Offers of Judgment: Federal Rule 68 in Illinois?By Jessica Livieres, Andrew Cho, and Hon. E. Kenneth Wright, Jr.May 2014Article, Page 242This 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.
Unstructuring Structured SettlementsBy Hon. Ron SpearsMay 2014Column, Page 248Some companies and plaintiffs want to revert structured settlements to lump sums, and judges have the final say.
Valuing Property in Lengthy Divorce ProceedingsBy Jenna C. PatchenApril 2013Article, Page 198When the valuation hearing comes after the dissolution judgment, is marital property valued on the judgment date or the hearing date? The supreme court recently settled the question.
Plaintiffs win big in ReadyBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2009Lawpulse, Page 64 The supreme court holds that good-faith settling tortfeasors can't be included in apportioning fault after verdicts to determine joint and several liability.
Does your order of dismissal do the job?By Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2007Lawpulse, Page 342Case law from the United States Supreme Court and the seventh circuit interpreting the federal rules can make it hard for settling parties to draft orders of dismissal that allow the judge to retain jurisdiction.
Evidence of settling defendants’ culpability admissible for apportionment of faultNovember 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 584On August 23, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded for a retrial where the Circuit Court of Cook County held that settling defendants to a personal injury action were not to be considered during the jury's apportionment of fault.
Playing the Rule 68 cardBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2006Lawpulse, Page 222FRCP 68 can encourage settlement, but it also confronts counsel for plaintiffs and defendants with some high-stakes challenges.
Making the Most of Settlement ConferencesBy Helen W. GunnarssonApril 2006Article, Page 178Judges and lawyers discuss how to avoid costly mistakes and best promote your clients' interests in judge-conducted settlement conferences.
Danger lurks in p.i. confidentiality clausesBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2006Lawpulse, Page 110A recent case – involving none other than Dennis Rodman – holds that plaintiffs must pay tax on the portion of a settlement award deemed payment to a p.i. client for his or her silence.