Jul
21

Recent ABA Ethics Opinion Gives Illinois Trial Lawyers Pause when Researching Prospective Jurors Online

Introduction In the 2003 film, Runaway Jury, Gene Hackman plays Rankin Fitch, a jury consultant for gun manufacturer sued by the widow of an office shooting victim. The manufacturer hired Finch to investigate jurors’ backgrounds, ultimately through both legitimate and...

Jun
30

Settling Wrongful Death Actions: The Illinois Supreme Court Expands the Rights of Intended Beneficiaries

In re Powell v. Wunsch, the Illinois Supreme Court held that an attorney who brings a wrongful death action owes a legal duty to the decedent’s beneficiaries at the distribution of funds phase of that action. Nos. 115997, 116009, 2014 IL 115997, at *¶20 (Ill. Sup. Ct. June 19, 2014). A...

Mar
31

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

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...

Mar
26

Illinois Supreme Court Concludes that the Good Samaritan Act Applies to Volunteers and Not Those Who Are Compensated to Treat Patients Within the Scope of Their Employment Even If the Patient is Not Billed for Services

Illinois physicians can no longer claim immunity under the Good Samaritan Act if they are compensated for their time within the scope of their employment despite the fact that the patient was not billed for the emergency care provided.  Home Star Bank and Financial Services, Guardian of the...

Mar
05

Illinois Appellate Court Expands Damages Allowable in Wrongful Pregnancy Suit When a Genetic Abnormality is a Foreseeable Consequence of a Sterilization Procedure

The First District held that a plaintiff advancing claims of negligence and wrongful pregnancy can recover extraordinary expenses that would be incurred in raising a child born with sickle cell disease following her mother’s failed tubal ligation procedure. See Williams v. Rosner, 2014...

Mar
04

Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District Finds Coverage For Telephone Consumer Protection Act Class Action

Posted in Insurance

In Standard Mut. Ins. Co. v. Lay, 2014 Il App (4th) 110527-B, the Fourth District found that three policies issued by Standard Mutual Insurance Company ("Standard") provided coverage for a class action lawsuit stemming from a violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991....

Feb
17

Evidentiary Errors Require Reversal of a $1.5 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict

Cassiday Schade partner Trisha K. Tesmer obtained an appellate victory when the Illinois Appellate Court reversed a $1.5 million verdict and remanded the matter for a new trial against the defendant emergency room physician and...

Feb
10

Partner Thomas P. Boylan Named to the 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star Team

Posted in Construction

Cassiday Schade LLP is proud to announce that Thomas P. Boylan, partner in the firm’s Construction practice group, has been named a 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star for his dedication to client service excellence. The BTI Client Service...

Nov
25

New Illinois Appellate Court Decision Affects Enforceability of Non-Competes

When employers craft non-compete agreements for new hires and current employees alike, they are likely aware of the factors courts traditionally consider when analyzing their enforceability.  These factors include the length of the non-competition and non-solicitation, and the geographic...

Nov
21

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin article discusses Cassiday Schade’s family law practice

Posted in Family Law

Cassiday Schade Partner Brian J. Hickey was interviewed and quoted in the November 18, 2013 issue of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The article, titled "Litigation defense firm wades into family law", highlights the firm's decision to broaden their scope of services to include family law.

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