The newsletter of the ISBA’s Bench & Bar Section Council
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Rewrite of Illinois’ Marriage Act
A summary of HB 1452, which is a complete rewrite of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act that may be acted on in the Fall veto session.
SOJ when court discloses opinion on related issue
The right to seek another opinion when the lawyer believes that the judge may rule adversely should remain absolute and it should not make any difference whether that belief is obtained from a colleague, the internet, the newspaper, or directly from the judge.
Taking a bite out of justice
A recent study shows that in order to keep mentally fresh and sharp on the bench, a judge should eat a healthy breakfast, never skip lunch, and take a break whenever not feeling his or her most productive.
TCPA damages not punitive
In Standard Mutual Insurance Co. v. Lay, the Illinois Supreme Court held that “the [Telephone Consumer Protection Act] is remedial and not penal, and the TCPA-prescribed damages of $500 per violation are not punitive damages.” Therefore, an insurer cannot cite to the punitive nature of TCPA damages as a reason to deny coverage.