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Supreme Court Passively Clears the Way for Same-Sex Marriage

On October 6, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States declined to review all seven same-sex marriage cases with petitions for certiorari pending before it. The Court’s refusal to hear the appeals means that the lower...more

Illinois Supreme Court Reaffirms Disgorgement of Advance Payment Retainers Under the Dissolution of Marriage Act

This morning, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court strongly reaffirmed the "leveling the playing field" rules of the Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act in In re Marriage of Earlywine. The Act provides that a court can...more

Legal Byte: Attorney Vacations & the Court’s Calendar

You need a vacation, but, other counsel is being difficult. What is the law? ...more

Argument Report: The Constitutional Implications of Advance Payment Retainers and Divorce Claw-Back

Earlier this week, the Illinois Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Earlywine v. Earlywine. In a fascinating, albeit one-sided argument (there was no appearance for the appellee), the Justices actively debated a wide...more

Legal Byte: Can non-signatories be bound by an arbitration clause?

In California a person who is not a party to a contract containing a mandatory arbitration clause may still be compelled to arbitrate whether that non-signatory is a plaintiff or a defendant. ...more

LEGAL BYTE: Are boys and girls different?

This LEGAL BYTE asks and answers the question: What if an apartment owner restricts his tenancies and refuses to rent to families with the “wrong kind” of children? Will such discrimination be tolerated in California? ...more

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