Making the most of your FOIA requestBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2010Lawpulse, Page 558Tips on using the Illinois Freedom of Information Act from a lawyer who has both sought information and served as a municipality's Freedom of Information officer.
Court okays $20 handling fee for medical recordsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2010Lawpulse, Page 230In 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).
Freedom of Information Act laws enhanced. PA 096-0542April 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 180State lawmakers recently beefed up sunshine laws to help ensure open and transparent government. (For more, see Two Cheers for the New Freedom of Information Act in the February IBJ.)
Subpoena for medical recordsJanuary 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 16On October 31, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, reversed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Logan County denying the state's request for a subpoena duces tecum, seeking release of a defendant's medical records for the day the defendant was charged with driving under the influence (DUI).
Order-of-protection laws amended to prohibit access to health records. PA 095-0912November 2008Illinois Law Update, Page 554The Illinois General Assembly amended Section 602.1 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act and Section 222 of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act to prohibit health care providers from releasing a child's health care records to any respondent listed in an order of protection. 750 ILCS 5/602.1, 750 ILCS 60/222.
Criminal recordsDecember 2001Illinois Law Update, Page 624On October 1, 2001, the Illinois Department of State Police (department) adopted a new Part to section 1210 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 20 Ill Adm Code 1210.
Copy capsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2001Lawpulse, Page 510A new statute limits copy charges for patient records.
The Lawyer's JournalBy Bonnie C. McGrathSeptember 2001Column, Page 450Two years and time's up for legal malpractice; nightshift-assignment doesn't constitute sex discrimination; and more.
The Lawyer's JournalBy Bonnie C. McGrathApril 2001Column, Page 166Police can keep suspects out of their own homes; adoption by one spouse only; arbitration clauses and fee agreements; and more.
The Lawyer's JournalBy Bonnie McGrathJuly 1999Column, Page 348Different rulings on the same-part-of-the-body rule.