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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Insurance

Correspondence from Our Readers August 2001 Column, Page 390 Are we "title agents practicing law"?
Correspondence from Our Readers July 2001 Column, Page 334 Infertility treatments and self-insured employers.
A Review of Recent Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Cases By Joseph P. Shannon and Jennifer O’Reilly Shelly June 2001 Article, Page 290 A survey of recent appellate cases reveals trends in UM/UIM law.
An Insurer’s Rights in Illinois Under the Common Fund Doctrine By Beth C. Boggs May 2001 Article, Page 242 A review of the law and advice to help insurers avoid paying unjustified attorney fees.
Must Illinois Employers Cover Infertility Treatments Under the ADA? By R. Kirk Williams May 2001 Article, Page 263 The answer: for employees in Illinois, yes; for employees in other states, probably not.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath March 2001 Column, Page 112 Real Property Disclosure Act; legal department summon(s)ed in error; questions of law now collaterally estoppable; and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath February 2001 Column, Page 56 When does may mean must? When it comes to appealing interlocutory orders
Benefits extended to non-union employees January 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 14 On October 27, 2000, the Illinois Department of Central Management Services adopted new amendments to section 303 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 80 Ill Adm Code 303.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath January 2001 Column, Page 10 Standard of review for fee suits; U.S. Supremes just say no to drug-sniffing dogs at checkpoints; employee claims rejected by 7CA; and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath December 2000 Column, Page 686 Extra protection against self-incrimination; grandparents get their (bad) day in court; and more.
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.
Legislation gives courts resources to keep track of multiple offenders of traffic laws; P.A. 91-716 November 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 Under newly enacted amendments to the Illinois Vehicle Code, courts will have the resources to crack down on motorists who repeatedly violate traffic laws and take advantage of court supervision.
New requirement for issuance of licenses November 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 On August 10, 2000, the Illinois Secretary of State adopted an emergency amendment to section 1030 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 92 Ill Adm Code 1030.
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.
Fender Benders Pose Malpractice Risks, Too By Anne E. Thar August 2000 Column, Page 479 Plaintiffs' lawyers take note -- many of those "routine" cases come with not-so-ordinary malpractice pitfalls.
Mortgage guaranty insurance August 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 438 On May 30, 2000, the Illinois Department of Insurance adopted emergency amendments to section 202 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 50 Ill Adm Code 202.
Balancing the Tripartite Relationship between Defendant, Defense Counsel, and Insurer By David H. Anderson July 2000 Article, Page 384 A review of issues important both to defense lawyers and counsel for the insured.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath July 2000 Column, Page 378 Grandparents lose at High Court—but how much? HMOs lose in one high court, win in another; and more.
Correspondence from Our Readers May 2000 Column, Page 246 Flood-of-PD-lawsuits prediction all wet?
Internet Torts and Cyberspace Insurance: New Issues for the E-conomy By Adam H. Fleischer May 2000 Article, Page 268 A review of new Internet-based theories of liability and the insurance-coverage issues raised by them.
Managed Care Reform and Patient Rights Act May 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 252 On February 10, 2000, the Illinois Department of Insurance adopted 15 new subsections to the Illinois Administrative Code. 50 Ill Adm Code 5240.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Mark S. Mathewson April 2000 Column, Page 192 What hath Tosado wrought? What do jurors think? Granny gives a gift; and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath March 2000 Column, Page 124 Public defenders and legal malpractice; lawyers can commit UPL; and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath February 2000 Column, Page 62 Banks and title insurance; fees for foiled FOIA requests; crafting affirmative action plans; and more.
To comply with the cancellation notice requirements of section 143.14(a) of the Insurance Code, an insurer needs to show proof mailing on a U.S. Post Office form or other commercial mail delivery service for the cancellation letter to be effective February 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 On December 7, 1999, the Appellate Court of Illinois for the First District reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to Valor Insurance Company.
Bringing an ERISA Claim: A Step-by-Step Guide By Mark D. DeBofsky January 2000 Article, Page 20 A practice-oriented review of one of the most important, but least understood, federal laws.
Hot ERISA Topics By Mark D. DeBofsky January 2000 Article, Page 27 A look at some cutting-edge ERISA issues and how courts are resolving them.
Group health care plans and patient rights December 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 636 On September 27, 1999, the Illinois Department of Insurance adopted emergency rules to section 5420 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 50 Ill Adm Code 5420.
HMOs may be held vicariously liable for negligence of independent contractor physicians December 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 636 On September 30, 1999, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court's decision that an HMO may be held vicariously liable, under the doctrines of apparent authority and implied authority, for the negligence of its independent contractor physicians.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath November 1999 Column, Page 570 Watch out, HMOs.