Discovering a Defendant’s Identity: The Evolution of Rule 224By Kimberly GlasfordApril 2016Article, Page 28For 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.
Mandatory E-Filing Is ComingBy Ed FinkelMarch 2016Article, Page 30Effective 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 DiscussionsFebruary 2016Article, Page 32Should 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?
DuPage launches mandatory e-filingBy Matthew HectorJanuary 2016LawPulse, Page 12Effective 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.
Cross-Motions for Summary Judgment: Be Careful What You ConcedeBy Michael M. Conway and Lauren M. LoewNovember 2015Article, Page 42Plaintiffs 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.
Restoring Lost Jurisdiction: The Revestment DoctrineBy Kimberly GlasfordSeptember 2015Article, Page 42The 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.
Requests to Admit Facts – or Opinions?By Hon. William E. GomolinskiApril 2015Article, Page 40Some appellate rulings on Rule 216 requests to admit facts require defendants to answer questions about whether medical bills are reasonable. That exceeds the rule's scope, the author argues.
Is the switch to six-person juries constitutional?By Matthew HectorMarch 2015LawPulse, Page 14The challenge of choosing a six-person panel may make you rethink your jury-selection strategy. But some lawyers are asking whether the change in jury size violates the Illinois Constitution.
The incredible, unciteable Rule 23 orderBy Matthew HectorOctober 2014LawPulse, Page 466Lawyers can cite magazine articles like the one you're reading in their pleadings and briefs - why can't they cite Rule 23 orders?
New Rules for Discovery of Electronically Stored InformationBy Gabriel Reilly-Bates, Richard Y. Hu, and Claire E. BrennanOctober 2014Article, Page 480New Illinois Supreme Court rule amendments require parties to weigh the costs and benefits of ESI discovery, among other important changes. Here's a review.