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Are You Affiliated? The Supreme Court Further Limits Forum Shopping in the Mass Tort Context

Pardon the Jimi Hendrix allusion, but it seemed appropriate given yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, No. 16-466 (June 19, 2017), in which the California Supreme Court’s finding of specific jurisdiction against a drug manufacturer was reversed as to non-California plaintiffs, who sued alleging personal injuries due to … Continue Reading

Florida High Court Clarifies When an Insured Is Entitled to Attorneys’ Fees When an Insurer Initially Denies a Sinkhole Claim

In Johnson v. Omega Insurance Co., 200 So. 3d 1207 (Fla. 2016), the Florida Supreme Court held that an insured was entitled to an award of attorneys’ fees under section 627.428, Florida Statutes and the confession of judgment doctrine based on an insurer’s post-suit tender of policy benefits for a sinkhole claim after the insurer … Continue Reading

Sharply Divided Supreme Court Declines to Establish a Bright-Line Rule on Non-Lawyers Representing Corporations in Administrative Actions

A non-lawyer with no apparent formal connection to a corporation is the sole representative of the corporation at an administrative proceeding. When the decision comes down, it’s never properly served on the corporation. Is the non-lawyer’s participation imputed to the corporation, meaning that the corporation had notice of the adminstrative proceeding and it’s now final … Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Dated Business Letter Not Sufficient to Trigger Deadline for Administrative Appeal

The Illinois Administrative Review Law provides that a complaint for judicial review of an administrative decision must be filed within 35 days from the date that a copy of the decision to be reviewed was served upon an aggrieved party. In Grimm v. Calica, the Illinois Supreme Court held that the date in the heading … Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Railroad May Argue Third Parties Exclusively Responsible for Employee Injuries

In order to recover damages under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act, an employee of a railroad must show that the railroad operated in interstate commerce, that the plaintiff was injured in the scope of his or her duties, and that the injury resulted “in whole or in part” from the employer’s negligence. What this means, … Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Clarify What a “Riding Trail” is For Purposes of the Tort Immunity Act

According to Section 3-107(b) of the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act, no public entity or public employee is “liable for an injury caused by a condition of . . . [a]ny hiking, riding, fishing or hunting trail.” 745 ILCS 10/3-107(b). The purpose of the statute is to encourage public entities to maintain … Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether Third Party Buyer is Liable for Delinquent Assessments to Mortgagee’s Subsidiary

According to Section 9(g)(4) of the Illinois Condominium Property Act, any purchaser of a condominium unit who acquires a property either at a foreclosure sale or by post-foreclosure purchase from the mortgagee must pay the last six months’ worth of delinquent assessments on the unit. 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(4). So where the wholly-owned subsidiary of the … Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court Backs School Board in Open Meetings Act Dispute With Attorney General

At a closed session of the school board, six of the seven members sign a separation agreement with the outgoing school superintendent, but don’t date it.  Several weeks later, the Board holds a public meeting.  The agenda posted on the website states that the Board will approve “a resolution regarding the separation agreement and release” … Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Occupational Disease Pension Does Not Trigger Health Insurance Benefits

In 2003, the Illinois Supreme Court held that anyone who qualified for a line-of-duty pension under section 4-110 of the Illinois Pension Code qualified as having a “catastrophic injury” within the meaning of Section 10(a) of the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act, thus triggering a right to have their health insurance premiums paid.  But does … Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Without Physical Impact

Courts in most jurisdictions have been cautious about the parameters of any possible cause of action for negligent infliction of emotional distress where the plaintiff has pled no physical impact.  The Illinois Supreme Court clarified the scope of that claim in one of its last decisions of 2016, affirming the Appellate Court in Schweihs v. … Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court Overturns Dismissal of Tenured High School Teacher

In early December, a unanimous Illinois Supreme Court held that a Board of Education’s decision to terminate a tenured high school teacher’s employment was “arbitrary, unreasonable, and unrelated to the requirements of service,” affirming an earlier order that she be reinstated with back pay and benefits. The Court affirmed a decision from the Fifth District … Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court Affirms Constitutionality of Cook County Inspector General’s Office

In 2007, the Cook County Board of Commissioners created the Office of the Inspector General. The Board tasked the IG with investigating corruption, fraud, waste and mismanagement, including by “separately elected County officials,” and instructed all county departments, employees and elected officials to cooperate in the IG’s investigations. The IG is empowered to conduct sworn … Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Sequel to Attorneys’ Fees Dispute

Is an attorney referral agreement enforceable if it doesn’t expressly state that the attorneys are assuming “joint financial responsibility” in representing the clients?  Late in the November term, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide that issue, allowing a petition for leave to appeal in Ferris, Thompson & Zweig, Ltd. v. Esposito, a decision from … Continue Reading

May A Hospital Lien Be Enforced Against a Minor?

Illinois law provides that every health care professional and health care provider that “renders any service in the treatment, care, or maintenance of an injured person,” the care provider may assert a lien against “all claims and causes of action” of the injured person up to the amount of the care provider’s charges. In the … Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court to Clarify What Constitutes a Public Utility in Dispute Over Proposed Transmission Line

May the Illinois Commerce Commission grant a certificate of public convenience and necessity, authorizing construction of new projects by an entity which not only is not a public utility, but isn’t applying to be certified as one?  That’s one of the many important questions for the utility bar which the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to … Continue Reading

Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether Med Mal Statute of Repose Bars Relation Back

Under Illinois law, claims for medical malpractice are subject to a four-year statute of repose (735 ILCS 5/13-212(a).) The statute of limitations is two years, but the statute also provides for application of the relation back doctrine (735 ILCS 5/2-616(b).) In late September, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the statute of repose … Continue Reading
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