Liability Minute


Advice to Clients Enforceability of Restrictive Covenants

December 5, 2011: The Illinois Supreme Court recently issued its opinion in Reliable Fire Equip. Co. v. Arredondo, 2011 Ill. LEXIS 1836 (Ill. Dec. 1, 2011). The opinion enforced prior precedent that an employer’s legitimate business interest should be considered in deciding whether a restrictive covenant should be enforced, but ...
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What Can You Count On These Days?

By Joseph R. Marconi & Brian C. Langs(1) Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Chicago  Does a statutory limitations period stated in calendar years end on the anniversary date or the day before the anniversary date? Two recent cases, one withdrawn and one with an Illinois Supreme Court Justice’s pointed dissent, indicate ...
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In “Eligible” IOLTAs We Trust

By Joseph R. Marconi & Brian C. Langs(1) Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Chicago  Effective September 1, 2011, the Illinois Supreme Court has amended Rule 1.15 of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct respecting the safekeeping of client funds deposited in trust accounts. As professional fiduciaries, attorneys have long been required ...
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Lawyers Are Increasingly The Targets Of Email/Fraudulent Check Schemes

By Joseph R. Marconi & Brian C. Langs(1) Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Chicago  Lawyers are increasingly receiving emails from alleged potential foreign clients looking to collect debts from customers. More likely than not, the email is the first step in a fraudulent scheme which involves a deposit and withdrawal from ...
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SNYDER v. HEIDELBERGER: The Plaintiff Reposes… The Court Disposes

By Joseph R. Marconi & Brian C. Langs(1) Johnson & Bell, Ltd. Chicago  Defense counsel engaged by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company (ISBAMIC)[2] recently obtained a highly favorable interpretation of the repose provision contained within Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, §735 ILCS 5/13-214.3 (legal malpractice) on behalf of one of its ...
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