Illinois Supreme Court in the News: 8/1-15

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With the September term approaching and two new civil decisions being filed, coverage of the Illinois Supreme Court has picked up recently in the news and on the blogs.

At the Madison St. Clair Record, Bethany Krajelis had this story about competing amicus briefs filed with the Court in Fennell v. Illinois Central Railroad Co., an asbestos personal injury case involving issues of forum non conveniens. Briefs were filed by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.

The Court’s ruling in Doe v. White, a case involving school administrators’ tort duties in connection with a teacher sexual abuse case, garnered considerable coverage. The Associated Press discussed the likely importance of the case in a wire report the day before the decision was released, with the story being picked up as far away as The Sacramento Bee. The following day, Christopher Wills of The AP reported on the decision, which he described as having “echoes of the Penn State scandal.” Wills’ report appeared in The Republic of Columbus, Indiana, The DeKalb Daily Chronicle, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, Quad-City Times, The Bloomington Pantagraph, The Muscatine Journal, Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Mark Walsh reported on the Doe decision at Education Week, noting that the underlying events had been the subject of an earlier suit against the defendants under Federal Title IX. Mary Schenk of the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, Kurt Erickson of The Southern Illinoisan and Rich Egger at Tri-States Public Radio filed reports on White as well.