Campground operator has no duty to warn of naturally accumulating walnutsJuly 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 334On April 19, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, affirmed the decision of the Circuit Court of Whiteside County, granting summary judgment to the defendant campground owner because she had neither a duty to keep the campground clear of fallen walnuts nor a duty to warn patrons of the danger posed by such walnuts.
In Defense of Bulger v CTABy Anthony LongoMay 2006Article, Page 254A defense lawyer applauds the Bulger court's finding that evidence of subsequent remedial measures is inadmissible
Railroad operator liable for injury to frequent trespasserMay 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 230On March 10, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, answered two certified questions posed by the Circuit Court of Cook County, regarding the liability of a railroad company to a trespasser.
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.
Trial Lawyers’ Top Opinions of 2005By Hon. James P. Flannery Jr.March 2006Article, Page 122From pre-trial notice requirements to spoliation of evidence, 2005 produced an array of Illinois cases of special interest to the trial bar.
A big win for Big TobaccoBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2006Lawpulse, Page 62The Illinois Supreme Court barred plaintiffs' class action claim and overturned a $10-plus billion award against Philip Morris. But experts doubt the case will have much precedential power outside Illinois.
Supremes: defendants on the hook for undiscounted medical billsBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2005Lawpulse, Page 438The Illinois Supreme Court upheld the third district's ruling that personal injury defendants may be liable for a plaintiff's original medical bill, not the lower amount negotiated by his or her insurer.
Clients not liable for lawyers’ intentional tortsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2004Lawpulse, Page 508The Illinois Supreme Court holds that clients are not liable for lawyers' intentional torts unless they authorized, directed, or ratified the lawyers' conduct.
Legal protection for mothers who breastfeed P.A. 093-0942October 2004Illinois Law Update, Page 514A mother now has a private right of action if she is denied the right to breastfeed by the owner or manager of a public or private location, other than a private residence or place of worship.