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Five Heyl Attorneys Author Columns in Recent IDC Quarterly

06/01/2016

Five Heyl Royster attorneys were featured in the First Quarter edition of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's (IDC) Quarterly publication (Volume 26, No. 1).

Craig Unrath, Chair of the IDC Amicus Committee, authored the Amicus Committee Report, which highlighted the various amicus curie (friend-of-the-court) briefs filed by the IDC over the past year, including one by Heyl Royster attorneys Brad Elward and Melissa Hoffman in Folta v. Ferro Engineering, which proved to be a victory for the defense.

Dave Perkins and Emily Perkins' Civil Rights Update discussed a recent Seventh Circuit opinion in Lalowski v. City of Des Plaines, which held that a police officer who verbally harassed and insulted an abortion protester was not speaking on a matter of public concern, and thus not subject to a civil rights claims.

Stacy Crabtree authored the Recent Decisions column, which addressed two decisions of interest. First, she discussed O'Toole v. Chicago Zoological Society, an Illinois Supreme Court case interpreting the Tort Immunity Act as it applies to nonprofit organizations as local entities. Second, Stacy commented on DiCosola v. Ryan, an Illinois appellate court decision which dealt with whether an employee's letter of intent and associated promises of work were sufficient consideration to enforce a contract.

Brad Peterson wrote the Workers' Compensation Report and provided a good lesson on protecting Medicare Advantage Plans' recovery of conditional medical expenses, including a discussion of some recent decisions on the issue.

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