Battle Lines on the Verdict Form: How Many Lines Should Go to the Jury?By Kingshuk RoyNovember 2022There is often a dispute at trial over how many lines should be included on the verdict form. Some advocate for separate lines for each distinct damage claim while others seek to combine damage categories into a single line. This article reviews how appellate courts have handled this dispute.
Chair’s ColumnBy Emily N. MasalskiJuly 2022A note of welcome from the chair.
Emergency Preparedness Tips and Resources for AttorneysBy Emily N. MasalskiJuly 2022On July 6, 2022, the Illinois Supreme Court announced the creation of the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Security and Safety, which will collaborate with judicial and law enforcemnet partners to monitor and review current and anticipated judicial security needs and practices.
ESI: A PrimerBy George Bellas & Joseph DybiszMay 2022Because exorbitant litigation costs resulting from complex e-discovery could materially impact a client’s ability to prove a given claim or defense, knowing how to identify, preserve, and negotiate with opposing counsel to obtain relevant electronically stored information presents critical leverage points during e-discovery.
Illinois Supreme Court M.R. 31228August 2022M.R. 31228 for the first time establishes Time Standards for Case Closure in the Illinois Trial Courts effective July 1, 2022
Nixing SOJ as of Right Results in Appellate ReversalBy J. Matthew PfeifferJuly 2022In Gohari v. McDonald’s Corp., the appellate court held that because a trial court judge had not ruled on any substantial issues and had not begun a hearing on the merits before a party made a motion for substitution of judge as of right, section 2-1001 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure required such motion to have been granted.
Rule 137 SanctionsBy Richard DouglassMay 2022Every now and then, our adversaries cross the line by pursuing frivolous claims. And if reason alone is not enough to dissuade them from pursuing such claims, often the best action we can take on behalf of our clients is to seek sanctions under Rule 137.