Friday, May 7, 2021 Article: Explaining Assignments of Arbitration Agreements Ying Khai Liew recently published an article entitled, Explaining Assignments of Arbitration Agreements, Wills, Trusts, & Estates Law ejournal (2021). Provided below is the abstract to the Article: The case law and literature to date have struggled to locate the rationale for the assignability of arbitration agreements. While different justifications have been proffered, each of them rests on questionable premises. This has given rise to a host of uncertainties over the rules which apply in practice. This paper proposes that a satisfactory rationale can be found in the “acceptance…
Large commercial trucks can cause devastating accidents. If you or a loved one were seriously hurt in a truck accident, you may be interested in seeking compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Through an injury claim, you may be able to get compensation for the damages that you suffered including medical bills and lost income. To bring the strongest claim possible, it is crucial to work with a personal injury attorney who has experience successfully handling truck accident cases.   Collecting Information and Preserving Evidence When someone contacts a personal injury attorney about a possible truck accident claim, the first…
There are a handful of reasons why a person could end up with a suspended or revoked license. Some of these reasons do not even relate to driving, yet you can still lose your license all the same. Not paying fines relating to parking tickets, tolls, or automatic traffic violations, can lead to license suspension. Failing to pay court-ordered child support or failing to appear for a traffic citation could also result in a license suspension. Driving while under the influence (DUI) is one of the most common reason a person has their license suspended or revoked. Though it can…
Every single day, Americans are dying from diseases linked to asbestos exposure — and recent data suggests the United States may in fact be seeing more asbestos-related deaths than ever before.   According to data compiled by the Institute for Health Metric and Evaluation (IHME), there were more than 40,764 asbestos-related worker deaths in 2019 alone, the year for which the latest metrics are available. That equates to roughly one asbestos-related death every 12 minutes.   The new death toll replaces previous findings by the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH), which in 2018 found 39,275 deaths in the United…
Contributed By Jeff Risch and Peter Hansen, May 7, 2021 hand signing contract on white paper Contractors beware – the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL) has ramped up audits of contractors as labor unions and related organizations flood the IDOL with “complaints. Remember, under the Illinois Prevailing Wage Act (IPWA), a prevailing wage “complaint” need not be verified or even submitted to the IDOL under penalty of perjury. The IDOL will investigate each and every “complaint” regardless of merit and, while historically the main focus of the IDOL was to ensure proper and full payment of the actual prevailing…
If you are a business owner, there are various issues that you must address if you get a divorce. Asset division can be a messy process, but when you own a business, there are many more financial aspects that you must consider before you divide your assets and liabilities. When it comes to dividing your property, the state of Illinois uses an equitable distribution process to ensure both spouses get their fair share of the marital assets. This means that your spouse could potentially be entitled to a portion of your business if the business is deemed to be…
Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum Podcast just released a podcast episode on government ethics that will be helpful to our newly elected officials (and those who want a refresher):  Episode 52: Ethics for Newly Elected Officials In this episode, we celebrate three years of Ancel Glink’s Quorum Forum Podcast (how time flies!), and with so many newly elected officials starting their terms this month, we’re celebrating responsibly by reviewing ethics and conflicts of interest with Keri-Lyn Krafthefer and the Illinois Association of County Board Members. What are some of your most common ethics questions? Email us at podcast@ancelglink.com.          Related…
We begin May with a little bit of good news – some separated families are finally being reunited after years apart! Read on to learn more about the reunification, why the idea of “good immigrants” is harmful, and efforts to gain bipartisan support for immigration reform. To stay updated on all things immigration, follow us on Instagram, LinkedIn, or Facebook! 1. Separated Families To Reunite In The U.S. As Immigrant Advocates Push For More – Monday, May 3 This week, four families from Honduras and Mexico that were separated under the Trump Administration’s “Zero Tolerance Policy” will…
As is common throughout the United States, Illinois outlaws many forms of violent crime. If you are accused of a crime involving harm or attempted harm toward another person, the severity of the charges you face depends in large part on the circumstances surrounding the alleged criminal act. One factor that can significantly increase the severity of a criminal sentence is the use of a deadly weapon in the commission of the crime. Deadly Weapons and Aggravated Offenses in Illinois A number of crimes in Illinois become much more serious when a weapon is involved. Depending on the circumstances,…
Unidentified Patent Holder v. Does 1-24, Slip Op., No. 21 C 514 (N.D. Ill. Feb. 6, 2021) (Kennelly, J.). Judge Kennelly ordered unidentified plaintiff (Doe Plaintiff) to show cause why the patent case should not be dismissed. The Court noted that in many ways this was a typical “Schedule A” case in which a plaintiff IP holder sues multiple Doe defendants for alleged knock-off sales. The case was different in two important respects: 1) plaintiff sought to file anonymously; and 2) the asserted IP was a design patent, instead of a trademark. Initially, the Court denied Doe Plaintiff’s motion to…
On Friday, May 21, Baker Sterchi attorneys Jessica Cozart and Shatrasha Stone will lead a litigation breakout room for The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) Women in the Legal Profession (WILP) Half Day Virtual Women’s Conference. A graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law, Cozart worked in New Orleans, Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina and handled many first and third-party insurance claims including those with complex coverage issues. After returning to Missouri, she continued her insurance defense practice and has successfully authored several briefs and argued before the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District. Her practice currently focuses…
In today’s world of electronics, credit card fraud is easier than ever for people to accomplish. According to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) yearly report, more than 4.7 million consumer issues were reported to the Commission in 2020, with the most commonly reported issue being identity theft. Credit card fraud is a type of identity theft and is one of the most frequently reported types of identity theft, making up about 30 percent of all identity theft reports to the FTC. Most people understand what consequences come from a credit card fraud situation, but many are not aware that there…
Divorce is complicated, both emotionally and legally. It requires you to commit to a legal process about which you likely know very little, and all the while, you must deal with the pain and heartbreak that goes with ending a major milestone in your life. To make the divorce process just a little more transparent, we will discuss the main steps in any Illinois divorce in this article.  Now, regardless of whether you are entering into an amicable or contested proceeding, here the main steps that you can expect in your Illinois divorce:  Step 1: Making the Decision to Get…
Late last month, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ Commission) released an updated Eviction Order. The Eviction Order was revised as part of the ATJ Commission’s annual review process, which provides an opportunity to incorporate feedback from judges, lawyers, and other court stakeholders. “The revised Eviction Order has completed a thorough annual review process and been improved through public comments and the suggestions of numerous court stakeholders,” said Alison Spanner, Assistant Director of the Access to Justice Division and Director of Strategic Planning at the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. “While it has expanded in…
  Improving well-being in the legal profession can be simple. This was one of my takeaways from last week’s The Future Is Now: Legal Services conference, which is the Commission on Professionalism’s annual future law event. This was music to my ears. I don’t know about you, but I crave simplicity right now amid a global pandemic and constant violence and unrest in the world. As Confucius said, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. This week we’ve been celebrating Well-Being in Law Week. The aim is to raise awareness about mental health and encourage…