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    Posted on April 4, 2013 To

    Rob Komosa by Robert A. Clifford, Senior Partner, Clifford Law Offices

    It is with great sadness that I heard about the death of Rob Komosa, a young man who died at the age of 30. After 13 years, apparently even the breathing machines could no longer help his lungs handle the work. He was one of my clients years ago, one of those people who makes an impact on you without even trying. I remember one of the first meetings with Rob was when he was…

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    Posted on April 1, 2013 To

    Texas Messes with Plaintiff Lawyers

    Clifford’s Notes, Chicago Lawyer April 1, 2013 By Robert A. Clifford I recently returned from an American Bar Association meeting in Texas where one of the Continuing Legal Education programs offered was titled, “The Juice Isn’t Worth the Squeeze: The Impact of Tort Reform on Plaintiffs’ Lawyers and Access to Civil Justice.” A panel of nearly a half-dozen lawyers and judges from Texas headed by Stephen Daniels, research professor for the American Bar Foundation in…

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    Posted on March 26, 2013 To

    Chicago Researchers Studying Food Additive To Determine if it Causes Stomach Problems

    Carrageenan is being studied by researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Chicago to determine if it has ill effects on some people’s gastrointestinal systems, the Chicago Tribune reported in a recent article (“Food Additive Stirs Calls for Scrutiny,” March 18, 2013). UIC physician and professor Joanne Tobacman has been looking at the health effects of this food additive for years and in 2008 she petitioned the Food and Drug Administration…

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    Posted on March 26, 2013 To

    Kevin Durkin to Speak at ABA Section of Litigation Conference in Chicago

    March 26, 2013 Kevin P. Durkin, partner at Clifford Law Offices, has been invited to speak at the American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Conference to be held in Chicago April 24-26. Durkin will speak on a panel with Dan Webb of Winston & Strawn on Improper Conduct and Statements in Opening and Closing Arguments. Experienced panelists will discuss what to do when opposing counsel makes inflammatory or improper statements at trial. The program…

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    Posted on March 18, 2013 To

    Seton Hall Lacrosse Team in Tragic Bus Crash

    A bus carrying the women’s lacrosse team from Seton Hall University crashed off the Pennsylvania Turnpike Saturday, killing the driver, the team’s pregnant coach and her unborn child. Many team members were injured when the bus crashed into a tree at the bottom of a grassy slope. The 23 on the bus were headed to a Saturday game at Millersville University, about 50 miles from the crash. A memorial mass was held Sunday night at…

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    Posted on March 15, 2013 To

    Bob Clifford to Speak at the “Anatomy of a Trial”

    March 15, 2013 Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, has been invited to speak April 24 at the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation’s “Anatomy of a Trial” during the Section’s Annual Conference in Chicago. Clifford will be joining lawyers from across the country to speak on a number of topics during the day-long program based on the Sacco & Vanzetti trial including case analysis, theory of the case, direct examination,…

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    Clifford Law Offices Work the Phones at WTTW Pledge Drive

    March 15, 2013 Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, and a number of staff members and their family and friends worked the phones at a recent pledge drive night at WTTW, Chicago’s public television station. Clifford Law Offices helped take in 137 calls that grossed nearly $40,000 for the station that evening. Clifford is a member of the Board of Trustees of the station. The firm initiated closed captioning for locally produced…

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    Posted on March 13, 2013 To

    Shannon McNulty to Speak at ITLA Professionalism Seminar

    March 13, 2013 Shannon McNulty, attorney at Clifford Law Offices, has been invited to participate in the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Professionalism Seminar offering four hours of professional responsibility credit. McNulty will join a number of attorneys who will be speaking during the morning-long program May 3 at the Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort, 3500 Midwest Rd., Oak Brook. McNulty’s topic is “Ethics of Witness Preparation.” To register, call ITLA at 800-252-8501 or email…

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    Posted on March 12, 2013 To

    More than 220,000 Sign Petition Asking Kraft to Remove Dyes in Macaroni & Cheese

    Two North Carolina women who are also food bloggers learned about two additives contained in the popular Kraft Macaroni & Cheese that are banned in various European countries yet still are in the product on U.S. store shelves. They started a petition to have the additives removed. So far, more than 220,000 people have signed the petition asking Kraft to remove yellow dye 5 and yellow dye 6 from the popular food. The two women,…

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