Approximately one year after a public law went into effect limiting the size of a civil jury to 6 persons, the Illinois Supreme Court has deemed the act unconstitutional.
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Our Second Annual HotTopics Series is Coming!
Annual HotTopics Series
Join us for breakfast and learn about hot issues that face small businesses everyday!
This year we will meet on three Thursday Mornings,
October 20, 27 and November 3 from 7:15 to 8:45.
A new method of construction delivery has developed to accommodate the needs of owners, designers and contractors. Traditional design-bid-build methods that have been the mainstay in construction are giving way to a design-build method. Lawyers practicing in the area of construction law must be aware of the legal implications this change creates for their clients.
Almost all women attorneys I know have been mistaken for the court reporter or the client. Once, opposing counsel asked if I was the court reporter, even though I had deposed his client several months earlier. Another time, opposing counsel kept me waiting in the lobby for the deposition of my client and kept walking by, finally telling me we were waiting for my attorney to arrive. We had previously made arrangements to depose my client over the phone. Even worse, when attending a pre-trial conference several years ago, a sitting Judge made a kissy face at me in front of my opposing counsel. [Read more…] about ABA Rule 8.4 Makes Discriminatory and Harassing Behavior Professional Misconduct
Employees given access to the trade secrets, customer lists and other confidential materials vital to the operation of a business can easily use that information against the interests of their former employer when their employment comes to an end. Covenants not to compete have been used by businesses to protect themselves from competition from former employees.
Settlement is by far the most common method by which civil cases are resolved. However, some civil lawsuits seem destined to find their way to a courtroom for trial and, ultimately, to a jury deliberation room for a verdict. The one common denominator of many civil cases that end in a jury verdict is the failure of anyone associated with them to broach or pursue the subject of settlement.