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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Civil Practice

Asked and Answered January 2007 Column, Page 50 What are the rules for serving notice?
Arbitration Clauses: The Singular Approach in Cingular Wireless By Jeffrey A. Parness December 2006 Column, Page 678 The Illinois Supreme Court lays down the law on arbitration agreements.
The Playmate and the Probate Exception By James E. Pfander June 2006 Column, Page 320 The probate exception lay dormant for decades, but Anna Nicole Smith's case revived it.
The Geography of Class Litigation By James E. Pfander March 2006 Column, Page 148 The federal and state high courts have shown a sophisticated understanding of the territorial reach of regulatory power. 
Avery Raises Doubts About the Class Action Fairness Act By James E. Pfander December 2005 Column, Page 648 The supreme court's recent class-action certification case calls the need for CAFA into question.
Standing on Shaky Ground By James E. Pfander September 2005 Column, Page 480 While the Illinois Supreme Court's most recent qui tam case is a victory for plaintiffs, it further clouds standing doctrine.
Adding Insult to Overseas Injury: A Failure of the Forum Non Doctrine By James E. Pfander June 2005 Column, Page 314 Under current doctrine, foreign mass-tort plaintiffs are often left with little or nothing.
The Substance and Procedure of Class Action Reform By James E. Pfander March 2005 Column, Page 144 Make no mistake – the Federal Class Action Fairness Act will bring sweeping changes.
Judicial Ping-Pong By James E. Pfander December 2004 Column, Page 652 A new law allows more discrimination claims against the state.
Administrative Review Act creates a right to amend a complaint in specific circumstances November 2004 Illinois Law Update, Page 568 On August 4, 2004, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, reversed the Circuit Court of DuPage County's dismissal of the plaintiff's complaint. 
When is “special service” good enough? By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2004 Lawpulse, Page 508 How hard must you try to accomplish personal service before you can resort to service by publication? A recent first district case tackles the question.
Illinois Litigator’s Guide to Naming Defendants in Collection Suits By Scott Michael Alexander July 2001 Article, Page 373 Properly naming your defendant can mean the difference between collecting a judgment and making a worthless claim.
Stamped facsimile of attorney’s signature sufficient to satisfy requirements of notice provision of the Code of Civil Procedure July 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 342 On May 10, 2001, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, reversed the circuit court's dismissal of the plaintiff's complaint.
Enforcing Judgments Against Real Estate in Illinois: A Step-By-Step Guide By Raymond J. Ostler May 2001 Article, Page 234 A guide through the levy-sale process, including a newly effective law governing court approval of levy sales.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath March 2001 Column, Page 112 Real Property Disclosure Act; legal department summon(s)ed in error; questions of law now collaterally estoppable; and more.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath January 2000 Column, Page 10 Losing the right to a jury trial — is it malpractice?
Civil Aiding and Abetting Liability in Illinois By Ronald M. Lepinskas October 1999 Article, Page 532 Long considered exclusively a criminal law concept, aiding and abetting is growing more important in civil litigation. Find out how.
Illinois Supreme Court Civil ’98: Back to the Nuts and Bolts By Tim Eaton and Nancy J. Arnold May 1999 Article, Page 250 Sweeping constitutional questions took a backseat to more prosaic — but still important — matters.
Suing on Behalf of the State: A Parens Patriae Primer By Jim Ryan and Don R. Sampen December 1998 Article, Page 684 The state can and does bring civil suits on behalf of its citizens. Here's the background on the parens patriae doctrine.