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  1. Criminal Law FLASHPOINTS February 2020

    February 14, 2020

    Matthew R. Leisten, Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office, Rockford 815-319-4700 | E-mail Matthew R. LeistenExpert Testimony Related to Possession of Firearm by Street Gang Member Insufficient to Meet Statutory Definition of “Street Gang Member” In People v. Murray, 2019 IL 123289, ¶¶3, 53, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a gang expert’s testimony regarding whether a […]


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  3. Condominium Law FLASHPOINTS February 2020

    Kenneth Michaels, Jr., Lakelaw, Chicago 312-588-5000 | E-Mail Kenneth Michaels, Jr.Prompt Payments of Post-Foreclosure Sales Revisted and Unified in First DistrictHow late can a foreclosure purchaser go without paying assessments until the foreclosed condominium association lien is effectively reinstated? We asked this question in the May 2018 Condominium Law FLASHPOINTS. While we still do not […]


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  5. Family Law FLASHPOINTS February 2020

    Donald C. Schiller & Michelle A. Lawless Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, Chicago, Lake Forest & Wheaton 312-641-5560 | E-mail Donald Schiller | E-mail Michelle LawlessConstructive Trust Over Portion of Ex-Husband’s Disability Pension in Favor of Ex-Wife Upheld In In re Marriage of Shulga, 2019 IL App (1st) 182028, the ex-wife of a former Evanston […]


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  7. Insurance Law FLASHPOINTS February 2020

    Michael H. Passman, BatesCarey LLP, Chicago 312-762-3227 | E-mail Michael H. PassmanAppellate Court Confirms as Constitutional the Two-Year Statute of Limitations for Claims Against Insurance Producers and Applies to BrokersThe Insurance Placement Liability Act, 735 ILCS 5/2-2201, imposes a statutory duty on insurance producers to exercise ordinary care and skill in renewing, procuring, binding, or […]


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  9. Business Law FLASHPOINTS February 2020

    Elizabeth E. Babbitt & Paul J. Coogan | Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Chicago 312-836-4116 | E-mail Elizabeth E. Babbitt | 312-840-4493 | E-mail Paul J. CooganBelow is an excerpt from §5.14 of CONTRACT LAW 2020 EDITION.Examining the Meaning of “Mistake” in the Contract Formation ContextA “mistake” is “a belief that is not in accord […]


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  11. FLASHPOINTS Spotlight February 2020

    Jeffrey A. Risch, SmithAmundsen LLC, Chicago 630-569-0079 | E-mail Jeffrey A. RischJeffrey A. Risch, a Partner serving mostly private employers in the small-to-middle market labor and employment range with SmithAmundsen LLC in Chicago is in our February FLASHPOINTS Author Spotlight. He is a recent contributing author of the IICLE® handbook Conducting the Employment Practices Audit […]


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  13. Civil Litigation FLASHPOINTS February 2020

    David J. Handley & Panos T. Topalis | Tribler Orpett & Meyer P.C., Chicago 312-201-6424 | E-mail David J. Handley | 312-201-6422 | E-mail Panos T. TopalisBelow is an excerpt from §5.3 of CIVIL PRACTICE: OPENING THE CASE 2019 EDITION, part of a series on guiding attorneys through the stages of civil litigation.Strategic Considerations When […]


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  15. Employment & Labor Law FLASHPOINTS February 2020

    Catherine R. Locallo & Thomas C. Garretson, Robbins Schwartz, Chicago 312-332-7760 | E-Mail Catherine R. Locallo | E-Mail Thomas C. GarretsonUnions Strike Back Through Amendments to Illinois Public Labor ActsIllinois enacted new legislation in response to Janus v. American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, Council 31, 942 F.3d 352 (7th Cir. 2019), which […]


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  17. Workers’ Compensation FLASHPOINTS February 2020

    Joseph P. Basile | E-mail Joseph BasileThe Workers’ Compensation Division of the Illinois Appellate Court has issued a number of Rule 23 orders. This month, two of them are reviewed. The first case resulted in a finding the Commission erred in using a neutral risk analysis before determining whether a petitioner’s injury was incidental to […]


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  19. Financial Services FLASHPOINTS February 2020

    Michael L. Weissman, Levin Ginsburg, Chicago 312-368-0100 | E-mail Michael L. WeissmanLender’s Perfected Security Interest Primes Federal Tax LienIn SE Property Holdings, LLC v. United Recovery Group, LLC, 357 F.Supp.3d 537 (E.D.La. 2018), the court applied Louisiana and federal law to find that a lender’s perfected security interest took precedence over a federal tax lien. […]


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