The preclusive effect of summary suspension hearings in subsequent adjudicationDecember 2010Illinois Law Update, Page 616On September 23, 2010, the Supreme Court of Illinois held that the Circuit Court of Champaign County's finding of probable cause at the hearing on plaintiff's petition to rescind his statutory summary suspension, pursuant to 625 ILCS 5/2-118.1, did not bar the issue of probable cause from re-litigation in a civil suit for malicious prosecution.
Can you stay a federal appellate court ruling while your petition for cert is pending?By Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2010Lawpulse, Page 502Maybe, if you can show a reasonable chance of succeeding at the Supreme Court level and irreparable harm if the stay isn't granted.
You've taken a case through federal district court and the seventh circuit court of appeals. The result wasn't exactly what you wanted for your client, but the court has issued its mandate and you can no longer move for rehearing.
The Overlooked Art of Redirect ExaminationBy Jeffrey J. Kroll and Patrick WhiteAugust 2009Article, Page 406Redirect examination is a powerful weapon for litigators, but it can backfire on those who forget its central purpose - to rehabilitate witnesses.
The Power Behind the Robe: A Primer on Contempt LawBy Timothy L. Bertschy and Nathaniel E. StricklerMay 2009Article, Page 246The power of contempt is a confusing mix of civil and criminal law concepts overlaid with constitutional implications. Here's a review.
Code of Civil Procedure provides another opportunity to file an actionApril 2009Illinois Law Update, Page 174On January 29, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, reversed and remanded the decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County ruling the third-party com plaint untimely under section 13-204 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure (735 ILCS 5/13-204 (2006)).
The importance of timely serviceBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2009Lawpulse, Page 116Thanks to an amendment to supreme court rule 103(b), plaintiffs who haven’t been otherwise diligent in moving a case along must be especially diligent in obtaining service.
Pleading Civil Rights ClaimsBy Professor Jeffrey A. ParnessMarch 2009Column, Page 156The challenges civil-rights claimants face in choosing a forum, shaping their pleadings, and more.