The 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.
The 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.
The first article, written by William Cirignani, is designed to educate and assist litigators new to bile-duct injury cases.
The 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.
Impropriety of the “otherwise careless and negligent” allegation
This 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.
Supreme Court provides clarification on Supreme Court Rule 216 and its relationship with Supreme Court Rule 183
On 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.