Kirk Jenkins

Kirk Jenkins

Sedgwick LLP

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The Illinois Supreme Court 2012: The Year in Review

During 2012, the Illinois Supreme Court filed seventy-one written opinions, thirty-nine in civil cases. Although the total opinion output was down somewhat from recent years, this represents the Court's highest number of...more

4/22/2013 - Asbestos Car Accident Class Action Class Certification Corporate Dissolution Duty to Minor Trespassers Evidence Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act Governmental Immunity Governmental Liability Hospitals Immunity Record Preservation Sexual Abuse Sovereign Immunity Storm Water Teachers

Comcast Corp. v. Behrend: Even More Than Meets the Eye?

On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court handed down its opinion in another of this term’s major class action cases. Following on the heels of Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles, where the Court closed a loophole...more

4/2/2013 - Class Action Class Certification Comcast Comcast v. Behrend Damages Daubert Hearing Dukes v Wal-Mart Expert Testimony SCOTUS

Municipal Pensions II: Do Survivors' Pensions Increase Whenever the Salary For the Position Does?

Our previews of the new civil cases granted review at the end of the Illinois Supreme Court’s November term continue with Hooker v. Retirement Fund of the Firemen's Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago,. Hooker poses the...more

12/15/2012 - Appeals Class Certification Disability Employee Benefits Firemen Pensions Surviving Spouse Wages

Illinois Supreme Court Takes Broad View of Courts' Power to Decertify a Class

Section 2-802(a) of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure provides that an order certifying a class action “may be conditional and may be amended before a decision on the merits.” 735 ILCS 5/2-802(a)....more

12/14/2012 - Class Action Class Certification Decertify

Three New Civil Opinions Coming From the Illinois Supreme Court Thursday

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that on Thursday morning, it will file opinions in three new civil cases. They are: Mashal v. The City of Chicago, No. 112341 – (1) What is a 'decision on the merits' under 735...more

12/11/2012 - Class Certification Res Judicata

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