A recent study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has revealed the presence of a toxic chemical, chlormequat, in popular oat-based foods such as Cheerios and Quaker Oats. Chlormequat, is an agricultural chemical used to modify plant growth.
Past research has linked chlormequat to adverse reproductive and developmental effects in animals. More specifically, the studies have linked the chemical to reduced fertility, altered fetal growth, and delayed puberty.
EWG’s recent research also highlighted a troubling trend: Chlormequat has been detected in a significant majority of Americans tested, with detection rates steadily rising over the years. In 2017, chlormequat was
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A new study from the University of Nebraska concluded that nation’s guardrails are unable to handle electric vehicles (EV’s) which weigh thousands of pounds more than the average gas-powered sedan. The university’s “Midwest Roadside Safety Facility” conducted test crashes with an electric-powered pickup truck and a Tesla sedan by sending them into guardrails similar to those seen on U.S. roads and highways. The results of the tests found that our guardrails were not made to handle vehicles greater than 5,000 pounds. 

 The National Transportation Safety Board previously expressed concern last year about the safety risks that heavy electric vehicles pose if they
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The Alabama Supreme Court ruled last week that frozen embryos are legally considered people, holding those accountable for the destruction of embryos. This landmark decision is considered a victory by anti-abortion activists, which may have significant consequences for reproductive rights,…
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Choosing Lubin Austermuehle for business litigation offers several compelling advantages. Firstly, the firm is known for its commitment to achieving significant victories and effecting change for clients and the community. This dedication is reflected in the firm’s ability to deliver high-quality services with a level of personal attention that is sometimes lacking in larger law practices​​.
Lubin Austermuehle’s team is adept at handling a wide range of business litigation matters. This includes shareholder, owner, LLC member, and partnership disputes, trade secret theft, copyright and trademark infringement, business fraud, non-compete agreements, and restrictive covenants​​​​. Their experience also extends to dealing with
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Each year, Black History Month recognizes the contributions, sacrifices, and legacy of African Americans who helped shape—and continue to shape—the culture of our nation.
During February and throughout the year, the Commission celebrates the achievements and heritage of Black lawyers and judges, and highlights the important work of bar associations and other legal organizations that focus on issues concerning the Black community.
We recently spoke to three Black lawyers who are leaders in Illinois bar associations:

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In 2022, an inmate submitted a request to a City for a copy of his own letter he had sent to the Mayor
complaining about the conduct of the City’s attorney. The City denied the request, arguing, among other reasons, that the letter
was not a “public record” under FOIA because it was addressed to the Mayor who
did not qualify as a “public body” under FOIA. The requestor sued the City
claiming the City’s denial violated FOIA, and the circuit court ruled in the City’s favor.
On appeal, the Appellate Court upheld the
circuit court’s ruling in Shehadeh

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Have you ever wondered if it’s okay to cut through a parking lot to save some time? Well, the answer isn’t as simple as you might think. Cutting through a parking lot might seem harmless, but it can actually be against the law in some places. Laws about cutting through parking lots vary depending on where you live and the specific rules set by local authorities. So, before you decide to take a shortcut through a parking lot, it’s important to understand the rules and regulations in your area to avoid getting into trouble with the law.
Cutting through a
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In Illinois, like in many other states across the country, underage drinking carries significant legal consequences. The state has strict laws and penalties in place to deter minors from consuming alcohol and to hold them accountable for their actions. Understanding these consequences is crucial for both minors and their parents or guardians. If your teen has been charged with underage drinking, it is crucial to contact an Illinois defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Illinois Underage Drinking Law
The legal drinking age in Illinois, as in all states in the U.S., is 21. Anyone under this age who is
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ABSTRACT: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are inevitable, and in many ways, beneficial. But lenders are cautioned to implement best practices in order to ensure credit decisions are made fairly and equitably, with or without the use of AI.

AI and Fair Lending Regulations
Last fall, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) cautioned lenders that the use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) does not excuse fair lending regulations. Amid reports of error and potential biases among artificial intelligence systems used to evaluate loan applications, and an uptick in cases in other industries involving the use of AI, a new litigation trend
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The IRS intensifies scrutiny on high-net-worth taxpayers, prompting advisors to emphasize the importance of watching for audit triggers during the current filing season. Increased audit notices requesting detailed records and explanations are observed by CPA firms, indicating higher audit probabilities…
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Oak Park, IL. February 15, 2024 – On Thursday night, tragedy struck on the Eisenhower Expressway in Oak Park as a driver lost their life in a collision with the rear of a semi-tractor trailer.
The incident occurred at approximately 7:39 p.m. on the westbound Eisenhower near Oak Park Avenue. Emergency responders found a severely damaged 2008 Ford Edge wedged under the trailer of the semi-truck on the shoulder of the road. Oak Park police and fire crews were swiftly on the scene.
The Oak Park Fire Department reported efforts to extricate one occupant from the Ford involved
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Proposed Rule to Curb Money Laundering Through Real Estate
As we have previously discussed, the United States Treasury Department has recently implemented or proposed new rules to crack down on money laundering through corporate ownership interest and is now seeking to provide more information to law enforcement through the implementation of new rules related to real estate transactions. The proposed rule would require businesses engaged in real estate transactions and transfers to flag and report any entirely cash residential purchases made to an entity or trust. Experts point out that there is currently no rule that requires reporting to
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Google LLC, et al. v. EcoFactor, Inc.

Docket No. 2022-1750, -1767 (IPR2020-01504, -00792 (https://cafc.uscourts.gov/opinions-orders/22-1750.OPINION.2-7-2024_2266326.pdf))


February 7, 2024

Brief Summary:  Board implicitly construed claims; that construction was improper and led to a finding Google had not shown obviousness; decision vacated and remanded. Summary:   Google appealed from Board IPR final written decision (FWD) finding EcoFactor’s US 8,498,753 relating to thermostat-related systems and methods are not unpatentable.   Google’s IPR alleged obviousness in view of two US patents (Wedekind and Ehlers).  Representative claim 1 includes method steps 1a-1m, including 1m inputs [i]-[v] that are most relevant to this appeal. 
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You can’t watch television, browse online, or even play a game on your phone without being bombarded with lawyer commercials.  I mean, how many of us had even heard of mesothelioma before the ubiquitous lawyer ads for these cases?
Lawyers, particularly personal injury lawyers, get picked on often, sometimes for good reason.
But despite all the noise, there are some of us who are arguably better than the rest.
That’s why I am proud to announce that I was selected by my peers again as a Super Lawyer in Personal Injury, a designation I have held proudly since 2012.
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On Friday, February 9, 2024, Illinois’ General Assembly introduced legislation to eliminate the tip credit in Illinois by January 1, 2025. If passed, ALL Illinois employers will be required to pay ALL their employees at least the applicable minimum wage, including employees who earn or receive tips and gratuities. This would mean that Illinois employers would no longer be able to credit the tips and gratuities their tipped employees receive towards paying them minimum wage starting on January 1, 2025. 
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