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Recent Negligent Misrepresentation Case in Illinois Should be a Warning to Appraisers

by Ryan Endsley and Charles R. Franklin The First District Appellate Court of Illinois recently published a new opinion, 21 Kristin Condominium Association v. Pioneer Engineering & Environmental Services, LLC. It raises concerns of importance for appraisers and other professionals in the business of providing information. In 2006, Pioneer conducted a Property Condition Assessment (PCA)…

Coronavirus-related Insurance Claims may be Available to Many Businesses

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the nation and the world, many businesses have unfortunately been forced to close their doors either due to a government mandate or simply because they cannot afford to continue to operate. Fortunately, for some businesses, there are potentially available avenues of recovery of lost income and extra expense…

Biometric Privacy Litigation Continues to Escalate

In 2008, Illinois passed the Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) which governs and regulates private entities’ use of biometric identifiers, including but not limited to fingerprints or face scans, and how the biometric information is captured, converted, stored, or shared. See 740 ILCS 14/1 et seq. Essentially, BIPA prohibits private entities from collecting, storing, or…

Cook County Judges Rule Illinois Appraiser License Act Only Applied to Federally Related Transactions

For the second time in a year, different judges in the Circuit Court of Cook County have found that the IDFPR over reached and did not have the authority to prosecute a real estate appraiser on a matter involving a non-Federally Related Transaction (“FRT”) prior to January 1, 2015. Neither case determined whether the IDFPR…

Beware the Insurance Risks Relating to the Marijuana Industry

The commercial sale of marijuana is currently an area for business growth of exponential potential through, for example, the operation of dispensaries and cultivation centers. But marijuana, be it for medical or recreational use, is still classified by the federal government as a Category 1 controlled substance. Therefore its possession and use can be problematic,…
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