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FALSE CLAIMS AND WHISTLEBLOWERS

By: Margery Newman, Income Member Due to a historical unwillingness to utilize minority and female-owned businesses in the construction industry, public bodies in Illinois have instituted diversity programs. These programs are designed to increase the number of minority and female-owned businesses in the construction industry. For ease of reference, both of these groups will be referred to as Disadvantaged Business…

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CAN SENATE EXPEL ROY MOORE? ALSO, HAZING, CHICAGO LAWYER COLUMNISTS ON OFFICE POLITICS AND MORE!

Michigan State Professor of Law Brian Kalt discusses whether the Senate can do anything in opposition to Roy Moore winning a Senate seat. Wake Forest School of Law Professor Gregory Parks discusses the rise of hazing incidents and litigation. Nicolas Bourtin of Sullivan & Cromwell discusses 5 myths about white-collar crime. Inside Out columnists Christina Martini and David Susler discuss their…

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THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN INTEREST RATES ARE RISING!

By:  Bob Bramlette, Income Member In June, the Federal Reserve increased the prime rate by 0.25%. The Fed also announced that that it will start allowing about $10 billion in Treasury securities and mortgage-backed securities to mature every month, and eventually the amount is expected to increase to $30 billion a month in Treasury securities and $20 billion in mortgage-backed…

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WHICH DOCUMENTS CAN AN ILLINOIS ARCHITECT SIGN AND SEAL?

By: Jim Zahn, Of Counsel The answer to the above question is found in the following two complex statutes governing the practice of architecture in Illinois.  They are as follows: The Illinois Architecture Practice Act of 1989, 225 Illinois Compiled Statutes, 305/1 – 305/40, Inclusive (Current through Public Act 96-060), commonly referred to as the “Act”. Title 68: Professions and Occupations,…

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SUPREME COURT CLARIFIES RESTATEMENT SECOND 414 RETAINED CONTROL CLAIMS FROM VICARIOUS LIABILITY CLAIMS

By: Geoff Bryce, Capital Member Patrick Joseph Carney v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, 2016 Ill. 118984, 77 N.E. 3rd 1 (2017) has flown under the radar.  This case significantly clarifies what most additional insured endorsements will cover in a work site accident case.  Most additional insured endorsements cover various liability claims but not direct negligence claims.  Carney holds there is a…

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COURT EXPANDS POTENTIAL INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR CONSTRUCTION DEFECTS

By: Tina Paries, Income Member In Illinois, courts look at the allegations of a complaint and language of an insurance policy to determine whether the potential for coverage exists.  If it does, then an insurer has a duty to defend its insured against those allegations. One area where the courts have been consistent is where property damage is caused by defective…

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COOK COUNTY AND CHICAGO MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES

By: Jessica B. Jackler On July 1, 2017, Cook County’s minimum wage increased to $10.00 per hour for non-tipped employees and $4.95 for tipped employees. Chicago’s new minimum wage increased to $11.00 per hour for non-tipped and $6.10 for tipped employees. All employers that maintain a business facility within the geographic boundaries of Chicago and/or are subject to one or…

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Constitutionality of hate speech, $417 baby powder verdict, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin editor, legal issues surrounding the eclipse and more

Electronic Frontier Foundation Senior Staff Attorney David Greene joins the show to discuss First Amendment Issues surrounding Charlottesville and other recent rallies. Johnson and Johnson ordered to pay $417 million in talcum powder case. Chicago Daily Law Bulletin editor Mark Karlinsky joins Rich and Tina to discuss breaking news in the Chicago legal community. Circuit Court of Cook County Chief…

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CAN A STATUTORY LIMITATIONS PERIOD BE SHORTENED BY CONTRACT?

By: Werner Sabo, Of Counsel A recent New York decision has answered this question in the affirmative. Parties can, by contract, shorten the time period found in a statute of limitations for filing suit. The case is Polar Bear Mechanical, Inc. v. Walison Corp., 2017 N.Y Slip Op. 50848(U) (June 22, 2017). A statute of limitations is a law that sets…

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SHERIFF TOM DART, MINNESOTA POLICE SHOOTING, THE NATION’S FIRST OPIOID COURT, THE RETURN OF THE COOK COUNTY SODA TAX AND A MICHAEL JACKSON LAWSUIT

This week, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart joins Christina and Rich to discuss assisting individuals released from jail. Next, Police Foundation President Jim Bueermann discusses the recent police-involved shooting in Minneapolis. Erie County, NY District Attorney John Flynn discusses the nation’s first opioid court. American Bar Foundation Senior Research Professor Steven Daniels then analyzes the decrease in tort lawsuits. In…

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