Last week, we reviewed the year-by-year numbers for the Illinois Supreme Court’s history with two new areas of the law: civil cases involving employment law and criminal cases involving sexual offenses. Today, we’re taking a closer look at the sexual offense cases. Since 1990, fifty-five percent of the criminal sexual offense cases which the Court has agreed to review were won by the prosecution at the Appellate Court. Not surprisingly, reversals of those prosecution wins…
Video games resembling slot machines that award prizes will not be showing up in laundromats or convenience stores anytime soon, as a result of an Oct. 12 ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court in Banilla Games v. Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. The Court, in a unanimous decision written by Justice David Wiggins, upheld a decision by the Polk County District Court affirming the State’s interpretation of the gambling statute that Banilla’s video gaming…
Here is an excellent blog post about the percentage of public pension income from investment returns. The average for all public pension plans is about 60% of income is from investment returns. That’s why the investment assumption is so important. It needs to be realistic to get a true sense of how PERS will perform in the future. And as Kingfish regularly hammers on Jackson Jambalaya, the projections for future participants in the system also…
Last week, we reviewed the Supreme Court’s docket in two new areas of law: employment on the civil side and cases involving sexual offenses on the criminal side.  This week, we’re taking a deeper look at both areas of law. In employment law, the Court’s docket has been evenly split between cases won by the employer and the employee below – sixteen of each.  The Court has reversed employers’ wins from the Appellate Court at…
Last time, we reviewed the Court’s year-by-year load of employment law cases. Today we’re on the criminal side of the docket, looking at the Court’s history with sexual offense cases. Since 1991, the Court has decided forty-two cases which primarily involved such issues. The Court had no such cases in 1991, two in 1992 and one each in 1994, 1995 and 1997. The Court decided three cases in 1999, five in 2001 and 2002, two…
Ernest Svenson is one of the most well known tech authorities in the legal profession. He has an excellent podcast, a blog and writes many articles on legal tech. He knows what he’s talking about. In 12 Steps to a Profitable Law Practice, Svenson explains how he gained the knowledge to become a tech authority and offers advice for tech proficiency. Many attorneys read this blog who basically delegate tech proficiency to staff.…
Jump To: Table of Contents | Civil Decisions | Short Civil Decisions | Criminal Decisions Good evening. Following are the summaries for this week’s civil decisions of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In Shah v LG Chem Ltd, the Court of Appeal certified a class action for claims of conspiracy at common law and conspiracy to price fix under the Competition Act, in relation to lithium-ion batteries. The Court determined that the concept of…
The Iowa Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in five cases Oct. 16 and 17, and nine cases will be submitted to the court without oral argument. Following are summaries of the October cases. [Go to On Brief’s Cases in the Pipeline page to read the briefs filed with the Court in these cases.] State v. Gordon Scheduled for argument Oct. 16, 9 a.m. The State appeals a ruling of the Iowa Court…
Last week, we wrapped up our two-week consideration of the Court’s history with tax cases and attorney disciplinary matters.  This week and next, we’re turning to two new topics: on the civil side, the Court’s history with employment law.  On the criminal side, the Court’s cases primarily involving sex offense issues. Since 1991, the Court has decided ninety-seven employment law cases.  The Court had none in 1991, but two in 1992, one in 1993, three…
Yesterday, we reviewed the Court’s yearly docket of employment law cases over on the civil side.  Today, we’re in the criminal docket – how many cases does the Court decide per year involving sexual offenses?  Since 1990, the Court has decided thirty-seven criminal cases involving sexual offense issues. The Court decided one case in 1990, two in 1991 but none from 1992 to 1996. The Court decided one case in 1997, one in 1999, two…