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On March 2-4, Steve Heil will present on the topic of “Defending Traumatic Brain Injury Cases” at a CLE training session at EMCAS in Atlanta, GA.

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On January 28, Daniel Cray, Jeff Siderius, Adam Carter and Kelly McHale were presenters at a CLE/CE training session at XL Catlin in Exton, PA.  Dan presented on “The Anatomy of a Successful Mediation” while Jeff focused on the topic of “Using Appellate Counsel Effectively.”  Adam and Kelly discussed Illinois and Florida law updates.  The program was well received.

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Byer Clinic and Chiropractic, Ltd. v. Michael Kapraun, 2016 IL App (1st) 143733 (January 19, 2016)

On January 19, the First District of the Illinois Appellate Court reversed the trial court’s certification of a class with plaintiff as its representative in a class action suit brought under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. §227(b)(1)(C)(2012), (“TCPA”).  The reviewing court found plaintiff failed to meet its burden of showing that the representative would adequately protect the interests of the class where the representative’s deposition testimony showed a lack of “knowledge concerning the case and passivity regarding its prosecution.”  2016 IL App (1st) 143733 ¶ 5.  The court noted the class representative’s fiduciary duty to absent class members which is nondelegable, and stated, “[w[hy even bother to appoint a class representative who unveils himself or herself as a tool of class counsel?” 2016 IL App (1st) 143733 ¶20,22.

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Cray Huber Partners Dan Cray, Jim Horstman, Mike Huber, Steve Heil, Rodney VanAusdal and Ben Beringer have been selected to the 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers list.