Browse articles by year: 2016 (27)
Newsletter articles from 2009
Ensuring fairness in Illinois Whistleblower Act claims
In an effort to fight fraud, the Illinois Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act allows private parties to bring lawsuits on behalf of the State. But what should the State do when those private parties abuse that power by bringing claims that are without merit?
First District limits liability of snow removal contractors
The First District Illinois Appellate Court has been busy for the last several years deciding when snow removal contractors may or may not be liable for claims arising from work performed involving the removal, pushing, and/or piling of snow.
How judges influence advocacy
When judicial action is appropriate, it should be tempered with recognition that action carries consequences and that even routine practices can impact an impressionable jury.
Jury instruction update
Grammar enthusiasts take note. And you all know who you are—a misplaced apostrophe bothers you. You worry about the use of commas in a series and secretly believe that final comma should still be used before the “and” even though modern rules do not require it.
Motion in Limine Reduces Trial Prejudice
A pretrial motion in limine must be prepared and argued before the voir dire begins, and a written order memorializing the court’s rulings on each issue must be entered.
OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS: The Demise of IPI 105.01
“That is for you to decide” appears at the end of IPI 10.01 (the definition of negligence as to an adult), IPI 10.02 (the definition of ordinary care for an adult), and IPI 10.05 (the definition of ordinary care for a minor).
Time is of the essence, or is it?
Two recent Rule 23 Orders decided by separate panels of the Second District Appellate Court appear to conflict as to whether a court can limit the cross-examination of a witness or the submission of evidence which supports the litigant’s case.