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.
Da Rules is Da RulesBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2006Lawpulse, Page 10Here's why you need to know and follow local court rules - and where to find them on the Web.
Anti-predatory-lending statute takes effect January 1By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2005Lawpulse, Page 614An amendment to the Real Property Disclosure Act will create a new predatory lending database. But some worry that it could unintentionally penalize good-guy lenders in targeted neighborhoods.
New rules bring clarity to appellate practiceBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2005Lawpulse, Page 614Appellate practitioners welcome the supreme court rule changes, including a new rule providing that a party can file only one postjudgment motion directed at a final order.
Will bankruptcy reform cause domestic violence?By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2005Lawpulse, Page 614
Part of the purpose of the bankruptcy reform legislation is to increase pressure on debtors. Will that pressure explode into physical rage?
Are series LLCs right for your clients?By Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2005Lawpulse, Page 558This form of business organization, newly authorized in Illinois, can help some clients limit personal liability while enjoying certain advantages of partnership.
Collaborative divorceBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2005Lawpulse, Page 558It isn't mediation, but it can minimize the conflict in divorce, proponents say. Find out why collaborative divorce is on the rise in Illinois.
Get ready for MCLEBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2005Lawpulse, Page 558Did you know that programs offered as early as January 2006 can be counted toward the MCLE requirement? Here are highlights of the new rules.