Posts by Stephen Gorski

Oct
20

First District Appellate Court Carves Out Narrow Exception to Petrillo Doctrine

In McChristian v. Brink, 2016 IL App (1st) 152674, the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District carved out a narrow exception to the Petrillo doctrine, which traditionally prohibits defense counsel from having ex parte communications with a plaintiff’s treating...

Mar
31

Appellate Court Clarifies Deadline to Respond to Requests to Admit, Bases for Discovery Extensions

Posted in Civil Procedure

In Armagan v. Pesha, 2014 IL App (1st) 121840, the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District clarified the rules of service for responding to requests to admit. In Armagan, the plaintiff filed suit alleging that the defendants, who held an interest in a coin shop, converted...

Nov
14

Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies Proper Method for Naming an Estate as a Defendant in Cases of Unknown Death of Party Under 735 ILCS 5/13-209(C)

Posted in Civil Procedure

In Relf v. Shatayeva, 2013 IL 114925, the Illinois Supreme Court refined its analysis of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure when a plaintiff mistakenly sues a decedent, and offered insight into how it interprets the Illinois Compiled Statutes by analyzing indirectly related statutory...

Sep
23

Illinois Appellate Court Broadens Protection of Hospital Liens to Allow Recovery Against Damage Awards Traditionally Deemed Off-Limits

Lien protection and preservation has been at the forefront of the ongoing evolution of personal injury law in Illinois for the last decade.  The recent First District Appellate Court decision in Manago v. The County of Cook, 2013 IL App. (1st) 121365, offers insight into the application of the...

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