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On May 17, 2017, Stephen W. Heil and Anthony M. Sam obtained summary judgment in a multi-million brain injury case in Cook County, Illinois.  The case involved a night club patron who allegedly suffered a traumatic brain injury after a New Year’s Eve party when he was struck by an outward opening door at the night club.  The plaintiff sued the night club, its owners/managers and the head of security for negligence in failing to monitor the exit door or post signs regarding the defective door.  In granting summary judgment, the judge found that the defendants did not owe a duty to plaintiff under Illinois law.

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On April 26, Cray Huber co-sponsored the IADC Midwest Regional Meeting at the LondonHouse in Chicago.  The meeting served as a professional networking event for IADC Members, their guests and attendees of the Corporate Counsel College.

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On April 6-8, Scott Pfeiffer attended the ABA 26th Annual Spring CLE Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Conference in Arizona where he presented on “The Renewed Resurgence in Personal Jurisdiction Decisions.”

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On April 5, Adam Carter attended the Legislative Reception held by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel at the Sangamo Club in Springfield, Illinois.  The Legislative Reception is an annual event in which IDC members have the opportunity to discuss legislation as well as legal and procedural issues with members of the Illinois General Assembly.

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Pekin Ins. Co. v. Centex Homes, et al., 2017 IL App (1st) 153601.  In this case, the Illinois appellate court issued its most recent in a series of opinions redefining, and arguably expanding, the scope of an insurer’s duty to defend an additional insured.

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American Access Casualty Company v. Alcauter, et al., 2017 IL App (1st) 160775.  American Access, through its coverage attorney, filed a declaratory judgment action against its named insured, Jose Alcauter, and the tort plaintiff, Kimberly Krebs, for breach of the duty to cooperate in connection with an auto accident.  Alcauter failed to appear for his arbitration hearing, resulting in an award of $10,000 to Krebs.  American Access filed a motion for summary judgment against Alcauter and Krebs in the declaratory judgment action based on lack of cooperation.  The trial court denied the motion.

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Daniel Cray authored a sub-chapter entitled, “Motion for Change of Venue” within the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Defense Counsel Training Manual, Third Edition 2016.

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We are pleased to announce the elevation to partnership of Adam Carter, Aimee Lipkis, Kelly McHale and Scott Pfeiffer.  We congratulate each of them for the manner in which they have distinguished themselves in service of our clients and the community.