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Drawing the Boundaries of Negligent-Hiring Claims By Jeffrey A. Blevins and Gregory J. Schroedter July 2000 Article, Page 413 The first district recently held that negligent-hiring plaintiffs must show a nexus between the harm they suffered and the defendant's breach.
Drug abusers may lose children; P.A. 91-802 August 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 438 Beginning next year, more unfit parents may begin losing custody of their children.
DUI fine increase to raise revenue for police equipment ; P.A. 91-822 August 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 438 Illinois law enforcement officials may soon get new equipment to aid in making the state's highways safer.
E-mail and Attorney-Client Communications By Maureen B. Collins September 2000 Column, Page 541 The dangers of e-mail communication and how to reduce them.
Earned income tax credit bill signed into law; P.A. 91-700 July 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 380 Calling the bill "one of the most important measures we have ever passed in Springfield," Gov. Ryan signed Public Act 91-700, which amends the Illinois Income Tax Act to establish the first state income tax credit for Illinois taxpayers.
EDGE tax credits to attract firms August 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 438 On April 19, 2000, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (department) adopted new rules to section 527 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 14 Ill Adm Code 527.
An Editing Checklist By Maureen B. Collins July 2000 Column, Page 415 Learning to be your own editor is an important but challenging job. This checklist can help you revise your own work.
Education expense credit October 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 563 On July 26, 2000, the Illinois Department of Revenue adopted a new section to section 100 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 86 Ill Adm Code 100.
Effective Closing Arguments in DUI Jury Cases By Donald J. Ramsell May 2000 Article, Page 285 Tried-and-true techniques for DUI "breath" and "refusal" trials.
Electronic Briefs: The Time Has Come By Todd H. Flaming April 2000 Column, Page 233 Here's how to create an electronic brief that includes exhibits, signed documents; everything you'd include in a paper version. For an example, see /ibj/apr00lj/ebrief.pdf.
Electronic income tax returns April 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 196 On January 14, 2000, the Illinois Department of Revenue adopted amendments to section 106 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 86 Ill Adm Code 106.
Emergency Medical Services Systems Act does not provide immunity to city of Chicago when employees engage in willful and wanton misconduct October 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 563 On August 10, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the Emergency Medical Services Systems Act (EMS Act) (210 ILCS 50/1 through 33 (West 1994)) does not provide immunity to city-employed paramedics who engage in wanton and willful misconduct.
Emissions test averaging December 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 690 On September 11, 2000, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (agency) adopted new sections to section 283 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 35 Ill Adm Code 283.
Employee leasing companies December 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 690 On September 22, 2000, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (department) adopted a new section as an emergency amendment to section 2732 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 56 Ill Adm Code 2732.
Employee must show more than temporal proximity to prove pretext on a retaliatory discharge claim October 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 563 On August 4, 2000, the seventh circuit court of appeals affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the defendant, Kmart Corporation, with respect to the plaintiff's retaliatory discharge claim against the defendant.
Employee Noncompete and Nondisclosure Restrictive Covenants By Paul R. Kitch April 2000 Article, Page 230 A summary of Illinois law governing noncompete restrictive covenants, with tips for employers.
Employee’s comments regarding employer’s possible violation of food inspection rules were protected speech November 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 624 On September 5, 2000, the seventh circuit court of appeals reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the defendants, Hasara and Danner, officials of the city of Springfield, on Myers claim under 42 USC § 1983 alleging violations of her constitutional rights.
Employer’s statements relating to age did not provide evidence of age discrimination August 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 438 On June 16, 2000, the seventh circuit court of appeals affirmed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the defendant, CSC Consulting Inc. (CSC).
Enforcing Orders of Protection Across State Lines By Celia Guzaldo Gamrath August 2000 Article, Page 452 Is your client protected when she crosses state lines with an order of protection? Read and find out.
Evidence Practice Guides By James E. Duggan September 2000 Column, Page 543 Illinois lawyers are fortunate to have several good sources for guidance on evidence law. Here are thumbnail sketches of the leading treatises and practice guides.
Ex parte communication December 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 690 On September 26, 2000, the Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board (board) adopted an amendment and a new section to section 1925 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 2 Ill Adm Code 1925.
Excessive speeders slowed by Class A misdemeanor penalty ; P.A. 91-469 April 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 196 Pursuant to Public Act 91-469, "[a] person who drives a vehicle ... at a speed that is 40 miles per hour or more in excess of the applicable maximum speed limit" commits a Class A misdemeanor.
Exercise of control by employer over a contractor’s work may subject employer to liability May 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 252 On March 1, 2000, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Third District, reversed the circuit court's grant of summary judgment to Midwest Grain Products, a grain processing company defending against an ironworker's negligence suit arising from injuries sustained in a construction accident.
Expert Testimony About Psychological Syndromes: How Far Can an Expert Go? By Steven J. Sturm and Rebecca N. Poulson December 2000 Article, Page 704 How far can psychological experts go in bolstering witness credibility? The authors review the law in Illinois.
Expert Testimony and Valuing Goodwill at Divorce By Michael W. Kalcheim November 2000 Article, Page 652 Find out when and how personal goodwill should be valued at divorce, and how to present and cross-examine experts.
The failure to name the state of Illinois as a respondent was sufficient to justify a dismissal of a petition for review of an administrative decision May 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 252 On March 23, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court's dismissal of Watts' petition because the court lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter since Watts failed to name the state of Illinois as a respondent in the case.
FDA pre-market approval of pacemakers did not preempt state law claims against manufacturer February 2000 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 On December 2, 1999, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court and found that FDA pre-market approval of pacemakers was not a federal requirement.
Fender Benders Pose Malpractice Risks, Too By Anne E. Thar August 2000 Column, Page 479 Plaintiffs' lawyers take note -- many of those "routine" cases come with not-so-ordinary malpractice pitfalls.
First Things First: Evaluating a Nursing Home Case By Steven M. Levin and David H. Brinton June 2000 Article, Page 349 Pointers on deciding whether to pursue, refer, or reject a nursing home case.
Former Judge’s Perspective on Voir Dire By Randall A. Bono September 2000 Article, Page 520 The case for allowing lawyers to conduct their own questioning of prospective jurors.