Casting a shadow over a popular tax avoidance device, a recent case disallowed an estate tax break for a decedent who maintained too much control over the business he transferred to his family limited partnership.
On September 26, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County dis-missing the plaintiff-homeowners' architectural malpractice action against the architect and architectural firm.
On February 3, 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the decisions of both the appellate and circuit courts, which granted the defendant's motion to suppress the results of his blood and urine tests.
On April 21, 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, and the Circuit Court of Cook County's decision granting summary judgment to the defendant.
On January 21, 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court found that the circuit court did not abuse its discretion in admitting the evidence in question and upheld the appellate court's affirmance of the convictions.
On January 21, 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the appellate court and upheld the circuit court's determination that personal goodwill be excluded in the valuation of the former husband's dental practice.
On April 13, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth District, reversed the Circuit Court of Lawrence County's decision finding personal jurisdiction over a successor non-resident defendant corporation.
On June 28, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County denying the plaintiffs' motion to bar the defendant's expert witness from testifying at trial.
The Illinois Department of State Police Merit Board has amended Part 150 of Title 80 of the Illinois Administrative Code. Effective April 15, 2005, the amendment refines the pool of police force applicants by requiring either a Bachelor's Degree or an Associate's Degree.
On December 20, 2004, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, affirmed the decision of the Illinois Human Rights Commission (Commission) granting a medical clinic's motion to dismiss the pleading.