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Newsletter articles from 2009
Proposed change in juror fees
House Bill 4002 (Mathias, R-Buffalo Grove) did not pass this spring but probably will be reintroduced in 2010. It has two main components. First, it replaces the current “jury-demand fee” with a “juror-fund fee.” This new “juror-fund fee” is assessed against the plaintiff and defendant in most civil actions to pay for an increase in juror pay. Second, it changes how jurors are called and excused.
A question of right? Jury trials in garnishment proceedings
Garnishment orders are normally served on banks, insurance companies and other third parties that might hold assets for a judgment debtor. On occasion, third party garnishees, when filing an answer to interrogatories, also file a jury demand. But are parties entitled to a jury trial during garnishment proceedings?
Ready, the Plaintiff’s perspective
The Illinois Supreme Court’s opinion in Ready v. United/Goedecke Services, Inc. makes it possible for Illinois plaintiffs to enter into good-faith settlements with defendants without jeopardizing their case against a defendant that remains at trial or verdict.
Ready, the trial court’s perspective
Recently, in Ready v. United /Goedecke Services, Inc., 2008 Ill. LEXIS 1439 (Ill. Nov. 25, 2008), the Illinois Supreme Court held that settling defendants should not be among the parties listed on jury verdict forms when those juries are asked to apportion fault.
Why I keep an eye on Lincoln
Few historical figures are as enduring or iconic as Lincoln. And fewer still as legendary throughout the world. He has been described as “the indispensable American,” which might somewhat explain his appeal. But it does not explain all of it.
Win with civility
In 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court established the Illinois Commission on Professionalism, making Illinois one of only 14 states that have a formal body working to promote professionalism and civility.