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By David Goodman on January 20, 2016 at 9:52 AM

Most policyholders that have experience with insurance claims will likely confirm that the mere fact that you have given the insurer timely notice of a claim is no guarantee of a timely response. Consequently, the policyholder may be required to go it alone by funding its own defense while awaiting a response from its insurer. And, of course, there is no guarantee that the insurer will actually provide a defense.

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By Courtney Adair on January 19, 2016 at 11:26 AM

While viability of strict ‘two-year rule’ is in question in Illinois, employers should consider alternatives to make sure non-competes are enforced

Some Illinois appellate courts, beginning with Fifield v. Premier Dealers Services, Inc., 2013 IL App. (1st) 120327, have applied a bright line rule requiring two years of continuous at-will employment to support an employee restrictive covenant absent additional consideration. The Illinois Supreme Court has not yet addressed the issue. And a majority (but not all) of the federal courts that have considered the issue have predicted that the Illinois Supreme Court will find there is no bright line rule as to the duration of at-will employment that is sufficient to support the enforcement of a non-compete agreement.

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By Beata Krakus on January 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

The new year is upon us, and franchisors across the U.S. are focusing on updating their franchise disclosure documents and renewing their franchise registrations. In this busy time, it is easy to overlook other filing requirements for franchisors.

Since 2009, franchisors that have at least one franchisee that does business in New York state and is required to be registered as a sales tax vendor are required to file information returns with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. The reporting period is from March 1 to February 28 (or 29) of the subsequent year. The return is due on March 20.

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By Thadford Felton on January 5, 2016 at 12:47 PM

A recent Illinois Appellate Court decision serves as a good reminder that when it comes to restrictive covenants, one size does not fit all. A consistent theme in recent court decisions has been that “form” employment agreements with overly broad restrictions not anchored to the employee’s job responsibilities and related to the employer’s protectable interests will not be enforced.

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