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McKenna Storer attorneys have expertise in a wide variety of lending issues including loan documentation, SBA loan documentation, all phases of workout, lender liability, commercial loan issues and lender representation in bankruptcy. When necessary, they are ready to litigate any issues that may arise from loan origination through loan enforcement, including collection and foreclosure.

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What Banks in Illinois Should Expect If Recreational Cannabis Becomes Legal

What Banks in Illinois Should Expect If Recreational Cannabis Becomes Legal

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The incoming governor-elect of Illinois, J.B. Pritzker has promised to pass legislation that legalizes the sale and consumption of recreational cannabis in Illinois for adults over the age of 21.


Categories Banking and Lending General Litigation


Benefits of Binding Mediation as an Alternative Dispute Resolution

Benefits of Binding Mediation as an Alternative Dispute Resolution

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To most attorneys, alternative dispute resolution means resolving a case through either mediation or arbitration. A third rarely used Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is binding mediation. In the right situation, binding mediation may yield better results for all of the parties. In this article, we discuss the various alternative dispute resolution options and drill down on the benefits of binding mediation.


Categories General Litigation


Small Business Investors Beware: An Individual Can Be Held Personally Liable for a Corporation’s Acts, Even If He or She is Not a Shareholder, Employee, Director or Officer of a Corporation

Small Business Investors Beware: An Individual Can Be Held Personally Liable for a Corporation’s Acts, Even If He or She is Not a Shareholder, Employee, Director or Officer of a Corporation

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I. Consider the Following Scenario…

Pretend that you are an investor in a new restaurant with a chef who desires to leave her current position. She thinks she will run an amazing restaurant.In addition, she even learned some delicious secret recipes from her current employer!


Categories Business Law General Litigation


Clients Need To Know About The Joint Defense Agreement Under Illinois Law For Cost Effective Litigation

Clients Need To Know About The Joint Defense Agreement Under Illinois Law For Cost Effective Litigation

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A joint defense agreement provides an exception to what would be the waiver of the attorney client and work product privileges. At least one Illinois court now recognizes the validity of the joint defense agreement rule, allowing separately-represented codefendants to share privileged information without waiving the attorney-client and work-product privileges.


Categories General Litigation


Courts Limit Hospital “Peer Review” Protection

Courts Limit Hospital “Peer Review” Protection

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Illinois hospitals routinely use physician peer reviews and hospitals and other health care facilities quality control committees to improve the quality of patient care. These reviews most-often, but not always, look into a specific patient’s care where there has been a negative outcome to determine if there is something that the can be done to improve future patient care. The purpose of the Medical Studies Act is to encourage candid and voluntary studies and programs used to improve hospital conditions and patient care or to reduce the rates of death and disease.


Categories General Litigation


Incorporating Venue Into A Litigation Defense Strategy: Finding Friendly Counties

Incorporating Venue Into A Litigation Defense Strategy: Finding Friendly Counties

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Knowing the law applicable to a particular case and having a solid litigation defense strategy from which to work are keys to the success of most litigation defense counsel. It is also important for defense attorneys to familiarize themselves with the verdicts and procedures of particular counties to recognize when a request for a change of venue might be appropriate.


Categories General Litigation


Alternate Dispute Resolution: The Road Less Traveled

Alternate Dispute Resolution: The Road Less Traveled

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Settlement is by far the most common method by which civil cases are resolved. However, some civil lawsuits seem destined to find their way to a courtroom for trial and, ultimately, to a jury deliberation room for a verdict. The one common denominator of many civil cases that end in a jury verdict is the failure of anyone associated with them to broach or pursue the subject of settlement.


Categories General Litigation


What Everyone Needs to Know about the Current State of Food Labeling Litigation

What Everyone Needs to Know about the Current State of Food Labeling Litigation

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Labeling Litigation

Since the early 2000s, litigation stemming from food labeling has grown to record proportions. California, which leads the nation in food labeling cases, continues as the primary jurisdiction for the majority of the filings. This has caused some people use the term “food court” when referring to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Over 30 food-associated companies have been sued in that jurisdiction alone. California is followed by New York & New Jersey, Florida, Missouri and Illinois as leading the nation in food labeling lawsuits.


Categories General Litigation Toxic Tort Litigation Defense


Social Media: New Tool for Litigation Defense Attorneys

Social Media: New Tool for Litigation Defense Attorneys

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For decades, private investigators have been the time-honored method for gathering evidence to verify or refute the claimed severity of a plaintiff’s injuries. Conducting an investigation took time and added another expense to the cost of litigation services. Today, social media platforms allow defense attorneys to gather information about the personal life of a plaintiff at little or no cost and without leaving the office.


Categories General Litigation


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