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01 May Insight

Violations of Opinion Witness Disclosures Grounds for Mistrial

In Clayton v. County of Cook, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, recently reversed a judgment in the amount of $5.3 million due to plaintiff's violation of opinion witness disclosures. During the medical malpractice trial, plaintiff's medical expert provided several opinions that were not previously disclosed at the expert's deposition or in plaintiff's opinion witness disclosures.
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01 May Insight

Newspaper Can Call Person a "Reputed Organized Crime Figure"

Under existing case law, the words "mobster" and "reputed mobster," when used to describe an admitted convict, are not actionable per se because they are reasonably capable of an innocent construction. But what if the words "reputed organized crime figure" are used to describe someone who has no criminal record? Does the innocent construction rule still apply?
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