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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.
1 comment (Most recent May 3, 2018)

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.
1 comment (Most recent April 27, 2018)

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.

Parenting-time proposals shift focus from children to parents, critics say

By Matthew Hector
May
2018
LawPulse
, Page 12
Among other changes, controversial proposed legislation would impose a rebuttable presumption in favor of a 50/50 split in parenting time.

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.
1 comment (Most recent March 18, 2018)

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?
1 comment (Most recent January 6, 2018)

Cannabis ambivalence

By Matthew Hector
April
2016
LawPulse
, Page 12
Medical cannabis users who are parents of minors may discover that the law exposes them to DCFS scrutiny, just one way cannabis users may be treated as "second-class patients."

Fourth district ruling overturns statute granting hospital tax exemption

By Matthew Hector
April
2016
LawPulse
, Page 12
After the Provena court overturned the property-tax exemption for hospitals, the legislature passed a fix. Now the Illinois Appellate Court has overturned that statute.

New ‘accountability court’ helps child-support obligors keep up payments

By Matthew Hector
April
2016
LawPulse
, Page 12
Madison County has launched the first problem-solving court in Illinois devoted to helping parents find ways to pay child support.

Anonymous online posting saga continues

By Matthew Hector
October
2015
LawPulse
, Page 12
Comcast finally reveals the subscriber - a lawyer - whose account was used to post allegedly defamatory remarks about a Stephenson County official. The defendant vows to fight on.

Groundbreaking Supreme Court opinion dooms panhandling law

By Matthew Hector
October
2015
LawPulse
, Page 12
After the U.S. Supreme Court's expansion of the First Amendment, the seventh circuit invalidates Springfield's panhandling prohibition.

The looming court-reporter shortage

By Matthew Hector
October
2015
LawPulse
, Page 12
Seventy-five percent of the state's licensed reporters could be eligible for retirement before the end of the decade. Will there be qualified candidates to replace them?
1 comment (Most recent October 6, 2015)

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