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Illinois Supreme Court to Hear Five Civil Cases In May

On Tuesday, the Illinois Supreme Court announced its oral argument calendar for the May term, and it includes arguments in five civil cases. The cases, with the questions presented in each, are...more

Is Honesty Always the Best Policy? Illinois Appellate Court Holds Attorney’s Ethical Obligations Trump Professional Liability...

In a case of first impression, the Illinois Appellate Court considered whether a professional liability insurer can deny a defense to its insured, an attorney who admits he erred in providing legal services. Ill. State Bar...more

Trial lawyers beware of the in terrorem trust clause: A nasty trap that can keep on springing.

An “in terrorem” or “no-contest” clause in a trust instrument provides for the forfeiture or reduction of the equitable property interest of a beneficiary who contests the arrangement. In a recent New Hampshire case, Shelton,...more

Oliveira v. Kiesler: Attorneys and Non-Attorneys May Be Joint Tortfeasors For Purposes of Offsetting Judgment After Good Faith...

The California Court of Appeal (Fourth Appellate District, Division 3) recently held that an attorney can be a joint tortfeasor with his or her client for purposes of California Code of Civil Procedure section 877. The...more

Shifren v. Spiro: Legal Malpractice Statute of Limitations Does Not Begin to Run Until Judgment or Settlement of Underlying Case...

The California Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District, Division 3) reversed a trial court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of a defendant law firm after concluding that the action was not time-barred by the running of...more

Privity and the Role of Limited Letters in Legal Malpractice Actions

In a significant decision this summer, Schneider v. Finmann, 15 NY3d 306 (2010), the Court of Appeals loosened the privity requirements in legal malpractice actions. Specifically, in Schneider, the Court of Appeals held for...more

California Supreme Court Holds That Heirs in a Wrongful Death Action Are Bound by Decedent's Agreement to Arbitration

California courts have long wrestled with the question of whether a person's agreement to arbitration binds his or her heirs in a later wrongful death action arising out of his or her death. The California Supreme Court's...more

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