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Recent Illinois Appellate Court Opinion Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of General Contractor

The First District Appellate Court recently issued an important ruling pertaining to the liability of a general contractor and subcontractors in construction injury claims. In the case of William LePretre v. Lend Lease (US) Construction, Inc., (2017 IL 162320), the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District upheld the circuit court’s granting of a summary judgment motion on behalf of the Defendant, Lend Lease Construction, Inc. (“Lend Lease”). This ruling will likely have an impact on defending construction injury claims in

Jeremy L. Dershow Invited to Join Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Dershow Law Group, P.C. is pleased to announce that Jeremy L. Dershow has been invited to join the prestigious Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. The CLM is a nonpartisan alliance comprised of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, Corporate Counsel, Litigation and Risk Managers, claims professionals and attorneys. Through education and collaboration, the organization’s goals are to create a common interest in the representation by firms of companies, and to promote and further the highest standards of litigation management in pursuit of

Three Things to Know About Dershow Law Group

Dershow Law Group, located in the heart of Chicago’s loop, is a team of creative and successful litigation attorneys who have developed unique and effective ways to provide high quality legal services to their clients. Three things to know about Dershow Law Group: We value communication. We frequently collaborate and communicate with our clients to ensure that we are working together to achieve efficient and positive results. We have no yearly billable hourly requirements for our attorneys. With no yearly billable

Illinois Laws About Cases Involving Slip and Falls on Snow and Ice

Illinois residents understand that our winters always include snow, sleet, and ice storms. As we anticipate additional winter weather, property owners are preparing to clear ice and snow from their parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks. The Snow and Ice Removal Act in Illinois is an important aspect of litigating cases that involve a slip and fall injury occurring on an icy or snowy surface. Generally, the Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act provides immunity to residential property owners for liability in

Status of the Illinois Arbitration Statute on Automobile Subrogation Cases for Property Damage Under $2,500

The Illinois Statute pertaining to the arbitration of automobile subrogation matters has undergone some important changes over the past few years that impacts the binding authority of arbitration awards received pursuant to the terms of the Arbitration Forum’s Auto Agreement. In 2012, the Illinois Legislature enacted a statute pertaining to the arbitration of physical damage subrogation claims between insurers for property damage with a value less than $2,500. 215 ILCS 5/143.24d. Specifically, the original statute provided that for all physical damage

Ringing in 2017 with New Illinois Laws and Taxes

As we begin the New Year, there are several new laws, ordinances, and taxes that took effect in Illinois and Cook County on January 1, 2017. At Dershow Law Group, we have compiled a list of five new laws and taxes in Illinois that we believe are important to know as we start 2017. A new Illinois state law amends the State Vehicle Code and clarifies that bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other users of the roadways, including

We Are Excited to Announce that Jeremy L. Dershow Was Selected as a 2016 Emerging Lawyer

We are excited to announce that Jeremy L. Dershow, the founding partner of the Chicago-based law firm, DERSHOW LAW GROUP, has been selected as an Illinois Emerging Lawyer for 2016. Illinois attorneys are selected as Emerging Lawyers based on a survey of their Leading Lawyer peers. Specifically, the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, through its Leading Lawyers division, built the list of Emerging Lawyers by asking its highly selective group of Illinois’s top attorneys to recommend talented attorneys who will most likely

Illinois Supreme Court Affirms Summary Judgment in Construction Negligence Case

The Illinois Supreme Court recently issued an important ruling pertaining to construction and premises claims. In the case of Patrick Joseph Carney v. Union Pacific Railroad Company (2016 IL 118984), the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the circuit court’s granting of a summary judgment motion on behalf of the Defendant, Union Pacific Railroad Company (“Union Pacific”). This ruling will likely have an important impact on advising construction companies and defending construction accident claims in Illinois. The facts are simple: in Carney v.

Dershow Law Group is Excited to Announce that Jeremy L. Dershow is a Contributing Fantasy Sports Writer at The Fantasy Greek

At Dershow Law Group, we love football season, cheering on our favorite NFL and college teams, and analyzing our weekly fantasy sports lineups! This season, we are particularly excited to share that Jeremy L. Dershow, our founding partner, is now a contributing writer on The Fantasy Greek. A website dedicated to fantasy sports, The Fantasy Greek, offers valuable suggestions and updates for your fantasy sports teams! Jeremy Dershow has been a long-time fantasy sports player and has recently joined The Fantasy

Illinois Supreme Court Strikes Down Six-Person Juror Law as Unconstitutional

The Illinois Supreme Court recently issued a ruling holding that the Illinois law reducing civil juries from 12 to six people was unconstitutional. This Illinois Supreme Court opinion affirmed a December 2015 ruling by Cook County Associate Judge William Gomolinski. Illinois Public Act 98-1132, which took effect on June 1, 2015, reduced civil juries from 12 to six jurors and effectively eliminated the right to a 12-person jury if either side demanded it.  The Illinois Supreme Court’s decision completely invalidated the