Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Civil Practice

Avery Raises Doubts About the Class Action Fairness Act

By James E. Pfander
December
2005
Column
Page 648
The supreme court's recent class-action certification case calls the need for CAFA into question.

Standing on Shaky Ground

By James E. Pfander
September
2005
Column
Page 480
While the Illinois Supreme Court's most recent qui tam case is a victory for plaintiffs, it further clouds standing doctrine.

Adding Insult to Overseas Injury: A Failure of the Forum Non Doctrine

By James E. Pfander
June
2005
Column
Page 314
Under current doctrine, foreign mass-tort plaintiffs are often left with little or nothing.

The Substance and Procedure of Class Action Reform

By James E. Pfander
March
2005
Column
Page 144
Make no mistake – the Federal Class Action Fairness Act will bring sweeping changes.

Judicial Ping-Pong

By James E. Pfander
December
2004
Column
Page 652
A new law allows more discrimination claims against the state.

Administrative Review Act creates a right to amend a complaint in specific circumstances

November
2004
Illinois Law Update
Page 568
On August 4, 2004, the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, reversed the Circuit Court of DuPage County's dismissal of the plaintiff's complaint. 

When is “special service” good enough?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2004
LawPulse
Page 508
How hard must you try to accomplish personal service before you can resort to service by publication? A recent first district case tackles the question.

Illinois Litigator’s Guide to Naming Defendants in Collection Suits

By Scott Michael Alexander
July
2001
Article
Page 373
Properly naming your defendant can mean the difference between collecting a judgment and making a worthless claim.

Stamped facsimile of attorney’s signature sufficient to satisfy requirements of notice provision of the Code of Civil Procedure

July
2001
Illinois Law Update
Page 342
On May 10, 2001, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, reversed the circuit court's dismissal of the plaintiff's complaint.

Enforcing Judgments Against Real Estate in Illinois: A Step-By-Step Guide

By Raymond J. Ostler
May
2001
Article
Page 234
A guide through the levy-sale process, including a newly effective law governing court approval of levy sales.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie C. McGrath
March
2001
Column
Page 112
Real Property Disclosure Act; legal department summon(s)ed in error; questions of law now collaterally estoppable; and more.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
January
2000
Column
Page 10
Losing the right to a jury trial — is it malpractice?

Civil Aiding and Abetting Liability in Illinois

By Ronald M. Lepinskas
October
1999
Article
Page 532
Long considered exclusively a criminal law concept, aiding and abetting is growing more important in civil litigation. Find out how.

Illinois Supreme Court Civil ’98: Back to the Nuts and Bolts

By Tim Eaton & Nancy J. Arnold
May
1999
Cover Story
Page 250
Sweeping constitutional questions took a backseat to more prosaic — but still important — matters.

Suing on Behalf of the State: A Parens Patriae Primer

By Jim Ryan & Don R. Sampen
December
1998
Article
Page 684
The state can and does bring civil suits on behalf of its citizens. Here's the background on the parens patriae doctrine.

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