Illinois’ highest state court has sidestepped delivering a definitive answer to the question of whether non-lawyers can represent corporations in administrative law proceedings. But justices of the Illinois Supreme Court have let stand an appellate court’s finding that the city of Chicago can’t sidestep the need to properly send ordinance violation notices by citing the appearance at an administrative hearing by just anyone purportedly on behalf of a company the city may be seeking to fine.
A state appeals panel in Chicago has slapped down a motion by one law firm to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a rival firm on SLAPP grounds, saying the suit isn't trying to choke off defendants' free speech, as protected by anti-SLAPP law, but rather concerns alleged attacks on the plaintiff firm’s reputation.
A representative of a deceased woman's estate has filed a wrongful death claim against John A. Shanley, M.D.; Critical Care Physicians of Illinois LLC; Ankit Shah, M.D.; Northwest Heart and Vascular Specialists LLC; NCH Medical Group; and Northwest Community Hospital, alleging negligence in medical care.