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Direct examination of adverse witnesses: Use of leading questions in state and federal courts By Zoe Brumfield-Meyers and Brian LaCien Tort Law, March 2018 Current Illinois law lags behind the federal approach to calling witnesses adversely and allowing leading questions on direct examination. As the federal law has expanded to include witnesses “identified with an adverse party,” including close friends, and former and current employees, Illinois still restricts this practice to as “the officers, directors, managing agents or foreman of any party.”
Strict liability imposed on product manufacturer for defective component parts By Brian Lacien and Alexandra Lehr Tort Law, November 2016 This article discusses when and why a manufacturer may be held liable for a defective component part within the integrated final product.
Wrongful death actions: The statute of limitations for a legally disabled plaintiff By Julie Klein and Brian LaCien Tort Law, September 2015 Looking to Illinois precedent and a recent case in the Northern District of Illinois, this article discusses whether the statute of limitations will bar a legally disabled plaintiff from filing an otherwise untimely claim under the Wrongful Death Act.

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