Duty to defendBy Laurie E. DugonithsAugust 2011The duty to defend is a contractual obligation almost always found in commercial general liability policies and, as the costs of litigation continue to rise, is often considered to be more valuable to an insured than the duty to indemnify.
The future of corporate structures: The Washington, D.C. approachBy Frank M. GrenardNovember 2011For better or for worse, what has started with the nation’s capital has the potential to reach the Illinois General Assembly’s eye and ear, particularly if it results in a significant attraction to companies to set up shop in a BOC-type jurisdiction.
Hazards of failure to register as a foreign corporationBy Stephen M. ProctorJune 2011Although registering as a foreign corporation will subject the corporation to the state’s jurisdiction and taxation, some consequences, as shown in Centralia Mining Co., v. Deneen Crawford, could be even more severe.
ICANN likely to open new general top-level domain names this yearBy John AmbrogiMay 2011The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a not-for-profit corporation formed in 1998 that is dedicated to keeping the Internet stable, secure and interoperable. The new top level domain (TLD) offerings will enable businesses, governments, and organizations to own and operate a TLD of their choosing.
Protectable interests in restrictive covenants expandedBy Michael P. TomlinsonJanuary 2011Until there is an Illinois Supreme Court decision on the issue, the overall guiding principle in determining whether the scope of the covenant will be upheld is whether it is attempting to do something “over and above” simply suppressing “ordinary” competition.
Torts at work—Some thoughts on negligent hiringBy Jim McGrathApril 2011Each year companies pay millions of dollars to victims harmed by their employees, based on the doctrine of vicarious liability, and more and more frequently, based on the emerging tort of negligent hiring, which is now recognized in most states.