Podcast: Home Repairs Gone Awry

September 25, 2015

How can homeowners protect themselves from unscrupulous home repair/remodeling contractors? Expert litigator Mark Van Donselaar outlines what homeowners can do before, during and after a home repair or remodeling to ensure that they are protected against home repairs gone awry.
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Recent Case Demonstrates Potential Perils for Subcontractors Under the Mechanics Lien Act

July 31, 2013

Imagine the frustration of having a set of strict statutory requirements for a cause of action, meeting those strict requirements, but still failing in the underlying cause of action. Such a frustrating result is entirely possible under the provisions of the Mechanics Lien Act1 (the Act) and the case law interpreting the Act.
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How a Guarantor Became a Surety

March 31, 2009

A long-time business client calls you with a question about a contract that he is about to enter into on behalf of his business. The party with whom he is contracting is demanding that the contract include either your client’s personal guaranty, or that your client act as a surety for any debt owed under the contract.
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Checking in on an Application of the Continuing Violation Rule

November 30, 2007

In cases involving stolen checks, the appellate districts split on the application of the “continuing violation rule.” Beware, plaintiffs' attorneys: the statute of limitations for filing an action for the conversion of several negotiable instruments may, in effect, be shortening.
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Recovering a Defendant’s Attorney Fees Under the Consumer Fraud Act: Plaintiffs Worry Not

April 30, 2007

Despite the Illinois Supreme Court’s admonition that not every cause of action for breach of contract gives rise to a corresponding cause of action under the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act (the Act)1, there is no shortage of breach of contract cases including claims for relief based on the provisions of the Act.
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