About the Firm

Cassiday Schade has a 35 year history of litigating cases with impressive results. We handle lawsuits throughout Illinois as well as mass litigation in multiple states, and we act as national or regional counsel for clients facing nationwide exposures. Some of the firm’s recent trial experience includes the defense of class action challenges to allegedly defective medical products, underground storage tank and toxic injury cases, catastrophic birth injury cases, intellectual property and professional liability litigation. In addition to trial and appellate work, our attorneys are often retained before litigation ensues so that risks can be analyzed and prevented.

Apr
08

The Illinois Legislature Reduces the Number of Jurors From 12 to 6 In All Civil Cases Effective June 1, 2015

Posted in Civil Procedure

A recent revision to the Jury Demand statute, Section 2-1105, was rushed through the Illinois legislature in November of 2014 and reduces the number of jurors from 12 to 6 in all civil cases. The revised statute becomes effective on June 1, 2015. A defendant in any case filed before June 1, 2015...

Apr
02

Seventh Circuit Reconciles Tests For Determining General Contractor Liability For Title VII Claims By Indirect Employees

The Seventh Circuit recently reconciled the “right to control” and “economic realities” tests in holding that a construction foreman hired by a second tier subcontractor failed to show that the general contractor was an indirect employer under Title VII since the general contractor...

Mar
05

FMLA Coverage to Now Include Same-Sex Spouses

Posted in Employment

On February 23, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Final Rule changes (RIN 1235-AA09) altering the definition of “spouse” under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and published the new definition in the Federal Register on February 25, 2015 (80 Fed. Reg. 10,162). The new rule will...

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