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2014 Compensation & Benefits Survey: 5 Key Findings

By Timothy A. Slating
November
2014
Article
Page 528
How much do ISBA members earn? How many hours do they work? What are the most popular practice areas? Survey respondents answer these and other questions.

2014 Spring Session Roundup

By Jim Covington
August
2014
Column
Page 376
Illinois legislators revised the health care POA, created guidelines for calculating maintenance, and more.

7th Circuit case shakes up the creditor’s bar

By Matthew Hector
December
2014
LawPulse
Page 566
Contrary to longstanding practice, collection cases must now be filed in the Cook County municipal district court where the debtor lives or the contract was signed.

Absolute litigation privilege bars a party’s claim arising out of alleged misconduct in prior judicial proceedings

May
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 220
On February 24, 2014, the First District Appellate Court of Illinois held that the absolute litigation privilege bars claims brought by a plaintiff on the basis of conduct that took place in a prior and separate judicial proceeding.

Accepting credit-card payments? Mind your trust-account ps and qs

By Mark S. Mathewson
September
2014
LawPulse
Page 418
Make sure retainer-fee payments by credit card are going into your trust account and not your general office account, an ISBA ethics opinion admonishes.

ACLU sues over reaction to fake mayoral twitter account

By Matthew Hector
August
2014
LawPulse
Page 366
The lawsuit alleges that the mayor and other officials conspired to violate the First and Fourth Amendment rights of accountholder and tweeter Jon Daniel.

Adapting to the New Legal Marketplace

By Paula H. Holderman
April
2014
Column
Page 160
Sharper competition is challenging law firms, law schools, and bar associations.

Additional prohibitions for TANF benefits

November
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 524
The Department amended provisions of the regulations concerning the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ("TANF") program.

Agent-Swapping POAs and More

December
2014
Column
Page 596
Should a health care POA swap out agents after a triggering event?

Aggravated battery of a nurse

May
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 220
The Criminal Code of 2012 has been amended by adding another aggravated battery offense.

AIDS drug assistance program updated

November
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 524
The Department has amended its regulations governing the AIDS Drug Assistance Program ("ADAP") provided for by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009.

Alternative Billing Comes to Main Street

By Ed Finkel
October
2014
Article
Page 476
Firms that serve corporate clients are no strangers to non-hourly billing strategies. But other attorneys are finding that consumer-friendly pricing can be lawyer-friendly as well.

Amended reporting requirements for meat sellers

March
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 120
The Meat and Poultry Inspection Act has been amended to add new reporting requirements for "Type 1" licensees, or facilities that sell meat, poultry, and other meat products.

Amendments to birthing centers regulations

January
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Department of Healthcare and Family Services recently adopted amendments that allow birthing centers to receive medical assistance reimbursement. 89 Ill. Adm. Code 146.

Amendments to social worker licensure

January
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Effective October 11, 2013, applications to become a licensed clinical social worker or a licensed social worker no longer require the applicant's complete work history post receipt of a master's or doctorate degree in education. 68 Ill. Adm. Code 1470.

Angel investment tax credit guidance

October
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 472
The Department of Revenue amended its income tax regulations to provide guidance on the Angel Investment Credit. 86 Ill. Adm. Code 100 (eff. July 9, 2014).

Annual surcharges assessed on live adult entertainment

June
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 272
Live adult entertainment facilities, commonly known as striptease clubs, will now be assessed an annual surcharge. 86 Ill. Adm. Code 900 (eff. Mar. 10, 2014).

The Appearance of Professionalism

By Karen Erger
June
2014
Column
Page 300
Aren't women lawyers competent to make their own judgments about what to wear to work?

Applicants’ assets will no longer be considered for TANF program eligibility

May
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 220
The Illinois Department of Human Services will consider new criteria for determining Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program eligibility. 89 Ill. Adm. Code 112 (eff. Jan. 29, 2014).

Applying the Illinois Construction Statute of Repose to Asbestos Litigation

By Cameron Turner and Jaime Bennett
December
2014
Article
Page 592
The Illinois construction statute of repose can be an effective defense in asbestos cases. This article shows how to use or challenge it.

Are We Ready for ‘Practice Ready’?

By Hon. Ron Spears
November
2014
Column
Page 550
Should law schools do more to prepare grads for practice?

Attorneys owe a duty to non-client beneficiaries when distributing funds recovered in wrongful death actions

September
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 424
On June 19, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court held that attorneys owe a duty to non-client beneficiaries of a wrongful death claim when damages are distributed.

Auto insurance policies cannot exclude the only named insured

March
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 120
On December 19, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court held that an automobile insurance policy that excluded the only named insured violated and contradicted provisions in the Illinois Vehicle Code.

Background checks required for adults residing in child care homes

November
2014
Illinois Law Update
Page 524
Fingerprint-based criminal history background checks are now required for anyone over the age of eighteen residing in a child care home exempt from licensing.

Bankruptcy and the Series LLC: Can Creditors Pierce the Veil?

By John T. Wagener and Kenneth D. Peters
May
2014
Article
Page 236
The Series LLC gives sweeping liability protection to those who use it. But will it shield an umbrella entity in bankruptcy and under UCC Article 9 from liability incurred by debtor subunits?

The Benefits of Settling Workers’ Compensation and Employment Claims Together

By Mark Wilkinson and Susan Garver
July
2014
Article
Page 340
Settling workers' compensation and employment-related claims together can benefit both employers and workers, but it takes careful planning to make it work.

Beware the New, Stricter Standards for Referral Fee Agreements

By Jeffrey C. Blumenthal
December
2014
Article
Page 582
Will the court enforce your referral fee agreement? A recent case ups the ante by requiring strict, not merely "substantial," compliance with ethics rules.

Beyond the One-Bite Rule: Liability for Animal-Caused Injuries

By Timothy Meyer, Jason G. Schutte, and Eric Waldman
September
2014
Article
Page 440
Everyone knows about the one-bite rule, but there's a lot more to proving or disproving an animal liability lawsuit.

Bill would allow restricted driving permits after four DUI convictions

By Janan Hanna
March
2014
LawPulse
Page 114
The proposed permit would allow four-time offenders to drive under limited circumstances after their vehicles are equipped with breathalyzer ignition devices.

Bill would let nonlawyers represent taxpayers in county tax appeals

By Janan Hanna
May
2014
LawPulse
Page 214
A now-dormant legislative proposal would authorize nonlawyers to represent taxpayers in county tax appeals. The ISBA is leading the fight against it.

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