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Undistracting drivers: First no texting, next no talking? By Adam W. Lasker March 2012 Lawpulse, Page 126 Will Illinois join the states that prohibit drivers from talking on cell phones and using other hand-held devices?
Uniform Commercial Code adds penalties for filing fraudulent records. PA 097-0836 October 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 520 Illinois lawmakers have added section 9-501.1 to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), creating penalties for persons who cause a false record to be communicated to the filing office.
The Uniform Foreign-Country Money Judgments Act enacted. PA 097-0140 February 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 76 Illinois lawmakers have enacted the Uniform Foreign-Country Money Judgments Recognition Act. (735 ILCS 5/12-661 - 672 new)
Unregistered employee leasing company retains protection of exclusive remedy provision of Workers’ Compensation Act January 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 An injured employee cannot recover additional tort damages beyond the exclusive remedy of the Workers' Compensation Act merely because the defendant employee leasing company failed to comply with the registration requirement of the Employee Leasing Company Act, according to the fifth district appellate court.
The Value of Our Senior Lawyers By John E. Thies October 2012 Column, Page 512 The ISBA tips its hat to its fastest growing demographic.
Victims of ‘emergency’-related training injuries may qualify for benefits By Adam W. Lasker August 2012 Lawpulse, Page 398 Public safety workers hurt during training can get healthcare benefits, but only if the injuries were caused by emergencies and not planned activities, the supreme court rules.
Video gaming expanded to fraternal and veteran establishments without liquor licenses. PA 097-0594 July 2012 Illinois Law Update, Page 352 The Video Gaming Act has been amended to allow video gaming in fraternal or veteran establishments without a liquor license (230 ILCS 40/55).
The Virtual Water Cooler: Limits on Firing Employees for Work-Related Facebook Posts By Charles J. Muhl March 2012 Article, Page 136 An employee complains on Facebook about her workplace. Obviously she can be fired or otherwise disciplined, right? Don't be so sure.
Voluntary Dismissal: The Hudson Doctrine Four Years Later By Anne M. Skrodzki June 2012 Article, Page 302 In Hudson v. City of Chicago, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the res judicata doctrine limits a plaintiff’s ability to refile a voluntarily dismissed claim after the involuntary dismissal of an earlier claim. So when can a voluntary claim be refiled?
A well-kept secret: the Illinois deposit of wills By Adam W. Lasker July 2012 Lawpulse, Page 346 Tired of – and nervous about – storing clients’ original wills on your premises? Consider the Illinois Secretary of State’s deposit of wills.
What Lawyers Should Know about the Affordable Care Act By David C. Szostak August 2012 Article, Page 418 A summary of key features of the newly upheld Affordable Care Act, the largest and most complex health care legislation in decades.
What the Illinois Bar Foundation Means to Me By John G. Locallo May 2012 Column, Page 232 Joining the ISBA's charitable arm lets you give back to the profession, help those who need it, and have fun in the process.
Why Adequate Court Funding Continues to be an ISBA Priority By John E. Thies November 2012 Column, Page 572 Bar associations and the lawyers they serve must promote adequate funding.
Why Do Senior Lawyers Continue to Practice? By H. Joseph Gitlin October 2012 Column, Page 558 A senior lawyer ruminates about why he is still at it.