Articles From 2020

Coronavirus in Construction: What to Do Now to Plan for Beyond the Outbreak By Jim Dash Construction Law, April 2020 A look at what you can do now to avoid future lawsuits and advance your business interests.
Court Fashions Test for Challenging Collective Action Notices Based on Arbitration Agreements By Michael R. Lied Labor and Employment Law, March 2020 A summary of Bigger v. Facebook, Inc.
Court Ordered Commercial Land Use Regulation And Religious Organizations By William J. Anaya Real Estate Law, April 2020 A summary of Fraternité Notre Dame v. County of McHenry, which deals with the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.
Court Refuses Discovery of Litigation Funding Information By Michael R. Lied Labor and Employment Law, March 2020 A summary of  In re Valsartan N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) Contamination Products Liability Litigation.
Court Will Not Aggregate Employees of Separate Companies to Reach Title VII Threshold By Michael R. Lied Labor and Employment Law, December 2020 InPrince v. Appleton Auto, LLC, the plaintiff's attempt to try to combine the employees of several related companies to reach or exceed the necessary number of employees for the company to be subject to specific employment laws was rejected.
COVID-19, Jails, and Ending Cash Bail By Junaid M. Afeef Human Rights, June 2020 COVID-19 is shining a light on the plight of detainees resulting from a cash bail system.
COVID-19 Legal Resources Elder Law, April 2020 State and federal resources to help attorneys navigate COVID-19.
COVID-19 Pandemic = Cancellation of ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational: How Students Turned Disappointment into Life Lessons By Katy Karayannis Law Related Education for the Public, July 2020 An introduction to the Mock Trial Special Edition from Katy Karayannis, the mock trial coordinator. 
COVID-19 Shutdowns Cause ‘Horrifying Surge’ in Domestic Violence, According to the United Nations By Masah S. SamForay Family Law, May 2020 As stay-at-home and shelter-in-place became our new normal, alarming reports of a worldwide surge in domestic violence surfaced.
COVID-19 Sparks Renewed Interest in Online Dispute Resolution By Jay Schleppenbach Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, May 2020 In the legal world, some are looking to online dispute resolution as a fitting solution for legal problems in the era of social distancing.
COVID-19 Sparks Renewed Interest in Online Dispute Resolution By Jay Schleppenbach Alternative Dispute Resolution, April 2020 In the legal world, some are looking to online dispute resolution as a fitting solution for legal problems in the era of social distancing.
COVID-19 Wrongful Death Lawsuit Alleging Exposure at Work By Donn P. LaHaie Insurance Law, June 2020 On April 6, 2020, a wrongful death lawsuit was filed in Cook County, Illinois, on behalf of an employee of Walmart who was allegedly exposed to the COVID-19 virus while working.
COVID-19: Implications on Illinois Contract Law and the Doctrine of Commercial Frustration By Thadford A. Felton Construction Law, July 2020 COVID-19 is impacting businesses and their operations, and parties are looking for guidance in the event that one or the other party to a contract is, or claims to be, unable to fulfill its contractual obligations.
COVID-19: Implications on Illinois Contract Law and the Doctrine of Commercial Frustration By Thadford A. Felton Trusts and Estates, May 2020 COVID-19 is impacting businesses and their operations, and parties are looking for guidance in the event that one or the other party to a contract is, or claims to be, unable to fulfill its contractual obligations.
COVID-19: Implications on Illinois Contract Law and the Doctrine of Commercial Frustration By Thadford A. Felton Real Estate Law, April 2020 COVID-19 is impacting businesses and their operations, and parties are looking for guidance in the event that one or the other party to a contract is, or claims to be, unable to fulfill its contractual obligations.
CPAR Partnerships Reporting Changes to Forms 1065: The Administrative Adjustment Request By Colin Walsh Federal Taxation, September 2020 A look at the procedures centralized partnership audit regimes must follow to report changes to a previously filed Form 1065 for tax years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017.
Cranberry Scones: From Ingredients in Your Pantry By Hannah R. Lamore Young Lawyers Division, April 2020 A recipe for scones using pantry staples.
Creative Estate Planning: Solving Common Estate Planning Problems With Innovative Solutions By Kenneth Adam Piercey, J.D. Elder Law, April 2020 Examples of innovative estate planning strategies that can be used to achieve better outcomes for clients.
Creative Estate Planning: Solving Common Estate Planning Problems With Innovative Solutions By Kenneth Adam Piercey, J.D. Trusts and Estates, March 2020 Examples of innovative estate planning strategies that can be used to achieve better outcomes for clients.
Creditor Claims Against ‘Real Estate’: Comparing the Effectiveness of a Land Trust to an Express Trust When Seeking to Protect Real Estate from Creditor Claims By Nicole Soltanzadeh Real Estate Law, December 2020 The recent enactment of the Illinois Trust Code has caused some practitioners to wonder whether our clients may be better served, for asset protection purposes, by holding title to real estate in a land trust, rather than an express trust.
Creditor General Powers of Appointment: What Are the Tax Considerations if State Law Limits Appointive Property to the Underlying Debt for GPAs? By Robert J. Kolasa Trusts and Estates, November 2020 Basis optimization for credit shelter and irrevocable trusts often involves granting the trust beneficiary a general power of appointment over trust assets to achieve stepped-up basis.
Creditors’ Willful Violation of the Automatic Stay Under 11 U.S.C. § 362(k) of the Bankruptcy Code: When the Debtor Initiates Contact By Taofikat I. Ninalowo Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, February 2020 A discussion of creditors’ willful violation of the automatic stay under section 362 of the Bankruptcy Code.
Crisis Leadership By Steve Lindberg Elder Law, June 2020 Strong leadership is necessary to navigate your law firm through a crisis like COVID-19.
Crisis Leadership By Steve Lindberg Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, May 2020 Strong leadership is necessary to navigate your law firm through a crisis like COVID-19.
A Critical Review of Best Buy Stores, L.P. v. Department of Revenue By Keith Staats State and Local Taxation, October 2020 The Best Buy Stores, L.P. v. Department of Revenue decision was originally issued as a Supreme Court Rule 23 decision and was not precedential, but the Illinois Department of Revenue moved to publish the decision and the motion was granted.
A Current Update of EPCRS Through Rev. Proc. 2019-19 By Kathryn J. Kennedy Employee Benefits, May 2020 A summary of recent changes—and an analysis of the effects of the changes—to the IRS's Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System.
Dating Without Losing Maintenance: A Counterpoint By Justin Haber & Michael Haber Family Law, August 2020 A look at the doctrine of cohabitation and maintenance.
Dating Without Losing Maintenance: A Counterpoint By Justin Haber & Michael Haber Family Law, July 2020 A look at the doctrine of cohabitation and maintenance.
D.C. Circuit Reminds the NLRB That a Weingarten Request Requires a ‘Request’ By Jennifer L. Mora Labor and Employment Law, August 2020 In Circus Circus Casinos Inc. v. NLRB, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied the National Labor Relations Board’s cross-application for enforcement of its decision, where the court found, among other things, that the Board had “significantly alter[ed] the test for valid Weingarten requests to cover the facts of this case.”
Deal or No Deal By Albert E. Durkin Tort Law, February 2020 A summary of Tielke v. Auto Owners Insurance Co., which involves mistakes made by both a trial judge and a plaintiff’s attorney as well as a possible ethical violation by a defense counsel.

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