Litigation Law Roundup Sharp  Thinking No. 196         Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.         May 2021  Lawyer Liability Under RICO Made More Difficult The Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has made significantly more difficult the task of tagging law firms with liability under the Racketeer Influenced…

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Sharp Thinking No. 192  ___   Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.   __   January 2021 7th Circuit Hands Down New Rules On Standing By John T. Hundley, Sharp Thinking Editor Dramatic changes in litigation under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1692 et seq. (FDCPA) – and probably in federal…

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Happy Holidays! Sharp  Thinking No. 191  Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.  December 2020 Crack Develops In Rule Against Divorce Contingent Fees The rule against contingency fees in marriage dissolution matters may be crumbling. That’s the implication from a recent decision from the Appellate Court in Chicago.  Grund & Leavitt, P.C. v.…

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SharpThinking No. 190  Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.  November 2020 High Court Reaffirms Successor Liability Rule By John T. Hundley, Sharp Thinking Editor Illinois’ traditional doctrine on corporate successor liability – not the federal doctrine on that subject – applies to claims arising under the Illinois Human Rights Act (775 ILCS…

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Litigation Law Roundup Sharp  Thinking No. 189   Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.   October 2020  Court Tells Standards For E-Filing Error Decisions The Appellate Court in Chicago has given guidance on what constitutes “good cause shown” in seeking relief when a court clerk’s rejection of an e-filing makes a document untimely. Acting…

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Mortgage Law Roundup Sharp  Thinking No. 188 _Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C. _ September 2020 Attacks On Void Judgment Rule Continue Apace By John T. Hundley, john@sharp-hundley.com Attacks on the principle that a void judgment may be attacked at any time continue apace in the Appellate Court’s Second District. In April,…

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Bankruptcy Law Roundup   Sharp Thinking No. 187    Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.     September 2020  Intent To Surrender In Bankruptcy Yields All Rights:  Court The proposition that void judgments may be attacked at any time presumes that the judgment is being attacked by one with a valid interest in…

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Banking Law Roundup Sharp  Thinking No. 186  Perspectives On Developments In The Law From Sharp-Hundley, P.C.  August 2020 One-Year Statute Controls TILA Rescission Suit A debtor’s right to file suit to rescind a mortgage under § 1635 of the federal Truth-In-Lending Act (“TILA”) (15 U.S.C. § 1635) should be subject to a one-year statute of…

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Litigation Law Roundup Sharp   Thinking No. 185   Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.   July 2020 Court Limits Specific Jurisdiction Doctrine An Illinois court may not exercise specific personal jurisdiction over out-of-state defendants on behalf of out-of-state plaintiffs where the claims at issue do not “arise out of,” or “relate to,” the defendants’…

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Focus On Contract Law Sharp  Thinking No. 184   Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.    July 2020 High Court Affirms Restore Decision; Holding Unclear By John T. Hundley, john@sharp-hundley.com The Illinois Supreme Court has affirmed the Appellate Court’s decision in Restore Constr. Co. v. Bd. of Ed. of Proviso Tp. H.S. Dist.…

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