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Civil Litigation FLASHPOINTS September 2022

Robin Evans, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Chicago
312-902-5237 | E-mail Robin Evans

Don’t Fudge Consumer Fraud Pleadings

What does “chocolate” mean to the reasonable consumer? Would a reasonable consumer expect chocolate to contain certain essential ingredients? Or is this question best left to th...

Criminal Law FLASHPOINTS September 2022

Matthew R. Leisten, Ogle County State’s Attorney’s Office, Oregon
815-732-1170 | E-mail Matthew R. Leisten

Appellate Court Holds That Material Impediment Is Required for Obstructing Officer

In People v. Gotschall, 2022 IL App (4th) 210256, ¶¶1, 30, the Fourth District Appellate Court reversed a co...

Criminal Law FLASHPOINTS September 2022

Matthew Chivari, Chivari P.C., Chicago
312-975-5732 | E-mail Matthew Chivari

The First Step Act and Intervening Changes of Law or Fact

Passage of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010, Pub.L. No. 111‑220, 124 Stat. 2372, rectified vast disparities between the sentences handed down for crack cocaine and ...

Employment & Labor Law FLASHPOINTS September 2022

Catherine R. Locallo, Robbins Schwartz, Chicago
312-332-7760 | E-mail Catherine R. Locallo

Recent Seventh Circuit Case Addresses Declaratory Judgment, Equivalent Job, and Attorney’s Fee Awards Under FMLA

On August 16, 2022, in a matter of first impression, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held...

Estate Planning & Probate Law FLASHPOINTS September 2022

David E. Braden, Yudell and Lonoff, LLC, Northfield
847-441-9500 | E-mail David Braden

Second District Upholds Directed Finding of Failure To Establish Actual or Presumptive Undue Influence

In In re Estate of Coffman, 2022 IL App (2d) 210053, the Second District of the Illinois Appellate Court uph...

Family Law FLASHPOINTS September 2022

Donald C. Schiller, Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, Chicago, Lake Forest & Wheaton
Michelle A. Lawless, Law Office of Michelle A. Lawless LLC, Chicago
312-641-5560 | E-mail Donald Schiller | 312-741-1092 | E-mail Michelle Lawless

Attorneys’ Fees Ex-Wife Incurred Defending Criminal Visitation Interf...

Workers’ Compensation FLASHPOINTS September 2022

Joseph P. Basile | E-mail Joseph Basile

Commission Abused Its Discretion and Committed Reversible Error by Sua Sponte Excluding Medical Records Employer Did Not Object to During Arbitration Hearing

The court in Cummings v. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, 2022 IL App (1st) 210956WC-U, re...

Condominium Law FLASHPOINTS September 2022

Kenneth Michaels, Jr., Bauch & Michaels, LLC, Chicago
312-588-5000 | E-Mail Kenneth Michaels, Jr.

Insurer Not Liable for Judgment Against Insured General Contractor if No Actual Notice of Lawsuit

This month, we continue our examination of recent decisions with still another insurance claims case. ...

Financial Services FLASHPOINTS September 2022

Michael L. Weissman, Levin Ginsburg, Chicago
312-368-0100 | E-mail Michael L. Weissman

Lender Loses Security Interest Due to Inadequate Collateral Description

In a case arising in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, Polk 33 Lending, LLC v. Schwartz, 555 F.Supp.3d 38 (D.D...

Civil Litigation FLASHPOINTS August 2022

Ian A. Vitalis, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, Chicago
312-902-5482 | E-mail Ian Vitalis

Northern District of Illinois Signals Greater Scrutiny for Colleges and Universities Asserting “Financial Institution” Exemption to BIPA

The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA), 740 ILCS 14/1, et s...

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