Thursday, March 26, 2009

Illinois Trade Secrets Amendments Face Vote In State Senate As Early As Today

I have previously written about Senate Bill 2149, which proposes important procedural changes to the Illinois Trade Secrets Act. The changes concern an initial disclosure of the trade secrets by the plaintiff, along the lines of Federal Rule 26(a)(1), and detailed attorneys' fee shifting provisions.

SB 2149 has been placed on the Senate calendar order for what is called a "third reading." Under General Assembly rules, a bill must be placed on the calendar three times before a legislative chamber can pass it. The first reading introduces the bill, while the second reading allows for floor amendments. (No floor amendments were made to the bill.) It is the third reading when the bill is actually voted on. This bill is going to get a thumbs-up or thumbs-down; it won't die in the Rules Committee.

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