Vol. 96 Nbr. 11, November 2008
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- Two takes on two-tiered billing.
- Plaintiff-friendly ADA amendments take effect Jan. 1: amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act legislatively overturn recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings.
- HGN tests meet the Frye standard: so rules the Tenth Circuit court in the first-ever Illinois Frye hearing on the admissibility of HGN tests as an indicator of drunk driving--assuming various requirements are met.
- Retaliatory discharge: local governments not immune under Workers' Comp Act: public employees can sue for being fired in retaliation for filing a workers' comp claim, the Illinois Supreme Court holds.
- Appellate court: no wrongful death for embryo before it's implanted: the Illinois Appellate Court rules that the Wrongful Death Act does not permit suits on behalf of human embryos allegedly destroyed before being placed in the womb.
- Two traffic stops, no Fourth Amendment 'seizures,' the court rules: the Illinois Supreme Court rules for the state in two cases where defendants were asked for consent to search after a traffic stop.
- Aggravated driving under the influence is a Class 2 felony.
- Evidence sufficient to uphold conviction for disorderly conduct.
- Only actual damages are recoverable under Breach of Promise Act.
- Code of Civil Procedure amended. PA 095-0831.
- Criminal Code creates 'grooming' and 'traveling to meet a minor' offenses. PA 095-0901.
- Order-of-protection laws amended to prohibit access to health records. PA 095-0912.
- Sale of Tobacco to Minors Act amended. PA 095-0905.
- Will construed according to plain and ordinary meaning.
- Oversight of towing companies increased.
- Unlawful Use of Encryption offense created. PA 095-0942.
- New rules allowing animals in hospitals for therapy programs.
- New rules governing the monthly income ceiling for childcare eligibility.
- Don't be afraid to be paid.
- When Mom (or Dad) wants to move: removing children from Illinois after divorce.
- A guide to involuntary commitment in Illinois.
- The Crawford confrontation clause: governmental involvement is key to testimonial hearsay.
- How to use gifts to reduce Illinois estate taxes.
- The five people you meet in Wal-Mart: Judge Justice has a The Five People You Meet in Heaven experience and learns he has affected the lives of former clients and litigants in ways and to a degree he never expected.
- Playing with PreCYdent: the move toward free online primary law: two Web sites are bringing a growing body of cases and other primary law to the public--and the legal community--for free.
- Estate planning for FDIC coverage: new FDIC rules provide more protection for revocable trusts.
- Can an adopted child inherit from a biological parent?