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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.
Where there’s another will, there may be a way By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2009 LawPulse, Page 598 The failure to contest a will does not always bar an action for intentional interference with an expectancy of inheritance, the supreme court rules.
Illinois Supreme Court upholds jewish-marriage clause in trust provision By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 LawPulse, Page 546 But the court's narrow framing of the issue avoids the question of whether such religious restrictions in wills and trusts are broadly permissible.
Loose lips lose lawsuits By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 LawPulse, Page 546 Having trouble getting your witnesses to shut up? Show them a copy of People v Harris.
No after-the-fact extension of statute of limitations By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 LawPulse, Page 546 The legislature can't revive a time-barred lawsuit by later extending the statute of limitations, the illinois Supreme Court holds.
Okay, are you really ready for the Red Flags Rule? By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 LawPulse, Page 546 Implementation of the FTC's Red Flags rule, which requires lawyers to develop an identity theft prevention program, was postponed from August till November 1.
Supreme Court: No “transferred negligence” between husband and wife By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 LawPulse, Page 546 As a consequence, a woman's estate can't sue those who provided health care to her husband, who killed her.
How-to advice for rookie associates By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2009 LawPulse, Page 490 Make sure you’re taking the steps that will help you thrive as a new member of the firm.
Strip-search of student violates Fourth Amendment By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2009 LawPulse, Page 490 Education lawyers say the U.S. Supreme Court’s Safford ruling confirms their longstanding advice to school officials: don’t strip-search kids.
Telling a prospective client “I’m just not that into you” By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2009 LawPulse, Page 490 ISBA lawyers offer various ways to deliver the message, but all agree that you can’t be afraid to tell would-be clients “no” if representing them doesn’t feel right.
Deposing a witness in a foreign country By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 LawPulse, Page 438 If you find yourself among the growing ranks of lawyers who need to conduct extraterritorial depositions, here's how to proceed.
Mandatory retirement age for judges ruled unconstitutional By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 LawPulse, Page 438 The Illinois Supreme Court rules that the statute requiring judges to retire at age 75 is unconstitutional and says mandating retirement for judges might require constitutional amendment.
Social media and legal ethics By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 LawPulse, Page 438 May an Illinois lawyer list his or her "Specialties" on LinkedIn without running afoul of Illinois RPC 7.4?
Tech tools for solos By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2009 LawPulse, Page 438 Every sole practitioner needs a smart phone, a laptop, a scanner, and a good backup system. Here's why.
Are you ready for the Red Flags Rule? By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 LawPulse, Page 386 The FTC's Red Flags Rule, effective August 1, requires lawyers to develop an identity theft prevention program to help protect clients. Are you in compliance?
Beware the Chinese E-mail scam By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 LawPulse, Page 386 An Internet scam aimed at lawyers continues to make the rounds.
Coming January 1: New Rules of Professional Conduct By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 LawPulse, Page 386 Among other things, the new rules clarify that flat fees do not constitute frowned-upon "advance payment retainers," which is good news for most lawyers.
Handling sartorial emergencies By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2009 LawPulse, Page 386 You show up for work dressed in business casual and discover you've miscalendared a hearing for the day. What do you do?