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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Civil Practice

Attorneys owe a duty to non-client beneficiaries when distributing funds recovered in wrongful death actions September 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 424 On June 19, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court held that attorneys owe a duty to non-client beneficiaries of a wrongful death claim when damages are distributed.
Seventh circuit pilot program focuses on improving e-discovery By Matthew Hector September 2014 Lawpulse, Page 418 A pilot program centered in Chicago is developing a set of procedures designed to improve the efficiency of electronic discovery in federal cases.
E-discovery rule changes allow format choice, prevent abuse By Matthew Hector August 2014 Lawpulse, Page 366 Among other things, recent amendments to Illinois Supreme Court Rules 201 and 214 empower courts to tailor discovery if the burden of the request outweighs the benefit.
Only actual conflicts between state laws require choice-of-law determinations August 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 372 On May 22, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a choice-of-law determination is required only if there is an actual conflict between state laws.
Using a Police Report to Help Prove Your Civil Case By James P. Looby August 2014 Article, Page 390 Under the right circumstances, you can help prove or defend your civil case by using the investigating police officer's report as a past recollection recorded.
Local Counsel in the Digital Age: The Rise of the Coverage Attorney By Charles R. Wolf July 2014 Article, Page 328 More law firms are taking cases from far-flung places, and they need local counsel to make court appearances on their behalf. Find out more about this growing source of business.
Pretrial Motions - Are You Getting Them Right? By Jennifer Sanders June 2014 Article, Page 280 Recent appellate opinions and orders show that too many attorneys improperly label and file motions to dismiss and for summary judgment at the trial level. Here's how to get it right.
Waiver of personal jurisdiction by appearance does not apply retroactively June 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 272 On March 20, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court held that waiver of personal jurisdiction by appearance does not apply retroactively to orders entered before the appearance, resolving a conflict in the appellate courts.
Absolute litigation privilege bars a party’s claim arising out of alleged misconduct in prior judicial proceedings May 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 220 On February 24, 2014, the First District Appellate Court of Illinois held that the absolute litigation privilege bars claims brought by a plaintiff on the basis of conduct that took place in a prior and separate judicial proceeding.
Offers of Judgment: Federal Rule 68 in Illinois? By Jessica Livieres, Andrew Cho, and Hon. E. Kenneth Wright Jr. May 2014 Article, Page 242 This article explores the background and purpose of Federal Rule 68 and how to address its many shortcomings should Illinois adopt a similar offer-of-judgment provision.
A Practical Guide to Injunction Bonds Under Illinois Law By Justin A. Maleson and R. Douglas Rees March 2014 Article, Page 138 A party facing an injunction gains leverage by persuading the court to impose a high bond. The plaintiff, on the other hand, wants a low bond or none at all. Here's how to argue both sides.
The Res Judicata Defense to Legal Malpractice Claims By Zachary J. Freeman February 2014 Article, Page 80 Res judicata and collateral estoppel can be powerful defenses in litigation malpractice cases, even when the lawyer was not a party to the underlying action. But they aren't without limitations.
Some Supreme Court Rule 138 privacy provisions delayed until 2015 By Janan Hanna February 2014 Lawpulse, Page 62 Effective January 1, the rule keeps personal information like social security numbers out of public civil court files. But a bar on using birthdates and names of minors is put off till next year.
Claim against deceased driver was time barred when the plaintiff failed to substitute the correct party January 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 On October 18, 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court held that a motorist's claim against the driver in a personal injury action was time-barred after the motorist-plaintiff failed to substitute the personal representative for the deceased driver's estate before the statute of limitations expired.
Plaintiffs’ Secret Weapon: The Illinois Respondent in Discovery Statute By Kaitlyn Anne Wild January 2014 Article, Page 24 This little-known statute enables plaintiffs - but not defendants - to take discovery from a non-party respondent and provides a six-month "grace period" from statutes of limitations.
“Test the waters” doctrine not an appropriate supplement to substitution-of-judge analysis November 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 560 On September 11, 2013, the Fourth District Appellate Court held that orders for scheduling and continuances are not substantial rulings that would allow for the denial of a motion for substitution of a judge as of right.
Limited Scope, Expanded Opportunity By Ed Finkel October 2013 Article, Page 508 Recent Illinois Supreme Court rule changes enable lawyers to represent clients in litigation for only a portion of a case. Proponents say that's good for lawyers, clients, and judges.
New citation procedures make enforcing debt-collection judgments easier By Adam W. Lasker October 2013 Lawpulse, Page 498 A new law reduces the role of sheriffs in collection proceedings and increases the power of courts and practitioners to enforce judgments.
Bill requires timely executed settlement releases in most civil cases By Adam W. Lasker September 2013 Lawpulse, Page 446 The law helps plaintiffs get timely settlement payments from "substandard" insurance companies, the chair of ISBA's Tort Section says.
Coming soon: Illinois’ first statewide standardized court forms By Adam W. Lasker August 2013 Lawpulse, Page 386 Illinois is one of a very few states without statewide standardized court forms. That's beginning to change, thanks to the supreme court's Access to Justice Commission.
Electronic Medical Records: Metadata As Evidence in Litigation By James G. Meyer, Jonathan P. Tomes, and Lee Neubecker August 2013 Article, Page 422 Unlike paper files, electronic medical records contain autogenerated metadata that can make or break a case. Here's what to look for.
New supreme court rules a boon to limited-scope representation By Adam W. Lasker August 2013 Lawpulse, Page 386 Amended Rules 11, 13, and 137 create business opportunities for lawyers by making it easier to represent clients for part, but not all, of a lawsuit or transaction.
Supreme court delays Rule 138 personal identity information provisions By Adam W. Lasker August 2013 Lawpulse, Page 386 The supreme court delayed rule changes on personal identity information that some family law practitioners worry will force them to choose between the rule and conflicting statutes.
Managing Discovery of Electronically Stored Information in Illinois By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness June 2013 Column, Page 316 While other jurisdictions address discovery challenges posed by ESI, Illinois has yet to act.
Service by publication on adjudicated disabled person violates due process June 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 On March 29, 2013, the first district appellate court answered, in response to a certified question, that service by publication on an adjudicated disabled person did not satisfy due process because it was unreasonable to expect that the ward would see or comprehend the published notice.
Judgment and memorandum of judgment expire simultaneously May 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 228 On February 26, 2013, the third district appellate court held that a judgment creditor must revive its judgment and file a memorandum of revived judgment within seven years from the date the original judgment was entered or previously revived.
Developments in the Duty to Preserve Evidence By Professor Jeffrey A. Parness March 2013 Column, Page 152 Two recent cases shed light on spoliation claims in Illinois.
Supreme court bars state court suit based on res judicata March 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 On December 28, 2012, the Supreme Court of Illinois held that the doctrine of res judicata barred a plaintiff's state court suit that was based on the same operative facts as a claim previously adjudicated in federal court.
Supreme court makes e-service voluntary, not mandatory By Adam W. Lasker March 2013 Lawpulse, Page 118 The most recent amendments to the supreme court rules, which took effect January 1, permit service by email but do not require it.
The Too-Expansive Illinois General Verdict Rule By J. Timothy Eaton, Michael W. Rathsack, and Michael T. Reagan March 2013 Article, Page 142 More and more Illinois courts are upholding general verdicts if there is any error-free basis for doing so. They should do the opposite, these authors say.