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Has McKinney Changed the Face of Proof of Proximate Causation in Asbestos Litigation in Illinois?

The case of McKinney v. Hobart, 2018 IL App (4th) 170333, may be again changing the landscape of proximate causation proof in asbestos exposure disputes in Illinois. Recent Key Rulings In Thacker v. UNR Industries, the Supreme Court of Illinois established, “[t]o show causation in an asbestos case, a plaintiff must produce evidence of exposure   Continue Reading »

Defendant Floats “Sophisticated Intermediary Doctrine” in Hopes of Quelling “Popcorn Lung” Class Action Lawsuit. Seventh Circuit Reverses on the Duty to Warn Claim.

The duty to warn usually cannot be delegated, but in Indiana, an exception to this rule exists.  In this case, the defendant applied the “sophisticated intermediary doctrine” in hopes of addressing one of four counts brought against it in a product liability lawsuit. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of the defendant on   Continue Reading »

Biometric Information Privacy Act - Illinois Supreme Court Latest to Tackle Reach of the State's Controversial Act

In 2008, the Illinois legislature passed the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) to regulate businesses that use biometric data, such as fingerprints and retinal scans, for “streamlined financial transactions and security screenings.”[1] BIPA was drafted in the aftermath of the Pay By Touch bankruptcy in the mid-2000s.[2] Pay By Touch, a biometric payment system that   Continue Reading »

Genetics - The Future is Now

Johnson & Bell Shareholders, D. Patterson Gloor and Stephen P. Ellenbecker, along with Law Clerk, Stephanie Flowers, have developed this primer on the burgeoning area of genetics and its interplay in litigation.  The article touches on the considerations plaintiffs and defendants should factor into genetic litigation strategies, and the court’s familiarity with genetic issues. Genetics:   Continue Reading »

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