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Category Archives: Illinois

Illinois Tort Immunity

Suits against “local public entities,” including counties, townships, municipalities, municipal corporations, school districts, park districts, fire protection districts, and sanitary districts, fall under the purview of the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act, 745 ILCS 10/1- 101.

Sub-contractor Liability

Responsibility. Much of society and certainly the law are based on who will take responsibility. In Illinois, unfortunately, it won’t be those that hire independent or sub-contractors. Separation between independent and general contractors From a negligence perspective, Illinois common law maintains a separation of liability between independent and general contractors. Given the absence of a… Read More »

Illinois Animal Control Act

Pets have a tendency to make their way into subrogation files. The inevitable question we ask is whether a cause of action to base recovery upon exists. In Illinois, the Illinois Animal Control Act supplements the general common law rule. The owner or keeper of an animal is liable for injuries caused by the animal… Read More »

Keis George Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers

Keis George is proud to announce Warren S. George, managing litigation partner, Andrew C. Stebbins, associate, and Kevin F. Keeley, associate, have been recognized as 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Pictured from left to right, Warren S. George, Andrew C. Stebbins, and Kevin F. Keeley.  Super Lawyers acknowledges attorneys with a high degree of… Read More »

Statutes That May Make or Break Your Product Liability Claim

Product liability laws provide claimants with an avenue of recovery for injuries caused by a defective product. In general, there are two important statutes that an injured party must consider when determining if it may bring a product liability action: (i) the statute of limitations; and (ii) the statute of repose. In Ohio, the statute… Read More »

Subrogating Property Losses and Coinsured Status

Subrogating property losses, within the context of the landlord and tenant relationship, can add layers of complexity outside of the general issues that come with all property claims, such as cause and origin of the loss and actual damages incurred. Before expending costs and time, one issue worth analysis is figuring out exactly who can… Read More »

Exceptions to the Economic Loss Doctrine

The Economic Loss Doctrine can be a roadblock to subrogation. Exploration of exceptions to the doctrine can provide subrogation professionals with tools to navigate their way to recovery. An economic loss refers to a financial loss and damages suffered by a person or entity, which arise from a defect in the qualitative nature of the… Read More »

Navigating the Moorman Doctrine

The Illinois Economic Loss Doctrine can be a roadblock to recovery. However, before you close your file, take a closer look, armed with exceptions that may help you navigate your way to the other side. The Illinois Economic Loss Doctrine sets out to bar recovery in tort for purely contractual losses or frustrated economic expectations… Read More »

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Subrogation

An employee is injured on the job. [You] the carrier makes payments on a worker’s compensation claim the employee makes. Turns out, a third party was negligent and was the actual cause of the injury to the employee. Can you subrogate this claim?  How is it different from any other subrogation claim you may have?… Read More »

Illinois Mandatory Arbitration

Illinois Supreme Court Rule 86(b) is the controlling authority that orders cases claiming exclusive money damages be sent to non-binding mandatory arbitration. Currently, the Illinois Supreme Court designates cases that have claimed damages under $30,000.00 for mandatory arbitration; however, depending on the county, there are further triggering aspects of litigation such as the filing of… Read More »