Substitution of judge—supplemental updateBy Thomas F. HartzellGeneral Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, May 2002In the January, 2002, issue of the General Practice Solo and Small Firm newsletter, I wrote an article concerning substitution of Judge.
Summary of FCC satellite dish regulations affecting condominium/homeowner associationsBy Allan GoldbergReal Estate Law, April 2002The Telecommunications Act of 1996 directed the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") to issue regulations that prohibit restrictions that impair a viewer's ability to receive video programming services through devices designed for over-the-air reception of television broadcast signals, multichannel multipoint distribution service, or direct broadcast satellite services.
Supreme Court amends rulesBy Michele M. JochnerBench and Bar, January 2002Recently, the Illinois Supreme Court has made significant amendments to several of its rules.
Supreme Court approves expansive random drug testing of studentsBy Steve RittenmeyerEducation Law, November 2002In one of its final decisions of the 2002 term, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 majority, found constitutional a public school district program compelling all students who participate in any extracurricular activity to submit to a wide range of drug screening procedures, including random testing
Supreme Court considering plant patent issueBy Thomas A. JenningsAgricultural Law, January 2002On October 3, 2001, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. v. J.E.M. Ag Supply, Inc. 99-1996 to determine whether patents on Pioneer genetically engineered seed corn were valid under Title 35, section 101 of the United States Code.
Supreme Court declares grandparent visitation statute unconstitutionalBy Richard W. ZuckermanFamily Law, August 2002On April 18, 2002 the Illinois Supreme Court, in an opinion written by Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald, settled once, and possibly for all, the issue of judicially mandated grandparent, great-grandparent and sibling visitation when it declared unconstitutional sections 607(b)(1) and (3) of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (750 ILCS 5/607).
Supreme Court extends reach of hostile environment claimsBy Jill P. O’Brien & David ManjarresLabor and Employment Law, October 2002Earlier this year the Supreme Court issued an important decision limiting the period of time in which a plaintiff may complain of discrete acts of discrimination, but extends the time period in which a plaintiff may complain of a hostile environment.
The Supreme Court goes to the “Waffle House”By Lee BenezeElder Law, June 2002In the case of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Waffle House, Inc. (No. 99-1823, January 15, 2002), the United States Supreme Court ruled that the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was not prohibited from filing its own action against the employer on behalf of an employer who had signed an employment contract which included an arbitration clause.
Supreme Court limits rights of illegal aliens in U.S. workplaceBy Joy A. Roberts & Vickie GillioAdministrative Law, October 2002In a recent precedent-setting case, the U.S. Supreme Court held the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) does not have discretion to award backpay to an illegal alien who was never legally authorized to work in the United States, as it would unduly infringe upon explicit statutory prohibitions critical to federal immigration policy, as expressed in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), 8 U.S.C. 1324a.
Surface Transportation Board exempts non-carrier acquisition of railroad propertyEnergy, Utilities, Telecommunications, and Transportation, August 2002Surface Transportation Board (Board) Chairman Linda J. Morgan announced on May 22, 2002 that the Board has issued a decision granting the Utah Transit Authority's (UTA) motion to dismiss, as unnecessary, UTA's verified notice of exemption from Board regulation to acquire almost 63 miles of the Union Pacific Railroad Company's (UP) railroad right-of-way and certain related improvements located in Davis, Webster, Salt Lake and Utah Counties, Utah.
Surface Transportation Board proposes new proceduresEnergy, Utilities, Telecommunications, and Transportation, October 2002Surface Transportation Board (Board) Chairman Linda J. Morgan announced on September 3, 2002 that the Board is instituting a proceeding to amend its regulations to further expedite the resolution of large railroad rate challenges that come before it.
Survey of State and Local Taxation Section CouncilState and Local Taxation, November 2002Please respond to the following questions. Please send your comments either by e-mail (e-mail address: email@example.com), fax (312) 641-0014 or mail Suite 2901, 180 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60601. Thank you.
Sycamore police peer jury programBy Steve CookChild Law, February 2002Thirteen-year old Mike stands in front of a group of kids telling them how he shoplifted at the local grocery store.
“Taking the Fifth” at an administrative hearingBy Rosalyn B. KaplanGovernment Lawyers, December 2002During contested cases before administrative tribunals, it sometimes happens that a witness refuses to testify on the ground that his answer might tend to incriminate him.
Tax procedure updateBy Thomas F. ArendsFederal Taxation, November 2002Introduction: The following update is a summary of selected topics on IRS tax collection procedure and representation issues presented and discussed at the Federal Taxation Section's Federal Tax Conference recently held in Chicago and Bloomington, Illinois.
TechnoLawyer.com: Equipping the small law office for less than $10,000By Jeffrey S. LissonLegal Technology, Standing Committee on, December 2002This is Part Two of a three-part series that discusses what you need and don't need, when to cut corners, and when to go all out when equipping a solo or small law office for under $10,000. In Part 1, Jeffrey outlined the hardware required for this endeavor.
Ten commandments for your practiceBy Patrick E. WardGeneral Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, August 2002When I first began the practice of law in 1970, it was common for older attorneys and judges to impart their wisdom to us youngsters.
Termination of H-1B workersBy Jacqueline Lentini McCulloughInternational and Immigration Law, September 2002With a downturn in the economy upon us, many companies have no choice but to terminate some workers.