J. Matthew Dudley speaks to the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association on June 4 after being installed as president of the organization. Dudley aims to continue growing the diversity within ITLA and highlights the gains made in its women’s and minority caucuses. – Zoom screenshot courtesy of ITLA

New ITLA president charts course for term

Initially, I want to express how honored I am to have the privilege of serving as president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Our organization has a long history of protecting the legal rights of those individuals and families who have been harmed by negligent conduct.

IJA aims to narrow civil justice gap

A civil justice gap is widening in Illinois. Funding for programs that provide legal assistance is never enough, leaving access to the civil court system increasingly limited, especially for lower-income and traditionally marginalized Illinoisans. As the Illinois Judges Association marks its 50th anniversary this year, we have made it a priority to work to close this gap.

Lawsuit against White Sox ruled in play

A man injured by a foul ball at a Chicago White Sox game got the go-ahead to pursue a lawsuit against the team.

Peterson’s bid for new trial rejected

Drew Peterson, the former Bolingbrook police sergeant found guilty of murdering his third wife in a slaying initially ruled to be an accident, lost a challenge to his conviction.

Fed. judge certifies class in solitary confinement suit against IDOC

A federal judge certified a class of about 28,000 prisoners in a lawsuit accusing the Illinois Department of Corrections of violating the U.S. Constitution by overusing “extreme isolation.”

‘Copyright troll’ suffers another defeat

The third time was not the charm for Design Basics LLC.

‘Apex doctrine’ shields ex-COPA official from deposition: judge

The “apex doctrine” shields a former official with Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability from having to give a deposition in a civil rights lawsuit, a federal judge held.

Attempt to avoid virtual deposition denied

A Chicago man must comply with a subpoena directing him to give a virtual deposition in a civil forfeiture action pending in Nebraska, a federal judge held.
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