2014 Articles

2015 retirement plan limitations By Bernard G. Peter December 2014 The complete list of the IRS 2015 dollar limitations for benefits, compensation and contributions.
Behind every great lawyer: Utilizing paralegals effectively in today’s corporate world By Heidi Koch February 2014 In a business environment increasingly consumed with the bottom line, corporate law departments would do well to use paralegals to their full potential.
Data security: No longer someone else’s problem By Troy E. Haggestad & Daniel A. Huntley February 2014 As hackers become more sophisticated at unlawfully accessing credit card data stored on your client’s computer systems, the number of lawsuits filed against businesses related to data security breaches has mushroomed.
Franchising: Appreciating its value By Adriano Pedrelli September 2014 After doing his own research, the author shares his conclusions about franchises and why they might not be getting the credit they deserve.
History of the formation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 as Amended (ERISA) and some important ERISA and Internal Revenue Code issues By Bernard G. Peter September 2014 A review of how ERISA came to be, and answers to some frequently asked questions. 
Intellectual property indemnification—A licensee’s perspective By Mark Weis June 2014 One provision that a customer, or Licensee, should look for in technology agreements is the intellectual property indemnification clause.
Is that really juice? An analysis of the POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola false advertising decision and its business implications By Amanda E. Bacoyanis September 2014 This past June, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that the regulatory provisions of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act does not preclude or limit the statutory private right of action provided in the Lanham Act.
The new tax on insurance premiums By Jennifer Hammer & Connie Beard December 2014 Public Act 98-0978 will become law on January 1, 2015, and may have a significant negative effect on businesses, not-for-profit organizations and municipalities who qualify as Industrial Insureds and utilize captive insurance companies or other non-traditional insurance arrangements.
Pro bono legal opportunities By Bernard G. Peter June 2014 The author outlines various projects that need your help! 
United States Supreme Court clarifies what it means to be at home By Barry P. Kaltenbach February 2014 Last month’s United States Supreme Court ruling in Daimler AG v. Bauman clarified certain language from a previous case, the end result being that Illinois might be home to fewer businesses than it had previously thought—at least for purposes of personal jurisdiction.