Trial Notebook

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Guaranty allegedly waived statute of limitations

Eric and Steven Hovde argued that two sections in the guaranty Jeffrey Riegel signed for millions of dollars in loans to ISLA Development LLC were broad enough to waive the 10-year Illinois statute of limitations.

For the Defense

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More problems with Proposal 22-08 to amend Rule 434 and overhaul Batson

Last week’s discussion in this space focused on Proposal 22-08, which would reverse the burden in the exercise of a peremptory challenge from the party objecting to the challenge to the party seeking to exercise it and the elimination of the requirement that purposeful discrimination be shown.

Insurance Matters

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Appellate court holds title insurers not subject to complete defense rule

The 1st District Appellate Court recently held that, unlike most liability insurers, a title insurer that covers some but not all claims against an insured has no obligation to provide a defense for both the insured and uninsured claims.

Cotter’s Corner

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Habeas corpus to abortion: Reflections from lower courts on top court direction

The Supreme Court of the United States heard no oral arguments this past week and will not this week. December sitting will begin next Monday. But as always, there were interesting developments in and around the court, including some interesting lower courts’ writings in a few orders.

Balancing Life and the Law

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Losing at trial – winning in life: Lessons learned in court and playing Wiffle ball

Last month, I was involved in a medical malpractice case in Rockford against four excellent defense attorneys and before a terrific judge. The result was not what I had hoped for, but was not unexpected either. In other words, the jury awarded me letters, not numbers.

Professionalism on point

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Tips and strategies for navigating incivility in family law matters

Family law is often ground zero for incivility, given the emotional magnitude of the issues involved and the life-changing nature of legal decisions rendered. Because family law courtrooms are often battlegrounds over the fate of relationships, families and assets, the stakes are high, and emotions run even higher.

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Stoppard’s ‘Leopoldstadt’ is a loving tribute to the Jewish family he never knew

Upon my return from a weekend in New York City, I reviewed three Big Apple musicals in last week’s column. But there’s one more that I want to share. With the subject being the Holocaust, its mood is somber but the play is thoughtful and provocative.

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Porchlight’s ‘Rent’ should not be missed

I have just returned from a weekend trip to New York City, where I attended the American Theatre Critics Association (ATCA) Conference. While in the Big Apple, my wife and I also attended one play and three musicals. But more on that later.

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Chicago Shakespeare puts a different spin on ‘Measure for Measure’

Since the play was first performed, William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” has often been referred to as one of the Bard of Avon’s “problem plays.”

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‘Swing State’ could have been a great political drama

Prolific playwright Rebecca Gilman’s latest work, “Swing State,” has come to Chicago. Under the direction of Robert Falls, the show is playing through Nov. 13 at the Goodman Theatre.

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‘The Malignant Ampersands’ is a treat for Halloween

There’s an old joke about a sailor stationed in the south Pacific who sees a beautiful and rare fish. It costs thousands of dollars but only measures a few inches. He buys it and ships it to his elderly mother so that she can admire it.

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Appreciate legendary maestro Muti in his last season at CSO

There is a man in Chicago who is at the top of his profession and has the respect of his peers. He’s a genuine treasure. Yet, he’s relatively unknown by the general public.
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