News & Insights

February News

01 Feb Insight

"Taking the Fifth"

In a case of first impression, the Illinois Supreme Court has held that a defendant in a civil case cannot assert a privilege against self-incrimination based on fear of prosecution in a foreign county.
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January News

01 Jan Insight

Attorney's Lien Action Does Not Equal Breach of Contract Action

The Illinois Supreme Court held that an attorney's lien asserted by private lawyers hired by the State of Illinois to sue the tobacco industry under a contingency fee arrangement is not a claim against the State. The Court rejected the State's argument that the attorneys had to prosecute their lien in the Court of Claims.
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01 Jan Insight

Which Statute of Limitations?

The Illinois Appellate Court held that a four-year statute of limitations, as opposed to a ten-year statute of limitations for breach of contract actions, applied to a dispute over a construction contract between the water reclamation district and a construction company.
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December News

01 Dec Insight

More Confusion on "Scope of Coverage"

When seeking coverage for a continuous environmental loss spanning over multiple policy periods, the First District held that the policyholder must exhaust all available primary insurance in the triggered policy periods, including periods when it was uninsured or self-insured, before excess policies can come into play.
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November News

01 Nov Insight

Incriminate You Where?

In a class action lawsuit, defendant declines to answer discovery questions on the grounds of the privilege against self-incrimination...
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