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Articles From Matthew Hector

Amendments to weaken BIPA effectively dead

By Matthew Hector
June
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
Amendments adding exemptions to the incidental collection of biometric data stall in state Senate.

Better left unsaid?

By Matthew Hector
June
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
Social media and blogging habits can test attorneys' confidentiality obligations.

E-filing in Illinois: All over the map

By Matthew Hector
June
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
A half-year after Illinois imposed e-filing requirements, some counties are struggling to provide an exemplary e-experience.

Illinois-based biometric Facebook case becomes a class action

By Matthew Hector
June
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
The state's strict Biometric Information Privacy Act adds to Facebook's privacy woes.

Chicago ‘O’Keefe’ firms settle naming dispute

By Matthew Hector
May
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
One Chicago property tax firm had sued another, newer firm with a similar name.

Grants help circuit courts serve pro se litigants

By Matthew Hector
May
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
The Illinois Supreme Court has awarded cash grants to 13 judicial circuits to help them better serve the large and growing number of self-represented litigants.

Illinois lawyer sues online reviewer for defamation

By Matthew Hector
May
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
A Chicago lawyer has filed a million-dollar lawsuit against a negative online reviewer.

ARDC reports positive early reaction to lawyer self-assessment

By Matthew Hector
April
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
Initial users of the ARDC's self-assessment program for lawyers who don't carry malpractice insurance are giving the program high marks, the commission reports.

High court approves civil forfeiture of nondriving owner’s motorcycle

By Matthew Hector
April
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
The Illinois Supreme Court overturned the appellate court and upheld the seizure of a wife's motorcycle in connection with her husband's DUI, finding she was not an "innocent owner."

The high price of free email

By Matthew Hector
April
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
Are you using a free email account for your law practice? It's time to rethink that choice, a tech-minded ISBA member warns.

NIU law school lowers out-of-state tuition to in-state rate

By Matthew Hector
April
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
The Northern Illinois University College of Law hopes the move will result in a more diverse and competitive applicant pool.

Appellate court overturns provision authorizing warrantless blood draws

By Matthew Hector
March
2018
LawPulse
Page 18
The Illinois Appellate Court overturned a statutory provision allowing warrantless forced blood draws of any driver who causes death or injury, mandating a case-by-case analysis instead.

A colleague is neglecting clients - what should you do?

By Matthew Hector
March
2018
LawPulse
Page 18
If a fellow lawyer is neglecting files frequently and in a way that materially harms clients, you might have a duty to report it.

Decades-old maintenance deduction eliminated by new tax law

By Matthew Hector
March
2018
LawPulse
Page 18
Beginning in 2019, payors will no longer be able to deduct maintenance payments from their federal taxes.

Please take that IRS Circular 230 disclaimer off your email footer

By Matthew Hector
March
2018
LawPulse
Page 18
Since 2014 the IRS has been asking lawyers to remove the footer, which is no longer accurate. Yet it still circulates widely in email signatures.

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.

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