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Newsletter articles from 2002

Citation of unpublished courts of appeals opinions By Paul E. Freehling November 2002 All federal appellate courts permit the citation of unpublished courts of appeals opinions for such purposes as showing res judicata, collateral estoppel, or law of the case.
Federal pretrial motion practice: talk before filing By Morton Denlow April 2002 Federal practitioners and judges spend a great deal of time with pretrial motions. Because so few cases proceed to trial, lawyers and judges devote more time to pretrial motions than to trial.
Introductory message from the Special Committee on Federal Practice April 2002 We are pleased to present the inaugural newsletter of the Special Committee on Federal Practice.
Message from the chair November 2002 Welcome to the newest section council of the Illinois State Bar Association and thanks for taking the time to read our inaugural newsletter.
Recent 7th circuit decisions of interest By Joseph G. Bisceglia and Chaka M. Patterson April 2002 In a case of first impression, in Davis v. Ruby Foods, Inc., 269 F.3d 818 (7th Cir. 2001), the Seventh Circuit reversed a district court's dismissal of a pro se Title VII complaint for sexual harassment, holding that even a complaint that contains extensive superfluous matter satisfies the pleading requirements of a short and plain statement as set forth in Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Recent decisions of interest in the Central and Southern Districts By Shari R. Rhode April 2002 In Caraker and Caraker v. Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Coro & Sandoz (96-CV-4113), Judge Gilbert issued an opinion granting defendants' motion to exclude the plaintiff's expert causation testimony after a two-day Daubert hearing.
Recent Seventh Circuit decisions of interest By Joseph G. Bisceglia and Nada Djordjevic November 2002 In Southern Illinois Riverboat Casino Cruises, Inc. v. Triangle Insulation and Sheet Metal Co., 302 F.3d 667 (7th Cir. 2002), the owner of a casino vessel sued the seller of a maritime sealant for negligence and breach of express or implied warranty.