Editor’s noteBy John L. NisivacoDecember 2008The first article of this edition, authored by Dawn Mefford, examines the requirements for the imposition of punitive damages against a trucking company and discusses the general burden a plaintiff must meet in order to submit a claim for punitive damages to the jury.
Editor’s noteBy John L. NisivacoMay 2008The first article, written by Matthew Willens, provides a primer on preparing your client for his or her deposition. Mr. Willens’ article is an excellent reminder of the preparation points and discussion each litigator must have before presenting a client for a deposition.
Editor’s noteBy John L. NisivacoApril 2008The first article, written by William Cirignani, is designed to educate and assist litigators new to bile-duct injury cases.
Editor’s noteBy John L. NisivacoMarch 2008A message from Editor John Nisivaco.
Editor’s noteBy John L. NisivacoJanuary 2008The first article of this edition is written by Tort Law Section Council Member, Dan Wurl. Mr. Wurl’s article provides an excellent primer on issues relating to the disclosure of witnesses pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 213.
General principles of trial witness disclosure under Supreme Court Rule 213By Daniel P. WurlJanuary 2008This article will focus on general principles of Rule 213 trial witness disclosure, testimony at trial, and appellate review as set forth in appellate court cases that have been decided in the last five years since the Supreme Court made major modifications to Rule 213 in 2002.
Group offers to multiple plaintiffs: When that dog won’t huntBy Peter R. Coladarci & Elena MartinezDecember 2008In an injury case with multiple plaintiffs, it is not unusual for the defendant to make an undifferentiated offer to the group, and let the plaintiffs and their lawyers sort out the appropriate allocation of the amount offered.
Impropriety of the “otherwise careless and negligent” allegationBy Anthony LongoMarch 2008This article will explain why defense counsel should move to strike this allegation rather than answering it with a general denial. The article will conclude with a form motion to strike that defense counsel can use to try for dismissal of the allegation.
Preparing your client for depositionBy Matthew L. WillensMay 2008Preparing a client for deposition is arguably the most critical aspect of the discovery process in any type of civil litigation.
Supreme Court provides clarification on Supreme Court Rule 216 and its relationship with Supreme Court Rule 183By Jeffrey D. FrederickJanuary 2008On September 20, 2007, the Illinois Supreme Court rendered a lengthy decision in Vision Point of Sale, Inc. v. Haas, that had the effect of reversing several Appellate Court decisions and clarifying earlier Supreme Court decisions and sending a strong message to the Appellate Courts and Circuit Courts in Illinois that the Supreme Court, pursuant to the Illinois Constitution, has general administrative and supervisory authority over all courts.
When animal owners attack: Veterinary malpractice in IllinoisBy Christopher R. MinelliNovember 2008Although many attorneys are knowledgeable with medical and legal malpractice, few are familiar with veterinary malpractice. This article will explain the details and why it might become more common in the future.