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Yes, “nice” can work for you By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2010 Lawpulse, Page 286 An ISBA lawyer makes the case that niceness can pay professional dividends.
Codifying Illinois’s rules of evidence By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2010 Lawpulse, Page 230 A supreme court committee's proposed organizational scheme, fashioned after the Federal Rules of Evidence, would pull together Illinois' widely scattered evidence rules.
Court okays $20 handling fee for medical records By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2010 Lawpulse, Page 230 In a class action lawsuit, the Illinois Supreme Court has held that it is reasonable per se for a provider of medical record copies to charge the full amount of the statutory $20 fee pursuant to Article XX, Part 8 of the Code of Civil Procedure. The case is Solon v Midwest Medical Records Association, Inc, No 107719, 2010 WL 966395 (Ill Sup Ct).
A judge’s guide to drafting orders By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2010 Lawpulse, Page 230 A bankruptcy judge's 18 guidelines for drafting orders are a surprise hit on the blawgging circuit.
The POA Act amendment that wasn’t By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2010 Lawpulse, Page 230 Have you gotten that press release saying the Illinois Department of Public Health has "mandated new language" for healthcare POAs? Well, it hasn't.
Provena loses its charitable property tax exemption By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2010 Lawpulse, Page 230 A hospital that gives away less than one percent of its annual revenue in free patient care doesn't qualify for a charitable property tax exemption, the Illinois Supreme Court holds.
Jury trial tips By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2010 Lawpulse, Page 174 A veteran trial judge offers tips from the trenches for rookie litigators
Like it or not, you’re on the ‘Net By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2010 Lawpulse, Page 174 Do you know what they're saying about you out there? Or what you said that you probably shouldn't have? Here's how to find out and what you can do about it.
No pension for Ryan By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2010 Lawpulse, Page 174 The supreme court reverses the appellate court and rules that George Ryan is not entitled to a pension for his years on the government payroll.
Supreme court rule changes bring more certainty to custody judgments By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2010 Lawpulse, Page 174 Before, custody orders weren't final and appealable if other issues were pending. Now they are, and that's good for kids, an appellate justice says. But she warns that family lawyers must pay closer attention than ever to appellate rules and deadlines.
Supreme court: HGN testing is good evidence, but not in this case By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2010 Lawpulse, Page 174 In People v McKown, the high court rules that HGN tests meet the Frye standard - if they're administered properly.
Illinois Supreme Court: statutory med-mal caps are unconstitutional By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2010 Lawpulse, Page 122 By overriding juries' findings and judicial oversight over them, the caps law violated the separation of powers, the court ruled.
Inaugural Animal Law newsletter highlights ISBA’s newest section By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2010 Lawpulse, Page 122 The range of articles reflects the diversity and broad reach of animal-law practice.
Leave time not marital property, high court holds By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2010 Lawpulse, Page 122 Unused leave days have only a "speculative" future value, the Illinois Supreme Court opines.
“[M]ortal combat”: Carr v Tillery By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2010 Lawpulse, Page 122 A legendary Metro-East trial lawyer and his former partners go head to head.
Temporarily totally disabled workers entitled to benefits till they improve By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2010 Lawpulse, Page 122 Employers must pay TTD to injured workers until they get better, the Illinois Supreme Court rules - even if those workers were fired for cause.
Collecting on a federal-court judgment By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2010 Lawpulse, Page 66 Here's a step-by-step guide to actually getting that money you won for your client in federal court. The key: effectively using the powerful citation to discover assets.
EEOC complaints: sender’s fax confirmation “strong evidence” of receipt By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2010 Lawpulse, Page 66 The seventh circuit holds that the fax confirmation generated by the sender's machine is strong evidence the EEOC actually received a complaint at a given time and date.
Federal standard time By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2010 Lawpulse, Page 66 New laws standardize the way time periods are calculated in federal court.
Must landlords seeking overdue rent comply with the FDCPA? By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2010 Lawpulse, Page 66 The third district held that landlords must comply with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act when attempting to collect past-due rent from their renters.
UPL: Nonlawyers may represent employers before the IDES, appellate court holds By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2010 Lawpulse, Page 66 The Illinois Appellate Court held that nonlawyers who represent employers before the Illinois Department of Employment security in unemployment benefits hearings aren't engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.
Court: Prevailing Wage Act does not apply to the TIF-financed pricate contractor By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2010 Lawpulse, Page 10 Supporters of the fourth-district decision say it, along with new legislation, will encourage private development and spur growth.
Ethics-rule amendment clarifies role of lawyer-lobbyists By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2010 Lawpulse, Page 10 An amendment to new RPC 3.9 removes a cross-reference that lawyer-lobbyists feared might forbid heretofore accepted forms of one-on-one lobbying.
Involuntary commitment provision of Mental Health Code overturned By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2010 Lawpulse, Page 10 The Illinois Appellate Court rules that a code provision allowing involuntary commitment for "dangerous conduct" is unconstitutionally vague.
So you want to be house counsel By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2010 Lawpulse, Page 10 Be sure to give your prospective employer a thorough going-over before you say "yes".
Trial court overturns vehicle forfeiture statute By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2010 Lawpulse, Page 10 Among other constitutional infirmities, the law does not require a prompt post-seizure judicial review, a DuPage County judge opines.
Bloggers - endorse with care By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2009 Lawpulse, Page 598 The FTC has issued new guidelines governing product endorsements by bloggers.
Illinois outlaws DWT (driving while texting) By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2009 Lawpulse, Page 598 Effective January 1, drivers aren't allowed to "compose, send, or read an electronic message." Is PA 96-0130 overregulation or overdue?
Iqbal: a “dangerous” tightening of federal pleading standards? By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2009 Lawpulse, Page 598 Critics of this game-changing Supreme Court ruling argue that it will deny a day in court to large numbers of deserving litigants.
Red Flags enforcement delayed - and it might not apply to lawyers By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2009 Lawpulse, Page 598 A court has enjoined application of the rule against lawyers, the House has voted to exempt lawyers and others, and the FTC has pushed back enforcement yet again.