News & Insights

January News

04 Jan Insight

Three Recent Court Decisions

This month we briefly examine three recent decisions: In a combined bench and jury trial, if the judge and jury reach contrary conclusions on the main factual issue, does one control the other? Must a court always honor the law of the case, even when it believes an earlier ruling was palpably wrong? Are there any circumstances in which a petitioner seeking relief from a dismissal for want of prosecution can show the exercise of due diligence under Section 2-1401 of the Code of Civil Procedure, despite a six-month delay in requesting such relief?
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December News

November News

14 Nov Insight

Whose Money Is It Anyway?: Retainers and the Truth About Shielding Assets

Just how far can your money go in the hands of your attorney? In the recent case of Dowling v. Chicago Options Associates, Inc., 365 Ill.App.3d 89, 847 N.E.2d 821, 301 Ill.Dec. 811 (1st Dist. 2006), the Illinois Appellate Court addressed this question in the context of a judgment debtor™s attempts to shield his assets from creditors by placing over $100,000 with his counsel on retainer. Though the Court focused its opinion on the narrow question of what constitutes a retainer in the hands of an attorney, the implications of this decision should give pause to any debtor or debtor™s counsel seeking to employ the attorney/client relationship as a judgment-proof safe zone.
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October News

03 Oct Insight

Illinois Supreme Court Expands Freedom of Press

In honor of National Newspaper Week (October 1-7, 2006), this article discusses Solaia Technology v. Specialty Publishing, a recent Illinois Supreme Court case that expanded the fair report privilege, limiting defamation liability faced by the press when covering official proceedings. 221 Ill. 2d 558 (2006). The court proclaimed, "Plainly, freedom of the press is illusory if a cloud of defamation liability darkens the media's reports of official proceedings." Id. at 596. Journalists and attorneys have applauded Solaia for protecting the media's ability to report lawsuits and government meetings that are open to the public. However, the court's opinion leaves a few lingering questions about the fair report privilege.
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September News

August News

11 Aug News

Partner, William N. Krucks wins summary judgment in Title VII case

Freeborn & Peters LLP Partner, William N. Krucks teamed-up with Partner, Helen N. Baker and Associate Rachel E. A. Atterberry to successfully secure summary judgment for a client, the defendant, before Judge Charles R. Norgle, Sr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in an employment discrimination case with a twist.
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July News