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Articles From Adam W. Lasker

Dramshop: Strict damage caps for the Illinois Insurance Guarantee Fund

By Adam W. Lasker
January
2014
LawPulse
Page 10
Supreme Court resolves a split in appellate decisions to strictly cap the fund's liability, despite a harsh result for the parents in Rogers.

ISBA dramatically expands free CLE program choices for members

By Adam W. Lasker
January
2014
LawPulse
Page 10
Beginning in 2014, ISBA's entire online CLE catalog will be available to members at no charge, expanding the freely available programming from 35 to 550 hours.

Supreme court ends sales-tax-avoidance practice

By Adam W. Lasker
January
2014
LawPulse
Page 10
The court's ruling means companies can't set up a remote "sales" office and thereby avoid local taxes - but that the company in this case doesn't owe a $23 million tax bill.

Supreme court requires strict compliance for garnishment notices

By Adam W. Lasker
January
2014
LawPulse
Page 10
Serving a withholding notice on a child-support obligor's employer? Make sure to include the required information (think social security number) or the employer won't be forced to comply.

Aldermen’s texts, tweets during council meetings are ‘public records’

By Adam W. Lasker
December
2013
LawPulse
Page 606
Put your phone down as soon as the meeting starts, a lawyer for local officials counsels his clients in the wake of City of Champaign v. Lisa Madigan.

Ethics opinion: Non-Illinois lawyers may practice immigration law in state

By Adam W. Lasker
December
2013
LawPulse
Page 606
New ISBA ethics opinions say non-Illinois lawyers can practice immigration law in the state, a lawyer can't be a municipality's prosecutor and hearing officer at the same time, and more.

The high court bars a suit filed against dead defendant

By Adam W. Lasker
December
2013
LawPulse
Page 606
After the defendant died, the plaintiff in a car-accident case failed to sue the estate's "personal representative." That meant the court lacked jurisdiction, the supreme court ruled.

The Illinois Supreme Court nixes the Amazon tax

By Adam W. Lasker
December
2013
LawPulse
Page 606
The supreme court invalidated an Illinois law requiring out-of-state retailers to pay Illinois use tax on Internet-based sales, ruling that it was preempted by the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act.

Same-sex marriage comes to Illinois

By Adam W. Lasker
December
2013
LawPulse
Page 606
At presstime, Governor Quinn was poised to sign the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law.

Defense attorneys challenge gun-possession convictions after high court ruling

By Adam W. Lasker
November
2013
LawPulse
Page 554
In Aguilar, the Illinois Supreme Court overturned a law prohibiting gun possession outside the home. Criminal-defense attorneys are seeking to undo convictions based on the statute.

Divorcing spouses must share the cost of attorney fees - even fees already paid

By Adam W. Lasker
November
2013
LawPulse
Page 554
The Illinois Supreme Court holds that a financially strapped divorcing wife can require her husband's lawyer to turn over already-paid fees to help finance her own legal expenses.

Multilingual justice comes to Cook County

By Adam W. Lasker
November
2013
LawPulse
Page 554
The Illinois Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission launches an ambitious program, led by two Cook County judges, to reduce language barriers to court access.

Stifling ‘sovereign citizens’: tougher penalties for unlawful clouding of title

By Adam W. Lasker
November
2013
LawPulse
Page 554
In response to false liens against public officials' property filed by so-called "sovereign citizens," the Illinois legislature upgrades false title-clouding from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Will Rule 138 privacy provisions be changed before taking effect?

By Adam W. Lasker
November
2013
LawPulse
Page 554
The ISBA supports changes to Rule 138's soon-to-be effective limitations on disclosure of personal identity information in response to concerns raised by divorce lawyers and others.

Courthouse couture: Jefferson County’s dress code

By Adam W. Lasker
October
2013
LawPulse
Page 498
Have business at the Jefferson County courthouse? Don't show up wearing your muscle shirt or see-through top.

Electronic filing continues to expand in Cook County

By Adam W. Lasker
October
2013
LawPulse
Page 498
Five court divisions and nearly 16,000 registrants are participants in the Cook County Circuit Court's e-filing program.

Illinois bans using hand-held cellphones behind the wheel

By Adam W. Lasker
October
2013
LawPulse
Page 498
Effective January 1, Illinois drivers can't legally hold cellphones to their ears and talk. But lawyers and others who have the right technology can still communicate while on the road.

New citation procedures make enforcing debt-collection judgments easier

By Adam W. Lasker
October
2013
LawPulse
Page 498
A new law reduces the role of sheriffs in collection proceedings and increases the power of courts and practitioners to enforce judgments.

Supreme court to establish legal-aid program for military personnel, vets

By Adam W. Lasker
October
2013
LawPulse
Page 498
The pilot program, funded by a $10 filing fee increase in participating circuit courts, will provide free legal services in civil cases to veterans and military personnel in need.

Beware FATCA’s broad reach

By Adam W. Lasker
September
2013
LawPulse
Page 446
Think a new law designed to ferret out taxable income parked offshore won't affect any of your clients? You might be unpleasantly surprised, tax experts warn.

Bill requires timely executed settlement releases in most civil cases

By Adam W. Lasker
September
2013
LawPulse
Page 446
The law helps plaintiffs get timely settlement payments from "substandard" insurance companies, the chair of ISBA's Tort Section says.

Current version of family law overhaul bill gets mixed reviews

By Adam W. Lasker
September
2013
LawPulse
Page 446
A proposed major rewrite of Illinois' 35-year-old Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act has some ISBA matrimonial lawyers feeling encouraged and others concerned.

Illinois Supreme Court allows interlocutory appeals of suppression orders in juvenile cases

By Adam W. Lasker
September
2013
LawPulse
Page 446
The supreme court rule change allowing interlocutory appeals remedies "a systemic problem for both prosecutors and defendants for decades," a commentator says.

Law authorizes 17-year-olds to vote, online voter registration - but wait, there’s more

By Adam W. Lasker
September
2013
LawPulse
Page 446
Amendments to Illinois election law also create a board of election commissioners for Lake County, require more petition signatures for a would-be Chicago alderman, and make other changes.

Caveat Emptor: Company B assumes fair-labor liability when it buys Company A

By Adam W. Lasker
August
2013
LawPulse
Page 386
The federal successor-liability doctrine makes a buyer company responsible for the seller's Fair Labor Standards Act liability even if state law would hold otherwise, the seventh circuit rules.

Chicago event recognizes first national meeting of women lawyers

By Adam W. Lasker
August
2013
LawPulse
Page 386
At an event this month, two female bar association presidents will help celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Chicago-based first national meeting of women lawyers.

Coming soon: Illinois’ first statewide standardized court forms

By Adam W. Lasker
August
2013
LawPulse
Page 386
Illinois is one of a very few states without statewide standardized court forms. That's beginning to change, thanks to the supreme court's Access to Justice Commission.

New supreme court rules a boon to limited-scope representation

By Adam W. Lasker
August
2013
LawPulse
Page 386
Amended Rules 11, 13, and 137 create business opportunities for lawyers by making it easier to represent clients for part, but not all, of a lawsuit or transaction.

Supreme court delays Rule 138 personal identity information provisions

By Adam W. Lasker
August
2013
LawPulse
Page 386
The supreme court delayed rule changes on personal identity information that some family law practitioners worry will force them to choose between the rule and conflicting statutes.

County recorders can investigate fraud, bill provides

By Adam W. Lasker
July
2013
LawPulse
Page 330
The controversial bill would empower recorders to red-flag deeds and other documents that appear fraudulent. Wary real estate practitioners have a wait-and-see attitude.

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