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Section Newsletter Articles on Contracts

Silence as acceptance in contract— A brief summary of Arab Middle Eastern law By Howard L. Stovall International and Immigration Law, September 2014 In most instances, silence in the face of an offer is not sufficient to constitute such acceptance. However, there are some limited exceptions in which silence can be deemed acceptance.
Disposition of frozen embryos is governed by contract By Michele M. Jochner Bench and Bar, November 2013 The case of Szafranski v. Dunston has drawn nationwide attention as it not only addresses emerging, cutting-edge legal issues with respect to the use of reproductive technology, but it also has engendered emotionally-charged debate regarding fundamental questions concerning the creation of families and whether a person can change his or her mind about being a potential parent.
Implied-in-fact contract claims and motions to reconsider By Paul B. Porvaznik Real Estate Law, November 2013 In 1801 W. Irving, LLC v. Splitt Architects, Ltd., a plaintiff developer sued an architect for breach of an oral contract and for implied indemnity in connection with the construction of a condominium building.
Writing agreements clients can understand By Christine M. Kieta Corporate Law Departments, August 2012 When written well, contracts improve business relationships and control future problems. Here are three strategies for creating appealing, simple and easy-to-read agreements. 
International Internet jurisdiction under the Convention on the Use of Electronic Communication in International Contracts By Kitsuron Sangsuvan International and Immigration Law, January 2012 When two states claim jurisdiction over transactions, international jurisdictional conflict arises: Where can the plaintiff sue? Which country’s laws apply?
Beware and aware of those international treaties! By Lynne R. Ostfeld International and Immigration Law, May 2011 Any attorney involved with an international transaction needs to be aware of treaties such as the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and the United Nations Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts and make a determination if he or she will accept or exclude their provisions.
Selected developments in ag law By Donald L. Uchtmann Agricultural Law, May 2011 Five interesting developments involving farmers' forward contracts, the Illinois Grain Insurance Fund, livestock and the Agricultural Exemption to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act.
Using e-mail to create a contract By Michael R. Lied Business and Securities Law, August 2008 There are a lot of ways to create a contract. Not surprisingly, courts are now beginning to find that an exchange of e-mails can be sufficient.
Can a contract be enforced against a third-party beneficiary? By Timothy J. Londrigan Tort Law, April 2007 The Fourth District Appellate Court addressed the issue of whether a contractual claim for subrogation could be enforced against a passenger in an automobile whose medical bills were paid out of the driver’s medical pay insurance policy, in American Family Group v. Cleveland, 356 Ill.App.3d 945, 827 N.E.2d 490 (4th Dist. 2005).