The limited lockstep doctrineBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2006Lawpulse, Page 338In a dog-sniff case, the Illinois Supreme Court wrote that it will interpret state constitutional provisions more expansively than their federal counterparts only under limited circumstances.
Background checks for jurors?By Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2006Lawpulse, Page 278A federal judge and some state's attorneys offer their varying viewpoints about how far to go to determine whether prospective jurors are coming clean.
A higher bar for landlords in eviction casesBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2006Lawpulse, Page 222A new ruling from the first district makes it harder for landlords to use constructive service as a basis for evicting nonpaying tenants.
MCLE for judgesBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2006Lawpulse, Page 222Judges, too, are on the hook for mandatory CLE, the Illinois Supreme Court announced last month.
Playing the Rule 68 cardBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2006Lawpulse, Page 222FRCP 68 can encourage settlement, but it also confronts counsel for plaintiffs and defendants with some high-stakes challenges.
Section of the Illinois Election Code is unconstitutionalMay 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 230On March 6, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, and affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, holding unconstitutional section 7A-1 of the Illinois Election Code (10 ILCS 5/7A-1).
Goodbye to the affidavit of intent to appealBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2006Lawpulse, Page 166Effective July 1, a supreme court rule change will remove a trap that's especially dangerous for the occasional appellate lawyer.
New rules expedite custody casesBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2006Lawpulse, Page 166On February 10, 2006, the Illinois Supreme Court issued new rules that will dramatically change procedures in child custody cases. The rules are contained in new Article IX of the Supreme Court Rules and are effective July 1, 2006.
Danger lurks in p.i. confidentiality clausesBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2006Lawpulse, Page 110A recent case – involving none other than Dennis Rodman – holds that plaintiffs must pay tax on the portion of a settlement award deemed payment to a p.i. client for his or her silence.
Sour notesBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2006Lawpulse, Page 110The destructive, expensive breakup of a string quartet leads to the obvious question: what advance legal planning might have kept things from getting out of control? And what can you do for your musician clients?
A big win for Big TobaccoBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2006Lawpulse, Page 62The Illinois Supreme Court barred plaintiffs' class action claim and overturned a $10-plus billion award against Philip Morris. But experts doubt the case will have much precedential power outside Illinois.
In mandatory arbitration, every minute countsBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2006Lawpulse, Page 62A plaintiff must go to the Illinois Appellate Court to overturn arbitrators' finding against him for arriving minutes late for his arbitration hearing.
Maintenance: be careful what you ask - and don’t ask - forBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2006Lawpulse, Page 62In two separate cases, the fourth district upheld maintenance awards 1) even after one recipient's remarriage and 2) despite another's request that the court "deny maintenance to the Petitioner and Respondent."
Rule 222 -the high cost of noncomplianceBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2006Lawpulse, Page 62Plaintiffs who fail to heed the disclosure rule, which governs specified cases implicating $50,000 or less in damages, face the extinguishment of their claim.
Bankruptcy practice after bankruptcy reformBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2006Lawpulse, Page 10Dire predictions notwithstanding, serious consumer bankruptcy practitioners appear still to be in business. Costs have gone up, though, and let the dabbler beware.
Bench-bar ombudsmenBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2006Lawpulse, Page 10Bar association programs are helping lawyers and judges resolve minor conflicts while they're still minor.