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Privileged or Discoverable? Illinois Courts are Dismantling Traditionally Recognized Evidentiary Privileges in the Health Care Arena

By Laura Wibberly on Monday, August 21st, 2017

Illinois courts are dismantling evidentiary privileges traditionally recognized in the context of health care. Recently, the Illinois Supreme Court held that section 15(h) of the Health Care Professional Credentials Data Collection Act, 410 ILCS 5/17-1, et seq. (2012) does not create a privilege.[1] In order to see and treat patients at a health care facility, a physician must…

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“I’m Sorry, But I Will Not Make Your Wedding Cake…” Discrimination or Religious Objection? New Conflicts in a Changing Society

By Taso Tsiganos on Sunday, August 6th, 2017

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court held that “the right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person, and under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment, couples of the same-sex may not be deprived of that right and that liberty.”[1] The Court required that…

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An Unlikely Divorce: The Split Between Actual and Punitive Damages

By Alexandra Verven on Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Last Monday, July 24th, a federal jury in Chicago ordered drugmaker AbbVie Inc. to pay $150 million solely in punitive damages for fraudulently misrepresenting the risks of its testosterone replacement drug AndroGel.[1] This lawsuit began when Jesse Mitchell, an Oregon-based Plaintiff, sued AbbVie Inc., an Illinois-based company, in 2014 after Mitchell suffered a heart attack…

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