On November 17, Daniel Cray participated in a panel discussion entitled, “The Reptile Theory – Cutting off the Head of the Snake: How the Defense Can Effectively Combat Plaintiffs’ Reptile Tactics in Litigation” at the Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society’s (CHRMS) Law Day.
On October 8, Anthony Sam volunteered as a station aid at the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 25th mile marker. Anthony supported the marathon by encouraging the runners to make it to the finish line with a 25th mile marker rally cry, passing out water to the runners, and even cooking a pancake breakfast for the 25th mile marker volunteers. The 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon raised more than $16 million to support more than 200 charities in the Chicagoland area.
On September 14, members of Cray Huber participated in the Race Judicata 5K run/walk presented by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. Race Judicata is the only running event geared towards Chicago’s legal community with proceeds benefiting CVLS, which provides free legal services to Chicago’s poor and working poor families.
On September 12, Scott D. Pfeiffer presented on the topic of “Notable Decisions in Cook County, Illinois and Beyond” at HarrisMartin’s Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.
Adam C. Carter wrote a blog entry entitled “7 Tips to Understand Construction Contracts” for L&W Supply Corporation, one of the nation’s largest distributors of wallboard and building materials. Click here to read the blog.
Cray Huber participated in the Communities That Care “Back-to-School” program. This program provides new backpacks and school supplies to low income students grade 1-8 who, with encouragement and inspiration, have the opportunity to start and stay in school. Cray Huber associates Anthony Sam and Zachary Shook are seen helping to deliver some of the backpacks donated by the firm.
On June 30, Adam Carter attended the Annual Meeting of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, where he was presented with the Meritorious Service Award for his service as the Chairman of the IDC’s Civil Practice Committee for the past five years. The keynote speaker at the Annual Meeting was Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis. Adam currently sits on the Board of Directors of the IDC.
The appellate department successfully persuaded the First District Appellate Court to affirm the circuit court’s denial of the plaintiff’s motion to vacate the judgment entered on an arbitration award in Martin v. Wells Fargo Dealer Services, June 22, 2017. The plaintiff had participated in the court’s mandatory arbitration program but had failed to file a written notice of her rejection of the arbitration award within the timeframe set forth in Illinois Supreme Court Rule 93(a).
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.
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.