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Supreme Court quick takes

Quick take on Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions

Posted on April 4, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys review Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions in the civil case In re Estate of Boyar and the criminal cases People v. Fitzpatrick, People v. Le Mirage, Inc. and People v. Hunter.

Quick takes on Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions

Posted on March 21, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys review Friday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions in the civil cases Ferguson v. Patton, Julie Q. v. the Department of Children and Family Services and DeHart v. DeHart and the criminal cases People v. Cruz and People v. Donelson.

CIVIL

DeHart v. DeHart

By Michael T. Reagan, Law Offices of Michael T. Reagan, Ottawa

For more than 50 years plaintiff believed his decedent father’s representation that the decedent was plaintiff’s biological father. Plaintiff found to the contrary when he obtained a certified copy of his birth certificate to obtain a passport, which revealed who his biological father was. That man had abandoned the plaintiff when he was two, and had no further contact. Decedent married plaintiff’s mother, and for more than 60 years held plaintiff out to everyone as his biological son. 

Plaintiff’s mother died in April 2001. In 2005, decedent, then 83, married defendant, 29 years his junior. Three hundred sixty-four days later, decedent executed a new will in which he stated “I have no children.” A prior will provided bequests for plaintiff and plaintiff’s children. 

Legal suspense builds throughout this Opinion as the court methodically works through the six counts of the complaint which had been dismissed by the circuit court, knowing that what lies at the end will be the court’s treatment of the theories for “contract for adoption” and “equitable adoption.” The appellate court, which had reversed the circuit court’s dismissal of all counts, was affirmed in the entirety. 

Quick takes on Friday's Illinois Supreme Court criminal opinions

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys review Friday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions in the criminal cases People v. Rivera, People v. Evans, People v. Eppinger and People v. Somers.

CRIMINAL

People v. Rivera

By Kerry J. Bryson, Office of the State Appellate Defender

Quick takes on Friday's Illinois Supreme Court civil opinions

Posted on February 22, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys review Friday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions in the civil cases Griggsville-Perry Community Unit School Dist. No. 4 v. Ill. Educational Labor Relations Bd. and State Bank of Cherry v. CGB Enterprises, Inc. Quick Takes on Friday's criminal opinions will be available next week.

Quick take on Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions

Posted on February 7, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys review Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions in the criminal cases People v. Wilmington, People v. Jackson and People v. Grant.

CRIMINAL

People v. Wilmington

By Jay Wiegman, Office of the State Appellate Defender

Quick take on Friday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions

Posted on January 25, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys review Friday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions in the civil cases Poris v. Lake Holiday Property Owners Association and Bjork v. O'Meara and the criminal case People v. English.

CIVIL

Poris v. Lake Holiday Property Owners Association

By Jay Wiegman, Office of the State Appellate Defender

Quick takes on Friday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions

Posted on December 29, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys review Friday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions in the civil cases Cooney v. Rossiter, EMC Mortgage Company v. Kemp, In re Marriage of Mathis and In Fennell v. Illinois Central Railroad Company.

Quick takes on Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court civil opinions

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys review Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions in the civil cases Marshal v. City of Chicago, Wilson v. Edward Hospital and Hernandez v. Pritkin.

Marshal v. City of Chicago

By Karen Kies DeGrand, Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC

Quick takes on Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court civil opinions

Posted on November 29, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys review Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court civil opinions in Center Partners, Ltd. v. Growth Head GP, LLC, Carr v. Koch and Toftoy v. Rosenwinkel et al.

Quick takes on Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court criminal opinions

Posted on November 29, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys review Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court criminal opinions in People v. Leach, People v. Tate, People v. Hughes, People v. Giraud and People v. Meerman.

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