Vol. 97 Nbr. 6, June 2009
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- Five wishes: 'zero cases of litigation'.
- Reflections: a look back at the presidential year.
- Sexual harassment and the chain of command: under state law, employers are liable for sexual harassment by supervisors whether or not the employer knew about it and even though the employee-victim doesn't work under the supervisor.
- Victory for defendants in asbestos case: the Illinois Supreme Court allows defendants in asbestos cases to introduce evidence that someone else's negligence was the sole proximate cause of a plaintiff's injuries.
- Social networking 1.0: despite the newfangled options, blogs and e-mail discussion groups are still excellent ways to connect with other lawyers.
- Making evidence meaningful: a veteran lawyer and trial judge tells litigators how to present evidence in a way that engages and wins over jurors.
- Faster resolution urged for custody, SLAPP suits: at a recent hearing, the Supreme Court rules committee was asked to speed disposition of child custody proceedings and SLAPP suits.
- Amendments to DUI statute should be harmonized.
- Evidence is insufelent to prove negligence if the conclusion its merely possible.
- The plain language of section 2-118.1(b) of the Vahide code suggests alternatives.
- Illinois redeploy program amended. PA 095-1050: (Effective 1/1/10).
- Changes made to the rules implementing the Medical Practice Act of 1987 regarding the use of lasers.
- New lead and mercury labeling requirements. PA 095-1019: (Effective 6/1/09).
- Rules implementing the Illinois Community Care Program revised.
- Twitter and LinkedIn and Facebook, oh my! Facebooking?
- The ready answer: settling defendants' fault can't be used to determine joint liability.
- Does the 51 percent rule apply to legal malpractice actions?
- Claimants beware: strict deadline limit federal employment discrimination suits: claimants must adhere to strict time limits both when they initially file an employment-discrimination charge with the EEOC and when they act on a right-to-sue letter. This article reviews the applicable statutes - including the new Ledbetter Act - and Illinois-based cases.
- Jordan v Knafel: a troubling take on mutual mistake: the first district found in favor of Michael Jordan against his former mistress in an opinion that, while interesting, includes a troubling analysis of the mutual-mistake-of-fact doctrine. This article considers the ramifications of the ruling and suggests practice pointers.
- Two corporate communications your client may be getting: one should be ignored, the other must be reviewed and answered carefully; find out which is which and how to help your client respond.
- Postjudgment sanctions: do trial courts have too little power? Illinois trial judges should be able to impose sanctions for civil litigation misconduct after final judgment and on behalf of nonparties if the facts warrant. But a recent case from the first district suggests otherwise.
- A spy in the house of law: don your trenchcoats, young lawyers - it turns out the tenets of spycraft ("never go against your gut") make pretty good rules for recent admittees.