Three Newest Laws Designed to Help Small Businesses

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law gavel and book, business litigationChicago strives to give small businesses the assistance they need to be competitive with larger businesses, including passing legislation that offers a range of benefits. For those who operate a small business, there are three laws that should be understood to reap the greatest gains. The official website of Chicago houses details about how to own and operate a business in the city, regardless of the business size; however, their New Business page includes numerous useful links for those just starting up their business. Finding and retaining...Read More

Recent Ruling Could Make It More Difficult to File Class Action Lawsuits

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a file folder, business litigationA new United States Supreme Court ruling may endanger the ability of plaintiffs to bring forth lawsuits against out-of-state companies in plaintiff-friendly jurisdictions like Chicago. The new ruling could dictate where lawsuits are filed. Litigation Trends A business litigation lawyer can explain that some Illinois counties, such as Cook County and Madison County were long-preferred jurisdictions for class actions. Madison County has attracted out-of-state claimants who brought forth asbestos injury lawsuits for many years. In Illinois, the ...Read More

Power of Attorney: New Fiduciary Duties of Successor Agents Under Illinois Law

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judge's hammer and balanceNew fiduciary duties are conferred upon the successor agent that may affect the interaction and responsibilities between principals and agents. This cited case may at first seem related only to matters of property and estate planning, but it contains lessons and principles of interest to fiduciaries. Consultation with a business litigation lawyer may be beneficial for those are contemplating or have already entered into a power of attorney successor agent designation. Duties of Agency An agent holding the authority of power of attorney owes t...Read More

New Illinois Legislation Limits Restriction On Employment Contracts

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A pen with a contract, employment contractsMany people associate non-compete agreements and other employment-related restrictive covenants to be associated only with high ranking executives, managers and sales professionals.  Though the likelihood of having to sign a non-compete, a non-solicitation, or another type restrictive covenant as a term of new or ongoing employment is greater with the higher the position to be filled, many entry level, part-time employees are often required to sign onto similar restrictions. Recently, a national sandwich shop franchisor was sued by the atto...Read More