Section Newsletter Articles on Business Law

Supreme Court summaries By Gina Matthiesen Business Advice and Financial Planning, December 2008 A.J. Carlson, Inc. (Carlson), a metalworking corporation, had construction contracts with three governmental entities, which required Carlson to obtain performance bonds.
Corporate lobbying laws in Illinois By Ryan Gammelgard Corporate Law Departments, November 2008 Corporations depend on building relationships with state, city, county and federal governmental officials in order to advance the policies of the organization.
Comparison of a Healthcare Flexible Spending Account to a Health Savings Account By Bernard G. Peter Corporate Law Departments, October 2008 A Healthcare Flexible Spending Account (HCFSA) is a tax-favored program that allows employees to pay for eligible out-of-pocket healthcare expenses.
Insurer must defend maker of lead paint-tainted toys By Laura A. Foggan and Karalee C. Morell Corporate Law Departments, October 2008 Last year’s massive series of recalls of children’s toys manufactured in China that contained lead paint spurred lawsuits seeking insurance coverage for losses arising out of the recalls.
Attorney-client privilege in corporate internal investigations By Beth L. Fancsali and Paul Olszowka September 2008 Corporations face increased burdens and deeper pitfalls in a more public environment.
Case updates Corporate Law Departments, September 2008 To read the full opinion of any of the cases decided in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, go to Under Case Information, choose Opinions and search by either party name or case number, both listed for the cases below.
Memorizing secret information may violate Trade Secrets Act By Michael R. Lied Labor and Employment Law, September 2008 Al Minor & Associates, Inc., (“AMA”) is an actuarial firm that designs and administers retirement plans and that employs pension analysts who work with approximately 500 clients.
Nondisclosure agreements: A discussion with useful examples By Eugene F. Friedman, J.D.,Ph.D. Business Advice and Financial Planning, September 2008 Nondisclosure agreements find use in a wide variety of situations including employment, business sales, joint ventures, and other cooperative efforts.
Recent case involving the non-enforcement of non-solicitation agreements By Peter LaSorsa Corporate Law Departments, September 2008 Last spring, the Third Circuit Appellate Court in Illinois upheld a Will County Judge’s decision and held an employment agreement, which restricted the ability of the employee to solicit customers of the employer post-employment, was not enforceable due to a lack of adequate consideration notwithstanding that it was signed at the time the employee was hired by the employer.
Will your people go the extra mile? A hard look at human capital By Brian Carlsen Corporate Law Departments, September 2008 Finance leaders are accelerating efforts to leverage the crucial link between people performance and financial performance.
What your company doesn’t know can kill it: The truncation requirements of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 By Lee Christoff Business and Securities Law, August 2008 Many companies in Illinois face potentially bankrupting liability for failure to comply with an obscure provision of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Summary of recent Illinois and 7th Circuit decisions By Raymond A. Fylstra Corporate Law Departments, July 2008 Trial court erred when it granted summary judgment to the owner which paid funds to the general contractor in response to a payment application which listed a balance due to the electrical subcontractor.
Corporations can pay child support too By Michael C. Craven Corporate Law Departments, June 2008 Most corporate attorneys assume that divorce law has little impact on their practices.
New guidance on Qualified Default Investment Alternatives clarifies regulations issued in 2007 By Brian M. Pinheiro and Samantha E. Massie Corporate Law Departments, June 2008 The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently released subsequent guidance to the final qualified default investment alternatives (QDIA) regulations that were issued in October 2007.
Twenty years since Asahi: Reviewing the still-uncertain “stream of commerce” theory By Seth L. Ellis Civil Practice and Procedure, May 2008 In 1980, the Supreme Court of the United States recognized the “stream of commerce” theory for obtaining personal jurisdiction over an out-of-state corporation.
Immigration Service attempts to resurrect social security no-match regulation By Grant Sovern, Lisa Duran, and Benjamin Kurten Corporate Law Departments, April 2008 The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency “ICE” will issue a proposed final regulation in the Federal Register.
Property and polity issues By Brent H. Gwillim and J. Meinen Business and Securities Law, April 2008 This article pertains to the approach that the Illinois Courts have taken with regard to property disputes between a national church and a local church which is part of the national organization.
Additional Illinois case update By Raymond A. Fylstra Corporate Law Departments, March 2008 On February 7, 2008 the Illinois Supreme Court issued a notable free speech/defamation opinion,Imperial Design v. Cosmo’s Designer Direct.
Case updates By Frank M. Grenard Corporate Law Departments, March 2008 Speight v. Walters Development. Implied warranty of workmanlike construction extends to subsequent purchasers (here third owners of home) who purchased home and discovered water damage and mold that allegedly resulted from defective roof and rain gutter construction.
Business entity selection at a glance By Alan R. Singleton Business and Securities Law, February 2008 What type of business is right for your client? Use this handy table to find out.
Intellectual property protection at a glance By Alan R. Singleton Business and Securities Law, February 2008 Compare the different forms of intellectual property protection from this handy reference chart.
The ice person cometh By John F. Fatino Corporate Law Departments, January 2008 Increasingly, corporate counsel and other employment practitioners have become concerned about the enforcement activities of both the federal and state governments concerning the hiring of undocumented workers.
Case updates By Frank M. Grenard Corporate Law Departments, October 2007 There are a couple of opinions in this update list that are of particular note: The Illinois Supreme Court’s extensive review of Requests to Admit procedures....and the 8th Circuit’s decision that civil judgments related to sex discrimination are non dischargeable in bankruptcy.
Survival in turbulent times: Using a business plan to focus the small law firm By John W. Olmstead Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, August 2007 In spite of today’s tough economy many small law firms are thriving and doing quite well organizationally and financially.
Articulating the business case for inclusion By Jane DiRenzo Pigott Women and the Law, June 2007 The business case for diversity is well established and directly relates to any legal organization’s ability to compete for the best clients and talent.
New tort theory approved by Illinois Supreme Court By Raymond A. Fylstra Corporate Law Departments, June 2007 In Forsyth v. Clark USA, the Illinois Supreme Court held that “direct participation liability” against corporate shareholders is a valid theory of recovery.
Raising capital for small businesses By Elizabeth A. Bleakley Business Advice and Financial Planning, May 2007 When obtaining venture capital or issuing securities, the business should rely on counsel familiar with the financing methods discussed in this article.
The Illinois Supreme Court holds that fax blasting may be potentially covered under a commercial liability policy Insurance Law, April 2007 In Valley Forge Ins. Co. v. Swiderski Electronics, Inc., the Illinois Supreme Court held that allegations against an insured for unsolicited faxes potentially fell within the insured’s commercial general liability “advertising injury” coverage as a “publication,” and “material that violates a person’s right of privacy.”
Consider a Co-op in the sale of a Closely Held Business By Tracy J. Nugent Business and Securities Law, March 2007 Owners of closely held businesses often consider establishing an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) as a means to share with workers the expected growth in the value of the company and also to provide the additional incentive associated with equity ownership.
Negotiating and drafting pre-acquisition documents related to a business sale or purchase By Markus May Business and Securities Law, March 2007 A client comes to you, the business attorney, and asks for advice related to a prospective business sale or purchase.


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