Articles From 2009
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The Overlooked Art of Redirect Examination
Article, Page 406
Redirect examination is a powerful weapon for litigators, but it can backfire on those who forget its central purpose - to rehabilitate witnesses.
Plaintiffs win big in Ready
LawPulse, 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.
Pleading Civil Rights Claims
Column, Page 156
The challenges civil-rights claimants face in choosing a forum, shaping their pleadings, and more.
Post-conviction petition deemed untimely
Illinois Law Update, Page 174
On February 11, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, reversed and remanded the ruling of the Circuit Court of Cook County which granted the defendant post conviction relief and a reduction in sentence pursuant to People v Whitfield, 217 Ill 2d 177, 840 NE2d 658 (2005) because the defendant's petition was untimely.
Power company has a duty to respond to a downed power line with due care
Illinois Law Update, Page 552
On August 27, 2009, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, reversed and remanded the grant of summary judgment by the Circuit Court of Cook County in favor of the defendant power company, finding that there was a genuine issue of material fact as to whether defendant breached its duty to the plaintiff to respond to a downed power line with due care.
Presenting property tax appeals
Column, Page 532
Q: The fair market value of my house has decreased since the recession, but my property taxes haven’t. I’ve filed an appeal of my assessment with the Board of Review, and I’m waiting for the hearing. What is my best argument at the hearing? What should I take with me in the way of evidence? What are my chances in getting the taxes reduced?
Procedures for disposing of confidential records updated
Illinois Law Update, Page 70
The State Records Commission amended Title 44 of the Illinois Administrative Code, which regulates Government Contracts, Procurement, and Property Management. 44 Ill Adm Code 4400.
The Public Construction Bond Act amended. PA 095-1011
Illinois Law Update, Page 174
The Illinois General Assembly amended section 1 of the Public Construction Bond Act to expand the requirements for bonds by contractors for state construction projects. 30 ILCS 550/1.
Public smoking restrictions amended. PA 095-1029
Illinois Law Update, Page 226
The Illinois general Assembly amended several sections of the Smoke Free Illinois Act. 410 ILCS 82/10 et seq. Section 15 of the Act was amended to provide that an owner of a place of employment, public place, or government vehicle, as those terms are defined by the Act, "shall reasonably assure that smoking" is prohibited unless specifically allowed under section 35 of the Act.
“Rape Shield” for Civil Lawsuits
LawPulse, Page 220
An Illinois House bill would extend the prohibition against admitting evidence of an alleged victim's sexual history to sexual harassment charges.
Real Estate on Hold
Column, Page 206
The real-estate market, still frozen by fear, is producing few opportunities.