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Articles From Matthew Hector

Chicago Park District not liable for bike accident on Lakefront Trail

By Matthew Hector
February
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled that a bicyclist who fell because of a crack in Chicago's Lakefront Trail had not shown the park district was guilty of willful and wanton conduct.

Cook County gets an e-filing extension

By Matthew Hector
February
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
A number of counties asked for more time to transition to statewide mandatory e-filing. The supreme court granted some but not all requests and attached conditions to the reprieves.

Court: Suit based solely on technical violations of biometric privacy law can’t go forward

By Matthew Hector
February
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
The second district rules that plaintiffs can't sue for being fingerprinted without disclosures or consent unless they allege some harm beyond those technical violations of the act.

Illinois high court finds for hospital in apparent-agency case

By Matthew Hector
February
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
The court declined to hold a hospital vicariously liable under the apparent-agency doctrine for "the acts of…an unrelated, independent clinic" not a party to the lawsuit.

Illinois high court addresses conflicts and the PD’s office, DUI blood draws

By Matthew Hector
January
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
The Illinois Supreme Court rules that 1) a hospital blood draw does not violate the Fourth Amendment without evidence it was ordered by the police, and 2) it's not a conflict for the public defender to represent multiple codefendants.

Indecent exposure

By Matthew Hector
January
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
A group of Cook County public defenders is suing the sheriff and others in an effort to stop inmates from aggressively exposing themselves at the Cook County Jail.

John Marshall and UIC discuss merger

By Matthew Hector
January
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
The John Marshall Law School and the University of Illinois at Chicago are discussing a merger that would create the first public law school in the city.

Justice never sleeps - but what if the judge does?

By Matthew Hector
January
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
What should a lawyer do when a judge falls asleep during trial?

Chicago firm’s new client-centric website opens up about fees

By Matthew Hector
December
2017
LawPulse
Page 10
Levenfeld Pearlstein's website redesign pulls back the curtain on billing options and adds other features that put the focus on clients and their needs.

Illinois’ biometric privacy law back in the news

By Matthew Hector
December
2017
LawPulse
Page 10
The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act is unique in allowing private parties to sue and including a fee-shifting provision.

Law Mart: The perils of for-profit legal education

By Matthew Hector
December
2017
LawPulse
Page 10
A Springfield-based former professor at a for-profit law school makes the case that these institutions have failed to live up to their promise of serving the underserved.

Veto session wrap-up

By Matthew Hector
December
2017
LawPulse
Page 10
The General Assembly overrode Governor Rauner's vetos of student loan legislation and the Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefit Act.

Former state’s attorney’s ‘felony enforcement’ unit back in the news

By Matthew Hector
November
2017
LawPulse
Page 14
The controversy surrounding former LaSalle County State's Attorney Brian Towne's so-called "SAFE Unit" continues.

Illinois TRUST Act forbids local police from enforcing federal immigration law

By Matthew Hector
November
2017
LawPulse
Page 14
However, state and local law enforcement may enforce valid federal warrants and provide the feds with information about immigration status.

Illinois-based U.S. Supreme Court case reviews agency fees for public-sector workers

By Matthew Hector
November
2017
LawPulse
Page 14
The plaintiff argues that requiring him to pay a "fair-share" fee to AFSCME compels him to support political speech he opposes.

New family-law act eases name changing, revises maintenance calculation

By Matthew Hector
November
2017
LawPulse
Page 14
Changes to Illinois spousal maintenance law streamline the process for name changes, revise how the duration of maintenance is calculated, and increase the number of cases to which the law applies.

E-filing in the real estate realm - MyDec

By Matthew Hector
October
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
MyDec, used by 25 Illinois counties and the city of Chicago, enables lawyers to file real estate transfer tax declarations online.

Email service - it’s the law

By Matthew Hector
October
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
Heads up, lawyers and judges - effective last July, email service is required and service by fax is dead.

New court-approved family law, small claims forms will be released soon

By Matthew Hector
October
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
The Illinois Supreme Court continues to build its library of court-approved forms, available to pro se litigants and lawyers alike.

New law protects real estate purchasers who buy on contract

By Matthew Hector
October
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
Contract buyers don't enjoy the protection of mortgage foreclosure law. The new Installment Sales Contract Act makes them less vulnerable to predatory sellers.

The advantages of federal e-filing come to Illinois

By Matthew Hector
September
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
Illinois lawyers who practice in federal court look forward to PACER-like convenience from the statewide e-filing system.

Illinois updates its unclaimed property law

By Matthew Hector
September
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
The Illinois statute governing the disposition of unclaimed property gets its first significant update since 1961.

Lawyers and addiction

By Matthew Hector
September
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
A recent ABA/Betty Ford Foundation study shows shockingly high levels of addiction and other mental health problems in the legal profession -- and that few lawyers seek help.

New Jersey regulators say lawyers can’t participate in Avvo client-linking service

By Matthew Hector
September
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
Three New Jersey Supreme Court committees found that the "marketing fee" taken by Avvo is improper fee-splitting with nonlawyers.

High court: All circuits must use statewide e-filing system beginning 2018

By Matthew Hector
August
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
A recent court order requires circuits with existing e-filing programs to switch to the statewide eFileIL system by July 1, 2018.

No fiduciary duty for POA successor agents, high court rules

By Matthew Hector
August
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
A recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling makes life less perilous for successor agents of POAs for property.

Staying safe out there

By Matthew Hector
August
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
Before there was cybersecurity there was…security. Are you as safe in your office - and your home - as you should be?

Yes, you must report judicial misconduct

By Matthew Hector
August
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
An attorney's duty to report attorney misconduct under Rule of Professional Conduct 8.3 extends to judges, too.

Class action: Zillow ‘Zestimate’ an unlicensed appraisal?

By Matthew Hector
July
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
Plaintiffs argue that Zillow is violating the Illinois Real Estate Appraiser Licensing Act with its Zestimate. Zillow responds that such automated valuation models are exempt under the law.

Law firm offers second opinions for clients

By Matthew Hector
July
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
Chicago-based Valorem Law Group offers second opinions to clients who have questions about the legal advice they've been getting.

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