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Section Newsletter Articles From Steven G. Pietrick

Vision Point v. Haas: Breathing room For litigants on Requests to Admit By Steven G. Pietrick Family Law, March 2008 On September 20, 2007, the Illinois Supreme Court issued its long-awaited decision in Vision Point of Sale, Inc. v. Haas, ___ Ill.2d___, 2007 WL 2729322 (No. 103140 September 20, 2007),1 providing what many in the legal community perceive as a merciful relaxation of the overly strict interpretation of Rule 216’s requirements and the near-draconian effects which can result.
Vision Point v. Haas: Breathing room For litigants on Requests to Admit By Steven G. Pietrick Civil Practice and Procedure, October 2007 On September 20, 2007, the Illinois Supreme Court issued its long awaited decision in Vision Point of Sale, Inc. v. Haas, providing what many in the legal community perceive as a merciful relaxation of the overly strict interpretation of Rule 216’s requirements and the near-draconian effects which can result.
The “empty chair” defense at trial By Steven G. Pietrick Civil Practice and Procedure, January 2007 It is common for defense attorneys to speak of pointing to an “empty chair” at trial in order to shift the responsibility from their client to another entity which is not a party in the case.
Settlement: A plaintiff’s attorney’s personal guarantee to pay liens is found to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct By Steven G. Pietrick Civil Practice and Procedure, November 2006 One of the “speed bumps” in the path to the settlement of cases is the resolution of liens and subrogation claims.
The duty to disclose a client’s fraud Ethical issues in civil practice and procedure By Steven G. Pietrick Civil Practice and Procedure, November 1999 What is required of a lawyer who discovers that her client has made a false representation to a court that tends to defraud the court or others?
Professional conduct issues affecting civil practice By Steven G. Pietrick Civil Practice and Procedure, September 1999 Editors' Note: The Board of Governors of the ISBA has asked that all section councils and committees discuss ethical concerns relating to the work of those groups.

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