June 6, 2015

Good Exculpation Clauses Can Limit Your Liability

Good Exculpation Clauses Can Limit Your Liability If you rely on exculpation clauses to protect your business from liability, better make sure they are written correctly. Recently, the Illinois Appellate Court was faced with a case where the Plaintiff, while working out with hand weights at a fitness club, was […]
June 1, 2015
Business and Commercial Law

Not All Debts Are Dischargeable in Bankruptcy

Not All Debts Are Dischargeable in Bankruptcy A debtor may not be able to discharge debts incurred through its agent’s fraud. The Federal Court for the Northern District recently reiterated that not all debts are dischargeable in bankruptcy. It has long been true that debts procured by way of fraud are barred […]
February 10, 2015

The Latest Chapter on the Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements in Illinois

The Latest Chapter on the Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements in Illinois New Illinois cases further muddy the waters for enforcement of non-compete agreements. Last year we told you about the case of Fifield v. Premier Dealer Servs., Inc., 993 N.E.2d 938 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist.2013), in which the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District held that, absent other adequate consideration, an at-will employee’s […]
February 10, 2015

Illinois Enacts One of the Strongest Workplace Laws Protecting Pregnant Women and New Mothers

New Illinois statute protects pregnant women and new mothers form workplace discrimination. Effective January 1, 2015, pregnant women and new mothers have sweeping news protections from discrimination in hiring and in the workplace.  In a major shift, the Pregnancy Fairness Law (“Act”), 775 ILCS 5/1-103(L-5), amends the Illinois Human Rights Act […]
November 25, 2013

Charles G. Wentworth in the News

Charles G. Wentworth in the News Charles Wentworth was recently quoted discussing start-ups, non-compete agreements, ERISA, and art law. Lofgren & Wentworth, P.C. attorney Charles Wentworth was interviewed by the Daily Herald’s business columnist and blogger, Jim Kendall.  The article dealt with entrepreneurship and the potential pitfalls of starting a new business, […]
October 15, 2013

Protecting Your Illinois Business

Protecting Your Illinois Business Running a business as all about building and maintaining strong business relationships. But business owners sometimes fail to give the proper attention to the use of “standard business terms” in their contracts. In fact, often times, “standard business terms” are disparagingly referred to as merely “boiler plate” […]