Is the switch to six-person juries constitutional?By Matthew HectorMarch 2015LawPulse, Page 14The 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 alertsBy Matthew HectorMarch 2015LawPulse, Page 14Since 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.
7th Circuit case shakes up the creditor’s barBy Matthew HectorDecember 2014LawPulse, Page 566Contrary 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 courtBy Matthew HectorDecember 2014LawPulse, Page 566Effective last September, the Illinois Supreme Court expanded its electronic filing standards to include criminal and traffic cases.
The incredible, unciteable Rule 23 orderBy Matthew HectorOctober 2014LawPulse, Page 466Lawyers can cite magazine articles like the one you're reading in their pleadings and briefs - why can't they cite Rule 23 orders?
Not-so-neighborly neighborsBy Matthew HectorOctober 2014LawPulse, Page 466Rural 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 medleyBy Matthew HectorOctober 2014LawPulse, Page 466The governor recently signed laws affecting UI/UIM arbitration, statutes of limitations for disabled plaintiffs, and service of process in gated communities.
Scaring sexters straightBy Janan HannaJuly 2014LawPulse, Page 314While felony child pornography charges remain a possibility in appropriate cases, most sexting incidents are best handled less aggressively, experts agree.
Condo unit owners can’t withhold paymentBy Janan HannaJune 2014LawPulse, Page 266Condo unit owners may not withhold assessments even if the condo association fails to make repairs and perform maintenance, a divided Illinois Supreme Court rules.