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Author of anonymous online post revealed in Hadley By Matthew Hector August 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 In Hadley, the Illinois Supreme Court rules that a defamation plaintiff who can survive a motion to dismiss can expose an anonymous online defendant.
Custody of pre-embryos awarded to woman despite sperm donor’s objection By Matthew Hector August 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 An Illinois court awarded custody and control of frozen pre-embryos to the woman whose eggs were fertilized to create them.
Illinois Supreme Court: Social Security can’t be used to offset pension at divorce By Matthew Hector August 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 If a spouse gets a government pension instead of Social Security, can the pension be protected in a divorce settlement to offset the other spouse's Social Security? No, the Illinois Supreme Court held.
Whither domestic partner benefits in the wake of marriage equality? By Matthew Hector August 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 Now that all couples can marry, will companies continue to offer benefits to same-sex partners?
Bill expands requirements for disclosing data breaches By Matthew Hector July 2015 LawPulse, Page 12 Collectors of data will have to notify consumers and the Illinois Attorney General about a broader range of breaches if a newly passed bill becomes law.
Family law rewrite goes to the governor By Matthew Hector July 2015 LawPulse, Page 12 After years of effort, a major reworking of Illinois family law passes the General Assembly.
New legislation brings Parentage Act up to date By Matthew Hector July 2015 LawPulse, Page 12 Among other things, a bill reworking the Parentage Act allows courts to refuse DNA testing that could deprive kids of their only known parent.
A pension crisis ‘for which the General Assembly itself is largely responsible’ By Matthew Hector July 2015 LawPulse, Page 12 A look at the Illinois Supreme Court's reasoning in In re Pension Reform Litigation.
Bill would decriminalize pot possession, tie DUI to impairment By Matthew Hector June 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 HB 218 would lower the penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana to a fine and change DUI law so that drivers could no longer be charged for registering only trace amounts of cannabis.
Defendant obtains dashcam recordings through FOIA request By Matthew Hector June 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 After police said dashcam videos of a traffic-related marijuana arrest didn't exist, the defendant announced he already had them. How? He got them in response to a FOIA request.
Proposed law would give fiduciaries easier access to decedents’ Facebook, other accounts By Matthew Hector June 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 The proposed Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act would make it easier for executors and others to access the growing body of electronic data Illinoisans leave behind.
Rule change makes it easier to clear ‘mystery money’ from IOLTA accounts By Matthew Hector June 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 Unidentified funds rattling around in your IOLTA account? Effective next month, amendments to Illinois Rule of Professional Responsibility 1.15 make it easier to dispose of them.
The Illinois bar exam gets tougher By Matthew Hector May 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 Illinois bar examiners are raising the passing score - but not as much as originally planned.
Illinois high court declines to create new evidentiary privilege By Matthew Hector May 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 Creating a new critical-self-analysis privilege is the job of the legislature, not the judiciary, the Illinois Supreme Court rules recently.
Real estate bills raise concerns among ISBA section councils By Matthew Hector May 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 Pending Illinois House and Senate bills could adversely affect condominium owners and contractors, among others.
Subject matter jurisdiction: The state constitution trumps the UCCJEA By Matthew Hector May 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 In McCormick, the Illinois Supreme Court rules in an interstate custody dispute that subject matter jurisdiction comes from the constitution, not from a statute.
A contest over Mr. Cub’s will? By Matthew Hector April 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 Ernie Banks' family has said they'll challenge his will, which was executed before Illinois' tough new Presumptively Void Transfers Act took effect.
Criminal justice reform commission seeks to shrink prison population By Matthew Hector April 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 Governor Rauner's Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform has a goal of reducing the population of Illinois' overcrowded prisons by 25 percent over 10 years.
High court overturns categorical ban on carrying loaded guns on a ‘public way’ By Matthew Hector April 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 The Illinois Supreme Court ruled recently that the state can't categorically forbid carrying an uncased, loaded gun on a "public way" - but that banning minors or non-FOID-card holders from possessing weapons is a different story.
McCuskey comes full circle By Matthew Hector April 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 Judge Michael McCuskey made the rare journey from the state to the federal bench and back again - and he's happy to leave federal court behind.
Amazon, tax collector By Matthew Hector March 2015 LawPulse, Page 14 A new law requires Amazon and other online retailers without a physical presence in Illinois to collect sales tax, the way their brick-and-mortar counterparts do.
Bill would let ‘Dreamers’ be Illinois lawyers By Matthew Hector March 2015 LawPulse, Page 14 Senate Bill 23 would allow noncitizens who meet the requirements of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival to apply for admission to the bar.
Is the switch to six-person juries constitutional? By Matthew Hector March 2015 LawPulse, Page 14 The challenge of choosing a six-person panel may make you rethink your jury-selection strategy. But some lawyers are asking whether the change in jury size violates the Illinois Constitution.
The sting of IOLTA overdraft alerts By Matthew Hector March 2015 LawPulse, Page 14 Since 2011, banks have been required to report IOLTA-account overdrafts to the Illinois ARDC. The resulting investigations often uncover bookkeeping mistakes that get lawyers into trouble.
Bills produce six-person (and better paid) juries and a new eavesdropping law By Matthew Hector January 2015 LawPulse, Page 10 Bills creating six-person civil juries and a new eavesdropping law were signed by the governor.
7th Circuit case shakes up the creditor’s bar By Matthew Hector December 2014 LawPulse, Page 566 Contrary to longstanding practice, collection cases must now be filed in the Cook County municipal district court where the debtor lives or the contract was signed.
E-filing comes to criminal court By Matthew Hector December 2014 LawPulse, Page 566 Effective last September, the Illinois Supreme Court expanded its electronic filing standards to include criminal and traffic cases.
Expanding recording of custodial interrogation, improving eyewitness ID By Matthew Hector December 2014 LawPulse, Page 566 Last year, more crimes were added to the list requiring recording of custodial interrogations, and the criminal code will soon change to reduce the risk of mistaken eyewitness identification.
ISBA ethics opinion: lawyers may advise clients on medical marijuana By Matthew Hector December 2014 LawPulse, Page 566 A new ISBA advisory opinion says that lawyers can advise clients in the medical marijuana business and counsel local governments about zoning for cultivation centers and dispensaries.
Federal minimum wage and overtime protection extended to home care workers By Matthew Hector November 2014 LawPulse, Page 518 Soon, in-home care workers will be protected by the FLSA. But will the law's exemptions and exceptions swallow the rule?