Apparent Agency and the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act

Many companies in Illinois attempt to limit their exposure to liability through the use of independent contractors or subcontractors.  However, the theory of “apparent agency” has long been recognized in Illinois law as a way to extend liability to the principals for the actions of these contractors.  Although the doctrine of apparent agency has a […]

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New Law Makes Trade Secret Protection Uniform, But Creates New Controversy

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”) into law. The DTSA provides a new federal court civil remedy for acts of trade secret misappropriation, among other key provisions. This is a major step forward in the protection of intellectual property in the United States, and not only because […]

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New Supreme Court Decision Bolsters Defense of Federal Consumer Protection Statutes

On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its decision on Spokeo v. Robins, which provided new insights into the requirements to bring a lawsuit in federal court – and may serve as a valuable tool for defendants in the future. Plaintiffs in federal court must have “standing” to sue, […]

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