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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Fraud

Amendments to Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act requiring pre-filing notification to car dealers are unconstitutional September 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 454 On June 28, 2002, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, held that the 1993 and 1996 amendments to the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, 815 ILCS 505/1 (1996).
Plaintiff’s “marketing theory” of causation insufficient to satisfy proximate cause under Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act September 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 454 On June 20, 2002, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court and affirmed the trial court's dismissal of the plaintiff's amended class action complaint.
Law restricts the deceptive sale or promotion of health-related cash discount cards P. A. 92-0296 August 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 402 On August 9, 2001, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 3179, which adds a new section to the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act by restricting the deceptive sale or promotion of health-related discount cash cards.
Plaintiffs allegations of “bait and switch” advertising were sufficient to state claims under the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Consumer Loan Acts when lender advertised a new loan but refinanced an old loan at unfavorable rates July 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 344 On March 27, 2002, The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, Third Division, reversed the dismissal of the plaintiffs' consumer class action under the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, 815 ILCS 505/1 (1998) and the Illinois Consumer Installment Loan Act, 205 ILCS 670/18 (1998).
Purchaser of used car stated claim for fraud based on concealment of known defect and statute of limitations for implied warranty began to toll anew when used vehicle was sold January 2002 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 On October 19, 2001, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, reversed the Circuit Court of Cook County, which dismissed the plaintiff's complaint alleging consumer fraud and breach of the implied warranty of merchantability.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath November 2000 Column, Page 620 A lower burden of proof for consumer fraud? Arbitration-award rejection—can secretaries sign after all? and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath October 2000 Column, Page 560 The illusion of insurance exclusion; lease lacking, landlord loses; OSHA makes house calls; and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath August 2000 Column, Page 434 You still have the right to remain silent; UPL and in-house counsel; and more.
The Illinois Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act and Its Qui Tam Provisions By Tod A. Lewis July 2000 Article, Page 392 Here's how to use this little-known statute, which allows private-sector whistleblowers to sue on behalf of the state and share any recovery.
Illinois Electronic Mail Act created; P.A. 91-233 May 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 252 Beginning January 1, 2000, electronic mail users now have increased protection over their accounts.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Mark S. Mathewson May 2000 Column, Page 251 You've got mail ... from a client ... and it's OK; fraudulent transfers and tenancy by the entirety; and more.
The “sole intent” standard is used to determine whether a conveyance of property to tenancy by the entirety to avoid payment of judgment to creditors was a fraudulent conveyance April 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 196 In May 1995, plaintiff, Premier Property Management, Inc., sued Chavez in a separate lawsuit. In July 1996, Chavez conveyed his interest as sole owner of his home to himself and his wife as tenants by the entirety.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath November 1999 Column, Page 570 Watch out, HMOs.
Illinois Consumer Fraud Act: A Primer on Recent Developments By James R. Keller September 1999 Article, Page 474 The present state of the law for private causes of action under the Consumer Fraud Act.
The Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act does not apply to claims of excessive attorneys fees January 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 13 On October 22, 1998, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court's holding that the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act applied to the commercial aspects of a law practice, including billing for legal services.