Here's the weekly report on my Madison County, Illinois, law practice:
In an unfortunate development, my partner (who is also my wife) began on Monday to research a single ERISA problem that involved many thorny sub-issues about long-term disability plans, welfare benefit plans, the legality of retroactive modification of WBP's, subrogation agreements, the common fund doctrine, complete v. partial preemption, exclusive jurisdiction, concurrent jurisdiction, pendant jurisdiction, removal and remand procedures, etc.
On Tuesday, the ERISA problem gravitated from our office to our family room, where copied cases lay strewn about the rest of the week and we were finally forced to violate my partner's long-standing rule not to discuss business at home after 7 p.m. Even so, my partner hasn't yet fully resolved the problem, although I reached a conclusion of my own on Wednesday: ERISA sucks.
Other than that, it was business as usual for me: two court hearings completed, one settlement agreement nearly completed, four sets of discovery inching towards completion, one upcoming trial almost ready to go, a few unexpected mini-crises to resolve, and forty-five minutes wasted with a marketing person wanting to sell me advertising on TV. Until next week . . .