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In Illinois, the amount of punitive damages assessed is often quite unpredictable. Unlike awards for compensatory damages that tend to be calculated in a precise manner, the valuation of punitive damages can range widely. As such, it is extremely important to be aware of the possibility of being awarded punitive damages, especially because punitive damages are typically excluded from the covera...
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The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operates the nation’s second largest public transportation system. CTA Facts at a Glance. In 2017, on an average weekday, 1.6 million rides were taken across CTA. Id. CTA has 1,864 buses that operate 129 routes and 1,536 route miles. Buses make about 19,237 trips a day and serve 10,768 bus stops. Id. On the rapid transit system, CTA’s 1,492 rail cars operate ...
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We have all had that dreadful experience of living in an apartment that turned out to be way worse than anticipated. You thought you had the perfect apartment until you start experiencing issues. Issues with safety, health, and quality of the use and enjoyment of the unit are some examples where Tenants often find that their “perfect” apartment is riddled with issues and concerns. However, once...
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As technology continues to revolutionize the world around us, we must be cognizant of the new risks that are inevitably involved. This is especially true with autonomous vehicles. Autonomous vehicles have been gaining popularity with the thought that fully autonomous vehicles will help reduce the rate of accidents, particularly those involving human error. However, there are still many unanswer...
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Internet services such as Google Street View (“Street View”) and Google Maps offer litigants a new realm of discovery resources that did not exist before. These images enable a party to compare images of a location that may have been taken years apart from each other. Although there is some guidance as to the admissibility of these Street View images, uncertainty still exists as to the situatio...
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            Amusement parks are popular summer activity, especially for families and kids. Although amusement parks are relatively safe, injuries still occur frequently. To protect themselves, amusement parks and other facilities will often require the guest to complete a waiver of liability before participating in the activity. If the participant is a minor, the amusement park or facility may ...
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Social media plays a prominent role in the daily lives of millions of people, whether it is to receive a news update, to stay in touch with friends and family, or to gain social recognition. Social media enables a wealth of information to become disposable almost instantaneously. For lawyers, the pervasive nature of social media potentially makes it a goldmine to obtain evidence. However, the q...
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Estate planning involves making plans for how to manage and administer a person’s assets after their death. These assets can include land, tangible property, intellectual property, stock ownerships, etc. Nowadays, a person’s assets may include ownership of any cryptocurrencies, and attorneys should take note of this recent development when creating a plan for a client’s estate.

In the last few ...
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On January 22, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States (“SCOTUS”) held in a 5-4 decision that statutes of limitations for state law claims joined in a federal lawsuit are tolled until 30 days after a federal court dismisses the claims. This decision applies to state law claims brought in federal court under the Supplemental Jurisdiction statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1367, which enables federal cour...
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Illinois’ own Abraham Lincoln is one of our nation’s most revered  presidents. However, before he made his legendary mark as leader of the  United States, he was establishing himself as a well-respected attorney  and experienced much success in his legal career. His influence lives on this day, specifically at the Sherwood Law Group. Lincoln’s influence is apparent in many facets of litigation ...
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