Supreme court ends sales-tax-avoidance practiceBy Adam W. LaskerJanuary 2014LawPulse, Page 10The 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.
The high court bars a suit filed against dead defendantBy Adam W. LaskerDecember 2013LawPulse, Page 606After 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 taxBy Adam W. LaskerDecember 2013LawPulse, Page 606The 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 IllinoisBy Adam W. LaskerDecember 2013LawPulse, Page 606At presstime, Governor Quinn was poised to sign the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law.
Multilingual justice comes to Cook CountyBy Adam W. LaskerNovember 2013LawPulse, Page 554The 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.
Illinois bans using hand-held cellphones behind the wheelBy Adam W. LaskerOctober 2013LawPulse, Page 498Effective 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.
Beware FATCA’s broad reachBy Adam W. LaskerSeptember 2013LawPulse, Page 446Think 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.
County recorders can investigate fraud, bill providesBy Adam W. LaskerJuly 2013LawPulse, Page 330The 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.