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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?
Legislative fine-tuning makes the small-estate affidavit more useful By Matthew Hector November 2014 Lawpulse, Page 518 A new law makes the small-estate affidavit better for rounding up stray assets that didn't make it into probate-avoiding trusts and more palatable to banks and other entities.
Stronger workplace rights for pregnant women and new moms By Matthew Hector November 2014 Lawpulse, Page 518 A new Illinois law, one of the most protective nationwide, requires employers to provide a range of reasonable accommodations to pregnant woman and new mothers.
Your client got a Getty Images demand letter? Here’s what to do By Matthew Hector November 2014 Lawpulse, Page 518 Getty Images is famous for sending fear-inducing copyright-infringement notices to individuals and small businesses. Here's what to do if your client gets one.
The incredible, unciteable Rule 23 order By Matthew Hector October 2014 Lawpulse, Page 466 Lawyers can cite magazine articles like the one you're reading in their pleadings and briefs - why can't they cite Rule 23 orders?
New residential real estate contract incorporates common modifications By Matthew Hector October 2014 Lawpulse, Page 466 A new version of the widely used multi-board real estate contract incorporates the most common changes lawyers made in its predecessor.
Not-so-neighborly neighbors By Matthew Hector October 2014 Lawpulse, Page 466 Rural and exurban property owners who want to keep hunters and others off their land sometimes find it hard to do. But liability limits protect those who open their land to the public.
Tort legislation medley By Matthew Hector October 2014 Lawpulse, Page 466 The governor recently signed laws affecting UI/UIM arbitration, statutes of limitations for disabled plaintiffs, and service of process in gated communities.
Accepting credit-card payments? Mind your trust-account ps and qs By Mark S. Mathewson September 2014 Lawpulse, Page 418 Make sure retainer-fee payments by credit card are going into your trust account and not your general office account, an ISBA ethics opinion admonishes.
New Illinois law limits criminal history checks on job applicants By Matthew Hector September 2014 Lawpulse, Page 418 Beginning in January, employers won't be allowed to require prospective employees to disclose their criminal history on a job application.
Seventh circuit pilot program focuses on improving e-discovery By Matthew Hector September 2014 Lawpulse, Page 418 A pilot program centered in Chicago is developing a set of procedures designed to improve the efficiency of electronic discovery in federal cases.
Spousal maintenance guidelines become law in Illinois By Mark S. Mathewson September 2014 Lawpulse, Page 418 A new law, effective January 1, removes uncertainty from most maintenance decisions by creating a formula for determining the size and duration of awards.
ACLU sues over reaction to fake mayoral twitter account By Matthew Hector August 2014 Lawpulse, Page 366 The lawsuit alleges that the mayor and other officials conspired to violate the First and Fourth Amendment rights of accountholder and tweeter Jon Daniel.
E-discovery rule changes allow format choice, prevent abuse By Matthew Hector August 2014 Lawpulse, Page 366 Among other things, recent amendments to Illinois Supreme Court Rules 201 and 214 empower courts to tailor discovery if the burden of the request outweighs the benefit.
Medical marijuana implementation a work in progress By Janan Hanna August 2014 Lawpulse, Page 366 The law took effect January 1, but the rules that would make it available to patients were approved only last month.
When caregivers take By Janan Hanna August 2014 Lawpulse, Page 366 A bill awaiting the governor's signature would protect seniors from being taken advantage of by a caregiver or court-appointed guardian.
Discourage juror tweets through admonishment, not punishment By Janan Hanna July 2014 Lawpulse, Page 314 Authors of a Chicago-based study of jury behavior conclude that jurors actually listen to instructions from judges not to communicate about the case.
More cyberscams looking for lawyer-victims By Janan Hanna July 2014 Lawpulse, Page 314 Beware out-of-country residential real estate clients bearing cashier's checks.
Revised health care power of attorney awaits governor’s signature By Janan Hanna July 2014 Lawpulse, Page 314 The new law amends the Illinois HCPOA, with the goal of making it easier for patients to understand and fill out the short form so that more of them will.
Scaring sexters straight By Janan Hanna July 2014 Lawpulse, Page 314 While felony child pornography charges remain a possibility in appropriate cases, most sexting incidents are best handled less aggressively, experts agree.
Still no eavesdropping law in Illinois By Janan Hanna July 2014 Lawpulse, Page 314 The Senate passed an eavesdropping bill before the spring session ended, but the House failed to agree.
Condo unit owners can’t withhold payment By Janan Hanna June 2014 Lawpulse, Page 266 Condo unit owners may not withhold assessments even if the condo association fails to make repairs and perform maintenance, a divided Illinois Supreme Court rules.
Juvenile Justice, Part I: Automatic expungement of juvenile records By Janan Hanna June 2014 Lawpulse, Page 266 Proposed legislation would require the state police to expunge arrest records when juveniles turn 18 if they were never charged and have no recent arrests.
Juvenile Justice, Part II: An end to automatic transfers to adult court? By Janan Hanna June 2014 Lawpulse, Page 266 A legislative proposal would stop the automatic transfer of juveniles to adult court, requiring that judges determine whether the transfer is appropriate.
Unionized college football - is a Wildcat strike on the way? By Janan Hanna June 2014 Lawpulse, Page 266 What might the NLRB ruling in favor of Northwestern football players seeking to unionize mean for the players - and for collegiate sports? Lawyers for labor and management opine.
Bill would let nonlawyers represent taxpayers in county tax appeals By Janan Hanna May 2014 Lawpulse, Page 214 A now-dormant legislative proposal would authorize nonlawyers to represent taxpayers in county tax appeals. The ISBA is leading the fight against it.