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Lawsuit tossed vs IL GOP over use of photo in satirical ad which mistakenly identified wrong man as incumbent lawmaker

Jonathan Bilyk Oct. 21, 2015, 3:10pm

The Illinois Republican Party and several related political action organizations were within the law to lift a photograph and satirize it for use in a political advertisement against a Democratic state legislator, despite not first securing the photographer’s permission, a federal judge ruled in tossing a legal action brought against the political organizations by the photographer and the unwitting subject of the photo at the heart of the controversy.

Ill. GOP hit with lawsuit over use of altered photo in campaign flier

Bethany Krajelis Jan. 5, 2015, 6:40pm

A photograph used in a campaign mailer in a suburban legislative race is now an exhibit in a lawsuit that was lodged late last month against the Illinois Republican Party, a prosecutor and others.

Plaintiff attorneys seeking $7 billion from State Farm in RICO suit make case for Karmeier subpoena

The Cook County Record May 14, 2014, 1:19pm

CliffordIllinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier should have to submit to a subpoena in a $7 billion racketeering suit against State Farm because he associated with the alleged racketeers, according to Chicago lawyer Robert Clifford.“The amount in controversy is staggering,” Clifford wrote in a May 8 motion to compel Karmeier’s production of documents about his 2004 election to the state high