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The Illinois Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act: Business Formation, Licensing and More

I. Social Equity in the Cannabis Industry In late May 2019, the Illinois House and Senate approved the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (the “CRTA”), which Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has already signed into law. The CRTA is set to go into effect on January 1, 2020. The CRTA creates a social equity program to   Continue Reading »

Seventh Circuit Appellate Ruling Sheds Additional Light on Facts Deemed Relevant in Construction Negligence Disputes

Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decided the case of Victoria Jeffords as Administrator of the Estate of Donald Jeffords v. BP Products North America, Inc., et al., which was an appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division. No. 19-1533 (June 29,   Continue Reading »

“WARN” ACT NOTICE REQUIREMENTS FOR WORKFORCE REDUCTIONS AND PLANT OR BUSINESS CLOSURES CAUSED BY COVID-19

WORKFORCE REDUCTION ISSUES RAISED BY COVID-19 Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many retailers, small businesses, and large companies have little or limited revenue coming in and are forced to address “stay-at-home” employees who are without the ability to conduct “work-from-home” business. Whether government mandated or not, restrictions on business caused by COVID-19 leave these companies   Continue Reading »

THE ILLINOIS MENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES CONFIDENTIALITY ACT: Sword or Shield

The Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act (“the Act”), 740 ILCS 110/1 et seq.,[1] was passed in 1992 by the Illinois legislature to provide heightened privacy protections to recipients and providers of mental health services.  The Act has carved out a unique exception to our legal system’s principles of liberal discovery, strictly prohibiting   Continue Reading »

Illinois Spoliation of Evidence Law -- A Comprehensive Explanation

I.  Elements/definition of spoliation of evidence: Is it an “intentional or fraudulent” threshold or can it be negligent destruction of evidence. Illinois law does not recognize a separate and independent tort for spoliation of evidence. Dardeen v. Kuehling, 213 Ill. 2d 329, 821 N.E.2d 227 (2004); Boyd v. Travelers Ins. Co., 166 Ill. 2d 188,   Continue Reading »

Defense Dodges $8M Verdict in Negligent Misrepresentation of Insurance Coverage Lawsuit

The recent Seventh Circuit decision, Turubchuk v. Southern Illinois Asphalt Co., et al., No. 18 – 3507 (7th Cir. 2020), addressed the disclosure of available insurance coverage in discovery responses.  The case presents a good defense result in an unusual set of facts but is a reminder about the perils of providing incorrect insurance coverage   Continue Reading »

Probable Cause Existed and Plaintiff’s Retaliatory Arrest Claim Against Two Officers Gets Tossed.

Overview:  In 2014, plaintiff was arrested during “Arctic Man,” a week-long winter sports festival held in the remote Hoodoo Mountains near Paxson, Alaska.  The event is known for both extreme sports, as well as extreme alcohol consumption. Police officers spend most of the weekend responding to snowmobile crashes, breaking up fights and policing underage drinking.   Continue Reading »

“Stay In Your Lane:” SCOTUS Affirms Third-Party Defendants Can’t Remove Class Action Lawsuits from State to Federal Court

Overview: A bank filed a debt-collection action in state court against the defendant, alleging he was liable for charges on a hardware store’s credit card. The defendant responded with an individual counterclaim against the bank, and filed third-party class-action claims against the hardware store and a water purification company. The defendant’s claims alleged that the   Continue Reading »

Johnson and Bell

Johnson and Bell