Whether it is due to a traffic stop for alleged speeding, DUI checkpoint, domestic disturbance, or another reason, interacting with the police can be unnerving. Many people find themselves in situations where they do not know the correct protocol for communicating with a police officer. This can lead to increased anxiety, or worse yet, criminal charges. Here are 10 tips on how to respond in such a situation.
How to Handle Police Interactions in DuPage County
It is important for everyone to understand how to handle interactions with law enforcement. There are actions you can take as well as
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Thursday, December 1, 2022

MacKenzie Scott just became America’s 4th-most-generous philanthropist, vaulting ahead of Mike Bloomberg

MacKenzie Scott has become the world’s fourth-most-generous living philanthropist as her lifetime giving as reached about $14 billion. She has surpassed Michael Bloomberg’s $12.7 billion of lifetime giving.
Scott acknowledged in her 2019 Giving Pledge Letter, “In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share. My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the
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Several law schools have announced that they will stop submitting internal data to U.S. News and World Report for use in its annual ranking of best U.S. law schools. But U.S. News will continue to rank them anyway, said its Chief Data Strategist Robert Morse.
Law school deans say that the rankings penalize schools whose graduates pursue advanced degrees or careers in public interest, while promoting those that spend more on students and drive-up tuition costs, said Reuters.
And the ranking’s reliance on LSAT scores and undergraduate grade-point averages leads to schools opting for merit scholarships over needs-based assistance, Reuters
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Serving as a judicial law clerk is a coveted and prestigious position that few are fortunate enough to experience, often at the launch of their professional career immediately after law school and bar passage.
While bridging the gap between education and career, judicial clerkships offer challenging engagement with a vast array of legal issues and the opportunity for direct participation in the judicial process. However, whether taking on the responsibilities of a trial law clerk or an appellate law clerk, there are specific professional and ethical expectations of which law clerks should be aware.
Many jurisdictions and courts have guidelines
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The Quorum Forum podcast team loves a good tradition. To ring in the New Year, we will be reviewing case law and legislation that our local government listeners should be aware of as we head into 2023. Email your questions to podcast@ancelglink.com. Happy Holidays! — Resources — Illinois Supreme Court Rules in Public Body’s Favor in FOIA Case Involving Lawful Injunction https://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2022/09/illinois-supreme-court-rules-in-public.html PAC Issues Binding Opinion on Remote Meeting Agendas https://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2022/06/pac-issues-binding-opinion-on-remote.html Court Rejects First Amendment Claim Involving Persons’ Failure to Provide ID https://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2022/08/court-rejects-first-amendment-claim.html Court Declines to Find City Liable for Police Officer Off-Duty Activities https://municipalminute.ancelglink.com/2022/08/court-declines-to-find-city-liable-for.html Supreme Court Finds City
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NPEs started their summer vacation early with a relatively light May. Frequent filers included Bassfield IP, Cedar Lane Technologies, Consolidated Transaction Processing, DataQuill, Digital Verification Systems, eCeipt, Lexos Media, Noblewood IP, NorthStar Systems, and Route Guidance Systems.
As usual, I prepared the report in partnership with and using Docket Navigator and its powerful database. Docket Navigator is a valuable resource, and the place to go if you want to keep track of new patent litigation filings or want to know what is happening in particular cases, how your judge has historically handled a particular type of motion, or a particular

Our December Business Bytes highlights your A.I phone system, virutal workplace accessibility and declaring and updating your insurance values. 
Your A.I Phone System Can Get You Sued. The collection, storage, use, transfer and destruction of biometric information is a hot bed of litigation in a largely unsettled area of law. Even your automated phone ordering system that uses A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) to create a more tailored customer experience could result in liability if it gathers voice or other information from consumers. READ MORE.
Your Virtual Workplace Accessibility.  With expanding remote or virtual work places, your business’ obligation to make those
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As many of us prepare to enter 2023 with big plans for a new year and resolutions to do things differently, the one thing that can be common in many homes this time of year is a spouse seeking a divorce. January is sometimes called “divorce month” because the rate of divorce increases significantly at the start of a new year.
MarketWatch has reported that January sees lawyers getting a 25 to 30 percent increase in clientele. While many attorneys claim there is an inevitable increase in divorce applications after the holidays, the New York Times reported that the two
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Everyone knows that driving under the influence – DUI – is against the law, but you may not realize how extensive and serious the penalties can be, even for a first offense. If you are charged with DUI in or near Chicago, you must be advised and represented by a Chicago DUI attorney.
In 2020, more than 20,000 drivers were arrested in this state and charged with driving under the influence. The enforcement of DUI laws is aggressive in Illinois because DUI is so dangerous. In fact, more than 250 people lost their lives in alcohol-related traffic accidents in
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Purchasing a home is probably the biggest investment you will make in your life, and when you find your dream home you are probably going to be excited about locking it in with a big down payment. But online scam artists are ready to take your hard-earned money. Wire fraud is now the fastest-growing scam in the United States, up more than 1,000 percent between 2015 and 2017. If you are buying a home a skilled real estate attorney can guide you through the process and help you avoid any pitfalls.
The Scam: Fake Wiring Instructions
The FBI reports there
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Facing a recently filed putative class action lawsuit over the labeling and marketing of its toddler formula, baby formula manufacturer Gerber has asked a federal judge in Chicago to dismiss the suit arguing that reasonable parents buying its toddler formula couldn’t possibly be misled by the claims on its Good Start Grow products. The motion comes on the heels of the dismissal of a second class action lawsuit involving Gerber’s formula by a Virginia federal judge earlier in the month.
In her complaint, plaintiff Melissa Garza alleges that Gerber makes a toddler formula that is marketed as nutritional, but which actually contains added sugars and less protein than cow’s milk. Garza alleges that Gerber’s Good Start GentlePro Infant Formula and Good Start Grow Toddler Drink are marketed nearly identically without disclosing that the toddler formula has added sugar, less protein and more carbohydrates than whole cow’s milk.
The complaint alleges that Gerber’s failure to adequately distinguish the two products and disclose that its toddler formula is inconsistent with expert advice constitute violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, the consumer fraud acts of other states and the federal Magnuson Moss Warranty Act and has unjustly enriched Gerber. Garza seeks to represent herself and a class of individuals in Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas, Wyoming, North Dakota, and Utah who purchased Gerber’s toddler formula.
The toddler formula, which the complaint refers to as a “transition formula” (a term Gerber takes issue with in its motion to dismiss), contains nearly the same ingredients as Gerber’s infant formula and is fortified with vitamins D and E as well as iron. However, Garza alleges that a global consensus of pediatric health organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Nutrition and the relevant Sub-Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) have advised that transition formula is not recommended and that toddlers can meet all nutritional needs from whole cow’s milk, water and healthy foods.
Taking aim at the allegations that Gerber’s toddler formula is not as healthy as whole cow’s milk because it contains more sugar and less protein, Gerber argues these allegations cannot sustain a claim of consumer deception because the product does not claim “to be a substitute for whole cow’s milk nor purports to provide 100% of a toddler’s nutritional needs.”
The motion further takes issue with the alleged “global consensus of pediatric health organizations” that the complaint invokes arguing that Garza has misrepresented or misinterpreted the recommendations of these experts. The motion argues that transition formulas are only deemed “unnecessary” by WHO when “breastfeeding continues for up to two years or beyond.” The crux of Gerber’s motion is that the plaintiff cannot sustain claims for false or deceptive labelling because the label only includes true statements and that no reasonable consumer would be deceived by the label.
Gerber undoubtedly is hoping to ride the momentum of its recent victory in obtaining dismissal of a separate proposed class action lawsuit that accused it of failing to disclose the existence of heavy metals in its baby foods. However, Gerber will likely have to wait until 2023 before the fate of its motion in this case is decided.
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Being an immigrant to the United States can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be very challenging. In particular, undocumented immigrants face struggles when they are trying to deal with crime but are afraid to report crime because they might accidentally reveal their, or their loved one’s, lack of legal immigration status. This can leave immigrants exposed to dangerous levels of crime that can make life difficult or unbearable.
If you are suffering from crime in your neighborhood but are reluctant to call the police, speak with an Illinois immigration attorney. 
Certain Victims Have Protection
If you are
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Whether you are staying at a hotel for a work trip, a family vacation, or a personal getaway, the hotel is responsible for ensuring you are provided with secure premises. This includes not only your room, but also the parking lot, lobby, pool area, and anywhere else the hotel operates or manages. 
While the vast majority of hotel stays pass without incident, sometimes bad actors take advantage of hotel patrons. If the hotel has a poorly lit parking lot, or if certain areas are understaffed, this could leave guests vulnerable to assault and theft. Furthermore, if a hotel
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Synopsis: Illinois WC Premiums Remain in the Middle of the Pack.Editor’s comment: The “every-other-year” Oregon WC Insurance Premium Rankings are out. It is difficult to find a metric for WC costs around our great country but Oregon has what I, and most WC observers feel is the most scientifically significant ranking for WC insurance premiums.New Jersey maintained its spot as the most expensive state in the U.S. for purchasing workers’ compensation coverage in the ranking by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services.While the top half of the list remains populated by California, New York and Hawaii,
Continue Reading 11-29-2022; Oregon WC Premium Study is Published and IL WC is Actually Close to the Middle; Another “Never-Ending” Story of an IL WC/OD claim and more

Millions of people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States. Most of these bites are accidents and require little or no medical treatment, while other bites are much more serious. Serious dog attacks are rare, but when the victim is a child, the consequences can be disastrous. It is essential to know what to do after a dog attacks your child, just as it is essential to retain the help of a knowledgeable Illinois dog bite injury lawyer. 
What to Do After a Dog Attack 
If your child has been attacked by a dog, the most important
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