Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Constitutionality of Labor Department Fines

By | The Appellate Strategist | September 16, 2013
Illinois Supreme Court to Debate Constitutionality of Labor Department Fines

Tomorrow morning in Chicago, the Illinois Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Bartlow v. Costigan. Bartlow isa facial constitutional challenge to the system of administrative fines administered by the Illinois Department of Labor in connection with allegedly misclassifying workers as independent contractors rather than employees for purposes of minimum wage, overtime, workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance.

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals: What’s the “renunciation” Rule and When Does It Apply to Will and Trust Contests?

Florida’s Second District Court of Appeals: What’s the “renunciation” Rule and When Does It Apply to Will and Trust Contests?

There’s nothing wrong with hedging your bets in litigation by asserting alternate — or even inconsistent — arguments. In fact, under our rules of civil procedure it’s explicitly authorized. See Fla. R. Civ. P. 1.110(g) (“A party may … state as many separate claims or defenses as that party has, regardless of consistency and whether based on legal or equitable grounds or both.”).