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Six Attorneys Author IDC Quarterly Publications


Six Heyl Royster attorneys were featured in the Fourth Quarter edition of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's (IDC) Quarterly publication (Volume 25, No. 4).

Jessica Bell authored a feature article on the emerging concept of Temporary Transitional Employment (TTE), which is a new means of attempting to get injured workers back to work in a timely manner. TTE involves employers effectively loaning injured workers to non-for-profit groups to perform volunteer work that falls within the employee's work restrictions. The idea is to return the employee to work as soon as practicable, where the employer has no such work available.

Stacy Crabtree authored the Recent Decisions column, which highlighted three appellate court decisions; the first case, In re Marriage of Crecos, held that error in the denial of a substitution of judge voids all subsequent court orders. In the second case, McInnis v. OAG Motorcycle Ventures, Inc., the appellate court refused to enforce a restrictive covenant where the plaintiff, a former employee, had only worked 18 months after entry into the covenant not to compete and where there was no evidence of additional consideration for the former employee's entry into the covenant not to compete. The third case, Construction Systems, Inc. v. FagelHaber, addressed the scope of a settlement release and whether it embraced a potential legal malpractice claim that existed at the time when the release was executed.

John Heil authored the Civil Rights Decisions column, which focused on the recent Seventh Circuit decision of Rossi v. City of Chicago, which held that not all ineffective police work, even those involving "cover-ups," amounts to a violation of a federal constitutional right. There must be harm to the plaintiff's ability to pursue legal redress for injuries.

Brad Peterson wrote the Workers' Compensation Report, which discussed the ABF Freight Systems, Inc. v. Fretts, decision holding that a circuit court lacked jurisdiction to hear common law fraud claims where the arbitrator previously ruled the employer had not proven the employee committed a fraudulent act.

Joe Feehan and Brad Keller wrote on the case of Doe v. University of Chicago, in their Evidence and Practice Tips column. Doe addressed how to present "affirmative matters" under section 2-619 of the Code of Civil Procedure.

Brad Elward serves as the Editor-in-Chief for IDC Quarterly.