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On April 4, 2017, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in the case Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, became the first federal appellate court to hold that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination prohibited under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). The Seventh Circuit’s ruling is a landmark decision and a break from the Court’s own precedent and the rulings of other federal appellate courts.
Most wise business owners have applied for and obtained trademark registrations for their business’s name, logo and/or its products and services. Most businesses own a domain name that contains some part of their business name. But what happens if someone takes your federally registered trademark, and registers www.YOURMARK.net, or www.YOURMARK.org without your permission?
Under Illinois law, corporations and limited liability companies (“LLCs”) are required to file annual registrations with the Illinois Secretary of State and pay any applicable annual taxes and fees in order to maintain their entities in good standing. Pursuant to Section 35-25 of the Limited Liability Company Act (the “LLC Act”), the Secretary of State may administratively dissolve an LLC if it fails to timely file its annual registration and pay all required fees. This requirement for LLCs mirrors the requirement imposed upon corporations in Section 12.35 of the Business Corporation Act of 1983 (the “Corporation Act”).