News & Articles

Aug 4, 2009
In June 2009, the United States Supreme Court issued an important decision regarding the rights of driving under the influence (DUI) criminal defendants.  The case before the Court, Melendez-Dias v. Massachusetts, asked the justices to consider whether forensic affidavits were testimonial in nature.  Prosecutors around the country had been using...
Aug 3, 2009
Recently, the Chicago Tribune reported on the case of Dr. Nicholas Caro.  According to the Tribune, Dr. Caro has been sued for medical malpractice almost 50 times in Cook County since the early 1990s and plaintiffs have been successful in at least some of these cases.  Over the years, Dr....
Jul 31, 2009
Universal Press Syndicate journalist and Chicago native Georgie Anne Geyer has reportedly filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against two dentists earlier this month. Dentists, like medical doctors, nurses and others in the medical profession can be sued for malpractice when they are negligent in the care that they provide a...
Jul 30, 2009
Arrests typically come as a surprise.  You likely didn’t start your day with the goal of getting arrested.  Instead, circumstances led to your arrest and now you must figure out how to deal with it.  If you are arrested then you should remember to: Stay Quiet. Your first instinct may...
Jul 28, 2009
The doctors and lawyers of the University of Michigan Health System have decided that the way to handle a mistake is to admit the mistake, to apologize and to offer compensation.  It is an interesting approach but it is unlikely to hold doctors truly accountable for their mistakes. This approach...
Jul 15, 2009
Since the children of Creative Steps Daycare where asked not to return to the Valley Swim Club in Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, allegations of racial discrimination have been made and debated.  The daycare claims that swim club members made derogatory remarks about the race of the children using the pool and...
Jul 9, 2009
Acetaminophen, a common prescription and over the counter pain management drug, has recently undergone a significant review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On June 29 and 30, 2009, the FDA held an advisory committee meeting to discuss the problem of liver injury due to acetaminophen use. Acetaminophen is...
Jul 7, 2009
On June 24, Texas linebacker Sergio Kindle was texting.  While that in and of itself is not newsworthy, ESPN reports that Mr. Kindle received or sent the text message while he was driving a car.  It is alleged that in the time that it took Mr. Kindle to look at...
Jul 2, 2009
Suspended Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate was recently sentenced for his attack on a female bartender in February 2007.  The police officer received 2 years probation and no jail time for the offense. The victim, Karolina Obrycka, says that she now fears the police.  Is her fear justified?  Some people...
Jun 30, 2009
We are just about half way through 2009.  So far this year has brought many tragic accidents to the people who use Illinois roadways.  The loss of life in any accident is always tragic and the bizarre circumstances which led to the deaths described below are no exception to that...