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10 things to know about social media By Kathryn Conway December 2016 Because of this social media explosion in popular culture, the law regarding discovery and admissibility of social media information is rapidly growing and evolving. Here are 10 things every litigation attorney should know about social media.
Can a defendant be compelled to submit to a Rule 215 physical or mental examination? By Albert E. Durkin December 2016 Are there circumstances where a plaintiff can request that the Court compel the defendant to submit to a physical or mental examination by a physician designated by the plaintiff? The case of Jane Doe v. Norman Weinzweig answers that question.
Editor’s note By John L. Nisivaco December 2016 An introduction to this issue from Editor John Nisivaco.
Editor’s note By John L. Nisivaco November 2016 An introduction to the issue from Editor John Nisivaco.
Editor’s note By John L. Nisivaco October 2016 An introduction to the issue from Editor John Nisivaco.
Editor’s note By John L. Nisivaco April 2016 An introduction to the issue from Editor John Nisivaco.
Establishing a duty of care in asbestos cases without occupational exposure By Cody Favilla April 2016 What is the duty of care owed by an employer to the household members of its employees?
Ghosts of the past: Legal relics lurking in the civil justice system By Amelia S. Buragas & Laura Castagna November 2016 The law is constantly changing to reflect our evolving notions of justice and fairness. However, sometimes artifacts of the past continue to find themselves firmly rooted in our civil justice system despite the fact that they reflect a bygone era or legal theories that have been abandoned. Here are some examples.
Good-faith settlement—When to settle By Albert E. Durkin October 2016 A look at the factors all parties must take into consideration when deciding when and how to settle a workers’ compensation case involving a third-party defendant/employer.
The perils of representing Illinois residents involved in an out-of-state accident By James H. Koning April 2016 In the case of a Michigan collision, Illinois residents are often entitled to benefits unheard of in Illinois.
Strict application of Supreme Court Rule 191(a) trips up litigants on appeal By Amelia S. Buragas & Laura Castagna April 2016 Two recent appellate court cases should place litigants on notice that the provisions of Supreme Court Rule 191(a) will be rigidly enforced.
Strict liability imposed on product manufacturer for defective component parts By Brian Lacien & Alexandra Lehr November 2016 This article discusses when and why a manufacturer may be held liable for a defective component part within the integrated final product.
Using safety ordinances to establish the duty of care in premises cases By Bradley N. Pollock October 2016 In premises liability cases, the defendant’s actual or constructive knowledge of the dangerous condition, as well as the open-and-obvious doctrine, are part of the analysis of whether a defendant owes a duty to the plaintiff.