Contributed by Michael Wong and Sara Zorich, September 16, 2021 Medicine doctor and vaccine dose syringe On August 23rd Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2021-20 requiring  health care workers, school personnel, higher education personnel and students, and state-employees and contractors who work at state-owned or operated congregate facilities to get their first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series, or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, within 10 days and be fully vaccinated within 30 days, subject to applicable medical and religious exemptions under federal and state law. Two weeks later on September 3rd Governor Pritzker issued Executive Orders 2021-22 extending…
Thursday, Sept. 9, marked a major breakthrough in the New York State opioid trial as defendant Endo International Pharmaceuticals and its subsidiaries settled with New York State and Suffolk and Nassau Counties for $50 million.  The settlement marks the conclusion of a series of recent events in which state and county representatives, including State Attorney General Letitia James, accused Endo of withholding “damning evidence” regarding its marketing and sales of prescription opioids from the discovery phase of the trial.  Endo had been held in contempt of court in an opioid trial in Tennessee for withholding similar information from the discovery…
Thursday, September 16, 2021 Selena’s former husband Chris Perez ends years-long legal battle with Quintanillas over documentary Selena’s former husband Chris Perez posted a tweet on Tuesday claiming that his legal battle—which has lasted a half-decade—with the Quintanilla family has come to a mutual end. The legal battle was over a proposed Selena documentary.  According to the former husband of the late Tejano idol, he and the Quintanilla family have “amicably resolved” their ongoing legal dispute over the proposed documentary on Selena’s life and music.  Chris Perez’s tweet read: Good news! I have amicably resolved my legal dispute with the…
In the age of COVID-19, video has become a dominant and ubiquitous form of communication (see TikTok). Videos are entertaining, engaging, and more expressive than photos. According to Statista, when it comes to YouTube, people upload 500 hours of video every minute and watch around 1 billion hours of content each day. At the Commission, we’ve seen our viewership on YouTube grow immensely over the past year. In fact, from September 2020 to September 2021, our channel received 43% more views than the year before. (If you haven’t checked out our YouTube content yet, you’re missing out.) Organizations are increasingly…
Over the past several weeks, Illinois justices, judges, and attorneys have blanketed the state in person and virtually to spread a message of professionalism to incoming 1L law students. The program is part of the annual professionalism orientation at Illinois’ nine law schools. 2021 marks the 15th year the Commission on Professionalism has collaborated with the state’s law schools to produce the orientations. University of Chicago Law School 1Ls recite the Pledge of Professionalism. “As an attorney, your reputation is being formed the minute you step into law school,” said Martin Sinclair, Chair of the Commission on Professionalism. “To continue…
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ Commission) has rolled out more updates to the state’s court forms. This time they’ve amended several forms in the Eviction suite. The revised forms include: Getting Started Different Types of Orders in Eviction Cases How to Use Different Types of Orders in Eviction Cases Agreed Dismissal Order (Case May Be Reinstated if Defendants Violate Agreement) Agreed Settlement Order with Status Date (Defendants Will Move) Agreed Settlement Order with Status Date (Defendants Will Pay & Stay) Eviction Summons The six updated forms can be found here and should be…
How to get an Ohio marijuana license In late August, state officials authorized the circulation of a petition that, if approved by Ohio voters in November 2022, would legalize, regulate, and tax adult-use cannabis. The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol campaign has been granted permission to collect the necessary 133,000 voter signatures before the next parliamentary term begins next year. If lawmakers reject the proposal, the campaign will need to collect another 133,000 signatures to qualify the initiative for the ballot. According to the proposal, individuals would be allowed to possess and purchase up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis,…
During the estate planning process, most people will focus primarily on what will happen after their death, addressing how their property should be distributed among their heirs and how they want to handle the disposal of their remains. However, an estate plan can also address how certain matters will be handled while a person is still alive, including the types of medical care they will receive. Addressing these issues in your estate plan can be important, since it will help your family members avoid uncertainty, and it will ensure that you will receive the medical care and treatment you want,…
If you’ve arrived at this article then you are probably wondering, “what is a Wisconsin advance directive?” Simply put, it is a legally operative method of informing your healthcare provider and your family of your wishes should you become incapacitated in regard to feeding tubes and lifesaving medical intervention. | O’Flaherty Law – Learn About Law Legal Articles, Videos & Podcasts with O’Flaherty Law…
As of August, 2021, a review of the Indiana 2021 legislative session doesn’t show any major changes to Indiana divorce law. This article will help you learn about some changes to related laws that have occurred in the past two years, however, and about how to get divorced in Indiana in 2021. | O’Flaherty Law – Learn About Law Legal Articles, Videos & Podcasts with O’Flaherty Law…
Before divorce proceedings begin and a couple starts negotiating their differences, it can be difficult to tell whether a marriage is likely to end with hostility or respect. Spouses frequently surprise each other by the extent to which they are willing to fight over seemingly small issues. Likewise, a couple may also be surprised by how smoothly they can negotiate. Although divorce is rarely predictable, certain things can let spouses know whether attempting mediation rather than divorce court is likely an effective strategy. Both mediation and divorce trials have pros and cons, and spouses getting divorced would be wise to…
When a divorce is finalized, the decisions that are made are intended to be permanent. However, there may be some cases when a divorce decree may be modified, especially if it contains provisions that affect the parties’ ongoing financial situation or their relationships with their children. When addressing post-decree matters, divorced spouses should be sure to understand the types of changes that can be made and the circumstances that may warrant a modification. Terms of a Divorce Decree That May Be Modified After a couple’s marriage has been legally dissolved, an ex-spouse usually will not be able to request…
Homeowners may experience financial difficulties that affect their ability to make mortgage payments. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to hardship for many homeowners, and government programs have been implemented to provide homeowners with relief. In some cases, a homeowner may qualify for forbearance, which will allow them to temporarily pause or reduce mortgage payments. Homeowners who have received forbearances will need to understand how this will affect their ability to sell their home.  Addressing Forbearances During a Real Estate Transaction A homeowner can request a forbearance if they experience financial hardship, and a mortgage lender may agree to defer…
As we continue to provide updates on new bills signed into law by the Governor, today we will discuss two laws concerning open meetings. P.A. 102-0348 enacted the Empowering Public Participation Act to restrict when law enforcement agencies or officers can conduct background checks on speakers at a meeting of a public body. The Act provides: A law enforcement agency or an officer employed by a law enforcement agency may not knowingly and intentionally conduct a background check of a person for the sole reason of that person speaking at an open meeting of a public body, including police disciplinary…
Everyone one of us has been there. Your employee, Johnny, takes a leave of absence because he stubbed his toe at work, resulting in a lengthy worker’s compensation absence.  For one reason or another, Johnny’s one week leave of absence turns into one month, then six months. One night, right about the time Johnny is nine months into a leave of absence, you wake up in a cold sweat, realizing for the first time that you completely forgot to designate any of Johnny’s nine month leave as FMLA leave. First, a little pat on the back. We’ve all been there,…
Prescription medications are fairly common in households throughout the country. It is in the nature of most people to trust their doctor’s opinions in terms of their health, including what medications they may need to take. Unfortunately, mistakes involving the prescription and administration of medications do happen and they can result in severe injuries for the patient. Pharmaceutical errors are often linked to medical malpractice and patients who have been harmed by such negligence should be able to hold negligent parties accountable. How Do Medication Errors Happen? Errors related to prescription medications are typically associated with human error in some…