Mandatory arbitration agreements are binding on employeesJune 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 284On March 23, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth District, which held that mandatory arbitration agreements between employers and employees are only valid if entered into "knowingly and voluntarily" by the employee.
Sour notesBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2006Lawpulse, Page 110The destructive, expensive breakup of a string quartet leads to the obvious question: what advance legal planning might have kept things from getting out of control? And what can you do for your musician clients?
The New Illinois Gestational Surrogacy ActBy Nancy FordMay 2005Article, Page 240In Illinois, a recently enacted statute governs would-be parents' contracts with surrogate mothers. Here's a look at what the new law does and doesn't do.
Prenups help couples put their cards on the tableBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2002Lawpulse, Page 114Even though courts have broad discretion to ignore prenuptial agreements, couples can benefit from the process of creating them, a family practitioner says.
The Lawyer’s JournalBy Bonnie C. McGrathMay 2001Column, Page 226Arbitration clauses in employment contracts are enforceable; visit the Illinois Supreme Court Web site; and more.
The Lawyer’s JournalBy Bonnie C. McGrathJanuary 2001Column, Page 10Standard of review for fee suits; U.S. Supremes just say no to drug-sniffing dogs at checkpoints; employee claims rejected by 7CA; and more.
“Best Efforts” Promises Under Illinois LawBy James M. Van Vliet Jr.December 2000Article, Page 698Under Illinois law, "best efforts" promises apparently are not binding when the parties have failed to specify a level of performance. The author discusses the implications.
The Lawyer’s JournalBy Bonnie C. McGrathDecember 2000Column, Page 686Extra protection against self-incrimination; grandparents get their (bad) day in court; and more.
The Lawyer’s JournalBy Bonnie C. McGrathNovember 2000Column, Page 620A lower burden of proof for consumer fraud? Arbitration-award rejection—can secretaries sign after all? and more.
The Lawyer’s JournalBy Bonnie C. McGrathOctober 2000Column, Page 560The illusion of insurance exclusion; lease lacking, landlord loses; OSHA makes house calls; and more.
There must be common liability between the parties in a contribution claimJuly 2000Illinois Law Update, Page 380On May 18, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court's decision by dismissing a fourth-party complaint for contribution that was based solely on contractual liability when the fourth-party defendants were not parties to the contract in dispute.