Category: General

Challenges In Cook County With Pursuing Rule 187 Motions to Transfer Pursuant to the Doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens

Jan 10, 2023 General
There are several challenges defense attorney’s face when pursuing a Forum Non Conveniens Motion, particularly in Cook County. When ruling on a motion to transfer pursuant to Forum Non Conveniens, a Court balances several public interest and private interest factors.  It is ultimately the Defendant’s burden to show that Plaintiff’s […]

Updated Law Division General Administrative Order in Cook County

Sep 01, 2022 General
An updated Cook County Law Division General Administrative Order (“GAO”) went into effect on August 29, 2022. Significantly, the Order outlines new motion and court call policies that are inching us towards in-person hearings.  Thus, after years of Covid-related remote court hearings, Cook County is taking steps to re-open and […]

Westfield Has No Duty to Defend or Indemnify in Construction Defect Case Involving Faulty Masonry Work

May 22, 2019 General
Attorney David Osborne won summary judgment after the court declared that Westfield Insurance Company had no duty to defend or indemnify several insured contractors in a construction defect case involving defective masonry work, at a large condominium project. The Plaintiff Board of Directors of the Condominium Association claimed damages over […]

Peter Syregelas Obtains Victory Before Illinois Supreme Court

Sep 20, 2016 General
Peter Syregelas: Obtained victory before the Illinois Supreme Court, successfully challenging the constitutionality of Public Act 98-1132, Senate Bill 3075, which reduced the number of jurors in a civil trial in State of Illinois from 12 to 6.

Illinois Supreme Court Rejects “Partial Rescission” Rule Based On “Innocent Insured” Doctrine, Adopting Position Urged By LPP As Counsel For Amicus Curiae Property Casualty Insurers Association Of America

Feb 20, 2015 General
On February 20, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court held that there is no public policy in Illinois prohibiting the rescission of an insurance policy as to insureds who were ignorant of misrepresentations made on the application. Illinois State Bar Ass’n Mut. Ins. Co. v. Law Office of Tuzzolino and Terpinas, 2015 […]