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Illinois Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Fiduciary Duty Claim Against Former Counsel

In a few weeks’ time over at Appellate Strategist’s sister blog, the Illinois Supreme Court Review, we’ll address the question of just how rare it is to get an unpublished decision – what we in Illinois call a Rule 23 order –...more

Supreme Court Justices Box The Fourth Circuit's Ears

Two Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court took the Fourth Circuit to task for not publishing a significant opinion. The ear-boxing came last month in the form of a denial of a Petition for Certiorari from which Justice Thomas...more

When Is My Child Emancipated?

The question of when your child is emancipated is extremely fact sensitive. As an example of this, the Appellate Division recently released an unpublished opinion Rybak-Petrolle v. Karcz. In that case the parties had a 21...more

To Cite or Not to Cite: Do Unpublished Opinions Have Precedential Value?

I recall discovering my first unpublished case as a law student when interning for an intermediate appellate court justice. Strangely, a legend accompanied the opinion disclaiming precedential value, which seemed odd...more

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