Litigation Law Roundup Sharp Thinking No.  208    Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.    May 2022   Court Clarifies Standing Requirements In FDCPA Context The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an important decision clarifying federal standing requirements in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act context. Acting in Ewing v. Med-1…

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Focus On Contract Law Sharp  Thinking No. 207   Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.   April 2022 COVID Case Highlights Impossibility, Related Issues By John T. Hundley, Sharp Thinking Editor A restaurant operator which attempted to have its rent obligations set aside under the doctrines of  impossibility, impracticability and commercial frustration failed to…

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Litigation Law Roundup Sharp  Thinking No. 206    Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.    March 2022  Laches Bars Challenge To Void Judgment We previously have noted a trend, particularly in the Appellate Court’s Second District, to use the doctrine of laches to limit the principle that a void judgment may be attacked…

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Litigation Law Roundup Sharp  Thinking No.  205   Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.   February 2022   8:1 Punitive Damages Ratio OK In Egregious Cases             A ratio of punitive to compensatory damages in the high single-digit range is appropriate “when the defendant’s conduct is particularly egregious and the plaintiff’s harm arose from…

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Focus On Contract Law Sharp  Thinking No. 204   Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.   January 2022 Four New Cases Address Equitable Remedies By John T. Hundley, Sharp Thinking Editor As 2021 drew to a close, a spate of cases addressed the question of what equitable remedies are available in contractual contexts. …

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Happy Holidays! Sharp  Thinking No. 203   Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.    December 2021  Court Issues Key Decision On Judicial Estoppel By John T. Hundley, Sharp Thinking Editor The Appellate Court in Chicago has issued a potentially seminal decision involving application of judicial estoppel in Illinois. In Davis v. Pace Suburban…

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Happy Thanksgiving! Sharp  Thinking No. 202         Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.          November 2021  Court Limits Fiduciary Duty In Lawyer Context By John T. Hundley, Sharp Thinking Editor A lawyer who functioned as president of a small law firm, who did not own a stake…

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Real Estate Roundup Sharp  Thinking No. 201  Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.  October 2021 Defective Tenancy By Entirety Creates Joint Tenancy A defective attempt to create a tenancy by the entirety results in a joint tenancy, not a tenancy in common, a panel of the Appellate Court in Chicago has ruled.…

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Mortgage Law Roundup Sharp  Thinking No. 200   Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.   September 2021 Foreclosure Fee Unconstitutional, High Court Rules Illinois’ special $50 fee for filing mortgage foreclosure cases is unconstitutional, the Illinois Supreme Court has ruled. Acting in Walker v. Chasteen, 2021 IL 126086, the high court characterized the…

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Sharp  Thinking No. 199  _   Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.   _August 2021 New Law Limits Restrictive Employment Covenants   By Alexis Wiggley, alexis@sharp-hundley.com Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker this month approved legislation to expand the Illinois Freedom to Work Act (820 ILCS 90) to limit employers from creating and enforcing covenants not…

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