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Supreme Court Rules Against Punitive Civil Forfeiture

On February 20, 2018, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in Timbs v. Indiana, ruling that the State of Indiana’s seizure of Timbs’ $42,000 Land Rover violated the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution as an excessive fine.[1]  This new decision is sure to have a major impact on property seizures by law enforcement agencies …

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Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Attempted Pension Reform

On November 29, 2018, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously declared two recent changes in Public Act 97-651, impacting the calculations for some pension plans, to be unconstitutional.[1]In Carmichael v Laborers’ & Retirement Board Employees’ Annuity & Benefit Fund of Chicago, the Court was forced to decide whether these recent amendments, which modified the calculation of …

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