Twelve months ago, I was genuinely honored and very humbled to become president of this organization – one so steeped in tradition, moral backbone, and insurmountable fortitude. I had a vision of what I wanted ITLA to do during my tenure and a plan for how to accomplish that vision. I believe, in large part, that those goals have been achieved.
Tort Briefs: Jury sides with defendant in asbestos case
A Madison County jury sided with valve maker Crane Co. in a suit filed by a U.S. Navy veteran who was responsible for repairing asbestos-containing valves on a Navy ship. Crane’s lawyer argued the valves were not the cause of the veteran’s mesothelioma because the valves contained only a small amount of asbestos compared to the tons within the pipes on the ship. He also argued that Crane did not make the gaskets or packing that contained asbestos; Crane only added them to the valves. (The Telegraph – March 1, 2014)
ITLA continues its media plan to meet with various newspapers across Illinois in an effort to enlighten them about the true state of affairs in the civil justice system. To date I, along with our communications director Kevilee Burge, have met with seven newspapers around the state with success in opening their eyes to the disinformation campaign being waged by insurance companies, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and industry against injured people and the attorneys who represent them.
Dram Shop Liability Limits 2014
Section 6-21(a) of the Liquor Control Act of 1934 (235 ILCS 5/6-21(a)(West 2000)) requires the Comptroller to determine each year liability limits for causes of action brought under the Act in accordance with the consumer price index-u (CPI-U) during the preceding 12-month calendar year.
To all ITLA members,
Trial lawyers are frequently attacked by organizations and individuals on a mission to demonize trial lawyers and the good work we do. They use false information and inflammatory language in an attempt to prejudice the public and further their agenda – to shut the court house doors for injured people and the families of people killed by wrongdoers.
The holidays always seem to sneak up on us quickly. It is a time to feel good, to socialize with friends and family, and to reflect upon all that we have to be thankful for. At this time of year I often think of my clients who are experiencing hardships and reflect on how truly lucky I am to have my health – something we all take for granted until it is taken from us. It is this reflection that should motivate all of us to press forward in our mission to protect our clients’ right to seek fair compensation for their injuries in an attempt to reclaim some semblance of their previous lives.
How can YOU support and get involved in ITLA?
1. Attend ITLA seminars.
2. Miss a seminar? Order the course materials.
3. Contribute depositions to our expert testimony exchange.
4. Join one of our many committees
Summer is winding down, the kids are back in school, and now it’s time to get back to full time business. Seminar season gets into full swing this month. I attended my first ITLA seminar as a second year law student. It gave me the opportunity to hear some of the best lawyers in the state unselfishly share their formula’s for success with the group. It was an invaluable experience, and I have been been attending, and learning from, ITLA seminars ever since. Our seminars are highly regarded and a great way for you to get your CLE credits.
As I begin my year as President, I am grateful to receive the torch with the organization strong and steadfast in its mission. Past President Greg Shevlin guided us with sage wisdom and foresight and delivered the reins with a legacy of accomplishments. All of us were fortunate to have Greg at the ITLA wheel for the past year.