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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Litigation Law Roundup Sharp Thinking No. 194     Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.     March 2021  Gratuitous Transfers Don’t Violate Citation Statute Gratuitous transfers for the benefit of the judgment debtor by citation respondents during the pendency of a citation to discover assets do not violate the restraining provisions of the…

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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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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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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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SharpThinking No. 183    Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.     June 2020 Appellate Court Tells Privilege Waiver Rules By John T. Hundley, 618-242-0200, john@sharp-hundley.com             Selby v. O’Dea, 2020 IL App (1st) 181951, discussed on other points in Sharp Thinking No. 182 (May 2020), looks to…

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SharpThinking No. 182   Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.     May 2020 Courts Crack Down On Summary Judgment Affidavits By John T. Hundley, John@sharp-hundley.com Litigators frequenting Illinois state courts had best beware: the requirements for affidavits supporting and opposing motions for summary judgment increasingly are being interpreted strictly. That’s the message being…

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Litigation Law Roundup SharpThinking No. 179   Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.   April 2020 Two E-Mails Sufficient To Invoke Specific Jurisdiction Two emails sent into Illinois from outside the state were sufficient contacts to force the sender to defend a defamation lawsuit in Illinois, a panel of the Appellate Court’s Third District…

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Corporate Law Roundup SharpThinking No. 181     Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.    April 2020 Separate Series Status Must Be Asserted Promptly By John T. Hundley, 618-242-0200, john@sharp-hundley.com A series limited liability company (“LLC”) may not rely on a conclusory assertion of its separate existence and may be estopped from asserting…

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SharpThinking No. 177  Perspectives on Developments in the Law from Sharp-Hundley, P.C.   February 2020 Court Limits Liberal Citation Remedies By John T. Hundley, john@sharp-hundley.com An Appellate Court panel in Chicago has limited sharply the use of citations to discover assets to apply remedies provided by the garnishment statute. Contrasting the garnishment statute (735 ILCS…

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