, the All Writs Act, to compel tech companies to create back doors into smart phones, or any other piece of tech, in order to obtain secure data is inappropriate given that the law was written at a time when the it was impossible to predict a world where a small rectangular phone could be used to schedule meetings, send text messages, and record video.

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Can you sue over a meme? Turns out, you can.

By John Hipskind on February 17, 2016

The Courts and technology have had an interesting relationship over the last two decades as new developments such as camera phones, smaller concealed listening devices, and social media sharing have changed how we view privacy.  With that in mind, it was only a matter of time before memes became a legal issue.  Memes have become a social phenomena and are everywhere.  Sometimes funny, sometimes distasteful, and sometimes causing litigation.

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Illinois Supreme Court ABOLISHES “public duty” rule paving way for citizens to hold local government accountbale for willfull acts

By John Hipskind on January 26, 2016

On January 22, 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court abolished the public duty rule in Coleman v. East Joliet Fire Protection, 2016 IL 117952.  This decision could have a wide ranging impact on both citizens and local governments throughout the state, most notably, police and fire departments.  The Illinois public duty rule previously provided immunity to municipalities, townships, counties, special districts, and their employees from the failure to provide general police and fire protection.  The Illinois Supreme Court determined that the rule had outlived its usefulness as: (a) it had become incompatible with Illinois’ tort and immunity laws; (b) the rule had been inconsistently applied by courts both inside and outside of Illinois; and (c) the Illinois legislature has provided enough protection to Illinois’ government entities through the tort and immunity act.

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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all of the people who strived so that his name will never be forgotten

By John Hipskind on January 18, 2016

The battle to create a holiday recognizing the efforts and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took well over a decade and required countless hours of work from numerous individuals, laborers, and politicians.  As so many great accomplishments in our nation’s history, the creation of this holiday was originally championed by union laborers throughout the United States.  In fact, thousands of working-class Americans, of all backgrounds, risked their jobs to demand the right to honor a man who was not only a hero for civil rights but also for workers’ rights.

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Powdered Alcohol, Police Body Cameras, DUIs, and Pumpkin Pie? Read about the new Illinois laws that could impact you.

By John Hipskind on January 4, 2016

Last Thursday and Friday, as we all celebrated the New Year with family and friends, over two hundred new Illinois laws took effect.  These new laws, despite little fanfare or publication, could have a significant impact on your life.  Here are just a few of the new laws that took went into effect last on January 1, 2016:

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