Amazon is facing a class-action lawsuit filed in the Madison County Circuit Court alleging that Amazon’s Alexa violates the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). In setting out its case against Amazon, the Complaint quotes an interview with former Amazon senior editor James Marcus in which he said that “It was made clear from the beginning that data collection was also one of Amazon’s businesses. All customer behavior that flowed through the site was recorded and tracked. And that itself was a valuable commodity.” The Complaint details the near ubiquity of Amazon’s voice-based virtual assistant Alexa by alleging that Alexa…
Getting married is a major decision that should not be taken lightly. However, even the most cautious individuals can find themselves in a marriage that they regret. Whether you were pressured into marrying by a well-meaning relative, you misjudged the situation, or you were just acting impulsively, regretting a marriage is an unfortunate situation to find yourself in. If you recently wed and you regret it, you may wonder if you can get the marriage annulled instead of ending the marriage through divorce. Perhaps you have heard a rumor that a marriage can be annulled as long as it…
Illinois couples and individuals considering adoption have many things to think about. How long will the process take? Which type of adoption is right for us? How will life change after the adoption is complete and a new child comes into our lives? In addition to other challenges potential adoptive families may face, the odds can seem overwhelming.  In this article, we will look at the five different types of adoption available to parents in Illinois. Each option has benefits and drawbacks, and it is important to discuss your situation with a qualified Illinois adoption attorney who can help you…
Marital infidelity is shockingly common. Studies show that up to one in five married people cheats on their spouse—and those are just the spouses who admit it. If your marriage has been impacted by infidelity, you know just how devastating it can be. Often, an extramarital affair is the main instigating cause of divorce. You may wonder what type of legal recourse you have at your disposal. Can you sue your spouse’s lover for emotional distress or alienation of affection? How will marital infidelity affect divorce? Illinois Laws Regarding Civil Lawsuits Against Boyfriends and Girlfriends If your spouse…
During a divorce, spouses will often encounter multiple types of disagreements over the various issues that will need to be addressed in order to end their legal partnership. For parents, disputes related to child custody will often be some of the most contentious issues, and spouses may have completely different ideas about how to make decisions regarding their children or expectations about when children will live with each parent. By understanding how Illinois law addresses these issues, parents can determine how to reach workable solutions, or they can prepare to advocate for their rights through litigation in court. Factors…
Earlier this month, there was a scare in Park Ridge, Illinois, when a Metra train struck a car that was stuck on the tracks. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported in this instance, but it is certainly possible for people to suffer serious injuries when a commuter train collides with a passenger vehicle. If you are injured in such an accident, or any accident involving public transportation, you can benefit from a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer who can work through the complications of the case and help you get the compensation you need. Liability in Public Transportation Accidents Perhaps the…
Married parents often move from one state to another with their children. After a divorce in Illinois, parents who share parenting time with their former spouse may be required to obtain permission from their former spouse and the court before they can move. This article discusses the conditions around moving with a child after divorce. Whether you are a parent trying to stop your child from being relocated or a parent seeking to relocate a child, having an experienced family law attorney is essential.  How Far Can We Move Without Permission?  Illinois law requires a parent moving more than…
People driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol cause a disproportionate percentage of road accidents every year. Although many of these car crashes involve only the intoxicated driver and their vehicle, sometimes other drivers and passengers are injured or killed as well. When an intoxicated driver hurts or kills another person, the charges for driving under the influence are increased and a conviction can result in severe consequences that could impact the driver for the rest of his or her life.  This article examines the likely consequences of various types of harm caused by an intoxicated driver in Illinois.…
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Family Education Trusts: Leave a Lasting Legacy For Your Heirs It is an important—and honorable—objective to provide for the educational needs for your children, grandchildren, and even future generations. One option that can be used to achieve that objective is a 529 plan. A 529 plan can be “a highly effective tool for funding tuition and other educational expenses on a tax-advantaged basis.”  However, after death, there’s no guarantee that subsequent plan owners will continue to use it to achieve the objectives of the original owners. One alternative would be to create a family education trust…
https://video.wixstatic.com/video/4dc8bf_86baa8e10c504468b18511f7d0f659b4/1080p/mp4/file.mp4 In her book, Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice, Jessica Gordon Nemhard states that the principles of African American cooperatives are solidarity, equity, democracy, and sustainability. These principles were accomplished by working together to fight racism through the pooling of resources. Jessica Gordon Nemhard highlights this history in Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice. Professor Gordon Nemhard writes about how African Americans worked together to improve each others’ lives through co-op economics. In the late 18th century, the first cooperative efforts were established in the form of…
I’m honored to announce that I’m being awarded the Decalogue Society of Lawyers 2021 Decalogue Presidential Citation, presented to individuals who have helped to improve the Decalogue Society of Lawyers through their innovative thinking and actions or who have made some notable or important contribution that enhanced the Society or furthered its goals and objectives. The award will be presented Thursday, October 21, 2021. In particular, I’m receiving this for my strategic planning work for Decalogue. I created and implemented Decalogue’s first strategic planning committee and first in-house created strategic plan. For over eighty years, Decalogue has supported Jewish lawyers…
A regular reader sent us a copy of the most recent PAC binding opinion – as many of you know, the Attorney General’s website is still not fully operational so the public still cannot access any of the binding opinions issued by the Public Access Counselor. Earlier this year, a reporter submitted a FOIA request to the Office of the Mayor of the City of Chicago seeking text messages sent or received by Mayor Lightfoot regarding conversations between Mayor Lightfoot and certain hospital personnel on their personal or city-issued devices. Although the Mayor’s Office properly extended the time to respond…
REO CLOSINGS: WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW DO THEY DIFER FROM A TYPICAL REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION? If you plan to purchase real estate via an REO Closing, you should know what to expect and the differences between an REO Closing Read More…. The post REO CLOSINGS: WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW DO THEY DIFER FROM A TYPICAL REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION? appeared first on Law Office of Andrew Szocka, P.C..…
When a divorce happens in Illinois, the income of both parties is used to determine the support one party will pay the other. Additionally, the income the parties should be able to earn will be considered in making the determination of maintenance and/or child support. How do you do determine what a divorcing spouse should be earning, however? Can an expert be used to determine what a divorcing spouse’s income would be in the current job market? Maintenance and Chlld Support In An Illinois Divorce Maintenance and Child Support in Illinois are determined by the parties incomes. In an Illinois…
On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. CT, the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago’s (IPLAC) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is hosting a virtual film discussion on One Night in Miami. The film is a fictional account of one incredible night where Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered to discuss their roles in the civil rights movement. Issues brought up by the characters and ways in which such issues can be addressed in our IP community will be discussed.  Click here to register for the event.  Once you register, you…