For years, Illinois state law has said that bicyclists have the same rights and duties as people in automobiles. But a new law recently signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner (House Bill 5912) amends the Illinois Vehicle Code to state that … Continue reading
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On May 26, 2016 firm partners Donald Shapiro and Matthew Basinger obtained a $2,500,000 jury verdict on behalf of their client, the Estate of Paula Chibe in Circuit Court of Cook County, Case No. 2013 L 001037. Paula Chibe, aged … Continue reading
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to experience a deadly accident on the road than those in passenger cars. 11 percent of all roadway accidents that occur in … Continue reading
Illinois Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a set of rules last week for police body cameras. The legislation was passed in response to national controversies over use of force after the deaths of unarmed black citizens in New York, Ferguson, Missouri and … Continue reading
A recent study conducted by State Farm and the Insurance Information Institute found Illinois to be second among all states in the frequency of dog bite claims. In 2014 there were 309 such claims in Illinois with $8.9 million in … Continue reading
On Friday, December 19, Governor Pat Quinn signed SB 3075 into law. The law amends the Code and the Code of Civil Procedure regarding jury service in Illinois. Specifically, the bill does the following: Cuts the number of jurors in civil cases from 12 to 6. The amendment also requires the parties to pay for alternate jurors. Increases the minimum payment for jury service to $25 for the first day and $50 for subsequent days. Mirrors federal law and that of many states by reducing the size of civil juries from 12 to 6 in Illinois. The requirement of unanimous decision is unchanged. SB 3075 was sponsored in the Senate by Senator John Mulroe. Representative Kelly Burke sponsored the bill in the House. The effective date for both bills is June 1, 2015. If you or a loved one have been injured, call Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd. to discuss your right to a civil jury trial.
Video cameras and audio recording devices will be allowed in some Cook County courtrooms beginning January, 2015 month, Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced this week. Cook County joins about 40 other Illinois Counties which allow … Continue reading
A proposal to trim the number of jurors from twelve to six in civil trials in Illinois circuit courts passed the Illinois House of Representatives on December 2, 2014. Senate Bill 3075 would cut by half the size of civil juries while boosting juror pay to $25 for the first day of service and $50 per day thereafter. The measure now moves to the Illinois Senate for debate. If the bill passes the Senate, it would move on to Governor Quinn for consideration. Supporters of the bill point out that the federal courts and a majority of state courts already use civil juries of this size. Additionally, advocates of the measure state that reducing the number of jurors in civil cases would mean less citizens being called for jury duty, thereby disrupting fewer families and businesses. The change would also shorten the voir dire process in trials, during which attorneys and the court question jurors to ensure those selected for jury service can be fair and impartial. Should you have questions about your right to a civil jury trial, call one of the injury lawyers at Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd. today for a free consultation.
Last month, the Illinois Appellate Court issued a rare opinion interpreting section 2-401(e) of the Code of Civil Procedure, which allows a litigant to appear under a fictitious name upon a showing of “good cause.” In Doe v Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 2014 IL … Continue reading
The New York Times reports that the National Highway Transportation Administration is investigating a power steering issue that could affect 938,000 2010-2012 Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans, noting the company has already recalled 1.1 million other vehicles due to … Continue reading