The Cook County Circuit Court, Law Division, is implementing a new HIPAA Qualified Protective Order. It must be noted that a claimant's case can be dismissed if they do not agree to the new HIPAA Qualified Protective Order. This document is only used during litigation. Defense insurance companies are required to comply with applicable federal and state law pertaining to protected health information.
The statute of limitations is the length of time in which an injured person has to file his or her lawsuit. What time frame must your case be filed and can your potential attorney timely manage your case?
Legal Fees and Expenses
What is the attorney's fee, contingent or hourly? If the fee is contingent, what is the percentage the attorney charges? If the fee is hourly, what is the attorney's hourly rate? Further, how are legal expenses paid? Does the potential attorney have any expectation of a retainer, or money paid in advance of the case?
Jurisdiction includes both the geographical location of...
Public recordings are no longer criminal and businesses such as telemarketers and insurance companies are no longer implicated by notifying callers that their call may be recorded.
On March 20, 2014, the Supreme Court of Illinois overturned one of the strictest eavesdropping laws in the country, specifically 720 ILCS 5/14-2 (West 2008) in State v. Clark, 2014-IL-115776 and State v. Melongo, 2014-IL-114852. The Eavesdropping Statute prohibited individuals from recording conversations whether public or private unless both parties consented to the recording....
In order to succeed in a claim against a dram shop, plaintiff must show that: the offender was intoxicated at the time of the occurrence; that defendant is the licensed owner of a business that sells liquor or is a lessor or owner of the premises upon which liquor is sold; the lessor or owner must know that liquors are sold on the property if a named defendant; plaintiff is injured in person or property by an intoxicated person; and the business owner sold or gave alcoholic liquor causing the intoxication of the person. Further, the statute allows for either loss of society or loss of means of support.
Effective January 1, 2014, Illinois Senate Bill 1912 amended the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, specifically, 735 ILCS 5/2-2301. The Act requires settling defendants in “personal injury, property damage, wrongful death or tort actions involving claim for money damages” to tender plaintiff with a release within fourteen days of written confirmation of settlement. Furthermore, a settling defendant must tender payment within thirty days of receipt of the release and any other required documents. In the event the settling defendant fails to provide payment within thirty days, the Court “shall” enter judgment against the settling defendant for the...