• A jury’s combined $35 million verdict for separate plaintiffs in a consolidated trial was reduced to $20 million last week after a Cook County judge found its awards were influenced by inadmissible evidence.
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    This is the second part of a two-part column. The first part was published on Monday.

    Reversing an order that commanded Chicago attorney Steven Gerage to disgorge $16,000 of the funds he received as earned fees when representing Jeffrey Block in a divorce case, the Illinois Appellate Court — with Justice Aurelia Pucinski dissenting — created a conflict with Marriage of Squire, 2015 IL App (2d) 150271, by ruling this order was not authorized under the “leveling the playing field” provisions of the Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.
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    We’re moving into conference season, and it’s time to take stock of how you’ve benefited from these engagements.
  • Federal Courts

    Today’s decision addresses the question of whether a defense is owed under a commercial general liability policy when the insured’s work damages property that was outside the scope of what the insured was hired to do.
  • Cotter’s Corner

    On July 20, 1990, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. resigned from the court after serving nearly 34 years (including three months with a recess appointment by President Dwight Eisenhower and two months while his nomination was confirmed).
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    Thirty-seven years ago, the Illinois Supreme Court held in Hewitt v. Hewitt, 77 Ill. 2d 49 (1979), that unmarried cohabitants cannot bring claims against each other to enforce mutual property rights because allowing such recovery would violate Illinois’ statutory prohibition against common law marriage.
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