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Articles on Confidential Information

Provisions of Hospital Licensing Act permitting disclosure of patient information within hospital and to hospital’s counsel held constitutional

January
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
On October 18, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court, on direct appeal, reversed the circuit court, holding that the Hospital Licensing Act, 210 ILCS 85/6.17, did not violate the separation of powers doctrine, did not unreasonably violate a patient's right to privacy, and did not constitute impermissible special legislation.

Criminal records

December
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 624
On October 1, 2001, the Illinois Department of State Police (department) adopted a new Part to section 1210 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 20 Ill Adm Code 1210.

Your Court Documents Filed Under Seal: Will They Stay Confidential?

By William F. Zieske
November
2001
Article
Page 572
The northern district adopted a policy that could cause public disclosure of sealed documents; will other courts follow suit?

The Attorney-Client Privilege in Director and Shareholder Litigation

By Frederick R. Ball
October
2001
Article
Page 537
A look at when courts are willing to pierce the attorney-client privilege in director and shareholder litigation.

Attorney-client privilege waived when police reports, containing allegedly privileged statements, were given to testifying expert witnesses; Apprendi concerns are not implicated by court’s imposition of consecutive sentences

August
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 398
On June 1, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed defendant Michael Wagener's convictions. Wagener appealed his convictions for murder and concealment of homicidal death on two grounds.

Employee’s comments regarding employer’s possible violation of food inspection rules were protected speech

November
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 624
On September 5, 2000, the seventh circuit court of appeals reversed the district court's grant of summary judgment to the defendants, Hasara and Danner, officials of the city of Springfield, on Myers claim under 42 USC § 1983 alleging violations of her constitutional rights.

A Beginner’s Guide to Information Security and The Legal Profession

By Frank P. Andreano
October
2000
Article
Page 592
The basics of protecting e-mail and electronic information from interception.

Confidential supervisory information disclosure

October
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 563
On July 28, 2000, the Illinois Office of Banks and Real Estate adopted new sections to section 325 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 38 Ill Adm Code 325.

Appeal of child abuse and neglect investigation

September
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 500
On June 1, 2000, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (department) adopted new sections and amendments to section 336 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 89 Ill Adm Code 336.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
June
2000
Column
Page 308
Playing the child-support percentages; ADA news and views; please don't squeeze the luggage; and more.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Mark S. Mathewson
May
2000
Column
Page 251
You've got mail ... from a client ... and it's OK; fraudulent transfers and tenancy by the entirety; and more.

When a client filed a malpractice counterclaim against his former lawyer, the client did not waive its attorney-client privilege with respect to relevant documents in the possession of the client’s new attorney

March
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 128
In 1986, the defendants, Van Straaten Gallery, Inc., hired the plaintiff to draft contracts that would limit the liability that the defendants owed to consignment artists at their gallery.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
October
1999
Column
Page 514
Insurance policies and the discovery rule; read the fine print.

Increased Confidentiality in Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations

March
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 130
On January 15, 1999 the Department of Children and Family Services adopted amendments and added a new subsection to section 431. 89 Ill Adm Code 431.

Attorney client privilege protects correspondence between a client and the law firm first retained by that client to pursue his malpractice claim

December
1998
Illinois Law Update
Page 662
On October 14, 1998, the first district of the Illinois Appellate Court vacated a contempt order arising out of a legal malpractice suit.

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