Brett Kepley

Brett Kepley

The Law Q&A | Two new state laws focus on firearm ownership

The dawn of 2019 brings the dawn of a couple new laws in Illinois enacted by its legislature which involve firearm ownership.

The Law Q&A | Fair Labor Standards Act focuses on wages, rights of workers

Following the 45th U.S. president's executive recent order freezing government workers' pay after the new year, the American Federation of Government Employees union sued POTUS 45 claiming violations of federal wage law.

The claim is based on the Fair Labor Standards Act. What the heck is the FLSA?

The Law Q&A | Bank regulators carry on despite government shutdown

While the federal government went into "shutdown" mode, not all agencies go into hibernation. Among the ones that carry on are those that regulate banks. Namely, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

That's because they are not taxpayer-funded, but rather are funded by fees the banks are required to pay to support those agencies.

The Law Q&A | When does loser of suit pay winner's legal fees?

The stormy litigation between Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford) and POTUS 45 continues with a federal judge a couple of weeks ago ordering Stormy to pay POTUS' attorney's fees in a defamation suit she lost.

This raises the stormy question: Under Illinois law, can a winner in a lawsuit get their attorney's fees paid for by the loser? The storm-tossed answer is no. Unless it's yes.

The Law Q&A | When can a judge move a criminal trial?

In the headlines is the case of Brendt Christensen, a defendant in federal court charged with kidnapping and a death arising from the alleged kidnaping. His case was originally filed by federal prosecutors in the federal court located in Urbana.

The Law Q&A | Laws evolving on cannabis possession

Illinois Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker announced during his campaign and after his election that he is open to signing legislation submitted by the General Assembly legalizing recreational use of cannabis.

What is the status right now of cannabis possession in the Land of Lincoln?

The Law Q&A | Can store be liable for injury in parking lot?

Now that Christmas season is upon us, it's time to get away from your computer after Cyber Monday shopping so that you can go out and injure yourself in the parking lot at the mall while you are holiday shopping.

The Law Q&A | Digging into the law on 'mineral rights'

A couple of weeks ago, a federal court ruled that dinosaur fossils found beneath the surface of a Montana ranch were a mineral right belonging to the ranch seller who reserved to seller "all minerals rights" in a deed given to the ranch buyers.

What the heck are mineral rights? How deep does one own land, anyway?

The Law Q&A | Illinois Open Meetings Act promotes government transparency

In the news recently was the disclosure that the Western Illinois University Board of Trustees held nonpublic meetings where they discussed university policies, all in possible violation of the Illinois Open Meetings Act.

What is the Open Meetings Act? Let's open our discussion to the light of day, unlike the WIU's trustees.

The Law Q&A | Federal tax liens can be haunting

In the last episode, we left the IRS Halloween goblin garnishing wages.

In this post-Halloween episode, we discuss the ghost of Halloween future — tax liens.

What is a federal tax lien, and how does it work?