Publications

Articles on Insurance

Legislation gives courts resources to keep track of multiple offenders of traffic laws; P.A. 91-716

November
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 624
Under newly enacted amendments to the Illinois Vehicle Code, courts will have the resources to crack down on motorists who repeatedly violate traffic laws and take advantage of court supervision.

New requirement for issuance of licenses

November
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 624
On August 10, 2000, the Illinois Secretary of State adopted an emergency amendment to section 1030 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 92 Ill Adm Code 1030.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
October
2000
Column
Page 560
The illusion of insurance exclusion; lease lacking, landlord loses; OSHA makes house calls; and more.

Fender Benders Pose Malpractice Risks, Too

By Anne E. Thar
August
2000
Column
Page 479
Plaintiffs' lawyers take note -- many of those "routine" cases come with not-so-ordinary malpractice pitfalls.

Mortgage guaranty insurance

August
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 438
On May 30, 2000, the Illinois Department of Insurance adopted emergency amendments to section 202 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 50 Ill Adm Code 202.

Balancing the Tripartite Relationship between Defendant, Defense Counsel, and Insurer

By David H. Anderson
July
2000
Article
Page 384
A review of issues important both to defense lawyers and counsel for the insured.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
July
2000
Column
Page 378
Grandparents lose at High Court—but how much? HMOs lose in one high court, win in another; and more.

Correspondence from Our Readers

May
2000
Column
Page 246
Flood-of-PD-lawsuits prediction all wet?

Internet Torts and Cyberspace Insurance: New Issues for the E-conomy

By Adam H. Fleischer
May
2000
Article
Page 268
A review of new Internet-based theories of liability and the insurance-coverage issues raised by them.

Managed Care Reform and Patient Rights Act

May
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 252
On February 10, 2000, the Illinois Department of Insurance adopted 15 new subsections to the Illinois Administrative Code. 50 Ill Adm Code 5240.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Mark S. Mathewson
April
2000
Column
Page 192
What hath Tosado wrought? What do jurors think? Granny gives a gift; and more.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
March
2000
Column
Page 124
Public defenders and legal malpractice; lawyers can commit UPL; and more.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
February
2000
Column
Page 62
Banks and title insurance; fees for foiled FOIA requests; crafting affirmative action plans; and more.

To comply with the cancellation notice requirements of section 143.14(a) of the Insurance Code, an insurer needs to show proof mailing on a U.S. Post Office form or other commercial mail delivery service for the cancellation letter to be effective

February
2000
Illinois Law Update
Page 68
On December 7, 1999, the Appellate Court of Illinois for the First District reversed the trial court’s grant of summary judgment to Valor Insurance Company.

Bringing an ERISA Claim: A Step-by-Step Guide

By Mark D. DeBofsky
January
2000
Article
Page 20
A practice-oriented review of one of the most important, but least understood, federal laws.

Hot ERISA Topics

By Mark D. DeBofsky
January
2000
Article
Page 27
A look at some cutting-edge ERISA issues and how courts are resolving them.

Group health care plans and patient rights

December
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 636
On September 27, 1999, the Illinois Department of Insurance adopted emergency rules to section 5420 of the Illinois Administrative Code. 50 Ill Adm Code 5420.

HMOs may be held vicariously liable for negligence of independent contractor physicians

December
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 636
On September 30, 1999, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the appellate court's decision that an HMO may be held vicariously liable, under the doctrines of apparent authority and implied authority, for the negligence of its independent contractor physicians.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
November
1999
Column
Page 570
Watch out, HMOs.

The Lawyer’s Journal

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

Americans with Disabilities Act does not require a seller to alter his product to make it equally valuable to disabled and non-disabled policyholders

August
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 406
On June 2, 1999, the seventh circuit reversed the holding of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and held that benefit caps on AIDS-related illnesses in the defendant's insurance policies did not violate the Americans with Disabilities Ac

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
August
1999
Column
Page 402
Breach of fiduciary duty: A new application

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
July
1999
Column
Page 348
Different rulings on the same-part-of-the-body rule.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
June
1999
Column
Page 298
Guilty but mentally ill'' passes constitutional muster

Under a business liability insurance policy, an insurer may deny coverage for wrongful death suits where an insured’s actions are willful and malicious.

June
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 304
On April 15, 1999, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate and circuit courts.

HMO Reform Bill Passes in the House, Likely to Fail in the Senate — HB 626.

May
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 244
A sweeping HMO reform bill, known as the Managed Care Reform Act, (passed in the Illinois House on March 24, 1999 by a margin of 62-37.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
April
1999
Column
Page 186
Offer, acceptance, consideration, and criminal law.

Bringing “Bad Faith Refusal to Settle” Claims Against Insurers

By G. Grant Dixon III
February
1999
Article
Page 92
Did your client's insurer refuse in bad faith to settle within policy limits? Then it should pay the price.

Illinois Adopts the “Modern” Prejudice Rule for Insurers’ Late-Notice Defense

By Stanley C. Nardoni
February
1999
Article
Page 86
The new rule—which requires insurers to show prejudice from policyholder delay before they can avoid coverage—is the better rule, this author says.

Litigating Claims Under Lost Insurance Policies in Illinois

By Todd Stewart Schenk
February
1999
Column
Page 102
A how-to guide to lost-policy lawsuits.

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