This past March, Robert A. Clifford was recognized as one of Chicago Magazine's Top 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans for 2014. The third annual "The Power 100″ list ranks based on influence, ability, and clout; Clifford placed #76. This recognition appeared in the March 2014 issue of Chicago Magazine and marks the second time in a row he has been acknowledged as one of the most powerful Chicagoans. According to Chicago Magazine, in order to be part of this list, "You must have the influence, ability, or potential to make big things happen, for good or for ill. When you talk, people listen." In naming Clifford one of the Top 100 for 2014, Chicago Magazine wrote, "In 2013, Clifford's prestigious boutique personal injury firm won a total of $66.9 million in 13 cases, including a $15.5 million lawsuit against University of Chicago Medicine. With elections on the horizon, all the major Democratic pols, from Hillary Clinton on down the line, will be coming cup in hand to this important Chicago fundraiser." Clifford is listed along with other esteemed Chicagoans including the Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emanuel, Governor Pat Quinn and U.S. Senator Dick Durbin. To view "The Power 100" list, please visit: http://chi.mg/1rGeBO1
Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, Communications Partner at Clifford Law Offices and Associate Editor of the American Bar Association (ABA) Litigation News, authored an article on the issue of attorney-client privilege in a business merger. "Attorney-Client Privilege Passes to Acquiring Company in Merger" appeared in the March issue of Litigation News that is disseminated to the 60,000+ members of the ABA Section of Litigation. The article surrounds the case of Great Hill Equity Partners IV v. SIG Growth Equity Fund,80 A.3d 155, 2013 De. Ch. LEXIS 280 (Del. Ch. Ct. Nov. 15, 2013) that arose out of the Delaware Court of Chancery involving a dispute between two parties in a merger. After the merger, the acquiring company apparently had buyer's remorse after learning of some evidence of alleged fraud in the communications it obtained in the merge. The question was whether the attorney-client privilege applied. The court answered no under the Delaware statute. To read the entire article, click here.
Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, testified Thursday (April 24, 2014) before the Licensing Committee of the Chicago City Council on its proposal to regulate ride sharing in the city. Safety of consumers was the underlying theme of the hearing. An ordinance is being considered that would require ride sharing companies to keep better track of its drivers, require testing of the drivers and the vehicles as well as pay taxes to the city. Clifford spoke before a crowded room about his concern over insurance issues involving those who are using their own cars to drive people around the city. It was estimated that as many as 5,000 people may be doing this part-time around Chicago, it was said at the hearing. Clifford said insurance coverage issues are a "nightmare" and asked the Committee not to "compromise or experiment," but that its members must "take greater care before deciding what to do." His remarks drew applause from audience members. At the same time, the Illinois state legislature also is proposing a statewide law. Clifford also recently spoke before the Illinois Transportation Committee of the House that recently passed a bill that is set to go to the Illinois Senate shortly.
As reported by Associated Press, the remaining seven federal court cases involving the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 that killed 50 people near Buffalo, New York, five years ago have settled in federal court before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthey. Robert A. Clifford, Kevin P. Durkin and Michael S. Krzak, partners at Clifford Law Offices, were set to try five of the seven of these cases at the end of May. They settled for a confidential amount. The lawsuits alleged that the pilots and flight's operators, Continental Airlines and its regional carrier, Colgan Air, Inc. (who operated Flight 3407 under a Capacity Purchase Agreement with Continental Airlines) as well as the parent company, Pinnacle Air, were reckless and caused the crash of the jet carrying 50 people from Newark to Buffalo in 2009. Three more cases remain to be tried in state court. The families of those who lost loved ones were pleading with federal officials to overhaul training requirements for pilots and other safety-oriented changes, particularly regarding regional airlines - which often fly the smaller aircraft into airports that are not as cost-effective for the major carriers to fly in and out of. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has strengthened many of those requirements in light of this crash due to the ensuing, tireless actions of the family members. Clifford, senior partner at the firm who would have been the lead attorney at trial in the remaining cases in which Clifford Law Offices represented the Plaintiffs, talked to AP reporter Carolyn Thompson about how the case was allowed to be "'litigated in secrecy'" in federal court in Buffalo. "'The public loses the safety benefits that come from the disclosure. Now we've got one more incident of sweeping the bad conduct under the rug and nobody sees it,' he said," to the AP reporter. To read the story in its entirety, here are links to some of those stories:
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Question: If I sue a business over a consumer claim, how long will it take for my case to be heard in court? Answer: Depending on where you file and the backlog of cases, it could take at least two to three months before your case is heard. That is because in Illinois, a person being sued has one month to respond to your complaint. After that, it may take another month to set a trial date, and there could also be continuances and other delays that impact the final resolution of a claim. Anyone with a question about a legal matter can talk to a lawyer at no cost on the Illinois State Bar Association's 33rd Annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact options include two toll-free numbers, Skype and email. For details, visit http://goo.gl/2v5eWJ.
Question: My partner and I have separated, and he moved out. I've been receiving threatening calls, and I believe he is the culprit. Should I contact the police?
Illinois State Bar Association's (ISBA) 33rd Annual Ask-a-Lawyer Day is Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to noon. On this day, residents of Illinois with a question about a legal matter are invited to talk to a lawyer at no cost to them.
Question: I lost my job and believe I may be the victim of age discrimination. Should I file a lawsuit?
A 29-year-old concert goer was seriously injured at a Live Nation concert in Tinley Park, Illinois (First Midwest Bank Ampitheater). Apparently he is not alone. Channel 2 investigative reporter Dave Savini is doing a story on Matt Zielinski, a client at Clifford Law Offices, who is suing for his injuries when he was attacked by a group of men with no security in sight. He merely had gone to the men's room and was returning to his lawn seat while seeing a country music concert. Learn more about the details of this shocking story covered on the 10 o'clock news on Thursday, April 10th on Channel 2, CBS, by clicking here.
Question: May I use a photo on my website without express written permission from the photographer? I emailed a request, but have not heard back.
Question: Under Illinois' new medical marijuana law, is it legal for motorists to drive with cannabis in their system?
Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, presented an opening statement in defense of Wyatt Earp, lawmen of the Wild West, at an American Bar Association (ABA) all-day program entitled "An Anatomy of a Trial." The packed room watched as Clifford, with Earp sitting next to him in costume, made his opening statement, said that Earp, as sheriff of Tombstone, along with his deputized brothers and Doc Holliday, acted in self defense at the OK Corral where a gunfight took place on Oct. 26, 1881. Earp killed a man, according to history. "It's against the law to carry a firearm without a permit in Tombstone," Clifford argued. "The Earps had an obligation to enforce the law, and it's a rough and tough business." He also pointed out that the cowboys who had broken the law were told to raise their hands and instead they drew their guns first, forcing the Earps and Holliday to act in self defense. Following the opening statement, in a panel discussion Clifford emphasized that preparation is the key to a successful opening statement. He spoke at the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, where many of those attending were law school students from the area. Wyatt Earp's trial team: ( Left to right: Robert A. Clifford, Clifford Law Offices, Chicago; Paul Mark Sandler, Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, Baltimore, MD, Program Chair); "Wyatt Earp," and Julianne Farnsworth, Farnsworth Law Firm, Charleston, SC Bob Clifford at the podium: Bob Clifford delivering his opening statement to the group: Bob Clifford defending Wyatt Earp at mock trial at ABA Meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona:
Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, Communications Partner at Clifford Law Offices, authored an article for the American Bar Association (ABA) Litigation Journal on marketing tips for attorneys. The article entitled, "Decent Exposure," appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of the Journal that is disseminated to more than 65,000 members of the Section of Litigation of the ABA. "Instead of the shotgun approach, try to think of your marketing plan more like a rifle shot, targeting an audience that really may be in need of exactly what you do," she wrote. To read the entire article, click here. Menaker, a long-time member of the ABA, is an Associate Editor of its Litigation News publication as well as a member of the ABA Task Force on Human Trafficking.
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Former Clifford Law Office client, Molly Akers, will run this year's Boston Marathon in honor of Martin Richard, who tragically died from injuries sustained during the bombings one year ago. Akers, along with best friend and avid runner Samantha Kirkham, were named as Foundation Ambassadors for MARTIN W. RICHARD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION and inaugral members of Team MR8 for The Boston Marathon 2014 . Through her own ordeal, Akers knows first hand how important it is reminding people what happens to them matters and has since struck up a friendship with the Richards' camp after reaching out after the horrific attacks. "The only reason I started running was because I needed something to do after my own ordeal. My best friend Sam convinced me to go for a run and I've not stopped since. Watching what happened last year in Boston was a helpless feeling, but seeing the picture of Martin holding a sign "No more hurting people, PEACE," made Sam and I realize we had to do something. So, we reached out and heard back! We wanted them to know people cared and what happened to Martin mattered. I can't change what happened to me, but I can change how I live and I know now how important to not be afraid to be a voice for someone." In 2005, Clifford Law Offices filed a claim on Akers' behalf stemming from an incident when she had a healthy breast removed by an Illinois hospital. The Illinois surgeon removed her right breast allegedly because hospital employees mislabeled the pathology specimen of another patient who was reported to have cancer. Akers did not have breast cancer. Akers' lawsuit was instrumental in the fight against capping non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases in Illinois. According to Akers, medical malpractice can have devastating effects on victims well beyond the physical injuries they suffer. While Akers was recovering, she went down to Springfield, Illinois, to speak with state legislators about the unfairness in caps on damages in medical malpractice cases. The law ultimately was found unconstitutional by the Illinois Supreme Court. Click Here To Contribute To Molly's Fundraising Page!
Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, Communications Partner at Clifford Law Offices, authored an article for the American Bar Association (ABA) Litigation News on a new case out of New Jersey that may be significant for drivers around the country, if the trend continues. The New Jersey appellate court held that the sender of a text message may be responsible when the receiving person who is driving a vehicle gets into an accident and causes injury or death. That is what happened in Kubert v. Best, when a couple had been texting each other all day and then one of them got into an accident, leaving two people on a motorcycle severely injured including each one suffering the loss of a leg. The court held under certain circumstances, even the sender of the text message may be held responsible if the texter send the message "immediately" before the accident and "when a texter knows or has special reason to know that the intended recipient is driving and is likely to read the test message while driving." To read the entire article, "Text Message Sender May Face Liability for Driver's Accident," click here.
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