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Articles on Civil Practice

The denial of a motion to dismiss is not appealable following entry of a separate final judgment terminating the litigation

November
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
The Illinois Appellate Court held that a section 2-619 motion to dismiss is not appealable following the entry of a subsequent final order terminating the litigation.

Email service - it’s the law

By Matthew Hector
October
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
Heads up, lawyers and judges - effective last July, email service is required and service by fax is dead.

The Pro Se Revolution

By Ed Finkel
October
2017
Article
Page 22
Cases involving at least one self-represented litigant make up most of the civil docket outside Cook County. What does the mean for courts and lawyers in Illinois?

Dismissal with prejudice for Rule 137 violation requires specific finding that lesser penalties do not suffice

June
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The first appellate district upheld a violation of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 137 and remanded for further proceedings to determine whether dismissal with prejudice was the appropriate sanction.

Filing fees levied by Cook County Circuit Court Clerk deemed unauthorized

June
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
Plaintiffs successfully challenged the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk's interpretation of 705 ILCS 105/27.2a(g)(2) after being charged filing fees when petitioning to vacate a dismissal for want of prosecution.

When ‘Opposing Counsel’ is a Pro Se Plaintiff

By Amy L. Friederich
May
2017
Article
Page 24
Defending a client against a pro se plaintiff is easy, right? In fact, these cases have their own set of challenges and shouldn't be taken lightly. Here are some strategies for dealing with them.

Act reducing size of civil juries from twelve to six is facially unconstitutional and invalid

February
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
The Illinois Supreme Court held that Public Act 98-1132, which limits the size of a civil jury to six people and increases the amount paid per day to jurors, is facially unconstitutional.

From the Newsletters - Yes, You Have to Accept Service by Email

January
2017
Article
Page 46
Mandatory acceptance of email service is here, so it's time to start thinking about how to manage email traffic and which file formats are best for email service.

Let’s Get Rid of Rule 23 Orders

By Morris Lane Harvey
January
2017
Article
Page 30
With the public domain citation system firmly in place in Illinois, there is no reason for Rule 23(e) nonprecedential, noncitable orders to exist – and plenty of reasons for them to go.

Study: Court fees and costs are too high, rising too fast

By Matthew Hector
December
2016
LawPulse
Page 10
Filing fees and court costs are rising faster than inflation and having a disproportionate impact on the poor, according to a study commissioned by the Illinois General Assembly.

Challenging Judgments After 30 Days: How to Seek 2-1401 Relief

By Ken Stalkfleet
November
2016
Article
Page 42
Section 2-1401 of the Code of Civil Procedure provides the way to overturn a judgment later than 30 days after its entry. This article reviews the various 2-1401 challenges and their requirements.

Courts Sanction Sovereign Citizens - and Lawyers - for Frivolous Appeals

By Natalie Burris
November
2016
Article
Page 36
You've heard about forfeitures, but have you handled one? Here's a primer on how to prosecute or defend your first forfeiture case.

Illinois Supreme Court overturns six-person-jury statute

By Matthew Hector
November
2016
LawPulse
Page 12
The high court ruled that the Illinois Constitution guarantees the right to a 12-person jury.

Possession of small amounts of cannabis now civil offense

October
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Cannabis Control Act has been amended to provide lesser punishments for possession of small amounts of cannabis.

Court of Claims moves to streamline procedures

August
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Illinois Court of Claims adopted amendments to Court of Claims Regulations that improve its procedures for handling monetary or property claims against the State. 74 Ill. Adm. Code 790. (eff. Apr. 29, 2016).

Using Class Actions for Credit Card Data Theft

By Richard L. Miller and Stephen C. Jarvis
August
2016
Article
Page 42
A recent seventh circuit case finds that the risk of eventual damage from a data breach is injury enough to give standing to bring a class action.

Pleading Lack of Knowledge: Not a Denial Under Illinois Law

By Edward S. Margolis
July
2016
Article
Page 44
Practitioners and judges should be aware that pleading lack of knowledge in response to an allegation in a civil case is not a denial and should not be treated as one in subsequent pleadings.

From the Newsletters - Thinking of representing an Illinoisan in an out-of-state accident? Think again

June
2016
Article
Page 45
Differences in state law can make a routine case anything but.

Discovering a Defendant’s Identity: The Evolution of Rule 224

By Kimberly Glasford
April
2016
Article
Page 28
For plaintiffs who need to identify defendants before suing for damages - or, perhaps, hope to "out" or shame them - Illinois Supreme Court Rule 224 can be an option. But despite a few decisions interpreting the rule, the law remains uncertain.

Declining court caseloads reflect societal, other changes

By Matthew Hector
March
2016
LawPulse
Page 20
Civil court dockets shrank by 25 percent from 2010 to 2014. What's causing the decline?

Mandatory E-Filing Is Coming

By Ed Finkel
March
2016
Article
Page 30
Effective January 1, 2018, electronic filing will be mandatory in all 102 counties in Illinois. How will it work? Attorneys and judges share their hopes and concerns.

From the Discussions

February
2016
Article
Page 32
Should I call one of the kids to testify in a custody case? Can a lawyer contact the opposing party’s
family? Can my client get an extension of time to complete traffic school?

Trial court strikes down six-person jury law

By Matthew Hector
February
2016
LawPulse
Page 12
A Cook County judge rules that the Illinois Constitution guarantees a right to a 12-person jury.

DuPage launches mandatory e-filing

By Matthew Hector
January
2016
LawPulse
Page 12
Effective January 1, DuPage County will be the first Illinois circuit court to require electronic filing for all new civil cases and any new filings in existing cases.

New Realities of Civil Practice: Economics, Ethics and Innovation

By Jeffrey A. Parness
December
2015
Column
Page 40
The 2015 Allerton House Conference looked at topics ranging from the law school debt crisis to the impact of LegalZoom.

Cross-Motions for Summary Judgment: Be Careful What You Concede

By Michael M. Conway and Lauren M. Loew
November
2015
Article
Page 42
Plaintiffs and defendants often file competing cross-motions for summary judgment. But in Illinois, unlike in federal court, those motions may be taken as a concession that no issue of material fact exists.

Litigation about litigation: Barred by absolute attorney litigation privilege

November
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
On July 8, 2015, the first district affirmed dismissal of the O'Callaghans' complaint against Satherlie and Kopka as barred by the absolute attorney litigation privilege.

Representative Durkin proposes changes to the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure

October
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
On July 8, 2015, Representative Durkin proposed changes to Illinois's rules on venue, jury instructions, joint liability, and recovery for medical expenses.

New law makes it easier for non-Illinoisans to serve subpoenas in Illinois

By Matthew Hector
September
2015
LawPulse
Page 12
By minimizing the need to appear in front of Illinois courts, the Uniform Interstate Depositions and Discovery Act reduces the complexity and cost of litigating across state lines.

Restoring Lost Jurisdiction: The Revestment Doctrine

By Kimberly Glasford
September
2015
Article
Page 42
The revestment doctrine allows parties to revest a circuit court with jurisdiction lost with the passage of time. Learn how you can use it to your strategic advantage.

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