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Free public records searches may end up costing time and money

February 16, 2017 by Jeremy Byellin

Whether investigating a party or witness in anticipation of trial, attempting to verify an individual’s identity, or simply conducting exploratory research before initiating a legal action, public records serve an absolutely vital role. As the name suggests, “public records” are indeed accessible to the public.  But does that mean that it’s the most prudent course of action to obtain the records sought by using only those resources freely available? Quite often, public records obtained through the open web may have attendant flaws that could end up costing money in the long run, eating up more of your valuable time, or … Read More

Secondary Sources on Westlaw: Start stronger, finish faster

February 13, 2017 by Teri Kruk

Primary sources tell you what the law is, but Secondary Sources give you the why, when, where, if and how of the law. You’ve already read the Basics of Secondary Sources; now it’s time to look more closely at how to use Secondary Sources on Westlaw to your advantage. Secondary Sources on Westlaw combines expert authors, an unmatched collection of premier analytical titles, with our deep tradition of excellence in legal publishing to help you quickly get up to speed in new areas of the law and to stay on top of developments in more familiar topics. Here are just … Read More

It’s Not Your Vault: Do You Know Where Your Data Is?

October 19, 2016 by Jared Correia

Editor’s note: Jared Correia is a paid guest blogger. In case you were instead focused on what you were going to be for Halloween — there is a Harry Potter costume in my closet; just sayin’ –you should know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month.  While it is true that some lawyers do spend more time thinking about their Halloween costumes than they do about cybersecurity, it doesn’t take a magician to improve the way that most law firms protect data online.  It just takes the right tools. . . . In the modern environment, legal services consumers … Read More

Congress Restricts Ticket-Buying “Bots”

December 19, 2016 by Jeff Matsuura

The United States Congress recently passed the “Better Online Ticket Sales Act” (BOTS Act). … Read More

How Will President Trump Reshape the Supreme Court?

November 15, 2016 by Jeremy Byellin

Donald Trump says he has big plans for the Supreme Court. How will he impact the course of the highest court in the land? … Read More

Phantom Stock Plans for Private, Closely-held Companies

February 13, 2017 by Dan Hogans

Top performers who believe in a company’s future often want to be compensated with equity.  But owners of closely-held businesses may be reluctant to add minority shareholders who have the right to: Review the books and records of the company. Vote for boards of directors or managers. Receive profit distributions. This could lead to disagreement at crucial times, for example, when the majority shareholders want to sell the company. Phantom stock is a promise to pay a bonus in the future equal in value to a fixed number of company shares. Many closely-held companies find phantom stock attractive because it … Read More

Defendant to Pay $12.9M for Warehouse Fire Caused by Use of Faulty Fuse

January 24, 2017 by Jury Verdicts

Jan. 24, 2017 Defendant to Pay $12.9M for Warehouse Fire Caused by Use of Faulty Fuse Chicago Import v. Commonwealth Edison Company (Ill.Cir.Ct.) 2016 WL 7743924 Verdict summary 2012 WL 12919616 Plaintiff’s complaint   … Read More


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It is a matter of common knowledge that snow gathers on a car’s windshield during a snowstorm


It is a matter of common knowledge that snow gathers on a car’s windshield during a snowstorm.

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